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  1. 12 points
    Yeah, my reaction too, seeing NEXT SONIC GAME and ANNIVERSARY TITLE in the same title feelsl ike an immediate slap in the face. I know it's unfair and it can just be the same as Sonic adventure 2, a game doing it's own thing with at most a bonus level as celebration. But BOY, after a decade of Anniversary fanservice games, I don't want to see those 2 phrases next to each other. Man, getting a little tired of the Click bait titles. Everytime there's a "Iizuka says X and Y will be in the next game!!!!" it ends up that it's just a journalist asking for the posibility of that happening and Iizuka shrugging. I think the reason why so many (Including me) keep thinking the next 3d Sonic game should be done soon, and should have been in development for a long time, is because I fear we're all suffering from a refusal to believe Sonic Lost world and Sonic Forces are really the only 2 actual games Sonic team made in a decade. Both feel like a B-Team asset-recycle cashgrab inbetween main releases. Yeah, cute game made by the Sonic Team's interns and whatever third party helped you out there, now where's the REAL game you're working on? What were you working on since 2013's Lost world? Forces? Hahaha, cute. Seriously, where's the real game you're working on? Where's the Sonic Unleashed of this era, hidden in the back while Sonic 06 Forces and Sonic advance 3 Mania are there to keep us silence for a while? Of course it's becoming blatently clear this isn't the case, but I guess a lot of people including me are still desperatly hoping that's the case. It's supposed to be, but that's one of my gripes with it, Sonic team seems to forget it's a setting. I rarely get the feeling that Green Hill zone is South island's beach strip and more that it's just magic aesthetic that keeps showing up because member first game? My problem with Green Hill zone is the lack of respect. If, like what Detective Mike said, they're giving it a plot relevant twist, or it's indeed GENUINLY a setting they're returning too, actual physical South Island, I don't mind. Heck, if the Green hill aesthetics are just used as "Sonic seasoning" to give settings a more Sonic feeling, I'm fine with it too, like Angel island. Got all the Green Hill tropes including checkerboards in the rock formation, but it's subtle about it and the level is it's own identity first. But Forces' wasn't a landscape with some checkerboards and abstract grass as a little extra personality, it was nothing but pure raw concentrated MEMBER GREEN HILL ZONE hammered into my eyelids with the subtetly of an oil tanker in a ballerina contest. Spectacularly out of place with the rest of the game to the point of parody. It's the lack of respect or wit that annoys me more then anything. It feels like desperation rather then an artistic direction or even a genuine setting for Sonic. Same with Shadow's utilization in modern games. I love to see him....When the writers/ game designers have sat down and carefully thought about what he is and why he should be in their game. And not as shiny object to get drooling Adventure fans stumbling in. Heck, are there any genuine Shadow fans left? He's so pointless and lost all the charm and value the character used to have. He seems to be written so only people who hate the character can get some visceral ironic enjoyment out of his appearences. But they don't make him ridiculous enough for That. But hey, as they say, lie often enough and the lie becomes truth. Keep the Sonic characters out of character for enough games and their new improved personalities subplants the old! Too bad all their changes are too inconsistent and the stories they're in too bland and boring for any of this to make an impact. I keep using GHZ and Shadow as the Uber examples, but the games are chuckfull of these thoughtless, witless fanservice crutches. Ruining any joy I may have had in seeing some beloved elements from the past return. There's not a single character, setting or gameplay style I want to see return in fear of how bluntly Sonic Team will completely miss the point in their desperation to find the ultimate "instant money and succes, no effort required" cheat code. It's frustrating, I LOVE that Sonic games are utilizing the past more and more. But they don't build on the past, they remove it's organs and mount it on the wall as a soulless trophy. I suppose the ONLY GAMEPLAY MATTERS part of the fanbase is more tolerant in seeing their games broken down into a series of soulless ingriedients to be shoved in anywhere as long as roll physics are present.But for someone like me treating it as a thrilling adventure series first and a series of physics simulators second, it's draining my desire to stick around faster and faster. Boy, I sure hope Classic Sonic randomly shows up in the next game again.
  2. 7 points
    Article about "Iceman" Etika is up. For those who didn't know, he used to be one of ours, and in many ways, always will be.
  3. 4 points
    Just finished Toy Story. First time I've seen it in years, still one of the best movies Disney and Pixar have ever made. This movie is literally interconnected to my childhood with how many times I've seen it as a child and how much I loved both TS1 and TS2 back then. So insanely happy it's held up so damn well.
  4. 3 points
    The timing of that line is pure magic.
  5. 3 points
    They're looking to be out next year if there's no delays. That might be why they're not bothering with a major release in 2020. Taking time to get used to the new machines.
  6. 3 points
    That's because Dynamaxing is lame. When people say they want new stuff, it should be automatically understood they mean new, good stuff.
  7. 3 points
    Anime Team Rocket's life story in one picture:
  8. 2 points
    First off....Great post! I share a lot of your feelings, particularly the bolded. I actually had to laugh out loud when I read it...but then 5 seconds later felt terrible haha. The timing of announcing an anniversary game after the previous game was an anniversary game...and the last good game before that was an anniversary game....just seems like a lot of thought isn't being given to marketing here. I think the reason a lot of us feel that way, outside of any evidence, is that Sonic Generations showed what this modern Sonic Team could do when focused and funded. Sure it didn't win any awards but it was clearly the best Sonic game in over a decade, arguably the best 3D Sonic title to date...and I'm aware that's not saying a whole lot but the game was THE love letter to Sonic fans before Mania. The level design, the soundtrack... brilliant stuff. It and Colors were like a defibrillator to the state of the series at the time, which a lot of fans too soon seem to forget. Obvious quality and love. (Hey, no one @me about Colors ok?! It was a solidly made game, and the public and media agreed which means something in the videogame market). Its seems unconscionable that that same team cannot produce something near that level again after doing it twice in a row, and this is forgetting Unleashed which while only half a good game, did get notable praise for its better half. And really, it IS unconscionable. These games may be difficult, but they're not rocket science.... and ST have already proven they could do it. So there are only three plausible conclusions to take from this IMO: 1) Sonic Team is not actually Sonic Team anymore: This one we know is true based on information that has surfaced in the last few years. Much of Generations staff left for Nintendo after that game, so it makes sense that the braintrust for the next project may not produce something of similar quality. 2)Sonic Team is burned out: This has been rumored to be the case since 2006 actually. Many people have said that the series has been something of a zombie since Yuji Naka left (even before that) and many long timer staffers want to be working on other things. Iizuka has actually admitted this himself, with the Nights series. So this may be a factor and why it seems impossible that we can't get that one title that is the 3D equivalent of Mania in terms of quality. It is no coincidence that Mania happened only after a group of extremely passionate and very capable fans took on the job. (And that's not intended as a slight to ST, who are not some talentless group). 3)There actually was a game in the works: Again, I do kind of think this based on many things I've read since 2013 but its not provable at the moment. I think we are living in a reality (haha) where some combination of all 3 has happened. So why do I have any optimism for this series at all? Why haven't I just left? Well, I definitely have downgraded my fanhood quite a bit in recent years. In the past I would support Sonic with my dollars in most ways I could and keep daily tabs on the series upcoming projects for any news. Since Forces release a lot of steam has left that wagon for me. The one and only thing that serves as my lifeblood as a fan right now, is the simple fact that Mania itself exists, and that team who created it exists and wants to work more ( I'm assuming), and that SEGA has clearly noticed what Mania accomplished for them. This means that all is not lost and there is the potential that the next project can see improvement based on what was just learned in the last big outing...Mania and Forces. One was outstanding, the other mediocre. Lots of immediate lessons to learn about what to do and what not to... and lessons spaced so closely together, you just can't miss the point there.
  9. 2 points
    shdowhunt60

