Green Hill Vs Emerald Hill: Which Zone is More Memorable?
Posted 05 July 2012 - 02:05 PM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:20 PM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:28 PM
SIDE NOTE: I actually very recently remembered that I watched the cartoon before I ever got the game. I had a flashback to the first time I beat EHZ's boss and hit the capsule. The animals started coming out, and my Dad asks me what those are. I replied, "I dunno, but I'm not stickin' around to find out!" and stood on top of the capsule to avoid them. I was quoting an episode of Adventures, there. Plus I was so jumpy after having FINALLY beat that tough-as-nails boss that I didn't want anything to kill me, haha.
I really do enjoy Green Hill. I think the imagery and music are a notch better, and it's a perfect introduction to the Genesis series. But as a level, I enjoy Emerald Hill a lot more. Sonic 2's level design gave you a lot more freedom to either explore OR go quickly, and I've always tried to speed run, haha.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:33 PM
I dunno why, but it just feels so much more natural of a level than Emerald Hill Zone. EHZ... just feels a bit stale and not that memorable. It has the same theme and vibe as GHZ, but honestly I don't care for it much as an intro level. It's just not that particularly engaging, and in a platformer that's not a good sign. Hell, I think Emerald Coast is a much better intro level than EHZ but that's a subject for another day.
Really, in general I just think Sonic 1 trumps 2 in so many ways. The level design was so much more clever and subtle, S2 to this day feels a bit... dumbed down? It's not a bad game by any stretch, but I still maintain that it's the most overrated game in the series and I consider it the weakest out of the classic games (Including CD into that).
Also when I was a kid I always wanted to know what the hell was on that Island in the background of GHZ. I never did find out.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:31 PM
Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:16 PM
The lake/sea water at the back being dyed a blue color and the hills, while the crabmeets serenade on the ground and the buzzbombers fly gracefully over the blissful flowers that turn on the grassy landscapes. Filled with moving platforms, loops and the dangers of spikes, Green Hill Zone is a marvle in it's beauty.
I am crazy.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:09 PM
EDIT: Though I do agree with OP on one point. Marble Zone was my introduction to the Sonic series at a friends house, and for a while I thought it was the first level, so it probably left a greater impression on me at first.
Overall though, this is part of why I liked Sonic CD so much (and why I complained about the Tails sprites in the CD remake.) Visually it mimicked Sonic 1 far more than it did the other Sonic games, and it was easily my favourite looking Sonic game until CD showed up.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 09:32 PM
Also, Green Hill has been remade so many times, music remixed so often, its just natural for a person to have been more familiarized with a zone that constantly reappears in Sonic games than a stage that has, to my knowledge, only appeared once in the entire Sonic series
Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:32 AM
Also this guy really pissed me off because he's a cheap dirty monkey:
Posted 06 July 2012 - 02:09 AM
Emerald Hill is more streamlined, but still has its share of secrets and hidden stuff, it also is better for being a good example of the multiple routes in a level. That and it is one of the three 2-player levels.
That, and I played Sonic 2 first, so it has stuck more.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 02:31 AM
When I think of GHZ - Sonic. Vague blurry memories of 2 year old me picking up a controller and trying to play this game after it came out (and failing). Also getting the system 4 years later for Christmas with Sonic's 1 and 2, cuz my mom is the best mom ever.
EHZ - Lazy GHZ ripoff placed quickly to get the first zone out of the way. Aside from the wonderful corkscrews, I don't really like EHZ, sorry... The music of EHZ though, that's another story. I do like that a lot!
Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:23 AM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:45 AM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:14 PM
I do wish they fucking would though!
Having said that, oversaturation of GHZ hasn't made me love the original any less. To answer the question, I think I love GHZ and EHZ equally. Before I had a Mega Drive, during the phase of wanting one (very badly I might add!) I was very familiar watching older kids playing through Sonic 1 in HMV/Boots/Virgin Megastore, so Green Hill Zone was etched in my mind before I owned my first Sonic game (Sonic 2) of which I have equally fond memories, but that has no bearing on which one I prefer or find more memorable... or on the original fucking question for that matter, so...
Now we've got the personal shit out of the way, Green Hill is by far the more memorable zone.