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  1. My Emmerdoods
    BadBehavior reacted to Gloved Animal in Sonic Rangers Predictions...   
    I can imagine a scenario where this is some kind of soft reboot where the avatars and/or new characters become Sonic's lifelong buddies and everyone else is written out. They shoved a lot of characters into Forces and that game didn't go over well, so I could see Sega getting the causality wrong (again) and announcing that everyone from Tails on down will be comic-exclusive. Maybe that's a bit out-there, but the "stranger in a strange land" vibe I got from the leaks (if true) makes me feel like they could try for a vast departure.
    The safest bet though would be that this comes off as a weird experiment where things don't really mesh together well and feels incomplete because Sega only spent $76.49 on it (including lunch at Chili's for the two programmers). And Tails, Knuckles and Amy get a few lines of dialogue and nothing else. Metascore in the mid-40s to low-50s.
  2. Absolutely
    BadBehavior reacted to pppp in Sonic Origins Collection - 2021/2022   
    SEGA's knack for Sonic re-releases went to complete crap after Sonic Adventure 2 HD. Yeah remember how that was revealed? Allow me to remind you:
     
    Holy shit! A re-release people were actually asking for at the time happens and everyone is happy! Imagine that.
    11 years later the nº1 demand is an Unleashed remaster and what do we get? A divisive Colors port and a collection that apparently only has the same 4 games that everyone has already played a million times.
    Also love this Iizuka quote: “We haven’t announced a brand new action game for the Sonic series since Sonic Forces, and that caused fans to worry”
    No you imbecile, the reason fans worried is because you always go radio silent on us inbetween games and do nothing in the meantime even remotely in tune with your audience as what you did in 2012 in that video right there.
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    BadBehavior reacted to Shaddy Zaphod in Sonic Origins Collection - 2021/2022   
    We don't know this.
    We have reason to suspect the game has been in development for a while, longer than some Sonic games have got, but a game is only finished when it's finished, not when it's taken a while.
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    BadBehavior reacted to Scritch the Cat in What if the Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise stopped being made?   
    It is objectively true that Sonic games were, at some points in the past, technical milestones.  A critic who has given a lot of Sonic games a chance might be able to form the sincere opinion that Sonic was never fun, but it's hard to believe such critics are sincere unless that has always been their opinion; as with people who weren't even born yet when Sonic debuted.  Those who say Sonic was never good who also said in the past that it was good, are probably doing so just because it has become fashionable to mock Sonic. 
    Profit motive should not be ignored either.  Another standout example of critics changing their tune is the company Rareware.  While they were a wildly successful developer for Nintendo, critics hardly ever criticized them.  After migrating to Microsoft and finding it hard to recreate that success, critics started to mock more and more Rareware games of the past.  Almost every Rare game that was loved at the time has entered lists of most overrated games, and a few, like Donkey Kong 64, have entered "never good" status for a wide number of people.  With game magazines being stuffed with ads from developers and relying on that industry doing well to succeed themselves, there's a financial incentive not to bite the hands that feed them, so I suppose critics didn't want to say much to irritate the most popular developers or their fans.  Some may even have been caught up in the hype themselves.   Of course, any critic who admits this would likely lose any credibility if continuing to be a critic.
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    BadBehavior reacted to Edward850 in Rumor: Team Sonic Racing 30th Anniversary Edition   
    In fact, didn't its online multiplayer die in 48 hours? That seems to the best rough estimate I can get out of its online reception. But lets be generous and say it died in 2 weeks. ASRT meanwhile I could still find active players in matchmaking past a year after its release. On PC (which yes is rather strange for a kart racer at the time). Heck the Steam statistics now show ASRT still holding up well even beyond TSR.
    However what urks me is they had an easy formula to work with, and even arguably the better performing game in some respects. Crash Team Racing was a comparatively obscure brand and ran at 30FPS on all platforms, and didn't even get a PC release. Meanwhile TSR ran at 60FPS (except on the Switch IIRC?) and had a PC release. I'll give the lack of crossplay a pass as CTR didn't have it either and crossplay service middleware was still in its relative infancy, but here all they needed to do was some post launch support and some brand muscle. Add in a traditional race mode for the online multiplayer, throw in some new character from the franchise, obscure or whatever each month and hey you've got an instant hit that people are practically guaranteed to keep coming back to.
    Instead the game got half a patch, the community managers complete inability to read the room (Aaron Webber's somewhat infamous "no this game has no on disc DLC" comment when asked what the DLC plans are), and then... nothing but joint pack-ins in an obvious attempt to artificially boost sales numbers? Meanwhile CTR did all that instead. This is about the closest I've ever seen of a video game giving another video game an absolute swirly.
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from KingMario05 in Sonic Colors: Ultimate - HD Updates Spotlight   
    Especially when Sonic Team themselves made such a big deal out of obtaining 60fps with Lost World on the Wii U. The optimist in me says that they didn't want to hold back the non-Switch versions too much.
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    BadBehavior reacted to Wraith in Sonic Colors: Ultimate - HD Updates Spotlight   
    I'm not even really convinced this is better than Skyward Sword HD yet. I guess it costs less, and that's good, but SSHD had tangible improvements for returning players. Colors is just new lighting I don't really like and tweaks that weren't made with me in mind.
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    BadBehavior reacted to Soniman in Sonic Colors: Ultimate - HD Updates Spotlight   
    Frankly I'm not even sure why SSHD is even considered a worst of anything when it by and large does everything a remaster should do. 60fps, updated textures, various QOL improvements and control options. The price and the amibo feature are the only real strikes against it and one of those isn't even related to the game. Needless to say I think it's done better than Colors which had such a bad presentation out the gate for awhile before it finally got up to a presentable state.
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in What forgotten Sonic characters should be brought back   
    Its interesting how this thread came out in 2010, when the "shitty friends" wound was still relatively fresh. Fast forward 10 years and all the characters people were sick of seeing they now want back, and we have a whole new assortment of characters we want to never see again.
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    BadBehavior reacted to Raphael Martins in Sonic Rangers Predictions...   
    I'm excited about this game because I'm tired of Sonic games playing too safe. I miss when Sonic Team was ambitious and the games had more memorable moments. Even when the games weren't that great, they were more memorable. I know it's not a popular opinion, but I don't like Sonic Generations. In my opinion, it's overrated because it didn't bring anything new and memorable to the table, it only recycled ideas from past games and relied on nostalgia. I know it has awesome gameplay and level design, but it wasn't enough for me because of the nostalgia, being too short and having a terrible story. I prefer playing games like Sonic Unleashed, Black Knight and other dark age titles than Generations just because of that. They feel like Sonic Team had passion and were trying, even when their ideas didn't work properly. Most of the games at that time were good, despite all their flaws and critical reception.

