Honestly, the game looks much better than Episode 1. The character models actually seem to be the same as Unleashed/Generations (though they were also that way in S4E1 but with shitty textures and cellshading), only now they have similar texture quality and lighting quality too. Now that the environments (excluding the background) are 3D models and the lighting is consistent, everything comes across as a more appealing product. I don't give a shit if fan games have "done better" over a long course of time without budgeting concerns, all I care about is that this game's visuals are like a hybrid between Sonic Fan Remix and Generations HD, except toned down graphically a bit.
But for a downloadable game, this looks pretty on par with Shadow Complex. And that's awesome. Fuck the whiners, nitpickers and critics. You can say I'm lowering my standards, but at least I can still find enjoyment in my life! You don't always get exactly what you want, as Episode 1 proved quite well. But to say that this isn't a massive improvement is similar to saying Sonic 06 is a well-polished, good game. It's factually incorrect.
Besides, we'll see at least a glimpse of the game on the 23rd. If there's enough footage, we'll hopefully be able to dissect whether or not the physics have been improved after all! I'm hoping they keep their promises this time. With the graphical improvement already proven, my hopes are raised.
And at least this game's zones aren't as bad of rehashes as Sonic 4: Episode 1's. Even the one most similar to an existing zone, the "Aquatic Ruins+Marble Garden" ripoff, is quite distinct. Since it's a Castle, I know people are also gonna draw similarities between it and Kingdom Valley, but it still has its own identity, unlike Splash Hill and Casino Street. And the badniks, save for Chop Chop, are all pretty unique. Even the Spikes and Sandworm "rehashes" are changed massively in terms of appearance, and if Episode 1 was handled similarly, I would have been more content with it.
Fact is, no matter what, there will always be people who aren't pleased. And around these parts, a large chunk of people are downright hard to please, especially when it comes to names. A name like "Sonic 4" carries with itself a weight which raised the game's expectations onto the highest pedestal, known to reach past even the Heavens! I bet if a Sonic Adventure 3 were announced (despite the horrible 06 basically being that), the Adventure fanbrats would treat it similarly, no matter how it turned out (and that they refuse to accept that 06 is SA3 is proof of that).
This post has been edited by Shade Vortex: 18 February 2012 - 07:06 AM