This also sets the stages for my upcoming Sonic 4 review.
THAT pissed me off more than Hydrocity.
The thing that drove me crazy the most in Sonic 3 was the spinning cylinder in Carnival Night 2. Hardest obstacle ever. Still otherwise a fine game though.
It is so nice to see those three games sitting together on the front page. I also like the fact that you reexplored them in preparation for your review of Sonic 4. Let's hope you don't suffer any physical affects from all that blast processing!
Funny, I always thought Sonic 3 was the easiest in the series, beating the first two games with all the chaos emeralds was a monumental feat for me as a kid, but I had no problem beating the third several times with all the emeralds, while the special stages were dissapointing compared to those in Sonic 2, I still prefered them over the ones in the first game, as those felt entirely too random and weren't much fun.
Sonic 2: Agree on the review. The special stages were amazing, and the gameplay was the fastest in the series in my opinion.
Sonic 3: B+?! It gets an A from me. The levels were awesomely designed and the gameplay was huge and fun. The Hydrocity act 2 zone wasn't hard like you said critic. I'll have to agree with Geforcefly in saying that Carnival Zone act 2 was a living hell for me! Otherwise a solid game
Sonic 2 (B+)- I played this the most as a kid because me and my bro could play together (I repped Tails). Anyways great game for sure, but I feel it is overrated and (more of the same and less of a sequel) The game goes by to fast, big surprise there was supposed to be a few more zones but were scrapped to rush the game out for Christmas.
Sonic 3- I never got into this game until last year so no bonus nostalgia points here. Let me say that this is a legitimate fricken sequel. "You said the shortest Sonic" umm... the stages take 5/6 Mins or longer to beat and are HUGE Buffalo. Sonic 1/2 most stages take about 2mins. Also you mention the save feature well lets not forget when combined with Sonic and Knuckles this game takes about 2.5 Hrs to play through.
Anyways I think you should score Sonic 3 and Knuckles as one game (yes have your individual scores for each game but a special review for the games locked on to each other which is the full Sonic 3)
Sonic 3 stand alone cart A-
Sonic and Knuckles stand alone cart A
Sonic 3 and Knuckles Locked On A+ with out a doubt.
I think you need to have a Sonic 3 & Knuckles review. Alone, neither are the best Sonic, but together (as they are meant to be) they are the ultimate Sonic game.