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  1. 8 points
    Bad I've got no reason to believe Sonic Team are going to move on from their sloppy engine and worsening takes on the boost gameplay style when Forces sold well enough despite mediocre reception. We'll see the same outdated models, bland art and shallow gameplay that's all spectacle with no substance. Forces did nothing if not prove that SEGA do not have any idea (or that they don't care) what their audience wants. There was no effort put into making it a solid game there; it was a cynical plea to almost every fraction of the split fanbase. Fans who liked the early-mid 2000s games got their "dark" story with lots of characters and edgey new villain, Classic fans got Classic Sonic to play as, modern fans got the boosting and then there was the avatar for the huge subset of fans who make their own characters and just the general popularity of personal expression in games these days (there is of course overlap between these groups). None of these features are close to being fleshed out, and particularly in the case of the boost and Classic gameplay styles, they took the already flawed gameplay of Generations and proceeded to make it worse. I don't believe that these were conscious changes made to improve the games that some people disagree on, but rather were the result of an inexperienced team with poor direction, poor vision and poor understanding of what they even wanted to achieve. The choice was to make a bunch of things that looked like they were what fans wanted, and they didn't go to any lengths to really deliver. The gameplay was phoned in and lazy. Whatever Sonic Team try next, I don't think they'll be appealing to fans such as myself. They'll continue to go after thd lowest hanging fruit, rather than making a quality product that will appeal to a broad audience because requires more time and money (and the right talent). I can't comment on the content of the game, like additional characters, story or even gameplay style. They might move on from the boost, I guess? But even if they do, I'm really sure they won't do it right. Lost World was a mess, as were the avatars and Classic Sonic in Forces. It'll be a low quality game.
  2. 5 points
    Big Panda

    Archie Sonic Main Discussion

    I realised I still had these hiding away, so I thought I might as well share them (it’s not like I could get in trouble for it, right?) Quick backstory: back in 2015, Sonic Super Special Magazine was set to continue with its fourteenth issue, which would have featured content relating to the Worlds Unite crossover, among other things, but it ended up never releasing, and the series as a whole went on what would have been a two year hiatus (it was set to return in early 2017 with a new fourteenth issue, but...yeah). However, this cancelled version of issue 14, through what I can only assume to be a technical error of some kind, very briefly saw the light of day, digitally, on the Archie Comics App. I was lucky enough to grab the issue before it was hastily removed. While I no longer have access to it today, I did manage to take screenshots of the bonus pages!
  3. 4 points
    Surprise! Critical Mode hits TOMORROW.
  4. 4 points
    This guy claiming they're sitting on the trailer is talking out of his arse. Just some random Twitter kid*. The CinemaCon trailers had unfinished CGI with the old designs. There's no 'damage control'. They obviously aren't ready yet. Why in the f-ing fuck would they release a trailer a year before the movie? I swear, the negatively this is getting from the 'fans' is cringy af. *Edit: I assume. Although he had a lot of followers. I've been on the beer all day. Typing is hard.
