(Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Sonic 3D Blast (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Game Profile

The evil Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik) stumbles upon an alternate dimension where some odd birds called Flickies have the ability to travel anywhere. In order to get help in his search for the Chaos Emeralds, Dr. Eggman transforms the Flickies into robots that will help him track down his coveted gems.

Of course, it's up to our favourite blue hedgehog Sonic to step in and save the day! Jump into this 3D adventure as Sonic or his buddy Tails, and collect the golden rings to help free the Flickies and defeat the Doctor!

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Posted by Damien McFerran

The evil Dr. Eggman stumbles upon an alternate dimension where some odd birds called Flickies have the ability to travel anywhere.

After producing three Sonic titles for the Genesis/Megadrive Sega decided to do something a little different – instead of creating another platformer they produced an isometric adventure with CGI rendered graphics, and farmed the development out to...

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Bass_X0

#1

Bass_X0 said:

hm. i was wondering if this would be released on virtual console. i don't consider it a true sonic game though.

jackaroo

#2

jackaroo said:

Considering its made by travellers tales and not sonic team you wouldnt but its still a great game. Its just different from the other sonic games and more difficult in a way.

Ian_Daemon

#3

Ian_Daemon said:

This is a classic ''3D Sonic'' game. If you don't like ''3D Sonic gameplay'', you won't like this one.

BJ1

#4

BJ1 said:

I agree with Jackaroo. It's not a true Sonic game but it is a great game, nevertheless. Just like how Secret Rings is from the other 3D Sonic games. Terrific, now all we need is Sonic and Knuckles (and possibly Knuckles in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 and Knuckles).

Yoshi175

#5

Yoshi175 said:

Why would you wonder if it would come to virtual console, do you really think ther ejust gonna leave a sonic game unrealesed?

__Zero

#6

Zero said:

Download this and witness the begining of sonic's fall from grace.

Ron_Prower

#7

Ron_Prower said:

Well at least it's going to be the Genesis version meaning you get the easier special stage out of the two. Though the Saturn version did have the obviously better environment graphics. I'd rather see them saying Sonic & Knuckles as it was a better Sonic game than 3D Blast.

alvieao

#8

alvieao said:

Sonic 3D Blast is yet another Sonic game previously on Mega Collection. The gameplay is actually based on the Sega arcade game Flicky; the bluebird appeared as a rescued animal in the 2D Sonic games. Along with Virtua Racing and Shinobi, the Sonic franchise was farmed to another developer at one point. The game is decent but not great; it used an isometric view rather than 3D and had somewhat sloppy controls. While it might have led Sonic into his dark days with Sega, you can still give it a shot...

Yoshi175

#10

Yoshi175 said:

Well I thought this was a good game, I'm suprised people rate it so low
(4 stars)

Atlantis1982

#11

Atlantis1982 said:

I'm done with Sonic games for now, I got all three plus Spinball; now I am just waiting for Sonic and Knuckles.

Outrunner

#12

Outrunner said:

I'd give this a miss too. It's not all that great. Granted the Saturn version had excellent special stages but the Mega Drive one is just poor.

__Dave

#13

Dave said:

I've played this game before and wanted to play more of it. I don't remember when I played it or how, but it was fun.

__Henry

#14

Henry said:

Sonic & Knuckles would have been a better choice to release but this one is okay for now. Just nothing special

__VCFAN

#15

VCFAN said:

I remeber playing this game with my friend, it's diferent and I like it.

TwinCross

#18

TwinCross said:

The game itself is ok, but the best bits were the special stages in the Saturn version (still the best sonic special stages IMO). Without those, this game is only worth picking up if you are a sonic completionist.

__BluePaladin25

#19

BluePaladin25 said:

Ok, so it's not a very good Sonic game. But compared to some of the non-franchise games out there, it's pretty good, especially if you take the time to find the Chaos Emeralds and fight the secret boss.

