Sonic Boom, Sega's Upcoming Wii U/3DS Sonic Title, Revealed

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Sonic Boom, Sega's Upcoming Wii U/3DS Sonic Title, Revealed

Looks like Knuckles has been skipping leg day.

Sega has just spilled the beans on 2014's upcoming Sonic title for Wii U and 3DS. It's called Sonic Boom, and it won't feature Street Fighter's Guile in any shape or form. It is being developed by Big Red Button, though, which was formed from members of the old Naughty Dog team that worked on both Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank. Check out the dubstep-laden trailer to the right.

From the looks of things, it appears to be a 3D Sonic title, rather than a traditional Sonic sidescroller. It also looks like we may have 4-player co-op, with the four most recognizable Sonic characters, Sonic, Tails, Kunckles, and Amy, all being heavily featured in the trailer and shown to have their own unique in-game abilities (Ima firin' mah lazor!)

But most interesting of all is the "edgy" new remake the old Sonic cast has had. Knuckles, in particular, looks like some kind of steroid monster, though it seems he's been neglecting leg day at the gym. Oh, and bandages. For a closer look, check out the official character art Sega posted to its Facebook wall [https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=585772174830854&set=a.361015913973149.81185.351440504930690&type=1&theater] below:



So what do you think? Honestly, Sonic is kind of at the point where there have been so many terrible games in the franchise, that anything that isn't complete rubbish would impress me. However, the team working on this means it may be worth keeping an eye on.

Sonic Boom will release on the Wii U and 3DS in 2014.

Source: Sega [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0a7-1wdDuw&feature=youtu.be]

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Yopaz

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Holy crap... trying too hard anyone? Both the music and the "badass" poses makes me facepalm.

Oh well, one thing is for sure. Sonic games are trying to make something new at least. It's refreshing to see that at least. Even though Knuckles looks bloody awful. However I have a feeling this game won't increase the sales for the Wii U...
 

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Was that... DUBSTEP!?

Oh come on, even the shittiest of shit Sonic games have had killer music!

That said, all of my judgement is reserved. Yeah, the redesigns bug me but I'm an old fogey of twenty-five years old so I'm not going to burst into rage just because I find Sonic's Blue Arms annoying. Change happens.
 

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Steven Bogos said:
From the looks of things, it appears to be a 3D Sonic title, compared to last year's sidescrolling Lost World.
Er... Lost World wasn't a sidescroller :p

I've at (at least kind of) liked every major Sonic title since Unleashed, so I'm mildly looking forward to this. Apparently this and the cartoon are going to be comedic and lighthearted in nature so, alas, we shan't be getting the horrific, grimdark bloodbath that the fanbase has been yearning for.

Also, fuck the dubstep. [small]They could at least use good dubstep...[/small]
 

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I love that Knuckles is no longer just a clone of Sonic, him having a different body type also helps diversify the cast. Really, the only thing that puts me off about this are the bandages and that's not by much.
 

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Wouldn't it be a good idea to make this exclussive to the Wii-U? Now the 3DS will just end up eating most of the sales, instead of the game pushing Wii-U consoles.
 

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Uh... Knuckles? You... you okay man? I know we haven't spoken since the Dreamcast, but I think you may have a problem. Maybe lay of the roids? You were always cooler than Sonic.

Hmm, maybe I'll call up Chris Redfield and we'll have an intervention...
 

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ShirowShirow said:
Was that... DUBSTEP!?

Oh come on, even the shittiest of shit Sonic games have had killer music!
Trailer music, look through a few trailers for sonic games, they never contain music that's actually IN the game, it's just noise, used because some marketing tard thought it was cool.

And anyway, I commented on this on the initial thread, cautiously optimistic, and I like the redesigns.
 

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No, Skrillex... Not even you can made Sonic "hip and fresh" as he was back them...

OT: Uh, Knuckles... You head-to-torso ratio is a bit off... Just saying...
Other than that, let's see where this will go, given who's basically working on this... (My interest is at "semi-peaked" levels...)
 

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honestly.....I don't hate it...if fact I think its a better change that what we had previously.

OK, Color me "Cautiously Optimistic"
 

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Huh, and just now I'm feeling that the franchise just doesn't know what it wants to do... But hey, I could look at how this'll turn out, since it's developed by a completely different studio than dimps.

Just... don't try too hard to be cool and be yourself... Honestly.
 

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Da fuck is up with the character designs...Why so many bandages and knuckles is just...da fuck. The team working on it has me mildly excited but the trailer made me want to puke.
 

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I will admit, I kinda like the new designs, Even Knuckles.
I know that he is the strongman of the group, but aside from the spikes on his fists, Knuckles didn't exactly look stronger then anyone else.
Still, Wait and See on this, but I will be sad if they don't lampshade his new design at least once.

