Holy christ. I was holding off posting here until some information came about. Now that we have some, I can officially say:
I have a massive hardon for this game already.
I didn't (completely) lose my shit in 2005 with Sonic '06, I didn't either with Unleashed or Colours (although, I did with Sonic 4), but I can officially say this is the first game since Sonic Adventure 2 to actually evoke completely stunned feelings from me.
We all know that there is an extreme unlikelihood that Classic Sonic's gameplay will 100% mimic the Genesis trilogy, but who fucking cares? Both parts of this game actually look legitimately fun, from what little I've seen so far. I adored Colours, but I thought the 2d gameplay was lacking. This absolutely makes up for it. The level layouts in this don't look like they were made with the Super Smash Bros. Brawl stage editor like Colours' 2d sections were! That is a massive
Keep this shit up, Sonic Team. If this is the format you will use for future Sonic games, fucking do it. I will never stop buying a game that mixes modern and classic gameplay, even if Classic Sonic is not present. Having independent levels for 2D/3D gameplay makes noticeable improvements to the overall quality of this game compared to previous tries with this format.
The fact that Classic Sonic is in here is a nice touch, no doubt, but him not being in here would hardly change my optimism.
I am happy. It seems Sonic Team finally figured out what they did right and what they did wrong from 2006 to now, and it shows.
This post has been edited by Lobotomy: 18 April 2011 - 09:17 PM