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    Not gonna lie, these constant delays are actually starting to really piss me off. And it's not just the delays themselves, it's also the complete lack of transparency regarding release dates in the first place. Boy I thought it was bad when Archie was pulling this shit before they canceled the comic, but at the very least they had the (really, really stupid) excuse that they were putting everything they could into Riverdale. With IDW, this just comes off as sheer ineptitude, and it makes me seriously question whether or not partnering with IDW was a wise move to begin with.
  10. 2 points
    Let's change the subject a bit then. Did you noticed that there's a chicken hidden somewhere in every level? Some are easy to spot, like Tiger Temple where you can see it chasing a little tiger like Pura in one of those bridges. In Crash Cove the chicken is stranded on a box surrounded by sharks in the water. In Papu's Pyramid, it's being cooked by the tribesmen near the finish line on the left. I wonder if spoting all chickens unlocks something... There's also a classic, and fairly rust, Super Mario Bros. green pipe in Papu's Pyramid before the last turn on the left. It's next to a red mushroom with white dots too.
  11. 2 points
    If they brought back the classic style, but with new locations, then I'd be up for that. So far they haven't shown an interest in doing much of that, though. The classic shouts in the new games feel so arbirtary when the games aren't interested in their depth, themes etc. It should be the reverse where they try to embody these ideas in new ways that still fit the series. Like, levels like Final Egg, Grand Metropolis and Planet Wisp FEEL like they carry the spirit of the series without reading like a rehash. That's all I want.
  12. 2 points
    This isn't wrong exactly, but even early in the series we were getting GHZ lookalikes like Emerald Hill and Palmtree Panic. They're not as blatant as straight up reusing GHZ, but they're very clearly riffing on the original. It's something that needs to be balanced. Sonic Team's gone too far lately, overusing and cheaply exploiting GHZ as a recognizable location, but it isn't a bad thing for a series to build up consistent aesthetics and recurring locations. Sometimes people seem to be in a rush to throw out anything that's been brought back to the series and that's just overcompensating for Sonic Team's mistakes.
  13. 2 points
    Except it wouldn't because the entire point of the popular vote electing presidents is that every vote would actually have a say in a damn election and every state would actually fucking matter. It's not about a state being fucking big or small, it's about giving the person that got more votes from Americans the presidency and not having 3-4 states decide everything. I'm fucking tired of this outdated system of electoral votes. Land mass doesn't vote. People do.
  14. 2 points
    Indigo Rush

