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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Lord-Dreamerz in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    This was a 3D model created by Rno71 on Twitter

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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from SenEDDtor Missile in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    This was a 3D model created by Rno71 on Twitter

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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Angyu in Sonic Channel   
    The best artwork we'll see all year.

     
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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from UltraGizmo64 in Sonic Channel   
    The best artwork we'll see all year.

     
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    Sonictrainer reacted to The Tenth Doctor in Sonic Channel   
    If I look carefully, I think its the one he bought in Team Sonic Racing Overdrive.

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    Sonictrainer reacted to Crow the BOOLET in Game Series You Almost Missed Out On   
    There's a lot of games I nearly missed because I hadn't been paying attention to the scene.
    I actually got into Monster Hunter through World and I am aware of the previous games so I won't pretend that there wasn't anything before hand. It took me a while to click with what the game was going for but I actually really like the idea of going through a big boss game and planning for everything. I really love these monster designs and the fact they have their unique behaviors to take note of during a hunt. I'm really excited for Rise's release because after playing the demo I had a lot of fun with the doge being able to Tokyo Drift everywhere and the Wirebugs providing so much free movement. Its just so much fun!
    I also really love the Yakuza series. I heard from a friend about it once and I dismissed it as a GTA clone which I'm not a fan of in general. But then I heard from word of mouth that it was sillier than it lead on to be. After trying 0 I saw the light. It was one half a serious crime drama and other half just silly fun, sometimes both mixing with each other that its one of the most over the top experiences I've ever had. I really love the world building in this series and the fact there's a lot of things to do to the point where several minigames are very fleshed out. Also Kiryu is a very noble character that he's constantly saving people on a daily basis and he can never hurt an innocent which I feel like helps with the narrative. I don't like open world games since I don't know what to do in them but I really loved how fleshed out they make the cities in the series, making this series the exception for me. I just love how its a story about a man going through life and its tribe and tribulations. In a way this series help me get over getting old because Kiryu becomes an honorary grandfather by the end of the series but he remains the same guy through and through. Its just so good.
    And while its been years since I got into it I think its an interesting story. I almost missed out on the Disgaea series. I remember one of my friends mentioning it once during lunchtime one day but later on during my high school years I got depressed and was pretty bad. If my friend would had never mentioned it I would had completely miss it during its heyday, though its more well known now. I'm glad he recommended it to me because I ended up being a more cheerful person because of it. I am glad the series has been successful since then but I'm happy I didn't miss out on it.
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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Kuzu in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    I mean, all Flint needs is one fire logo somewhere on his clothes to be complete.
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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Salamander in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    Honestly, Platinum Version fixes a number of issues that made Diamond & Pearl boring.
    I remember replaying Diamond Version and not having as much fun as I did during my first playthrough.
    Also, the Sinnoh Trainers with Coats > Sinnoh Trainers without Coats.
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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Kuzu in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    I heard someone joke about needing to buy a Platinum Pass, a DLC expansion that adds all of the stuff from Platinum Version...
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    Sonictrainer reacted to Salamander in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    While my feelings aren't quite so strongly negative, I do find myself deeply ambivalent about BDSP.  While I don't mind the graphics, the fact that they respect the original proportions so much makes the whole thing look weirdly like a sidegrade more than an upgrade - but the elephant in the room is Platinum, and they went out of their way in the presentation to tell people that if they were looking for Platinum content they should stop paying attention.  I hate to say it, but even the names sound uninspired.  Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?  Is that seriously the best they could come up with?  I don't want to be precipitous, but the evidence so far is that this is going to be an absolutely literal, by-the-numbers remake, with none of the creativity that was the redeeming feature of ORAS.  And if that is the case, then I just don't think I'm interested.  By Gen IV the games were fundamentally modern anyway.  I already played an updated Diamond/Pearl, it was called Pokemon Platinum and it was great.  Like, did anyone not just want Perfect Platinum?
    As for Legends: Arceus - while I commend GameFreak for doing something different... well, I'm not remotely interested in open-world, action RPG Pokemon.  That is in fact the opposite of everything I've ever liked about Pokemon.
    Edit: I guess what I'm saying is that I feel like GameFreak outsourced the wrong game.  Legends: Arceus could've been done by people who actually have experience with this sort of thing, while the D/P remake would've been in more ambitious hands in-house.
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    Sonictrainer reacted to Kuzu in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    I feel like after the backlash that SwSh got, it makes sense that they would want to distance themselves from that artstyle. I thought SwSh looked fine, and could use some touch ups, but after that shitshow, It makes sense they would move away from it. I'm....not a fan of this artstyle personally, looks like its trying too hard to be faithful while being 3D, so the result looks like an awkward mesh of the two. Kind of like Gen 6's weird ass sprites.
     
