QUOTE (Ross-Irving @ Oct 16 2010, 08:40 PM)
Sweet Mountain appears to be the strongest example of multiple paths from the available footage. Every act has multiple paths of course, but sweet mountain lets you choose this with the drill and laser, rather than say just knowing when to jump to fly through a rainbow ring to get onto a higher path, though with the way they're lied out that's not bad either at this point. The only thing that separates Sonic Colors from the classic games as far as multiple paths and choice go at this point are that in Colors, you can't backtrack at all to change your mind about which path to take. However, each path has its own rewards upon seeing the act playthroughs, so don't sweat messing up the timing of a jump, especially since the acts are meant to be played through more than once. Smart move on Sonic Team's part! Also, the slower platforming segments don't look to be any slower than Sonic 1 or S3K's. So again, it is taking a page out of Unleashed, except that this time there's an abundance of 2D segments that possibly outweigh the 3D segments. Whether that will be boring or exciting to go through an entire game, I'm not sure what to think yet. It depends on how useful or fun you think the wisps will be, I guess. So we're looking at five different zones with six or seven acts a piece. 30-35 two-three minute acts, plus backtracking with wisp powers...I think people will get at least a solid ten hours of gameplay from this game. The music is splendid, from what I'm hearing it's managing to be even more of a blast to listen to than Unleashed's soundtrack. Graphics don't push the Wii, but you can't really tell when you're focusing on exploring or boosting past it.
I think this is gonna be the first Sonic game I've bought since Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, which was eight years ago...not seeing any major deal-breakers here. Sold.
Correction on one thing though, it's 6 zones and each is confirmed to have 6 acts. Then with that, the Tower is suggested to be a full stage too which would mean 7 full zones (42 stages) and then we've seen on the Japanese site a rainbow star that may very well be the "final" zone.
Then we have the Sonic Simulator which has 21 more stages. Then many of the stages are large and you can explore around on many paths. Focusing on Sonic-Only allows them to do more focused around Sonic, which may sound obvious but it's great.