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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sonic 3 & Knuckles high playthrough 1

Started a playthrough of this while vaping weed... Using the "Sonic 3 Complete" patch which makes it feel more like a single cohesive game and gets rid of the continuity errors and fixes some other stuff. It also adds the Sonic 3 final boss back into the game, which would've been cut out in the vanilla version of S3&K.

Got my first game over at Ice Cap act 2.

Holy hell I forgot how annoying AI Tails is in these games... so many times where he hits the boss right before you're about to and you get caught in the boss's invulnerability frames and screw up...

Launch Base Zone... this music epic...Sonic stole Eggman's ride at the end, found Knuckles, he fell off, the then the base launched and took off and Sonic went back on it to get to go after Eggman...

Got another game over at the Launch Base Eggman boss (the 2nd phase, the 1st phase was pathetically easy)... Also Tails isn't with me anymore on this boss so I can't blame that.

The 3rd phase is pretty hard too, mostly because you get 3 rings at the beginning and that's all you get for all 3 phases of the boss.

Found the Master Emerald shrine... at this point I've only collected 3 of the chaos emeralds because those special stages started getting a lot harder and really easy to screw up on...

I'm not trying to go for all the emeralds in this playthrough though. Next I'll do a Tails-only run, then a Knuckles-only run, and by then I should have gotten enough practice to do all the special stages and I'll get high again and do a 14 emeralds Sonic-only run to finish off the game.

Flying Battery Zone... lol this capsule boss... then jungle gym Eggman... the bosses have suddenly gotten a lot easier now compared to that Launch Base boss I just go through... getting my lives back up too.

Sandopolis Act 2 is so tedious... it's filled with timed switches like in SA2's pyramid level... and when the lights go out and all those annoying ghosts appear... gah!

Flooded the place with sand... Knuckles probably doesn't need to do this part... finally, barely beat Sandopolis Act 2 before the 10 minute time limit. That Sandopolis boss is really tedious too just like the level.

Lava Reef Zone... back to normal sensible gameplay... a lot of death traps here.

Knuckles pushes an ice boulder towards us... it landed underneath the Death Egg landing ground...

These boss fights are getting really interesting... Fought Knuckles at Hidden Palace Zone. Eggman then tries to take the Master Emerald while Knuckles isn't looking... Knuckles finally realizes his mistake...

The 3 of us all chase him to Sky Sanctuary... Knuckles helps us through the level by flying over to hit switches...

Metal Sonic boss fight... he mimics a bunch of old Eggman bosses from previous games... Then there's Death Egg Zone... having an electric shield here helps a lot...

Destroyed the Death Egg (with no rings left)... Angel Island is still in the ocean though... Bad ending...

That felt longer than I was expecting, but the whole playthrough only took about an hour... It really felt like I played through a single Sonic game that outdid everything its predecessors did... I didn't get many emeralds, but I definitely found more than enough special stage rings to get all 14 emeralds if I had beaten them.


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