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So I’ve Been Playing Sonic 4 Today…

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And I’m trying to like it.  I really, really, really, really am genuinely trying as hard as I possibly can.  And why wouldn’t I?  I’m a huuuuge fan of the original Sonic games.  I can beat Sonic 1/2/3/& Knuckles with my eyes closed while collecting all 7 Chaos Emeralds.  I’ve played them since I was roughly 3 or 4 years old.

So when I heard Sonic 4 was going to be released on the Xbox Live Arcade, I was pretty happy that Sega would finally stop abusing the Sonic name and return to his glorious 2D roots.  They want to add some extra polish and “2.5D” elements to the game?  I’m okay with that, as long as it retains it’s classic gameplay.

So I finally fired it up this morning after months of waiting and I knew I was in for some disappointment as soon as level 1 started.

Let’s begin shall we?

One

Firstly, I would like the name of the person on Sonic Team that decided to suggest,

“Hey, you know what’d be a  great addition to this game?  How about if we make Sonic accelerate at the same pace as paint drying?!”

I’d assume this would be the same guy that suggested Sonic come to a dead stop if you release the button for the direction he’s heading in.

Seriously, have these people not plaed the original Sonic games?  Not only does Sonic accelerate slow and stop extremely abruptly, but in general he moves at barely half the pace that he ran at in the original games.

Two.

It’s Robotnik.  Dr. Ivo Robotnik, to be exact.  Not Eggman.  I don’t give a crap if Eggman was in fact his original name in Japan or whatever the story is, here in America his name is Robotnik.  Anyone that says otherwise is mentally challenged.

Three.

I understand the need to update the graphics, but they seriously went overboard.  For one, all of the colors are so bright and shiny it’s borderline annoying.  And two, the updated version of Robotnik and his machines look as if they were designed for infants:

Four

How can no one at Sonic Team see this and speak up…

This makes Sonic look like he’s completely helpless and/or retarded, and to make it worse, Sonic spends at least half the game in this pose.  Last time I checked in the original Sonic games, 90% of the time when Sonic was in the air, he was in HIS BALL FORM.

I can’t count the number of time I went to kill something while in the air only to be hurt and have my rings fly everywhere.  (Also, don’t get me started on the unbelievably horrible way that the rings “scatter around”.  It’s more as if they fall out of you and slowly bounce together in a group on the floor.)

Five

It’s Robotnik.

Six

Enough with the targeting system.  When I first heard this was going to be in the game I was immediately pissed (Or maybe there was a targeting system in the original games, I could be wrong.  /sarcasm).

I decided to give it a chance though, maybe I’d come to like it.

Nah.

Not only is it completely abused and overused, it completely affects (and ruins) the way the game should be played.

Rant done

Alright I’m done.  I really just needed a place to rant about all of this nonsense.  I thought that I was going to be getting a decent Sonic game today, but apparently Sonic Team had other plans.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it, I’m just extremely disappointed.

What would I have wanted?

I wouldn’t have cared if Sonic 4 had the same art, sounds, music, gameplay, etc from the original Sega games.  Just give me some new levels with some new types of enemies/Boss’s and I’d be beyond happy.

PS – Oh yeah, that’s right…  This is by game-dev blog.  Um…  My Christmas-themed game is coming along nicely.  I’ve been making some real headway with it, I can’t wait to release it.

  1. Rid announces: October 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Haters gonna hate. I love it.

  2. Ralph announces: October 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve been playing it alot since I’ve made this post, and I do like it a little more, it’s definitely fun. It’s just not as good/challenging as the original’s in my opinion.

    Also, hi.

  3. Rid utters: October 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I think it’s worthy of the title. I wasn’t sure I liked it when I first played it. It feels a lot different, but it’s been 16 years since the last game, so I can understand that. After playing it for a bit I really got into it though and love it now. I’ve already unlocked everything. Super Sonic is fun.

  4. Ralph remarks: October 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve always had trouble with the special stages of any Sonic game, I really don’t know why.

    Eventually, though, I’ll have all the emeralds.

    And damn, 16 years. I never really did think about that. That is a really long time, jeez.

  5. Rid announces: October 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    By the way, since you replied fairly quick, I’ll be on MSN most of the day. Try and get on if you can.

  6. Sean remarks: October 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    @Rid: That took him an hour…

    I remember playing Sonic on the PC when I was like 4..

  7. Rid says: October 19, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I know that, but knowing how he is that’s actually not bad.

  8. Ralph blathers: October 19, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    @Sean – Lies.
    @Rid – lmao’d
    I didn’t see your comment or else I would have jumped on real quick. I probably won’t be able to today because I really, really need to stop procrastinating and get some homework done badly. Plus I have class at 5. Fun times.

    I’m off on Friday’s so I’ll be on then while I work on the game all day.

  9. Paul D'Amora remarks: October 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Well aren’t you kids chatty.

    Also, I love the cock.

  10. Rid proclaims: October 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Alright, I’ll be on Friday then so hopefully we can chat. It’s been a while.

  11. Sean remarks: October 22, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Paul, I’m glad you decided to come out to us, and frankly, I’m not at all surprised, but seriously, this is not the time or the place to do that.

  12. Paul D'Amora proclaims: October 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Darn you Ralph!

    And this is probably going to say something about gay anal in 10 minutes…

  13. Sean utters: October 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Yeah, yeah Paul, blame Ralph, it’s all his fault, we understand ;D

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