As some of you may have seen, earlier this week I released the first part of a Sonic retrospective series: If you're unable or don't feel like watching it, I'll be happy to sum it up. In this video, I talk at length about what Sonic 2 (the first game I ever owned) taught me about gaming, and what attracts me to the medium to this day. Basically, the way Sonic 2 was designed was focused much more than its predecessor around speeding through levels as fast as possible. Not saying the zones weren't still complex, or that they didn't include plenty of platforming, but more than any of the other Genesis classics, Sonic 2's level design is speed-focused. Therefore, that's what I like about Sonic games: getting through them as fast as possible. In the next part, I plan to talk about Sonic 1 and (probably) Sonic CD. I know the latter in particular is many people's favorite, but it couldn't be designed more differently. The level design is much slower, and lends itself a lot better to exploration. This was one of the classic series' greatest strengths: want to go fast? That's fun. Want to take your time and scour the map for secrets? That's also fun. But it created a splinter in the fanbase that exists to this day. I suspect most people may fall somewhere in the middle, but it's why you get people who don't really care for Generations and prefer Lost World... an opinion I find a bit flabbergasting, but if that's what you're looking for in a Sonic game... and that's one I heard right here on Retro. I fall pretty far on the side of speed, but I feel that in the retrospective, it's going to be important to set up this divergence. Now that I've established why I like the series, I want to accurately describe why others do. So. What is it that keeps you coming back to Sonic? While I definitely want to hear from people who prefer the slower-paced stuff, this doesn't necessarily have to fall within the purview of the parameters I've established. Do you like the Adventure series' focus on multiple playstyles and story elements? The community's focus on finding lost elements and hacking? Thank you!