1.) The Progression of Sonic: I enjoyed how they actually made the boost a subject of plot involvement. Recall the scene when the two Sonic's are racing to the recently rejuvenated Chaos Emerald and Modern Sonic surpasses Classic Sonic when tapping in his unique ability to boost leaving Classic Sonic mesmerized. If I recall correctly, not even the Spin-Dash had that kind of plot attention to detail. Modern Sonic's ability to boost is a material instance of Sonic's physical abilities evolving over the course of history. The point is demonstrated by Modern Sonic's ability to defeat Perfect Chaos while in base form due to the Boost being able to replicate the water surface mobility of the Thunderbolt Attack from Sonic Adventure. Furthermore, Sonic developed not just in physical abilities but also in overall leadership intangibles. His coaching of Classic sonic particularly in the cut-scene leading up to the Final Boss displayed Modern Sonic's wisdom acquired steadily over the course of his many adventures.
2.) The deterioration of Eggman: The juxtaposition between Classic Eggman and Modern Eggman indicate subtly that Eggman's moral character and sanity has noticeably deteriorated over the course of time. Modern Eggman is far more domineering, insulting, impatient and overall more nasty than Classic Eggman (Robotnik). Furthermore, Robotnik's rhetorical question, "Will I really get that crazy?" as well as his quickness to resign and entertain the possibility of living a normal life as a teacher upon learning of Modern Eggman's countless failures imply initially Eggman was once more sensible and sane than he is now. As it is in the present, Eggman is irrevocably fixated on destroying Sonic and has become increasingly blinded to the light of reality as time progresses.
3.) The appreciation of Sonic by his friends: For some reason or another the fact that Sonic's friends where willing to arrange a surprise birthday party for him really resonates with me. It bespeaks the tremendous amount of love and respect Sonic has gained from his peers. This is an insight only a fan who has followed Sonic for a while can truly appreciate as such a fan can make sense of why the various characters would attend. Despite faith in Sonic being assumed throughout the series by the rest of the cast it was refreshing to see them collectively express it in such concrete fashion. Indeed, the respect which Sonic commands is so strong that Blaze is willing to transverse her dimension to celebrate Sonic's birthday. The point can be equally made with Knuckles suspending his guarding duties in view of Sonic's birthday. Within this framework, the cheering for Sonic to succeed against the two Eggmans at the games end is a lot less cheesy.
4.)Implications Of The the Opening and Ending Birthday Scenes: I Also appreciated how authentic the two birthday scenes where. Like Colors, it faithfully portrayed a sense of the day in the life of the Sonic universe. Despite not having much cross character dialogue the scene solidified and played on the roles and relationships previously established in the sonic mythos. Knuckles and Rouge still appear to have mutual interest in one another, Blaze and Cream have remained close friends, Shadow remains distant and dissimilar from the rest of the cast etc.
Edited by KingdomOfGod, 30 July 2012 - 03:04 AM.