    The Return of Hiroshi Nishiyama

    I'm not sure what you're saying here. Alright, I'm about to flip a table. There's a significant difference between a compilation pack with a small game and an entire 12 Zone campaign with new features, Jango. I'm getting tired of the assumption that the rehashing of levels is something that Iizuka-san wanted but Whitehead and company didn't want; it's discouraging to know that a majority of people haven't considered that Sonic Mania would never have been as fully-featured if every Zone was original. While that might be considered the ideal situation to the more hardcore of Sonic fans, that is certainly not what the team had in mind; this was never stated, and and I'd love it if people dropped that presupposition. Quite frankly, you should respect Iizuka-san for putting up with a seemingly endless barrage of mindless cries for Sonic Adventure 3 and the vitriol for supporting the decision to use familiar locations and iconography from when the series was at it's most popular as if he's a nasty villain trying to sabotage the franchise, as opposed to waiting for him to cater to whatever concept you've canonized as the "right" direction for the series as most Sonic fanboys tend to do. There's biting the hand that feeds you, then there's disrespect. Do you want to pin blame on someone? Stop turning one single person into a bogey-man and take the time and effort to research on who's working in what area of each game, and you might come to find that it's not as black-and-white as blaming the person at the top of the pyramid; and even Iizuka-san has to answer to someone, but no one seems to think beyond Sonic Team when it comes to these thought experiments. His ambiguity of Mania's success has less to do regarding his faith in the concept or the team, and moreso on whether or not there was a demand for such a product, and because Sega had never hired a bunch of fans to make a game before to this extent. Of course he'd be a little nervous, especially after outsourcing things to Big Red Button. It's a miracle that Mania got the greenlight after Sonic Boom. Lastly, I'm not sure why you're bringing Sonic Forces into the discussion as if it's helping your point, which from my current comprehension seems to boil down to "I hate Iizuka because he doesn't make what I want," so pardon me if I'm having a difficult time seeing your perspective. I'm not going to participate in the shaming and disrespect of one man when he's not responsible for everything that's gone wrong with the franchise, as if his positive influence and consistency behind the brand hasn't been part and parcel to it's return to a generally positive critical acclaim since 2010, even after Boom happened. I don't care for Colors, for example, but I can't deny the influence it's had in bringing the Sonic brand into a better place regarding it's perception by the general public. And so this continues with games like Mania, where only pockets of biased Sonic fanboys with an axe to grind care that many of the levels are based off of places they've been before. Game design is a complicated, misunderstood and difficult industry to participate in, and after befriending people in the industry and listening to their stories and frustrations, I'll never complain about the way these things turn out, the way people like you do, ever again, because it's a complicated galaxy of people from different backgrounds, opinions, talents coming together to create a product that may never turn out the way they envisioned. Most Sonic fans have no idea what Sonic Mania's development process was like, even when we have a smorgasbord of interviews and accounts from people in the community to give us intel on the matter.
  15. 1 point
    Look at that Wooloo. Does that look like the face of mercy to you?
  16. 1 point
    TCB

