Anything else been going on lately?
Saturday, 8th October 2011, 3:46pm (BST), 63 Comments
An odd post, this one. Firstly, I'm still busying myself with the Lava Reef Zone guide. Not quite ready yet, but it'll be coming your way before Sonic Generations does. That's a must for me, because once that game arrives, I'll be spending little free time on anything else for a while!

Speaking of which, I was wondering if any of you would be so kind as to update me on anything interesting that's been happening in the world of Sonic over the last three weeks - but NOT related to Sonic Generations! About three weeks ago I decided to take the drastic step of going into Sonic news hibernation, in order to avoid any more spoilers about the upcoming game. I really really don't want to know even the tiniest new piece of information about it now, especially if it's related to the levels. I did create a rather comprehensive Twitter keyword filter, but as I discovered, it was somewhat dependent on people spelling the names of levels correctly!!

However I would quite like to know about anything else, as it's been very boring without any Sonic news at all. So have any new games or versions of games been announced? Any new details about Sonic CD XBLA or Sonic 4 ep 2? Any interesting fan games that have surfaced? (I did manage to see SAGE this year though). Any new 20th anniversary merchandise going around? Anything Sonic at all!.. well, anything except the American comics, I'm not that fussed about them.

I'd be very grateful to be kept informed, both over the last three weeks, and if anything pops up over the next month too! Thanks a lot :)
Comments   63 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Mike on Sunday, 9th October 2011, 12:48am
Not sure if the announcement of Sonic CD came out was before or after the 3 weeks. Coming out on basically everything but the Wii. Even the Android! Nice nifty new HD version.
#2. Comment posted by Mike on Sunday, 9th October 2011, 12:58am
Oh and! http://www.facebook.com/sonicretro?sk=app_208195102528120 Sonic title Generator from Retro. Fantastic time waster
#3. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Sunday, 9th October 2011, 11:00am
Yeah, I did catch the Sonic CD announcement before going into my hibernation, but I take it we still haven't got a release date or anything yet? Thanks :)
#4. Comment posted by Jackaroo on Sunday, 9th October 2011, 11:13pm
Have you heard about the Sonic Generations Collectors edition thats available for europe?
It comes with the Game itself in a Lenticular sleeve that changes from classic to modern sonic, An art book, A CD Featuring a selection of songs from the past 20 years of sonic, A DVD with a documentary on Sonic, DLC For Generations (From what ive heard its a Pinball minigame, Super Sonic Avatar Costume for 360 and a Sonic Generations theme), A Numbered gold Ring, A figure of Classic Sonic & Modern Sonic posing on top of a large ring and it all comes in a cool box featuring both sonics. It all looks pretty awesome and is certainly something special for the 20th anniversary. Heres an image of it :
http://www.videogamesblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/sonic-generations-collectors-edition-646x325.jpg
It is europe only though but there are sites that are shipping it internationally if you live outside europe.
#5. Comment posted by Pokemarionic on Monday, 10th October 2011, 9:39pm
Sonic the hedgehog 4 episode 2 will not support 3d and will contain brand new music!
#6. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 8:30am
Thank you, yes, I know about the collector's edition, it'll be with me on the day of release, hopefully! Any nuggets about ep 2 are much appreciated as well!
#7. Comment posted by Adam on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 2:42pm
LiquidShade what's your email address? :)
Anyway, do you know about the fan project 'Sonic Adventure Generations'?
Check it out! It's Sonic generations with Sonic adventure gameplay as the 'classic sonic'! It looks really good!
#8. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 7:12pm
liquidshade@soniczone0.com

Looks nice, but I'm afraid I'm getting dangerously close to spoilers when looking around anything Generations related on Youtube, so I think I'll check out more later on!
#9. Comment posted by Adam on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 8:13pm
I know, Sonic Stadium once had 30 mins of Generations footage and I was like NOOOO! GO AWAY! SPOILERS!
Hmm, do you know about the soundtracks they're releasing? You seem to be as big a Sonic fan as I am so I'd check it out
#10. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 8:22pm
Sonic Generations has been officially anounced by SEGA to be on PC! Guess we can look forward to that. (I don't have an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3, so this is amazing news to me.) =)
#11. Comment posted by SpeedingHedgehog on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 8:30pm
Lets see... there's been some speculation as to weather or not Sonic 4 Ep 2 would have 3D effects or not, and as of now, the answer is "No". Besides that, SEGA has been very quiet...

Sonic CD will have the JP soundtrack for the game, and MAY have the American soundtrack also later on as an update if SEGA can get the rights for it. But that's a BIG maybe.It has also been confirmed that it runs on Christian Whitehead "The Taxman"'s Retro Sonic engine.

