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Toa Axis

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  1. That was pretty fun. The Big Arm remix was absolutely lovely, and I must echo the sentiment of Metal Sonic's expressiveness. It really goes to show how much a character's eyes and body language are important to portraying their discrete traits. I would definitely love to see more of these types of projects for future games.
  2. While Kishimoto didn’t pen the scripts himself, I think that pinning everything related to the narrative on the writers alone isn’t really reflective of collaborative and creative environments. Just as in film, the director likely has a big hand with the progression, direction and overall narrative of a work.
  3. Not specifically for the events of Unleashed. I believe. Quoting Eggman from Colors, "This amusement park has been constructed entirely out of a sense of remorse for my past transgressions..." It was really just a generalization of Bad Shit he had done in prior games (which could include Unleashed, I guess?).
  4. Four years of work. Well, “four years”. What a joke this game is.
  5. Can someone shoot me a PM with the stream link? Thanks.
  6. If anyone could PM me a link to the stream, that would be much appreciated. Edit: Oh NVM lmao
  7. https://twitter.com/SONIC_FORCES_JP/status/923373347181707264 "Sonic force, Nintendo Switch ™ version and PlayStation® 4th Edition download trial version released! Take a look at, please experience "Sonic force, high speed action on this occasion." Basically it's apparently out on PS4 too, but IDK if you have to have a JP account for that one as well. Dunno about XB1, but if it's Japan centric, they may not have bothered with that platform.
  8. I'm afraid I lack the means. I'm not in it personally, and apparently a lot of trolls and the like have been flooding a lot of servers. So even if I did have knowledge with regards to who might be in the server or have access to it, the ability to invite people would likely be disabled. All of the ones I'm currently in have disabled invites due to trolls and potential raids.
  9. Hey, nice Kino avatar! You watching the new series, too?

    1. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      That I am! It's not quite as strong as the original so far (though to be fair I didn't really expect it to be), but it's pretty reasonably well executed nonetheless.

    2. Sean


      Yeah I'm in the same boat. The 2003 anime is one of my favorite anime of all time and I've read about five of the light novels, so on one hand I have some grievances with how this anime compares to its predecessor (especially Kino's characterization in Colosseum and the emphasis on violent stories), but on the other, episodes 1 and 3 were pretty good imo (even if I wouldn't have placed them near the beginning of the new series) and I'm extremely happy to have more Kino in general, since I've been silently begging for another season or series for about a decade now.

      Also while I prefer the music of the original, the new opening and ending are really fantastic too. And I still find it crazy that Kino's new VA, Aoi Yuki, voiced Sakura from the original (which was her first anime role).

    3. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      You pretty much described my feelings on everything. The colosseum was certainly lacking compared to the original, but I'm mostly okay with everything else. And I'm very much in agreement with your views on Kino's seiyuu (she's fantastic).

    4. Sean


      The Colosseum episode really annoyed me for how rushed it felt and Kino's apparent motivations at the very end (she seemed very bent on revenge for her situation as well as for the random traveler she met before entering the country), but re-reading the book version (though admittedly this IS the TokyoPop translation, so it could be inaccurate to the original in some ways), the events of 2017 more or less line up with what happens in volume 1, whereas 2003 embellishes and adds a lot of details not found in the original. Still, I think it could have been handled better than it was, and 2003's two-parter is the best of the three versions imo for fleshing out Shizu in such a short time frame and giving Kino's motivations for breaking her "non-interference" clause more weight.

      The other episodes are fine in their own right. I just wish this new series would show a non-violent story already, because the non-violent countries in Kino 2003 were what made those moments all the more shocking and out of the blue.

    5. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      Yup. The colosseum episode didn't really work being as early as it did because, as you alluded, it was in part a moment of dramatic revelation for Kino. Her whole shtick was that she didn't interfere in how countries conducted themselves, so when she finally decided to take action in that manner, it represented the boiling point of a season's worth of dramatic buildup.

      I also am craving for a story with non-violence. While the ones presented have very much been interesting, it feels like they're the way they are for the sake of accessibility.

    6. Sean


      Yeah apparently the stories were chosen based on a popularity poll... which I have mixed feelings about, because although it's good to adapt stories that have considerable impact on the viewer, it means you risk omitting a lot of the smaller, less popular stories that serve to add balance to Kino's experiences and provide a much-needed breather from the bigger, more exciting stuff.

      I think Bothersome Country really needed to be shown later in the series. Kino's declaration of staying more than three days would have very little impact on a new viewer, whereas for someone familiar with her self-imposed traveler's rules, they'd be going "wait WHAT??" Plus, it's the second episode in a row where Kino deliberately interferes with local matters, even though the episode does a good job showing why she does so (it's for her own gain to pass by the extortionist, walled-up country).

    7. Toa Axis

      Toa Axis

      Ouch. Things being decided via popularity poll is... pretty telling. And worrying.

      And yeah her staying for 10 days in that episode threw me off looool

  10. This genuinely may be the worst level yet. Like, holy shit.
  11. The game's performance isn't too great on my machine. Granted, it's not that great of a machine (and I was able to claw back some performance by turning down some settings, but it still wasn't perfect. I guess resolution will have to go next :/). Overall, it was pretty good though! I'll echo the sentiment of the physics being almost there but not quite perfect, but I'm sure that's something that can be ironed out with more time and elbow grease. All-in-all, an impressive effort from all the peeps on this project.
  12. I finally got around to playing Generations on PC and goodness, 60 FPS is a game changer. That's to be expected, I suppose, but WOW.

    Now to grab the Unleashed Project so I won't have to endure Unleashed's spotty-ass performance :P

  13. Unlikely. Her seiyuu (voice actor) is simply also the voice of the female avatar
  14. While I can agree that folks shouldn't get too dogmatic about their opinions, and I can simultaneously understand the fact that many are exited for Forces, I don't really understand why those excited disagree with the core arguments of Forces' detractors (unless the primary issue has do with attitude in some cases). Wanting better level design, more malleable mechanics, etc. isn't anathema to being excited for Forces. You can still be excited but see that some of these things have been done better in prior games. And also, as long as Sonic Team emulates the Classic gameplay, they most definitely have a lot to learn from Mania. Like, what we're getting in Forces is strictly worse in that regard (this does not mean unenjoyable, necessarily). EDIT: Keep in mind that the arguments of the Forces detractors mainly come from a game design perspective. Pointing out that others are excited for it doesn't really do anything to address those arguments.
  15. The title and OP of this thread should probably be updated to reflect the fact that we have a bit of gameplay now.
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