Sonic Fan Remix. I played it. You can too.

#1 Edited by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
http://sonicfanremix.com/  
 
These guys have just released a demo of their long slaved-over project. They're trying to make a modernized recreation of the original Sonic 2 game (so yes, my disappointed Sonic 4 players, there's NO homing attack. Yeah!). And let me tell you, people; these guys nailed it. At least as far as i can tell, the controls are pinpoint precise, and the physics are just as tight as we remember. 
 
My only worries about the 3-level demo concern the fact that I found myself trying to fly through the stages to see the boss. ...But there isn't one. It's a boss-less demo, folks. 
 
Another thing. This game is finished. And I don't mean that it's complete. I mean that every, little, detail, is completely addressed. Grass hangs over the foreground, trees sway, Giant Mecha-Robotnik flies by in the background, a GIANT FUCKING WHALE eats up some terrain in the background, fully-detailed hills scroll by in the background with the words "roboland" flashing in neon lights. Compare this game to Sonic 4, and you may start to wonder if you're going insane. 
 
  Edit: Just realized this video has some weird and missing sound effects. Don't worry, the demo has every sound exactly right.
  
You're going to need a decent computer to run this game the way a Sonic game should be played. I have an Nvidia 8700m GT and I had to select the "fastest" option to kill the last bits of slowdown. 
 
And yes, Sonic 4 and this project clearly have different goals in mind. Sonic 4 set out to refresh the experience and breathe new life into it, while Sonic Fan Remix really just appears to be a fantastic upgrade to a great classic. 
 
What do you guys think?
#2 Posted by GoofyGoober (937 posts) -

That looks awesome, and the song is catchy as hell.

#3 Posted by DjCmeP (1148 posts) -

Looks nice.

#4 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

Hate to state the obvious but this looks better than Sonic 4.  Sonic looks...right?

#5 Posted by damswedon (3196 posts) -

Hey Sega! Hire these guys!

#6 Posted by Tebbit (4472 posts) -

That music gave me nostalgic chills all over! TO THE MEGADRIVE EMULATOR! BY WHICH I MEAN MY COMPLETELY FUNCTIONAL, NOT COMPLETELY BROKEN ORIGINAL SEGA MEGADRIVE AND LEGITIMATE COPY OF SONIC 2!

#7 Posted by Red12b (9084 posts) -
@Tebbit:  
Sonic three is boss. 
 
@damswedon said:
" Hey Sega! Hire these guys! "
Anything Sega makes is tainted, so don't.  
 
Sonic isn't sonic anymore, it's a cheap nostalgic cash in, 
 
But this is wicked, Demo downloading as we...type? 
#8 Edited by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow said:

" Hate to state the obvious but this looks better than Sonic 4.  Sonic looks...right? "

I believe this is a typo. 
But yes, this looks - and plays - a ton better than Sonic 4. It's essentially Sonic 2 with nice clothes. 
 
@Tebbit said:

" That music gave me nostalgic chills all over! TO THE MEGADRIVE EMULATOR! BY WHICH I MEAN MY COMPLETELY FUNCTIONAL, NOT COMPLETELY BROKEN ORIGINAL SEGA MEGADRIVE AND LEGITIMATE COPY OF SONIC 2! "

I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure this whole "Fan Remix" originated in some seedy Sonic forums where people mod and hack the original sonic games. I'm sure almost everyone there is playing their Sonic on some kind of Emu.
#9 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -

It looks nice, but I think it doesn't have a good sense of speed. Even when he'd been running unfettered for a few seconds.

#10 Posted by peligroy2k (247 posts) -

Im working right now, cant wait to go home and play it!!
#11 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@FunExplosions:   I can't fault this demo at all.  God, Sonic in Sonic 4 looks so wrong by comparison.
#12 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Holy shit, this is a fan game?
 
Why does it look so good?
 
WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE

#13 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1008 posts) -

Sega really needs to hire these guys....

#14 Posted by punkxblaze (2990 posts) -
@FunExplosions said:
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure this whole "Fan Remix" originated in some seedy Sonic forums where people mod and hack the original sonic games. I'm sure almost everyone there is playing their Sonic on some kind of Emu. "
It's actually a legitimate technical achievement. Seedy we are not.
#15 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

  

Online
#16 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

Looks amazing.
 
