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  1. 9 points
    Oh also I now have a girlfriend. This month is definitely one of changes for me!
  2. 5 points
    It's not that. I have to keep telling people every time I state my opinions that I don't think it'll be like the Smurfs or whatever else. This film doesn't look, nor feel Sonic. I'm not getting the sense of "super fast, spiny hedgehog who loves to explore the world and fight for freedom." Everything about this feels like "Sonic the Plot Device" instead. And because of no concrete information about plot or anything, we're left to wonder what the hell this movie is going to be about, and how Sonic ties into it. If it ends up as "Sonic ends up in our world," I will kick a puppy. All this talk of sequels make me feel even less confident about the film too, because it sounds like this is meant to form a poorly put together "movie universe" for da big monies, even though it's just a standalone video game adaptation in which the movie still hasn't finished filming. We need information, real information, and we need it fast.
  3. 5 points
    Blue Blood

    Revive One, Banish Another

    Banish Fails Revive Tails
  4. 4 points
    Relevant https://twitter.com/TheChaosBlue/status/1041748413241610240?s=19
  5. 3 points
  6. 3 points
    Topic doesn't have much substance beyond listing what characters people consider important with no explanation. Going to lock this.
  7. 3 points
    Yeeah, Penders has always had this.... truly baffling viewpoint of how his precise relationship with SEGA actually works or how it would work, acting as though he's a legitimate player in the scheme of things despite his lack of media experience and being a for-hire comic writer for a spinoff book meant to promote the games. If he were a fictional character you'd call him unrealistic. Fun fact though- once upon a time, Penders was actually quite capable of acknowledging the factors that made the book so successful, back in the day. In an interview he directly attributed the great sales to the fact that for a long stretch of time, the Archie comics were the only game in town. SatAM was cancelled, and there weren't any real major Sonic games until the Dreamcast came out and Sonic Adventure became a thing. For a very long time, the Archie Comic was the only fix available, and Penders understood and acknowledged this. Course, that was then, and this is now- by this point Penders has wholly convinced himself that he was the sole reason for the book's successes, and absolutely refuses to hear otherwise or take into consideration other factors that would have aided his success. Something like that. Its more like that Penders at this point abjectly refuses to grasp people didn't come to the book for him and his characters, but for Sonic, and anything he put into the book became popular only because of the Sonic connection. Well, that's not entirely true- he knows it, but he doesn't really want to admit to it, hence why he tries so damn hard to keep up the Sonic connection for his new project. More accurately, he doesn't grasp that the Archie book was never a major influence on the wider franchise or that it has always been a niche when compared to the wider audience for the games. He's only vaguely aware of how successful Sonic really is as a game series, once revealing that he believed there was only 'a dozen or so' games a few years ago. He only really processes Sonic's success as a COMIC book phenomenon, with the games as an afterthought. There were a great many ways Penders could have gone about this without alienating the fanbase in the process, but the thing of it is, at the end of the day, what Penders wants is a fast track to success. His mentality is that of a man who wants to invent the Chia Pet- something with little effort and a lot of success. The other paths out there would have taken too long and with too much effort, and so, we are here. There's no need. Try this- http://kenpenders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2717 Copy and paste this into the wayback machine, and proceed from there. Hopefully you'll be able to find it then. Oh, you're quite correct that he gets misblamed for a great many things, and even gets miscredited for what he did in the book (you'd be amazed at how many people think he's the sole person behind EVERYTHING in the Archie comic before Ian Flynn rolled into things). Indeed comparing him to such real life figures is going overboard, given that at the end of the day he's just a putrid little man who was given more chances than he deserved, at the hands of a company so complacent