Sonic Generations is now going to be released on PC via digital distributers, one being Steam. It has big system requirements, however... Also, there is gonna be a Sonic-themed skating competition called "Sonic Generations of Skate" featuring many skating legends, including Tony Hawk. It'll happen in California in the US on October 22nd, and will air on television on November 25th on Fox Sports, in the US at least... I know you're in the UK, but fogured you'd at least like to know that that's going on. Figured those wouldn't count as spoilers. :P

Those were the announcements that were not spoilers, and were important to me, at least...
Hope I was some help! :D
#12. Comment posted by Pokemarionic on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 9:27pm
i dont think this counts as a spoiler, but sonic generations is coming out on the PC
#13. Comment posted by Adam on Tuesday, 11th October 2011, 10:05pm
The PC version gets Eggmanland with Sonic and Knuckles Death Egg Zone remix. Just kidding! I'm not evil like that...
#14. Comment posted by hmmmm... on Thursday, 13th October 2011, 1:28am
go to the sonic stadium
#15. Comment posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 16th October 2011, 1:24pm
More News! The PC port of the game will cost $25 on steam.

Also, on the 3DS version, there have been rumors that this version will be delayed to 2012. It's only a rumor, but still...

Last, there might be a demo released on October 19th for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.
#16. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Sunday, 16th October 2011, 5:07pm
Another demo!? Awesome, I'll be sure to keep a look out for it this Wednesday! Thanks anon, I might have missed that entirely :)
#17. Comment posted by Gemster312 on Monday, 17th October 2011, 5:31am
Well, heres something you might be interested in... Sonic 3 HD.
Its a project open for everyone to participate in who wants! So you could totally join! Its just a HD remake of the original Sonic 3 and Knuckles! Me being the lead Programmer, its commign along pretty well. Maybe you would like to join? :)
Head over to sonic3hd.com to see whats going on. Its all in the forums section currently, as its only a 6 month old project with about 10 official working members including myself
#18. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Monday, 17th October 2011, 9:48am
Don't forget the much more Advanced (not meaning to brag) Sonic 2 HD, demo coming out soon of EHZ & HTZ. :D Check it out on sonic retro.

P.s You'll love generations-sega have released a HEAP of gameplay and trailers, and trust me-you'll love it!
#19. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Monday, 17th October 2011, 9:52am
P.P.s I do like S3HD as well as S2HD
#20. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Monday, 17th October 2011, 9:53am
*cough* third post lucky http://www.s2hd.sonicretro.org/
#21. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 18th October 2011, 5:06pm
I won't say anything specific on the levels, but I will say this: the level list is the only disappointing thing about this game so far, so be prepared for that.
#22. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Wednesday, 19th October 2011, 7:42am
Hey, I love the levels!! They are awesome, don't listen the anonymous!!! I mean they could be better, but they're still awesome!
#23. Comment posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 20th October 2011, 7:55am
Youtube has an ongoing series right now called Sonic for Hire, It's quite funny and worth checking out 2 seasons have been made with a third next month.
#24. Comment posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 20th October 2011, 5:12pm
@Hyper Sonic. No, they're not bad levels, but there were a couple of stupid decisions. The design itself is awesome, but the choices could've been a lot better.
#25. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Friday, 21st October 2011, 2:59am
I wouldn't call any of those decisions STUPID. Just not the best decisions. And they improved the "bad" levels by changing the design to incorporate things that weren't in the original levels. The one from Sonic Heroes had extra features that were not even mentioned in the original level, I just hope you know what I'm talking about! There are other examples, but I don't want to mention them. In case of spoilng.
#26. Comment posted by Anonymous on Friday, 21st October 2011, 3:32pm
Doesn't matter. The nature of the levels themselves is what makes them bad decisions. And the Heroes level didn't really have much that was new either. There's nothing they could possibly do to those levels to make them good decisions.
#27. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Saturday, 22nd October 2011, 1:58am
The levels because good decisions, because they changed the features radically, you OBVIOUSLY haven't seen the classic gameplay of the level from heroes, it looks EPIC, and nothing like the original stage.
#28. Comment posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 22nd October 2011, 5:30pm
What are you talking about? Of course it looks like the original. It's a little less like the original, I'll give you that, but it's still very close.
#29. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Saturday, 22nd October 2011, 7:00pm
Ok, this isn't the place to have endless arguments thank you very much. If you want to do that, please take it to another forum or exchange email addresses or something. Thanks.

