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    knuckles20 reacted to Strickerx5 in My Little: Pony's Justice - Official MLP Thread v2   
    Damn, well that was certainly an intriguing episode. Can't remember the last one we've had where the mane six weren't really involved at all. Gave the villains some real time to shine.
    Gotta say, I love the angle they're taking with Chrysalis, Cozy, and Tirek. They remind me a lot of Team Rocket with their antics and seeing them play off one another was fun to watch. Especially for characters like Chrysalis and Tirek who really haven't had all that much time to grow even with them being a thing in the show for... a long ass time now. Though, as a bit of a side note, am I the only one that finds it slightly creepy that Chrysalis seems to still be holding on to that twig that was one of the Mean Six?
    As for that little plan they started at the end of the episode, I'm very interested to see where it leads. There are a lot of routes they could take with it.
    Though, one flaw I do have with this (and any other episode really that uses it going forward) is that bell. I've never been a fan of the magical MacGuffin plot and I'm kind of sad to see it return for this final season. Especially with it's backstory revolving around a character we haven't even seen (or heard of from my knowledge). It's all kinds of left field and I kind of hope that it doesn't play that big of a role going forward.
    But yeah, an overall nice episode that adds a lot to this season's arc. Both in great and to somewhat more questionable extents. Can't wait to see more of the villains in general though.
     
    Also, a bit of heads up, apparently a channel in Italy is premiering the rest of the first half of this season over the next week or so. So be on the look out for spoilers and what not. Actually, I think a number of them are already out there (including today's). Personally, I'm going to check out ep 13 (for obvious reasons) but won't talk about it until it airs here.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Mayor D in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Gameplay courtesy of me. 
    Yes my copy arrived mega early!
    Initial thoughts.
    It's good, very good, not as good as Transformed, but we're talking like a small degree here. Whilst I miss the non Sonic characters and the transformed ability (I miss it a lot) the game for what it is is very good.
    The tracks, so far I've only found one I really don't like, and it's because it has a really long moment where nothing really happens on it. It's the one where giant mother Wisp follows you.
    Knuckles has THE BEST dialogue by far, especially when he cries out that he's a bird and screams when he has his ultimate move. 
    It takes A LONG time to unlock everything, I was playing for 1 hour 15min and hadn't unlocked any other characters and only raced against one other team.
     
    Things I don't like.
    In GP races you can't swap characters after a race ends, you're stuck until the end of the GP.
    The loot box system. (Skip to 1:19:30 in the video to see this)
    This mod unlock system is a loot box system, there is no other way to describe it. Whilst the drop rates are very generous, I got a lot of legendary items, I also got A HELL OF A LOT of temporary single use items, nearly 50% of the boxes I opened where those. 
     
    Things that could make it better
    Fashion mode. Let me pick mods for my car, but let me either have default or more control over their performance, I want to make my racer unique without having a speed penalty.
     
    Criticisms which really don't mean anything anymore.
    The returning tracks: Yeah they're similar in layout to the previous games, but you now have this completely unique and different gameplay mechanic which totally changes how you approach the course, such as your racing line, when to use your special moves, items etc. It's pretty much a new course.
    In game radio: Its barely noticeable.
     
    Overall:
    It's a really fun game, definitely worth your time. 
     
    Any questions?
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    knuckles20 reacted to Fire-N-Space in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Really Sonic and his friends is what keeps me coming back to this series.
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    knuckles20 reacted to DabigRG in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Or SonicTeam can just go ahead and make more games with multiple characters again.
    Also, please don't call it that.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Miragnarok in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    * Not counting Shadow as a DLC in Forces nor “almost-main” games like Black Knight or Mania.
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    knuckles20 got a reaction from Marco9966 in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    True but some of the complaints was more:
     “Why had ST made these people into such pathetic wimps?”
    I just want them better integrated in the games, have an actual involvement in the plot outside of being delegated to the cheerleading section, make them playable for god’s sake as in I want to be in control of them. Just because Sonic is the title character that doesn’t mean he’s the only one I’m allowed to give a damn about.
    And if the critics’ complain, fuck em they’re gonna bitch no matter what ST does and they had their way for so long because in my point of view the games had suffered for it by becoming dull desperate attempts of constantly “going back to Sonic’s roots”. And if that’s all they want, no one is stopping them from playing the genesis titles. Let the games move forward and not stuck in the same spot of reminding people how amazing 1991 was.
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    knuckles20 got a reaction from Miragnarok in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    True but some of the complaints was more:
     “Why had ST made these people into such pathetic wimps?”
    I just want them better integrated in the games, have an actual involvement in the plot outside of being delegated to the cheerleading section, make them playable for god’s sake as in I want to be in control of them. Just because Sonic is the title character that doesn’t mean he’s the only one I’m allowed to give a damn about.
    And if the critics’ complain, fuck em they’re gonna bitch no matter what ST does and they had their way for so long because in my point of view the games had suffered for it by becoming dull desperate attempts of constantly “going back to Sonic’s roots”. And if that’s all they want, no one is stopping them from playing the genesis titles. Let the games move forward and not stuck in the same spot of reminding people how amazing 1991 was.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Dr. Detective Mike in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Yeah. Its pointless worrying about it. Its done. Just bring them back already.
    All hiding them away is doing is punishing the fans of those characters. And if this game isn't being outright slammed despite the Sonic only focus then its reasonable to suggest that so long as they're fun to play as including them in games again will be fine.
    The highest rated Sonic game in over 15 years is a game with 5 playable characters in it.
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    knuckles20 got a reaction from Miragnarok in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    Critics hating on anyone who isn’t Sonic, Tails, or Eggman is the reason I stopped giving a crap about their opinions on anything.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Marco9966 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    New covers:

