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  1. Clewis

    Sonic Forces Reviews Thread

    If you weren't telling it to him in particular, then I don't understand why you would even bother bringing it back up in the first place. It doesn't really contribute to the first part of your post, so it just comes across as a confusing, needless addition. But whatever. Now I'm making this into a bigger deal than it needs to be. Whoops.
  2. Clewis

    Sonic Forces Reviews Thread

    The fact that you're telling this to someone who didn't even comment on the people who had an issue with Yahtzee's review should probably tell you that you're making a bigger deal out of this whole scenario than there needs to be.
  3. Clewis

    Two Separate Worlds in the Sonic games

    When was it implied that certain parts of Angel Island fly around separately from each other? The Ice Cap from both S3&K and SA1 is still a part of the same island that falls during different periods of SA1. You can even see it in the cg cutscenes: I always figured that the inclusion of houses and hot air balloons was a mistake on the designers' part, and was just another example of them not taking the series' continuity too seriously.
  4. Clewis

    Sonic Needs a Reboot

    No, the best thing they can do at at this point is make good games on a consistent basis. In reality, most people don't really care about the franchise's weak sense of continuity. The general public doesn't pick up Sonic games for "the story of Sonic the Hedgehog", they pick them up if they look fun to play. Rebooting the franchise just so they can establish stronger narrative elements isn't going to fix much of anything in Sonic's case.
  5. Clewis

    Sanic T-Shirt DLC

    It's dumb, but inoffensive. Kinda like the "& Knuckles" meme that was included in the most recent Deus Ex game: That being said I really hope this isn't a preview of Sonic's marketing team deciding to take a more "meme-happy" approach with future titles. Sanic is still a dumb, overused reference at the end of the day, and its implementation in Forces isn't anymore clever than someone going "Hey look guys! It's that meme you all know from the internet! We're self-aware now, so please stop laughing at us!" Want to implement memes in a less shallow way, Sega? Look at Mania's "& Knuckles" mode for inspiration. That was amusing more so because of the absurdity behind it, not just because it was a basic reference.
  6. Recently played through SA1 for first time in almost a decade with all of the Dreamcast conversion stuff (which is a godsend, btw). At its best, the game is really only okay. I think "janky" would be the best way to describe my thoughts on it with a single word.

    Despite this, I actually enjoyed the game a lot more than I was expecting to, and I feel like it carries this unintentional sense of charm that I don't see Sega ever managing to replicate (even SA2 lacks it, imo). Overall, the game was a decent experience, but it's not the type of Sonic game I'd like to see a modern sequel to (personally prefer Sonic games to be a bit more arcade-styled in structure). I would, however, like to see a legitimate return to Sonic's SA1 style of gameplay. He's pretty fun to mess around with in this game.

  7. Because it was developed by people who have more passion for the franchise than those who actually own the IP. I would honestly be very interested in seeing what a new spinoff game headed by modern Traveler's Tales would be like. Keep your "It would just be another Lego clone" jokes to yourself. The Boom branch should have been handed to them, game-wise, at least.
  8. Did anyone actually enjoy how the homing attack worked in Lost World?

    What were they thinking? Were they thinking? Help.

    1. Pelvic WOO! engine

      Pelvic WOO! engine

      I thought it was pretty neat. It gave it more variety and a strategic use I'll give it that. I wouldn't mind seeing it return.

    2. Fletch

      Fletch

      I thought it was nice to lock on multiple targets. I don't have a problem with Lost World homing attack, but just personally would take manually hitting all enemies since I'm more used to that.

    3. mayday2592

      mayday2592

      Honestly I never found the homing attack fun, it always seemed to kill all your momentum when you used it. I was hoping lost world would fix it with the homing chain, but it still wasn't any fun.

    4. Clewis

      Clewis

      Each to their own, I guess. I found it very pace-breaking to have to constantly hang in the air so that I could lock on to a group of enemies. And whenever you didn't wait around to destroy them all at once, choosing to attack them individually would take up even more time.

      It's such an odd change to a mechanic that (for the most part) already worked in the first place. I actually found it satisfying to use during the auto-run segments where the lock-on would occur automatically, why wasn't it implemented like that in the rest of the game? 

    5. Shiguy

      Shiguy

      I'll be the one that yes, but like many a concept in LW it's execution was shakey and wasn't handle quite right. it's the same with the kick attack in the Wii U version.

      The homing attack in LW worked like a glorified Light Speed attack chaining multiple enemies in succession. The problem was that it has a weird "stale time" with the charging aspect towards it. You would often find yourself halting a few brief moments against an enemy type that took more then one hit with it to  which while I found this to be fine for boss battles, it was a pace breaker for the main levels when the game demanded you need to use it.

      And like many variations of the HA it sent Sonic in an set upward arc rather then carrying any given inertia that Sonic had when hitting a target even while homing in to it. In "theory" i'd say you could make it work better by adding more "flexiblity" to it, allowing Sonic to cancel out the action of targeting enemy while still keeping control and gaining momentum with more succesive uses of it. Being able to seamlessly keep the flow up by controlling that variable would complement the given design behind it.

      But that's just in theory, a̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶o̶r̶y̶ so I digress.

    6. Yeow

      Yeow

      I'm not a fan of it either although it's more for a different reason.

      The homing attack already makes platforming in Sonic games trivially easy since you can just hit almost anything (enemies, monitors, springs, you name it) from a yard's distance just by spamming the attack button, and heavily automating the game (don't get me started on HA chains). Yet someone thought that's not easy enough and decided the move should now allow Sonic to eat through entire groups/rows of enemies. It even removes the one playful element you could do with it (chaining enemies) since by locking onto multiple enemies, it does that for you already.