     
    Legends is legit though, keeping an eye on that. 
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    Sonictrainer reacted to Soniman in Pokémon Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl (Coming Late 2021) + Legends Arceus (Coming Early 2022)   
    Yeah I don't like it. 
    Give ORAS some credit when they remade they really REMADE it, they changed and improved the story gave fresh redesigns to ALL the significant characters, actually nice looking Chibi graphics from what can be expected on the 3DS.
    But this is just soooo lame? I wanted a SWSH-Styled remake with wild areas and no random encounters but..no none of that it doesn't even feel like it's part of the same Gen as SWSH. And I know they obviously did that because GF didn't make this so they probably had to be super conservative but even as just a pure graphics update thus looks really LAME. Links Awakening looked fantastic, this is a Switch game but you wouldn't know from looking at it, looks like a Chinese mobile game. So yeah I'm quite disappointed by this, our one-shot at a great remake down the drain for Gen IV fans.
    Pokémon Legends looks interesting at least, looking forward to learn more of that 
     
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    Sonictrainer reacted to Polkadi~☆ in Game Series You Almost Missed Out On   
    I never knew a single thing about Persona, until my sister started asking me about the fifth game. So I went and got her the game for Christmas the same year it came out, and...
    I played it too, out of curiosity. It was a type of game I didn't see often, but the gameplay hooked me in along with everything else about it. After finishing the game, it got me super interested in all things Persona, which I'd have never been otherwise. Even got me into the Shin Megami Tensei series as a whole.
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    Sonictrainer reacted to Salamander in Game Series You Almost Missed Out On   
    Castlevania (and to a lesser extent Metroid), which is crazy because that series and its style of gameplay has ended up being majorly my jam.  I'm not sure why exactly it took me so long to take an interest; perhaps because I thought it would be a lot less flamboyant than it actually was?  Whatever the case, the upshot was that I didn't get into the Metroidvania genre until the late DS years, at which point the GBA games had become unobtainable for me - result being that I've never played some of the major IGAvanias.  Do a Castlevania Anniversary Collection 2, Konami!
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    Sonictrainer reacted to JezMM in Game Series You Almost Missed Out On   
    Somehow my wife played through the entirety of Horizon Zero Dawn without me ever paying attention or being remotely interested in it (I mean... Breath of the Wild had just come out).  This put me in an advantangeous position of the game having not being spoiled for when I'd finally play it this year.
    I had just finished Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity and since I had looked forward to that game for it's narrative content... which turned out to be very... ugh, Nintendo-quality, big surprise... I was kind of itching for an action game with a really strong narrative.  She recommended I play Horizon and I'm so glad I did.
    While it takes a few hours to get going, once it did I enjoyed it so much I pretty much 100%'d it.  While I wish the non-combat gameplay was a bit more involved like Zelda's is, the atmosphere of just being in the game's world made up the difference (I didn't fast-travel anywhere because I didn't want to cheapen it, and I also turned off the quest markers so I had to navigate to them manually using the map to plan a route rather than just blindly following on-screen destination icons without paying attention to the world).
    Didn't let me down on the narrative front either, absolutely fantastic story full of both intrigue and heart. Aloy is now one of my favourite video game protagonists of all time and I'm super looking forward to the sequel.
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    Sonictrainer reacted to FReaK in Game Series You Almost Missed Out On   
    Kingdom Hearts probably. I got the first one with another game for free back in 2005 or so, I didn't bother with disney stuff anymore back then. Got me by surprise.
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    Sonictrainer reacted to Angyu in Game Series You Almost Missed Out On   
    Animal Crossing! I wasn't interested in it, but knew of it. About 2 years after it came out (the Gamecube one), it was my 12th birthday, and I didn't really want anything, but my dad brought me to the store and said I could pick out a game. By this point, AC was already a Player's Choice game marked down to $20 so I figured, yeah why not. I knew of it by those creepy commercials for the first game and because one of my friends had it, and I saw him play it for like... 10 seconds lol. It was mostly a random choice though, I had no idea what it really was going into it. I could tell my brother was mad because he wanted me to pick something else but hey, it was my birthday.
    Tbh Sonic was an accident for me and my brother. My mom's co-worker was selling her son's used Genesis + a couple games, Sonic 2 being one of them. I think because he wanted money to help get the then-upcoming Saturn, which uh... wonder if he regretted that decision. Anyway, she bought it as a present for us since we were getting old enough to know what video games were, lol.
    Other than some other random one-off games I got (games that never got sequels, but I enjoyed them), I can't really think of any other series.
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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Snowragnarok in Sonic Games World Tour #1: South Island Zones   
    (This is the textless version of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog Cover #288)
    Hello & Welcome to the Sonic Game Worlds Tour! 
    To celebrate Sonic’s 30th Anniversary this year, each month I’ll be looking at specific major settings of mainline & spinoff Sonic Games and all Stages, Hubs, Bosses, & remixes associated with that location. I’ve already got the layout for Islands, Planets, and alternate dimensions.
    There are a few roadblocks after the Classic Era, though:
    There are a number of Sonic Games that don’t have a major setting, like Sonic Heroes. I also couldn’t tell you if it takes place in Sonic’s World or the Human World… I might skip Sonic Adventure, since I already talked about Station Square, the Mystic Ruins, and the Egg Carrier last year. I’m not sure if I can touch Soleanna... I’ll need to ask the Mods about that. Anything I’m not sure about I’ll ask in a Status Update, PM, or do a voting poll.

