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  1. You are just forcing correlations where they don't exist, especially since this script was written years before Covid.
  2. While I do agree that most people in fandoms nowadays are overny cynical and negative, Let's not pretend that SEGA didn't help create this situation. The Mario fandom doesn't go into every game trying to hate it because the franchise has remained consistently high quality for the most part. SEGA's inability to have a consistent high quality track record with Sonic contributed at least 50% to the current situation. Philosophy? So the fact that they spout generic cliche lines is enough to make a game philosophical to you? No, Nier Automata is philosophical cause they actually talk about and explore topics in the story, making lines like "We're gonna shout it loud even if our words seem meaningless" actually mean something by ponctuating the issues being explored. Just having a character say "Does anyone but you listen to your lies?!" without any buildup, conversation beforehand or context means nothing because it's just a line of dialogue said in a vaccum. Any idiot can write a script with lines like those, but a good writer has to actually do all the legwork to have the line actually mean something with development and character.
  3. I find it interesting how SEGA couldn't put the JP vocals on Taxman's Sonic CD port, but in that same year they released a Sonic CD 20th anniversary soundtrack that had the vocal songs there no problem. So they could legally sell them via CDs and digital music stores, but not put them in the game itself?

    1. Sean

      Sean

      Story goes that they couldn't work out the lyrics rights in time for the game's release. iirc Sega eventually bought the rights to them entirely.

    2. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      Yeah, SEGA bought the rights to the JP vocal songs which were included in the 20th anniversary soundtrack which released (about two months) before the Sonic CD Taxman remaster was released. For whatever reason SEGA didn't include the JP vocals in the release of the game or patch them in at a later date.

  4. Zack Snyder implied in 2008 that in a Batman movie of his, Batman would get raped in prison cause now that's really dark and edgy:

    https://ew.com/article/2008/07/17/watchmen-chat-director-zack-snyder/

    Why exactly do his fans stand up for him so much? This guy scares me with these statements.

    1. Emperor Spooky

      Emperor Spooky

      IIRC, he's told people who didn't like Superman or Batman killing people that they're "living in a dream world." (source)

      Yeah, this guy is an edgelord. I'm kind of afraid to see his cut of Justice League. 

    2. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      christ, why do people like snyder

    3. I Have Berry!

      I Have Berry!

      Shadow the Hedgehog is Barney the Dinosaur next to this guy

    4. Speederino

      Speederino

      Oh fuck, I forgot that Batman and Superman exist in the real world and not a dream world.

  5. Thanks to the cheaper prices of the games in my country, managed to get myself a PS5 with a disc drive, plus Demon's Souls(68 €) and Miles Morales(51 €).

  6. People really overrate Unleashed HD's day stages nowadays on Youtube. While true that Unleashed was a more well-rounded game in general, Gens modern stages have much better level design. Seaside Hill alone is better made than all of Unleashed's stages combined.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      For a number of reasons, Generations' level design is a lot less exciting and dynamic than Unleashed's. Generations refined the formula that Generations laid out and in particular it eliminated a lot of the cheaper design elements of  Unleashed's levels. Seaside Hill is a really good level with branching paths and lots things for the player to do, but on the whole the game actually refined out a lot of fun. And generally speaking the game uses more 2D and the 2D parts at the 3D games have never been good. That's not purely a virtue of being 2D, they're just unfun, dull designs that feel like filler. Generations has a lot more "stop and start" boosting than Unleashed too. Unleashed for all is flaws let's me boost almost continuously throughout the stage and keeps me engaged through all of it. But in Generations it feel less more like the boost is just there to separate the the non boost sections. It's much less fluid. Another big difference between the games is the change of scenery.

      Unleashed does quite an awesome job telling a story through each level, and Sonic often goes through different locations and landmarks. One good example is how different the journey through Rooftop Run is in both games. In Unleashed, the scale of the city is much greater and feels more coherent in how it changes from open roads, to streets, to the clock tower to the aqueducts etc. Generations' changes are more sudden in all of its levels.

      Both are good for what they are, and they're not at all dissimilar. If you like one, it would be really surprising if you didn't like the other. They're virtually the same, unlike Forces which is much shallower. Not my ideal style personally, and honestly I'm not sure which I prefer. I'd probably say that on a moment to moment basis, Unleashed's levels have higher highs and lower lows than Generations'. But the difference is small.

    2. Wraith

      Wraith

      seaside hill is the most interesting gens stage but the vast majority dont live up to that promise. Any unleashed stage usually has a lot more meaningful challenge and decision making without so much stop and go

    3. pppp

      pppp

      I don't know, I'll still take that over the cheap as hell trial and error crap.

    4. Wraith

      Wraith

      I consider learning and rerunning the stages a big part of any decent sonic game so anything that might feel cheap usually fades pretty quickly for me as a thing to watch out for next time 

      The only thing id give gens is that it's one of the only 3d Sonics to try for some multi tier level design. Usually there's a lower path you get put on for a making a mistake whereas unleashed and many others are fine with just killing you. This is a great change that I approve of but I found learning Unleashed's levels more rewarding otherwise. 

