Even if it is a generally panned game, it does have awesome moments.
From the game proper
- The first time we see Sonic, he jumps in the middle of Eggman's drones as they attempt to kidnap Elise, introduces himself to the Princess whilst waiting for Eggman to order his robots to attack, before leaping out of the line of fire & destroying all the machines (bar one) in less than two seconds. And the one Sonic leaves? Well, he stops right in front of it, waits for a moment, before simply poking it & causing it to fall over.
- And then in his ending, Sonic has to get Elise off Eggman's latest airship as it explodes. Cue Sonic carrying Elise, as he runs and jumps to different parts of the airship as the damn thing explodes.
- In Shadow's ending, Mephiles tries to get Shadow to make FaceHeel Turn, but Shadow then declares that no matter what, he will keep fighting. At which point, Mephiles creates an army of clones of himself, before having them attack Shadow. Shadow removes his bracelets to unleash his full power, before proceeding to fight through the clones. The intro to the game's Last Story shows that he makes quick work of them.Shadow: "If the world chooses to become my enemy, then I will fight like I always have!"
- The scene following Shadow's battle with Silver. Just as Silver tries to strike him one more time, Shadow slows time down using Chaos Control, casually walks around Silver, and roundhouse kicks him in the back of the head.
- The cutscene prior to this battle. Silver attacks Sonic again and is about to kill him. Cue Shadow arriving. He saves Sonic, pulling a Vegeta, and offhandedly glances at him to say; "I got this." Sonic gives him a thumbs up in gratitude and leaves after Eggman. It really shows the respect that the two have for each other.
- After Eggman reveals the totality of his plans to Elise, she says she'd rather die than be his prisoner again and backs off the ship, fully intending to sacrifice herself so he won't succeed. Later, she only surrenders to him when he threatens to destroy Soleanna if she refuses.
- Mephiles killing Sonic. This is a hedgehog that's survived gods, Humongous Mecha, the prototype Ultimate Life Form, and being spaced. It has to count for something.
- Silver gets one too, in the final boss battle; Iblis has a desperation attack where he throws a giant meteor at you that destroys the platform if it hits, making you plummet to your death. What does Silver do, provided you time it right? He doesn't even flinch, stopping the meteor in midair and flinging it back at Iblis.
- Timing, nothing. All you need is the same ol' telekinesis you've been using to catch projectiles for the entire game. It doesn't even take up much more of your Action Gauge.
- Sonic, Shadow, and Silver take down Solaris, a sun god.Super Sonic: The present day. The here and now that you've stolen? Time to take it back!
- The cutscene before the first Mephiles boss fight, where he tells Shadow that humanity fears him, and that they will eventually turn on him, and then offers Shadow his... symbolically posed body as proof, and Shadow has a large Screw Destiny moment, and then Mephiles then transforms from a black and white, green eyed, mouth-less version of Shadow to an Eldritch Abomination.Shadow: "I determine my own destiny."
- The end of Sonic's version of Kingdom Valley. Yes, it's a Mach Speed segment and it's hard as hell, but it looks fantastic. Running though what can only be described as a giant half-pipe formed by an upside down waterfall, with segments of ancient ruined castle forming a path through. Notable parts include running on the waterfall, jumping from perch to perch, and the amazing music. For a short time, the game works and it is glorious. This level also seems to be a magnet for Lets Player's own awesome moments, as proven by pokecapn's group and the Grumps.
- It's so awesome, in fact, that this very segment in an earlier stage in development was the very first thing the public eye ever saw of this game.
- Amy Rose, of all characters, gets one. Just as Silver's about to finish Sonic off in Soleanna, Amy steps between Sonic and Silver (read: a 12-year-old girl stands up to a powerful, difficult hedgehog with Psychic Powers, who, as described above, caught a giant meteor-sized fireball in midair) just to make sure Sonic goes to save Elise. It's also this very action that causes Silver to start questioning his mission for the first time.
Silver: "Get out of my way, Amy! This is my mission!"
- The line delivery is also a crowning moment for Lisa Ortiz.
Amy: "Absolutely NOT!"
From the Let's Play by pokecapn's posse
- Just the fact that they got through this game all in one sitting, putting up with all the crap the game threw at them, and refused to give up.
- The first time they play Kingdom Valley's mach speed section, they nearly clear it on their first try. Keep in mind, these are the defining factors of That One Level and they nearly did it blind.
pokecapn: Why can't I go straight? That's how I did it last time.Ill-Ves: You weren't going straight, you were... reacting.medibot: Yeah you were just kind of going with the flow, you know?pokecapn: Fuck.
- Even better is the fact that pokecapn didn't realize that he had been reacting to it.
- Kung-Fu Jesus finally clearing that billiard ball puzzle, at least according to the others' reactions.medibot: Kung-Fu Jesus, you are our savior! ALL GLORY TO THE CACTUS KING!
