Crappy Blue Luigi, on 05 March 2012 - 08:33 PM, said:
Do you guys really
want to get into the semantics of zone names? Alright, I'm game.
Let's run down the S3&K zones.
Zone names have rarely been "creative." I could seriously go on with examples from other games if I wanted to: Aquatic Ruin, Flame Core, Rusty Ruin, Windmile Isle, Collision Chaos... Yeah, I'm done.
AAZ - Wow, I didn't realize how inspiring California has been for the series. Angel Island was repurposed from the REAL one, nice.
HZ - We now know the proper pronounciation is not Hydro.......City, more like Velocity.....but that's besides the point, it is what it says.
MGZ - REHASH ALERT 1 - But still different enough
CNZ - REHASH ALERT 2 - But still different enough since Casinos and Carnivals are very distinct, plus the fact that Act 2 has water. Only common theme is night time
ICZ - a Winter Zone "finally!" emerges
LBZ - Same "purpose" as Metropolis, to launch the Death Egg, and that's where the similarities end
MHZ - Originally Mushroom Valley, maybe it was changed to look retro cute since it was the "first level" of S&K
FBZ - This is the "battery" they had in mind.
, you get bombed many times, no?
SZ - Finally, a desert! Boo to ghosts!
LRZ - not the first w/ lava, but the first in a volcano! Again, another cute retro throwback to the original Hidden Palace zone we saw in the Sonic 2 mags.
HPZ- No explanation needed
SSZ - the first "in the air" zone, not counting Sky Chase.
DEZ - They weren't even trying to hide it. Your first clue that Eggman was serious about his turd in space
Doomsday - They really haven't been able to top this Bad-Assery since 1994.
Although I don't "hate" Sylvania Castle's name, I think it's a little too complex for what is trying to be conveyed. It feels like they name a Zone for the name, instead of making a name for the zone. Same thing I feel goes for White Park. I would have taken either Aquatic Castle or Marble Castle/Ruin....it's enough to be familiar, but enough to be different. I also would have taken Snow Park, Ice Park, or hell, even Frozen Park. I still understand the original intention though, it just sounds too plain however.
Also, Did I read somewhere that a zone (not the oil refinery one) would be called "Sky Fortress Zone"? Each of those words have been used separately throughout the series and have mostly conveyed the same type of level (Sky Deck, Final Fortress, Wing Fortress, etc.), although their combination is new, it still feels stale as a name to me.
Oil Refinery better not dissapoint!