that it actually hired the man to begin with and let him keep his jobs despite him not actually being all that good at it. I'm just pointing out that Penders tendency to make a spectacle of himself is what makes it so easy to think of it as all him rather than as the result of Archie's negligence. He's the one who constantly reminds people of what happened and continues to act like a jerk towards... well... pretty much everybody. That, and as a person he's more directly addressable than Archie- none of the people responsible for the loss of the paperwork have a twitter, and furthermore, Archie itself doesn't constantly bring up the trial and take shots at Penders. Penders does the exact opposite, while putting himself on a pedestal that tends to invite people to want to knock him down. There's no real hero in this story, its just that one of the players is dumb enough to keep reminding people of what he did and thus ensuring that everyone will remember HIS misdeeds rather than Archie's. Astoundingly enough, Penders seemed fairly convinced that he would be with Sonic forever, and in particular was completely certain that the Knuckles series would keep going for another hundred issues or so. He really seemed to think he would be 'the' Sonic guy, and having to share the creative duties of the book was one of the causes behind his eventual feud with Bollers- Penders tended to ignore anything not pertaining to his own plans, and deeply resented any kind of intrusion into what he saw as his own private domain. The reason he quit? Was because he couldn't stand the fact that things were changing away from the status quo he preferred, and having to deal with an editor who wanted him to include more game characters and concepts. Archie was a very unique case. Basically, Archie didn't give the Sonic book much oversight for a very long time, and SEGA didn't really care all that much so long as Sonic characters were used and the book sold. There was very little in the way of quality control- what you read about Penders finalizing stories and then moving on is quite true, and he himself even admitted that Archie would even publish incomplete stuff just to make the deadline. Archie was extremely unique in this regard, and at least part of it was due to eventual editor Justin Gabrie having an incredibly hands off approach. The future feud between Bollers and Penders happened because he didn't bother to properly communicate things, and for the longest time that was the way of things. When Sonic Adventure came out and SEGA decided they wanted a more coherant approach to Sonic, that slowly changed, and the end result of it was that Penders eventually left. As to where Archie was during all of this? Their top priority was always their in-house titles, and in truth they didn't care to pay much attention to Sonic due to it being licensed, despite how popular it was and despite it eventually becoming their flagship title. It was this that allowed all the other stuff to happen, and is part of the reason they took so little care of the paperwork. In fact, the fact Archie was so shoddily run is entirely the reason Penders had a career. He was brought on board due to the reccomendation of a friend who already worked at Archie, stayed on board because he was buddies with the first editor he had (Scott Fulop), and continue to stay on board because Gabrie just let him be. He found a job where his work would sell like hotcakes regardless of the quality and regardless of the content, and nobody ever bothered to really reign him in. Everything about Penders' career with Sonic is due entirely to him being at the right place at the right time and being able to stay that way for a decade without ever having to improve himself. Once that changed, he left.
  8. 3 points
    This just in: Pong is one of the defeatable assist trophies. Yup. Ya'll just saw Ridley murder Pong.
  9. 3 points
    With his reputation already so low and nobody taking video game movies seriously I doubt it'll have much effect.
  10. 3 points
    Sounds like he's saying 'Sorry Ian, you had too much on your shoulders. These are my characters, meaning only I can understand them.' Of course its rubbish really, other writers can bring flavour to another persons characters. Just look at Infinity War, the Russo's were handed a bunch of characters they'd never worked with but they understood them well enough to do a good job. If this was true Ken many franchises would die after the original writer died.
  11. 3 points
