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Sonic X Shadow Generations announced, releases Autumn 2024

Discussion in 'General Sonic Discussion' started by charcoal, Jan 29, 2024.



    Begrudgingly I have to agree with this, if only because I used to be very, very good at speedrunning SA2 grind stages, only to come back years later and find the controls awkward as hell and have a hard time replicating my old runs (unlike the classic games, where my reaction times and skills as an adult have actually improved quite a bit), which makes me sad because I still strongly like the core engine and design of the game. I'm not sure if input lag could be a factor, but either way.

    Balancing on rails was always ridiculous and unnecessary, though I'm not sure if I'm a fan of how scripted later iterations of the mechanic became either. It's tough.
  2. Starduster


    Can bench press at least two Sonic the Hedgehogs Member
    Fighting my procrastination addiction
    Final Rush/Chase is pretty much emblematic of how janky SA2's movement/controls are. The amount of times the game shit the bed trying to perform the most basic actions is absurd. Honestly they should take a page out of Crash 4's book and have leaning be used to avoid obstacles rather than dictating the characters' speed and ability to stay on rails. The problem with rails since they became more automated has always been that they don't provide much engagement other than sometimes jumping and switch and specific times.

    Despite all that, I'm still going to bat for Rail Canyon/Bullet Station as the stage to represent Heroes. :colbert:
  3. Vertette


    That might be in part because it's a bit bugged? I heard something about the grinding controls' sensitivity broke in later ports, though take that with a pinch of salt. I do remember being better at grinding back in the day as well so it'd explain a few things.
  4. Shaddy the guy

    Shaddy the guy

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    I think my thing with SA2/Heroes grinding is that it's a risk/reward mechanic in a Sonic game, which traditionally only 'risks' you going so fast you can't react to stuff. It feels great to balance for maximum speed, not so good to lose speed or fall off. It would be no problem if the only risk for tilting the wrong way was not getting a speed boost, instead of actually being slowed down.

    Post-Heroes, it's all pretty automatic. Shadow and 06 have a "mash the button to go fast" thing going on, which I swear is from devs misreading the Heroes speedup system the same way many players did, and it kinda sucks. The only benefit those games have over the modern ones is Shadow being able to delineate between a clear rail switch animation and jumping off the rail for something else. I do think the limits on that hurt the boost games.

    Like with a lot of things in those games, the auto rails are more reliable, but not that engaging. It's essentially quickstep sections with a constant speed.
  5. Zephyr


    I like SA2's grinding because I like when go down hill is go fast
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  6. kazz


    16-bait Member
    I prefer SA2's grinding because it's at least a distinct mechanic. I like having to do a little more than just hold the go button to go and I like that they're used in other situations besides the three lane hallways that Unleashed and Generations are chock full of anyway.
  7. Snub-n0zeMunkey


    yo what up Member
    There's something about grinding sections in boost games that always felt a bit redundant to me. These subway surfers sections where you're switching between left, middle and right rails are functionally no different from the rest of the game. It just presents the illusion of feeling different.
    I don't think SA2's grinding is perfect by any modern standard and the game could've done a better job at teaching you how to balance, but it feels like it had way more weight to it and rewarded skillful play. Launching yourself off a rail at just the right moment in SA2 feels so satisfying and the game fully encouraged mastery of its mechanics.
  8. DefinitiveDubs


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    SA2's rail system would fling you into a pit for looking at a rail wrong. It was the same year as Pro Skater 3. No excuse.

    The thing is, their solution to fixing this was to make rails braindead. When in reality the solution is to...take the pits away and add a balance bar.
  9. Childish


    Pigs wiggle when they walk Member
    Shady lane
    Sonic 4 Blast Processed
    Rail grinding in SA2 is a movement option first rather than a level segment. In city escape for example you can grind on railings in the environment completely optionally. The rail focused levels then build upon these mechanics and testing your proficiency with them Final rush is actually my favorite SA2 level because I find that the crouching/not crouching trade off sorta similar to how rolling is in the classics. I think the fear of falling off at any moment just adds to my enjoyment of the stage, it is the last hero level after all, it should be tense. That feeling would be completely absent with the modern grinding.
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  10. XCubed


    Will Someday Own a Rent-A-Center Oldbie
    My thoughts while watching the trailer:

    Why the hell are they remastering an anniversary game?

    I guess since the classics got re-released in Origins I guess it a natural (and abridged) version on catching up younger gamers.

    Now I see why Shadow was so involved in Prime’s story.

