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SurrealBrain last won the day on February 8 2017

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About SurrealBrain

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    Likes Amitie a Lot, as well as other characters!

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    Puyo Puyo, Lupin the 3rd, Mega Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Rare...too much to list here. Also, I love Amitie from the Puyo Puyo series...a lot.
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  1. I doubt Mania should be the long term solution to the franchise's problems. I can see it carrying one more game, at least, maybe even make it a trilogy. In my personal opinion, however, making sequels to Mania would, at best, only be a temporary solution to the franchise's problems, and I feel like they'd have to find something else eventually. We don't want the Mania line to be like New Super Mario Bros. I'm not gonna say Forces did perfect; far from it, actually. And the series still has serious problems that need sorting out, some from the management position, some from other aspects, and more than anything, the series needs a clear direction. However, even I admit, I'm struggling to think of what direction they should go with the series. Granted, even Mario shakes things up every now and then, but I kinda feel like the series isn't in the best position to be shaking it up too much. I had a few ideas that, but I admit, I'm not entirely confident. Building off of Lost World's template and improving upon it, giving the N. Sane Trilogy treatment to Sonic Adventure to give the new team an idea of what to do with future games, but given this is Sega we're talking about, I dunno if either of them would work, and the latter may sound to some like it's not letting go of the past, which, I admit, is a reasonable argument. Still, IDW Sonic is doing well so far, and I look forward to where that goes. I don't think it says much good that I'm more optimistic for something that isn't even part of the main franchise, but hey, good to see the franchise doing well in at least one area. I do admit, this is all just me rambling, and who knows where it will all go from here? For all we know, they may step it up after Forces. Maybe they'll blow us away with something. But realistically, I feel like I shouldn't expect too much right now. It'd be nice, sure, but it'd also be nice to not have these worries in the first place. Only time will tell, but the future is...uncertain, and sadly, that's as optimistic as I can be right now.
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    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    Well, I think I read enough of the first arc to make a judgement, and I'd say I got what I expected out of it. And what did I expect? Nothing super amazing, but good enough as a start. Ian Flynn's still got it, and the characters are spot-on. Loved the art in each issue, even if it might look a little odd in the trade. I also liked what I saw of Tangle. She's a goof, and I like my goofs. I'd like to see more of her. Definitely gonna follow this. I like what I read, and I only hope it gets better from here. I'm glad to hear it's been doing well so far. On an unrelated note; after what happened with Archie Sonic and Archie Mega Man, I decided not to take the trades for granted ever again, so I'm collecting as many of the individual issues as possible. Got a bookstore ordering the comics for me, so hopefully I won't miss a single one.
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    Konami properties might get new media from 4K Media

    4Kids sold their production unit to Konami, if I'm not mistaken, changed focus, and then went under. 4K Media is 4Kids' former production unit, and are basically all that's left of 4Kids in any form. If my info is correct, at least. As for these licenses they may be working on? Time will tell what happens. Contra doesn't seem like something 4Kids would touch, but this is a different owner in business, with most likely a different mindset. Bomberman might work. And Frogger. But my big concern is how well the employees are treated. This is Konami that's in charge of 4Kids' remains, after all, and we all know the horror stories, so I only hope Konami is treating them well.
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    Channel Awesome Was Not So Awesome

    I had already been losing a lot of my interest in Channel Awesome. I had heard at least enough to not subscribe to them. I would still watch the Nostalgia Critic occasionally, but it got put more to the wayside. It was less something to look forward to, and more something I would watch between the videos I was actually looking forward to. But hearing all this now, I dunno if I'll even give NC that much. This is awful what I'm hearing, and I can only hope this company goes under to give Mike and company a good kick in the pants. Doug and Rob? They really need to look at what's going on here, but I doubt they will. I don't even have the confidence to believe it's even in the realm of possibility.
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    What's Wrong with Sonic and the Secret Rings?

    I remember actually really enjoying the game. It was one the first I got for my Wii, and hey, it already had its price drop, so even grabbing a copy new was $20 back then. That said, one annoyance I remember (though it might just be a me issue) was that I would often turn off the Wii by accident because my finger just happened to be on the power button. Also said, however, is that it's a game I should revisit. I remember really enjoying it, and I even defended it on some cases, but as I get older, I start to wonder if maybe there's a reason I haven't revisited it in some time. Might be worth another look, at the very least.
  6. Popular or unpopular, I've come to the conclusion that Takeshi Iizuka is no longer fit to be running the Sonic series, if he ever was in the first place. His comments, and what he's been doing with the series speaks of someone who has no clear idea what he's doing with it, and doesn't have a clear vision for it. Which brings me to another opinion. I know there are several groups of fans that all constantly disagree with each other...and I feel part of that is a lack of an idea of what to do with it. I think, more than anything, the series needs a leader who actually has a clear and solid idea what they want to do with it, and actually has a clear idea of what works and what doesn't. Takeshi Iizuka is not that person, I don't think. That's my opinion. I know you can't please everyone, but I feel like people are more willing to accept it if the team leader(s) at least have a clear vision for the Sonic series. Which I feel Iizuka does not have at all.
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    SEGA Genesis collection for PC XBOX ONE & PS4