    Not really. This apology is backhanded and passive aggressive at best. He's basically putting his characters on such a high pedestal and claiming they're SO personal to him, nobody could ever HOPE to approach them but him. That's not penance, that's self-congratulation and smugness.
  12. 3 points
    Just wanted to chime in with something. I know a guy who went to Sonic Revolution right? Talked to him in person a few weeks ago. I asked him how it was, he loved it. I asked him about Ken, since he always goes and he says everyone loves his app at the event. He looked a bit bemused at me and said 'No one went to talk to him, he was alone for most of the day.' So confirmation, he's fibbing about his app's success at conventions.
  13. 3 points
    He ain't falling into obscurity- he's already there. The only people who know about him are Sonic fans, and the newer ones are focused more on Sonic Mania and the IDW book, as is everyone else. He's not known for anything but Sonic, and Sonic fans at large absolutely hate him. He constantly touts the successes of people he knows in a vain effort to make himself seem more important, and that post there was done solely so he could rile up his remaining legitimate fans and pretend he still has some actual relevance in the scheme of things. Frankly, once this thread finally dies (which, given the likelihood he will never, ever release his stupid project, is gonna happen sooner rather than later), there will be virtually nothing about him... and this thread is practically a shrine to despising him and chronicling his various misdeeds.
  14. 3 points
    Penders is in no position to complain about about this, and frankly I have a very hard time believing he actually says the crap he says online to people in real life. Let's recap Penders precise treatment of Flynn over the years. Penders has slammed Flynn for relying on characters he didn't made, but then gone around and slammed him for not using pre-existing characters more. He's repeatedly denigrated Flynn's run on the book while admitting he hasn't actually read any of it, while at the same time pointedly saying that if he were to ever return to the book he'd simply ignore everything and pick up where he left off. He constantly passively aggressively digs at Flynn on his twitter, often bringing him up out of the blue. When Archie lost the license, he could barely contain his glee at the fact that Flynn and all of Flynn's coworkers lost their jobs- while Flynn thanked his co-workers for their time together, all Penders could do was harp on them for not having a backup plan or some crap, in a rather staggering lack of empathy. Most damningly, he's even gone so far as to accuse Flynn of lifting ideas from him under the most flimsiest pretenses imaginable, and not once has he ever taken back or apologized for doing so. This man has consistently done nothing but spit bile towards Flynn, and while Flynn has consistently said all of zero about Penders as he tries to get on with his life. And you know, let's talk about those 'professionals' Penders professes to have so much 'respect' for. Actually, that's a lie- Penders doesn't really have much respect for anyone else who worked on the comic save for those people willing to enable him. Back when Mobius 25YL was happening, Bollers opined that 25YL was not THE future, but rather A future and one of many. Penders disagreed tremendously with this, and when Bollers brought this opinion to his forums, Penders repeatedly deleted the threads that contained the information while angrily decrying Bollers, and even going so far as accusing the man of trying to undermine him. Likewise, he's wholly dismissed Angelo DeCesare's contributions to the book while trying to claim sole responsibility for the Bunnie/Antoine ship that got started under DeCesare, calling him a small timer and even baselessly calling his work 'Furry Archie' while admitting to having never read any of it. And then of course there's the fact that he happily trash talks Ben Hurst, a dead man with no ability whatsoever to defend himself or talk back. Penders entitlement here in the face of everything last thing he's said and done is staggering, especially because if ANY person dared to treat him as he's treated others we would never hear the end of it. Flynn owes this man nothing- not courtesy, not politeness, and certainly not his attention. ESPECIALLY when, without getting into specifics, Penders own fanboys obnoxiously tag Flynn's name and Penders name in the same posts over and over and over again purely so they can either try and start something or just froth at the mouth over the fact that the franchise passed them by. THis entire display is as pathetic as it is disgusting.
  15. 2 points