    Black Arms and Wisps don’t seem to be too different from each other.

    Shadow is part Wisp confirmed.

    Was another Time Eater born?

    Fuck, I need to get a real console.
  11. Blue Spikeball

    Blue Spikeball

    So basically Frontiers?
  12. Snub-n0zeMunkey


    yo what up Member
    as crazy as it sounds, the fear of falling into a bottemless chasm is part of the excitement for me lol. It's the closest you can ever get to feeling like a daredevil in a Sonic game.
  13. Chimpo


    I Gotta Be Me Member
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    SA2 was the best system and anything afterwards has been a dull implementation only used to lazily pad the game where there's zero significant interaction outside of boring Ratchet and Clank ledge swapping. The closest the games ever got to making it interesting again were in the locked 2D sections where you could get more distance if you timed your jump on a slope.

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  14. Azookara


    yup Member
    This simply isn't true. You're allowed to dislike how janky jumping between parallel rails feels in SA2; it's certainly not great. But SA2 never throws you off of a rail. Slows you to a halt if you push in the opposite direction the rail is leaning, sure, but you stay gripped to it. Maybe we're getting memories of unreliable rail-jumps mixed up with the actual grinding mechanics? it's not like THPS was ever great at letting you jump between rails, either, that was always a crapshoot.

    The Tony Hawk games by comparison are far less forgiving, anyway; that balance bar you suggest would just toss you to your death if you didn't play by it's super finicky rules. That's fair for a game where riding the board and piling on trick combos is the core challenge, but that'd just make what you claim tedious in a platformer even moreso.

    If we want to look at a contemporary game that handled rail control better, it's best to look at Sega's own JSRF. They're a bit more automated than I'd like them to be in Sonic, but infinitely more controllable and interactive than they are in titles post-SA2.
  15. Overlord


    Now playable in Smash Bros Ultimate Moderator
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    Rail grinding in SA2 was awful to control in the 00s and it's still awful to control now. There's a section in particular in one of the two hedgehog space levels - I forget which, I think Sonic's - where you're on a wall at a 90 degree angle and the wall stops, continuing only as a rail which then curves 90 degrees downwards so you're upright again as the stage continues. The only way I've found to reliably do this part of the level is to stop, carefully position myself, and then jump onto the rail. Anything else and you've got a very good chance of falling to your death. This is not good gameplay.
  16. Shaddy the guy

    Shaddy the guy

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    I'm not sure I agree. I love both Jet Set Radio games, but the only mechanical difference between them and the boost games is how you accelerate. I think Future pushes you forward automatically (which the original doesn't, one of the reasons it doesn't flow as well), but the way you build up speed is by rhythmically doing trick moves, which I guess is sort of a refinement of the "just mash X" from Shadow and 06. Their differences are all in the sandbox level design letting you use individual rails in different ways depending on what you're going for.

    My idea is adjacent to this, since Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is basically just another JSR, and it has you gain speed from hitting turns and holding a direction like in SA2, but it doesn't cut your speed if you miss. I think this would be the perfect balance for Sonic.
  17. Kilo


    That inbetween sprite from S&K's title screen Tech Member
    S1 - Metal Sonic's Challenge, Sonic 1 Rev01 ASMX Disasm
    All this talk of rails reminded me that since Shadow's campaign is built off Frontiers, we'll have rail launching again. Absolutely love rail launching. As for where I stand on this topic, while I don't enjoy having to actually balance on the rail necessarily (At least not the way SA2 does it), I do like the crouching system, timing your crouch with the angle of the rail to go even faster is loads of fun.
  18. synchronizer


    Why are we talking about different levels being included? How many stages will the Shadow campaign even have? Looks like 2.
  19. charcoal


    Be Cool, Be Wild, and Be Groovy Member
    SA2's rail grinding is the best in theory but in practice it's janky and annoying to wrestle with. Sure it's super satisfying when you nail it just right, but other times it just feels like they do whatever they want. Even beyond the bugged sensitivity on Battle, leaning feels so inconsistent, sometimes I can just let go of the stick and hold B and it works with no speed loss, other times if I look at the game the wrong way I slow to a halt.

    It's amazing that it took them until Unleashed, 7 years after grinding was introduced, to make a rail swap that actually functions. Hell, Unleashed even has a fully functional rail leaning system in it that works better than SA2's, it's just that the speed loss from not using it is set to negligible values and the boost means it doesn't matter either way.
  20. Londinium


    People actually read these? Member
    Looks like Nintendo finally got around to uploading the trailer :rolleyes: