Review: RoL Demo (1/3)

I chose this one last.
I chose this one last.

Alright, boring stuff first. Sonic Boom has these auto-run sections, and they’re supposed to be fun, but they just remind me of Sonic Dash. I hate talking about these, so I’ll keep it short.

You run alot, of course, and occasionally you use the new Enerbeam feature. But, it just feels…. artificial.

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“Built for speed.” Huh.

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First Impressions with: Sonic Boom – Rise of Lyric

You know, I’ve been reading Sonic Boom reviews recently and I feel like it’s getting much undeserved hate. I haven’t tried it yet, and I didn’t want to be ridiculed for having a different opinion, so I decided I would wait until I finally got to try out the game.

Thankfully, there was a demo of this game on the Wii U’s eShop, and I couldn’t help but try it out! Is this game the next Sonic 06?, I thought to myself. After finally playing this game, I realized  that, even though I would never want to spend 60 bucks on this, this definitely isn’t as bad as everyone says it is.

The only major flaws I have are with the graphics and music. The music sounds like it’s for a stereotypical action movie or something. And Sonic games are supposed to have the greatest music in all of gaming! This is bland and boring. Maybe this is the reason why this game’s hated so much.

The graphics aren’t as bad as everyone says it is. Definitely not PlayStation 2 or GameCube quality. That’s an outrageous exaggeration!

But my main problems are these two;

  1. It’s not a Sonic game. It just doesn’t feel like one. It abandons what the series is known for. But I always look at games as if they were games. Not games in a series. But playing this and then Sonic the Hedgehog 2 back-to-back…. holy shit! The differences are fucking amazing!
  2. It’s not a “Triple-A” game. People nowadays are spoiled and they expect nothing but absolutely groundbreaking titles full of content and quality. Well, Sonic Boom isn’t that type of game, and I don’t care! I enjoy it. It’s awfully short, but that’s probably because of the fact that I have a demo version.

Also, I’m looking at this game as a whole. This demo was divided into three sections. If you want to see my review of each part, stay tuned for further blog posts. Thanks for paying attention to my opinion, and I shall see you later.

Different Types of Sonic Fans

Sonic the Hedgehog is a series that’s gotten alot of hate recently. The two new Sonic Boom games, Rise of Lyric and Shattered Crystal, have received multiple terrible reviews from many critics. This is even most disappointing to Sonic fans, who really anticipated the game, only for it to be a letdown. This leaves many Sonic fans divided.

I feel that, considering the many types of Sonic games, there must be many types of Sonic fans as well. I feel it’s my job jn this blog post to try to categorize all of them.

One of the most notable types of Sonic fans is The Pessimist. These fans like Sonic, but rarely anticipate the games and don’t pull punches when criticising them.

Another type of fan is the Modern Lover. One who enjoys most of the recent games. A Modern Lover may even like the Sonic Boom games!

This brings us to the Dreamcast Lover. Someone born before the Modern Lover, so they can enjoy most Sonic games in the 2000’s. A Dreamcast Lover is fond of games like the Adventure and Advance series, Sonic Heroes, and a few other games. Dreamcast Lovers aren’t that common.

Speaking of Dreamcast, Sonic Adventure and Adventure 2 are popular among the Sonic fandom because of the introduction of new designs and fan favorite characters. Some also loved the darker tone seen in the plot, or the music, or the voice acting. Sonic Adventure and Adventure 2 are considered the best in the entire franchise, despite having inevitable flaws.

There’s another trio of Sonic games that are ALSO loved by fans. Those three are Unleashed, Colors, and Generations. Almost every Modern Sonic fan considers Sonic Generations the best in the series, and even among the best games of all time!

…A somewhat obnoxious type of fan is the Classic Fan. The Genesis Sonic games are classics, up there with Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda for Nintendo. The Classic Sonic games are considered the best among critics, but alot of fans prefer the newer ones. There are still a bit of Classic Fans, and they aren’t afraid to show it. Classic Fans are a little obnoxious because some are biased to only that, but I think bias is the definitive flaw of the Sonic fandom entirely.

Classic Sonic Fans’ favorite games are usually Sonic CD, because of its soundtrack, or Sonic 3 & Knuckles, for just being the most satisfying.

A VERY rare fan is the Neutral Fan. Someone who likes the good Sonic games and dislkes the “bad ones”.

Another type of Sonic fan is one who likes EVERYTHING Sonic, even Sonic 06. There’s nothing wrong with this type of fan. They are willing to cut Sonic some slack and enjoy his games.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in the Sonic fandom. There are comics, TV shows, and even novels of Sonic the Hedgehog. Of course, there will be fans of those as well.

The most common of the miscellaneous Sonic fans are the fans of the 1993 Sonic cartoons, AoStH and SatAM. These fans are notable because the two shows appeal to different audiences. SatAM is more popular, as that show had a cliff-hanger ending, and fans still seek closure.

There are also fans of Sonic Underground, which is considered bad. Sonic Underground had bad animation, but is still enjoyed by some. It, much like its predecessor, SatAM, ended on a cliff-hanger.

The most popular of the miscellaneous Sonic fans are the Sonic X fans. Sonic X was the introduction to the series for many in the early 2000’s. It was a high speed action anime. A handful of people hate Sonic X because of the new characters, 4Kids edits, and animation. Despite the hate, Sonic X remains a classic.

