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#1  Edited By CapnCloudchaser
tekmojo said:
"I really don't think anyone would care if this damned Sonic would just die for a good 10 years or so. Then it can pull a Super Duper HD Remix Version and it would sell well again. Everyone is on to bigger and better games this generation, please slow down Sonic, you're not impressing anyone. "
Yet his games still sell. Surely some people still like Sonic games (Not just Sonic fans), thus blanket statements like these "No one cares!" don't actually say anything at all. Sonic was actually voted the number one most popular video game character in the UK this year, so he's still really popular :O

One thing that has irritated me over this release is that it is a good game buried under some problems, but a lot of people are content to just sit back and insult the game without first even playing it. Sure, that's what reviewers are for, to stop us wasting money on a bad game, but Sonic Unleashed has had a lot of mixed views, especially from gamers who have played through Unleashed and discovered that, hey, it's not as bad as critics are saying.

I was at University the other day and played through the first two levels on Sonic Unleashed, which were two daytime stages, as people on my course (Game programming and design) sat and watched. It was my first time playing, so I made a few mistakes, but a few people there were interested and some decided to go out and play the game because it looked interesting. A few others shouted at the scream "OMG Sonic is so crap these days!" and "It's a shit game!" just by watching me play. I told them that they can't judge how rubbish the game or the series is just by watching, I would take their opinions seriously if they actually got up and played it themselves. They didn't of course. My point is that a lot of people are screaming about how rubbish the series is these days and how bad Sonic Unleashed is (Mostly because of the Werehog) yet most of these people haven't even played it, they're just making judgements based on word of mouth and the opinion of reviewers who have to be critical and entertaining as part of their job.

I'm not saying that everyone should go out and play Unleashed in order to have an opinion, but personally speaking, I'm likely to take a critical opiion seriously if those people have actually played the game.

The Werehog's gameplay isn't actually as bad as people are saying and I agree with Blaze on that one.
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#2  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

I think it would have helped a little, as the initial resistance most people have is "OMG there is a WEREHOG in SONIC!" :O

I don't think Sonic Unleashed is broken at all. I would certainly go as far as to say it is the best 3D Sonic game, better than the two Sonic Adventure titles, and they sure were not broken. The gameplay works in Unleashed, you don't run through a level and fall half way through the floor like in Sonic 06. Yeah, the controls are a bit slippery and difficult at times, but once you get used to them, how Sonic moves and how the game is played, then it controls well. The Werehog sections can be frustrating jumping from platform to platform if you don't realise that holding B (On the 360 version at least) helps you to accurately grab on to ledges. Before I knew that, I kept dying a lot and cursing the game too, but just getting over a few smaller control niggles now means that I enjoy the game a lot more.

I would never say that Sonic Unleashed is broken or that Sega screwed up with it. I totally think the Hedgehog engine and the daytime stages at least are a step in the right direction for Sonic. The Werehog stages are obviously unpopular though. Sonic 06, now that was a screw up! But Unleashed is nothing like Sonic 06 at all.

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#3  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

My Wii hasn't been touched in quite a while either, but I'm looking forward to MadWorld. That just looks like it's gonna be freaking awesome!

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#4  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

I'm playing through Sonic Unleashed.

Just did the Shamar daytime stage. The daytime stages are awesome!

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#5  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

Good Dreamcast games? ALL OF THEM! :O

Did no one mention Seaman? :(

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#6  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

Sonic Unleashed is the best 3D Sonic game to date and recommended if you're a Sonic fan. I would leave it if you don't care that much about the Sonic series though.

I would personally go for Fable 2 though, it's short, but you can get a lot of fun out of it, and feels like a great game to play over Christmas :D

All the good games are already out in Europe, so I have all my Christmas presents already ^^

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#7  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

The only one on that list I have played and completed was Lost Odyssey, and I loved every moment of that game.

I like a good mixture of JRPG and western RPG's. Personally, I find a lot more depth, story and characterisation within JRPG's, and with some exceptions, JRPG's last longer. The major exception there I can think of is The Elder Scrolls series which sucked me in for hours, but Mass Effect, as amazing as it was, just did not feel deep or long and left me feeling rather disappointed. Every now and then I love just playing a JRPG through, especially a traditional one like Lost Odyssey with turn based battles and a bit of grinding. Don't think I could handle that all the time though, need to be in the right mood ;)

I played the demo for Eternal Sonata and really liked what I played, but I have yet to actually acquire a copy. Lately I've been obsessed with Fable 2, and will soon be moving on to Fallout 3, but after that I think I'll be in a perfect mood for a JRPG and unless there is anything new out that grabs my attention, I'll catch up with older JRPG's like Eternal Sonata.

Does Phantasy Star Universe count as a JRPG? I played that to death online, totalling over 700 hours. The offline story was pretty rubbish though.

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#8  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

Oblivion, but that was fairly easy, just needed to put the time in.

I don't think I have many 1000's though. A few 990's or similar with annoying requirements :(

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#9  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

My hubby has Lego Indy. To be honest, it frustrated me just watching him play, yet a Harry Potter one sounds strangely appealing!

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#10  Edited By CapnCloudchaser

The 'filler' stuff is pretty much there to lengthen the gameplay experience within the 3D incarnations, and to also keep up with the demand for longer, more complex games. I honestly think that people would have enjoyed the Werehog stages more if it was Knuckles, and instead of super stretchy arms, Knuckles would glide across platforms or something similar.

Honestly speaking, who here would love a Sonic game that was just the daytime stages of Unleashed? Nothing in between?

I think they could probably extend the daytime stages if they varied it with levels that focussed more on platform or combat between all the running. The Shamar stage had some nice platforming bits where you had to slow down for them, for example jumping on moving platforms across spikes etc. That was very reminiscent of older Sonic games for me, so if they included more of that, things that slowed Sonic down, then it would extend the daytime stages a bit more. Course, they would need to tweak the controls a fair bit too, as Sonic himself is rather slipperly at times.