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  1. This guy has good taste:


    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Isn't he the guy who produced Shadow the Hedgehog?

  2. I created a youtube channel "Retro Master" just over three years ago for a bit of fun. I upload playthroughs of retro games-mainly Sonic (no surprise there haha). I don't monetise my channel as I don't think I'd ever have the knowledge-know how to  make it grow and be a success. Although my channel has now reached 20K subscribers which is pretty cool.

    Also, quite a few of my videos have been receiving a lot more views over the last few months (thanks to the lockdown IMO) . So much so that two of my videos; my Sonic 1 Tails - mobile remaster playthrough which I uploaded back in May 2017 and my Sonic 4 Episode 2 playthrough which I uploaded in May 2019 have reached 1 million views which is awesome (my Sonic CD Tails playthrough will be the next one to hit 1 million). 

    Never could have imagined a Sonic 4 Ep2 playthrough would end up being one of my most watched videos:


  3. Sonic 2 HD did a "designing" Grounder badnik livestream yesterday: 

    Looking forward to the next playable demo whenever it comes out (the previous demo was released nearly 3 years ago so hope we get a new one soon).

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      What's going to come out first: the next sprite for Sonic 2 HD, or the next Sonic game from SEGA?

    2. TheOcelot


      An official Sonic 3 Remaster will be released long before 2 HD is completed ;)

  4. Just played Sonic 2 online multi-player (PS3). We know the backbones ports were rubbish and I had a 2 second input lag...which erm, certainly makes it challenging.

  5. I've unlocked Metal Sonic, Metal Knuckles, Tails Doll & Egg Robo in Sonic R. I decided to make it an even harder challenge for myself by also trying to collect all chaos emeralds whilst I was collecting the Sonic Coins:


  6. Unlocked Metal Sonic, Tails Doll, Egg Robo & Metal Knuckles in Sonic R. 


    Whilst Metal Sonic the fastest out of those four characters, Metal knuckles is my favorite because he has the best handling-is the least slippery.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      SR is really bad at roster balance. Fit the basic characters, Knuckles and Sonic are OP and everyone else is useless. For the secret characters, Metal Knuckles and Super Sonic are OP and everyone else is useless. If you only have some of the secret characters unlocked, they'll just trash the basic competition.

      To make the game a fun challenge, attempt to 100% it Amy (or Eggman so you can't jump) in Hard Mode. And then repeat the challenge with Tails Doll (or Egg Robo because he can't jump). It's actually a lot of fun, especially if you try to limit your use of shortcuts that the AI don't use 

    2. E-122-Psi


      Egg Robo is one of the worst cases since he floats temporarily but can't jump (unlike Eggman who at least floats perpetually). This is actually even worse than the characters that just sink like a rock since it means Egg Robo just slowly and painfully loses momentum and comes to a stand still first.

      Besides that it feels like the stats looked good on paper but don't translate as well in execution, speed is just too exaggerated in difference. Like Amy and Eggman being a bit slower than Tails and Knuckles could have worked in balancing their power up gimmicks, but they TRUDGE outright.

      The one plus side is that there is at least somewhat enough characters with even stats to make multiplayer work. Sonic, Knuckles and their Metal counterparts are a reasonably fair fight.

      In hindsight, I'm surprised they didn't use Fang as a counterpart for Amy. He even has a trademark vehicle that was utilised in the Game Gear racers.

  7. Can't wait for next-gen Sanic!

  8. "It's no use"

  9. Look, it's a giant talking egg!

    1. Chili Dawg

      Chili Dawg

      or else what ya big loser

  10. Yeah, it's nice to see some minor differences compared to the final build. Sonic Team definitely made the right decision in removing some of the gimmicks such as the rotating spikes at the start of Spring Yard act1, and changing the amount required to earn an extra life to 100 rings instead of 50 rings, as 50 feels like too easy a target. The only objects I wish they hadn't removed is the UFO's in Marble Garden which looks really cool and the "wrecking ball" from GH act1 which is relatively harmless (doesn't look like it damages Sonic). Hopefully one day we'll get to see beta footage from an even earlier build. Oh and I couldn't resist doing a very quick video
  11. Someone asked the question; "Why isn't Angel Island floating Sonic Mania?"

    Taxman has answered:


    Doc Brown Great Scott GIFs | Tenor

    1. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      So Generations happened after S3&K in the classic timeline?