Another prominent type of misc. fan is the Archie comic fans. The Sonic comics have been running for 20 years, and is popular because of the deep plot, at least before the reboot. Archie fans are, in my opinionated view, the nicest of the Sonic fans.

For now, I’ll end this post. I’ll update it as I see more types of Sonic fans.

Review: Sonic Colors (Wii)

Sonic the Hedgehog is a controversial series. It has a horrible reputation thanks to Sonic ’06 and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. But people seem to overlook Sonic’s greatest games, such as Adventure 2, Unleashed, and this one, Colors. Why? Because, to be honest, Sonic’s greatest games aren’t all that perfect.

Sonic Colors definitely gives you a good first impression. This game was a birthday gift and I absolutely lauded everything I saw. After a second playthrough, I realized a handful of MAJOR flaws that my nostalgia goggles seemed to look past. Do those flaws ruin your experience? Well, no; but they still get on your nerves.

The worst part about Sonic Colors is that it’s pretty short. Assuming you have alot of free time, you could complete it in a matter of days. However, Sonic Colors has quite alot of replay value, assuming you want to get an S Rank in every level, and play as Super Sonic.

One other flaw is that not all of the levels are “boost-to-win”. You would think this is a godsend, but Sonic’s 2D levels are absolutely atrocious. First of all, the way Sonic moves is quite slippery, and you should expect many unfair deaths because of a poorly timed jump.

Sonic’s good levels are few and far between, but when they’re good, they ARE good. It gives you a feeling of freedom when you zip through the levels, destroying every evil robot in your path. Speaking of destroying robots, the boss battles in this game are abysmal. The reason why is because they’re too easy. Also, the second half of the game RE-USES some bosses!

But where this game shines is the graphics, the professional voice acting, and the absolutely beautiful soundtrack.

So, is Sonic Colors for you? Yes, but don’t come expecting a work of gaming art. The best way to describe this is a…. normal game.

Why you need a Wii U

Nintendo has been struggling recently. Many think that Nintendo’s most recent console, the Wii U, is actually an add-on to the Wii. This definitely is not true. In fact, the Wii U is much better than the Wii, and has multiple features that will definitely make you want one.

First of all, the best part about the Wii U is the games. Let me list some; Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, New Super Mario Bros. U, Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Maker, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Yoshi’s Wolly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X, ZombiU, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and upcoming Star Fox and Zelda games should definitely make you want the Wii U.

Did I mention that all your original Wii games can also be played on the Wii U, and that your save data, channels, downloaded games, and Miis can all be transferred to the Wii U as well?

Also, the Wii U has quite alot of ways to play. You can use the Wii Remote, the Nunchuck, the Classic Controller (which is similar to the PlayStation controller), the Wii U Pro Controller (which is similar to the Xbox 360 controller), the old GameCube controller, and, of course, the Wii U GamePad! Speaking of the Wii U GamePad, it’s very important to your Wii U experience, and is pretty useful for certain games.

There’s a pretty great feature you can do with your GamePad. If you have some Picasso in you, there’s a social media called miiverse that lets you draw, and an entire game dedicated to drawing! Miiverse doesn’t only let you draw, however. You can post screenshots of the games you play, Yeah! posts, and follow others. I, personally, use Miiverse to be updated on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, because Masahiro Sakurai has a picture of the day on that game’s miiverse community.

The internet browser on the Wii U is neat, too. You can put up a video on YouTube, and then go to another tab and do whatever you need to! Also, you can share images of the games you play to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr!

One of the things the Wii U focuses on is playing with family. Many Wii U games have online multplayer. But if you have a few extra controllers and some family over, the Wii U does exactly what it’s made for; making people have fun!

Also, for those who prefer Xbox One or PlayStation 4, I can’t blame you. The Wii U isn’t perfect. The Wii U’s online is a little archaic, and is not as powerful as the other next-gen consoles. However, the Wii U has GREAT graphics (some games can go 1080p and 60fps) and the multiple ways to play that are useful for the gamer who’s tired of a traditional controller.

Now, I digress. I hope that my blog post influences your gaming decision, and I also hope that the Wii U is how U will play next!

Review: Wrecking Crew

The Nintendo Entertainment System is pretty great. You have classics like Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, and Metroid. However, there’s much more than the classics to enjoy.

Some games don’t get as much attention. The reason for this is because they are ports of arcade games instead of a full console experience, and so those kinds of games tend to be avoided, leaving games like Wrecking Crew in the dust.

I got Wrecking Crew as a Virtual Console game on my Wii U, and I love it, but as I implied, this is an arcade-style experience.

Mario and Luigi decided to stop saving Princesses and go work better jobs, and I guess they were hired as demolitionists or something, because in order to complete each level, you have to destroy every breakable object.

What I think is the most fun about this game is the items, but that’s beside the point. As good as Wrecking Crew is, I strongly recommend getting Donkey Kong or Mario Bros. instead. Wrecking Crew is a game that may scare off newcomers.

Update (10-22-2014)

An update of what I’ve been doing lately.

I will be going through some changes. First of all, my YouTube Profile will be having a total revamp. I will completely remove all of my videos, except for a handful, and start off my new profile with the animation by Sega called Sonic: Night of the Werehog. The video will also be in High Definiton (1080p).

Also, I’m starting to play video games quite often, so I will do playthroughs of two: Pokemon Emerald and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.