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Lex 05/28/2013 10:40 PM

I have this chronic need to play everything Sonic-related which is what drives my hatred for the exclusivity deal... but I'm now not so bothered I won't get to play it. It might turn out to be more fun than that trailer makes it look though.

Tetsujin 05/28/2013 11:34 PM


With Sonic: Lost World, the Sonic Team is taking that design concept to the next step, blending 3D and 2D mechanics in abstract levels that more than resemble another Nintendo exclusive – Super Mario Galaxy. Derivative gameplay is sometimes frowned upon in this industry, but in the case of Lost World, this is more than welcome, and more than necessary. The development team has now been freed to think of gameplay first and worldly concepts second, and that can only mean good things for the final product.


“We wanted to create an all-new design for 3D Sonic games with Sonic: Lost World,” producer Takashi Iizuka told me via e-mail. “Ever since the first day of development, we were focused on creating new and unique levels to best fit this new style.”


As mentioned, Sonic Team’s greatest challenge was maintaining a sense of speed for the series while finding controls that made sense. The result is now that, by default, Sonic doesn’t burst off with a tilt of the analog stick. He walks – until you use one of the GamePad’s triggers to engage his running speed. This too is actually not full speed. Holding down the second trigger will pull Sonic into a ball, giving him access to his full momentum, which Iizuka likened to the ‘Boost speed’ from previous titles. By creating a tiered structure to movement, Sonic Team is hoping players will be able to navigate the wide range of level designs, exploring and running as necessary.


Of course, there’s also the small matter of Lost World being a Wii U (and 3DS) exclusive. On Wii U, the GamePad is specifically used to activate various Whisp-based “Color Powers,” which feature touch-based controls and are mostly used to gain access to side paths and areas. The GamePad will also play a role in ‘Support Mode,’ which allows one player to use Wii U’s tablet to assist a second player who is controlling Sonic with a Wii remote and Nunchuck. Speaking of playing as Sonic, while the iconic hedgehog is the only character players will directly control, friends such as Tails, Knuckles and Amy will make appearances in the story.

Lex 06/04/2013 04:29 PM

Footage from Sonic XTreme, the cancelled Saturn game from wayyyy back:

YouTube Video


Originally Posted by Youtube Commenter
whos the mario galaxy rip off now?

And I'm inclined to agree.

Tetsujin 06/07/2013 04:56 PM

YouTube Video

Looks really fun. :D


Farron 06/08/2013 10:05 AM

Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations and now this ?

Sonic is back ladies and gentlemen !


Tetsujin 06/11/2013 05:59 PM

Release date October 13th :monster:

ForceStealer 06/20/2013 01:47 PM

Fanmade Sonic game taking place between 2 and 3. Looks kinda interesting.

YouTube Video

Lex 06/20/2013 05:18 PM

There are a few things I don't like about it. The music seems a bit douchebaggy and the style doesn't fit where it's supposed to. Neither does the GUI. I've played a lot of these fan projects and they're using that annoying Sonic-CD like engine where the jump sound is different and Sonic has all these weird poses.

Cool, but just the same as others and not for me.

Lex 08/16/2013 07:57 AM

Ohai fellow Sonic fans <3

So I've been playing more of All Stars Racing Transformed - I just got every star in world tour (1st place in everything on expert), woohoo!! Had to share my accomplishment because I never thought I'd do it and I finally have :D. Man that was fucking hard.

ForceStealer 08/16/2013 01:10 PM

Hot damn, Lex. That is a lot of dedication. I just wanted to unlock all the characters which involved beating what I could on expert but I didn't really have any intention of trying more once I got the last two characters.

Unfortunately, my save data became corrupted and I lost everything. I've slowly been playing again when I'm in the mood, but I'm not powering through it like the did the first time, and I'm not looking forward to just unlocking everyone I already had, much less going after the last two again :'(

Lex 08/16/2013 02:41 PM

I'm actually now very close to the platinum trophy - this is one I never thought I'd get because it's a difficult game (the fan rated trophy difficulty is 9/10 which is ridiculously high for any game) but now that I've finished world tour I also played through all the grand prix's on expert difficulty and got 1st which unlocked pretty much the rest of them.

The only difficult one I have left is Yokozuna which requires beating all the staff Ghosts 0_0, but when I've done that the last trophy I'll have to unlock is the one for playing with friends and finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in an online matchmaking match... you game? :D

ForceStealer 08/16/2013 02:54 PM

Of course :)

Tetsujin 08/22/2013 04:09 PM

Lost World 60fps gameplay:

Lex 08/22/2013 04:17 PM

Every time I see something about this game it makes me want to cry ;-;

I've got the official Sonic page on my facebook feed with trailers and promo posters every second day ;-;


Tetsujin 08/22/2013 11:53 PM

At this rate, I'll probably own a Wii U before a PS4. :wackymonster:

Need this and W101 and Wind Waker HD.

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