Hello again! I was going to do an entry about something else, but that can wait. Today was the debut of the Sonic Lost World trailer, as well as the release of info about the new game! I'll assume you know everything, so I'll just post a link to the Sonic Stadium if you haven't yet seen the trailer or read about the games' features: [link]
Alright, so I want to know what everyone thinks. Here's a comment that I posted to the video after watching it, but before IGN came out with alot of the info shared on Lost World:
"I've watched this trailer countless times, and I'll admit, I'm very excited! Looking forward to E3 to learn more about it! I'll list some things I'm excited for, not fond of, and some of my hopes:
Things that I liked:
-Graphically is very impressive; love the stylized, cell-shaded approach to the overall look
-Loved the small details, like the small animals being trapped in the Badniks again and Sonic's feet blurring into a "wheel" like in the Genesis games.
-I loved the look of the Badniks, they stick very closely to their appearance in the Genesis games, not the "updated" look that they all had in Colors and Generations
-As much as I love the gameplay present in Colors and Generations, it was time to try something new before the series became stale again. There wasn't much more they could do with the "boost" gameplay. It still seems fast-paced and that you can still perform all of Sonic's moves, just seems more about platforming than previous types of gameplay; a better balance between speed and control.
-Sonic's "new" powers seem to really enhance the gameplay, not hinder it (like some previous gimmicks) and don't break the flow of gameplay (like the Werehog)
-Sega did seem like they took some inspiration from Nintendo; the graphics and gameplay look like they are reminiscent of Mario Galaxy. In that regard, it looks more like Sonic X-Treme to me, but who knows. Now that Mario and Sonic have similar graphics and concepts, maybe there still is a chance of a Mario and Sonic adventure game, featuring gameplay from Mario Galaxy and Sonic Lost World!
Things I'm concerned about:
-The Guardians. Period. I was very concerned when I saw their shadows, and I definitely had reason to be. To me, it looks like Sega wasn't lying when they said that their focus for sonic was the 7-11 year old age group. Sonic already has so many great characters (Knuckles, Shadow, Silver, etc.) why make more that seem unnecessary and don't really fit? I'm sure it'll turn out fine, just like the Wisps and Chip (sort of Chip) did, but right now that's the one part of the trailer that I very much disliked. Someone did bring up a good point; the Guardians have alot of design aspects that are reminiscent of Wisps. Perhaps they're enemies of Wisps???
-Where is Eggman? There's obviously badniks, so he's gotta be there somewhere. Why isn't he the main villain? Everything in the trailer seemed to point towards going back to Sonic's roots (more platforming, old-school badniks, less realistic) so you would think the good Doctor should be the main villain. (Note: I know now that Eggman is in the beginning; still wondering why he isn't the main focus).
-I'm still concerned about the difficulty level and how long the game is. The last Sonic game that had a sizable amount of content and was somewhat difficult at parts was Unleashed. I loved Colors and especially Generations, but both could be beaten in a few hours (I'll say, at least Generations had side-missions and 30-second trials; going through every level in Colors could be done in 3 hours). Both Colors and Generations presented little challenge as well; the first boss of Colors I beat in 20 seconds on my first go, and I don't think I ever died more than 3 times during a boss fight, even the final boss of Colors. However, i will say that the new type of gameplay looks like they can do more with the levels, almost making them longer where they had to be short with the "boost" gameplay. So I'm hoping with longer levels, a larger world, and maybe some extra content (especially since the Wii U is much more powerful than the Wii) that it would have more content than Colors and last longer than Colors or Generations.
I still have my doubts, but hey, I'm going to buy this game (more than likely get it for Christmas) and I'm going to be excited for it no matter what. With Sega now having Nintendo's resources at hand (I mean, Nintendo opened up one of their Nintendo Direct's with announcing this game) helping to advertise for this game, I have a feeling that this will end up being the best-selling Sonic title of all time (plus, i heard that Nintendo did give Sega pointers on what Sonic games need to appeal to old-school fans; like the blurring of Sonic's feet. Nintendo made sure to put that in SSBB for that reason alone). It probably won't be primarily directed toward hard-core fans like Generations, more for younger or less-experienced gamers. But that's not a bad thing, and hopefully it will continue the trend of bringing Sonic back to his 90s glory!"
So those are my initial thoughts right after watching the trailer. We do know now that the Wisps, along with their color-powers are returning (wonder if we'll see Yacker again?). Another detail that I'm not sure is true or not, is that Sonic Team has connected the plot to the ending of Generations. Apparently it does reference how Eggman escaped the White World. Besides that, any other details are over at IGN; and Sonic Stadium has all of the most important details listed, as well as a link to the IGN article.
So tell me what you think! Are you happy with how Lost World is shaping out to be? What are your thoughts on the Guardians? Do you like the fact that Sonic Team is changing the gameplay formula? Let me know!!! And yes...the Flickies have returned!!!