Wow, are Sonic fans crazy or what?
Well, OK, maybe “crazy” isn’t entirely fair. But their reaction to Sonic the Hedgehog 3‘s thumbs-down in this week’s Retro Roundup surprised me with its vehemence.
I know, I know. I should know better by now. Open your mouth about a video game and someone’s going to get their feelings hurt. And probably tell you to die of AIDS in a fiery car crash. But was my evaluation unfair? I’d never really spent any time with the game prior to this past weekend; back in the day I found that the first Sonic and its sequel were all I really needed to see of that particular style of gameplay unless some interesting changes were added to the formula. Sonic 3 didn’t really look to add much. Now that I’ve played a good chunk of it, I stand corrected: it did add some things! All of which, alas, ruined the fun. The level designs are the worst offender, clearly having been crafted to impede any sense of speed or momentum — the series’ most essential fundament. Am I wrong? Please let me know in the comments; extra points for disproportionately bilious hatred!