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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Mr Silvia in What Would You Rate Each Sonic Game?   
    Ok, I'll bite - in vaguely release order, only stuff I've played.
    Sonic 1 - 7/10 (Everything's there, just... not quite right)
    Sonic 2 - 9.5/10 (Masterpiece, imo)
    Sonic 3&K - 8/10 (As good as Sonic 2, but with overly long levels, crappy special stages, and a few other problems making it not my fave).
    Sonic CD - 7/10 (A nice spin on Sonic 1, but I'd hesitate to call it more fun, or better)
    Sonic 3D Blast - 2/10 (Nauseating to play, poor slippery controls, isometric sprites look crap, only a few good songs on the (Megadrive) OST, rubbish)
    Sonic Spinball -  3/10 (It's a game for somebody. That somebody isn't me. 3 poiints for Toxic Caves being a stonecold jam)
    Knuckles Chaotix - 4/10 (A nice idea, shame about the absolute lack of challenge or exploration of that idea. Too long, nothing to do)
    Sonic R - 5/10 (Astounding and best game ever of my childhood in theory, clunky and short in practice. Soundtrack is dope as hell, mind, but last time I tried playing it I couldn't get on with it at all)
    Sonic Adventure - 8/10 (Has aged poorly, but the word to use is 'charming', I think. Sort of dopily grins through its problems,and the basic gameplay is fun enough to excuse some of the presentation, or Big and Gamma's presence)
    Sonic Adventure 2 - 7.5/10 (Takes great strides ahead from SA1, only to make some regrettable steps backward. Most heinous crime is either forcing you to play levels you don't want to in the story, or bringing back mech gameplay, because Gamma was everybodies favourite, only to make it slower and insanely platform heavy.)
    Sonic Heroes - 4/10 (Oh dear. A nice idea, with lazy level design, and the requirement to play the entire game 4 times with no variation in level order or anything else destroying any goodwill that idea engendered in the first place. Also, the voice acting is absolutely dreadful. Also, Charmy fucking Bee.)
    Shadow The Hedgehog - I REJECT YOUR ARBITRARY RANKING SYSTEM, THIS IS WHO I AM/10 (I loved this game when i was a teenager, which I am so ashamed of. For a game with such hilarious nonsense in it, it's so unfunny. At least SA2 had a sense of humour about it. But everything in this game is murky, boring, slippery garbage, taking Heroes' worst game mode and making it even worse. Also, Charmy fucking Bee.)
    Sonic Advances - 7/10, 7.5/10, 4/10 (Didn't get much time with any of these, sadly, but I had the most fun with 2, the least with 3, and 1 was a pleasant way to waste an afternoon)
    Sonic 06 - 1.5/10 (I gave it a point because, honestly, this game is hilarious after a drink, but in any other situation it is risible. I also gave it half a point because it doesn't have Charmy fucking Bee in it)
    Sonic Chronicles - 1/10 (At least Sonic 06 has made me laugh)
    Sonic Rush - 8/10 (When I succeed at doing things in this game, I feel like the coolest motherfucker on earth, also Hideki Naganuma is jesus. Even when you do poorly, this game is a lot of fun, and instinctively thrilling)
    Sonic Rush Adventure - 6/10 (The song remains the same, and I even don't mind the boat minigames, but the cutscenes destroy any feeling of pace or levity or joy or even reward for beating a level. Also, Sonic can get Tails to build a giant Sonic statue on the island)
    Sonic UnWiished - 3/10 (Everything in this game works in conflict with everything else. Fundamentally misjudged)
    Sonic Unleashed - 6/10 (What's good is the best Sonic's been since Adventure 2, what's bad is derivative and dull. Insane replay value of day stages gives it an extra point for me)
    Sonic & All Stars Racing - 7/10 (Functionally amazing, addictive racer, that you can't help shake the nagging doubt in your mind that you really should have bought a console that can play Mario Kart instead)
    Sonic Colours 8/10 (Smartly designed, visually striking, fun, Sonic's a complete dork, encourages repeat play, but controls still aren't quite there yet, and some gameplay decisions don't work. Actually the best that Sonic's been since Adventure 2, taken as a whole) 
    Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed - 7.5/10 (Functionally amazing, addictive racer, that you can't shake the nagging doubt in your mind that you should buy an N64 off ebay and play Diddy Kong Racing instead, which I played way more than Mario Kart, hence the extra half point.)
    Sonic 4 Ep 1 - 4.5/10 (I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time. Feels, to all intents and purposes, like a bootleg Sonic knockoff.)  