    This guy knows how to Sonic

    This guy knows how to Sonic
  16. 2 points
    Maybe it's Eggman in disguise? Trying to blend in with the townsfolk while searching for Sonic? Or it's not Jim Carrey at all. Hard to tell.
  17. 2 points
  18. 2 points
    I know that feeling. All these set fotos and even videos now. It's happening dude!
  19. 2 points
  20. 2 points
    Sonic Riders - The Sands Of Time (Sand Ruins) ft. Fallen4Freedom (93% complete) All clips have now been obtained! It's time for me to buckle down on the editing. Fallen4Freedom did a pretty good job, though I haven't tested it against the timing yet, I have a step-by-step program that I came up with myself just for this very situation, from when I was writing for Aaron Webber's independent Skies Of Arcadia project. It worked on my vocals, but this oughta sound real interesting once it's done. She even did both melody and harmony. I'm super stoked about this one. The timing wasn't all too bad either. With my other current project nearing completion, I could possibly be posting two songs within the same week! That will definitely help get my name out there, if they see it a little more frequently. I'm definitely gonna be busy for the next few days
  21. 2 points
    Blue Blood

    Revive One, Banish Another

    I managed to miss this earlier. Perhaps SA-55 could be a bit too brash, but he was actually beneficial to Eggman by giving him someone competent to bounce off when he was getting flustered or too egotistical. He was on Eggman's side, but still resented him. Orbot just doesn't do anything of benefit. He and Cubot just sit around being lazy and/or stupid, with no interest in Eggman's schemes at all. Cubot is probably the bigger issue here, as he only exists to be a useless lackey for comic relief. Get rid of him, and Orbot will probably be forced to be a better character.
  22. 2 points
    “How many did you see?” “14,000,605.” “How many do we win?” “...one.” Chills. Every time.
  23. 2 points
    Hmm might be a interesting idea to merge the concepts of Chao and Wisps somehow. Maybe something as simple as after you raise Chao, you can fuse Wisps and Chao together to form super Chao that you can equip as power-ups?
  24. 2 points

