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    UmbraTheHedgehog got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I loved this issue and was glad to finally have silver in the comic. I wasn't expecting how much I love Whisper as much as I did both with her cool design and personality which really contrasted with Sonic and Silver and made for engaging dialogue that kept me hooked. I love her more than Tangle and cant wait for her next appearance. The story was interesting and I cant wait for the next story in the next issue. I understand those who don't like this formula of focus on just introducing characters and slow pace but if this year is the year of characters, hopefully next year is the year of world building and plot advancement. It also gets it out of the way so hopefully they can focus on other things next year. I am enjoying as it is for now though.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Diogenes in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Can we just stop this kind of bullshit? That if someone doesn't buy into the level of seriousness or darkness or whatever it is that you want, that they don't want anything more than toddler edutainment?
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Kuzu in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I feel a problem some of you are having is that you guys have a specific way you guys think the characters should act in your head, so when they act in contrary to that, you feel a sense of betrayal and disconnect "Sonic/Shadow/etc. would NEVER act this way" is a common sentiment in these threads I noticed. Thing is, there are have been so many people who have written for the series in it's 20+ year run, it's kind of unrealistic to expect everything in your head to line up with whoever is writing at the time.
    Not that you can't be upset when the writing fails to meet your expectations, by all means, everyone has different feelings. But I think it's important to be a bit more flexible and open-minded when it comes to characterization and writing in this series because, for better or worse, every writer that's worked on it has their own interpretation of the series and what it should be just like we do. It's a 20+ year series, there's no way every writer is going to be on the same page when it comes to the writing.
    The writers probably look at a basic character description of the cast, and just go from there. 
     
     
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Dr. Christmas Mike in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I'm going back and reading the other reactions and it would seem I'm a bit of an outlier again, though not by too much thankfully. Though, I will say that despite liking the issue fine I can totally see where the other reactions here are coming from (aside from this still drawn out conversation about Shadow. I don't agree that he acted out of turn at all). 
    If the mystery of who is in the chair and what the deal with Mr. Tinker is stops for you at the "reveal" that the guy in the chair was Eggman, I can understand why that would be disappointing for you. 
    I didn't really approach it from that. I didn't really care too much about who was in the chair, more so the "why" and what was going on and how the story threads connected. Because Eggman being in the chair conflicts with Mr. Tinker being there, and the mystery angle of his memories of Eggmanland being so strange, the situation is giving off vibes of him being genuine and it still feels as though he's acting like an Eggman whose lost his memory.
    If this were the actual reveal (I doubt it) I'd probably still be okay so long as the explanation for what he was doing and why turned out to be something magnanimously unique and interesting.
    Plus, I'm not the kind of person who cares a ton about references to old characters and what not. Never really been easy to take in by the "Surprise! It's me! I'm back again!" thing but a lot of you all clearly enjoy it. I wouldn't dislike it either. I just like being kept on my toes and this is succeeding at that so far. 
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Kuzu in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Just because a character matures does not mean they drop their existing character traits, that's not how character development works. And this situation isn't really the same as the ones you're bringing up because the circumstances are so blatantly different. This isn't Shadow just randomly deciding to be an asshole by trusting some aliens he just met for the sake of a conflict or realizing that one of his closest friends is going to betray him. 
    This is Eggman, literally the same Eggman who constantly makes ploys for world domination and shows absolutely no remorse or repentance in doing so. And he just literally took over the world and fucked it up royally. Losing his memory didn't suddenly just make all of that disappear, a point Shadow brings up himself as he is someone who understands having experienced it himself.  Now was Shadow acting rash and impulsive? Yes, but guess what? that's the entire point. It's called a character flaw and it's what drives stories for interesting conflicts. Eggman is FAR from being his friend, so I don't get how you can equate the situation in 06 with that when it's apples and oranges. 
     
    I feel like your main problem is that you don't like how Shadow was portrayed as being "wrong" for his actions, especially given your rather simplistic view that this issue was making fun him and making him the butt of a joke. All that happened was that he acted little impulsive, for reasonable reasons, got talked down by Sonic and teased by Rouge a little. This wasn't some "Haha, let's laugh at Shadow" problem like you're making it sound. All it did was establish how his and Sonic's ideals clash and how those ideals can lead to a confrontation while also developing the "mystery" surrounding Eggman. It's really not as big a deal as you're making it sound. 
     