    2. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      It seems like it. So we have:

      Sonic 1 > Sonic CD (?) > Sonic 2 > Sonic 3&K > Sonic Generations > Sonic Mania > Sonic Forces

      As far as CW's reasoning, I guess this affirms that the Phantom Ruby is a bit of a plothole scapegoat if something doesn't make immediate sense. Why is "X" like this, why are they suddenly here? Phantom Ruby doin' weird things.

    3. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      I'm certain this was explained before back around Mania's release, but here is a bit more in depth. It also does suggest that despite looking different from the rubies in Forces, this one is not native to the Classic dimension. Which now brings up the question on how it got there, which again could be handwaved by it being a tear in the space-time continuum thing. 

    4. JezMM


      Biggest takeaway here for me is confirmation of canon that Generations caused a split-timeline with Mania being the new future that happened for Classic instead of Sonic 4, which makes me happy coz that's been my headcanon all along lol.

    5. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      So basically....

             Sonic Generations 
           |                                      |
      Sonic Mania                  Sonic 4
           |                                      |
      Sonic Forces            Sonic Adventure


      *deep sigh* cool

    6. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Also considering the final state of Little Planet after 4 and Mania:


      Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode Metal - Cutscenes HD - YouTubeDeath Egg mk.II Boss: Defeated with Super Sonic - Sonic the ...




      Good ending in Sonic Mania | Nintendo Switch! AminoSonic Mania Plus - All Endings + Secret Final Boss - YouTube


      ...it's all the more fitting that the Modern world is made the Bad Future and the Classic is the Good.  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 

    7. E-122-Psi


      What people forget is that Angel Island was grounded BEFORE the Master Emerald was taken in Sonic 3. The Japanese manual made quite clear that the force of the Death Egg landing on it sent the island down onto the surface of the ocean, this is what leads to Sonic and Tails exploring this new island that had appeared.

      The Master Emerald DOES keep the island afloat but other forces of nature can overpower its energy and force Angel Island down. It needed both it and to be rid of Death Egg's weight to be airborne again.

      The bigger question for me is where exactly is Sky Sanctuary located since it is airborne and separate from Angel Island in both cases it loses altitude.

    8. JezMM


      @Indigo Rush

      Sort of.  Sonic Forces isn't really part of the "new classic" timeline, rather Classic Sonic crosses over into the Modern timeline again.


      So it's more like:

      Sonic 1 -> S3&K                           Sonic 1 -> S3&K
                |                                                       |
      Sonic 4                                        *Time Eater sends
                |                                             Sonic to Original
      SA1 -> Colours                                 Dimension*
               |                                              /
      Sonic Generations (Takes place in Original Dimension)
               |                                              \
         Lost World                                    Sonic Mania
                |                                             /
      Sonic Forces (Takes place in Original Dimension)
                |                 |                            \                           \
      IDW Comics    TSR                 Encore Mode       Sonic Mania Adventures

      Yeah we got that nice bit of spin-off media at the end just to confuse things further - spin-off media that takes all the games before them as canon but is not actually canon to the games lol.

      The key point is that in the original timeline, Sonic, Tails and Eggman were NOT whisked away by the Time Eater after S3&K, Eggman did not learn anything from his future self, and Sonic 4 was his next scheme after S3&K (well, and 3D/Chaotix/R).
      In the other dimension, they ARE whisked away and Eggman learns from his future self, and during his change of plans, discovers the Phantom Ruby.


      The only thorny parts of this theory are hypothetical questions like "does the phantom ruby remain dormant in the original dimension somewhere?" and/or "Did events long before the franchise's beginning, such as the Space Colony ARK incident, still happen in the other dimension if everything else is exactly the same until the Generations whisk-away?"

      Fortunately these questions have a couple of potential definitive answers:


    9. TheOcelot



    10. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      @JezMM I’d leave IDW out of it, personally. We’ve been getting implications that it’s past history is not 1:1 with the games.

    11. JezMM


      Oh really?  I hadn't noticed but fair enough.  Tbh I only really included them for a laugh anyway after realising that it was technically the same situation as the SMA/Encore split lol.

  12. I think SEGA will have originally planned to announce a new Sonic game in June-perhaps on Sonic's birthday (before the Pandemic hit). So hopefully we won't have to wait too long for news.  

    1. JosepHenry


      I think the new game was gonna be announced March 20th lol

  13. If Sonic Team were to release a new Sonic Games collection (like the Sonic Mega Collection) for the 30th anniversary featuring 10 previous Sonic games, which games would you want included (can be 2D, 3D or a mixture of both)?