__tank2tank

#20

tank2tank said:

Even though this isn't a proper 3D game- I still think of it as the start of the 3D Sonic series (when every major sonic game released since would gradually get worse) I can see why people like it but for me, I like to pretend that the series 'ends' at Sonic & Knuckles. OK, the GBA and DS games are still awesome though.

BJ1

#21

BJ1 said:

I love nearly all Sonic games, because Sonic is better than most video game heroes. Sonic Spinball and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine were some of the few that I hate.

__Mii be you

#22

Mii be you said:

If there was a list of good 3D Sonic games, I hope it includes Sonic Heroes and Sonic and the Secret Rings. I'm not sure about Sonic the Hedgehog '06.

BJ1

#23

BJ1 said:

Well, Secret Rings was just average to me. I fail to see how the game took the series back to it's 2D roots as it plays nothing like a Sonic game. Heroes did a better job at that.

BJ1

#24

BJ1 said:

We probably may get this game in November, since Japan already has it.

jackaroo

#25

jackaroo said:

Isnt it sega week tonight? Maybe we will get this then. Still i wont download. Im not allowed any more points for a while. But i still go by my 4 star rating. This game is worth a download from those who like sonic and have never played this game. Its definatly not Sonics best outing. Also this is more of a 'Marmite' Game. You either love it or hate it.

El_Vampe

#27

El_Vampe said:

God... I was hoping I would never have to set eyes again on this pathetic game. Don't be fooled gamers, it is NOT worth your wii points, save them for something better. The game gets old quick! A friend lend me the cartridge so long ago, and it did not keep me coming back. Once I had my first game-over I never tried it again cause it was so damn boring! Do yourselves a favor: save your wii points dor something better.

__Zero86-Sk

#28

Zero86-Sk said:

I liked the PC version very much, the jumping controls were odd but still a good game

Chocobo

#30

Chocobo said:

I don't understand why most of you are being so critical of this game. It really isn't that bad, and I'll download it when it comes here to America. Kthxbai.

Clayfrd

#31

Clayfrd said:

I've played this, I don't think it's SO bad. I actually like it pretty well.

__Mii be you

#33

Mii be you said:

I totally agree with the star rating. To me, This game is O.K. But I stop playing after I get to the first level of the Rusty Ruin Zone.

Link_O_Fett

#35

Link_O_Fett said:

For 800 points, I can't entirely recommend it. I have it on my Mega Collection disc for Gamecube so I definitely don't need it. The controls aren't really too comfortable and just the overall funfactor is ho-hum. It's a decent game, but it would be a much better choice downloading Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, or 3 instead.

DjinnFighter

#36

DjinnFighter said:

I wanted that game when I was young, but I never got it. Now, it's on VC, but I didn't know if it was a good idea to buy it because of this poor review. I bought it.... It's great. I know Sonic very well, it's a different game, but it's Sonic. It's just a little different... and it's not a bad idea to make a different Sonic game after Sonic 1,2,3 and & Knuckles..

Good game.... But yeah, not the best Sonic... Maybe the fifth best Sonic game on Genesis (after 1,2,3 and & Knuckles). But, we must say these games are too great. 3D Blast manages to be great too. Sonic Spinball and Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine are kind of crappy...

Elk810

#37

Elk810 said:

Warning: Sonic 3D Blast is only for die-hard Sonic fans like me! This game marked the end of Sonic's glory days until Sonic Adventure was released. I'll admit the graphics are incredible, but that's the only thing this game had going for it. The way it's set up, it does not allow you to go at top speed cause you have to slow down and defeat all the badniks in the area before you can move on to the next area. This would honestly work better as a Mario game. Sonic was never meant to be played like this. He was meant to be in high speed, high action games where you race to the goal. It's one thing to slow down to find a special stage in Sonic 3, but to slow down for both that AND defeating all badniks and rescuing all flickies to reach the end!? I highly recommend you stick with Sonic 1-3.