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Kuzu in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Look, I'm not gonna play "he said, she said" with you. The main point is that Shadow acting first and thinking later has ALWAYS been there and if it weren't, the entire plot of SA2 would have been resolved a lot sooner.
    Yes, Shadow could just keep tabs on him, but then there would be no point in this issue existing. Character flaws breed conflict and conflict breeds interesting storylines. It would be boring as hell if Shadow just left, no questions asked. 
    There's really nothing about his portrayal here that contradicts any of his established characterization, the language you've used to describe him makes me feel that you just don't like that he's not portrayed exactly how you want him to be.
     
     
     
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to SurrealBrain in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    I wanna say this; avoid the Dreamcast version of the Toy Story 2 game, unless your Dreamcast is in perfect condition. If it isn't, then you'll be encountering crashes the further along you get in the game. I hear the PS1 version doesn't have that bug, so that's probably the way to go.
    I looked at the disc, and even held it under a light, and saw nothing that shpuld have caused it, and then it turned out I wasn't even alone. So yeah, avoid the Dreamcast version, and get the PS1 version instead.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog got a reaction from Crow the BOOLET in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Thanks everyone for all the input and perspectives on Dreamcast games! I definitely have a better idea on what the must have Dreamcast games are now so I really appreciate it. I also now have a lot of games to look up now. I don't have many games right now but I already love my Sega Dreamcast and think its one of the best consoles ever! I love the huge and interesting variety of games despite the short lifespan it had, the fun and charming startup and menu is very memorable, its impressive ability to have online features and to play CDs. The VMU is pretty interesting. There are very few negative things I could think of, I only wish I grew up with it when I was a kid but the Nintendo GameCube was my first console. I really appreciate the amount and variety of feedback I got so thank you!
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to mikeblastdude in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    If you’re looking for a fun platformer, I would recommend Super Magnetic Neo. Reviews are a bit mixed on that game, but I personally loved it. Although, it does take a bit of getting used to. I never seem to see anyone talk about this one, which is a shame, because I think it deserves some more love.
    Jet Set Radio (Jet Grind Radio), as others have mentioned, is a lot of fun, and definitely one of the definitive Dreamcast games. And yeah, the music in that game is wonderful.
    If you’re looking for some quick, fast-paced, arcade fun, my top recommendations would be Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Crazy Taxi, and Hydro Thunder. I enjoyed all three of these games quite a bit.
    Dreamcast has a lot of great fighting games, if you’re into those. Marvel vs. Capcom, Virtua Fighter 3tb, Power Stone, Soul Calibur, and Street Fighter Alpha 3, to name a good few.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Cayenne in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Some of my favorites that weren't posted yet:
    - Project Justice: Rival Schools 2 (3D Fighting game, JPN and PAL territories only)
    - Guilty Gear X (2D Fighting game, JPN only)
    - Heavy Metal Geomatrix (Arena Fighting game)
    - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Arcade Sports - Skate)
    - Record of Lodoss War (Action RPG - Diablo Clone)
    - Outrigger (FPS/TPS hybrid)
    - Quake III (FPS)
    - Unreal Tournament (FPS)
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Mr Loopone in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    It depends what genres you are into, whether its platforming, racing, fighting, sports, shoot em ups. Whether you're on a budget or want to go all out. The Dreamcast might only have around 200 games but you are spoiled for choice whether its from the arcade, an improved PS1 game or an original game. There's only really a few clunkers on the console, mostly from Acclaim and Titus.
    If you're on a budget, well value of Dreamcast games seem to change like every month and yes, I really do mean it. Chu Chu Rocket is a great puzzle game, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation is an old school Tomb Raider game and considered one of the better ones (also better graphics than the PS1 original), Virtua Striker 2 for your arcade soccer and pretty much your only decent option on the console, Sega GT for a decent Gran Turismo clone and Sega Rally 2. Now Sega Rally 2 isn't a great port due to graphical cutbacks, slowdown and even crashes but its still a fine game, has extra tracks and has a career mode, I often play it. (There's also V-Rally 2 that might be a better option)
    As for personal recommendations, there's the usual Jet Set Radio (you can play on PC, PS3/360 though), Crazy Taxi (on a lot of stuff these days but the Dreamcast, Gamecube and the PS2 are the original versions before a lot got changed) and the Power Stone series but sometimes you want to play something different.