    Revive One, Banish Another

    Revive: The Babylon Rogues - Cool designs, their race has very curious origins (which are expanded a little bit in the Sonic Universe comics) and I loved the interactions between themselves and Sonic. Banish: Silver the Hedgehog - To me, he is the Waluigi of Sonic. His personality is very meh and doesn't "shine" next to other characters.
  25. 2 points
    You are not the first to ask this. In fact, it was one of the first questions to come up when this mess- why NOT make it wholly original and be free of any constraints? Why bother with all of this at all? Why not just shuffle the names, make a bit of effort at originality, and simply go forth from there? Well, the reasons are twofold, and they intimately tie in to one another. Now the first thing you need to understand, is that Penders is under the impression that his work (and let's be clear here- its ONLY his work that he really cares about or holds this view of) is far more valuable and influential than it really is. Like, either he believes this or has done a very good job of convincing the world he does, but the bottom line is that he's convinced that his work on Archie has a huge reader base and is incredibly influential and would still sell super well today, despite all the things that made his work relevant no longer having any real place within the franchise. He's obsessive and deeply hellbent on the idea that his work was a potential gold mine, in particular his ambitions for a Sonic movie- he's gone on at length at how his Sonic Movie idea would've CHANGED EVERYTHING if only THOSE FOOLS at SEGA/ARCHIE had just let him have his way. Hell, he even tried to strong arm a Knuckles movie from SEGA during the lawsuit. (Not even kidding there, read and be astounded) So, point of order? He thinks his work is profitable and popular, and what he wants most of all are the profits that could be made from reprinting his work, and as such, this needs to directly tie in to that. Mind you though, profit is only part of the reason, and the second part ties in closely with the first. That second part being that Sonic is the only thing Penders has ever had going for him. For as much as he tries to hype his other projects and his career outside of Sonic, the sad reality is that Sonic and Knuckles are the only things that gave him any kind of success or acclaim. His work before Sonic is lackluster, and none of his 'original' works ever went anywhere- The Lost Ones, a comic series made for Image, was cancelled after the first issue, and he still has yet to demonstrate that The Republic will ever be released. His entire identity is intertwined with Sonic, as are his successes. Whatever he claims, deep down he is painfully aware that Sonic is the only thing he's known for and the only thing that's worked for him. He doesn't have any real confidence in his own ideas, and as such he needs the Sonic connection more than anything. You noted the changes he's made, but the thing of it is, those changes are at the absolute minimum needed to make his work 'distinct' while at the same time trying his damndest to maintain the Sonic connection. The biggest changes we've seen so far have been in those areas where he has no other options. Otherwise? He's still using Mobius, for God's sake. So yeah, in short? Its a weird mixture of avarice, pride, and ultimately cowardice. While that is a lovely sentiment, the sad reality is that Ken is more responsible than for his own wretched status within this fandom than anyone. See, everyone does indeed know that it was Archie's staggering incompetence that allowed a pipsqueak like Penders to go anywhere, and that as far as companies go they're one of the worst. Nobody denies it. The thing of it is though is that Ken is... honestly, kind of a really awful guy, and he brings it on himself. He's been repeatedly caught lying about his career and dismissing the worth of creators who aren't him, has been nothing but horrible to Flynn before AND after the trial, pushes shoddy work while screaming about how professional he is, and in once instance even stole the name of his intended series from a fanwork made by a devoted fan of his, and abjectly refused to speak with the guy or anything. It's recounted here. http://web.archive.org/web/20150427113133/http://kenpenders.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=2717 Take note that this guy wasn't just some small timer either- he was a long time member of the forum and a defender of Ken's, and even discounting the theft Ken's treatment of him is nothing short of awful. Also, apologies if the link leads nowhere. For some reason this stupid site gets weird about links from time to time, especially to the wayback captures of Ken's old forum. Anyway.... it'd take me far, far too long to do a step by step over all the crap Ken has done. Point of order, his reputation is more than well earned, and even discounting The Lawsuit he's just a wretched excuse for a man. But the thing that makes people hate him above all else, even Archie who enabled him and allowed him to get further than he ever should have? He hasn't moved on since the Trial, not even remotely. Everyone else has gotten along, even after Archie lost the SOnic license. Everyone