Moving on, a piece of news I happened to notice myself is that Sonic won a Golden Joystick award yesterday in the UK, for outstanding contribution. A very nice little tribute indeed. http://www.goldenjoystick.com/
#30. Comment posted by jarbyjarb(the sonic info box) on Monday, 24th October 2011, 1:32am
sega has confermed the first bit of the sonic timeline. it go's sonic 1, sonic 2, sonic 3, sonic and knuckels, sonic 4 ep 1, sonic cd, sonic 4 ep 2.
#31. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Tuesday, 25th October 2011, 10:56am
Sonic 4 ep 1 doesn't have a very rich story in my opinion, and I don't even think it should be on the timeline! (I know a very RADICAL view) *cough* radical *cough*
#32. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 26th October 2011, 2:29am
@LiQuidShade Even after you find out the level list? Because I have a feeling you're going to end up picking a side afterwards (probably my side TBH). There's a lot of controversy behind some of the level selections (not surprising, it's the Sonic fandom after all). On that note, I'll shut up until you see the game for yourself. I've gotten my point across. Just don't get hyped up too much, that will only end in disappointment (not everyone is going to be 100% pleased with the game of course).
#33. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Wednesday, 26th October 2011, 8:07am
Just 98% happy! In my opinion there is only one bad thing about the game, and it is NOT the levels! P.S GET HYPED GET HYPED I've seen half the game, and trust me GET HYPED. HYPO HYPED. No, HYPER HYPED,get it hahaha.
#34. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Wednesday, 26th October 2011, 8:58am
I'm sure I'll be writing a full review afterwards, so there will be plenty of space for discussion about level choices and all other elements to the game in the comments of that post. To be honest, I'm pretty sure I know what most of the levels are going to be anyway, partly from them seeping through into peoples comments and tweets over the last few months unfortunately, but there's probably two or three that I'm still not very certain about, so I just want to keep the identity of those as secret as possible for the moment! Of the ones I am aware of, or at least strongly suspicious of, there are certainly a mix of great choices and not so great choices, but I'm just keen to see what's different about them from their original versions, and how they all fit into the story and in what order.

To be honest Hyper_Sonic, the fact that you have been able to see half of the whole game already rather saddens me! Whether it's through officially released material or leaked media, it creates a gulf between those who are happy to see it and those who don't want it ruining their experience. And most people aren't fortunate enough to own a website and ask their readers to give them spoiler-free news from the rest of the franchise! It's a topic I feel very strongly about, and when this is all over, I feel like I want to try and see if I can start taking action about it - whether it's through cooperating with other sites to try and make spoilers more secure, or maybe even talking to SEGA themselves to see if there's anything they can do to try and withhold a bit more. That can only be done with enough like-minded voices though so I'll want to see how many others there are out there that feel the same way. This will all come in another post soon but in the meantime, I'm interested to hear more opinions on the matter.

Anyway, thanks all for respecting my need to keep things unknown so far! Only 9 days to go for me!
#35. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Wednesday, 26th October 2011, 9:10am
I know, but my point was that I have STILL not lost the hype after watching them. P.S You have made me fell guilty :(
#36. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Wednesday, 26th October 2011, 9:18am
SEGA have really tried their hardest to stop the spoilers though. But the reason that So much gameplay was leaked AND the 10+ trailers by SEGA were released was because they wanted to keep the Hype ball rolling, and it was rolling a little too fast! But you do have to remember that some people want to know what the game is like before they play it, I am one of them. Besides, it's not my fault, my hands just had a mind of their own! After I found out the level list by accident I just couldn't control myself. You should make a "this is a spoiler free zone" banner on your site. Also I saw a comic with a "this is a ring free zone" for death egg zone s2, just wanted to let you know my inspiration.
#37. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Wednesday, 26th October 2011, 10:19am
lol, it's alright, you're not to blame - if the game will still feel just as fresh and enjoyable for you when you actually play it, then no harm done. But for me, seeing all of that would ruin it a bit - I just like it to be a surprise. I can appreciate media being used to attract people who wouldn't have bought the game otherwise, that's obviously important, but I do believe they can do that without telling us about almost every single level in the game, which I'm assuming they probably have done by this point. That's putting aside the leaked level list of course, which was accidental. Still, it was pretty stupid leaving it lying around in a demo that was obviously going to get dissected.
#38. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 26th October 2011, 11:08pm
Yeah, there's definitely been too much leaked content to the point where I've started tuning out. I don't mind knowing the levels, but knowing the entire level design is too much. The only ones I want to see are the ones that I'm worried about in terms of level design. S3 level was one, and I was quite impressed with it, but I'm still worried about the SA1 and 06 levels. Everything else I'm waiting until I actually play the game.
#39. Comment posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 27th October 2011, 3:29am
I just saw the 06 level, and it looks pretty good, but it's missing a very crucial part of the level.
#40. Comment posted by Anonymous on Friday, 28th October 2011, 5:21pm
Hey, just a heads up, some of the retail stores here in the U.S. are selling the game early (sadly, that's starting to become a trend here), so be even more careful of spoiler between now and the time you get the game.
#41. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Saturday, 29th October 2011, 7:07am
Well I actually quite liked the SA1 level, even though it was a bit too overdone in the game.
#42. Comment posted by Anonymous on Monday, 31st October 2011, 8:34pm
That's the only one I haven't seen yet that I want to.
#43. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 2nd November 2011, 4:13am
Tails is an unlocable character in Sonic CD.
#44. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Thursday, 3rd November 2011, 7:00pm
Don't know if anyone's managed to get their collectors box early today, but Amazon only dispatched mine at 5 this afternoon, so HOPEFULLY, should come tomorrow. It did originally estimate that it might be today though, so disappointingly, I still have another frustrating 24 hours ahead of me! Argh!
#45. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Friday, 4th November 2011, 9:00am
I'm sure you'll get through it, and LOVE the game as I do! The missions are almost like acts 2,3,4,5 & 6 plus sonic 2 HD's sound track www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GGQPKwKeww
#46. Comment posted by Anonymous on Friday, 4th November 2011, 10:57am
I've been playing the game most of the last few days, and it's just plain awesome in spite of the (IMO) bad level choices. Argh! If only I didn't have school!
#47. Comment posted by Anonymous on Monday, 7th November 2011, 1:36pm
Hey Liquid, you got the game yet?
#48. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Monday, 7th November 2011, 10:10pm
Yep! Got, completed, loved! More thoughts soon.

