Retro Review: Sonic Adventure

Oh Sonic, how the mighty have fallen.

Once the Sega superstar with attitude, able to go toe-to-toe with Super Mario, and now, well, have you seen Sonic Boom? The blue blur’s descent into mediocrity has been a tragic one, notably starting with his shaky transition into the 3D. But many fans still revere those first forays into the third dimension with Sonic Adventure released on the Dreamcast in 1998 and its 2001 sequel. These games are remembered fondly, and with each new 3D iteration of Sonic, many cry out for the series to return to its roots with a new Adventure game. But are these games really worthy of such praise, or is our nostalgia playing with our memories? After returning to these games recently through the magic of PSN, I can now say it’s the second. Definitely the second.

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Retro Review: Castlevania

Retro Reviews is a new series I’ll be trying out as I take advantage of my enormous backlog of video games from over the years. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some old games from the past, taking into consideration the context of their release, but mostly seeing if they hold up and stand the test of time. And what better way to kick off this series than with a juggernaut title of the NES, the first Castlevania from 1986.

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