    5. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Unleashed has a lot of moments where you'll get seriously punished simply for not being psychic on your first few runs. It doesn't do a great job of telegraphing its challenges. And we all know how bad the QTEs get. But Generations often feels like it swings the same pendulum too far in the other direction and becomes less engaging as a result. Unleashed is more repayable.

    6. Wraith

      Wraith

      Another thing about Unleashed is that at least it's more consistent to me. Like if you don't like one day stage you won't like any of em but it's all tight, rhythmic gameplay with a punishing edge right? I like every Unleashed stage. 

      Gens has seaside hill which rewards some experimenting/clever observation but they also sneak at least one level in each section that might as well be a 2d stage, and then you have green hill toward the start which kinda feels like an Unleashed type hallway with training wheels on etc. Not to mention all the awkward platforming sections that feel arbitrarily jammed in.  Most of them are fun but they don't feel like either this style or 3d gameplay as a whole are being used super well. 

    7. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Oh yeah damn I forgot about just how short and pointlessly 3D some of the Generations stages are.

      Green Hill is crap. I don't care that it's a first level. It's rubbish. Windmill Isle is better.

      City Escape had a great 3D opener, but the 3D is short especially when you consider that a lot of it takes place on the show board. Way too much of the stage is 2D, and the final portion it's just a very long lane-chase.

      And then there's Planet Wisp... Not much fun on its own,.but also like 80% 2D with an overuse of the rocket Wisp. Lame.

  7. Aside from Dolphin, best way to play Sunshine is this one, it's running natively by the way:

     

    I'm using hacks plus the GC Controller Adapter with full Analog Triggers. It's Gamecube era 16:9 so obviously it won't fill an HD screen entirely while running natively, gotta use Dolphin for that.The pre-rendered cutscenes remain in 4:3 obviously. The only minor issues is the progressive scan text under the Nintendo logo not being centered and the extra empty space to the left on the file select screen, but it's such a small price to pay to make the game look nicer on an HDTV on these consoles.

    1. JezMM

      JezMM

      Man, kind of a bummer to know the game CAN run at 60 FPS like this.  I assumed it was a case like Mario 64 where, because the animations aren't designed for it, doing 60 FPS would cause issues without major reworking stuff under the hood.  Really no excuse that 3DAS runs at 30 now.

    2. pppp

      pppp

      @JezMM Remember, this is running natively, meaning even on the GC they could have uncapped the framerate, yet they didn't. Weird.

    3. Sean

      Sean

      Sunshine was initially designed for 60FPS and trade shows even showed it running at that speed. There are some issues that crop up when doubling the framerate in Dolphin but there is a code on the wiki that mitigates some of them. If Nintendo chose to do a true port for Sunshine, there's a good chance they'd be able to fix them easily using the original source code.

  8. Here's how to play Sunshine nowadays in HD on a console: Get a Wii-U, softmod its Wii mode(Literally all you need is a SD card, it's easy as hell), and thanks to homebrew you can unlock GC backwards compatibility(Yeah fun fact the Wii-U is natively compatible with GC games, Nintendo just didn't bother giving it to us). Connect a GC Controller Adapter, boot up a Sunshine iso and Voilá. Yeah you don't get the slightly retouched assets and widescreen from the Switch, but the analog control is entirely there as intended by the developers.

  9. Game Pass this Game Pass that. I would like Xbox alot more if they went back to how they were in the OG Xbox/360 days. Where's the dudebro vibe from Gears of War with realistic gore? I still want my prequel trilogy covering the Pendulum Wars. Why is Halo watered down now to be T rated rather than M rated? Why did we never get Alan Wake 2?

    This isn't just me, if you go to the Gears of War forums you'll find plenty of disgruntled fans on how Microsoft ruined the franchise since they bought it: https://forums.gearsofwar.com/

    Honestly, it seems to me that the people that praise Microsoft right now are not even people that liked Xbox when it was actually being Xbox.

    In the meantime if you grew up playing Bungie's Halo and Epic's Gears you're screwed because Microsoft has completely abandoned you for others.

    1. Marcello

      Marcello

      Halo's always been a very light M rating.

    2. Nix

      Nix

      Gears 5 is great, and I'd rather we not go back to the "dudebro" era of videogames, please and thank you.

    3. pppp

      pppp

      @Nix  Gears 5 is not great. It has a Captain Marvel wokeness type story, it's terribly paced, the characterization is all over the place and the "open worlds" are badly implemented. Not to mention the multiplayer was a broken mess at launch and it's still incredibly flawed. How the hell is a game that forces you to pay real life money for a killing animation that was free in the original trilogy great exactly?

      Gotta love how someone that doesn't like what Gears was meant to be in the first place is telling me how much better Gears is now that it appeals to him, perfectly proving my point in my OG post.