      Though really, I just can't stand the HA move at this point, especially so with how it helped overwrite 2D Sonic gameplay. Absolutely glad it was nowhere near Mania (Megamix is a perfect example of how even with proper classic Sonic physics/gameplay, the HA can completely change the game focus) but I still hope to see a 3D attempt with Sonic that completely kicks the move to the curb. Absolutely sick of the notion that it's somehow necessary to even make a 3D Sonic platforming game in the first place. Go play the first Adventure without using it, the game shockingly doesn't fall apart.

    7. Celestia

      Celestia

      My take is that the light speed attack-ish maneveur was neat, and I think making it so you have to aim a bit beforehand is a fair compromise considering it's pretty OP otherwise. Basically I would've gone a step further and made it harder to pull off, maybe have you need to charge it up like...well, again, the light speed attack. (I do agree the homing attack is slow when only targeting one enemy though, not sure why that was a thing.)

      On the other hand, the "charge up the targets on a single enemy / boss just so you can deal damage at all" thing wasn't necessary at all.

    8. MegasonicZX

      MegasonicZX

      I didn't like it much either if only just because of how automated it was, I always preferred pressing each HA in succession rather than just doing it once and then having the whole chain done for me. I will say I did like the kick attack as a secondary option to it though I feel like the execution was never there to make it work well in conjunction (among other things in the game).

    9. \Unauthorized

      \Unauthorized

      I had high hopes for it when I saw how the attack seemed to arc off of the enemy afterwards, almost as if it kept some form of momentum to it

      At the end of the day it's just a massive tease that ticks me off though, tbh. Barely travels a foot forward in the first place...

  9. Clewis

    Two Separate Worlds in the Sonic games

    I don't think the "two worlds" thing is a concept that will ever be addressed in-game, so I don't feel like it really matters. To me, the whole "this game takes place on Earth, and this one on Sonic's World" is just an internal mentality the development team decides upon when starting each project, so that elements being designed for the game itself (e.g. environments, npcs, etc.) are more consistent with each other. Games like SA2, 06, and Unleashed take place on Earth, so the environments featured are more realistic and may also be inhabited by humans. In contrast, games like Heroes, Colors, and Lost World take place on/near "Sonic's World", so their environments are more abstract and feature "weirder" elements like cute aliens or the little animals from Sonic 1. That's it.
  10. Clewis

    Are You Going to Buy Sonic Forces?

    I'll echo previous sentiments about not wanting to give any support to Sega regarding Forces. Nothing in the final product reflects what I want to see in the franchise going forward. Not the soundtrack (none of the styles used for each character really click with me), not the style of presentation (I still can't believe how ugly the game's UI is), not the attempted narrative, not the largely lackluster level design, not the overuse of shallow cinematics to make up for how uninteresting the previously mentioned level design is, not the inclusion of boring nostalgia bait (please stop embarrassing yourself with classic Sonic's inclusion, Sonic Team), and definitely not the boost gameplay, which I feel Forces features the worst iteration of so far. Even the OC, which could have been somewhat entertaining in its own right, utilizes clunky, barely-thought-out gameplay, and suffers from both general movement issues and the inclusion of trivial combat scenarios (I thought we moved past this after Heroes?). Also the enemy placement just comes across as incredibly lazy. From what I can tell, all amusement involved with the OC mechanic is limited to the character creation screen and watching your avatar act like a mime during cutscenes. Earlier in this thread I stated that I was actually willing to give this game a try if I were to find it on a large discount, but after giving the game a closer look, I've honestly lost all interest in giving any proper attention to it whatsoever. Forces looks like nothing more than an uninspired, mediocre mess, and there are much better games out right now that I'd rather spend my time and money on. Better luck next time, Sega. Maybe make another Puyo Puyo game, greenlight a Mania sequel, or bring more of your older, console-based library to pc if you want my money.
  11. Clewis

    Sonic Forces SPOILER Thread

    That's not how Rotten Tomatoes works. The approval rating for Justice League is around 40%, but that only means around 40% of reviewers who watched the movie liked/recommend it. Its average rating, like Forces, sits around 5/10.
  12. At this point, I feel like if the only way we can get a Taxman port of S3&K is to include the pc collection compositions (or have new compositions altogether), then I'd take it. I can't imagine modding the game to include the original tracks would be very hard.

    Of course that also means Sega would need to have plans of bringing Taxman's ports to pc, which to that I really have to wonder just what the hell they're waiting on.

    1. Blacklightning

      Blacklightning

      Fuck it, just put all the Taxman remasters into a bundle and release them together ala Gems Collection, then throw S3&K on top of it. For how long we've been waiting for non-mobile ports it'd be a hell of a lot better than releasing them separately at this rate.

  13. Clewis

    Sonic Forces SPOILER Thread

    I haven't seen anything straight up indicating that it wasn't in the same continuity as any of the games following it, outside of the planet's geography being different, I guess. Plus, the button Eggman uses in Unleashed to activate his "Split the Planet Apart"-inator is still present in Forces. I know some probably just chalk this up to the eggmobile being a simple asset re-use, but it seems like such a small detail that I'm sure Sonic Team could have just removed it if they wanted to. It's not like it ever serves any kind of purpose outside of Unleashed's opening segment anyway.
  14. Probably as a way to help introduce the Boom branch to more people (or at least more of the eastern audience) before said branch partially collapsed on itself. I mean classic Sonic's appearance in Forces is nothing more than a glorified commercial for Mania, after all.
  15. It's likely the project started off as something more Avatar-focused a few years ago, then when the western branches of Sega showed how much they disliked the idea, Sonic Team went back and redesigned the project so that it would be more like Generations, resulting in proper development for Forces only starting around sometime last year. So Forces itself wasn't in development for four years, but Sonic Team likely did spend the last four years developing something, even if some of that something never came to fruition.
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