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  1. real talk: if mario went a whole decade and a half of being pretty dang bad, them dropping it to move in a direction more focused on matching it's previous qualities would be nothing but a good thing.

    (granted that doesn't mean throwing away every idea they could come up with during that time, but yall should all know that good and well)

    1. Dr. Mechanhohoho

      Dr. Mechanhohoho

      Yeah.

      Paper Mario's been bad for half a decade, at least; It's high time that subseries abandons its sticker-focused direction and goes back to being a real RPG again.

  2. Oh yeah guys, look at this

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    2. The Deleter

      The Deleter

      NO WAY

      NO WAAAAAAAAAAY

      DUDE

    3. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      Dear Sonic Team this is how you make good and fun physics.

       

      I DEMAND AZOO MAKES THE NEXT SONIC GAME

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Sonic Team couldn't possibly play that with its lack of boosters and scripts.

    5. The Deleter

      The Deleter

      @TheOcelot: Azoo didn't make this tho :V

       

    6. azoo

      azoo

      that's right, I didn't

      alone, that is (all programming cred to partner-in-crime steve taylor / shtanktank)

      see yall @ sage 2018

    7. Ferno

      Ferno

      runnin it back again with that good shit

    8. The Deleter

      The Deleter

      YO WHAT

      YO WHAT

    9. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      *intrigued*

      Image result for intrigued gif

       

    10. Shiguy

      Shiguy

      People have suggested before that Sonic should be taking inpiration from other things to form a consensus of understanding how to translate genesis level design into a 3D enviroment. Utopia demonstrates the physics this demonstrates how to translate a focus enviroment with those physics, and i'm not saying they should steal EVERYTHING from this but if this were a different Sonic Team i'd probably say "Look at this, get an idea of what X games do, look back at a previous attempt at physics based 3D, work on it godammit, work on it"

    11. Josh

      Josh

      This is his engine guys

      and yeah I'd say it feels a little better than Utopia. gasp

    12. ArcticWind

      ArcticWind

      Great work, the both of you. Definitely gonna try this.

    13. Inkling Cooper

      Inkling Cooper

      @azoo Is there a download link to try this?

    14. azoo

      azoo

      not yet. won't be for a good long time. give it roughlyyyyy.. a year.

      i'll update every now and then though. sorry for the wait, i've got too much irl to worry about this all the time like i used to. adulting and career carving, and all

      it will be worth it though. i promise.

    15. MegasonicZX

      MegasonicZX

      Oh man azoo, I didn't know you were part of the dev team for this, good job man, you guys are doing a great job.

    16. JosepHenry

      JosepHenry

      The camera seems weird.

      Otherwise it seems to work well. Good job! Gonna try it by myself.

    17. Inkling Cooper

      Inkling Cooper

      So, will this be a complete game eventually, or is it just a test?

    18. Diogenes

      Diogenes

      oh yes, this is the good stuff

    19. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      Looking forward to it, azoo

    20. azoo

      azoo

      demo with a few levels and features. can't promise much.

      also this is actually a lot farther along than just this video, this is outdated by a good two weeks. anyways s'all i got, i'll update when we both agree to share new things from here on out. peace

       

    21. Ferno

      Ferno

      @azoo so you technically understandably left this forum due to forces and to focus on your original stuff, but you're also now keeping a foot in the fanbase door to try and keep momentum based platforming alive in hopes that sonic team will see it some day? Mad respect from me tbh. Most of us just talk and talk, but this is putting action behind that talk. Just don't let it affect work on your original projects too much and maintain a balance. As always I'm rooting for you from afar in all you do.

    22. azoo

      azoo

      thanks dude. really <3

      honestly i can't let this be undone because this subject has been itching me for years and years. sonic hasn't been what i and others have wanted it to be for a very long time (if in some ways, ever), and noone (especially sonic team) is going to fix that for me. so, it's a DIY project at this point to make it come true, one that i ran from for a good few years after it failed the first time, and here i am doing it again because i can't get away until the itch has been scratched lmao

      oh well. shtanktank and i will do our best to make something (even if it goes unfinished), just to say it's been done. fingers crossed it turns out palatable.

    23. Alex2Beta

      Alex2Beta

      Shit, that looks really good, even got a wall run!

