Sonic 2 HD Alpha release
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:46 PM
I selected Window -> Scroll (which actually worked) and the new act started up. Then I set the window back to normal.
I just waited a little longer and the second act started. Gotta be patient.
Running on my machine I gave it 3 minutes. More to the point, it then loads the instant I select Window -> Scroll.
Hey you can knock the item boxes onto different terrain. :D
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:52 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:08 PM
one of the reasons your game looks a little bit flatter and blander than it should is because it is. It's palette changes like these which act against you. You had it spot on at #4 in my opinion.
Sonic artwork constantly evolves. Things are tweaked upon entering the game so that objects stand out better in their environments. It was a design decision to get some purple in there - not because they couldn't get the colours they wanted.
Cover artists base their work on what's seen in game, it isn't the other way around. Whereas the badnik art from the manuals doubled up as concept art (btw that doesn't mean copy those ones directly either because they were tweaked too), the Sonic and Tails stuff was meant for the covers. I'm fairly sure it was drawn after the game started production, not before.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:10 PM
In all seriousness though, I've only been able to get this game to load up once beyond the title screen on Super Low Quality (then my sister came in and I had to close the game), havent been able to get it to load since beyond the title screen.
EDIT: Alright, got the game to finally load up again, this time on both Super Low Quality and Low Quality. All 'n all, this game is freaking fantastic, but does seem to suffer from some physics issues that I'll leave the more tech saavy to explain, and im not sure if its just from my computer alone or not, but I also noticed some input lag here and there, but yet again, might just be my computer lagging and not the games fault.
I look forward to continued releases, hopefully with better computer specs though, Low Quality only loads on the super rare, and Super Low Quality is just ulgy to every degree...
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:46 PM
So I played this a few times last night and then booted it up when I got home on my 37" and I have to say it was an extreme pleasure to play this.
The animations were wonderfully fluid and I loved that everything was alive and bouncy. The music was well done as well but I thought that the boss theme blended in too well with EHZ.
I only issue is that Sonic feels a little heavy. I tried speed running it like on Genesis and I could not make most of my jumps properly. The spindash also seems very off because when I rev it up all the way I get very little speed.
I understand this is an alpha so I will let my nitpicking slide. I had a grin on my face the entire time and I can't believe you guys smoked Sega in every way possible and you're just guys who do this in your spare time.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:57 PM
Why did it take me so long to figure that out.
You didn't figure it out. Like I said, no brushes are involved. At all. That's the last thing I'll say on the issue, sorry.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:03 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:11 PM
I guarantee that the code was obfuscated just as you imply very intentionally. Whether or not it was for the reasons you outlined, only one person on the staff knows for certain. I don't have an answer for you on that, and I doubt I will. Bear in mind that I'm not trying to be snarky with you. There were more than a few sacrifices made on our team prior to release to get what you're seeing into your hands, and there are still things the project's leadership isn't happy with. But we made it our priority to have a playable game get out as soon as we possibly could.
I don't understand why you made that a priority. You honestly pushed out an inferior product. In my mind, its kind of tarnished the image of Sonic 2 HD in my mind.
There are some things you did very well. The title sequence is amazing. Most of the art looks very good. The music is great.
But then you have the physics which are just feel way off. I had issues getting up to that cluster of rings with the star post next to it because the spring wasn't launching me as high as it would on the Genesis. Sonic felt very slow to gain momentum like he'd been spending his time eating too many jelly donuts. Sonic's walk animation looks kind of goofy. The game harasses you for modifying files. It doesn't support my gamepad out of the box, I have to put in extra effort with a frankly bizarre menu system to get it working. There is no fullscreen from what I can tell (This could be my fault for not looking hard enough but its your guys' fault for not making it easily accessible) The exe is packed like a virus. And the king of all the problems is you cut the community support. Even if it was only a superficial relationship where you took feedback and considered fixing it, its better to maintain that relationship with your playerbase than it is to say "Well now we're gonna provide the content for you and that's that."
Take more time with the fine details and have some pride in your work. Its sad to see something like this have a release that feels so half baked, even if a lot of my compalints are nitpicky.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:20 PM
That said, this is obviously not part of a viral campaign or ARG. =P
Edit: Nevermind, you were talking about executables. So I guess I'm off topic and being dumb. =P
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:31 PM
In a way that is the antithesis to the project, it'd be better if the background art and more was 'scruffier', rather than these clinical recreations, but probably too far gone now and I'd rather see efforts on original projects than redoing this over and over until we're all dead.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 04:32 PM
That said, he who made the code involved in loading and handling stuff needs a nasty slap in the wenis. It loaded once, and then never again no matter what I did or where I extracted the game; and the one time it did load, it took 3 minutes from screen to screen and in the act transition.