    Our first stop of the SGWT is South Island from Sonic’s World.
    South Island is supposedly the original home of the Chaos Emeralds and used to be so important that after Eggman managed to steal the Red Chaos Emerald after Sonic collected all of them, South Island started sinking into the ocean and the entire world started to fall into chaos. Seeing as how the Emeralds like to bounce around different locations nowadays, I’m pretty sure parts of the past games have been retconned.
    Even though Sonic & Eggman knew each other before the first game takes place, apparently South Island was the first time Eggman used Badniks. Although, that does make me curious about how their first meeting went, how long they’ve known each other, and what Eggman was using before he came up with the idea of using living creatures to power his robot army.
    South Island is the setting for 6 Classic Sonic Games and has at least 23 unique Zones. The Zone that’s been bought back and reused the most from South Island is the Green Hill Zone.
    Even though I personally don’t have as much memories with Sonic 1, I do have fond memories of the other games (especially the Game Gear ones) that return to South Island.
    NOTES: 
    1. All entries in this opening post are Levels, Hubs, & Bosses from Official Licensed Sonic Games, that take place on South Island. This includes: 
    All Zones and a brief look at the Bonus Stages & Special Stages from both Versions of Sonic the Hedgehog All Zones from the 8-bit Version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 All Zones & a brief look at the Special Stages from Sonic Chaos A brief look at the Racecourses from Sonic Drift All Zones & a brief look at the Special Stages from Sonic Blast Most Levels with the words “South Island” & “Green Hill” in their name 2. Even though Neo South Island Zone from Sonic Pocket Adventure is similar to the Green Hill Zone, its copies more from the Emerald Hill Zone. Therefore, I’ll talk about it more in Part 2 when we discuss Westside Island.
    3. The Jungle Zone in the original Sonic Jump takes place in South America, so I’m going to skip over it.
    4. Although there is a similar area in Blaze’s World called Southern Island, I’ll talk about it later when I do a full tour of the Sol Dimension.
    5. During the Sonic Games Worlds Tour, I’m focusing solely on Sonic Games. Any battlefields from Super Smash Bros., cool callbacks from LEGO Dimensions, or any other Zones used in crossover games will not be included. The only exceptions to this rule are the racing games: Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing & Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
    6. To avoid confusion for now & in the future, from this point on I will giving the “City” in Sonic Forces the nickname, “Battleground City”.
    7. Next Stop: Westside Island Zones
    Pictures & other graphics will be posted shortly...
     
    Sonic the Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Marble Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit Version) - Bridge Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Spring Yard Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit Version) - Jungle Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog - Labyrinth Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Star Light Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog - Scrap Brain Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit Version) - Final Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit Version) - Sky Base Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog - Special Stages

     
     
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Under Ground Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Sky High Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Aqua Lake Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Green Hills Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Gimmick Mountain Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Scrambled Egg Zone

    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit Version) - Crystal Egg Zone

     
     