    I love Sonic Colors, though, at least Colors had original ideas and themes for the stages. It was the last mainline Sonic game that was original. Have you ever thought about that? All Colors stage themes were brand new.

    Then we had Generations, Lost World and Forces. I've already talked about Generations, Lost World is uninspired, and all stage themes were clichés of the platforming genre. Even though the gameplay was different, it was nothing new or unique to the genre. Forces tried to be more serious, but didn't go far enough and has also relied too much on nostalgia. Half of the game is Green Hill and Chemical Plant. This is insane!

    Modern Sonic has lost most of its appeal during this past decade. Sonic games used to be more original, unique and ambitious. They used to have creative stage themes, stories and settings. Now the Sonic universe feels like Mario's, where there aren't any consequences on the story that are carried though the games. There aren't any character development, all of them were turned into unidimensional caricature of their previous personalities, and everything feels like frozen in time,

    The recent Takashi Iizuka interviews gave me a little hope because they were focused on bringing something new, and thinking about the future of the franchise in the long-term. It seems like the first time in years they are looking more to the future than to the past with this project. An open world Sonic game is an ambitious idea and could change the franchise forever. I'm all for it. I prefer the uncertainty of this new game being any good that the certainty that everything will be like Generations, Lost World and Forces forever.
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    BadBehavior reacted to NoKaine in Sonic Rangers Predictions...   
    I have a feeling that despite the leaker's impressions, it's going to be more Mario Odyssey than Breath of the Wild, i.e. several big open levels instead of one huge open world.
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    BadBehavior reacted to Slash in Rumor: Team Sonic Racing 30th Anniversary Edition   
    I like how they're rereleasing everything BUT what people ask for(ie Adventure, Unleashed, Chaotix, etc.)
    Seriously, was anyone asking for Sonic 4 ep 2?
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    BadBehavior reacted to Slash in Popular and unpopular Sonic opinions you agree and disagree with!   
    My unpopular opinion.
    I never want to see checkerboard soil ever again. In fact, I've grown so sick of the checkerboard iconography altogether and I was one of the people who wanted to see it return about a decade ago.
     