    1. Diogenes


      my first inclination is to just pile together whichever games i don't own or don't have easy access to, just for my own convenience

      but i don't think anyone would want a collection with '06 on it

    2. JosepHenry


      Honestly... A modern handheld collection.

      Pocket Adventure, Advance 1, 2 ,3, Battle, Rush, Rush Adventure, Colors DS, Gens 3DS, Lost World 3DS


      i would like it

    3. Solister


      Sonic 1 (2013 Version)
      Sonic 2 (2013 Version)
      Sonic CD (2011 Version)
      Sonic 3 & Knuckles
      Sonic Mania
      Sonic Adventure
      Sonic Adventure 2
      Sonic Heroes
      Sonic Colors
      Sonic Generations

      Probably like this. First time we would have Sonic 1 & 2 Remastered on Consoles and could be a good excuse to make 3&K remaster. I don't play SA2 much, but SA1 with something similar BetterSADX. Heroes could receive a similar treatment and Colors and Generations are very solid games.

      I mean,  I think I'd change Adventure 2, Heroes and Colors because these aren't games which please me that much, but I feel they are "essential". Otherwise, I guess Chaos, Advance and All-Stars Racing Transformed are better, but feel a bit lost in the selection. But yeah, a few hard-to-find games are also interesting. I change Advance for SEGASonic which just appeared into my mind.

    4. DanJ86


      @JosepHenry said what I wanted to. Maybe they could update the visuals for the handhelds too.

    5. Wraith


      Focus on the Sonic games that aren't readily available on steam. 

  14. The Sonic CD Taxman Remaster was released back in late 2011. It's about time we got a new CD remaster with playable Knuckles, Mighty, Ray, Amy and a fully playable R2 zone. 

    1. Thigolf


      Remaster other things first, CD is still more than fine

    2. Ferno


      we still don't even have his Sonic 1 & 2 remasters on consoles yet and Sonic 3&K is doomed to rot and never be remastered in general

    3. Sean


      Mods have fixed the majority of my issues with the Steam port so unless Sega decides to let Taxman release his own native PC version, I'm fine with what we got.

  15. TLOU partII has gone gold. Erm...yay. Trying hard to avoid spoilers.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Snape kills Dumbledore


    1. Stay at Home Ultima

      Stay at Home Ultima

      If they can make new stickers with the sprites from Sonic Advance that would also be cool

  17. Latest Jimquisition (no spoilers):



    1. The Master

      The Master

      No gameplay of course. Sick of these kind of trailers, then expecting us to preorder to get a bonus mission we have no idea how it'll play, cause all we saw was a cutscene.

    2. TheOcelot


      Agreed. Also, it only says for Xbox. Wonder if it's Xbox exclusive?

    3. The Master

      The Master

      Ubisoft normally put Assassins Creed trailers with Xbox. Hope its not exclusive, don't think it will be 

    4. TheOcelot


      Oh apparently it is coming to the other platforms as well, including Stadia.

  19. Sooooo, the new Assassin's Creed game is set in the Viking era. An interesting choice.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      I just want another AC game without sailing. I don't know how it became such an integral part of the series...

    2. The Master

      The Master

      @Blue Blood It was said to be refreshing in 3, then people adored 4. Then they milked it for all its worth.


    3. Teoskaven


      Because vikings were absolutely known for their stealthness, capacity in blending in and usage of small weapons.
      Seriously, we're still not getting the feudal Japan era game but this is ok for Ubisoft?

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      @The Master It was regarded as the only good thing that 3 brought to the table IIRC, and so it was carried over into 4 and almost all subsequent games. But I don't agree with that. Throughout my time playing 3 and 4, I found myself dreading the sailing sections and absolutely hated the naval combat. I always enjoyed AC as a stealthy platformer/action game, and everything involving the sailing completely counteracts that. I'd be able to stand it if it was enjoyable, but it's not. Along with the content bloating and microtransactions, EXP systems and the games looking like they offer less and less of the gameplay that made the series so great in the first place... I'm not interested in playing anymore.

    5. The Master

      The Master

      @Blue Blood I liked 4 myself (since it fit the setting, characters and kind of naturally upgraded as I went along) but when it came back in Origins, I cringed. Its more of a 3 affair again, with the harder difficulty of 4 with much more stripped down ships. Didn't play Odyssey that far cause it was dull.

  20. Was doing a really good live stream of Shovel Knight and my internet fucked-up three times (stopped the stream), and because it took so long to fix the problem I've now got bored and decided not to finish the playthrough. Bleh...

  21. Streaming Mania and over 180 people are watching:



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