Wanna see good Sonic storytelling? Just watch this Sonic Unleashed cutscene: (Sorry about the quality, it was the only one I could find) Anyway, controversial opinion: I think this cutscene may be the single best cutscene in a Sonic game, period. It's got heart, it's got humor, and it really makes you feel engaged. I mean, it shows a side of Sonic we never really see. We see him as cocky, we see him as brave, we see him as snarky, we see him as heroic, but we never, and I mean NEVER see Sonic looking and feeling like total shit. We never see him really caring about Amy (at best, he's indifferent to her, and at worst an utter ass), and this scene just shows the toll the Werehog is taking on him. He does appreciate Amy and considers her a friend, but he never shows that. And if you've been playing Sonic games for as long as I have, you've seen how he treats her. Also even though Chip is an annoying little bitch for around 70% of the game, here he actually serves a genuine purpose to a funny and profound effect. He's trying to make Sonic feel better but is so socially inept that he's just making it worse. I rarely even crack a smile at the jokes in Sonic games, but when I was replaying Unleashed these past few days, this scene actually made me chuckle. But it made me feel for the character - and that is something. TL;DR: this cutscene is the sort of things Sonic games should try to focus on - a balance of humor and heart, amid swashbuckling and adventure.