    Bababooey

    Bababooey
  17. 1 point
    This is what happens when your favorite band joins with one of the all time best vocalists a.k.a. Chester Bennington: Solister's Tune of the Day #83 - Chester Bennington vs. Julien-K - Morning After - 2006 This may be called as the "Electro" mix of the song as you can also find a more Hard-Rock version in the name of Dead by Sunrise (Which is Chester Bennington plus the Julien-K members). Chester Bennington, of course, was the main vocalist of Linkin' Park. It's hard to believe that such an amazing band as Julien-K can be so unpopular. Having being partners of one of the most influential 2000's bands (Linkin Park), having a side project with the vocalist of that same band who also is one of the main vocalist we ever had, doing 4 tracks to one of the most popular gaming franchises (Sonic the Hedgehog, one in Sonic Heroes and another in Shadow the Hedgehog as Julien-K and 2 for Sonic Generation under the name of Circuit Freq). And If this wasn't enough, Paul Oakenfold (Voted as #1 DJ in 2000), Deadmau5 and Photek, three of the most influential electronic music artists, have remixed their tracks. Why isn't this band at #1 in the charts?
  18. 1 point
    DabigRG

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    Huh. I'll give you the graphic novels, since only a few of those would've had legal issues. Oh yeah. Though at least those are a case of them doing some extra tuneups or whatever. That's what I assume is gonna end up happening.
  19. 1 point
    tailsBOOM!

    ... Yikes

    ... Yikes
  20. 1 point
    Can’t comment much on the situation because I barely knew the guy, but it’s always depressing to see someone took their own life away. Hope his family is able to recover from it, and may he rest in peace.
  21. 1 point
    I stopped following Etika closely a couple months ago but when I heard he went missing and saw his apology video, I was concerned something might have happened to him. I kept checking his sub-reddit for updates every day. To find out he's gone is really upsetting and I can't even begin to think what his family is going through because of this. RIP, Etika. Everyone take care of yourselves, and have a damn good one.
  22. 1 point
    I can't believe he went and did it. Fuck this is awful
  23. 1 point
    MetalSkulkBane

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic Fire and ice: delayed Sonic Forces: delayed Sonic Movie: guess What's with Fastest Thing Alive being so slow these days?
  24. 1 point
    With Elise and everything?
  25. 1 point
    StaticMania

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    No comic this month, wonderful news.
  26. 1 point
    El Buzzo is one of the best things in this series bar none
  27. 1 point
    Watching all four Toy Story movies one after another would probably be like taking a crash course in CGI Animation.
  28. 1 point
    Everybody talkin bout Crash and Toy Story, and I'm just sitting here playing Bayonetta 2 again....
  29. 1 point
    Oh, I visualize a Sonic Boom! two-parter that depicts the events of S3&K. There's a major scene where Boom!Knuckles shows off Carnival Night Zone and answers the befuddled doctor's questions. "How did you build this?" "Oh, the usual way. Hard work. Spit and polish." "Who is this carnival even for?" "Rabbits and birds, mainly. But Ricky and his squirrel gang try to sneak in without paying all the time." (a squirrel chitters) "I'm on to you, Ricky!" "These aren't even actual rides! Those bumpers just slam against the wall! That giant barrel just goes up and down!" "Heh, if you're lucky it does." "None of this even makes sense!" "Well, we're trying to expand Angel Island's tourism sector. Carnival Night is a natural complement to the Balloon Festival." "Balloon festival?!" "Held bi-annually, in the arctic Ice Cap Zone! I'd show you, but we're off season right now." "That only raises MORE questions!" S3&K is actually very fun to visualize in Sonic Boom! form. Sonic's pace is relentlessHe wastes no timeWhat is it like in his shoes? Sonic doesn't hesitate.He exhibits no restraint.He takes and he takes and he takesAnd he keeps winning anyway.He changes the game.He plays and he raises the stakes.And if there's a reasonHe seems to thrive when so few surviveThen by Chaos I'm willing to wait for it.I'm willing to wait for it…
  30. 1 point
    "Next Main Game is 30th Anniversary Title" My interest in this is literally negative right now. Lol.
  31. 1 point
    Wrong. Green Hill Zone is more along the lines of World 1-1, which is not used nearly as much as Mario considering it can only be referenced via level layout (usually the first screen). Mushroom Kingdom is a general setting, not a level aesthetic.
  32. 1 point
    I'm not personally bothered by the Pit Stop because I don't care about the CNK characters, but I do find it staggering how key unlocks are locked behind a dreadful microtransaction type system. It's doubly baffling because there are loads of challenges that do basically fuck all. The Gems could have each unlocked a character (like the original) but at the moment they do nothing but unlock Turbo Track. The CTR and Relic challenges in the CNK courses could have unlocked the characters too, but they do absolutely nothing. Why did they even make them? I cannot comprehend how this decision was made. I'm almost convinced they wanted to put microtransactions in and chickened out.
  33. 1 point
    The early bird gets the worm, but the late one doesn't pay the full 60 bucks at launch and get a half completed game in return. Sometimes waiting things out is a better idea. For example, I waited for over a year to buy Forces and only paid 20 bucks for it.
  34. 1 point
    Between the bugs and the atrocious A.I in hard mode, Nitro-Fuelled has just about burned any good will it had from me.
  35. 1 point
    Fucking hell, nearly went into a panic because CTR crashed after the final lap of Roo's Tubes in the Purple Cup. Thought I was about to kiss my save goodbye.
  36. 1 point
    My graduation’s tomorrow. Wish me luck.
  37. 1 point
    Man, near 10 years later and Toy Story 3's ending is still brilliant
  38. 1 point
    I don't want Classic Sonic in the next game either tbh, or the Avatar (outside of spin-offs), because honestly the modern canon characters deserve it more. Let's be realistic. And I'm also sick of classic nostalgia, where is the Adventure/Dreamcast nostalgia? SA1 is 20 years old, in 2021 SA2 will have its big anniversary too, I really want… not SA3, but another Adventure game, or an "Adventure Mania" type of game, with some old zones from those 2 games plus brand new ones. Otherwise just give me a new game, and I really hope there is a new gameplay because I'm sick of the boost one. So 3 BIG NO by me: - More Classic nostalgia - More Classic/Modern crossovers - More boost gameplay Just don't give me more of the same like with Forces, give me SOMETHING NEW, please SEGA. Experiment something, you did it with the Wisps and it worked, it can work again. I really wouldn't mind a new type of power-ups though, or another Mania as well, but as a side project, not the next big one, classic gameplay is really welcome to me but I also want more Modern titles. The split is fine, considering the 2 gameplays don't mesh well with each other, exclusive casts is also an incentive to make the 2 worlds different from one another.
  39. 1 point
    Been catching up on the 3DS library with Pokemon Y. gonna enjoy my old pokemon while i still can
  40. 1 point
    Some companies these days tend to forget the “local” part of localisation. It’s more or less a translation instead. If you’re going to localise a script, write it in a while that it’s natural in the language and country you’re trying to localise it to. Use closely related concepts instead of calling it as it is. Use terms a character is more likely to say. And so on.
  41. 1 point
    Ferno