    I hope it has some new games separate from Sonic's UGC. There are still some games I never got, so naturally, any new games here would be welcome. But only time will tell for sure. I'm gonna keep my eye on it, at any rate.
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    Pokemon Sun/Moon PLUS ULTRA (Alola Region Games)

    I beat the main game in Ultra Moon. My verdict? As someome who never playednthe original Sun or Moon, I definitely recommend it to those who don't own them. I rather enjoyed the story, the characters, and the art style, as always, is quite nice. I do kinda like the graphics, though I admit, the main character's perpetual smile does look a little dopey. I will say the additions and changes to the story...well, I never experienced the original, but this version of the story felt natural to me. Nothing felt off, anyways. The Roto Loto, though, I have mixed feelings on. Do be prepared to wait a very long time if you want a specific item, and said item rarely pops up. And I can't sell Roto powers; a shame, since with the stuff I never, ever use, that might actually give them some kinda purpose, even if that purpose is "I get more money." It seems the more I use an item, the less likely I am to get it. That said, if you do own the original Sun & Moon, then it will be up to you if the update is worth it. And even then, if you decide to snag it, getting to most of the new stuff will require you to go through events that from what I heard, are mostly the same as the original with only minor changes or additions; the more significant additions and changes don't come into play until you're well into the main story. So you better be in the mood for a revisit. In other words, if you don't have the original Sun & Moon, I definitely recommend this one. Might actually be the ideal way to go for some. But if you do own the originals, that's a bit trickier, and all I can say is that it's up to you.
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    TMNT Goes Nickelodeon

    I really do wonder how this series will turn out in the end, but to list my immediate concerns; what I see of the art style reminds me in some ways of the Fast Forward season in the 2003 series. Still need to give that one a second chance (as a kid, I was blindy disliking it without letting it stand on its own), but to my understanding, even fans of the 2003 show weren't too keen on the Fast Forward season. Also, Splinter looks like he belongs in a Ren & Stimpy episode. I almost expect him to scream at the turtles in the most over-the-top manner possible; like, even the angriest version of Raphael would be left speechless by that temper. And then looking at the details; some changes sound interesting, but it really looks like they're changing stuff for the sake of changing it. I mean, if they want the show to have its own identity, that's fine, but I dunno if this is the way to go. So yeah, I have my concerns. I don't know if we can expect quality out of the show or not.
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    Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy (2017)

    I'd expect Stormy Ascent to be in the ports as DLC, if they don't decide to just put it into the ports as an unlockable. The latter would be preferable to me, personally, since if it's right in the game, it means there's at least a few versions that preserve it in the event of an eventual server shutdown, though knowing Activision, they'll likely make it DLC like in the PS4 release. I'm actually thinking about double dipping for when the Switch version eventually releases so I can have it on the go. I don't need the Xbox One version personally, but who knows, maybe I'll get it as a present for a friend or family member who doesn't have anything other than an Xbone to play it on.
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    Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy (2017)

    Crash on Switch sounds like a great deal to me. It'll be nice to be able to play the games on the go. Plus, it means if my nephews ever get a Switch, they'll have access to the game. Oh, and it's on Xbox One, too. Probably won't get the Xbone version (at least not for myself), but those with an Xbox One but no PS4 or Switch have a great experience to look forward to, so I'm glad it exists. And I say this as someone who's argued for why it couldn't happen. But in this case, I'm actually glad to be wrong.
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    Luigi's Mansion (3DS Remake)

    The original was one of my favorite games as a kid. Have yet to play the sequel, but it's in my backlog. Admittedly, the remake being on 3DS isn't too exciting for me, but it makes sense to have the whole duology on one system, especially since the 3DS is proving to still be reasonably profitable. I dunno if I'll get it, but I've been itching to replay the original. Hope the port is a solid one. Plus, it gives those who can't upgrade to the Switch just yet something to look forward to.
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    Sega of Japan Visited Microsoft's Offices

    Well, there was Sonic Free Riders, an Xbox 360 Kinect exclusive...for good reason. Aside from that, I cannot think of a single time Sega was Microsoft exclusive. In fact, Sonic is more likely to find his games be Nintendo exclusives than MS or Sony exclusives.
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    The Avatar and Signature Topic

    My current Amitie avatar was chosen for reasons. Admittedly, it represents an uncertain future for myself. I don't know where things will go from here. Kinda feel like I've been drifting about lately. This avatar stood for a while now, and it still fits, for better or worse.
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    Ready Player One - Featuring Sonic from the Sonic the Hedgehog series

    Never read the book, and the trailer for the film...didn't exactly wow me. I didn't personally find anything offensive about the trailer, but I couldn't really feel excitement for it, either. Steven Spielberg is directing. That could either mean the film will be good, it the film will be bad. Only time will tell for sure. But as it stands, it's just kinda there. I'm not offended, but I'm not exactly wowed, either. Maybe I'm just burnt out of these special effects extravaganzas. Maybe there's something else in there that actually kinda worries me. Who knows? Now, let me make it clear; if friends or family decide to see it and there's nothing else at that moment I can do, or every other movie looks even less interesting, seeing the movie isn't something I'll exactly be against. But it's nothing I'll exactly be for, either.

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