- After two and a half hours of agony, the team finally clears the End of the World segment, after Pokecapn's breakdown, IlluminatusVespucci's insistence if no one else would play the game, he would, Kung-Fu Jesus' prose rapping, and finally figuring out which posse member was good with what stage, they break into a chorus of "Land Down Under" lead by Pokecapn, and you can hear the triumph in their voice when they save their game.Medibot: This is medibot, and we're playing Sonic The Hedgehog 2006!
- During the last part of the End of the World segment, everyone is very quiet and tense, aside from Kung-Fu Jesus with his prose rapping. When Shadow finally grabs the last Chaos Emerald and they all start singing "Land Down Under" together, it's a wonderful contrast.
- From the contest: One of the challenges was a creative-writing challenge, in which contestants were asked to explain why Robotnik could (as per Sonic 2) outrun Sonic on foot. YeOldeButchere's winning entry surmised that he was running out of pure adrenaline — explaining that he was right in front of a murderous, quasi-demonic being that knew every single one of his weak points, despised him and all he stood for with an indescribable hatred, and just would not stay dead.That's easy. It's fear. Picture this: You're an industrialist, trying to modernize a backward planet and raise up standards of living through the use of technology, for the common good. One day, some of your industrial robots are blown up by a sentient, supersonic blue hedgehog. That's scary as fuck. Now, said hedgehog has it in his head that you're a monster who's turning animals into robots and wants to take over the world and oppress it, in large part because of all the steroids, speed, colloidal silver, and other assorted shit he's been taking in massive quantities for the past decade. You decide to see if you can't reason with the guy, but for your troubles you get assaulted, and your ride gets trashed beyond recognition.
So you decide to deal with this like you would with any other pest problems — you put out some traps, like spike pits, modify a couple of your robots with .22 rifles, etc. The way you'd deal with any rodent, really. Soon enough, the hedgehog gets himself impaled, and you're done. Or so you think. Soon after, despite having quite clearly been drained of his precious bodily fluids, he's back and trashing your robots again. Maybe the other one was some sort of decoy? No matter, you're taking this into your own hands. You modify your ride, Mad Max-style, adding a couple of guns, some spikes, missiles, slowly swinging giant balls, that kind of stuff. Then you roll. You meet the hedgehog and after a brief struggle where he manages to make one or two lucky hits on spots you haven't really bothered armoring, you make him into thin gruel. This time, you're sure he's done for.
How wrong you are. Soon after, he's back. You can't believe it. You try to kill him yourself once more, but this time he seems to know where to strike. He seems to know when to strike. He seems to know when you'll strike. Once you realize that, you try to change your attack patterns, but it's too late, he's done enough damage to blow up your vehicle, and you barely escape with your life. For the next few days, he follows you, destroying everything you throw at him, and it's obvious he won't stop until he gets you. You can't sleep. You watch as he destroys everything you've done to help people — one after another, chemical plants, oil refineries, amusement parks, all you've built, gets blown up by this satanic, unholy, immortal demon from the deepest pits of Hell. When you do manage to take him out, he's back within hours.
Eventually, as you're trying to escape to the one place where you think you're safe — Space — he defeats one of your latest creations, and for the first time, you're face-to-face with him. There's no steel plate protecting you. There's no vertical distance. He's there, staring at you with those empty, demonic eyes.
You run like you've never run before. You just fucking run.
Other Let's Plays
- This person used a combination of glitches to speedrun Sonic's story in 15 minutes.
- The game may be delisted by SEGA, and officially considered an Old Shame in memory for everyone, but the fans haven't forgotten. In lieu of there never being an official port to PC (even though one was allegedly planned at some point back in the day), a full blown Fan Remake using the Unity engine has been going down to both recreate the game tit for tat, and also tweak and improve upon some things. The result is fast loading, smoother framerates across the board, Sonic actually having momentum instead of his incredibly stiff gameplay, and even graphical improvements over the original game. While so far it's only had three stages to show for its progress, pretty much everything from those three stages is near 1:1 besides the gameplay tweaks. Much like with members of the fanbase making one of the best-selling titles in recent history with Sonic Mania, the fans have shown an impressive appreciation and dedication for such an infamous game.
- There's also the Legacy of Solaris Game Mod. A game hack of the title, it works to change various character functions and controls to play more smoothly (Silver can actually fly instead of do piddly dashes and gliding, while Knuckles and Amy go from being nigh unplayable to breaking stages and annihilating groups of enemies), gave all of the partner characters their own mini-versions of the main campaigns for some spotlight, and various fixes and tweaks. It's still Sonic '06, of course, but the potential for the hack to make the game at least somewhat bearable is there. They set out to try to fix the game and improve opinions on it - and they've done a solid job so far in the fixing part at least, though the inevitable, underlying jank will be hard to tackle.