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  1. Is Sonic Boom finally dead?

    To be fair, isn't the point of Sonic Boom to do something different from the foundation of Sonic, to be an essentially comedic take on the main series? Sonic's gone in different directions before - indeed AoStH has already been down the comedy route.
  2. So, the reason why Infinite became evil...

    While it's admittedly confusingly presented and rather vague, I was under the impression that the Phantom Ruby that Eggman finds in the comic is supposed to be the one from Mania, arriving in that dimension ahead of Classic Sonic. Eggman then studies it and tries to create a weaponized, more usable version, first developing the prototypes and then finally the finished version that he incorporates into Infinite. When Infinite is ultimately defeated, Eggman's research has by this point progressed sufficiently to allow him to incorporate what is presumably the original Phantom Ruby into his super Death Egg Robot. What happens to it after this point is anyone's guess though; Infinite (assuming his survival) would still possess his manufactured Phantom Ruby, albeit significantly depowered, while the original Ruby has presumably been destroyed/lost in Null Space. While it isn't the most.... smoothly presented of plots, it does at least potentially explain why the Phantom Ruby in Mania acts slightly differently to the one in Forces; the Forces Ruby is a manufactured, weaponized version of the original.
  3. So, the reason why Infinite became evil...

    Schrödinger's Jackal Squad! 😄 I'd possibly argue that from the context of the other games and Shadow's treatment of the defeated Infinite, more weight could be given to Jackal Squad being alive, but you're right - there's no conclusive evidence to say for certain.
  4. IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog (coming 2018)

    While I was curious whether they'd actually name the world, I'm more interested to see whether the comic will use the somewhat vague 'two worlds' set up that Sonic Team's kinda sorta had floating around for years - if they do, I wouldn't mind seeing that particular plot anomaly finally defined in a faintly sensible way.
  5. So, the reason why Infinite became evil...

    I think it was less to avenge them personally, but more to assuage his own honor and ego - from everything we've seen of his backstory, Infinite seems to be a malignant narcissist, and his elite squad being nothing more than a speed bump to Shadow was a dent to his ego which he needed to rectify. Based on the context of the games thus far and Shadow's personality, I'd also argue that Jackal Squad being 'destroyed' was not the individual members being killed (which would be extreme and out of character for current Shadow, particularly with him sparing Infinite) but the unit itself being wrecked, its members injured or rendered unconscious. It could also underscore the fact that Shadow may have defeated them incredibly easily, in the same way we might say that one sports team 'destroyed' another if they beat them by a huge margin.
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers

    Dang it. Apologies everyone, my Google-Fu is weak apparently.... 😐😑
  7. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1529918676/sonic-the-hedgehog-battle-racers-0/description Apologies if this has been posted before, I couldn't see it anywhere.... I just stumbled across the SS article from the beginning of the month about the above Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers, a licensed Sonic board game currently in the Kickstarter phase - I must admit, I love the idea of a Sonic the Hedgehog board game, if only for all the models, they look gorgeous, especially all the little badniks! Ah, if only I had 150 dollars going spare... My only concern would be that the tracks look a little sparse and not super exciting, but other than that (and assuming the game actually plays well), it looks like it could be a little bit of Sonicy fun. Thoughts? Anyone already signed up?
  8. Perhaps there's a Phantom Ruby in our dimension too - I'd love to find it and go see the other dimension to ours where Sonic Team produces nothing but tightly scripted, top quality Sonic titles...
  9. Tone in the Sonic series

    I thought the whimsical, fast-paced, fun tone seen in the classic series (especially thinking of the Sonic CD/Mania intros) had the most fitting tone - I think going full on Looney Toons though is possibly going a bit too far. I think a bit of humour is good too, as long as it doesn't dominate to the exclusion of everything else.
  10. The easiest way to get the Chaos Emeralds in Sonic Heroes is to save up your boosts and only activate them on the bends, making sure that you take the inside curve of every bend - as the Emerald sticks in the centre of the tube, by taking the inside you're actually not having to travel as far as it is, and boosting at those points increases this advantage massively. Heck, I've managed to catch Emeralds without boosting at all just by taking the inside bends.
  11. I do also rather wonder if his sudden increased antipathy towards them has anything to do with IDW saying how they would be contacting people's favourite creators, old and new, about the new comic.... and didn't contact him.
  12. The more I look at this picture, the more this makes sense - I mean, we know he can draw Sonic to a better degree than this normally, and this does have some LSC-ish traits (huge glassy eyes, oddly proportioned 'realistic' body, face half toon, half human-like)...
  13. Sonic Headcanons

    I like to headcanon that Sonic Chronicles takes place immediately before Sonic Unleashed and that its cliffhanger leads directly into Unleashed's intro sequence, with Eggman having been able to build up his huge armada and superweapon due to being unopposed for two years whilst Sonic and co were AWOL in the Twilight Cage. I also like to think that this 'free time' Eggman has is when he also builds his Interstellar Amusement Park, as the Colors manual mentions he's been working on it for years.
  14. Sonic X discussion

    I think that if they had used him as more of a support character like Chuck Thorndyke or Mr Tanaka - someone to possibly set up the story, or provide some insight into the human world's perspective - while giving the actual Sonic cast the main focus of the story, Chris would have worked better. You could have also then thrown in a handful of Chris-centric episodes now and again to give him a bit of development without it being too annoying that the show was all about him. Episode 21 (Fast Friends) is a good example of how it could have worked - Chris is there and kind of involved, but the spotlight isn't on him and he isn't integral to the plot of the story, leaving room for the other characters to do their stuff. If most episodes had been like that, his character would have been far better.
  15. Sonic X discussion

    The saddest thing is, Chris is actually a somewhat well constructed character. His backstory is introduced quickly and explains his traits (his neediness is due to his loneliness from his parents never being present, his wanting to go on adventures due to his pampered lifestyle, etc) yet the show also early on establishes heroic qualities to show he's not just a whiny spoilt rich boy - heck, in his very first scene, the kid dives head first into a pool in the middle of the night still in his pyjamas just because he thought a random animal fell in the pool. And manages to surface dive to the bottom of a swimming pool and pull out a large animal despite still being in his jammies and having just woken up; that's actually kinda rad for a kid that age. The problem is, despite actually being fairly well thought out, that sort of character was just absolutely the wrong choice to insert into a story with Sonic and company; his clingyness and tendency to insert himself into every story meant that he ended up taking away from all of the other characters when they should have been the focus. I get they wanted to have an audience surrogate character, particularly to help Sonic acclimatise to the human world in a (kind of) realistic way, and that they needed to make sure he wasn't just a token character who does nothing... but they unfortunately overcompensated and went too far the other way. Which is a shame, because Chris could have actually been a fairly compelling character in a different show.

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