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  1. I don't think they're too compatible. Lost World had that continuous spindash which was kind of like the boost, but you couldn't do that while parkouring, you could only get one quick burst of speed. In theory and in its best moments, Lost World's parkour is meant to keep you doing things to put energy back in the system, and the boost would be way too much energy for far too little cost. They could prevent you from boosting, or change the mechanics of it, while in parkour mode like they did with the spindash, but I imagine that'd feel arbitrary and go against the feel of the rest of the boost gameplay, where you're generally free and encouraged to use it as much as the meter allows.
  2. Sonic fans sure do talk about Sonic more than people who aren't Sonic fans. Truly a sign of an unhealthy obsession.
  3. I guess that's why Sonic Forces was so well received by the gaming community at large.
  4. I guess Sonic characters just have to suck, then. You can't possibly write something similar to the games that is also good, it has to be aimless, lifeless filler. And that's definitely what people wanted, when they asked for a Sonic comic that was more like the games, just more bad things.
  5. Sonic can win by actually being good. This arc, though? Not so good. It's not bad either, to be fair, it's just...there. It's like filler, and not even particularly creative or charming filler. Team Sonic's just running around and bopping robots, there's no real goal, no real stakes, no real tension, it keeps hopping between ideas without actually making them matter. There's a little more going on on the Tangle/Belle side, but Belle's business feels both dragged out and not developed enough. Tangle's fun at least but she's not enough to carry the whole arc.
  6. I feel like they've already largely wasted the opportunity, with Gerald. The first of Eggman's relatives to be introduced, someone he looked up to, someone who presumably shaped how he views science and scientists, and thus himself, and...all it amounts to is a couple of lines with no real exploration of it. If exploring Eggman's connection to Gerald wasn't worth the time, what familial relationship would be? I will admit I liked the concept behind Eggette/Omelette, giving Eggman a young protege, someone to look more stable and competent in comparison to, someone to have a more positive relationship with compared to his robots...basically just doing a Bowser Jr. But I can only imagine it working in one of the more lighthearted/goofier takes on the series.
  7. It's just fan art. If you check the twitter account, it's someone who makes Sonic fan art in much the same style as those pics. And that tweet was posted on March 31, or, given time zones and that their location is set as Japan...April 1.
  8. i don't think i ever go from 0 to blind with rage as fast as when i see people seriously arguing that the guy in the tapestry in botw is ganondorf

    it's basically meaningless so i really shouldn't care but it's just so stupid

    1. Wraith


      (it is ganondorf and they'll explain it in the second game)

    2. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Guy in the tapestry? Like, the three characters in the middle are Link, Zelda and Ganon, right? What am I missing here?

    3. Diogenes



      Guy in the tapestry? Like, the three characters in the middle are Link, Zelda and Ganon, right? What am I missing here?

      some people think the guy on the right is ganondorf because his hair is red (even though actual red is used for ganon and this is just a slightly reddish brown that also doubles as link and zelda's skin color) and his face looks weird (it's clearly based on link's sprite from zelda 1 so the proportions are weird but it's still recognizable), and then they spin off into some ridiculous theory about how he turned good and was the real hero 10k years before botw despite nothing in botw even remotely supporting that. it's complete nonsense and yet it keeps coming up.

    4. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Christ all I had to do was type "BotW tapestry" into Google images to accidentallyend up on several pages peddling this exact theory. I don't know what you mean by "clearly based on Link's sprite from Zelda 1", cause I'm not seeing that at all. It's just the weird, swirly patterns of the tapestry. Either way, fan theories tend to be absolute crap upwards of 99% of the time. This one certainly is no exception.

    5. Wraith


      They were clear in depicting Zelda's features but "The hero" seems far more ambiguous. The only good reasoning I've seen for portraying Link with flowing red/brown hair is that it's supposed to represent the Barbarian armor set in game, but the rest of the colors don't really match that.  The thing they remind me the most of is Urbosa's champion armor.

      I don't see the resemblance with any previous sprite Link has had either.

      Meanwhile, Ganondorf is hardly referenced at all in BOTW's backstory but this alleged red haired hero in a cloak is referenced constantly. If they aren't one and the same I'll be shocked. A tragic angle would add another dimension to Ganondorf's character in a similar way that the first game's backstory tried to add a dimension to Zelda.

    6. Diogenes


      it's based on his side view attacking sprite, just with the sword held vertically:


      the head in particular is nearly a perfect match save for not having a hat (because botw link doesn't wear one), but even then the hair gives a similar silhouette. and the hair/skin color i imagine is just because it would blend in with the background if they used a more accurate color; the gold they use for zelda's hair and magic is already hard enough to see, and botw-link-accurate hair and skin colors are even closer.

      plus a section of the tapestry, focused on link and ganon, is used for the splash screen in the wii u version, which wouldn't make sense to use as a representation of the game if it's actually meant to be ganondorf. and age of calamity has character icons done up in a similar (though not identical) style with link's having basically the same facial features just less exaggerated. it's just...very clearly meant to be link. whatever they've got planned for ganondorf it's not "he took up the master sword and fought himself and then went evil again".