    24. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      You've already heard this from me in person, but

      again

      I believe in you

      This is great

      I loved this

      It's perfect

      Don't let your dreams be dreams

    25. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      @Joseph Henry with the lot of fangane projects like this, especially in pre alpha stages like this, the camera is not automated and is controlled manually by the devs.  

    26. Osmium

      Osmium

      It's people like you that give me faith in fans controlling Sonic's future 

  3. Sonic Forces SPOILER Thread

    Uhh.. is Sonic Team gonna be okay? I know the series will, but is the company behind them doing alright? Because I honestly don't know where the staff behind Unleashed - Generations are at. Are they working on other Sega games? Are they even still at the company? Wowee.
  4. Sonic Forces SPOILER Thread

    Sonic's one of the highest selling video game franchises of all time, and internationally popular. Bad sales and critical reception will not kill the series, but rather redirect it. Also, I emboldened the last paragraph just to emphasize my point, since it seems it's being missed: don't do it first and foremost to change them or anything, do it to save yourself the trouble. No one should use their money, time and energy on something that will only bring them down. You're only hurting yourself.
  5. Sonic Forces SPOILER Thread

    Hey, by the way y'all. If you don't want to support Sonic Team's current decisions (especially after learning basically everything there is to know thanks to the game leaking early), then there is an easy way for you to make your opinion known: Don't buy it. If you stop buying bad games, they'll stop making bad games. In the words of Jay Sherman.. Granted, if you do want to see Sonic Team take this path, then buy it, sure. But if not, do not bother. You already know what you need to know about the game. Still intrigued anyway, but don't want to support them? Use a service like Gamefly or Redbox to rent it (one game a month on GF is like $15, so you get it for a month for half price (more than enough time to play it and send it back)). Sure, GF or RB bought the game to distribute through rental, but your payment is going to them, and not Sega. Just don't buy it. It's as simple as that. And while there's no telling if it'd make a huge difference in sales (let alone the future of the franchise), do it anyways for yourself. Don't waste your time, energy, happiness and money on something that's only going to leave a bad taste in your mouth and a feeling of disappointment. Do the right thing.
  6. Sonic Forces SPOILER Thread

    The gameplay seems extremely dumbed down and simplified for young children to complete without issue (as if Colors or Generations were challenging, heh), the game is founded on ideas that kids age 8 - 12 would find entertaining, and the plot uses enough of the characters and story groundwork to be entertaining to said age range but not interesting enough to leave an impression on anyone else. The presentation is built around trying to make a rubberhose cartoon character in a bizarre and whimsical video game series come off as action anime as possible (from the edge to the war to the friendship-centric plot to the narmy vocal themes and weirdly picked credits music), and the plot revolves around congratulating the kid who put themselves in the shoes of the custom character. It doesn't really take the time to emphasize any of the conflict in the game in a meaningful way, the characters never have any meaningful moments, everything happens but without explanation, and ends without fanfare. Just as in LW, the good guys win, the bad guys lose, and we close it up with yet another retread, and that's that. The game, despite claims of it being made by "the team that brought you Sonic Colors & Sonic Generations", is really just made by Sonic Team in general.. kind of. There's a large amount of outsourcing and different companies that had their hand in the making of this game, almost as much as Sonic Team themselves. And I'm almost certain that whatever part ST's crew actually had a significant hand in for this game, that it was mostly the Sonic Lost World team; as it's reflected in the gameplay, the art style, the writing style, the choice of emphasis for the villains (Zavok gets a lot of almost unnecessary focus), it goes on. This isn't me tearing into the game really either, just straight observations. I hate to be that guy, but I kind of want this game to fail, and if there's anything I fear, it's reviewers being complacent about it. On one end I don't think they will, considering Oddysey has just absolutely shown them up (as well as Sonic Mania (ESPECIALLY SO even)), but on the other I worry that because of it being a pretty clean game, critics aren't going to care and just let it slide. Then again, LW got 5s and 6s across the board, but then again again, that still left it getting a PC port and that same team having full reign on the next title. I don't even know. All this is kinda why I gave up several months ago. Glad to see others are starting to understand why. Well, not glad, but you know what I mean.
  7. Sonic Forces SPOILER Thread

