This is the most perfect version of the game there ever has been. Better than playing it on Sega CD.
thoughts and minor naggles (and really very quite minor);
-Tails is an excellent extra (and an unexpected one), but why not bring in Knuckles as well? -Would really have loved a restart button on the start menu, especially for time attacks. Ah, well. -The US Soundtrack in most cases kicks the JP one in its square kawaii behind, but the good futures tend to be better in Japan. Magic utopian hip-pop. Favorite is probably Metallic Madness. -Why doesn't water make the time go faster in special stage time attack? Odd choice, but in the long run it doesn't affect too much. -Leaderboards are a nice touch but they seem broken, at least on the PS3. -Adding in the option for Megadrive Spindash is brilliant. That said, I wish it wasn't the default. The purist in me was a bit shocked when that happened. -Is it just me or is it now impossible through normal means to get a good future on Metallic Madness act 3?
Other than that the fact that I get to play this in full HD alone makes it worth the five dollars. If you haven't already gotten it, this is a must buy. No matter how many times you've played it in another form.
I ended up buying Sonic CD on PSN. I'm still not sure I like the game, even though this is a very well-done port. The music is great, and the levels look beautiful, but I just really don't dig the level design.
Something tells me I'm a blasphemous heathen for this view, but I'll deal with that. :V
So playing this again on 360 I finally get why all the levels are so [censored]ish to traverse, with lots of stupid gimmicks (pinball level, conveyor belt level, bouncing level, water level etc). It's deliberate to make getting enough speed in each section a challenge, so you can't just time travel at will, and actually finding a spot to time travel is a challenge.
Generally though, this is a great port. [censored] knows how I'll get the time stone time trial when I can't even get the first time stone, but otherwise great fun.
I bought this a few weeks ago, glimpsing it purely by chance in the xbox live marketplace. Usually I wouldn't be so impulsive, but given the status this game has, and the fact I've always wanted to play it anyway, well... It was a done deal pretty fast.
I definitely need to spend more time with it, (Only really sat down to play it twice since purchase) but I wouldn't say I particularly liked it so far. Not even the music. I've been switching back and forth between the Japanese and European tracks trying to work out which one is apparently the "good" one, and the reality is both, on the whole, I found really irritating.
I'd be tempted to call you all out on only enjoying this for nostalgic reasons, but others seem to be enjoying it well enough.
I wanted to save up for this when it arrived on PC in 1996, and I saw it in the Argos catalogue (or some other similar publication). Unfortunately it only came bundled with a load of other [censored]e I didn't need or want, and would've been £110 or thereabouts. I got about a pound a week at the time. Aye.....
Finally got it on Gems in '05, then also on Steam this year. I like the Steam one better.