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  1. Tracker_TD

    Has "Solo Sonic" been detrimental to the series?

    The Sonic 4 boycott wasn't because of Solo Sonic, it was because Retro (rightly, in hindsight) thought the game looked like utter shit. That's why the boycott involved buying Sonic 1 (another Solo Sonic game) instead - not because of the Solo Sonic nature of 4, but because 4 was a horrible take on Classic Sonic.
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    A question about the Classic characters

    I think there's ways to show Amy's growing independence without needing her to say "I've gotta do it myself!" or something.
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    A question about the Classic characters

    Do they though? Again, I'm struggling to think of particular problem points that really, absolutely couldn't be overcome with clever use of setting, emotion, framing, body language and so forth. Like Amy and the bird for instance - we don't need them to tell us the bird has a Chaos Emerald, we can see that. The mission to find the bird's parents might be harder to frame but if needs be you could pull something like Mania's thought bubble moment - I don't think that'd be necessary, just show the bird distressed and Amy decides to tag it along with her, but you get my gist.
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    A question about the Classic characters

    I mean... you'd probably need to retool some stuff, but I honestly can imagine SA without speech. It'd be a lot less ear-grating for one thing, but the stuff that happens in SA1 is fairly rudimentary and the dialogue doesn't so much help convey it as just add window dressing to it because "look at us we're 128-bit now". The hardest part to convey would be the Tikal stuff but I don't think it'd be impossible. "Storytelling needs speech" is ironically a fairly limited few of things - there's probably a few indie games that'd serve my point but they're not coming to mind right now. Whether it'd be better is subjective, but I don't think it's necessary.
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    Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart

    Why can't a bunch of fans come close to accomplishing what a studio with a huge team of staff, millions of dollars in budget and... oh. Right. That and Amy is actually included as part of the bonuschars pack (again, included with the game), it's just that that's Modern Amy. The one they plan on adding in 2.0 is Classic Amy to be consistent with the rest of the base characters.
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    A question about the Classic characters

    They don't really... need them, honestly. I don't find giving them a voice necessary, and something as mundane as "coloured eyes" is something that I can go either way on. Being playable in 3D is a different kettle of fish given Classic Sonic's already been in a few 3D games, albeit not mainline ones.
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    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    Read the solicit. "Reprints Team Sonic Racing plus a new guide to the Wisp power-ups, a glossary of Team Moves, a gallery of in-game tracks, and commentary by writer Caleb Goellner!"
  8. The guy with the Metal Sonic avatar who says he got picked was almost certainly just riding on what DC Guy said for clout. He applies what DC Guy said to the movie itself rather than the trailer context DCGuy gave, then embellishes it to make it sound as ridiculous as possible. As for who actually gets picked, afaik it's just... regular people. They won't specifically seek out Sonic fans (which stands to make that guy's claims even flimsier).
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    Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart

    I sure do like kart racing! Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart is a mod for Sonic Robo Blast 2, which is a mod for DOOM. However, it's standalone from either of these - you just need one installer, and you're off! So what is it? SRB2Kart is a fairly standard kart racing game starring all of your favourite Sonic characters and worlds. Sort of. The base game only has five characters: Amy is planned to join the roster in the next major release of the game, but that's a ways off yet. You might be thinking to yourself, "hang on a minute, how is this a big deal with such a tiny roster?" Well let me introduce you to the power of mods! As it's a DOOM mod, the game supports .wad and .pk3 files for adding all manner of custom characters, tracks, modes, and so forth. The game actually comes with a mod pack included, featuring characters such as Shadow, Blaze, Arle Nadja from Puyo Puyo, and many more. But beyond that, there's a bustling community putting out new characters and such at pretty staggering rate. As it's a DOOM mod, you can also change the colour of the characters to your pleasing (or just hit backspace on the colour selection to get their default colour). Want to play as Klonoa in a look lovingly informed by his original Playstation debut? There's a mod for that! Want to play as Mega Man? There's a mod for that! Want to play as the Hornet from Daytona USA... driving a kart? THERE IS A MOD FOR THAT. And if you don't fancy having to load up the addons you want every time you start the game, you can make a "kartexec.cfg" file to do it for you! The game comes pre-loaded with 100 tracks, and as with characters the community is feverishly working away on new ones. It sees updates from time to time that tweak item distribution, fix issues with tracks, add new characters to the bonus character pack, and so forth. Items range from fairly standard projectiles such as Orbinaut spike balls, to the game's Blue Shell - The Self Propelled Bomb (which it turns out, is actually an extremely deep cut to Sonic 3's Competition Mode). The game also supports online racing. Hosting a server can be a bit of a hassle (it requires port forwarding which can be a pain in the ass), but fortunately there's plenty of 24/7 dedicated servers online. The game also has a Discord lobby for organising netgames, showing off mods, and so forth. There's a Battle Mode too, for those so inclined! (Shameless Plug: I also stream the game a fair bit. The VoDs are here, in case you want to see the game in action.) How do I get it? The latest version of the game (1.03) is available here. It doesn't require the regular version of Sonic Robo Blast 2 or anything, just one installer and you're off! Be sure to read the ingame manual for tips and tricks. As for the game itself - I've found myself really impressed by it. The drifting definitely takes some getting used to, as it's fairly different to Mario Kart, but the sense of speed it allows you once you get good at it is amazing. I also really love the modding community, as the range of characters now available for the game gives it a fairly widespread appeal - if you want it to be, it can essentially be MUGEN Kart at this point. The track design is also fairly good - they're not all winners and there's a fair amount of imports from other games (as well as the dreaded Map Hell section) but on the whole it makes for a great time in Multiplayer (which supports up to 16 players). Perhaps the main sticking point is Single Player, which is unfortunately restricted to racing Staff Ghosts in Time Attack right now. To make up for it, there's actually unlockables tied to besting the staff ghosts - including the lucrative final unlockable, Encore Mode. Even if it doesn't click with you in the long run, it's a game I'd recommend checking out. I never tend to spend too long on fangames, but I've put a frightening amount of hours into this game (and even made some mods for it). It's a labour of love through and through, with an artstyle I find quite close to my beloved SEGA Saturn stuff (and even moreso if you switch on OpenGL mode, which supports 3D models for the racers!).
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    Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game

    > Time trial is indeed currently the only single player mode. I think that’s a shame, but coding AI *is* difficult - and to be honest I find the staff ghosts are an OK stand in. > if you want to play as the original colours just hit backspace on the colour selection menu. Simple. The colour swap system is so people can play as the same character but still differentiate themselves - that, and because it’s on the DOOM engine. > there’s plenty of 24/7 dedicated servers and a lively Discord community for organising netgames too > making characters takes time. That and every update adds new characters into the packed in bonuschars.kart file so it’s not much of an issue I don’t want to make this topic about the merits of SRB2 Kart because I’ll probably make its own topic for it later, but c’mon.
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    Has "Solo Sonic" been detrimental to the series?

    Oh yeah totally, I wouldn’t still be around here if I didn’t love Sonic’s world and stuff. I just don’t like the idea of making it a priority over the core gameplay. I find something like 3&K strikes a fine enough balance for me (I’d say Mania but even I can admit that the story in that game has some clear communication issues) Or better yet, Fantasy Zone - game with absolutely ridulous amounts of lore that is a) all within the games and b) not at the expense of gameplay
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    Has "Solo Sonic" been detrimental to the series?

    I think looking to eliminate humour outright is too far to the opposite extreme. In fact one of the specific points you mentioned is one of the few times a joke in Forces actually lands, because it’s Sonic taking the piss out Infinite in a way that suits his character (“You smell like fear.” “Nah, I just ran here.”). It’s no worse (arguably better) than the likes of “HEY LOOK A GIANT TALKING EGG” at any rate. I get it - people want ‘serious’ Sonic stories again. That doesn’t need to necessitate making Sonic himself joyless. The joke writing could improve but when you’re listing even the half decent jokes amongst that I’m a tad puzzled at the aim here.
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    Has "Solo Sonic" been detrimental to the series?

    In a series like Sonic, the last thing I want them to do is put story before gameplay. Have the story sure, but prioritising it before the gameplay is just... backwards to me. A huge part of Sonic's appeal is the arcadey gameplay that's true to its origin, even in games as recent as Generations. This isn't The Last of Us or Uncharted. That's what the comics are for.
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    Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game

    Technically, some people already did! (And thanks to the modding community, there's a constant slew of new characters and tracks coming out for it)
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    Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game

    I think you'll find Maria more than qualifies.

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