    7. Wraith


      maybe link grew a beard then idk


    8. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Okay, now I see what you mean. That's a neat little Easter Egg/detail/whatever that looks intentional but I'd have never noticed it. Really cool. Anyway, never doubted it was Link to begin with, and now it's doubly clear that it's him. The red hair is stylistic. It's not Ganondorf. 

  9. I mean it's basically just fanboying. They expect everybody else to like Cream as much as they do and blame everybody else for not giving her a chance, not considering that people already have and can legitimately just not like her that much. And it's not like the story's some hit piece against her; she's one of the youngest characters in the series, she was always meant to be cute and innocent and nice, showing that people worry about her getting involved in dangerous adventures but also showing that she can contribute in other ways than fighting is an accurate and overall positive take on the character.
  10. I do agree that they fumbled Shadow pretty hard after SA2 but I feel you can use that same point to argue that it would be good to rewrite the character and cut all that stuff. If the problem is that he was directionless after all the ARK business got tied up, then rewriting him so his origins and motivations are different and aren't going to be so neatly tied up and moved on from, then you no longer have that problem.
  11. It would be too early to introduce Shadow, if they intended his backstory to be the same or similar to the one in the games. But this isn't the games, and as long as they can get Sega's approval things could spiral away from what we know in any number of ways. The end of the first movie teased that Robotnik still had Sonic's quill, and using it to create an evil clone would be a pretty natural payoff. And if they're referencing SA2, not just with GUN existing but seemingly something as minor as the call sign of the helicopter, that could be a sign of where their heads are at when looking for inspiration. Emerald Hill is the first zone in Sonic 2. This is Sonic (the movie) 2. They could introduce the emeralds for all we know but I don't think the town's name is any indication of it.
  12. Unfortunately I don't think it holds together too well. First off, I get that this is a rough pitch and it'd be fleshed out in a full story, but it's hard to buy into this idea of some random little girl with a world-endangering "dark secret" without knowing anything about it or how she came to have it or what. The believability of it could make or break the whole story; if the audience can't buy into it, they're not going to see her as a person and sympathize with her and the moral dilemma of how to handle the situation, they'll see her as a contrivance created by the author to force that dilemma. Second, while I'd agree that Shadow is more likely to solve problems by killing than Sonic and that's a worthwhile angle to explore...it's really hard to buy into the idea that he'd be willing to kill an innocent girl, even for the greater good. Especially given Maria; I just can't buy the idea that it'd take nearly a whole game for him to realize he'd be making about the most direct betrayal of his moral core as is possible. It'd be easier to buy if it was someone or something less obviously "good" or "innocent". Third, this again might just be a matter of this being a rough pitch, but there isn't anything in here about the girl as a character in her own right. This goes back to her coming off as a contrivance; if she's just there to be cute and innocent while other people decide if she will live or die, if she's essentially replaceable with a puppy, then she's not much of an actual character. Fourth, there's just no connection between all this stuff and the fight with Eggman. You'd spend a whole game going back and forth on this moral issue regarding the girl, you finally solve it (somehow), and then...that's it for her role in the story, random Eggman fight, roll credits? I mean I get that there's something of a through line, "are you willing to kill to save the world" and all that...but if they already decided to save both the girl and the world, then the moral question's already been answered, this is just repeating it but in a way that's less compelling. If you really want these points to connect, wouldn't it make far more sense to have the girl be the power source instead? Instead of repeating the same question, it'd be a moment of ramping up the tension; she wouldn't simply be dangerous at some unknown future point, she'd be dangerous now, and they'd need to decide and act now on whether and how to save her. And fifth, the solution to the whole Eggman machine problem, chaos controlling around the explosions to save everyone, just isn't satisfying. There's no meaningful realization, there's no sacrifice, there's no real risk, It's sort of, "turns out we have the power to just win, no moral." Admittedly I don't know what a better solution would be offhand, it would probably require fleshing out the story more to get a sense of what would work both mechanically and thematically.
  13. Oh no, how can society possibly survive when Sexual Harassment Skunk is under attack? There are some actual problems with bad faith "cancelling", harassment, digging up of old issues, what it takes for someone to make things right after they've done something shit, that are worth discussing, but "rapey cartoon skunk is being retired" and "bunny girl has less tiddy" are not serious issues to be concerned with. I mean you want to talk about people looking for reasons to get offended and outraged, just look at the guys who are real mad about the cartoon rabbit in a children's movie not being sexy enough.
  14. Well remember that the OVA was originally two separate episodes; Metal Sonic's not exactly a secret, he's in the very first scene, but otherwise he doesn't appear at all until the second episode. Metal Robotnik lets them have a big fight and give the heroes a win to conclude the first episode. That said it could all be rewritten to be more straightforward; Robotnik imprisons Sara in Robotropolis, "Metal Robotnik" is just Eggman's new mech that he uses to confront the heroes at the end of episode 1, they go to rescue Sara at the start of episode 2 but Sonic gets trapped and scanned to finish Metal Sonic...but I'm not sure if that'd actually be a meaningfully better story than what we got. The OVA is pretty goofy and the whole farce of the Metal Robotnik plan is part of the fun.
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