i always find myself complaining about Sonic the Hedgehog games that involve Sonic running around in a realistic city instead of outlandish, winding, checkerboard-clad structures of earth. See, when the setting has checkerboarded loop-de-loops and floating grassy rocks, it’s established that things aren’t really ~real~ and it’s easy to believe that a blue hedgehog can run really fast and fight Teddy Roosevelt in a floating bowl. But then if the setting is downtown San Francisco, and there’s realistic cars and streets and people and everything, it’s a little strange to see a blue hedgehog roll around at the speed of sound, let alone have a one-on-one with the President of the United States in a time of crisis. Real-ass people and Sonic are just…odd. It’s weird. But it’s still fun and enjoyable and i really do love Sonic Adventure 2 please don’t hate me.
But recently, i played Sonic 2. And since i’m more interested in color design and backgrounds and stuff now than i was when i last played Sonic 2 (about 10 or so years ago), i realized there’s a legitimate city in the background to the Chemical Plant Zone, which has a pretty nice theme and feel to it. Why am i grumbling about Sonic Adventure 2’s city and not this one? You know, i don’t really know. Is it because it’s just a backdrop to a bunch of winding, unearthly pipes filled with blue goo? Since this city’s here, Planet Mobius must have cities and stuff instead of just the wild, right? So Sonic just lives in the wilderness instead of the city then, right? i think i like this city more because it’s too far away to see any realistic human beings with silly voice acting and i can just pretend that there’s a bunch of goofy animals that live in it.