Which special stage was the easiest?

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Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Triert » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:29 am

Between the classic sonic games like 1, 2, 3, and CD which ones would you guys say had the easiest emerald stages?

I'll stick my neck out for 3, which in my opinion and after getting better at it over time is my favorite and the easiest bonus stage. Sonic 2's ring collection felt clumsy and difficult as soon as you got more than one emerald, and 1 was strange.

I haven't played CD as of late to say much on it

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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by SwifterTheDragon » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:53 am

Would Blue Spheres count? It IS just a bunch of STH3&K levels. 2 I didn't like too much. 1? It was alright. I feel it would've been better to keep it's scrapped ideas. (Outside of the maps, you can see icons that probably represent lives and zones/acts where you could probably go back or skip a few levels too. 3 was the best. Frustration yet satisfaction with the fact that I could get a perfect and be rewarded for it. Good thing the unused level was scrapped. That is waaay to hard to be in-game.

Does Mania's UFO stages count?

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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Triert » Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:12 pm

no

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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Rajikaru » Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:10 pm

2's was by far the easiest, as well as IMO the most enjoyable. 3's was cool as a concept but would take longer than the actual Sonic 3 levels after the 2nd emerald and were victim to annoying and stilted controlling, it was super easy to **** up because you pressed left or right too early. 1's was also cool and psychadelic but the rotating made it a lot harder than it really had any right to be, it's like if pinball was playing on a constantly rotating board. CD's were cool but eh whatevs little man
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Triert » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:21 pm

2 felt horrible because it never felt like you could get all the rings but if it's easy for you i like to think im just bad at it instead of it being piss hard

on the other hand for some reason 3's special stages can't seem to make me screw up too badly

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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Rajikaru » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:50 pm

Triert wrote:2 felt horrible because it never felt like you could get all the rings
The key is to A. Play as Sonic with Tails, to get the maximum amount of rings you can, and B. just get the rings. It's not ridiculously easy, but it definitely isn't as hard (or annoyingly designed) as S3K's special stages.
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Ivogoji » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:28 pm

Sonic 3's Special Stages are fun and challenging. I don't think they're especially hard, once I'd gotten good I could do them in my sleep. Its 100% about skill, no luck based elements.

Sonic CD's Special Stages on the other hand feel like luck based missions, the UFOs have to spawn where the player can smash them quickly, if they pop up too far away the player will run out of time. So to me CD's Special Stages are pretty hard since skill only goes so far.

Sonic 1's Secret Zones are fairly easy once you get the hang of them, the only hard part is actually getting to the Giant Rings at the end of the Zones, Sonic 1's difficulty spike makes collecting the later Emeralds much tougher than in other games because getting to the end of a Zone with 50 rings is harder.

I don't like Sonic 2's Special Stages are about skill too, and all it takes is practice to master them. But, Sonic 2 has no save function, which means you must redo every Special Stage every time you play the game, and you have very few opportunities to practice beyond the third Special Stage. This makes Sonic 2's Emerald hunt extremely difficult compared to Sonic 3.

Sonic 3's Special Stages are easy to access, since all you have to do is memorize the Giant Ring locations, and they're easy to practice, since you can save your progress in the game. This makes them the easiest by far.
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Sable » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:43 pm

CD's, and sonic 2's are far and away the hardest. every game that uses the half-pipe is ****ing cursed except for saturn 3D blast
Ivogoji wrote:Sonic CD's Special Stages on the other hand feel like luck based missions, the UFOs have to spawn where the player can smash them quickly, if they pop up too far away the player will run out of time. So to me CD's Special Stages are pretty hard since skill only goes so far.
untrue, UFO spawns are entirely consistent. you also get indefinite extra time as long as you can make it back to the center for the blue UFO
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by chaoadventures » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:52 pm

3 is the easiest due to actually good design and memory making them easier. Rectangles are simple regardless.

2 is the hardest because of their inability to compensate for horrible draw distance.

1 is whatever.

CD, Chaotix, and Mania are good design + difficulty.
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Ivogoji » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:14 pm

Sable wrote:
Ivogoji wrote:Sonic CD's Special Stages on the other hand feel like luck based missions, the UFOs have to spawn where the player can smash them quickly, if they pop up too far away the player will run out of time. So to me CD's Special Stages are pretty hard since skill only goes so far.
untrue, UFO spawns are entirely consistent. you also get indefinite extra time as long as you can make it back to the center for the blue UFO
Can't believe I never noticed that before. I guess was getting "lucky" when Sonic happened to be standing right where the UFO spawned and "unlucky" when I had Sonic in the wrong spot.
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by chaoadventures » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:14 am

It's implied that you don't know this so I'm gonna say it.

The UFOs don't just spawn either, they actually move around in a easily traceable (but hard to catch) pattern.
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by Jeffery Mewtamer » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:41 am

Considering S3K is the only classic game I actually 100%, I'd give it the award for easiest special stages. Then again, that might just be because its the easiest to access special stages in and the special stages are accessible from level select, so practice is easy.

Sonic 1's special stages are the next easiest, and S2 are the hardest.

Not sure I've every played the special stages in CD.
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by eblu » Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:20 pm

rush/colors are my favorite imo, the halfpipe transfers well to the DS and it felt like the logical evolution of the ones from 2
easiest would have to be 3D blast. those are a joke

edit: what kinda classic trilogy crap is this triert
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by chaoadventures » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:32 pm

but eblu none of those were part of triert's actual question in his post

Also Sonic Rush's Special Stages belong in the trash. Colors was fun though.
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Re: Which special stage was the easiest?

Post by CanSteam » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:34 am

Sonic 1: Haven't played much of it, but they're okay aside from the fact that you can just fall into GOAL circles without knowing what's below you
Sonic 2: I hate em. They take your rings and are really easily to fail, and the controls are really delayed.
Sonic 3: I love em. Special rings are usually pretty easy to find, and the stages are usually a breeze after you know what to do. Plus, you can get 50 rings for a continue, which is easily attainable in most Blue Sphere stages. The delay on movement is a little annoying though.
Sonic CD: They're okay. The depth perception and constant movement things on the control are hard to keep track of. I still can actually get time stones though, unlike Chaos Emeralds in 2.
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