  5. 3 points
    False alarm guys. He was just joking. Move on.: However, he did have this piece of info.:
  6. 2 points
    I actually had a friend over to play both of the original All-Stars Racing games with me. We both came away from it agreeing that the first one was better. At least in terms of what we felt it did the best between the two games. I love them both, of course. I think they're both great and it's nice that Team Sonic Racing actually isn't taking a dump over their legacy like was originally thought to be the case upon first impression of the initial gameplay footage we saw. However, I did always just like how simple and fun the first one was compared to the second. It also had a bit more of what I appreciate about these kinds of games in them. Specifically, the most important thing to me, is the roster. The first game had, and still has, the best roster of all three of these titles. You've got all the expected ones and then you've got weird ones like the Bonanza Bros. and Zombio and Zombiko. I liked them a lot because of how strange and charming they were. It was a privilege playing as Opa Opa too. The second one's roster, specifically on console, really didn't endear me all that much. I actually didn't have much of a problem with Ralph or Danica Patrick. I like Ralph and I thought Danica Patrick was at least funny to see. The strange marketing push being so on display there tickled me a tad.Most of my problem came from all the unnecessary clones. All the cool, obscure characters were taken out so that characters like Gum, Mee Mee, Pudding, and Reala got in. They managed to a few interesting ones like Vyse, Gilius, and Joe Musashi but there being so many clones, on top of the fact that Big was taken out, on top of the fact that those marketing push characters were there to make it more glaring how strange the character selection was made it a very weird thing. Another thing that I found criminally bad about Transformed was the announcer! He was barely in the thing! I was shocked that there was an option to turn him down in the menu! He doesn't SPEAK except for when he has to call out the stages you select! What happened to all the cheesy shit he would say in the first game?! "I'VE GOT SWEAT IN PLACES THAT DON'T EVEN SWEAT!!" You can't do the announcer like that. Then there's the music, which was great in Transformed... but again, I did honestly miss what the first game did where it just gave me a nice selection of tracks and I could switch between whichever ones I wanted and have that play in the level. They can do remixes if they want but removing that feature seemed like an odd step back considering it literally wouldn't have taken much to put it back in. Then there's the game's difficulty and the manner in which you unlock things. I gotta admit, I straight up didn't like this. I think it might just be that I have more of a Smash Bros, party game mentality for these games rather than a competitive racer one. As such, all the extra hard missions and the stars you had to collect in order to unlock these characters just felt extraneous for no real reason. The missions where you have to drift and the ones where you've got to go through timed rings can go fuck themselves. It took longer than I would have liked to unlock Eggman and AGES. I did it, so I'm not bitter at the game or anything, but that's a mode that I know I won't be able to fully complete and that sours things a bit. I did vastly prefer the original game's system of "PLAY THE GAME... and that's it." You get SEGA Miles for playing the game and then you can cash those in for characters. I liked that better. Then there's the All-Star Moves. Those were WAY better in the first game. They felt way more distinct and unique. Whenever one went off it felt like a big deal. They weren't so overpowered that they'd completely overtake everything though. It was perfect. The fact that they were so nerfed in Transformed was a shame. I understand WHY they did it but I never played the game online so it was only a detriment for me. The items were a lot cooler and felt more impactful in the first one as well. I honestly can't really even remember the items in the second one. The first one, I can remember pretty much all of them. The traffic cone bombs, the star that turned the screen upside down, the rainbow that covered the screen in colors, the rolling blue bombs, the red rockets, the green boxing gloves, the air horns, and the speed shoes...! Also, the design of the cars I again liked more in the first game. They took out a lot of what made the vehicles in the first one unique. Shadow rode in a tank in Transformed instead of his G.U.N bike. Eggman's awesome monster truck was replaced with a weird, little dinky red... tank? I dunno. The cars just weren't as cool. Certainly nothing like Opa Opa was there. The thing about Transformed that I liked more than the first one was the stages though. Goodness, what a massive overhaul for the better that was. They were a lot more varied due to there being no repeats. It was cool that you could do mirror versions of them as well. I remember the After Burner stage in particular being so full of fucking HYPE. When my action/adventure story-telling chills get going from simply going through a stage in a racing game, you know you've done something right. That music reaching its highest point the instant I take to the skies is something magical. The way all the laps in each stage change depending on the scenery was incredible too. Just magnificent. The lines in Transformed were better from the characters too. I remember in the first All-Stars, there was a lot of awkward recycling of dialogue. Shadow, for instance, would start a stage by saying "WHO ARE YOU... and how do you know my name?????" which is an out of context line from either Shadow or Sonic 06. One of those. Now, if the announcer had said his name and that was Shadow's response it would have been funny. But since that doesn't happen it just made Shadow sound like a crazy person. Team Sonic Racing is bringing back the chatter but it's going to be from the characters this time. I do actually prefer that to the announcer despite how awesome the announcer is but if the writing doesn't turn out to be any fun than there'd probably be little point in the long run. It's doing the thing that the original game did by having three tracks based on a single location but instead it's making sure all of those locations look completely different from one another instead of variations of the same area. So that's neat. The roster sucks. 15 is way too small for a game like this. Maybe if it were Nickelodeon Racing or some other piece of shovelware like that, then sure. I don't find that acceptible here though, customization or not. Speaking of customization, that looks cool as hell. It's a feature that neither of the other two had. Looking forward to it. Also, this game HAS a story-mode. It won't be Sonic Riders level of storytelling but it's there. I probably shouldn't be taking it into too much consideration though. It's most likely not going to be ANYTHING remotely special. At all. But... it's there. I'm also liking the music a lot. These remixes all sound great. They all sound appropriate. I actually don't mind that I can't switch out songs here... but I'd welcome that back still. So that's my two-cents. Well, considering the length of this post it's more like 50 cents but whatever. By the way, on the topic of a racing game where the characters are on foot, I don't really care either way. If it happens, cool. If it doesn't, I'm fine sticking with the cars.