Woe is the day a fan base delivers better games then the original producer.

#17 Posted by thegoldencat7 (1497 posts) -

WANT,

#18 Posted by Ace829 (2083 posts) -

Is it weird that I'm the only one who enjoyed Sonic 4 for what it was?

#19 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

WoW this looks and sounds exactly what i was hoping Sonic 4 would be. What a fucking joke. This is 1000X better than Sonic 4

#20 Edited by Kjellm87 (1728 posts) -

WOAH, that's impressive. 

@Ace829

said:

" Is it weird that I'm the only one who enjoyed Sonic 4 for what it was? "

Yes, Sonic 4 was fun. 
#21 Edited by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks (IN SONIC 4, HAPPY NOW BEDLAM sheesh). He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty. 

#22 Edited by Daniel_Newton (1166 posts) -

Does someone know where to download it? The link on the site doesn't work any more, copyright bollocks. 
I need to try this demo, badly. 
 
Edit: Wait, found it.

#23 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@punkxblaze said:
" @FunExplosions said:
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure this whole "Fan Remix" originated in some seedy Sonic forums where people mod and hack the original sonic games. I'm sure almost everyone there is playing their Sonic on some kind of Emu. "
It's actually a legitimate technical achievement. Seedy we are not. "
Yeah, sorry. Of course it's legitimate. Magic doesn't make games. I was just backing the guy up by saying that playing Genesis (Mega Drive) games on an Emu in this day and age isn't anything to feel bad about. I'm actually just kind of surprised at just how underground this thing was, originating in some community forums rather than by some aspiring small team of developers. ...Or maybe that's what it is. I don't really know what I'm talking about. ... 
 
...Looks good, though, amirite!? 
 
@Romination said:
" It looks nice, but I think it doesn't have a good sense of speed. Even when he'd been running unfettered for a few seconds. "
There's a few things that seemed a tad off. I don't remember the old games having that crazy of a sense of speed, either, though.
#24 Edited by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:

" THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks. He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty.  "

In this one or in Sonic 4? Sonic always controlled floaty. They specifically modeled the physics right on top of the old Sonic games. They are barely shy of identical. 
 
Edit: His shoes do look a bit ridiculous. They're big and floppy. I think they need to be shortened or tweaked in some way.
#25 Edited by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -
@FunExplosions said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks. He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty.  "

In this one or in Sonic 4? Sonic always controlled floaty. They specifically modeled the physics right on top of the old Sonic games. They are barely shy of identical.  Edit: His shoes do look a bit ridiculous. They're big and floppy. I think they need to be shortened or tweaked in some way. "
bullshit 
first off his whole body looks ridiculous, long lanky legs, big ass feet, super big ass spikes, and his face is flat. he should be shorter, with a rounder face and smaller spikes.  like this: 
  
 
and i was playing my old sega to make sure. Sonic 4's physics are bad. They're not identical to the original games and were modeled after Sonic Advanced, which was slightly different. 
#26 Edited by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:

" @FunExplosions said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks. He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty.  "

In this one or in Sonic 4? Sonic always controlled floaty. They specifically modeled the physics right on top of the old Sonic games. They are barely shy of identical.  Edit: His shoes do look a bit ridiculous. They're big and floppy. I think they need to be shortened or tweaked in some way. "
bullshit first off his whole body looks ridiculous, long lanky legs, big ass feet, super big ass spikes, and his face is flat. he should be shorter, with a rounder face and smaller spikes.   and i was playing my old sega to make sure. Sonic 4's physics are bad. They're not identical to the original games and were modeled after Sonic Advanced, which was much different "
Literal facepalm. 
 
You realize I'm not talking about Sonic 4, right? Did you read my post at all? Did you watch the video? Did you click the link? 
 