    One of my favourites is Virtua Tennis. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure but made me like tennis games. It's arcadey but has a deep World Tour mode. Oh and some great music, the first two games have the best music in the series. It's also cheap to pick up since its a common game. Also have Virtua Tennis 2 (believe it got a silly name in the US, think it is Tennis 2K if you're interested on picking it up) but haven't played it yet, its more of the same as it is the don't fix if it ain't broken except it has female players too.
    Confidential Mission is my go to light gun shooter game. It's a cheesy American Bond theme but plays like Virtua Cop. While Silent Scope (recommend Silent Scope Complete if you have a Xbox) and House of the Dead 2 appeared on other consoles, Confidential Mission is pretty much Dreamcast only and technically too if you count the arcade.
    Soul Calibur - Great fighting game, has a Quest mode, looks fantastic pretty much the arcade version at home and its a Western launch title too. One of the best in the series.
    Soul Reaver and Shadow Man are two dark themed platform games. They also happen to be the best versions of those games graphically, performance and in Shadow Man's case, the least censored version (the more popular N64 version is censored). There are camera issues with Soul Reaver though but it was fairly typical of the era.
    Le Mans 24 Hours/Test Drive Le Mans It's hard but its pretty and runs pretty well too. You could even do the full 24 hour race if you want, whether the Dreamcast or you could cope is another thing.
    Metropolis Street Racer Ever played the Project Gotham Racing series and like them? This is its beginning. Good gimmick where it has "real time" day/night cycle that seemed have got dropped off the series where it is night in Tokyo, day in London and morning in San Francisco. Has a great soundtrack done by the same people as Sonic R (Richard Jacques and TJ Davis). There are glitchy print runs of this game about though since it was rushed and each different print run had a bug fix.
    F1 Racing Championship might be an unusual pick for a F1 game. Normally its F1 World Grand Prix or Monaco Grand Prix for the Dreamcast choice but sometimes lesser known games can surprise you and its a merger of the two games. Pretty much a sequel to Monaco Grand Prix except that it is fully licensed and has much better handling. It controls decently and graphically it has held up well. It has an arcade option where you pass a lap within a time limit or the usual simulation so there is a choice of gameplay and one that not many F-1 games have. The N64 version is great and so is the Dreamcast version, both different games and developers but have their similarities. Also one of the early Ubisoft Montreal games before they made it big with Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Splinter Cell. I don't think this got released in the US though.
    Others are:
    Looney Tunes Space Race
    Rayman 2
    Headhunter
    San Francisco Rush 2049
    Hydro Thunder
    Have a soft spot for GTA 2, Daytona USA 2001 and 18 Wheeler but they are more guilty pleasures and not to everyone's taste. Especially with GTA 2 depends whether you like the old school GTA gameplay and not many do.
    Oh and a bit of warning. Some Dreamcast games are very expensive to buy and some to silly levels especially Skies of Arcadia and a majority of the Capcom stuff. Yes, I know there is a well known way (that's why Propeller Arena got mentioned, it was unreleased). Also a few games seem to suffer from dodgy print runs such as Crazy Taxi (a game that I would recommend but not on the Dreamcast, at least in Europe because of the "dirty disc" error) and F355 Challenge where they can randomly fail even with no scratches. Oh and test your copies of Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 while you are at it. They had dodgy print runs too.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to JezMM in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    While Phantasy Star Online was a beloved Dreamcast game at the time, the offline experience is very grindy and setting up so you can connect to fan-made servers will require some additional effort.  It isn't really at all the ideal way to experience that game if you are interested in it, better to play Blue Burst on PC, which has the content from the Gamecube release of PSO and even more, plus, doesn't require a ton of modding to get yourself running on a fan server since most fan servers will preconfigure the game to connect to them when you download it.
    At this point, the Dreamcast version of PSO is only really worth getting as a nostalgia item if you're already into the game, or to get your hands on the elusive Sonic Adventure 2 demo disc that came with it (which is notable for featuring a unique instrumental version of City Escape's theme and that Sonic doesn't wear his SOAP shoes).
     
     
    Anyway, other than that I can second Jet Set Radio. Tbh a lot of the classic recommended DC games didn't stick with me for very long, but JSR is definitely one that brought me back for a second and third playthrough over the years that I had my DC set up.  Note that since you're in America, the original game was localised as "Jet Grind Radio" over there due to some copyright stuff.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Tarnish in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Obviously it depends on what kind of games are your cup of tea.

