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on October 23, 2021 at 4:26 PM in Games
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both sonic 2 and sonic 3 & knuckles are equally matched with different strengths and weaknesses
Some underrated classics are the Master System backport of Sonic the Hedgehog (which is a completely different game) as well as Sonic CD.
Sonic 2 split-screen multiplayer was more interesting than Sonic 3.
sonic triple trouble is prob my fave of the 8bit ones followed by sonic pocket adventure
Pocket Adventure looks awesome. Never tried any Neo Geo game ever. PA even had networked multiplayer. I wonder if that works on modern emulators?
and it almost had dreamcast connectivity
Mednafen server works well for Sonic 2 over LAN on regular laptops with keyboard input. I only tried the GBA Sonics briefly, but they look like great new games (rather than just ports) yet still with proper crisp 2D graphics, but not sure how network would work as presumably it's made for one input controller only? (not sure if any emulators can emulate multi-console networking?)
Does Sonic Mania (which you described as "the best") have any networked multiplayer? I'm wondering how it'd run in Linux on Wine, and whether it'd be necessary to sandbox it to prevent it from doing any unnecessary network requests?
That's part of the appeal of the earlier Sonic games: that they can't phone home (and hence not any possibility of adding loot box functionality or similar)