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  1. Almar

    Why Sonic Underground Sucks (In my Opinion)

    In a nutshell, Sonic Underground in many ways reflected or predated what was done with the SatAM style Sonic setting after SaTAM ended. What with Robotnik being less of a Captain Planet villain than he is an usurper who apparently needs to cooperation of nobility (and what we see of his base of operations shows it as livable enough, not a polluted hell), the more cynical world with characters like Knuckles working with Ivo to protect their homes/otherwise serve their interests either without him obviously blackmailing them or him betraying them, roboticization being saved for his major enemies.
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    Why Sonic Underground Sucks (In my Opinion)

    I honestly back this show's version of big old Ivo over SatAM's since I find it more interesting. See: 1. Him actually having anthro collaborators like nobility and Sleet with Dingo. Even if the nobility point wasn't really followed consistently (see some episodes suggesting Eggman's strategy is to pay off the nobility so they help his rule and others point to him being at odds with them). 2. Him not polluting just to pollute (too much Captain Planet) but polluting to serve his goals like seizing land to build a night club. 3. It being suggested that he wishes to be seen as a legit great ruler by his subjects. Hence him going through the trouble of arranging a fake marriage with the former queen.
  3. Going from the early script leak that happened some months ago, Infinite was apparently meant to be Eggman's bioweapon rather than some merc who got whooped by Shadow (with the Pnatom Ruby instead the Valtron which Eggman apparently built himself). This addresses the intro with Infinite in the test tube, captured anthros, and Infinite being said to have been made by Eggman. Anyway, I'll veto Infinite's current backstory since: A. It doesn't come up in-game outside of DLC and now actually clashes with in-game information. B. It brings in tangents on Infinite's character that don't go anywhere. C. It really just comes off as a way to force Shadow into being more connected to the plot by whooping Infinite.
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    Is/was Sonic getting the Goku treatment?

    They just couldn't find a way to fit in how powerful Shadow is (he even can teleport without any signs of Chaos Emerald) with Forces plot demanding it being up to the Sonics and OC to save everybody. That's bad enough, but they also apparently changed Infinite's backstory from more or less Eggman's Ultimate Lifeform to some merc who got whooped by Shadow then turned edgelord (forcing in a connection that doesn't come up unless you play DLC).
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    Is/was Sonic getting the Goku treatment?

    >Looks at Sonic Forces where it takes a Mary Sue stepping in for the Resistance to accomplishing something once Sonic is captured You tell me.
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    Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??

    There's an interview where Naka effectively said that the Genesis games happened outside of human society and that after them but before Adventure Sonic traveled to human land. It wasn't the case in Adventure (hence the Echidna Empire's ruins being in the same world as a human city).
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    Your outlook for the 3D series

    They shouldn't have been split to begin with. The split only happened from Sonic Team's failure to find a solid identity for the franchise. Still haven't as shown by Forces.
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    Your outlook for the 3D series

    Considering how from all evidence Iizuka was surprised at Sonic Mania's performance, it's not hard to wonder if he and really Sonic Team juuust migt be out of touch with the fanbase's wishes (at least among the West). I mean, he's really surprised that a game that's a proper return to the Genesis Era in gameplay, visuals, and whatever else counts is a success? I wouldn't overhype Forces sales if I were you. It has what, no more than around 1 million across all systems?
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    Your outlook for the 3D series

    Sonic will never get better as long as it has devs who: A. Don't hold it to a solid direction. B. Aren't enthusiastic about it yet at the same time are too stubborn/proud/bitter to change course. They failed at the first. Between the refusal to revisit older gameplay in 3D Sonic, the ridiculous Two-Worlds retcon, wonky characterization (hello Tails the Cowardly Sidekick). Say what you will about NIntendo, but Mario or Zelda or Pokemon all have had their visuals and other hard rules mapped out and stuck to. Sonic on the other still doen't have a solid direction for himself. Sonic Forces is a shining example of this problem (having an actual Mary Sue protagonist, the needless edgy villain who still manages to upstage Eggman at being the game's key villain, Classic Sonic, Eggman managing to be as underwhelming as he could be, bringing in past villains as illusions and still do little that's interesting with it, having Sonic's big posse all in the Resistance and still be cheerleaders overall, Knuckles being shoehorned as the Resistance Commander and still get treated as Zoidberg). Sega of Japan doesn't really care about Sonic since it's a series that has long been more appealing to Western audiences (with Sonic even having Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton as sources of inspiration), especially considering the evidence I have from little things like fanart that the polarizing (at best) games from Adventure onward are more of a hit with Eastern audiences than the Genesis era. I say Sonic Team is torn between those who are tired of Sonic so they would be up for moving on but can't and those who let their bitterness/pride/whatever drive the franchise's direction (hence what I suspect is the passive-aggression of hearing complaints about the different characters with shoehorned alternate gameplay styles and proceeding to make them all non-playable while still using Sonic for those alternate gameplay styles).
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    Your outlook for the 3D series

    Shadow the Hedgehog didn't have an Eggman Empire ending. That alone makes it a letdown. Well that and making Sonic use GUN Commander's help in the boss fights with them (instead of Shadow facing Sonic alone). We shouldn't have a line between "Classic" and "Modern" to begin with. That's just from Sonic Team's failure to keep the franchise's identity solid.
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    Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??

    It's putting a band-aid on a gaping and rotten wound. The games prior to Unleashed obviously weren't designed with Two-Worlds in mind, regardless of what someone like Ian Flynn says. Having to appeal to some offscreen never mentioned portal or spaceship just shows how forced the order is and how it roots in poor reception towards characters like Elise and games like Shadow the Edgehog.
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    Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??

    Of course it looks pointless. The retcon was only done in response to the backlash against human characters like Elise, combined with the Adventure era's overall backlash (with its tone and visuals). There's no doubt that if Elise or GUN Commander with their games were much better received we wouldn't have gotten the retcon.
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    Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??

    Putting aside 06's bad writing and the series' segregation between plot and gameplay, the series until about Colors (which is when the Two-Worlds retcon was announced) was solid on time travel not being that easy and depending on special circumstances (it's not like just anybody can Chaos Control). Same goes for dimension travel. So midichlorians? We don't know who of Sonic's posse survived Iblis awakening and later rampage in the Bad Timeline long enough to have children. And we haven't seen them do this travel between worlds. That's a problem. Sonic Adventure established that the Echidnas lived in the same world as humans before Angel Island went skyward.
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    Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??

    Eggman Nega being from the future is the rare situation where a retcon in Sonic was for the better. Compared to Blaze (her world's Sonic) Eggman Nega is too similar to his counterpart in Sonic's world. It was centuries into the future. This requires there to be a presence of anthro communitiess in the Human World with no mention of easy portals or space travel. Since when did Angel Island travel between worlds? It's a floating island. Not a spacesphip. Since this scenario is only being considered from a retcon Iizuka suddenly declared, I wouldn't put stock in it.
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    Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??

    Nobody mentions Silver or Nega being an immigrant in the future. Especailly Silver even speaks like he grew up among the burning wreckage. Sonic Rivals has Nega bring a future Angel Island with him into the past also.
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