I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of negativity regarding the Sega Genesis Sonic games these last few days. Some of that, in part, is because of the above video, where Red Letter Media (Plinkett, Half in the Bag, Best of the Worst) declares that Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the most overrated game of all time, sparking a somewhat one-sided debate that Sonic games have always been bad.
Purely by coincidence, a few friends for a podcast happened to play through Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and while I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast itself, I know just from casual conversations with them leading up to the recording that they did not think highly of the game.
And it bums me the hell out.
As somebody who holds Sonic 3 & Knuckles up as one of his favorite games of all time, you can’t help but have a moment of personal introspection: Am I wrong? Are these rose tinted glasses too thick? Are the Sega Genesis Sonic games actually bad?
These videos are no longer hosted on Redlettermedia’s channel (in case you didn’t look at the channel of the embedded video), and thankfully so because they’re generally poor videos to begin with. They give the air of analysis when they don’t come even close enough to that, and are just made on a whim by Rich Evans and the guy who made this. This video in particular bothered me because it’s honestly clickbait. It couldv’e easily been called a review, but no. You had to know that it’s the most overrated game of all time. (which Rich Evans ends up debunking at the end of the video anyways). And it started out bad because Jack said that it was the most overrated game of all time, though he hadn’t played it in TWENTY YEARS. And their actual complaints can be summed up in two sentences. I’m not kidding. Their only complaints are “sonic builds up too much momentum” and “the screen is too zoomed in on sonic”. That’s their most overrated game of all time criteria. This was a bad video. Zelda Sequelitis -tier bad. I’m just waiting for Cliff Bazinga to make a few tweets about how his wife divorced him because they got in an internet argument about sonic being bad.
I still stand by the fact that people that thing the original sonic games are bad are people that are so used to Mario or other platformers and play Sonic like a Mario game and end up getting shit on by the levels.
Most complaints towards the Genesis game I’ve seen has just been players blaming the games for their actions and calling the game “Memorization” the game. As a dumb ass kid with little to no attention span and shit skill at video games was able to beat all of the Sonic games without relying on memorization or losing.
Can’t wait for more shitters to start calling some other popular game bad for click bait garbage
Look at the bright side. The more e-celebrities that spout stupid shit like this and being completely inable to do things like press down while running is pretty much the only thing that keeps Genesis away from that awful retro boom. This weird Nintendo fanboyism on Youtube might suck for people who want to legitimately collect for Nintendo consoles, but it could be worse. There could be an equal amount of Sega fanboys, but there won’t ever be. It’s a weird snowball effect of inspiration that pretty much stems from the AVGN.
The sad thing is that I really don’t think this is clickbait and that they’re really sincere about how they just have no idea how to play the game (Despite reading the manual which pretty much outright tells you all the ways you can get past enemies and obstacles, not that you’d need to read the manual for the most part, anyway). They keep complaining about how Sonic runs too fast for enemies that I’m honestly convinced they think it works like Mario in that you have to jump on the enemies’ heads in order to kill them and not like Sonic where you just need to hit their bodies. Or just roll into them while you’re running. I really like RLM, but they need to stick with movie reviews and weird Everything-Is-Terrible-esque VHS tapes.