Edit: Sorry, I read your first comment that I missed before. You apparently agree with me. Must have been some confusion with what I was saying.
#27 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -
@FunExplosions: I gotta say, those times when you go really fast and the Genesis just can't keep up, those bits are awesome.
#28 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@Romination said:
" @FunExplosions: I gotta say, those times when you go really fast and the Genesis just can't keep up, those bits are awesome. "
Oh yeah. Well, man. I'm pretty sure the times that that happened were in later levels; levels that weren't in the demo. Of course, I'm also fairly certain that it still wouldn't happen on those levels given how the demo currently plays. Also, though, it's a pretty early demo. In the span of that video being created and the demo being posted, they made some significant tweaks. They still have some serious time they need to invest into this to finish it. Hopefully it turns out correctly. What do you think about Sonic 4's handling?
#29 Posted by Apathylad (3067 posts) -

Neat. Doubt my computer could run that though. Also, still could use a bit of work, since the dead enemy sound effect didn't seem to kick in.

Anyone remember that fan game that put pikachu in sonic 1?

#30 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@Apathylad said:
" Neat. Doubt my computer could run that though. Also, still could use a bit of work, since the dead enemy sound effect didn't seem to kick in. Anyone remember that fan game that put pikachu in sonic 1? "

Well, like I said right above the video; all the sounds work exactly correct in the demo.

Don't know anything about Pikachu Sonic.

#31 Posted by JackSukeru (5921 posts) -
@FunExplosions said:
" @Romination said:
" @FunExplosions: I gotta say, those times when you go really fast and the Genesis just can't keep up, those bits are awesome. "
Oh yeah. Well, man. I'm pretty sure the times that that happened were in later levels; levels that weren't in the demo. Of course, I'm also fairly certain that it still wouldn't happen on those levels given how the demo currently plays. Also, though, it's a pretty early demo. In the span of that video being created and the demo being posted, they made some significant tweaks. They still have some serious time they need to invest into this to finish it. Hopefully it turns out correctly. What do you think about Sonic 4's handling? "
I played the demo a couple of times and I managed to build up some pretty crazy speed at one point in...the first level I think. But yeah it's kinda hard to go really fast. 
 
I liked the two different animations for when you stand close to an edge, though was a bit disappointed that there was no idle animation, and no end-of-the-stage victory pose...yet.
#32 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

He's the fastest thing alive.

#33 Edited by CptBedlam (4453 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:

" @FunExplosions said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks. He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty.  "

In this one or in Sonic 4? Sonic always controlled floaty. They specifically modeled the physics right on top of the old Sonic games. They are barely shy of identical.  Edit: His shoes do look a bit ridiculous. They're big and floppy. I think they need to be shortened or tweaked in some way. "
bullshit 
first off his whole body looks ridiculous, long lanky legs, big ass feet, super big ass spikes, and his face is flat. he should be shorter, with a rounder face and smaller spikes.  like this:    and i was playing my old sega to make sure. Sonic 4's physics are bad. They're not identical to the original games and were modeled after Sonic Advanced, which was slightly different.  "
Next time you should just mention the game you're talking about if it's not the game the respective thread is about. Understandably, people were thinking you're talking about the fan remake which has much better controls and animations than Sonic 4.
 
Also, why don't people ever use the search function? There's a thread about this since yesterday but people keep open up new ones. It's retarded and lazy.
 
 http://www.giantbomb.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-4-episode-1/61-28078/sonic-fan-remix-demo-released/35-460336/
#34 Posted by Romination (2777 posts) -
@FunExplosions: No comment, I haven't tried Sonic 4 yet. I got other priorities (Vanquish and Super Meat Boy) but I'll look into it one of these days. From what I've seen, though, the handling of 4 is oddly sluggish, like he's too heavy.
#35 Posted by IronScimitar (501 posts) -

Worst file hosting ever.