     
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    knuckles20 reacted to Splash the Otter in Things You Love About Sonic (the series, what it means to you, and its fandom too)   
    I really like the characters, setting and stories. Those things are what define Sonic to me.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Dr. Detective Mike in Are we in a new dark era?   
    This seems to be something that's asked often. It's worth considering though. Unleashed enchanted me quite a bit and even though I didn't fall for Colors and Generations the same as everyone else did, the reception those got was enough to convince me that the bad times were technically over. Also helping were the All-Stars Racing games and the fact that the Olympics were mostly harmless.
    However, nowadays, I definitely feel like the fear has shifted from worrying about the games being broken to everything just being boring. One thing I always at least appreciated about the early 2000s titles, even shit like 06, was the attempt to use the characters, tell something engaging, and make the world feel big and lived in. The problem wasn't really that they were attempting all that. The problem was that they were really bad at it and it made for really crappy execution. Had they just fixed their method of incorporating that stuff, like normal games do, they'd have been fine.
    Instead, they just got rid of all that stuff. Keeping things simple wasn't a bad direction to go in some respects but they definitely went too far in the other direction. There's hardly anything worth anticipating anymore. In a way, this is actually a lot worse. 
    I had a lot of faith left in me, even after all that time, but Forces really did just suck the rest of it away. It really did hit me like a freight train that they literally made a Sonic game that had the most awesome premise for a Sonic game ever and somehow managed to make it boring. To this day, I'm astonished by that. A premise like that practically writes itself...
    Safe is boring. Familiar isn't nostalgic anymore. Lazy is frustrating. And recycling isn't fun.  
    Modern Sonic stages are less than a shadow of their former selves. Team Sonic Racing stages are less involved than they used to be. But I guess they figure it doesn't matter if it feels like we're traveling through these locations in an inspired way so long as things are technically sound. 
    So all we can really be assured of now is the fact that the games "work."
    That's a nice bullet point on the back of the box.
    "Sonic Forces. It... WORKS! Yes, that's right. It doesn't catch fire when you put the disk in your system folks."
     
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    knuckles20 reacted to Sonictrainer in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Some fanart from Evan Stanley.
     
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    knuckles20 reacted to Heckboy in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I think the fact that the Rouge story doesn't tie into the main virus plot is in its favor since the virus plot is boring as shit. The comic needs more little stories like this.
    Actually I'd say the Rouge story is the best overall. It has a nice little story that gets to explore a different side of Rouge's personality (Christ, when was the last time we got a Rouge story in any Sonic comic that didn't have her tethered to Shadow?), and Rough and Tumble get more character in this short seven pager than they have in every appearance in the main book. It even fleshes out the world a little bit without making it the focus and being the setup for some drawn-out arc that won't happen for another three years if at all. Plus it has Diana Skelly on art. 
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    knuckles20 got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Jewel's color scheme comes from her being based on the jewel scarab beetle

    There are many color variations such as green, gold, silver, but this one is more reminiscent for Jewel.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Dr. Detective Mike in Team Sonic Racing Overdrive (Part 2 Out Now)   
    The real shock is that Rouge still uses flip-phones in 2019. 
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    knuckles20 reacted to Eurisko in Team Sonic Racing Overdrive (Part 2 Out Now)   
    Absolutely love the SA2/Sonic-X type art style of these. We could sure do with a modern Sonic cartoon like this.
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    knuckles20 got a reaction from Sonictrainer in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Jewel's color scheme comes from her being based on the jewel scarab beetle

    There are many color variations such as green, gold, silver, but this one is more reminiscent for Jewel.
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    knuckles20 reacted to DabigRG in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    She's a fuckin Scarab beetle?! Don't get trapped in a dark tomb with her then.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Ellipsis-Ultima in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Some new info about the character in the annual covers, spoiler box'd just in case, as well as some other info.
    Tangle Whisper miniseries will show more of the Variable Wispon
    Babylon Rouges appearing is a big "maybe". Source is from Tails Channel.
    Also I really like that Tangle Whisper #1 cover.
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    knuckles20 reacted to Marco9966 in The Return of Hiroshi Nishiyama   
    So have the other characters playable instead of another Sonic.
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    knuckles20 got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Happy 1-year anniversary to IDW Sonic!
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    knuckles20 reacted to Ellipsis-Ultima in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    This is from the Sonic Comics Squad on FB-

    ALSO the cover for Tangle & Whisper #0-

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    knuckles20 reacted to Roger_van_der_weide in Would you say we’ve entered a new “era” yet?   
    Agreed the era's are too vague and kinda smoothly fade in and out of each other making it hard to make hard boundries between them.
    Probably better to focus on specific elements rather then the whole era in general.

    Far as I'm concerned, it's the obsession with Nostalgia, elimination of character depth and lore despite heavy focus on the past, this weird fake 3d gameplay and this comedy bordering on self hatred that defines this "era" for me, so as soon as those elements are toned down, I'd consider this era to be over.
    But that's just me, others may disagree.
       
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    knuckles20 reacted to ShadowSJG in Team Sonic Racing Overdrive (Part 2 Out Now)   
    Finally some modern sonic love
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