Sunday, February 07, 2010

Photos - Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)

I fired up the always-excellent Gens emulator tonight and had lots of fun with Sonic the Hedgehog 2.  I ended up snapping many screenshots of every level and zone, most of which will end up here on this blog.  Here are some terrific shots from Emerald Hill Zone.

I've always loved the abstract, psuedo-CGI look to Sonic on the Genesis.  Here are the geometric patterns of early computer animation, the Tetris shapes and checkerboard patterns carved into the rocks.  It seems to evoke the feel of early Pixar short films from the 1980s.  When this is coupled with the terrific color pallete of the Genesis,  the rushing waterfalls, the stacks of golden's a fantastic design.  This was an art style that jumps out at you.  It's bold, confident, self-assured.  This was Sega at the height of their powers.

This is exactly how Sonic the Hedgehog should look.  I always wish there were more levels from Green Hill and Emerald Hill.  Heck, you could set the entire game in this zone, and I'd be happy.

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