Ricardo
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Ricardo

So, when shooter games are all the same they’re not innovative, but when Sonic games aren’t all the same, Sega isn’t playing ist’s strenghts… really?

Bloody Murder
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Bloody Murder

Except shooter games AREN’T all the same except to people who don’t play them. They’re all shooters, yes, it’s their genre ergo you’ll be shooting something. It’s the finer details that make the difference between Call of Duty and Serious Sam.

Granted you aren’t going to listen to this so I’ll just take this time to tell people to buy the following shooters which I think are awesome:
Shadow Warrior
Postal 2
Bulletstorm
Painkiller
Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime 2
Metroid Prime 3
and Duke Nukem 3d Fuck Yeah!

Si Fir
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Si Fir

I know I should be thinking about Sonic….but Willem Dafoe as HUSH!!

MegaSeveN
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MegaSeveN
Spot on analysis of the series. I’ve played every major game in the series and have long felt that it started to suffer from an identity crisis of sorts post-Sonic Adventure. It’s like they’re so caught up in the idea that Sonic is all about speed that it has infected even the game development process, making them rush through each idea to get to the next one as fast as possible. There’s a reason Sonic 2 & 3 & Knuckles are widely considered to be the highlight of the series. It’s because they refined the gameplay of Sonic 1, evolving… Read more »
Collette
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Collette

You’re reminding me that I wish Sega had kept on going with the Sonic Rush games. I personally loved it and I think it did pretty well. Maybe we could have gotten a more refined version of that gameplay on consoles instead of Sonic 06 if they did.

ExoShadows
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ExoShadows

im so happy that jim’s reviews r on metacritic now.
finally, some balance

The Creature Keeper
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The Creature Keeper
This is definitely one of the main factors contributing to Sonic being such a has-been, but I think there may be other forces at work too. When you research the history of the series, you learn that since the very beginning, every Sonic game has been rushed and developed under stressful conditions, making it somewhat of a miracle that the original Sega Genesis games turned out as well as they did. Furthermore, it’s always been a series developed by committee. There’s never been someone like Shigeru Miyamoto directing the franchise; there’s never been a single unifying vision keeping everything together.… Read more »
José
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Wow wow wow… wait a minute… what was that game with Sonic dressed as Link? Was that shit? Cause it looks badass.

MegaSeveN
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MegaSeveN

It’s DLC for Sonic: Lost World. There was also a Yoshi’s Island DLC that let you play through a stage reminiscent of that series. Both are free I believe.

Zenin
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Zenin

Sonic Adventure 3 – Job done sega

DQN
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Get rid of the middleman: Bigs The Cat Adventure 3

Gizmo
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Gizmo

Speaking of puplishers fucking up. You might already be awear of this Jim but did you know that in the UK EA is selling DA:I for more on Origin (£50) than Amazon, Play and Game are selling physical PC copies of the game (around £39).

Also loving the new reviews so far.

Brent
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I was a die-hard Nintendo kid growing up, but I would always love going to my friends’ houses to play their Sonic games on the Genesis, so it still saddens me when I’m reminded of how far Sonic has fallen in recent years. Speaking as someone who still proudly stands by Nintendo today, I feel that Nintendo has found success with their classic IP’s where Sega hasn’t, because Nintendo is great at striking the exact right balance between what to keep familiar, and what to freshen up with their classic IP’s. As Jim said in a prior Jimquisition, Mario is… Read more »
AltnameJag
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AltnameJag

That’s a fairly good suggestion at the end there. Lord knows I’d buy up a “Blue Hedgehog runs fast, jumps on robots, and fights Robotnik at the end” game.

Mick P.
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EDITED: After posting this comment the vid corrected. Could be something to do with WordPress caching things.

Mick P.
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FYI: The vid I’m seeing on this page and the front page is “The Reviewbisoft Problem (The Jimquisition)”. The headline is Sonic Gloom.

Sylocat
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For those curious about Jim’s review of Lost World on Destructoid (and too lazy to Google it, in which case I don’t know why you’d be so curious, but oh well), here ’tis.

Craig the Intern
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Craig the Intern

Once again the lesson seems to be just do something NORMAL, just be NORMAL, stop being so fucking WEIRD all the time. Because we like Sonic, but he can’t just be bandages, and ramps, and werehogs, and Zelda and tween human girlfriends and bandages and belts and scarves and Lyric and angles and bandages…

james grey
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james grey

i cnut believe you cnut give this game a better review…… seriously they were trying to make a good game and you cnut say they werent?…. fool

ThunderPsyker
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ThunderPsyker

Why are you sprinkling this comment with the name of an Anglo-Saxon King?

Sageofoblivion
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Sageofoblivion

I’ll take that job.

EvilMonkeyDTT
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EvilMonkeyDTT

Oh sega, I honestly think they can’t do anything right anymore.

Jordan (@CyberColossus)
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Jordan (@CyberColossus)

Hey Jim another great episode to thank you for!

Scream out that Freedom Wars exist as well please..if you can. Its a great Vita title and i hope they keep making more Vita games!
maybe do an episode on what went wrong with the Vita?

Undead
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Undead

That was the first proper analysis of what is wrong with Sonic and how it can be solved, without descending in the SONIC IS KRAP LOL i have read in a while.

Ro
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Ro
I’m starting to typically propose to friends I discuss this with that I don’t think SEGA really knows who their target audience is anymore with Sonic. Sometimes it’s kids, sometimes it’s adults that were kids when the Genesis/Mega Drive was king of the western world, Sonic Generations for instance generally falling into the latter category. I was a kid when the Genesis was the thing to have and you could not find a bigger Sonic fan than I back then and Generations further proved the mute and expressive personality of cute Classic Sonic is eternally more endearing than any iteration… Read more »
Gojira007
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For the most part, I’m pretty fully in agreement here, and indeed I’d even take things a step further than Jim and say that, in a lot of ways, failure to commit to an identity has been perhaps THE defining flaw of the latter-day/post-3D “Sonic” games. Even when the core mechanics are consistent, as they were with “Sonic Adventure” through “Sonic the Hedgehog” 2006, the actual aesthetics and style of the games change radically from title to title; we go from the Modernized Classic look of SA1 to the Dark ‘n’ Gritty Sci-Fi look of SA2 to the Retro look… Read more »
Darren
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Darren

I just noticed he had executive thing do-er in his credits. I LMAO at that! XD.

Speaking of sonic I loved sonic all the way up to adventure 2. But yeah it has been shit and all down hill since then :/

AmberSword
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AmberSword

Excellent as always. It’s like i’m taking my weekly dosage of drugs from good ol’ Jim-FUCKING-Sterling son.

Bloody Murder
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Bloody Murder

Thank you for this Jim. Seriously, this has to be the first time anyone has ever given the blue blur a proper analysis. Really, especially after Sonic Boom which put me in the same mood as you and as penny arcade.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2014/11/14/a-ring-and-a-prayer

By the way, be sure to mention that Freedom Planet exists. More people need to know that game exists.

The Creature Keeper
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The Creature Keeper

A million times Freedom Planet. I’m such a fan of the Sonic games that I’ve long since jumped ship to Freedom Planet and The Fancy Pants Adventures. Only they can give me the things I can’t get from Sonic games anymore.

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