    Really glad we had that expository text to cover some much needed story groundwork there, ST.
  8. You're not jumping the gun at all. Mania may have been the brightest star in the series in a long, long, long time; but the Advance and Rush games were critical darling side-games while the franchise's main series sunk to it's lowest lows. Also to anyone saying "why do people think Forces is the next 06", please take a deep breath, get out of the Sonic bubble for a sec, and look outside the box. It's as clear as crystal. And while it definitely isn't as glitchy as that game (not many games ever will be), this is easily the worst game design in a main series title since that game, by far. There isn't a single thing about this game that says to players "we cared about making this" but rather "you liked ____ so here's ____" brand focus testing, and it's as transparent as from the plot to the concepts to the very gameplay you end up watching for 45 out of the 60 seconds you get to play in the demo. And with this game releasing not only during the same year as Mania but also a week after Super Mario Oddysey, Sonic Team's about to get a reckoning unprecedented. I'm almost expecting Mania to do like Rush did to them after 06, and influence the next "era" of Sonic, once the team gets restructured and the battle plan changes again. It's definitely coming. The forecast says it all.
  9. It's cathartic to know that everything i worried about from the footage i watched and shown concern for (only to be told "YOU DON'T KNOW YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED IT" was, in fact, right on the money. Good stuff ayyyy.

    Oh wait what am i doing here bye see ya in maybe 2 months when i comedy central roast the hell out of this

    1. Dejimon11

      Dejimon11

      Go to sleep Azoo

    2. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      That's honestly kind of pitiful, but whatever helps you sleep at night, I guess?

    3. MegasonicZX

      MegasonicZX

      Are you still doing that video/documentary or something that you planned on making as a response to sega's mixed design philosophy and what a good sonic game would actually be?

    4. azoo

      azoo

      @Waveshocker Sigma if saying the act of calling a spade a spade is "pitiful" is what helps you sleep at night, then thats cool too yaknow 8y

      @MegasonicZX maybe maybe not. Idek at this point

      anyways wheres that peace sign fade away gif when you need it

    5. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Uh, I wasn't referring to your impressions on the game, azoo. That's all fine and dandy. I meant more of the schadenfreude bit of being so happy about essentially getting to go "HA HA! I was right!"

      I just figured your time away from this place would've given you something a bit healthier to be happy about in your first message here in awhile. Just makes it even more apparent of how ridiculous this whole Forces nonsense is on both sides, to me.

      Unless, of course, that's not what you meant you were happy about and I simply misunderstood you. In which case, nevermind.

    6. azoo

      azoo

      It feels good to know i didn't bail for naught and that I'm just jaded and dumb.

      And just bc i get away from the core fanbase doesn't mean i can get away from Sonic. I'm still kinda surrounded by it on social media and junk, with so many friends just as into it as i am that its undodgeable lmao.

       

    7. Partridge in a Dee Tree
  10. Dearly Beloved, we gather here today in passing of an old friend. Here lies Sonic Team. They were only 26 years old, when suddenly they died a tragic death because they hired fans to make and release the first actually good video game in well over a decade or more, all during the same year they all but shat the bed all over again, causing a self-burn so bad it passed third degree and went straight to fourth, killing them instantly. RIP goodbye good riddance call me back ST when you're not like this again etc, Love, Azoo. PS - hope ya'll on the stadium are living the best life you can live right now. And by that, I mean by playing this game. If you're not, then well, what's wrong with you? Pick up a controller and do it, no questions asked. You can thank me later. See ya.
  11. Alright. Before I go, a message. I shpuld explain myself, after all.

    Sonic isn't for me anymore. Literally nothing about Forces is what I want out of the series. I didn't want vocal themes, I didn't want alternate gameplay styles, I didnt want edgy plots and edgier new characters, I didn't want talking in stages, I didn't want a character creator, I didn't want a totally confused identity as to what Sonic even is, I didn't want mindless nostalgia pandering to an era when Sonic was at it's lowest. I didn't just not ask for this; i actively didn't want it.

    I thought for years that Sonic Team, as haphazardly as it could, was trying to learn from its mistakes and misfires and become something lovable and respectable without caveats again. Ends up all they learned was that people like the classic Sonic design and don't like rushed games (two things that are true but ultimately besides the point).

    I wanted them to get rid of automation. That's here to stay. I wanted them to stick to one style. That's not happening. I want to see classic/SA gameplay revisited in 3D. Not happening. I wanted other characters playable. Not happening. I wanted competent storytelling that feels exciting and isn't embarrassing. Not getting that either.

