It’s been a while since I’ve beaten a platformer and usually, these games tend to be a bit shorter. After this little Final Fantasy IV debacle, I needed a shorter game to keep my palette wet and I found it in Sonic Advance 3.
Aside from Sonic Advance 3, I’d never actually beaten a Sonic the Hedgehog game before. Sure, I’ve played Sonic games in the past, but as of late, Sonic the Hedgehog games have fallen…a bit short of our expectations. Games like Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Boom have derailed the series in recent years.
But Sonic Advance 3 came about while Sonic the Hedgehog was still partaking in relatively decent games. So I decided to give Sonic Advance 3 a shot.
I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at platformers. I grew up playing games like Super Mario World and Kirby Super Star, so I’ve been around platformers my entire life. Sonic Advance 3 is not different; even though I’m unfamiliar with Sonic platformers, I skated through the first half of the game with relative ease.
Most of the time, you just run to the right, and maybe you jump every once in a while. To be completely honest, I got through most of the game without struggling. Sure, here and there, I got stuck. But then, I tried the level over again, and Wah-Lah—I beat the level.
Then I arrived at Zone 7, and the difficulty SPIKED. And I mean, a lot. Sure, the water levels were annoying, but nothing was even close to Zone 7. To top it all, Zone 7 is appropriately titled “Chaos Angel”; right from the start, I knew that I was in for a ride. Up until this point, Sonic Advance 3 was a cakewalk, but “Chaos Angel” was pretty tough. It wasn’t impossible, but I had to put a little elbow grease into it.
And then the final boss. Okay. Here’s the deal with final bosses. Some final bosses are freakishly easy, some are super difficult, and others are just time-consuming. With Sonic Advance 3, the final boss just took forever.
The final boss actually has three stages, and in order to beat the game, all three bosses had to be beaten in succession: gauntlet style. And if ya messed up and died, you have to start all over again. So if you (or me, I guess we are talking about me) got a little cocky and died, you (me) had to start over. It wasn’t overly difficult or anything, but it did take me a little while to figure out their patterns.
When I finally beat the game, it was over in an instant. Despite how relatively short the game was, I feel as though Sonic Advance 3 was one of the last “good” Sonic games. It was fast-paced, it wasn’t too long, and most of all, it was fun. Which is all I want out of a video game anyway! Overall, I kinda liked Sonic Advance 3. In fact, maybe I’ll try another Sonic game… #foreshadowing
Also…my Beaten Games List is up to 87!
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