"Hey, Knuckles, Long time no see!...Hey, have you been working out?"
 

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Fox12 said:
Uh... Knuckles? You... you okay man? I know we haven't spoken since the Dreamcast, but I think you may have a problem. Maybe lay of the roids? You were always cooler than Sonic.

Hmm, maybe I'll call up Chris Redfield and we'll have an intervention...
You do realise Chris redfield's Voice actor is none other than Sonic's right =P?.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Craig_Smith

OT: good to see another Wii U exclusive, hopefully it'l be a small push towards the Wii U's value and I might pick this up on the 3DS first and U later or vice versa.
 

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Steven Bogos said:
Sonic Boom, Sega's Upcoming Wii U/3DS Sonic Title, Revealed

Looks like Knuckles has been skipping leg day.

Sega has just spilled the beans on 2014's upcoming Sonic title for Wii U and 3DS. It's called Sonic Boom, and it won't feature Street Fighter's Guile in any shape or form. It is being developed by Big Red Button, though, which was formed from members of the old Naughty Dog team that worked on both Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank. Check out the dubstep-laden trailer to the right.

From the looks of things, it appears to be a 3D Sonic title, rather than a traditional Sonic sidescroller. It also looks like we may have 4-player co-op, with the four most recognizable Sonic characters, Sonic, Tails, Kunckles, and Amy, all being heavily featured in the trailer and shown to have their own unique in-game abilities (Ima firin' mah lazor!)

But most interesting of all is the "edgy" new remake the old Sonic cast has had. Knuckles, in particular, looks like some kind of steroid monster, though it seems he's been neglecting leg day at the gym. Oh, and bandages. For a closer look, check out the official character art Sega posted to its Facebook wall [https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=585772174830854&set=a.361015913973149.81185.351440504930690&type=1&theater] below:



So what do you think? Honestly, Sonic is kind of at the point where there have been so many terrible games in the franchise, that anything that isn't complete rubbish would impress me. However, the team working on this means it may be worth keeping an eye on.

Sonic Boom will release on the Wii U and 3DS in 2014.

Source: Sega [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0a7-1wdDuw&feature=youtu.be]

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I think it's also important to add in there that this is not part of the main series of Sonic the hedgehog. Rather it's an offshoot of the sonic franchise in similar veins like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Paper Mario. As for the bandages...the lead designer was the guy in charge of Ratchet and Clank back in the day. In fact many of the studio members are ex insomniac and Naughty Dog staff.
 

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Who put Indiana Jones in my Sonic? This at least looks better that most Sonic outings in the past 10 years. I'm still gonna wait until it's in the hands of reviewers and fanboys that will would preorder Daikatana 2 if it had a decent trailer. I just hope the different characters play styles are fun. Sonic Adventure 1/2 and Sonic Heroes expanded upon the divergent character evolution that started in Sonic 3 and Knuckles, and almost, ALMOST brought back the magic pixie dust powering the Genesis Era games.
Charli said:
ShirowShirow said:
Was that... DUBSTEP!?

Oh come on, even the shittiest of shit Sonic games have had killer music!
Trailer music, look through a few trailers for sonic games, they never contain music that's actually IN the game, it's just noise, used because some marketing tard thought it was cool.

And anyway, I commented on this on the initial thread, cautiously optimistic, and I like the redesigns.
At least games haven't started using the same couple of songs for different series. Every dramatic movie trailer needs Requiem for a Dream, and horror movies get the Saw theme. (BTW I'm sorry if the next David Cage game's debut trailer has Requiem in it and the next Silent Hill's has Jigsaw's leitmotif playing. If I though I could jinx this industry, I'd make ever Sonic game the bee's knees and bring Metroid: Dread out of development hell.)
 

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Yeah, sorry but the ingame footage looks fucking terrible, it may play nicely but at the same time it looks so far away from a Sonic game that it might as well be a new IP


 

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The issue with the Knuckles design is that he lacks joints in his legs. Well, to be honest, all the characters lack a hip joint, but much like Mario, they get away with this by hiding the point where the leg meets the torso under a pot belly so its out of sight and out of mind. Knuckles (and to a lesser degree redesigned Sonic) lacks this feature.

It might seem a silly criticism, but this is a series about speed and running. The landscapes may whiz by in a blur, but the character's running animation is as omnipresent as the HUD, not to mention past 3d games have been quite fond of zooming in with cinematic low angles at various places in the stages. The characters are animals, so the uncanny valley doesn't apply overall, but their actions (running) are still innately human actions so it should apply to some degree to basic joint movements. This may be concept art, but if this somehow makes it into the gameplay animations, I can't see how they won't look downright alien: you'd be staring at Stretch Armstong for 10-40 hours of gameplay. The still of them crouching above alone looks like a late 90s render.

Amusingly, this problem could probably be fixed by throwing more bandages at it. XD