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Sonic The Hedgehog 3: Complete

Sonic The Hedgehog 3: Complete is a hack of Sonic 3 & Knuckles which aims to provide a much improved variant of the original game, with many new options and features, without straying from the original levels or gameplay.

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Sonic The Hedgehog 3: Complete game description

The ultimate labor of love created by Sonic fans. It has improved over the original games with all kinds of tweaks and changes in pretty much every department including, music, graphics, gameplay, options and more.

There are so many options to sift through, to make the game exactly how you want to play it. It features separate modes for Sonic 3, Sonic & Knuckles and Blue Sphere.

Sonic 3 Design and Presentation

The primary inspiration for the project’s creation was the idea that Sonic 3’s presentation got a lot of things right that Sonic & Knuckles changed for the worse.

As such, the default setup for Sonic The Hedgehog 3: Complete restores Sonic 3’s audio and visual style for the whole game, including, among other things, the original main game themes, Knuckles’ iconic Jacksonesque drumbeat and associated miniboss theme, the reflective lack of music in zone transitions, the original title cards and a lack of “and Knuckles!” exclamations glued in wherever possible.

For the Sonic 3 zones, the original object layouts are available, and are used by default in most cases. Launch Base’s tricky traps are hence restored to their full power, and watching your step during the Hydrocity wall chase is well advised.

Perhaps most notably of all, the transition between the Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles zones is much improved, restoring Sonic 3’s final boss Big Arm for Sonic and Tails at the end of Launch Base, and providing a cutscene based on the Sonic & Knuckles title screen to bridge the gap.

For those who aren’t so set on Sonic 3 being the better half, it is possible to revert most of these changes using menu options or patches, and even to apply different musical configurations when playing the separate Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles halves.

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