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  1. Maybe, but honestly she is probably the only main character in the franchise who's chances of showing up aren't hurt by the addition of other main characters. Amy is in the unique position of being able to be brought into a story without any additional backstory or lore baggage. You can introduce Amy and have her develop in her screen time without having to stop the flow of the script by retelling past events or delving into her personal history. She can move forward right from the jump. You don't need any of that to establish who she is, and what she is going to be about. Unlike Knuckles, who as one of the more heavy lore characters in the series, would have to have a chunk of screentime devoted to explaining his job as guardian, what happened to the echidna tribe, ect. Amy can just pop up and go from there, start establishing a rapport without derailing the movie. Even Tails brings baggage, as at the very least we have to go backwards to figure out why he is looking for Sonic / how he knows of him, and whatever bag of worms that opens *cough*Longclaw*cough*
  2. The military/government was involved in the first movie, so it makes sense to rebrand them as GUN and throw them into the fray in the second. Doubly so when you consider that they cut ties with Eggman, which likely means they will be one of the first to butt heads with him whenever he makes it back to Earth. Tanks means bigger explosions and more action, so I'm down for this. I'm also starting the countdown for GUN Truck vs. Eggman's Galvatron re-skin. I wanna see two Semi's ramming each other on the highway, while both chasing Sonic.
  3. I get the feeling that a Colors remaster is at the top of their list because it would be the easiest to cram Forces auto-assist control scheme/set-up on.

  4. James #1 choice for his potential dream team got an honest laugh out of me. Looks like something I might enjoy watching on an airplane sometime in the future... or maybe I'd give it a whirl if it came for free on one of the streaming services I'll have to buy into between now and then. Can't say I'd go out of my way to see it though. I am legit curious to see if we get a Jordan cameo tho.... how could you not?
  5. Last April fools we got a LongClaw Info Drop in the mobile game.

    Wonder if they will double down and do something else unexpected this year.

  6. Sega was the top publisher in 2020 in terms of MetaCritic scores.

    https://www.gamespot.com/articles/sega-tops-metacritics-11th-annual-game-publisher-rankings/1100-6489346/

    Thats gotta garnish the Brand name some serious cred considering all anyone could do last year was sit inside and play videogames.

    Kinda funny considering what the drought of Sonic games does for the label as a whole.

    1. PC the Hedgehog

      PC the Hedgehog

      Heh, I was gonna say, throw in a Sonic game and its score would probably drop like a rock. 😛