#36 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@CptBedlam said:
" @TwoOneFive said:

" @FunExplosions said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks. He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty.  "

In this one or in Sonic 4? Sonic always controlled floaty. They specifically modeled the physics right on top of the old Sonic games. They are barely shy of identical.  Edit: His shoes do look a bit ridiculous. They're big and floppy. I think they need to be shortened or tweaked in some way. "
bullshit 
first off his whole body looks ridiculous, long lanky legs, big ass feet, super big ass spikes, and his face is flat. he should be shorter, with a rounder face and smaller spikes.  like this:    and i was playing my old sega to make sure. Sonic 4's physics are bad. They're not identical to the original games and were modeled after Sonic Advanced, which was slightly different.  "
Next time you should just mention the game you're talking about if it's not the game the respective thread is about. Understandably, people were thinking you're talking about the fan remake which has much better controls and animations than Sonic 4.  Also, why don't people ever use the search function? There's a thread about this since yesterday but people keep open up new ones. It's retarded and lazy.   http://www.giantbomb.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-4-episode-1/61-28078/sonic-fan-remix-demo-released/35-460336/ "
I used the search function. My thread was created before that one. Fuck you.
#37 Edited by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -
@CptBedlam said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" @FunExplosions said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks. He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty.  "

In this one or in Sonic 4? Sonic always controlled floaty. They specifically modeled the physics right on top of the old Sonic games. They are barely shy of identical.  Edit: His shoes do look a bit ridiculous. They're big and floppy. I think they need to be shortened or tweaked in some way. "
bullshit 
first off his whole body looks ridiculous, long lanky legs, big ass feet, super big ass spikes, and his face is flat. he should be shorter, with a rounder face and smaller spikes.  like this:    and i was playing my old sega to make sure. Sonic 4's physics are bad. They're not identical to the original games and were modeled after Sonic Advanced, which was slightly different.  "
Next time you should just mention the game you're talking about if it's not the game the respective thread is about. Understandably, people were thinking you're talking about the fan remake which has much better controls and animations than Sonic 4.  Also, why don't people ever use the search function? There's a thread about this since yesterday but people keep open up new ones. It's retarded and lazy.   http://www.giantbomb.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-4-episode-1/61-28078/sonic-fan-remix-demo-released/35-460336/ "
uh.... i was comparing this game to sonic 4... im pretty sure everyone knew exactly what i was talking about, you're the only one confused here dude. how about you find something better to do with you time then trying, and failing, to correct people on giantbomb.com. 
#38 Posted by DocHaus (1349 posts) -

For a fan-made game, I'm surprised at the amount of effort they put into those three Acts of one level. Consider me impressed.

#39 Posted by CptBedlam (4453 posts) -
@TwoOneFive said:
" @CptBedlam said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" @FunExplosions said:

" @TwoOneFive said:

" THe most jarringly obvious thing here is how ridiculous the new Sonic looks. He's big as shit and lanky.  And also the physics were floaty.  "

In this one or in Sonic 4? Sonic always controlled floaty. They specifically modeled the physics right on top of the old Sonic games. They are barely shy of identical.  Edit: His shoes do look a bit ridiculous. They're big and floppy. I think they need to be shortened or tweaked in some way. "
bullshit 
first off his whole body looks ridiculous, long lanky legs, big ass feet, super big ass spikes, and his face is flat. he should be shorter, with a rounder face and smaller spikes.  like this:    and i was playing my old sega to make sure. Sonic 4's physics are bad. They're not identical to the original games and were modeled after Sonic Advanced, which was slightly different.  "
Next time you should just mention the game you're talking about if it's not the game the respective thread is about. Understandably, people were thinking you're talking about the fan remake which has much better controls and animations than Sonic 4.  Also, why don't people ever use the search function? There's a thread about this since yesterday but people keep open up new ones. It's retarded and lazy.   http://www.giantbomb.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-4-episode-1/61-28078/sonic-fan-remix-demo-released/35-460336/ "
uh.... i was comparing this game to sonic 4... im pretty sure everyone knew exactly what i was talking about, you're the only one confused here dude. how about you find something better to do with you time then trying, and failing, to correct people on giantbomb.com.  "
I wasn't confused, but other people were and asked wether you were talking about Sonic 4 or the fan remake. A needless discussion was sparked because you didn't name the game you were talking about.  Read the thread.
#40 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -
@CptBedlam: no your argument is needless. stop policing the fucking threads. 
#41 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5276 posts) -

Played it and would like to see some more.

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