except him. He still has nothing to show for his efforts, and he still refuses to acknowledge that his era is well and truly done, all the while making a jackass out of himself whenever possible and loudly screeching about what a professional he is, despite having recently been caught directly copying art and selling it (an image of Shadow that came from Sonic Chronicles, ironically enough). This post is long enough, as you said, but point of order? The hatred Penders gleans even when compared to Archie is virtually entirely of his own doing. While he gets blamed for more than he is responsible for, his behavior makes it incredibly easy, and the fact he has absolutely nothing to show for all the misery he inflicted on the fans during that lawsuit only exacerbates matters. The fact that he consistently tries to portray himself as the SOnic Savior and the 'only one' who knew Sonic's 'potential' when it was nakedly clear he never, ever cared about Sonic or Knuckles beyond what they could do for him doesn't help matters, like, at all.
  26. 2 points
    My baseless guess: animated tie-in for Sonic Mania 2, with Amy being a new playable character. Sega's fixation of "Modern" and "Classic" universes makes me certain that at the very minimum, there must be some kind of Mania followup in the works, hopefully one being led by Mania's original team. I think Amy was left out of Plus because they want her presence to be in a bigger sequel, not in a DLC pack. Another series, perhaps several episodes longer, with it all serving as a prelude to Mania 2's plot. Just my speculation and guess work.
  27. 2 points
    Seriously. I should note that those 'few stories' Angelo DeCesare did numbered in 14 in total (at least according to Comicvine), and contrary to what Ken is saying here, DeCesare was indeed the first one to build up the Bunnie/Antoine romance. Now, the BOLLERS incident can be recounted earlier in this thread. Namely here... Aaand here. So yeah, in short? No matter what Ken likes to profess about himself and professional courtesy, he doesn't actually have a lot of respect for anyone who isn't him. Any pretense to the contrary is just him trying to re-write history in his own favor. A *bit*? That tweet REEKS of smug condensation. If that tweet were a person you'd want to punch it just for looking at you, and no court on Earth would fault you for it. You know, I would expect myself to be pissed, but honestly that's just legitimately sad that this man honestly thinks that's good reasoning. These characters were tied into a friggin children's book meant to promote a series of video games. That he invested that much of himself and his life into a Sonic comic is just troubling. Like oh my God man, you really think these fictional characters line up SO well to the people you know in real life? Despite most of them having few to no distinguishable traits or being memorable for all the wrong reasons? That's not profound, that's just tragic.
  28. 2 points
    TBH, if they just replaced one od the extraneous Toads with Toadette and let her play like any other Toad, I woulda considered that a win. Making her half Peach is... weird. Not inherently good or bad just really really weird.It's like the Nintendoest thing ever in the worst way, but I kind of love it just because it's so fucking bizarre.
  29. 2 points
  30. 2 points
    If he put as much effort and passion into his work as he has into his Twitter rants: 1. We wouldn't be making fun of him here. 2. We'd be a few issues into his "project" by now. He's falling into obscurity, save for hanging on by his fingertips. One only wonders how long his grip will last.
  31. 2 points
    Gotta love how reading about all this never makes me feel like they are filming a Sonic movie. I get zero Sonic vibes from everything that has been revealed so far, but hey..how bad can another disaster to the franchise actually be?
  32. 1 point
    That excuse went out the window when Peach became playable in Super Mario 3D World. In this case, I think it's just a matter of them not wanting to rewrite the game's "story." This is an enhanced port after all.
  33. 1 point
    Because it looks thoroughly uninteresting. It doesn't look bad but it's got very little going for it. SEGA haven't shown off much of the game either, nor is there any buzz or hype coming from other outlets. What impressions and news we have gotten haven't been glowing, with people citing that performance issues are currently plaguing the gameplay and nobody really seems to be a fan of the team mechanics -everything seems to point to it being intrusive and confusing. Add this all on to the facts that there's not many characters or levels and the game just isn't going to drum up positivity. On a more subjective note, the artstyle is bland and the reuse of the Sonic R logo amounts to nothing more than nostalgia pandering. Anything interesting from the previous games in the series, be it transforming vehicles, dynamic courses or SEGA representation has been stripped out with the replacements nowhere near as good.
  34. 1 point
    I love how in Superstar Saga, Luigi enters such a state of fear and cowardliness that he literally has to be hypnotised into thinking he's Mario to even jump.
  35. 1 point

