List of Sonic The Hedgehog Series Vocal Songs - Reception and Legacy

Reception and Legacy

Aggregate review scores
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) (MD) 90.17%
(PS3) 80.00%
(X360) 77.80%
(GBA) 32.50%
(X360) 77
(GBA) 33
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (MD) 91.50%
(X360) 82.30%
(PS3) 60.00%
(X360) 82
Sonic the Hedgehog CD (MCD) 100.00%
(X360) 83.88%
(PS3) 78.30%
(PC) 50.00%
(X360) 82
(PS3) 80
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (MD) 97.50%
(X360) 78.33%
(X360) 79
Sonic & Knuckles (MD) 91.25%
(X360) 65.80%
(X360) 69
Sonic Adventure (DC) 86.51%
(GC) 63.90%
(PC) 61.75%
(PS3) 52.92%
(X360) 52.08%
(GC) 57
(PS3) 50
(X360) 48
Sonic Adventure 2 (DC) 83.67%
(PS3) 77.00%
(GC) 72.33%
(X360) 58.75%
(DC) 89
(GC) 73
(PS3) 70
(X360) 59
Sonic Advance (GBA) 83.99% (GBA) 87
Sonic Advance 2 (GBA) 85.65% (GBA) 83
Sonic Heroes (Xbox) 75.36%
(GC) 74.36%
(PS2) 70.60%
(PC) 60.00%
(Xbox) 73
(GC) 72
(PC) 66
(PS2) 64
Sonic Advance 3 (GBA) 81.37% (GBA) 79
Sonic Rush (NDS) 83.10% (NDS) 82
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (X360) 48.74%
(PS3) 46.12%
(X360) 46
(PS3) 43
Sonic Rush Adventure (NDS) 80.15% (NDS) 78
Sonic Unleashed (PS2) 67.00%
(Wii) 66.13%
(X360) 61.40%
(PS3) 56.05%
(PS2) 66
(Wii) 66
(X360) 60
(PS3) 54
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (Wii) 75.42%
(X360) 74.85%
(PS3) 73.23%
(Wii) 81
(PS3) 74
(X360) 72

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was awarded seven records by Guinness World Records in Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008. The records include "Best Selling Game on Sega Systems", "Longest Running Comic Based on a Video Game" and "Best Selling Retro Game Compilation" (for Sonic Mega Collection). In the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2010, the Sonic the Hedgehog series was listed number 15 out of the top 50 video game franchises. In December 2006, IGN ranked Sonic the Hedgehog as the 19th greatest series of all time, claiming that "although recent 3D entries in the series have been somewhat lacking, there is no denying the power of this franchise."

A common criticism has been that the variant gameplay styles found in recent 3D titles have strayed from the formula of the original series. Specifically, the series' jump to 3D has been noted as a declining point. In late 2010, Sega delisted several below average Sonic titles, such as the poorly received Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), in order to increase the value of the Sonic brand after positive reviews for the games Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Colors. An article on Yahoo Games titled Then and Now: Game Characters Evolved including many video game icons (Lara Croft, Master Chief, etc.) stated: "With numerous bad games on his resume, Sega’s speedy mascot has had a hard time recapturing the form that put him on top of the gaming world in 1991. So perhaps it’s best that his next game -- Sonic Generations -- lets the blue blur travel back in time to his younger days."

Aggregate review scores
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Sonic Colors (Wii) 78.02%
(NDS) 77.75%
(NDS) 79
(Wii) 78
Sonic Generations (PS3) 78.91%
(X360) 78.67%
(PC) 78.17%
(3DS) 70.93%
(X360) 77
(PC) 77
(PS3) 76
(3DS) 67
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PS3) 63.33%
(X360) 61.87%
(PC) 34.00%
(PS3) 63
(X360) 62
(PC) 51

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