__chris

#38

chris said:

the saturn version was definitely much better - but it still suffered from the same flaws. This game has great graphics & music, decent controls, and interesting special levels.. but it's just too boring.

taj

#39

taj said:

Just because it is not as good as some sonic games does not mean its not good.

GameGod3008

#40

GameGod3008 said:

It was a decent attempt at a 3D sonic game but it just didn't click. it can get boring and it fells a bit slow for a Sonic game. At least it's no Sonic Labyrinth

Roo

#41

Roo said:

I always felt this game got a bad deal. Though it never amazes, it's a graphical beast on Mega Drive, and platform fans should be more pleased with this than later games like Sonic The Hedgehog (2006) and Sonic and The Secret Rings. So why all the hate?

BJ1

#42

BJ1 said:

That's true, Roo. I haven't played Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), but I heard it had that "Sonic Adventure" touch but was completely ruined. And Sonic and the Secret Rings, that game doesn't even play like a Sonic game, ugh! I love both 2D and 3D Sonic games but Secret Rings....meh!

Terra

#43

Terra said:

Secret Rings was a decent but repetitive and sometimes frustrating game and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), i can see why people hate it and it's far from a perfect game but i like it. i have the 360 version.

Following up my previous post as GameGod3008, Now that Game Gear support alongside the Master System has been announced, we'll probably end up seeing more Sonic game, inlcuding (please no) Sonic Labyrinth

AchubaNanoia

#44

AchubaNanoia said:

I actually enjoyed this game a lot on the Mega Drive, and I really don't see how is it "slow"... once you get confortable with the controller, you can run and maneuver really well and really fast. Only thing that I dislike about it is the lack of a save feature, but luckly the VC fixes that! Overall, 4 stars in my opinion.

Beau_Skunk

#45

Beau_Skunk said:

An enjoyable title, but not quite as fast-paced, or as great as previous (or even modern) Sonic titles in my opinion. It offers some nice "find the Flickies" gameplay ellements as a nice break from traditional Sonic titles. Sometimes the Mario RPG-ish isometric viewpoint (and the fact it's not a true 3D game) can make it hard to tell where some objects are, but you get used to it after awhile. (Like Super Mario 64, use Sonic's shadow as a guide to where he is while jumping in the air.) The game also features some cleverlly hidden items in some areas. (Place behind certain objects.) You can even spindash through some barriers to find new roads/areas to explore.

As stated above the lack of save feature of the original, wich was a major gripe of mine (due to how long it takes to beat each level) is fixed thanks to the VC, wich make this better then the original Genesis/Megadrive version, I feel.

FJOJR

#46

FJOJR said:

Awesome game in my opinion, though the definitive version is the Saturn one due to the special stages which were a 3d version inspired by Sonic 2's. Still though a good game on Genesis/Wii.

#47

said:

I always loved this game. Thanks to the internet, I always feel like I'm the only one who does. :/

Swithom

#48

Swithom said:

Although the game is slower than other Sonic titles, it does look gorgeous and actually has as much replayability as all the other titles. It just has a love it or hate it first impression when you realise its not actually THAT fast.

BJ1

#49

BJ1 said:

You know, if Sega ever releases the cancelled Sonic X-treme on WiiWare, they will be earning alot of money.

CorbsAdmin

#50

Corbs said:

Although I know most Sonic purists don't consider this a true Sonic game, I still find it a lot of fun to play. I prefer the Saturn version, but this rendition is still a lot of fun to play if you don't mind something different.

soniczelda_dude

#52

soniczelda_dude said:

@#37
That's because Jun Senoue (guitarist for crush 40 and composer for the main 3D Sonics until Sonic '06) did the music for this game. Crush 40 is part of what made the Sonic Adventures so awesome!!!!

SuperMarioFan1995

#56

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

I only played the PC version back in the 80s/90s. Never played this version in my life.

And yes, this version is the worst one. The soundtrack was changed. The ones in the PC and Saturn versions were much better.

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