Sonic CD Archive


Deal of the Week: Sonic Anniversary Sale

Sonic the Hedgehog turns 21 this week and whilst he’s off down the discotheque with Tails (presumably) Microsoft are celebrating with a dedicated Deal of the Week sale on a few select XBLA games:

Sonic 4 Episode 1 – was 800 MSP, now 400 MSP
Sonic Adventure – was 800 MSP, now 400 MSP
Sonic Adventure DX Upgrade – was 400 MSP, now 200 MSP
Sonic CD – was 400 MSP, now 200 MSP

There are also a few avatar items in the sale which you can check out here. These prices are valid for Gold Members only and will be valid from today until June 25.


Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 priced: 1200 MSP

Inspirationally titled sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 will set you back 1200 Microsoft Points when it launches May 16 on XBLA. Owners of Episode 1 and 2 will also have access to Episode Metal; a free mini-campaign starring Metal Sonic that brings with it four reworked levels from Episode 1 and plugs the narrative gap between Sonic CD and Episode 2. 

Sonic has undergone a bit of a renaissance in recent years with SEGA bolting back to basics with Sonic 4 Episode 1 before hauling Sonic CD out of the past and onto digital platforms, salvaging the franchise's last vestiges of dignity in the process. We got to spend some time with Episode 2 at PAX East. Take a gander at our preview for an idea of what has changed since 2010.


XBLA sales analysis: December 2011

Gamasutra has published their XBLA sales analysis for December 2011. December was a slow month for XBLA games, but also very solid. The leader of the bunch was the re-release of Sonic CD, while Joe Danger wins the award for best review scores. Both Trine 2 and Scene it? had equally great reviews and sales. Voltron was the weakest of the month, having a strong first week, but ultimately had the lowest sales numbers and the lowest review scores by a large margin. All in all, the month was very steady with no huge successes or failures. You should check out every game on this list if you haven't already.

Source: Gamasutra


Sonic CD review (XBLA)

Sonic CD was developed and published by Sega. It was released December 16, 2011 for 400 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.

While we're sure some of you were raised on Sonic the Hedgehog and all his incarnations on the original Genesis, not a lot of you probably had the Sega CD. It was an addon to the Genesis that let you played CD-ROM games, something all the rage in the 90s. Not a lot of great memorable games were made for it (Hello, Night Trap) but one game that made a huge impact on the system was Sonic CD. Now almost 20 years after its release, Sonic's classic adventure is brought back to XBLA with all new features for a smooth port.

Sonic has to save a planet chained to the world called Little Planet. Robotnik (aka Eggman) has stolen all the time stones that control time itself and it's up to the blue hedgehog to save the day and time itself. After the recent tepid response to Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, playing a classic Sonic game that a lot of people missed out on proves the character is still timeless and those who missed out on this game won't need a $300 USD peripheral in 1993 to play it.

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What we are playing: December 18

What we are playing is a weekly column that appears each weekend. Various staff members let the world know what games had them hooked the past week and which ones they look forward to.

John Laster – Now that my law school finals are over my week is looking to be full of Skyrim, Call of Duty, Halo, Madden, Saints Row, AC and awesome XBLA titles like Joe Danger: Special Edition.

Perry Jackson – Started and finished a playthrough of Sonic CD for review which should be up this week. Be on the lookout for why you should get this gem from the 90's. Other than that, little bits of Skyrim and the YouTube app for video watching.

Ryan Reynolds – After downloading Back to Karkand, I'm finally done with Battlefield 3. I have come to admit that I'm pretty disappointed with it overall. That said, I've been playing the RAAM's Shadow DLC for Gears of War 3 as well as Modern Warfare 3. Finally digging into its multiplayer and Spec Ops.

Shawn Saris – Due to my overwhelming need to collect achievements, I spent a lot of time on Joe Danger: Special Edition. Now that I have 200/200 in that, I am moving back into Batman: Arkham City to try to 1000 it.

Nicholas DePetris – I'm still working my slow way through Skyrim, but I also got a chance to
visit Robomodo and try out their upcoming Kinect game Bodoink. Lots of fun! Check out the preview posted earlier today.


Developer Diary shows Sonic CD was no rush job

Sonic CD burst onto XBLA earlier this week for the surprisingly low price of 400 MSP. To give us move of an insight into the game, Sonic Team Art Director Kazuyuki Hoshino released this developer video to talks us through Sonic CD and the ideas that went into making the fan favorite. If like many of us, you never got the chance to play this on the Sega CD back in the 90s, then be sure to check out the trial and look out for our review coming very soon.


XBLAFancast Episode 41

It's just the regular crew of myself, Perry and Todd for a regular episode of this here podcast.

This week there's plenty to talk about, as we've all been playing Iron Brigade after the big update and European release. Both Perry and Todd have played a bunch of this weeks release of Joe Danger: Special edition. Read Perry's review to find out more about his thoughts on the game.

Then we discuss a bunch of news from the last week, including the new dashboard, Xbox Live on iOS and the XBLA trailers from the VGA's.

Please subscribe, comment, review the podcast on iTunes and tell your friends! We appreciate it! Check us out on twitter (@XBLAFans) where you can win codes for games, give us feedback or just ask a question.

Big thanks again to Chris Green for the awesome theme music, be sure to check out his site BlurredEdge and why not follow him on twitter too @BlurredEdge.


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Sonic CD speeding forth on December 14 for 400 MSP

While we were expecting a winter release for Sonic CD, we didn't expect him to come in this fast but it is Sonic after all. It was announced today that we'll be seeing our blue hedgehog this Wednesday, December 14 for a wonderful price of 400 MSP. That's cheaper than Sonic 4: Episode 1 by 50%!

The new version of the game will also include both US and Japanese soundtracks and an unlockable Tails for beating the game the first time and his first playable appearance in this game. If you've never played this game or never owned a Sega CD which not a lot of people do, do yourself a favour and check out one of the best Sonic games to come out of the 90s. We'll have a review of Sonic CD sometime in the future on XBLAFans so stay tuned.


Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 rated in Korea

Some people enjoyed Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 while others didn't but we knew this wasn't the end of everyone's favourite hedgehog. There was a recent rating on The Korean Game Rating Board which suggests we might see it sooner rather than later. With Sonic Generations doing incredibly well and Sonic CD coming to XBLA soon, Sega seems to crack out as much platforming action they can finish. We'll bring you more news as it speeds its way onto XBLAFans in the future.

Source: Eurogamer via Siliconera


XBLAFans Monthly Roundup (November 2011)

Hey guys, we're bringing you a new feature that's simple and helpful in nature, the XBLAFans Monthly Roundup! This as well as other features will be seen a lot more should all things go accordingly, and we'll even have some new ones on the way, so stay tuned because there's a lot of awesome in the works here at XBLAFans.

If it wasn't obvious by the title, this post will be your one-stop-shop to anything that happened this month with links to all our posts and excerpts where applicable. That means news, reviews, guides, features, interviews, podcasts, and even a recount of releases and sales data. Hit the jump for so many links you'll never not know something about XBLA current events again! Read the rest of this entry »

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