  7. 2 points
    I used to be rather pessimistic when thinking about the next game but, recently, we've started to see changes in how the Sonic brand is handled. I'm actually expecting a better game than Forces but I have no clue in what direction they'll go.
  8. 2 points
    I imagine Green Hill will be in it. Seems like a safe guess, really.
  9. 2 points
    Sonic Adventure 3, but it's a boost game, and both Classic and Boom Sonic are there. Or maybe they'll actually learn something from Mania's success and their repeated failures, go back to basics and focus on making an actually fun game instead of continuing to rely on the same shallow gimmicks.
  10. 2 points
    Why are sponsorships being spoken about here? They're part of a film's marketing campaign, yes, but they're purely to raise interest in the film. I personally don't see it as a discussion point, or even something to look forward to.
  11. 2 points
    On the topic of damage control, I think the reason it feels that way to some people has to do with the general ignorance the majority of us possess for movie marketing. It's been pointed out to me to be the case on more than enough occasions but even then there are things that just seem to be unusual choices. Proudly boasting about changing Sonic's design in an IGN interview released on the same day as the motion poster, yet then actively obscuring or hiding the design that they are so proud of. If you are so proud of the design why hide it? It reeks of fear of backlash (who can blame them though when dealing with this fanbase) and then their only defense to the backlash being a weak attempt at starting a meme doesn't read well. Then their is their love of Sonic and even history with Sonic and how they have talked about that, yet in the same breath have said Sonic just can't work unless they use their vision. It reads as the height of arrogance which again then is painted even worse by them not addressing the backlash. Of course they aren't obligated to respond to the backlash like the panicking aspects of the franchise seem to feel entitled to, but that very entitlement results in the whole situation being easily painted as worse than it is. Then of course their is the constant positivity from the cast and crew about how great their work is and how they can't wait for the world to see it, and then the world not being able to see anything officially except for some offsetting hairy legs and a less so but still offsetting silhouette up to four months prior to a good deal of the self congratulatory commentary of the cast and crew. It can come off as both patronizing or damage controlling depending on who you ask. My own beefs with the movie aside, a lot of the above is why I feel like this movie suffers heavily from people knowing too much about something they don't know enough about. It's a matter of knowing things they shouldn't know at this point, but none of the context to apply it to. I'm obviously part of the guilty party myself as some of my above posts attest too, but as a member of the guilty party I can at least see why some would find Paramount's actions to appear as damage control with probably the single most blatant example being that pic with Aaron and Iizuka with the director and producer saying that they're listening to our feedback after that very same producer already said they put their foot down when SEGA was not happy with the design. It's not necessarily damage control, but to a lot of people it is very easy to read as such. At this point, I think above all else it's going to be an interesting study for those who care to, to see how much people's perception of the movie changes once the first trailer comes out. Me, I know I'm still waiting to see if the trailer can change my tune even though as of now Movie Sonic is #notmysonic.