  7. Well, its not all bad. Eggman's a rare character and not a special one, which means you only missed out on the streamlined path to unlocking him - as opposed to having to wait for another event to roll around. If you keep playing the game, you can still accumulate Eggman cards at random. Now if you missed a character you wanted like Longclaw or Lunar Blaze the you would be S.O.O.L.
  8. To me, the belief of worthiness is the end all be all when it comes to Mjolnir. The unshakable, undeniable, unflinching understanding that one is so dedicated to his core ideals that he embodies the qualities that garnish designation, respect and leadership. Worthiness is not exclusive to good guys or bad guys, but instead the culmination of a characters commitment and how invested said character is in following the path necessary to making those truths the reality. Not for personal gain, but for the collective benefit. Its worth noting that when Thor lost the ability to wield his hammer, it was distinctly labeled as being due to the fact that he himself at the time did not deem himself worthy of it. Not some mythical condemnation of something he had done, but a personal doubt in his brand and what he stood for. Belief is the key. Thor is obviously the first guy people think of when it comes to Mjolnir, and rightfully so, but in discussions like this I think its more appropriate to look over at Captain America. As a mortal man, he is forced to wear the qualities that make him worthy on his sleeve, which makes for a more easy approach for a dissection of his attributes. Above all Cap is a beacon of hope to a planet of superheroes. He's a human rally point. The first man heroes and civilians alike look to when in need of guidance. He's justice incarnate, the voice in the room for any and all of the oppressed. He's earned that status by being a paragon of virtue from the day he set foot on the hero scene. He stands up for everyone and is unmovable in his dedication to what he believes in. Even when its unpopular and his own country turns its back on him, Cap sticks to his ideals knowing they will eventually see him through. Cap embodies self sacrifice. He leads by example and does it all no matter the odds against him. Then there is the other side of Cap. His recent run as a Hydra agent showed that despite being evil and responsible for the deaths of millions, so long as those same traits remained intact, he could still wield the mighty hammer. Yes he was a bad guy, but he had seen the future - and despite knowing it would lead to his death at the hands of Miles Morales, Hydra Cap tied up his bootstraps and continued the fight, because at the end of the day, all that mattered was that Hydra won, not his own survival. It was his sole belief that he was fighting for a virtue that was bigger than himself. That's the same tenacity and mission first orientation that made him worthy as a hero. Those same qualities maintained his status as worthy, even when you would imagine it shouldn't. All that considered, I think there are only 2 characters in the Sonic Franchise who can match up to all that. One that falls just short of worthiness, and may be able to get there with a bit more maturity, and then another one who could probably walk into a Marvel Crossover tomorrow and use Mjolnir to aggressively redecorate some poor villains personal space. First up.... SONIC He's the obvious choice right? Far and away he's the closest thing this franchise has to Captain America. Without question, the Blue Blur is the beacon of hope for pretty much everyone not named Eggman. Civilians and heroes alike look up to Sonic and follow his example. Like Cap, Sonic is a One-Hog rally flag, restoring the will to fight on where it had once evaporated. Like Cap, fellow heroes temper their own decisions by trying to live up to the example Sonic set before them. Like Cap, Sonic is tireless in his pursuit of his ideals and will not yield, no matter how powerful or insurmountable the force set against him presents itself to be. Sonic has all the leadership and virtue intangibles locked up. ... but I don't think he's worthy to lift that hammer. At least not yet anyway. I think there are two main factors that would prevent his worthy status. The first is the need to constantly stroke his cool persona. While most of it is harmless to the worthiness discussion, overall it does show that Sonic puts some significant degree of weight on what the people around him think of him. Sonic keeps up appearances, and will alter his behavior if it means showing weakness, vulnerability or anything that might make him come off as not cool. That seed of doubt, that hesitance to act without first consulting how it will impact what the world thinks of him ultimately undermines his chance at being worthy. In the end, Sonic would likely act in the manner which he believes is right, which is admirable, however the idea that he would even consider running an action on a spot-check through his ego first shows that his priorities are often backwards. If push comes to shove, Sonic will put on his empathy cap, but more often then not its either when he is pushed/forced to do so, or done in a small enough setting to where there isn't a crowd to make a spectacle of the issue. Which brings me to the second thing holding Sonic back. His priorities. I don't think anyone here would question Sonic's virtues. He's always there to stand against the unjust for the little guy. Always willing to fight impossible odds to save the day. However that's also something Sonic does for selfish reasons. As many times as Sonic's biographies state that he is the defender of what he believes is right, it also categorizes him as a thrill-seeker. It paints him in a more selfish light, where half the reason Sonic goes on these adventures is for the pure adrenaline rush of living on the edge. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the exciting parts of the hero job description, but it is so ingrained into his character that you could label Sonic as more of a selfish character even while he's doing selfless things. If Sonic ever grows out of his thrill-seeker persona and develops a worldview that puts his heart fully ahead of his ego, I think he'd be able to get that Hammer off the ground. As for the other character, the one I believe whom is worthy today, well, the rest of you seem to have hit this nail on the head already. Blaze After overcoming the blind rage and loneliness that defined her character in the first Rush, Blaze has developed into A passionate, strong and direct to the point kind of hero. Her status as nobility not only places her in a position of power but also puts her headfirst into a situation that demands a deft hand at leadership. Her position as guardian imbues her with ridiculous responsibility. After first believing it to be a curse, Blaze's views of her own flames have become that of a gift, to be used in helping her defend her world against the evils that constantly assail it. Blaze harbors many of the same virtues as Sonic. Other characters look up to her for guidance. Blaze will stare down impossible odds if it means keeping everyone else safe. Where Blaze sets herself apart from Sonic is her ability to act on her convictions without fear or reprisal. Where Sonic fell short in reprimanding Marine, Blaze stepped up and did what needed to be done. It didn't matter to her that such an action would assuredly hurt the little girls feelings, it was a course of action that needed to be taken for the good of the mission. Where Sonic often does things for the thrill factor, and finds his goals aligning with the greater good as a result, Blaze starts with the intention of making the world a better place and follows through. Whereas Sonic can often be a hero of coincidence, Blaze is one by choice. That's huge when it comes to worthiness. So that's my take. If you twist my arm, I could probably see a character like Omega also being in this discussion.
