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    LukA8 got a reaction from Cuz in Appeal of Espio the Chamelon   
    It's kind of interesting if you compare Espio and Vector's character designs at face value. Espio immediately screams "disciplined ninja chameleon" but there isn't much beyond that (since his murderous/ridiculous nature was toned down a lot), meanwhile nothing about Vector really says "charitable/broke but capable detective" (I'll give them the bossy/greedy traits), as his design gives off more "Kremling" or "crocodile DJ", which is still a leftover from the Sonic 1 band. Even the Boom writers felt his headphones weren't fitting for a detective character and gave him a magnifying glass instead. So while Espio's rather simple to the point where some people seem to be fans of the archetype rather than the character, Vector got more layers but they're rarely showcased because side character, so he tends to get marked with the "big idiot" stereotype, as his design (intentionally?) doesn't show his true nature.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Thigolf in Mario and Sonic at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games   
    I doubt I'll ever enjoy another Olympic entry as much as Vancouver DS, the only one I'd argue had some real depth to it thanks to its Adventure mode with tons of exploration, character-specific recruiting and minigames, side quests and even a freaking post-game campaign.
    The sport outfits are a nice distraction to the fact that most events are simply ported from Rio, but even with online mode they will get old really fast, including the dream events which may be highlights but as usual only offer one single map you will have mastered after a few tries. To this day I don't understand why they never brought back the Mission and Circuit Modes from the very first game, especially the latter that you'd think would be a staple for the series just like it is for Kart Racers.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    B covers for #22 and T&W#3
     
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Sonictrainer in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    B covers for #22 and T&W#3
     
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Dr. Detective Mike in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    B covers for #22 and T&W#3
     
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    LukA8 got a reaction from lbyrd2 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    The Chaotix have always been the only characters worrying about money, them having to suffer and juggle with real-life responsibilities such as the rent is just part of their shtick so they have a motivation with their business; everyone else usually shrugs it off when Vector being poor gets brought up again because it doesn't matter to them. It only exists in their context, for example Eggman promising to pay them once he conquers the world, but not outside of it because Sonic having to work the night shift is not part of the franchise. It's not something you should try to find logic in too much, just like the two worlds thing which is not them flying from one planet to another but just Sonic Team not wanting to use human characters and locales at the moment.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Shadowlax in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    The Chaotix have always been the only characters worrying about money, them having to suffer and juggle with real-life responsibilities such as the rent is just part of their shtick so they have a motivation with their business; everyone else usually shrugs it off when Vector being poor gets brought up again because it doesn't matter to them. It only exists in their context, for example Eggman promising to pay them once he conquers the world, but not outside of it because Sonic having to work the night shift is not part of the franchise. It's not something you should try to find logic in too much, just like the two worlds thing which is not them flying from one planet to another but just Sonic Team not wanting to use human characters and locales at the moment.
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    LukA8 reacted to MarioKartGamerDude in Mario and Sonic at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games   
    Lol, you beat me too it! 
     
