imo the stream was this really vague attempt to sell the game to 35 year old genesis fans and people stuck on sonic adventure and implied a third gameplay style, i imagine to dogwhistle 'dreamcast sonic' which is very slick, but i'm assuming there's a new gimmick like a 'future' sonic or blaze or like airship or a giant sonic robot whatever because they'd say dreamcast sonic already to suck resistant fans in. why can't i play as ivo though and just crush that hedgehog!!!
as for the name because there is clearly a more serious plot than doofy, gotta have a name more obtuse and cool you know
@citrus: if people want a game that lets you explore "every nook and cranny" there are actual open world games in excess where you can fetch every irrelevant collectible and wander aimlessly on an empty field and stare at vistas and collect equipment and do lots of great forms of nothing. zelda breath of the week checks those boxes if you don't want to play superior games in this genre on other machines that at least make the monotony worthwhile or fix that issue (witcher 3, horizon, dark whatever, etc.)
i don't know who played sa2 like it's jak and daxter when the game basically blatantly encourages speed, momentum, and timing to build score, albeit poorly. banjo kazooie on the n64 and 2D metroidvanias probably have more depth and exploration than the 5/10 game sonic adventure, it's nearly unplayable by today's standards. you could argue the original sonic games had slow platforming, but that was when sega was deluded enough they could both compete with mario or anyone for that matter (though nintendo is certainly the sega of the modern industry lol) while also making a game about momentum. as 2d sonic evolved , certainly speed and reaction time became more important especially with more meaningful alternate routes and getting away from the poor man's mario shtick WITH STYLE AND 90s AND SPEED, maaaan.
by sonic rush clearly they had found classic sonic gameplay identity at least. as far as 'adventure style' it's 3d platformer soup. which divided the fanbase so much that by the time heroes and shadow was over nobody had any idea what anyone wanted they just started taking the 3d franchise 100 different directions--couple that with sega's terrible management ... wow. unleashed kinda half pinpointed a new market, colors started to follow that a little better, but i think generations nailed how to make sonic marketable again, at least for people my age like the youngest of which are probably about 20 now (i'm 24 old lady in a month) who maybe when we were younger clamored for a sonic adventure 3, but kinda realized through games like shadow, the lame wii games, '06 that clearly sonic team doesn't know what that means because we couldn't even decide what that meant. js, doll
for me at least, even though unleashed was mediocre it kinda reminded me of heroes, a similarly bargain bin game in some ways, but fun and fresh in other ways. didn't play colors but i was intrigued, and generations sold me because it was like the best of the more fun 2d sonic, 2, &knuckles, cd, and the better handheld incarnations mixed with this modern direction. lost world was a mediocre hiccup, but i knew that exclusivity deal with nintendo would be laughable.
but this post-generations formula is kinda like an attempt to bring speed and momentum into 3D and reacting quickly to reach alternate roots in the way depicted or suggested in the genesis days, without the limits of oldgen and nintendo tech or two dimensions. handhelds got speedier, but still nowhere near enough to bestow it on sonic in the way that is unique from other games or depicted in-universe and i think now it is a more fluid and skill-demanding game for it. even mania seems to be taking more cues from this philosophy
that said like it's still sonic so it'll never take the industry by storm especially with returning IPs like R&C, Crash, Parappa, Wipeout, Mario--and indies finally dabbling in my generations nostalgia (Skylar and Plux, Yooka-Laylee, Bloodstained, a myriad of other stuff) really only Sonic Mania can compete in the nostalgia market among all that noise, so i'd temper expectations for Forces. it probably won't blow your butt through your face, but if it's anything like Generations, it's gonna be fine prolly. if not, idc, but looks cool c:
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