Hmm, the girl figure kinda reminds me of Scanty and Kneesocks.... as in the horn in the middle of the head and green hair.
I said the exact same thing!!
There are people moaning that Sonic doesn't need more characters, apparently. Honestly, if these new characters present a new way to play the game, I don't see why they shouldn't just include more. Mario does it to great effect. Plus, none of these look "original character do not steal". It seems like they're taking inspiration from Colours, actually! Alien planet, strange new creatures...
Jesus. The last thing I thought they'd ever do is summon the ghost of X-Treme.
It doesn't look bad. Seems to essentially be the same Hedgehog Engineness from Unleashed, Colours and Generations, but the 3D stuff also throws the bendy tube jazz of X-Treme into the mix (for some reason).
It's not the best looking thing in the world because of the weird X-Treme level design, but it looks like there's a lot of new approaches to basic Sonic gameplay as part of that, so it at least may well earn its place.
The new enemies look hella generic and dull, though. I'm hoping they're actually Sonic's friends turned into weird demon thingies, as it's basically the only thing that'd make them vaguely interesting. Was hoping for a bit more classic Robotnik villainy, though.
Looks a bit like a stage-ified version of the special stages. It's a take I certainly wasn't expecting, but nevertheless seems a positive development. The new enemies certainly look cartoony, albeit a little unfitting within the context of the franchise.
Honestly, while we haven't seen much of this yet, it's already living up to my biggest fear I had when Sega announced this Nintendo Partnership, namely; "I hope they don't start incorporating simplistic environment designs into the Sonic games". One of the -biggest- draws for me to Sonic has always been the interesting stage tropes and detailed environments, it's been something I consider the series to excel in. Shortly after jumping into bed with Nintendo, we get this cubic, spheroidal, blocky playground revealed to us. It's exactly what I was afraid of. Obviously this doesn't matter in the long run as long as the gameplay is good, which it looks to be, and graphically it does look pretty, in a certain way.
But I don't want this to be the new direction for Sonic. The screens on IGN show hills in the background that are nothing short of cylinders. Next thing the clouds and mountains will have smiley faces on them. I loved the lush environments of Generations, and It's made me expect more of it in the future. Also, Green Hill again? Seriously. Combining the simplistic style with the contrast between this and the Green Hill given to us in Generations it further lowers my happiness about the game's style.
Other stuff? Sonic the only playable character again. Ugh. Compared to the days of Adventure when my money actually gave me several characters to play with I'm getting really sick of this crap. I don't think they should even be allowed to use their other characters in story scenes if they can't be assed to actually stick them in the game. If they take time to develop gameplay mechanics such as wisp powers and the like, what is so difficult about using those mechanics on a different character model instead? It's laziness. The yellow drill wisp would work perfectly fine as Knuckles, as would the green hover wisp for Tails
Now.. I've ranted a fair bit. I guess this just isn't what I expected or wanted after the likes of Generations. And fair enough we know little about the game at this point. I'll be fine if this is a one-off, but I seriously hope this isn't the new norm for the series. Although I'm certain it won't be, because when they find something that works, they go and change it anyway. >_>
I'm pretty hyped by this, if only because it's a new direction, without breaking into too uncharted territory. I so far like the aesthetics of it, channelling the mix between classic Sonic and Mario Galaxy (which is a pretty game, and some great designs, you can't deny it ), with the out-of-nowhere Sonic X-Treme throwback.