Because it was the one of the most trivial features that Classic fans complained about the most before we got anymore information on this game. Classic fans bitched so much about that one aspect (among others), and as a result it ended up sticking with them because of how pointless an issue it was made out to be from the very start.
Stereotyping it may be, it's not exactly helping ease the stereotype when people still continue to blow it out of proportion to this day. It works the same way for Modern fans, except it's only because of how open they are to more extraneous features for the series.
You realize it goes beyond his eyes, right? I'll elaborate more on this further down. This issue was also drawn out by responses to people acting condescending about the whole thing.
Yet too many very vocal fans of the classic games use his appearance as a large reason to not like Sonic 4. If you've only seen this complaint from 1 person, then you are are simply not looking at fan reactions to the game. I've been reading sonicstadium news posts for a while now, which is why I joined the forums, and A LOT of comments on those very news stories are beckoning for a classic look model, or complaining about his modern appearance saying the game isn't worthy of the name Sonic 4. After more footage and news was leaked and revealed, complaints started to emerge about the potential gameplay issues, but for the first couple of weeks, the complaints were almost purely aesthetic.
The complaints were not purely aesthetic, they just weren't taken seriously because some people here thought that the footage didn't contain enough information to actually justify them. But guess what, they were right on the money.
So Phos, let me ask you. Are you a classic fan? And if you are, are you bothered by Sonic's appearance enough to not like the game? If not, then my stereotype does not apply to you either.
An interesting question, one that reminds me of a particular circumstance. Before Devil May Cry 1 came out, I was eagerly anticipating it, and I was not dissapointed. But then Devil May Cry 2 turns out to be one of the worst games ever. Devil May Cry 3 was hailed as being a return to form by the press, but there was one problem: Dante was dressed like a male stripper. I ended up never getting the game, but it turned out to be a none issue really. I hated how Dante played in DMC 4, and that appears to basically be the same as how he played in DMC 3.
But what does this have to do with Sonic? The incarnation of the design they are using for this game just doesn't look good in a lot of cases. It's legs kink like hoses at the knees and hips when they bend, and I don't think I need to revisit what I think of his face. In certain poses from certain angles, it just seems to "fall apart". But would it keep me from buying it? Not if these were actually my biggest problems with the game. Sometimes I tell myself that the new design isn't so bad. I can actually kind of get behind it. But then the slightest glimpse of classic Sonic, and I'm back to square 1... Like right now, with this thing:
With this game, it seems as though they're just telling people that it's going to play like the classics and hope that they believe it. That seems to be a trend in these supposed returns to form in the last few years, aside from Megaman 9, they tend to not be all that different from the lackluster game they are supposedly reacting to. DMC 4 was an enjoyable game thanks to Nero and his very DMC 1-esque move set. But then you have games like Wipeout Pure, which had essentially the same physics as Wipeout Fusion (not good), but was supposedly a return to form because they removed pit row and made the ships less ugly and the teams less corrupt. It only helped them so much, though, because the team that made these newer Wipeout games has been layed off recently.
Edited by Phos, 15 March 2010 - 09:03 AM.