  9. There are already a ton of floating characters. That door has been opened and then subsequently ripped off its hinges already. There's Charmy, 3 Rouges, 2 of Each of the Babylon Rouges, Longclaw, Chaos and 2 Metal Sonics.
  10. Surprised they were willing to show legends with it still so rough around the edges... Despite getting excited hearing it was moving toward an open world model, that footage did not inspire confidence. Also think I will pass on BS and SP. Doesn't look like there is any meat to that bone. Just. Bog standard rehash. I can go back and play the originals if I'm feeling nostalgic.
  11. If you want to get silly, it was stated a few times in Forces that each of Infinite's copies were as strong as the real deal. So considering the Resistance held their own against an Army of Shadows/Metals/Zavoks/Chaos/ect is actually quite a remarkable feat, that would easily be the pinnacle achievement on the resume of most of the cast.
  12. Tails gained a few techno feats off-screen in Lost World that are quite frankly utterly ridiculous, and an on-screen feat that he claimed was something even Eggman was incapable of doing. His Tails were also upgraded to be super dexterous. Like another set of hands. Blaze was able to have better control over the Sol Emeralds in Rush Adventure, so when Sonic and the Chaos Emeralds jumped over to her dimension, there was no life threatening crisis due to both sets being in the same place. Thanks to Metal Sonic's copy ability, he can pick up any new skill he wants, with seemingly no limitation. just a few off the top of my head.
  13. This series has chaos emeralds, phantom rubies, warp topaz and a gaggle of self described treasure hunters. Jewel's expertise as either a tracker or appraiser would be in high demand if the story ever needed to throw her front and center. I'm half surprised Starline never attempted to pump her for any info on where he might be able to mine a second warp topaz. If anyone would know, it would be her... That being said I don't think she ever needs to be thrust into that spotlight. She serves her purpose as a supporting cast member and can have her small victories by being helpful here and there. She pulls her weight by doing the little things, like admin.
  14. There are several spots in Sonic lure that describe the Chaos Emeralds as having the ability to "turn thoughts into power" or if all seven are collected a "miracle will happen". Both of those statements can be crudely translated into granting a wish. Technically speaking, there isn't a whole lot of desires that are out of reach when one has both a chaos emerald and the know-how of how to use it. Over the years, it would make sense that the emeralds would become revered as wish-granters in an urban legend sort of light.
  15. Shadow gave us what we needed to see. In his last truckload of appearances, he's been "Hard Pass", "Not Interested", "Go F#ck Yourself" at every opportunity to contribute to the collective, even when their goals would likely have aligned. By choosing to join up with Sonic, he showed that he is now willing to actually take a second to think about the ramifications and the objective before putting on the horse blinders and blitzing straight ahead. That's the single biggest milestone he needed to hurdle to get his character train going in the right direction. We don't need him to fall in line with Sonic and Co., but we do need him to be able to realize that at the very least scorning the people who are on the same side is counterproductive. Shadow has been little more than a Bull charging at a matador's cape lately. Its hard to be an effective character when that hair trigger allows anyone and everyone to dictate your next move. Shadow has to reel that back in if he's to regain any sense of control over his own narrative. For the first time since the start of Metal Virus, it feels like he is starting to do just that. I'm happy with what we got out of his latest appearance. The debt repaid quip while subsequently feeding the Chao also allows him to maintain his morally ambiguous stance, and keep his distance from the rest of the group.
  16. I like the idea of a character that is presented as the most emotionally stable person in the room, while also at the same time being inwardly the least well put together. It allows her to be cool, stoic and effective right off the bat, while still leaving an easy pivot into her worse traits which allows her room to develop and grow despite her previous level ground. Furthermore, I like having a spectrum of socially challenged characters in the franchise. We have a socially ignorant character in Knuckles, a socially averse character in Shadow and a Socially naiive character in Silver. Blaze gives us a character who is just flat out socially distant. In a world centered on the super power of Teamwork, I want to actually see the characters put a bit of effort into trying to get along. In TSR, while both Silver and Blaze were willing to lend Vector a hand, both were also immediately on his case about his ulterior motives. Blaze even had a sidebar with the Croc to let him know she could see through his act. You can't have that dynamic if everyone is too much like Sonic, where helping a friend is all that mattered. Speaking of Sonic, I also feel that she has a great rapport with Blue. He has helped her overcome her flaws several times now, and in return, Blaze has also stepped in to do the things Sonic could not, in a much appreciated two-way stream. Blaze's willingness to soften up a bit due to his influence is another benchmark for his character and their continued friendship helps fuel the theme of teamwork that runs throughout the franchise. Its cute that she tries to hide her phobia from her friends. Its touching that she learns from her past mistakes and is open to giving other people in Sonic's orbit the same opportunity he gave to her. Lastly, despite being both a Princess and the only female in the cast with a super form, Blaze somehow dodges the feeling of being a token female character. It might be because she can deflect both ends of the feminine spectrum to either Amy or Rouge, but Blaze has rightfully found a good balance.
  17. The D6 were handled better toward the end of the Metal Virus saga because the story dictated they be dealt with as individuals and not as a collective. By nature, they each had some extra space to flush out their motivation and natures, which helped them show off the traits that make them unique. Big Zom was pretty par for the corse, but it was nice seeing Zeena subjugate the population for her petty desires, and Zor relish in the doomsday. Since this new arc will focus on tracking them down, it will have to do more of the same, for at least the lead in. Since they are still separated, either Zavok or the Chaotix will be forced to deal with each of them one at a time, which is prime opportunity for developing these guys a bit.
  18. I don't mind racers like Zazz and Jingle Bell Amy, because they can only really do their thing if they are out ahead. Both characters have extremely limited options to make up any amount of significant ground, which balances out the terror they can cause when they do get the lead. If you can get enough of a lead to put an obstacle or two between you and them, there is really nothing they can do about it for the rest of the race. I have noticed a steep decline in the usage of characters like Spring Cream and Santa Big, who IMO are the real terrors. Tikal is annoying at best compared to those two. The ability to completely wall off 3 out of 4 lanes is absolutely cracked and the spotty collision detection in corkscrews makes them completely un-dodgeable, even if you can maneuver into the correct lane. I'm not sure if people are just shying away from them because they are cheap, or the AI racer pool stopped using them...
  19. Now that we know who won't be voicing Sonic and co. we somehow know even less about the next game now than we did last year.