    I got my car. 2013 Honda CRV.

    I got my car. 2013 Honda CRV.
  36. 1 point

    Pictured: a gud boi

    Pictured: a gud boi
  37. 1 point


    Chamomile #74
  38. 1 point

    Revive One, Banish Another

    If he was actually fun to play, I think he would've fit perfectly in SA. Part of the point of the game is telling different parts of the story from different perspectives. And having a short story where we see things from the perspective of a relatively ordinary guy who's gotten caught up in events much bigger than himself is an interesting complement to the more traditional big epic heroes vs villains stories.
  39. 1 point
    Looks like we may not seen every stage after all? If this is true, there's another 5 stages TBA. Are you all ready for the return of POKEFLOATS?
  40. 1 point
    This is more or less the stance he's taken before -- that as soon as the original creators left a book, it might as well be over. I mean, he's right -- few are capable of writing characterization as blandly as he can and think they belong on a pedestal. Doesn't he usually tend to @ people a lot, including Ian? That would be a good reason to block, and I know he didn't do so here, but what would have been the point?
  41. 1 point

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    That version of Sonic is garbage too
  42. 1 point
    Yeah I agree , Webber would be better off at a this stage just saying nothing because every time he does say something it just brings more attention to it anyway and we end up with these discussions............ ahhhhh hang on a minute.
  43. 1 point
    It's obvious Webber is just trying to remove any attention away from something that wasn't labeled ``official", like he did with the new Sonic racing game for example. He said there wasn't new game being made when there clearly was because of the toys that got leaked for it. This is the same thing almost all companies/studios do, they mistakenly reveal something and then have to remove or edit the post/page. Like the recent leak of the release date for the Sly Cooper TV Show over on PGS Entertainments Website. Then after a few days Sly was removed entirely, then restored with no release date. Plus they were so worried about that, they didn't even bother fixing spelling errors or Bentley's 3rd arm. Anyways same thing here with Sega.
  44. 1 point
    I understand that the StC design for Amy was based on a legitimate misinterpretation of that piece of art - but for what it's worth, I always felt they got it right. The upwards-angled spines tied Amy very clearly to her species by a design commonality with Sonic, whilst giving her a totally unique shape and silhouette. I've always been disappointed that Modern Amy bears more of a resemblance to Knuckles than Sonic.
  45. 1 point
    Well I suppose it could be said Animal Crossing and Luigi's Mansion are classic Gamecube games so Nintendo has entered a Gamecube remembrance phase buuuuuuut I don't think Gamecube nostalgia actually has anything to do with what we're seeing, I think they're simply continuing series that did very well on 3DS that also just happened to start on the Cube. In other news, one thing I got excited for playin' Switch today? HD Rumble controls, I think those'll make a great Poltergust. They could turn up the resistance, make your joycons get heavier as the ghost is trying to escape. I hope we get some cool stuff like that. I always thought the Wii remote and nunchuck would have been good a for a Luigi's Mansion but that unfortunately never happened. This could be better.
  46. 1 point
    I understand where you're coming from, but the fact that you only count Sonic Mania as the "true" classic Sonic game is kinda telling. I know you're not shallow enough to say that because of the design being used either. Classic fans were technically getting thrown bones for years. I can only speak personally here, but as a classic fan I didn't feel like we got anything until Sonic Mania came along, but from an outsider looking in who doesn't care about the specifics of the series, it looks like it's been living and breathing classic for 7 years now with how often sega liked to parade iconography from the classic games around like they were trying to pander to that audience. Sonic 4 and shit was fake though. Everybody understands that by now. I guess what I'm trying to say is it goes the same way for Modern Sonic. We haven't gotten quality from that side of the series in a long time. Lost World and Forces haven't been great and that big budget movie I'm supposed to be excited about doesn't sound so hot either. The comic and Smash are great, sure, but the main games ain't been shit. Why would I be excited about those? They don't really represent the parts of Modern Sonic that I like at all. There are some people who are satisfied with these games and how they play of course, but there were plenty of people who were satisfied with Sonic 4 too. This might be hard to grasp for someone who straight up doesn't like modern Sonic games, but what I'm basically trying to say is that there are plenty of modern fans that are unhappy too. It's not classic sonic's "fault" but he's clearly the newest of many faces the series has had with it's focusing problem. You were eager to ride the shitty friends train because they were ultimately tied to an underlying problem so you shouldn't be afraid to let your boy catch a little bit of heat. It's not like he's going anywhere anytime soon. I'm not afraid of the series's origins, but the dna of the series that's missing is mechanical and has nothing to do with the aesthetic Sega keeps shoving everywhere.
  47. 1 point
    Game starring Modern Sonic, game half starring Modern Sonic (and with references from throughout the series' history, only 1/3 of which are to the classic games), game starring Modern Sonic, and game 1/3 starring Modern Sonic (and only 1/3 being Classic Sonic and it's the weakest, least developed, least relevant third of the game). And one, single, individual classic character in Dash completely invalidates the eleven playable modern characters, yup. Now look, I've got my own complaints about how the series (ab)uses nostalgia and if Sega/Sonic Team can actually commit to maintaining this "classic dimension" respectfully I could probably accept the modern dimension doing its own thing with minimal complaining*. But people are acting like Modern is being completely subsumed by Classic and that's...just not even remotely true. Modern is the one getting the (relatively) big budget 3D games. Modern is the one getting the spinoffs and mobile games. Modern is the one in Smash. Modern is the one with the brand new comic. I'll be pretty surprised if Modern isn't the one getting the movie (if he's recognizable as either, at least). Classic has...one game of his own in the past two decades, a couple of short animations, and some cameos in Modern Sonic's games. And sometimes the Modern games remember that they were supposed to be a continuation of the classic games and not a totally separate thing. And the eagerness some people seem to have for the series to deny its own origins is just bizarre, and I don't think it's healthy for the series. And sometimes it's this weird quasi-denial, where anything from the classic era is "classic pandering", but all that stuff has to still be canon to modern Sonic, but it has to be buried and ignored so like, what's the point? It starts to feel like some people are so caught up in the division that they'd tear up their own side to take shots at the other. I'm not saying all this to take potshots at people who want a more coherent and fully realized "Modern Sonic" (whatever they think that would be). But Classic Sonic shouldn't be the enemy here. Classic Sonic "intruding" on Modern's territory is at most a symptom; Modern Sonic hasn't known what it's supposed to be for a long time; it's been a sci-fi shounen anime, a story-light retro-inspired platformer, an overdramatic Final Fantasy wannabe, a Saturday morning cartoon, and more, even before the return of Classic Sonic and the push for more classic appeal. It's a problem that's only going to be solved by Sonic Team sitting down and doing some serious introspection and finding something coherent to build around, not just by stripping away the decisions that haven't worked. And Classic Sonic (and related elements) deserves better than to be treated like an interloper in his own series, too. *...no promises
  48. 1 point

