A visual history of Sonic game animations

You know a video is good when your 6-year-old enjoys it and agrees to watch the rest the next day like it’s a two-part movie. New Frame Plus created a masterpiece in their timeline of Sonic game animations, looking at Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) all the way to Sonic Forces. Rather than look at all Sonic games, NFP chose platformers and action games on home consoles only which still left a huge wedge of the Sonic IP to analyse.

Without spoiling anything (can you really spoil it after 30 years), most of the 90s were peak Sonic, the late 90s to mid-to-late 00s were 3D hell, and the rest was mostly good with some annoying deviations and interesting experimentation overshadowed (heh) by overall poor reception and gameplay.

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