    Sonic Chaos - Turquoise Hill Zone

    Sonic Chaos - Gigalopolis Zone

    Sonic Chaos - Sleeping Egg Zone

    Sonic Chaos - Mecha Green Hill Zone

    Sonic Chaos - Aqua Planet Zone

    Sonic Chaos - Electric Egg Zone

    Sonic Chaos – Special Stages

     
    Sonic Fighters - South Island


    Sonic Drift - Green Hill 

    Sonic Drift - Marble 

    Sonic Drift - Spring Yard 

    Sonic Drift - Labyrinth 

    Sonic Drift - Star Light 

    Sonic Drift - Scrap Brain 

     
    Sonic Blast - Green Hill Zone
    Sonic Blast - Yellow Desert Zone
    Sonic Blast - Red Volcano Zone
    Sonic Blast - Blue Marine Zone
    Sonic Blast - Silver Castle Zone
    Sonic Blast - Bonus Stages & Special Stages

     
    Sonic Jam – Sonic World

     
    Sonic Adventure 2 Battle - Green Hill

     
    Sonic Advance - Neo Green Hill Zone

    Sonic Battle - Green Hill
     

    Sonic Jump 1 & 2 - Green Hill Zone
     
     
    Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood - Green Hill Zone

     
    Sonic Generations - Green Hill

    Sonic Jump (2012) & Sonic Jump Fever - Green Hill Zone

     
    Sonic Dash – Green Hill Zone

     
    Sonic Runners Adventure - Green Hill

     
    Sonic Mania Plus - Green Hill Zone

     
    Sonic Forces - Lost Valley

    Sonic Forces - Arsenal Pyramid

    Sonic Forces - Green Hill

    Sonic Forces - Guardian Rock

    Sonic Forces: Speed Battle – Pyramid Valley/Sandy Hills/Corkscrew Canyon/Parched Palms/Desert Falls
     
    Zone Discussion Questions
    1. What is your number 1 BEST South Island Zone? Or if you can’t pick one, what are your top favorite Zones?
    2. What is your number 1 WORST South Island Zone? Or you can’t pick one, what are your top worst Zones?
    3. What are your favorite South Island Zone Music Tracks?
    4. Besides the Green Hill Zone, are there any other Zones from South Island that you would want to see again/remixed in a future game?
    5. Are there any ideas or gimmicks from these old games & Zones that you would like to see again in a future Sonic Game?
    6. Do you think any of these old games should get the remake treatment (besides the Taxman Version of Sonic 1 on Consoles)?

    30th Anniversary Discussion Questions
    1. Was Sonic the Hedgehog (either the 16-bit or 8-bit Version) the first Sonic game you ever played?
    2. Have you played any of the Sonic games that took place on South Island?
    3. Out of the many versions of Green Hill Zone, which one is your favorite? Or if you can’t pick one, what are your top favorites?
    4. Out of the many versions of Green Hill Zone, which one is the worst in your opinion? Or if you can’t pick one, what are your top worsts?
    5. What are your fondest memories of South Island, if you have any?
    6. What are some mysteries or questions you have about the games that place on South Island?
    7. How many Versions of Sonic the Hedgehog do you currently own?
     
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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    ABT posted a reference sheet for Linolin

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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    A few more preview pages
     
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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Silvereyes in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    ABT posted a reference sheet for Linolin

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    Sonictrainer got a reaction from Supah Berry in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - PLEASE SPOILER TAG LEAKS   
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    Sonictrainer reacted to MetalSkulkBane in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Alright, #37
    After last lukewarm arc and ensuing debate that wasn't all that fun, I went into this issue actively trying to be positive. And considering I had pretty bad day at work, I was in perfect position to sympathize with Belle. In brief, I'm on board so far. (But as always the case, value of this issue will depend on quality of next 3).
    If there is one down side it's Belle herself. She still doesn't grab me, nether personality wise or as mystery. IDK, maybe because book tries too hard to make me feel bad about her? And I really hope there is more to her backstory than "Tinker build her". Also I'm starting to question her tail-kick thing. Who design it that way? I get it that toys have functions like that, but 1) She's alive and can move on her own. 2) positioning is really uncomfortable to use unless you're a giant holding her in your hand.
    Lastly, only I think she's a little bit like Gold from Archie comics? She's female made by Evan Stanley, nervous, not fully controlling her abilities, tied to villain (sorta), and with mysterious past.
    On positive site, Tangle is great as always. It's almost unfair how she keeps stealing spotlight. Little part of my brain keep accusing her of being shallow, but frankly, she's just fun. I think it's because her optimism is really infectious.
    Helped by ABT's art which is once again quite gorgeous. So many background characters, great faces and there is Gadget from Rescue Rangers hidden in 1 panel. And I think the Restoration is hidden under Silver's garden, that's kinda neat.
    Which leads us to climax and I guess I'll finally put spoiler box.
    So yeah, for now call me cautiously optimistic about this arc.
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