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  1. Hyp3hat

    Sonic Mania SPOILERS/Impressions Thread

    You can totally see Lava Reef in that opening movie, at 0:50. That opening movie is FUCKING OUTSTANDING. Tyson Hesse, I love you. It's beautiful.
  2. I will take a Shadow of The Colossus movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, please. A Sonic movie directed by George Miller (of Mad Max fame) would also be incredible - Miller really knows how to direct fast action in a clear sense, and that action is often stunning. I'm struggling to think of the best ever directorial fit for a Metal Gear Solid movie, though - Kojima's talents in direction are so tied to videogames and player agency, which doesn't translate into cinema, despite the obvious influence cinema has on Kojima. He straddles this weird line between arthouse fuckery and straight action movie cliche, with a twist of Japanese Anime heroics. Maybe he's gotten the best deal with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed the superlative Kong Skull Island, but even writing that script should be a nightmare that even the Sonic screenwriters can look at and say 'guess we dodged a bullet there!'
  3. Hyp3hat

    Arms! (Nintendo Switch, June 16, 2017)

    Bought this today, this game rules. Haven't played with analog controls, but motion controls are mostly fine - it has a bit of a problem with registering blocking in the heat of the moment, though. However, it feels very fluid in play, and I didn't have many issues with the 'Oh, I didn't want to do THAT' issue of motion controls. Many fuck ups were my own. The online is actually great, as a guy who didn't really fancy it. It even connected here in China (which is more than this website can say...) and the lobby system is very fast and matches a bunch of players easily. No voice chat, pretty balanced on launch, too many Ninja men, but each game felt fun. I got into a mini rivalry with some dude called Tetsuya (who had a mean Mechanica main and a Spring Man that had decent tech, but exploitable) who I ran into in 2 different lobbies. GG in all sincerity, Tetsuya, GG. If you're out there, friend me. I mained Twintelle (because She Thicc, but I may experiment more in the single player mode and find someone who actually has decent default arms) and the game is pretty balanced, although the arcade mode is weird on lower difficulties - some other combatants are bitch AI who wait to die, which surprised me when I got online when those same characters gave more hustle. That's more my fault for playing on baby difficulties and then jumping into online, I guess, but it was a lot of fun finding this out. I think this game might actually have legs. I was honestly surprised by the fact that this game has a bunch of traditional fighting game tech stuff that I can't do on a controller, and by the fact I could do it by motion controls! It's super fun to throw punches and have them land, or do shit like block your opponents super with your own super, or all die to the fucking Hedlock fights online, all by your own locomotion and power. I'm shocked by how much I like this game, Nintendo are on some next level shit here. Buy it.
  4. The vibe here seems very nitpicky and negative, but I'm still kinda hyped for this. So, things I like... Shadow being an antagonist is good by me - hopefully they can give him a better logic for his joining the dark side schtick than Sonic Boom. Sonic's villains are at their best when they can either match him with his speed or beat him in skills he hasn't mastered. Shadow, being a genetic mutation with alien dna fits that, I don't mind Shadow here. The idea that Sonic/Classic/Edgelord The Hedge is going through the stage whilst a wider fight is going on, with the ingame dialogue. I hope that this means the cutscenes will be very strong with appearances from everyone. Metal Sonic, fuck yeah. Chaos, Fuck Yeah. A being that Sonic can only kill in his Super Sonic form? Chaos is the true threat here. I like the way the stages play out so far, it is absolutely Generations 2, but then I will play Generations everyday. Game's a good'un. I want more of that. I fucking love that every Avatar stage has vocal tracks. That's a super dope touch. Things I dislike... What does Robotnik have to do with this story? If the Infinity dude has the true power, why is Robotnik there? How do they both play into the story? I am being teased and I don't like it. Is anyone hyped for Zavok? Too much 2D in Modern Sonic's Park Avenue - hopefully later stages incorporate the twitch-reaction gameplay of Generations/Unleashed rather than Colours, because Park Avenue doesn't have that so far. The Score Ranking music sounds like a Midi file that's going to be replaced by real music later. The scoring system in general seems to be too generous again - you're telling me some bozo from IGN can get an S-Rank on these? The way it seems, each character will go through every stage - there's probably Modern Sonic going through Green Hill that we haven't seen yet - and I'd rather see them put the effort into making some unique stages for each one. Given the expense of modern game development, it's not likely. But it's annoying all the same. Really, Zavok?
  5. Hmmm, I wonder how Guile's theme would sound on my organ... except I'd need a reference or the sheet music  @Hyp3hat

  6. Have I gone insane or did someone delete my autobiographical goof from the 'Why are u like Sonic' thread?

    1. Monkey Destruction Switch

      Monkey Destruction Switch

      Oh, a moderator believed it was posted in the wrong topic, but I see now that's not the case, so I've restored it.

    2. Hyp3hat

      Hyp3hat

      Thank ye Monkey, for allowing my strange goof place on this forum.

      It's been a while, what's up with this place?

  7. Hyp3hat

    Things you do to feel like Sonic

    Well, I was considered in the eighties, born in in the 90's, and from all accounts I was a pretty cool baby, although I wasn't around to really remember much before my second and third years, my late 90's were a blur until i was a pretty fun but rough around the edges pre-teen. My teenage years sort of went downhill culminating around 15/16 until I finally sorted my shit out and went to university in 2008, although that was a slow process with some inevitable hiccups and questionable choices. After that, my early 20's seemed to start well until I chose a poor living situation from roughly 2013 to early 2015 which made me question the gains from the university years. In 2016 I made some choices that are going to effect my career onwards, but I'm still not sure how they will play out until the spring of 2017 at least, but more likely the holiday season. So no, I don't see the resemblance...
  8. What is up, have had a strange couple of weeks, every single expat in China is fucking mental. Had multiple people address with 'Sup N****' after I sent them polite introductory messages on social media, WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING PEOPLE

  9. So I bought a PS3 as a little birthday gift to myself, and it finally arrived yesterday - Turned it on, it works, but i need to update the firmware in order to sign in to PSN. When I install the new firmware, it completely shits up the console. Now nothing works, all of the safe mode features just work for a few seconds then go to a black screen forever. 

