I played through Emerald Hill, then I got stuck on Chemical Plant. The rising water totally baffled my young, gaming mind.
Anyone here remember their first Sonic Game? Just curious.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 03:44 AM
Sonic the Hedgehog 1, Christmas 1991
All I wanted that christmas was Sonic. I didn't know what a sega genesis was (I had a sega master system) but I knew I wanted Sonic. My parents got me the Sonic + Genesis pack and I was hooked from the moment I booted it up.
I can't explain now how mind boggling the graphics were. For most of the younger users on here, it must seem weird for the genesis to be considered a powerhouse in the graphics department, but back in 1991 it was. I had never seen a Super NES before. The Genesis was incredible. I got Thunderforce III and Columns along with Sonic 1, and together those 3 games made my face fucking melt. Level 2 - Hydra, of thunder force III, for those first few days, was the most amazing thing ever. That screen-filling sin-wave distortion was unbelievable.
I was terrible at Sonic when I first got it. Took me days to beat Greenhill Zone. The day I got it, my sister played it for a bit after me and got to the special stage. It blew my mind. I lost to Robotnik in Greenhill zone many times.
Once I got the groove, I found that Spring Yard Zone was actually my biggest stumbling block. That level was fucking hard. For weeks I couldn't beat it, but when I finally could, I found Labyrinth Zone to be fairly easy. Speaking of which, the transparency effect in Labyrinth Zone was easily the coolest thing I had EVER seen. The green tint to the water made it look so... real. I cannot express how mind blowing that effect was, and it easily cemented Labyrinth Zone as my favorite level in the game. I seriously loved that effect.
I can even remember the day I first beat Sonic 1. Final Zone gave me fits until I realized that if I was patient, I could just hug the right side of the screen and slowly beat the boss. To this day I still use this same tactic, haha.
Man, good fucking memories. I was with Sonic since the very beginning. I actually remember vividly every single sonic game I ever recieved. I could give stories like this for the entire series.
the fondest memory I have of Sonic, though, is when I got Sonic CD. That entire christmas morning was complete, utter magic.
I played the entire sonic series in order, as they were released, but no game, except maybe the original, hit me as hard, or as awesomely, as Sonic CD. I loved the Sega CD from the moment I got it. I'd say it's probably my 2nd favorite sega console as a whole.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 03:48 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 03:53 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 03:54 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 03:55 AM
I too have a lot of vivid memories of my childhood. I'll never forget the first time I saw Robotnik juggling those emeralds because I was young and sucked hard at the special stages.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 04:45 AM
I remember playing a demo kiosk of Sonic 2 at a local mall soon after, and not knowing who Tails was, assumed it was a cat and when he was spinning his tails, the helicopter blade effect was him being dizzy. Again, I don't know what the fuck now. And shortly after THAT, I visited a semi-distant relative who had a game gear with Sonic 2 on it, and I was amazed. My parents bought me some VHSs of the two Sonic cartoons at the time and a game gear a bit later and I became utterly obsessed with Sonic. I remember trying to get all the McDonalds' toys when Sonic 3 came out, memorizing random crap from the instruction booklets and strategy guides, getting a genesis with Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and Sonic and Knuckles, getting sick and throwing up profusely when I got Sonic 3D Blast back when it came out (wait never mind that's not a good memory), repeatedly renting a Dreamcast and the SA Trial from Hollywood Video one summer and staying up all night to play it since there was no VMU...
And it wasn't just me; I made so many friends through a mutual obsession with Sonic in elementary school.
Man, those were the days...
Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:03 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:21 AM
It was amazing. The speed, the music, the graphics... Only in 2006 or so did I find out the Japense and European version had a different soundtrack.
Y'know, sometimes I wish I could play several games in my library for the first time again.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 08:17 AM
You see, I believe The Adventure's of Sonic The Hedgehog had just stopped airing around the time which was one of my favorite cartoons, and I was quite upset. I didn't know at the time that Sonic had actually started out as a videogame so I don't know how my mom figured it out, but she brought over the Genesis and I was instantly hooked. What's interesting is that I was the first person to get past Chemical Plant Act 2, but my mom was the first person to get to Metropolis Zone. I was the first and so far only one between the two of us to beat the game. Her favorite zone to this day is Casino Night zone and she'll sometimes ask to play through Casino Night zone if she catches me playing through Sonic 2.