Sonic is 19 years old today, and in celebration of his almost twin decades, Microsoft have discounted the price for Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, along with Sonic and Knuckles, from 400 Microsoft Points each to only 240 each!
This deal applies to both Gold and Silver subscribers, and goes Live (geddit?) tomorrow. If you're unaware of who Sonic is, perhaps due to a stint underneath a rock, then he's a blue, anthropomorphic hedgehog who can run at incredible speeds and has a great love for chillidogs. Sonic was something of a phenomenon in the 90s, Sega's rival to Nintendo's own mascot, Mario. Like most children, he had a troublesome teenage period, struggling to adapt to the pressures of a 3-D environment and the rising expectations of his fans. Despite growing problems, the series has still managed to sell over 150 million copies worldwide,
These original Sonic games are easily the best of the series, and have been retooled and polished for their Xbox release. The ferocious speed requires multiple plays of certain tracks, to learn the loops, the jumps, the dashes and so on. It's an arcade game, pure and simple, with none of the fluff associated with most games these days. Don't expect an epic storyline delivered with lavish cutscenes. You'll drop in as Sonic on an oddly shaped and constructed course, sprint to the finish and often encounter your nemesis, Dr Eggman, who'll be trying out his latest robotic armaments.