    Sonic Generations - 8.5/10 (Fuck. yes. Hits right in the endorphins, has only really two dodgy things in an entire game, and whilst the game is short, mod support is a lifesaver. Docked a point for Charmy fucking Bee, but Vector rescues half a point with his utterly absurd challenge. On the whole, satisfying and plays like a joy)
    Sonic 4 Ep 2 - 6/10 (I guess they fixed some of it, and visually it's pretty impressive, but enough of the problems of Ep 1 exist to not really be thrilled by it)
    Sonic Lost World - 5.5/10 (Oh dear. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, this one. Weird controls, unexplained mechanics, writing that literally depresses me, repeated level designs. Gets by on dope score, some charming moments and set pieces, and the sheer joy in kicking the shit out of the Deadly Six. 
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from dämmerung_rabbit in If you could get an adaptation of any game, what would it be and who would you want the director to be?   
    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!'
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    Hyp3hat reacted to gato in Sonic Mania: Opening Animation (Minor Spoilers)   
    My only complaint is that it's not like four hours long and can't inject it directly into my veins.
    This is amazing!
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from MightyRay in If you could get an adaptation of any game, what would it be and who would you want the director to be?   
    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!'
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    Hyp3hat reacted to JezMM in New Sonic Forces Gameplay teased on twitch.tv (link and screenhots here)   
    Unleashed, Colours and Generations all had this effect and it was super annoying in the end coz it kills the bass in the music.  I really wish they didn't do it.
     
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from FFWF in Zone Idea Station - Share your Sonic Level Ideas Here!   
    Like Sonic Advance 2's Music Plant Zone, but everything's in key. All the sound effects on that stage are off key, and it really sucks. Also ditch the super garish colour scheme, please.
    Plus, you could have a bunch of cool shit happening, like bouncing off and grinding strings on a guitar or bass to play melodies and riffs, stomping on piano keys to unlock doors as puzzles, quick stepping to hit notes in sheet music to unlock bonuses... there's a whole platformer based around this that I forget the name of (Sound Shapes?) that you could fit Sonic into nicely.
     
    Alternatively, something like the opening of Jackie Chan's Police Story - Sonic busting through a hillside shanty town, hopping over buildings, breaking through windows, crashing through walls. Murder on a physics engine, would still love to see it.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from PaulyBFromDa303 in 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...
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from UltraGizmo64 in Sonic Forces | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC "The Next Generations"   
    Why is everyone thinking the mystery new dude or dudette is 'Boom Sonic'? He's not a new character. Neither is Sticks.
    Smart money says we have a new villain, and that villain isn't just primordial monster #45. But yeah, I don't really want to talk about this game until we see or hear something actually concrete, rather than debating the trailer and how Modern Sonic is an absolute travesty because he came to my house and ate my Nutella, and SOnic Team said nothing and because they're cowards or whatever.
    but #b00st4lyf suckas 
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from lbyrd2 in Death Stranding - A Hideo Kojima Game   
    Yes, that is real 
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Lucid Dream in 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. 
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Darinian in 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. 
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from MightyRay in 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.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Johnny Boy in 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.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Patticus in The General American Politics Thread   
    Oh my god, that is incomprehensible. This must be why he's such a good businessman, he'll be in the middle of a negotiation and suddenly just let forth with a stream of non-committal gibberish in response to a simple yes/no question, then sit back and watch his opponent collapse mentally as they attempt to parse it. Of course, he doesn't realise he's doing this, it all made sense in his head, and he's always right, ergo, Trump's the best at deals, you can't believe it, people come up to me and say 'Donald, you're so good at making deals', etc etc.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Legosi (Tani Coyote) in The General American Politics Thread   
    Oh my god, that is incomprehensible. This must be why he's such a good businessman, he'll be in the middle of a negotiation and suddenly just let forth with a stream of non-committal gibberish in response to a simple yes/no question, then sit back and watch his opponent collapse mentally as they attempt to parse it. Of course, he doesn't realise he's doing this, it all made sense in his head, and he's always right, ergo, Trump's the best at deals, you can't believe it, people come up to me and say 'Donald, you're so good at making deals', etc etc.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from BlueSky in The General American Politics Thread   
    Ok, what the hell is going on, America. It ain't over til it's over, but fucking hell lads could you not give me a fucking heart attack when I turn the news on. Cheers.
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    Hyp3hat reacted to Nepenthe in The General American Politics Thread   
    It's not a minority's fault to coddle someone oppressing them with images of dead bodies and doxxing them for critiquing their precious video games. It's up to people in a position of power, either socially or politically, to tell them their behavior is not okay. Straight up- white dudes and the GOP failed in that department. So yeah, have fun with those clowns running around in your ranks, conservatives.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from MightyRay in The General American Politics Thread   
    Ok, what the hell is going on, America. It ain't over til it's over, but fucking hell lads could you not give me a fucking heart attack when I turn the news on. Cheers.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Legosi (Tani Coyote) in The General American Politics Thread   
    Ok, what the hell is going on, America. It ain't over til it's over, but fucking hell lads could you not give me a fucking heart attack when I turn the news on. Cheers.
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    Hyp3hat reacted to Patticus in The General American Politics Thread   
    What the ever loving hell, America. Why are you doing this.
