Sonic CD now out for everything except Nintendo consoles

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  1. Covarr

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    Knuckles Chaotix suffers from one huge problem, bigger than the physics, bigger than the random level selection, bigger even than the premise: the level design.

    The levels are far too vertical, and not even good at that; their focus on upward movement is a chore, and running up dozens of quarter pipes for the sake of reaching the next platform gets old real fast. This problem was even apparent as far back as Sonic Crackers. None of the layouts really have any identity of their own, to the point that you could swap the art and music assets in pretty much any two levels and likely not even notice the difference. The levels are extremely sparse, with not nearly as many badniks or objects as seen in pretty much every other Sonic game ever.

    It's a shame, really. The art in this game is gorgeous, the music is fantastic, and the concept is unique. But to make it fun would pretty much require brand new level layouts throughout, at which point you might as well be making an entirely new game.
     
  2. Shadow Hog

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    Actually, I'm gonna disagree with the GG Sonic stages sucking. For the gameplay styles they were used in, I thought they were generally pretty well-done. I suppose the pipe mazes in Scrambled Egg Zone are an exception, at least. Either way, I really liked the amount of exploration you got from, say, Sonic Chaos or Triple Trouble.

    Chaotix's stages are totally unmemorable, though. Great art direction and music for each stage cannot overcome the fact that barring one or two gimmicks like Amazing Arena's lightswitch hunts, they all play like the same bloody stages.
     
  3. Willie

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    Hence why I said "possibly" and "some". It would be awesome if The Taxman could totally redesign the levels and such, but I don't think Sega wants a complete redo on an old game. When it comes to other old games redone that hasn't been mentioned, I'd love to see Sonic 3D Blast get a proper remake. I love that game the way it is on the original PC version, but it would be awesome to have widescreen, flicky collecting optional, soundtrack options, etc. Of course, that would probably be much harder to remake and there's less of a demand for it so it's unlikely to happen. Not to mention there's a bunch of ports of the Genesis version where as Knuckles Chaotix hasn't been ported to anything and SA2's last port was for the GCN almost ten years ago.
     
  4. Dark Sonic

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    That'd be awesome actually. It'd make the game gear games play like the Genesis games and give it a different style. It'd feel like a new game (and would be to many since how many people actually played the game gear games?) Seems like a good way to make a somewhat new game to me.
     
  5. JaxTH

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    But then the game becomes too easy (Which is why I love Sik's hack) and would defeat the general purpose of the game. Can't be 3D Blast without that blasted Green Flicky getting lost in Rusty Ruin Zone! :argh:

    But yeah, soundtrack option would be awesome. But then there is the fact that there are three different types of specials stages: Genesis, Saturn, and PC. If that was a choice too it would be great.
     
  6. E-122-Psi

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    I liked Chaos' levels, but they were also way too short, Sonic at least had some justification since he also had a collecting motive in the game (similar to CD's shorter levels where you must time travel, even they aren't quite as bad as Chaos) but Tails is ridiculously easy till about the final two acts. Triple Trouble's are somewhat better but I remember the physics being somewhat clunkier.

    As someone mentioned a lot of Chaotix's level designs are the same 'left up a ramp, right up a ramp and repeat' method. Some varying more vertical stages would have been appreciated, especially in Speed Slider and the likes.

    Actually the training levels seem to have more innovations than most of the main levels put together.
     
  7. Master Emerald

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    I guess we're getting off-topic :psyduck:
     
  8. E-122-Psi

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    True. There's not even any implication of Chaotix or any Sonic game being remade right now. We're lucky to get this one.
     
  9. Willie

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    Yeah, it would be much easier, but it's an interesting alternative way to play the game. Maybe it could be unlockable after beating the game with flickies. >_>

    Oh wow, I didn't even know the special stage music was different on PC. Speaking of the special stages, it would also be cool if you had the option to play whatever version of the special stages you wanted to complete.

    Well, this is a port by The Taxman and we're talking about other ports that could be made, but yeah it's definitely getting off-topic. Maybe someone could make a Sonic remakes thread or something.
     
  10. Puto

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    The song isn't different, the stage is. MD has a pathetic special stage, Saturn has a much better one, PC version is some super-gimped version of the Saturn version or something.
     
  11. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    There really isn't anything more to talk about. We don't have a release date or price.

