The sprite I'm referring to is this:
The usage I'm referring to is Sonic descending from vertical springs. WHY is this sprite used then? It originally was in the timeout/idle->gameover animation. Let's look at some points here:
- Sonic looks pissed
- Sonic is looking right at the player
- It just looks awkward in general dimensions, hinting at a scrawnier Sonic with longer limbs.
I mean I can understand its original usage in what's not really a gameplay-affecting gimmick (I'MMA OUTTA HERE), but when a level has a bunch of springs and it shows up every 2 seconds or so it looks utterly retarded.
Firstly, there's absolutely no reason for Sonic to be looking towards the screen. None whatsoever.
Secondly, there's absolutely no reason for Sonic to look pissed. Combined with the point above it's like you made Sonic do some massive chore jumping on a spring and he's glaring at you out of annoyance. Over and over again.
Thirdly, if I'm falling at terminal velocity (oftentimes with quite a bit of horizontal momentum as well) I wouldn't look anywhere except the direction I'm headed. Even a simple sprite edit to move his pupils forward/down would make its forced usage so much less awkward.
It's like someone attempted to make Sonic more badass and ended up making him look derp.