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    Hyp3hat reacted to Monkey Destruction Switch in Sonic Forces | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC "The Next Generations"   
    Ugh I know what you mean, I HATE series with redundant characters. Like Batman, for example. Can you believe how many characters in that franchise fill the role of "villain"? The Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze...the list goes on and on!
    Seriously, though, what on earth makes you think multiple characters filling the same general role = guaranteed to be redundant? You seriously need more explanation here.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in Sonic Forces | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC "The Next Generations"   
    Why is everyone thinking the mystery new dude or dudette is 'Boom Sonic'? He's not a new character. Neither is Sticks.
    Smart money says we have a new villain, and that villain isn't just primordial monster #45. But yeah, I don't really want to talk about this game until we see or hear something actually concrete, rather than debating the trailer and how Modern Sonic is an absolute travesty because he came to my house and ate my Nutella, and SOnic Team said nothing and because they're cowards or whatever.
    but #b00st4lyf suckas 
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Sky The Destroyer in Sonic Forces | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC "The Next Generations"   
    Why is everyone thinking the mystery new dude or dudette is 'Boom Sonic'? He's not a new character. Neither is Sticks.
    Smart money says we have a new villain, and that villain isn't just primordial monster #45. But yeah, I don't really want to talk about this game until we see or hear something actually concrete, rather than debating the trailer and how Modern Sonic is an absolute travesty because he came to my house and ate my Nutella, and SOnic Team said nothing and because they're cowards or whatever.
    but #b00st4lyf suckas 
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from Mystwalker in Are Game Reviews Becoming Outdated?   
    Reviews aren't just for people like us, they're for people who buy 4 video games a year or purchased a PS4 or Xbone as a FIFA machine and want to pick up what scores well besides. There's a reason why companies like Bethesda are so touchy about their review scores, and about reviews by harsh critics (I heard about the Bethesda thing from Jim Sterling's video, where he mentions that he's greylisted by EA for their biggest titles, like Battlefield 1 etc), which is that positive reviews make for positive sales, and that it's very important to get a high metacritic score fast during your highest opportunity for sales. There are company bonuses tied to positive Metacritic reviews, after all - this is a pretty wide practice across the industry. There are millions people who will pick up the new CoD sight unseen, but even those who are being relatively savvy will check a review or two first. Or watch something on Youtube, which is why WB's PR forced Youtubers to do that manipulative agreement for Shadow Of Mordor.
    I mean, we know all too well what consistently poor reviews can do for a franchise, we're Sonic fans, and a publisher will do anything do to avoid this. Even doing some unethical shit.
    Bethesda are running scared - They are notorious for gamebreaking glitches and errors in their games at launch, and lots of these never get patched, or a patch will break something else, because their QA department is a goddamn joke. They are probably worried that, at some point, the press will just start marking games down immensely, because it's been nearly 15 years and a Bethesda openworld RPG is synonymous with 'bugs' that should not be acceptable at their budgets and price, and they should have fixed this shit by now. It's not an unreasonable request, but Bethesda make enough money with their buggy crap to sweep it under the rug.
    As for updating reviews with patch notes, unless a game is completely fucked upon launch (Hello, Arkham Knight on PC, or even No Man's Sky) it's worth an addendum to a review to note that its fixed. But most game patches do not change up the whole experience significantly, even after several iterations - MGS V is on 1.10, and whats changed is mostly balancing resources and loot stuff, for one example off the top of my head - but unless you're playing a MMO, like Destiny, a patch never seems to warrant a new review. These things are mostly for obscure bug fixing, stability and cleaning things up, not huge swingeing gameplay changes. No Man's Sky has been patched extensively, but the experience still seems as boring and spiritually bereft as it was when it was launched. As a contrast, Stardew Valley's recent 1.1 would warrant an edit of the original review because it adds a bunch of new content - but even though there's a lot of new content, that doesn't change the main experience of the game. 
    That's the thing - reviews are about what experience the game is trying to communicate, and how effectively it does that. If bugs break that experience, and they get patched, you can just change the word document. Metacritic will only accept your score once (which is why people are reluctant to review Early Access games, among other things), but hey. But, for Stardew Valley, No Man's Sky, Destiny, or MGS V (and obviously a lot of games besides) the core things the games have you do don't change with patches or expansions.
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    Hyp3hat got a reaction from MainJP in Sonic Forces | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC "The Next Generations"   
    Why is everyone thinking the mystery new dude or dudette is 'Boom Sonic'? He's not a new character. Neither is Sticks.
    Smart money says we have a new villain, and that villain isn't just primordial monster #45. But yeah, I don't really want to talk about this game until we see or hear something actually concrete, rather than debating the trailer and how Modern Sonic is an absolute travesty because he came to my house and ate my Nutella, and SOnic Team said nothing and because they're cowards or whatever.
    but #b00st4lyf suckas 
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