    Unless someone wants to do a Sonic CD run where they destroy all Generators in the past along with Metal Sonic projectors in each level while getting the time stones making sure to get the last one in the Metallic Madness Act 2 to show everyone what that would be like.
     
  12. Metal Man88

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    http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3433657

    Scroll on down. They're making one right there. AFAIK
     
  13. Master Emerald

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    So will we get Super Sonic with the Time Stones? :D With all the rings the zones have it would be fun!
     
  14. Willie

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    Whoops, I misread his post. TBH, I've never played the Saturn version. Only the PC and Genesis versions. Anyways, on a more on-topic note, I wonder why Knuckles wasn't also added to the port...unless he is in it and we just don't know yet.

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    Super Sonic would be awesome in this game.
     
  15. Ritz

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    This question only sounds stupid if you're reading it with Sonic Fan tunnel vision. He's just given us the general public's perception of the game; it isn't readily apparent to anyone but us that the game actually is a remake because every other game that's been billed as one- Street Fighter 2 HD, Golgoth's Toki project, many others- was actually a complete reinterpretation of the source material. Anyone who saw the trailer and stopped there is going to think this is just another emulated release. Now, I figured everyone had gotten all worked up about this because Taxman had finally hit the big time, and it was going to be a boon for the community or some shit, but here the layman is largely oblivious to his role and Sega sure isn't helping. If you're going to sidestep such a simple question, at least do it gracefully like the Japs!

    And everyone balking at the notion of a Chaotix remake on the grounds that the original didn't play well is demonstrating some seriously fucking backwards logic. Here we have one of the few games in the franchise that deserves a remake, and the only one that actually needs one. It's a nice bonus, but SCD didn't need S2 physics or Tails. It's insane how much wasted potential went into that game. Fix the physics, make the combi system optional, totally redo the level design to rout the repetition and actually make use of the characters' unique abilities, and then emulate the original just for kicks and I'd gladly pay retail price for Chaotix. All the assets are there, the art and music are the stylistic apex of the entire franchise immediately after SCD and Taxman's done all the hard work already. Now they just need to code all the interesting gimmicks they forgot the first time around and arrange the tiles like they aren't tripping on cough syrup. It'd take a fraction of the effort they put into S4E1, and it'd accomplish the same goal with the panache Sonic Team just doesn't have anymore.
     
  16. JaxTH

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    Jack shit.
    I'm really looking forward to this then.
     
  17. I am the interviewer in question. Thanks for stepping up to my defense, man. Not sure why multiple people called the question stupid or whatever.

    Allow me to dissect it for you guys. First off, the original question was:

    My goal was to give Ken the chance to elaborate on what proper widescreen support brings to the table. However, his response did not fit the question so I reworded the question slightly when posting the interview. I toyed with the idea of just omitting the question and response since obviously the response wasn't very helpful. I decided to leave it in because I wanted the widescreen support to be mentioned in the interview.

    Like you said, Ritz, the interview is not written specifically for Sonic fans. People who read WPCentral play mobile games and often Xbox 360 games, but they don't necessarily know anything about Sonic or Sonic CD. Thus I tried to make the interview as informative as possible for people who might not even know about the Sonic CD remake. With that said, I did actually ask about the Sonic arcade games and most-requested games, which I'm sure many Sonic fans found interesting. To see my writing called idiotic by the very people I tried to please is disappointing.

    BTW, another example of me trying to set Ken up to go into more detail about a feature, only to be shot down with a terse response is the question about the game's soundtrack. Again, the question was modified slightly to match the short response. And then you have that strange answer to whether Sonic 2 physics would be in... Not my fault. :P
     
  18. Ritz

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    Don't worry! Now that you've established yourself as a member of the community with some tenuous connection to The Media, you'll immediately be deified in our eyes. Tell us nothing but lies and we'll still mourn your loss. Also, the fuck are you doing here?

    And yeah, see, you were throwing Ken a bone and he was too dull to follow your lead. No no, don't hype the game's features or mention any effort going into the game's production! He's no substitute for Aaron, because man, does that guy know how to shill a product.
     
  19. Blastfrog

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    Don't worry about it, eastx, this is the Sonic fanbase we're talking about here, we're all condescending and nitpicky assholes. :P
     
  20. Ritz

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    And/or self-deprecating.