     

    DOES NOT COMPUTE

  20. If it were a snake it would have bit you. Seriously, it shows up in different mediums. I'm surprised so many people miss that.
  21. Yeah. Bit of a running gag, but its a good example of how you can integrate comedy into the series in a way that benefits the character. The simple faceplant shows a. Sonic isn't above basic fails - he is fallible b. His quickness to rebound and brush off his ego displays his carefree roll-off-my-back persona c. Checks the silly slap-stick box for the kiddos d. Changes the tone of the scene, whether it be serious or silly When a writer can integrate comedy into a story in a more natural manner, its better for everyone. Do it enough, and characters won't have to lean on cringe dialog or character quirks that can easily be hit or miss.
  22. To be fair, a lot of that MCU mix-up is a result of people running around with different definitions of theater "comedy". It is a very wide net which if isn't defined at the start of every discussion could lead to some easy misunderstandings. Pivoting away from that, I hope the new writers do a good job letting humor in general get back to framing the characters involved. Even little things like Sonic's on-again-off-again relationship with face plants do wonders for humanizing him as a character, while still meeting the chuckle quota.
  23. Multiverse? Did not see that one coming. That's a great spot to start on though. With the recent success of Spiderman treading that ground, it would make sense to tack on a follow up to the concept; and Sonic himself is no stranger to dipping into parallel universes to manifest himself as the cure-all to save the day. *gasp* We could get re-tellings of the storybook series.... I'm usually the first to scoff at re-treading the games, but that would be highly entertaining actually.
  24. While we are pointing things out, that tails image also contains RC UFO (Sonic Lost World / Sonic Runners) and Big's Fishing Rod
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