    4. Marcello

      Marcello

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      It has a Captain Marvel wokeness type story

      Ah, I see 🤔 Also known as "a woman is the protagonist 😢😢😢😢

    5. pppp

      pppp

      @Marcello Fun fact, Gears veterans see Microsoft as the Disney to Gears's Star Wars. Hell there's alot of paralels storywise even:

      Kait turns out to be the granddaughter of the villain of the original trilogy. Yes I'm serious, it's like Lucasfilm made the story. It also treats the original trilogy cast like crap, just like the new trilogy.

    6. Marcello

      Marcello

      The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars movie, so if Microsoft can do something like that with Gears, great 🤷‍♂️

    7. Nix

      Nix

      I think the characters in Gears 5 are much more solid than they were in any previous game honestly. Kait's a much more compelling protagonist than Marcus and his son. The open world could've been done better, sure, but when it's being traditional Gears, it's some of the best level designs and encounter setups in the series.

      And Gears multiplayer has always been an unbalanced broken Gnasher shitshow, so this is nothing new.

      I've been playing Gears since the original and enjoyed them too, so you can fuck off with that.

    8. pppp

      pppp

      @Nix Not for nothing, but it's against forum rules to insult other members like you just did to me in that last sentence.

      As for the rest, fine, have fun with your Gears of Woke, but some of us like simple and fun old fashioned 80s action movie style games full of testosterone and no political agendas, and we're allowed to.

    9. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      I dunno where in the Internet you went to, but MS was constantly critisized for having "No games" or just being a "Halo/Gears/Forza" machine. They were scrutinized for not doing anything with the IPs they bought and how they were lacking anything exciting outside of the Shooter genre.

      MS absolutely needed to expand their game and genre selection to appeal to even stand a chance to their biggest competitor in any way, shape or form. You can't just bank on the same three IPs and milk them to death and hope for a bigger success.

    10. Tornado

      Tornado

      The only person who came close to insulting anyone in this status was you, pppp, when you started trotting out this "true fan" bullshit. 

  10. So is Sonic Retro changing domains? It's inacessible and says something ablout placeholders and domains.

    1. Solister

      Solister

      I've just checked now and seems to be working fine  (wiki and news site).

      But you just reminded me I should take a moment and make copies of some of my favorite content there.

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      The Wiki and the forums are normal, but the front page is displaying that message. 

  11. Hey SEGA, still waiting for those remasters/ports that certain Sonic games could really use. Just saying.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Rise of Lyric? Chronicles? Shadow? You gotta be specific.

    2. pppp

      pppp

      Sonic Colors should have gotten a 10th anniversary remaster, Unleashed is the primary example, Generations PC would be nice to have on current consoles the same way they did Bayonetta and Vanquish, and of course it's criminal that Sonic 1 and 2 HD are still mobile exclusive.

      Why exactly do we have to spend 2020 bored to tears Sonicwise when stuff like this could hold us over?

      Hell, there were no Sonic re-releases whatsoever on PS4,XBox One(Back Compatibility doesn't count) and Wii U(Advance 1 in Japan only, might as well not even mention that, since that country doesn't care) throughout these consoles entire lifespans.

      The Switch got Sonic 1 and 2, and while I love M2, there are better versions that emulation can't match.

      It's so baffling how ever since 8th gen started, SEGA went "Fuck it, no one wants older Sonic Games conveniently on modern systems, let's just not do anything till the new games come in."

  12. Wow, Mulan 2020 is so confusingly bad with its choices that it's just pathetic.

  13. This must be what it's like at Nintendo's offices:

     

  14. So...did Nintendo just forget Super Mario Galaxy 2 exists ? Hell it didn't even show up in the retrospective video at the end where even 3D Land was shown. I mean just look at this:

    327844184_SuperMarioBros.35thAnniversaryDirect(1080p_30fps_H264-128kbit_AAC).mp4_snapshot_11.58_2020_09.03_15_40_07.thumb.jpg.e7eb6e32aa76947f35cc1a1d31139ec8.jpg

     

    NES Open gets acnowledged in this anniversary celebration, but Nintendo's 2010 GOTY contender doesn't.

    1. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      So that's a list of games that can be played on the Switch now, not necessarily their top Mario games in general

      That said, no you're right, they did do Mario Galaxy 2 dirty this direct. Not a mention whatsoever, not even during that end medley. 

    2. KHCast

      KHCast

      They’re treating it like some 06 level black sheep which is so funny but also annoying and sad. It’s safunning

    3. Kittea

      Kittea

      @Indigo Rush I didn't pay attention to the medley so I didn't realise.

      My guess is that it'll get its own release later on. Or be part of a future collection.

    4. Cayenne

      Cayenne

      With Nintendo being Nintendo, I wouldn't be surprised if they released Galaxy 2 as some kind of paid DLC for the collection or stand alone game for their online service.

    5. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      They're going to re-release SM3DAS in a few years time for full RRP but that time they'll include Galaxy 2 and it will only be sold for a like a day.

  15. The true winner today in gaming is Square, for allowing Naka and Oshima to give us such an awesome looking game.

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