  12. 1 point

    My Reviews of Archie Sonic

    As someone whose first Sonic comic is the new IDW run, Archie Sonic was always a weird thing to me. Something you would hear about in corners of the internet, stuff where weird facts would be spouted like Sonic having several love interests, or darker storylines, or the cast from Satam still being around. I wound up reading Archie Sonic up to around issue #220, even posting some of my thoughts on the stories in the main Archie Sonic thread. However, some real life stuff got in the way, I never went back, and due to my very bad memory, I'm put off reading further into the book. As much as I love Ian Flynn's writing, his love of bringing back old continuity bites for someone like me who constantly forgets where he puts his car keys. So, I plan to reread all of Archie Sonic from the beginning to where I left off to the end, and this time, I'm going to write down my thoughts as I go through. I want to dedicate a thread to this rather than just do this in the main Archie Sonic thread, because I don't want keep bumping and interupting that thread with reviews for very old issues that aren't relevant anymore, and I want to keep this rather tidy. One thing though is that I won't be recapping the issues. I will do some plot synopsis, but otherwise I want to spare myself having to write paragraphs just explaining what is happening each issue. When I posted my thoughts on the main Archie thread, just doing that was demoralising honestly. I'm also not a comics guy in general, so when it comes to writing or art, I'm afraid I'm not going to offer anything terribly inciteful aside from what I like, what I don't like, and occasionally comparing it to the other Sonic stuff I've grown up with over the years. Archie Sonic really is its own beast, and even if much of it isn't terribly great, it does feel like its own unique and evolving entity. So, if you wish to join me on this journey, welcome to my reviews of Archie Sonic. Let us start at the beginning with...
  13. 1 point
    I definitely get your point and understand your concerns. Sonic Team has let us down many times in the past. I'm a naturally optimistic person tho and I've noticed a combination of things that make me believe that we might be in for an improvement. Forces failed critically which (despite the game selling decently) is something they want to avoid in the future. As such, they'll probably respond with a change of some kind (good or bad). Furthermore, they can't shoehorn classic sonic with modern sonic anymore because classic fans finally their own game (thank god for Mania) so they have no interest in playing a modern game for subpar classic gameplay. On top of that, they've stated that there's a clear cut separation between modern and classic now. Again, this supports the idea that whatever they're doing next for Sonic, it has to be something else than boost and classic nostalgia pandering. There's a chance they fall back on Adventure pandering or do something entirely new... I'm not sure what direction they'll go in but we'll see. Now, why am I expecting higher quality ? For starters, both Mania and TSR got delays for quality which is a good sign. They also seem to be getting people who care about Sonic to work on Sonic. I'm referring to the Mania Adventures shorts and the Overdrive animation. We would never have gotten something like that in the past. It feels like they're starting to get why people care about the series and nailing the tone. Finally, all of those points coincide with an apparent new management of Sonic being concentrated in America. Sure, one can say Forces was a total disappointment so they don't actually care but I think and hope that Forces was just the remnant of the previous Sonic initiative from before the CEO said they'd focus on quality. Anyways, it might be misplaced hope... especially after Forces but I do have a good feeling about the future. Exactly this.
  14. 1 point
    The staff changes along with the way the tides are shifting with gaming culture make me think the next game will be very different. More focused on the free movement of the older days. The boost style came from an era where games were focused on simple mechanics and cinematic appeal to begin with, but times have changed and I expect Sonic will try and change with it, as he always does. Hard to predict anything beyond that, though.
  15. 1 point
    Like what, exactly? Honestly, I have to ask this. Before Forces was announced, SEGA got a new CEO who was talking at length about letting fans down and wanting to regain their trust. That's when the social media pages really took off and started to recognise past failings as those they were going to be better moving forwards. Mania the got revealed which seemed to signal a huge shift in SEGA's interest in delivering a high quality game, followed by the Forces teaser reveal only hours later. That too seemed to be interesting, because in recent years SEGA had completely shied away from early reveals of Sonic games and it was a very different tone to everything from the past 10 years. Forces looked like a nice approach in many ways, although the presence of Classic Sonic was a bright red warning flash we all hoped was a false alarm. And ultimately it didn't follow through... Like, at all. Mania came out and was met with acclaim, but Forces really hit a sour note. Love our hate the game, it was not recieved nearly as well as Mania and that's a fact. Since then, it's been relative radio silence on what to expect from Sonic in the future. TSR looks like the quality game we've learned to expect from Sumo Digital, but its also seriously lacking in scope (probably because of budget). Mania and TSR both got fairly substantial delays. In Mania's case, it was definitely to make sure the game didn't need to be as rushed. That's probably partially true for TSR too, but I think it was also part of a conscious effort to make sure that there was a Sonic game for 2019 (as was the case for Boom Fire & Ice). So...What's changed? I'm not aware of any changes in how SEGA is handling the brand. And what indications we've seen in the past have never held out. SEGA haven't handled the series well for the past decade at least, and it's gotten especially bad in the years after the (relative) high of Generations.