    Now we're back in the same spot Sonic was in during 2004-2006, except the games aren't glitchy this time. What else do we have left from there? Archiesonic dies just as it's actually getting good, Sonic Boom continues to exist for no reason other than "lol funny joke", and Sonic PR is mainly just outdated memes and a self-depracating face that only reminds me of how bad we have it.

    The only thing i have left is Sonic Mania, a game I consider a beautiful love letter to fans like me who fell in love with what Sonic always was at it's core.. But it's half already existing levels and isnt quite what i wanted. Oh well, I'll take what i can get i guess!

    I can't even really enjoy forces or the current direction in an ironic way. I've cared too much about this series to just take it that casually. After all, i and many others here have been around for ages upon ages. So what do i do?

    Leave, i guess. So I'm no longer a mod here. No more responsibility to keep me coming back.

    Sonic isn't for me anymore, and has been moving that way for a good long time already. I've been hoping it steers back on track, but let's be real, it lost itself so long ago there's no real telling if it'll ever make it back. And if it does, who knows? I might return. But honestly, I doubt it. All my closest friends from here moved on up and out of here anyways, and I have their contacts.

    But yeah, I'm gone. 12 years I've been here. Wow. Good times here, bad times here. Been a trip. 

    Catch yall later. You know where to find me.

    Peace.

    1. TCB

      TCB

      bye bye

    2. azoo

      azoo

      *should

      Typed this on mobile. Might have typos lol.

    3. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      Take it easy, dude. You've earned it.

    4. StrickerXmas

      StrickerXmas

      We might not agree on a majority of things in this franchise but I can at least see now where you're coming from and 100% respect it.

      Peace man

    5. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      Bye, Azoo.

    6. Soniman
    7. ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      I have to ask, if Mania became a separate branch within the franchise, would you stick around? At that point, both crowds would be catered to. 

    8. Ferno

      Ferno

      "We might lose some fans along the road-"

      Sega anticipated this tbh.

      But anyway I'll see you elsewhere like always. I know we never talk much but your art stuff is inspiring and im always rooting for you from afar.

    9. Depression Kong
    10. ArcticWind

      ArcticWind

      Best of luck, man. I'm sorry the series isn't to your liking anymore.

    11. Alienrun

      Alienrun

      You need a break, that's all I'm going to say...

      After that feel free to come back and enjoy the fancy may mays lol :P

    12. Diogenes

      Diogenes

      it's a shame to see you go, but hey, man: you're free now. sonic can't hurt you anymore.

    13. Partridge in a Dee Tree

      Partridge in a Dee Tree

      Great, I feel bad about all the jokes I made about you...:(

      Take care man, I'm sorry to hear this.

    14. Depression Kong

      Depression Kong

      All jokes aside, best of luck in whatever you do next.

    15. Sonikku.

      Sonikku.

      Take it easy :) 26 days till mania :)

  12. You're leaving?

  13. peace out y'all:1305_wave_tone1:

    1. Indigo Rush
    2. The Deleter

      The Deleter

      WHEN EVERYTHING YOU KNOW HAS COOOOME AND GOOOOOOOOOO*shot*

      (take care, dude)

    3. Tara

      Tara

      see you space cowmod

    4. Nepenthe

      Nepenthe

      You better not be a stranger in Discord man.

    5. Ferno

      Ferno

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    6. Kiah

      Kiah

      Take me with you! :( 

      Seriously though take care, Azoo. 

    7. Carbo

      Carbo

      Thank you for your service <3

    8. ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      ThePrinceOfSaiyans

      See ya in less than month.

    9. Depression Kong

      Depression Kong

      I don't think he'll be laughin' boy...

      ...Because that Sonic game killed him!

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    10. MegasonicZX

      MegasonicZX

      Bye azoo, I really wish you'd stay though.

    11. Yeow

      Yeow

      >retired staff

      this really is the end for you, isn't it ;_:

      you're gonna carry that weight

  14. New Sonic Forces - "Enter Infinite" Trailer

    The "vocal minority" y'all speak of is the actually the gaming community at large. Meanwhile the "majority" is just the loudest crowds of scattered Sonic fans across YT, twitter and Facebook (and even a good bit of that crowd is people desperately trying to laugh it off and enjoy it ironically). Y'all are delusional if you can't see that. Enjoy the game for it's bad qualities if you want, but let it be known.
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