    But regardless I’m so happy to see more characters and TOADETTE is a character, I’ve never been so happy to see it! 
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    LukA8 got a reaction from FFWF in Mario and Sonic at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games   
    There's something really charming about the 2D mode, just a refreshing change of pace this series needed at this point. The 10m platform and marathon events in particular look really wacky especially in its hilarious-awkward use of sprites. At the same time I wish they'd have created new sprites, the whole Mario cast already has sprites from Super Mario Maker and it's not like any of these characters existed back in 1964 (and there's no love for Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Wario, Amy and Metal Sonic regardless). They could have used this mode as justification for cutting dream events once again, so I'm glad we're at least getting the three there are - hopefully actually taking part in Mario/Sonic stages.
    Finally I don't think the guest characters will be in this. Rio was designed around the feature in a way that allowed them to have more spotlight alongside the veteran cast (even if it meant shoving down Miis the player's throat), but this game would have a lot more events to fill with new guests which they already said they haven't, and just a select few having them would be weird. I guess there's a chance boss characters like Zavok, whose event is mostly a Rio 2016 port, may be unlockable, but I'm sure we'd have seen them advertised or teased more by this point if that were the case. There's still the mobile version that may use them as a selling point.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from MainJP in The Quality of Team Sonic Racing's Story   
    For what it's worth, I liked the "revelation" about Dodon Pa. Ironically, it makes the racers trust him a bit too much after doing the very opposite for 80% of the story, but it left him in an interesting place. All he cares about is perfection and furthering his research regardless of the risk of casualties, and it could easily push him into an antagonistic role in the future as long as it benefits him and his company.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from lbyrd2 in The Quality of Team Sonic Racing's Story   
    For what it's worth, I liked the "revelation" about Dodon Pa. Ironically, it makes the racers trust him a bit too much after doing the very opposite for 80% of the story, but it left him in an interesting place. All he cares about is perfection and furthering his research regardless of the risk of casualties, and it could easily push him into an antagonistic role in the future as long as it benefits him and his company.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Miragnarok in The Quality of Team Sonic Racing's Story   
    For what it's worth, I liked the "revelation" about Dodon Pa. Ironically, it makes the racers trust him a bit too much after doing the very opposite for 80% of the story, but it left him in an interesting place. All he cares about is perfection and furthering his research regardless of the risk of casualties, and it could easily push him into an antagonistic role in the future as long as it benefits him and his company.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Jack at the Cinema in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    While I enjoyed the issue just like the last one, the comic has always felt very formulaic for something with only 18 issues so far. I love seeing the cast handle this dark storyline though, but this one could have taken a bigger risk by infecting
    Sonic handling his own infection and being unable to help already feels old to me since it was the exact same as in #17, but Gemerl raised a good point about him being dangerous. Now we're getting two more parts of this with Team Dark, and I'm going to be really annoyed if there's no pay-off and Sonic won't end up turning by the end of it. I'm sure the comic can survive one mini-arc with him as an antagonist. The three-parter starting with Tails will hopefully shake things up, I'd like to see the story used to its full potential rather than "just fighting off Zombots".
    For example, have Charmy infiltrate the shuttle and force Vector and Espio to face and capture him. This causes panic to break out among the survivors while Amy, Rouge(?) and Cream try to keep things in control. If you wanna get Knuckles involved, have them evacuate everyone to Angel Island and give us a reason why he supposedly worked as Resistance leader. Heck, let Eggman fall to the virus and have Orbot and Cubot lead Tails to the source of it. With this ending at either #23 or #24, I doubt there will be much place for any of it.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from UltraGizmo64 in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Looking back I don't think development for this title went smoothly at all. When the game's existence was first confirmed by the person who also leaked the Avatar for Forces,  he mentioned it was scheduled for early 2018 but was pushed to the holidays...yet it ended up releasing half a year later on top of that. Around the delay, Sumo even started hiring for a racing game, allegedly for their next project but I think we know it wasn't only that.
    Now, the core game ended up pretty decent despite light on content, but the part that was really hit by this was the online mode. There's tons of complaints about it and while it works for the most part on the PS4, yesterday I noticed something weird: A player left and rejoined in the middle of the race, probably due to connection problems, and somehow this triggered a bug that allowed other players to join the lobby while the race was still going, and it was filled up with 12 players when I got back, and even said "Game in Progress" instead of showing the usual timer. This must be an intended feature for the mode that is disabled for whatever reason, and something that should be a given for any online game, since it allows lobbies to actually fill up instead of throwing you an into empty one while ten others lobbies are going with maybe two, three people. It's how it works with Transformed or any Mario Kart, for that matter, and is crucial later in a game's life span if you don't want the online community to just drop it.
    So the only conclusion I can come to is that the online mode is still unfinished. Steam users aren't even able to join a lobby with their friends from what I've heard, and that's probably the reason why there wasn't any pre-order or pre-load for the game at all, because they were working on it until the last minute. Apparently patches for PC and Switch are still on the way, but I'm unsure if they will actually finish the online experience or just let it die and move on to the next project/sequel - which is a shame because the team races online are so much fun when it does work.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Thigolf in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    The thing is CTR deserved a much higher sales debut than TSR, I won't compare budgets since it's different companies but it's obvious how much passion and care went into the former, while Sumo were forced to take several shortcuts with the game to the point it ended up as a Sonic compilation of All-Stars content with half a new game built around it. If TSR was moving just as many copies Sega would get the wrong message from, getting away with not putting any effort into their titles.
    However it wasn't "murdered by CTR" either the way some made it out to be. The game rose six places up to #12 on the UK charts this week after a full month, so if it won't continue doing well in the long run then that's not because kart racers are unable to coexist but because Sega are unwilling to patch and support it at all. The online mode is still awful despite potentially being a blast thanks to the team gameplay, but my guess is they'll move on to a sequel instead for 2022/23, just like the jump from All-Stars Racing to Transformed. Iizuka talking about Dodon Pa returning for future racing competitions pretty much confirms this.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from lbyrd2 in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    The thing is CTR deserved a much higher sales debut than TSR, I won't compare budgets since it's different companies but it's obvious how much passion and care went into the former, while Sumo were forced to take several shortcuts with the game to the point it ended up as a Sonic compilation of All-Stars content with half a new game built around it. If TSR was moving just as many copies Sega would get the wrong message from, getting away with not putting any effort into their titles.
    However it wasn't "murdered by CTR" either the way some made it out to be. The game rose six places up to #12 on the UK charts this week after a full month, so if it won't continue doing well in the long run then that's not because kart racers are unable to coexist but because Sega are unwilling to patch and support it at all. The online mode is still awful despite potentially being a blast thanks to the team gameplay, but my guess is they'll move on to a sequel instead for 2022/23, just like the jump from All-Stars Racing to Transformed. Iizuka talking about Dodon Pa returning for future racing competitions pretty much confirms this.
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    LukA8 got a reaction from Miragnarok in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Sonic Runners of all things touched upon some more interesting points for him. He manipulated Zazz and used him as a pawn to monitor his fights with Sonic to find his weakness while plotting his revenge with Master Zik, and that story was likely going to continue in the scrapped Zomom boss event (never forget Hunk of Meat companion).Them being based on the Japanese Oni/guardian spirits could actually be really interesting, but then you see how he's being used..Completely brushed aside by the cast in the story and being talked to like he was their old buddy in races, and still no one knows what the hell a Lost Hex is.
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    LukA8 reacted to Ellipsis-Ultima in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Not sure if this was bought up earlier but, here's an interesting reference: The Haunted Castle track has these knights that look a lot like the ones from Night of the Werehog.