    7th gen was a wild ride tbh

    7th gen was a wild ride tbh
  42. 1 point
    being born in 1991, I constantly have to remind myself that I don't get to look forward to sonic anniversaries without being just as old. for example when the 30th anniversary game comes out in 2021, I'll already be 30 myself too ohgodohfuc
  43. 1 point
    it just sounds Penders is betting all of his luck on Sega and the other people who worked on thise issue not to care enough to make a hassle about it, Which is fair Sonic Team has no issues turning a blind eye on Sonc Zines but I wonder if he secertly settled with Butler over a price or hoping Butler wont care.
  44. 1 point
    It shouldn't, but he's Ken Penders; concepts of "should" and "should not" don't apply to him, because he's a smart businessman!
  45. 1 point
    I miss getting a new game every couple years. I guess more development time is better, but Forces lessens my optimism about that helping much.
  46. 1 point
    DabigRG

    Your Unanswered Sonic Questions

    It'd basically help further tie Blaze and Silver in, as well as make Eggman's plan feel a little more appropriate.
  47. 1 point
    Man I just want Crash. I feel like he's the only one left that SHOULD be there. I imagine it would be easier to get him in than Banjo as well
  48. 1 point
    Tracker_TD

    The Return of Hiroshi Nishiyama

    Mark Cerny is making far more at PlayStation than he ever would at SEGA. Man’s making the PS5. He’d never go back.
  49. 1 point
    Chris

    New Moderators

    It's that time again! Due to recent departures, we have been looking for a few new moderators to add to our team. Please join me in welcoming @Blacklightning, @Pawn and @Strickerx5!
  50. 1 point
    Iceman

    Pokèmon Black & White Discussion

    Ya know, being one of the more well known NYC residents here at the SSMB, you know I had to make an appearance at the New York event. Here's how it went, there was a massive line that went down about eight city blocks when I got there. The funny part is, I got there at 12:00PM, around three hours before the event officially started. I should've come much earlier. Yet still, thanks to good friends and all the excitement, I had an awesome, memorable time! Check some of the photos! If you want to see more, I have plenty in an album on my facebook, give it a look if you're bored. But yeah, this was definitely the best release event I've ever attended. Now, without further ado, I will begin my journey of Pokemon White! Stay cool, my friends. Shit, hope the pictures aren't too big. -Iceman
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