    I miss when Sonic's world was more varied and had a mix of techno fantasy and some realism sprinkled in. Now it's all just barftastic tacky geometric checkerboard-land ALL. THE. TIME.
    I want more varied environments and not just "lol so wacky and surreal".
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    BadBehavior reacted to Slash in What will the new era be about?   
    I prefer to use the term "Dork Age" for this era to be honest.
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from KingMario05 in What will the new era be about?   
    Just call 2012 onward the Real Dark Age. Thats what I do.
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from expansivelovestories in Sonic 30th predictions   
    The only way this'll be interesting is if they add the Chaotix as a proper team. Not sure who'd take Vectors place on Team 06 but anyone's better than him.
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    BadBehavior reacted to SenEDDtor Missile in What will the new era be about?   
    I suppose the main reason why it started to stick out worse nowadays is because it feels like a lot of the modern games have become stripped down in terms of substance in regards to story, gameplay, tonal consistency, characterization and dynamics, etc, which makes the nostalgia feel more hollow and seem to blatantly exist as a distraction instead of a fun little side benefit/reward or a properly integrated element of the game.
    It's easier to tolerate reuse and nostalgia when it's not the only aspect that seems to have any substance.
    EDIT: It also doesn't help that GHZ and Chemical Plant tends to be reused far more frequently compared to other possibly cool or interesting locations, and it just causes fatigue for that specific location as a result. Maybe if there were other locations mixed in to minimize this fatigue...
  18. Chuckle
    BadBehavior got a reaction from Whatever the WhoCares in Sonic Rangers Predictions...   
    hence why Sega felt secure going with the little 3 game exclusivity deal in the Wii U era. The problem of course being that it was the Wii U, which flopped only slightly less harder than the Dreamcast. So the lesson they learned was not to pull stupid crap like that again. Don't wanna put all your eggs in one basket.
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from FReaK in Sonic Rangers Predictions...   
    If they keep compromising for weaker Nintendo hardware, we're gonna be waiting until the Playstation 8/ Xbox Series Epsilon for a game that looks as impressive as Unleashed did.
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from Snowragnarok in Popular and unpopular Sonic opinions you agree and disagree with!   
    Can't believe we had a returning characters discussion without mentioning Classic Sonic.
    Everything about him in Forces is terrible and I hate every nanosecond he's on screen. Is that opinion popular?
  21. Too Many Rings
    BadBehavior reacted to Whatever the WhoCares in Sonic Rangers Predictions...   
    With the news that the Switch is getting no performance upgrades, I have to just hope at this point that the Switch version of SR is developed separately. 
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from KnuxDLX in What forgotten Sonic characters should be brought back   
    Its interesting how this thread came out in 2010, when the "shitty friends" wound was still relatively fresh. Fast forward 10 years and all the characters people were sick of seeing they now want back, and we have a whole new assortment of characters we want to never see again.
  23. Fist Bump
    BadBehavior got a reaction from Snowragnarok in Sonic Colors: Ultimate - Announcement Trailer   
    I wonder how critics will react? Still blind overpraise like back in 2010, or will the context of a whole Era of games aping it's worst qualities combine with this remasters issues and probably knock the metascore down a few pegs?
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from Snowragnarok in What forgotten Sonic characters should be brought back   
    Its interesting how this thread came out in 2010, when the "shitty friends" wound was still relatively fresh. Fast forward 10 years and all the characters people were sick of seeing they now want back, and we have a whole new assortment of characters we want to never see again.
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    BadBehavior got a reaction from KingMario05 in Sonic Rangers Predictions...   
    If they keep compromising for weaker Nintendo hardware, we're gonna be waiting until the Playstation 8/ Xbox Series Epsilon for a game that looks as impressive as Unleashed did.
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