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?