Sonic the Hedgehog- it’s a name that ignites the passionate hearts of the past and future. A mascot with attitude, he first appeared in the 1992 Sega Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog. Then he appeared again in Sonic 2. Then in Sonic 3 (and Knuckles!). Then on the Dreamcast. Then the Gamecube. Then the Xbox 360/PS3. And then he appeared on the Wii.
You might be able to guess from
the above paragraph that the Sonic franchise has traversed an interesting road
over the years. Trust me when I say “Has it ever!” And not just from the rather
divided road of consoles- the franchise has also endured a war-burnt road from
the divided fanbase. I put emphasis on divided because it truly is.
For though many different desires
emanate from fans as time passes, the one thing the fans wanted more than
anything else was a return to classic style of gameplay. Last year, we KIND OF
got it with Sonic 4. I say kind of because SEGA admittingly swindled fans out
of a certain aesthetic design- that aesthetic design being what Sonic would
look like during the game. I have other opinions about this aesthetic design
choice and the implications behind it, but I’ll save them for another,
So understandably, the older fans
felt cheated, and for awhile, it looked like Sonic’s Genesis-era self woulodn’t
be playable beyond the games he was already in.
That was, until the teaser
trailer for this game came out. Behold, the Sonic Generations trailer awaits.
The trailer starts off with the
SEGA chime that children and people who think like children- such as myself-
grew to love and remember. Cut to an extreme longshot of a white space, with
absolutely nothing of consequence- until Sonic just jets in to this nowhere. An
extreme closeup of Sonic follows up, during which Sonic runs up to a whiting
Green Hill and jumps from ground-to-cliff-to-cliff-to-top-of-cliff.
As soon as he lands on the cliff,
the camera zooms in for a close-up. Then he runs through a tunnel, the camera behind
him as he slides under the crack. After that, we get a shot of Sonic going from
a slide to his continued jog. The camera then proceeds to both pan left and
zoom out to an extreme longshot of Sonic running to a loop-de-loop. For not
even one second, the camera shows a side view of the loop-de-loop, then
switches to a close-up of Sonic running up and jumping off the ramp (A backshot
And when Sonic jumps off the
ramp, in mid-air, in slo-mo, next to him…is his past self from the Genesis era.
The camera continues with a
zooming in close-up on the ground of this miracle, then a side view, then
extreme close-ups of the two Sonics giving each other a happy look, and
finally, a longshot of them slowing down, then speeding up. Then, the logo for
the game appears.
The day I heard about the trailer,
I couldn’t believe it. So I went on Youtube. And I believed. I found it
mysterious how Green Hill Zone looked so….white. (I’m not racist towards
video-game settings!) And the reveal of Genesis Sonic near the end…it just made
me happy. It made me reconnect my heart to the past and promised a great
future for the game and this franchise.