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    LukA8 got a reaction from Miragnarok in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Ironically, I have to say I say enjoy Seaside Hill the most out of the returning zones. I was most excited for Final Fortress, and both it and Casino Park look stunning, but they're really not a good fit for this gameplay style. Ocean View always had broader track design so it didn't need any changes, but both Whale Lagoon and Lost Palace feel larger and better to race on. The other returning tracks however are really narrow and chaotic, and the fun stops when you get by every single rocket, Team Ultimate, Quake and other items online because there's simply no place to avoid any of it. Even Turbine Loop feels better to race on as bland as it may be. But they also really stick out compared to the new tracks, which just have more life in them - even if it's just in the form of hot-air balloon bouncing, King Boom Boo taunting you or Caterkillers rising from the sand.
    Keep in mind a third All-Stars Racing instead of TSR likely wouldn't have had much more content either (in 2019, at least), and the downgrade from Transformed would've been just as clear if not more. Since Iizuka expressed interest in making more Sonic racers, it might be best to pull a Riders and start including the All-Stars as bonus teams (such as Ulala, Beat and Vyse for Dreamcast) and bringing back Sega Carnival as a zone. No fanbase would have to miss out in that case and let's be honest, even if we get a TSR 2 and 3 I doubt they'd have much interest in including many Sonic characters beyond Espio, Charmy, Cream, Orbot/Cubot, Zazz, the Babylon Rogues and maybe Chaos.
     
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    LukA8 got a reaction from neezTHEhuman in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    I'm pretty happy with the scores. Haven't read any reviews in detail yet, but it generally seems to be what we all expected, a fun game that could have been more if Sega had had more confidence in it. Sumo did their best as usual, but at the same time I wouldn't want Sega to feel too rewarded for forcing them to take so many shortcuts in terms of content (though as expected, barely anyone noticed the reused tracks). I hope they'll keep cooperating, regardless if for more All-Stars or Sonic!
    Also weird how that Japanese Amazon pre-order with the trailer music listed the "Game Mode spotlight" which they never ended up releasing. Guess the Adventure mode isn't quite the selling point here!
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    LukA8 got a reaction from tailsBOOM! in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    I'm pretty happy with the scores. Haven't read any reviews in detail yet, but it generally seems to be what we all expected, a fun game that could have been more if Sega had had more confidence in it. Sumo did their best as usual, but at the same time I wouldn't want Sega to feel too rewarded for forcing them to take so many shortcuts in terms of content (though as expected, barely anyone noticed the reused tracks). I hope they'll keep cooperating, regardless if for more All-Stars or Sonic!
    Also weird how that Japanese Amazon pre-order with the trailer music listed the "Game Mode spotlight" which they never ended up releasing. Guess the Adventure mode isn't quite the selling point here!
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    LukA8 got a reaction from FFWF in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    In other news (before it leaks anyway), the latest of the team interviews they've been doing may actually have dropped a hint towards Do Donpa's true nature:
    http://sonicjpnews.blogspot.com/2019/05/ndws-direct-interview-with-tsr-teams-4.html
     
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    LukA8 reacted to StellarBlur in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    It is god tier. The best piece of ost in this game and that's saying something. It also has a neat little surprise in it.
    Did anyone manage to confirm what is the final track of Final Fortress ?
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    LukA8 got a reaction from silverthepsychic in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    I don't think anyone outside the fanbase will notice the retro tracks, including reviewers; ASR was quickly forgotten once Transformed rolled around the corner two years later.
    That doesn't make it okay though, they grabbed everything Sonic from All-Stars and built half a game around it, and it's showing how limited the budget for this project must be. I'm sure Sumo would include a lot more fanservice if they could, and with the downward spiral the franchise's fallen into after Transformed's release I'm happy we're even getting a spin-off in 2019 that doesn't have the name Mario written next to it, so I want to support this for what it is, which looks enjoyable - even though we should be able to expect better. I'm mainly hoping this finds some success so Sumo Digital can do bigger things again in the future, maybe even bring back S0L and the others for another All-Stars.
    This looks so pale in comparison to Transformed because Transformed was fantastic, but that game only got to happen in the first place because of ASR's success. Sega were stupid for declining their offers on making another title for so many years, until Sonic basically became a budget series.
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    LukA8 reacted to Jango in Lost Palace, Frozen Junkyard and Hidden Volcano Gameplay   
    It reminds me a lot of Sonic Runners music. Kinda mellow, but sweet. Jun's eletric guitar (I'm assuming it's him) adds a great contrast. Sounds a little like Dragon Ball Z (games) music tho'.
    Seriously, I need a clean version of this song ASAP.
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