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    You kind of can't. It has been proven time and again that the characters work better when they aren't worshiping sonic. Amy's best character moments in the previous comic were when sonic wasn't around and she was interacting with others. Tail's time where he had character was when he was trying to get out of sonic's shadow. Shadow works for many people because he's some weird asshole that doesn't conform to normal friend dynamics and just does shit by himself. When you treat sonic ( or any character really ) like some god king, it makes the character and the person worshiping said character look bad. And on occasion makes the person writing the story look like they are trying to self insert and self indulge. When they treat each other like people its a much more interesting dynamic.
  49. 1 point
    The thing is, Unleashed's reliance on the Werehog for game length is far from the only case of the series doing this. It's been a thing since Adventure. It wasn't really until Colors that Sega learned that they could sell a game of decent quality even if it was a tad on the short side. Though with that being said, I still argue that any decent Sonic level is going to take a lot of time and resources to make no matter what. If you shrink down the stages, make Sonic slower (but not too slow), and make them meatier that's still work you have to do applying the "meatier" part. To that end, I don't think the actual length of Unleashed's stages was/ is the problem. Sonic is just a fast character who's going to require larger levels than other series to support that (we've seen this across the entire series). The only thing I can reasonably see Unleashed adding to the equation is putting the art team on a bigger workload. Otherwise, I don't see how crafting, say, a decent adventure styled level is any different from crafting a boost one. To go into the topic more directly, well... it's hard to say. There are very few cases of 3D Sonic games sticking with one overall gameplay formula and not relying on some other means to pad out its length. The ones that come to mind are Heroes which made you basically play through the game 4 times over and often repeated segments in levels. Shadow which, again, required you to replay the game a bunch to get to the ending (with certain goals tied to some of the levels beyond simply completing them). Colors (probably the best one to go off of) which relied on, again, copying and pasting levels with slight tweaks in order to make different acts. And LW which had a severe gimmick problem. At some point I have to fear what ST would've replaced the Werehog with to pad out the game's length. At the end of the day, if the game is good, I think length becomes much less of an issue. If, in a perfect scenario, ST were literally just taking out the Werehog and applying those exact resources to the daytime stages then the game would probably be around your average 2D Sonic game length. Would that be long enough for a full priced 3D game? Well again, it's hard to say and I'm sure that opinion would vary among different people like it already does with other games. For me personally though, probably. I guess it's also worth mentioning that Sonic games have also always relied on their replayablity factor as well which, I think, is why the issue of length is never really brought up. You beat the game, you replay it and get better times and scores. That alone has already proven to be dozens (and sometimes even hundreds) of hours right there.
  50. 1 point
    Will you incorporate lesser known villains, like Katella, the Hooligans, Witchcart, Battle Kukus, and Mammoth Mogul? And what about fan favorite ones that aren't canonical like Mecha Sonic (SMBZ) and Nazo? Either way I think this is awesome and will HAVE to give it a watch!!!
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