  16. 1 point
    Awww, this one is sweet.
  17. 1 point
    Woo boy, what a mess they've painted themselves into to. Honestly, making the next released game something like Team Sonic Racing was a smart move because boy was Forces a conceptual mistake. We quite honestly need something of a low profile and making it a spinoff doubles that. Honestly, they should probably do something between Lost World(Greater Control, adventurous, half and half tone) and Heroes(more than one playable character, semi-distinct stage gimmicks, varied music) for the next mainline game. Something that's self-contained, moderately distinct, and most importantly, as different from Forces as possible.
  18. 1 point
    It did the same for me. However, I was able to find the link to the scrapped stuff pretty quickly. Here is a more direct link
  19. 1 point
    It's a lot more professional and normal when a trailer is advertised during another movie. It could release AROUND the same time as Detective Pikachu. We could get this week even, or (likely) next week online. That Star Wars trailer that came out last week is clearly going to be shown during Endgame. That Lion King trailer we got at like the beginning of this month is obviously going to show during Endgame. Sure, it's all Disney, but what I'm saying is, trailers NORMALLY are released to be displayed for another film (even if the trailer was put online a head of time). Considering we hadn't gotten the Sonic trailer last week (which would have been perfect if they were showing it during Endgame), I am definitely predicting Detective Pikachu now, hands down. Live action video game movie being advertised during an insanely hyped up live action video game movie. The trailer is either going to release this week or the week after online. We're getting close guys, I guarantee it. The baby Sonic plush is also being sold in August, so we know for sure the trailer will release before then. I doubt Disney is going to let Paramount advertise their film during Toy Story 4, considering it wasn't shown during Endgame, and Sonic and Frozen 2 are pretty much in competition at this point. Paramount and Warner Bros. have had relations before, so the Sonic trailer coming, again and I quote, "AROUND" the same time as Detective Pikachu is a very safe bet.
  20. 1 point
    Sonic quips... That's a quip...fast and snappy. These modern games don't draw attention to the jokes Sonic makes, they just drag on.
  21. 1 point
    I just remembered another detail about the recent episode that I'll add to my post.. I really don't get that. The Friendship of Festival was in Canterlot, wasn't it? Especially giving Cadence was there and therefore so should Shining. I guess. There mainly the use of magic thing she brought up that never really comes up again.
  22. 1 point
    Movie spoilers coming out the wazoo in this thread...
  23. 1 point
    I'd wager if there was going to be a Boom season 3, it would have happened by now. As much as I'd love one, I think the show is effectively done.
  24. 1 point
    What? He isn't Mario, mang. This actually isn't necessary for a personality like Sonic. It's not like he can only be molded around the stories he's in, that's just an excuse to keep him as a paragon. His role in stories like Adventure, Unleashed, and Forces would be much more interesting if he was molded by the events happening and it honestly wouldn't change anything. If it also leads to consistent characterization, that'd be Big Swell.
  25. 1 point
    I think that franchises that have been around for quite some decades will have certain entries that cause division within their respective fanbases. For example, I'm a Macross/Gundam fan and can tell how both franchises have their ups and downs as well as which series are held in high regard vs the ones that are not as warm welcomed.
  26. 1 point
    Blue Blood

    The Return of Hiroshi Nishiyama

    I love how one guy (who's name I'm willing to bet most people weren't familiar with two weeks ago) rejoins SEGA and everyone starts talking about SA remakes and SA3. Hiroshi Nishiyama was a field artist/director Heroes and Shadow as well as the Adventure games, and the last Sonic game he worked on was Rivals 2. https://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,52504/ Hiroshi Nishiyama is only credited for art in all of the games he's worked on; Sonic, SEGA and otherwise. This "news" is an interesting tidbit at best but ultimately is pretty meaningless.
  27. 1 point
    Amazing fanmade music video featuring Squigglydigg!
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