    Piss. 

    1. SenEDDtor Missile

      SenEDDtor Missile

      Sucks that had to happen. See if you can get it repaired under warranty.

  10. I played thru the Hero story of SA2 last night and I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen if, instead of the boring anime president, Dr Robotnik threatens Donald Trump with the eclipse cannon.

    There's still time, 2016.  

  11. I have made the single worst purchase of my life - a keyboard where the backspace key is tiny.

  12. Hyp3hat

    Would a Sonic Powered Up work?

    1) Aye, I thought so. I don't hate the idea of Sonic being the sole playable character, because the series has demonstrated that throwing a bunch of different of different playstyles at the same levels just drags the whole thing down - it worked in the Adventure games due to them thinking it through, but 06 shows how it can go horribly wrong. I'd like a system where beating the game unlocks Tails or Shadow, or another character where you don't have to drastically fuck up the level design to make them get from start to goal ring. 3) A Sonic CD esque thing would be a great thing post credits, but considering how short the game is it clearly wasn't feasible. 4) Sort of think seriousness was overdone at that point in the franchise - Where do you go from Dr Robotnik blowing up the earth in the opening cutscene? It was a nice pivot. Honestly, I think the last few years of light hearted romps have done a lot to mend the franchise, and Project 2017 should look better next to that. Again, questions of tone and things are something we're not going to convince each other on. Which is OK! For your last few points, if you're retooling the game to add a whole bunch of new wisps, which would be a drastic change with loads of new content... why not just make a new game? With all that stuff properly balanced? Colours is a fine game, in an nice minature sort of way.
  13. Hyp3hat

    Would a Sonic Powered Up work?

    'Sola Sonica'? A lot of my problems with Colours, such as they are, could simply be fixed with the bump in resolution an HD port would make - the camera zooms out so far at points that Sonic can disappear, which is a problem I don't have nearly as much in Dolphin. Sonic and Tails don't have a fight in Colours, either? The planets are corrupted, Eggman's put robots and shit all over them. Unless you think a factory with lasers is a native structure in Sweet Mountain, or giant robot fish live in the ocean of Aquarium Park. I will agree with you on the scoring system being slightly rebalanced, though. You shouldn't really have to mash quick step to get S ranks on boss fights. And, surprise, humour is subjective - I find Sonic and Tails being dorks in space fine, it's not ballbustingly funny but I don't hate it. I'd rather that than 'Sonic is serious action dude', being an egotistical doofus suits him... in my opinion, of course. I think adding more Wisps would be a mistake, because the Wisps in Lost World have a very different purpose to the ones in Colours. In Colours, they are unlocks that encourage you to replay levels and explore, and there are several different routes through some levels that you can't access without Frenzy or Drill or Spikes. They also encourage smarter play - some secrets need you to hang onto a wisp for a while until you get to the relevant section. They're nicely incorporated into the game in order to keep people playing past the credits. It worked for me... Lost World's wisps have none of that, they are simply alternate ways to get from A to B with no reward for using them except rings (not even points, as grades are no longer a thing). There is barely any advantage to using the Rhythm, Asteroid or Eagle Wisps (besides blissing the fuck out to the latters song), and in fact you are more easily killed by them. I suspect that they pared back their role in exploration due to the level design not being suited for it and the Wii U touchpad/gyro controls for them. I think if they did add a bunch more wisps, the game would have to be substantially redesigned in order for them to organically fit with the existing levels. And again imo, those new Wisps suck and would not be close to worth it. TL;DR it just needs an HD remaster and maybe some score balancing, no major changes necessary. It reviewed well for a reason, I guess.
  14. Hyp3hat

    The General American Politics Thread

    As an Englishman abroad, I cannot stress this enough - this event should be a catalyst for you Americans to mobilise, if even in a small way. Go ask your local Democratic office what you can do, go ask your local Planned Parenthood clinics how you can volunteer or assist, turn up and speak up at town hall meetings in your community, just go and do something. There's a lot of these places that could make a difference in your local community but for boots on the ground, and you could be those boots. This stuff beats apathy or misinformation, you have to get out there and help and educate these people. It doesn't have to be a big change, but you can do valuable work within your communities. I am personally gutted by the fact I cannot be that change back home - my career has taken me to China, so I cannot fight the tide of right-wing Brexit fuckery back in England even though I wish to, as I hate it with a sublime passion. I fled, I guess, although I was planning to go anyway. Now I catch myself wondering whether I want to go back and nothing makes me feel quite as sad. You have a duty to the Americans that Trump has left behind or demonised in his candidacy to stand by them during his presidency, and any small way you contribute can help. I welled up tonight thinking about the fact that I kept a copy of the paper from the day Barack Obama got elected, and how at the time I thought that moment finally put a lot of America's dark history straight into the dustbin. As I grew up, there was a lot I learnt that changed the naive picture I had, but I still hold onto that moment as a lovely vision of a future. You are still the country that elected Barack Obama twice, and you can make that change. I'm very sentimental tonight, I guess.
  15. Leonard Cohen just died. Why 2016 feels the need to twist the knife is beyond me. The worst fucking year. 

    1. SurrealBrain

      SurrealBrain

      Sure wish I knew. The worst part is that we still have one more month of 2016 after this.

      I just hope 2017 won't be as bad as predicted.

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