Incidentally if anyone finds a good quality, complete rip of the soundtrack (just until the OST's released), please share! I only just missed the one here before it got taken down, hopefully it comes back soon: http://forums.ffshrine.org/f72/sonic-generations-complete-looped-tagged-mp3s-97723/
#49. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Tuesday, 8th November 2011, 7:48am
I bet that you didn't love the game as much as I did, (actually you probably loved it more :D). Everything about the game was awesome except one (large) and many minor things. All in all an AWESOME game, easily the best in the francise since SA2, for me anyway.
#50. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Tuesday, 8th November 2011, 7:48am
*franchise
#51. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Tuesday, 8th November 2011, 9:08am
Can you go back on twitter now LQS :)
#52. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 8th November 2011, 2:30pm
I've been playing on and off, but I haven't beaten it yet. I'm very close, though. All I have left is to do 3 Modern challenge missions, then beat Silver, Egg Dragoon, and Time Eater. Hey, what do you think of the level choices?
#53. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Tuesday, 8th November 2011, 10:38pm
You'll have to wait until my review! Which should be this weekend at the latest I would have thought. But generally there were some very good and some not so good choices. Some that proved better than I thought, and one or two others worse so, but again, I'll name names later on! All in all though yes, it is a fantastic game, and one I'd recommend to literally anyone!

Yes, I will go back on Twitter soon. :)
#54. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Wednesday, 9th November 2011, 5:58am
Personally the "bad" level choises turned out to be some of my fav levels in the game (heroes, SA1, and 06) how ironic is that. The 3 bad choices being in my top 5 levels. I actually loved. EVERY zone in the game. Each stage is a treasure. Most of the missions are pretty awesome too. I like the missions that deviated from the act the most.
#55. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 9th November 2011, 4:58pm
I thought those three were okay, but could've been better. The Colors level turned out a million times better than I expected, though. Or at least the Modern level did.
#56. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Wednesday, 9th November 2011, 8:00pm
So did the classic one, nut the modern one was good too. This raises the question- classic sonic or modern sonic? I know that everybody likes both; but if you had to chose one what would it be? For me classic 52% modern 48%. The problem with classic Sonic is that his acts are ALWAYS shorter that the modern acts because he get act 1. I just hope that Sonic 4 ep 2 is like a clone of classic Sonic in generations, graphics and game play wise.
#57. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 9th November 2011, 11:13pm
For me it's Modern 70% Classic 30%. And I didn't like the Classic version of the Colors level, but I'll wait until the review comes out to explain why.
#58. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 10th November 2011, 6:14am
Actually I changes my mind, if the classic and modern acts had equal lengths-then I would be classic 65% modern 35%. It is not my fault that I like classic more, I just do! I miss 3D platforming Dreamcast style. Does anyone else?
#59. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 10th November 2011, 6:36am
to LQS http://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?showtopic=25598 *cough* music rip *cough*
#60. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 10th November 2011, 7:18am
You know, I JUST REALISED how old the above link is...
#61. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 10th November 2011, 7:59am
You most likely know this, but all the music is missing from your sonic CD guide :(
#62. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Thursday, 10th November 2011, 7:16pm
I know, at the time there were storage restrictions that prevented it, though these no longer exist, so I've just been lazy :P - I might actually wait to see if I can get my hands on the supposedly looped versions from the new Sonic CD next month. I remember that there were some already in existence but quality wasn't as good, as I recall.
#63. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Friday, 11th November 2011, 7:40am
I just want to hear bad future of stardust speedway all over again, *cough*
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