    For quick arcade-like games I would recommend Chu Chu Rocket!, Alien Front Online, Ooga Booga and Propeller Arena for sure. Chu Chu, Alien Front and Ooga Booga are still (or rather once again) playable online with other people as well.

    Crazy Taxi 1 and 2 and Jet Set Radio are always fun.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Cuz in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Oh yeah! It's not the greatest game out there but if you liked the 90's cartoon it's got the same voice cast and some of the writing is pretty hilarious. Venom's a riot.
    D2 if you're into survival horror any, the first Metal Gear Soild's a good frame of reference. You're stuck in the alps with a gun and there are like aliens. It's nowhere near Illbleed's sense of humor but Kenji Eno's was like the poor man's Kojima, so expect it to walk the line between silly and heady.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Shaun Shikeishuu in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Most of the good ones were already mention, only big one I think people missed was Shenmue and Shenmue II (Pal Version). If you like arcade racers I'd suggest picking up Hydro Thunder and Rush 2049. Two of my all time arcade games and they're great on the Dreamcast. 
    Also fighting games if you're into them: Power Stone 1 & 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 1&2 and Dead or Alive 2.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to SaturnWolf in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    I really liked the Dreamcast port of Spider-Man! It's not nearly as robust as something like Ultimate but for 2000 it's pretty damn good.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to McGroose in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Do you need to mod your Dreamcast or include an add-on to make sure that the online functionality works? Specifically asking for Phantasy Star Online, so expect to have to do some additional tinkering before you play that game. Heard it is a lot of fun and it looks like it.
    Really, just type in "best dreamcast games" onto Google and I'll pretty much agree with every game that pops up. What I love about it the most is that it has so many higher-quality variants of PS1 & N64 games that came out years before on it, like Toy Story 2 & Resident Evil.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Sean in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    I don't have it myself, but the DC version of Rayman 2 is considered one of the better versions. It has the smoothest framerate and pretty much none of the performance problems that plague a lot of later versions such as Rayman 2 DS or 3DS.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog got a reaction from MightyRay in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Thanks I have never heard of these games, interesting recommendations. I will check it out.
    Thank you! I have a friend who loves Phantasy Star so I will definitely get it.
    interesting recommendations, Thank you!
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to MightyRay in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    I've heard good things about Chu Chu Rocket if you're into puzzle games and if you're into rhythm game then you gotta check out Space Channel 5.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to ThePrinceOfSaiyans in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure 2 Phantasy Star Online Jet Set Radio Soul Calibur 
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Crow the BOOLET in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    I will say one thing.
    Illbleed
    Yeah this game is rather infamous for a certain part of it but there's more to the game than a tongue in cheek reference. Needless to say that this is one of the most unique games I've ever experienced. Its just a very surreal experience and that can make it funny and horrifying at the same time. I just never played a game like it and its the reason why I bought a Dreamcast in the first place. However it might cost a pretty penny but its worth it.
    Also as a side note Blue Stinger if you want another survival horror game on the console that isn't on anything else. I will say I think the main reason why to check it out is mostly to hear the Dreamcast era Sonic cast say some of the most cheesiest lines ever outside of well Sonic of course.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog got a reaction from Polkadi~☆ in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Thanks! I have heard of those so I will definitely check them out.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog reacted to Polkadi~☆ in What Dreamcast Games Should I Get?   
    Skies of Arcadia and Jet Set Radio! One is an awesome JRPG, and the other is funky as all heck (with music by hideki naganuma :DDDD).
    Crazy Taxi is also another fun choice too. Feel free to check 'em out.
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    UmbraTheHedgehog got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    I really enjoyed this issue of Sonic. The plot is actually starting to go somewhere so I still feel invested. I hope this new development for Dr. Eggman lasts for a while, it would be different and could allow for more villains to show off while building anticipation. I would hate for this plot to resolve itself quickly. I'm happy to see shadow is appearing in the next issue. I hope we finally start seeing more permanent locations in the comic after all these character introductions are done and the plot with the mysterious figure is resolved. I noticed the mysterious figure was not happy that Eggman was found so that's interesting. I wonder if part of the reason Ian Flynn is doing this predictable character introduction and save a nameless village plot (which I'm fine with) is to help build IDW's relationship with Sega before moving on to do something more bold with the plot and characters? I'm just speculating but I know Sega could be more flexible if they trust everyone involved in the comic to know what they're doing.
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