But all gadgets were bulky in the Game Boy era. Mobile phones aimed at executives had a similar make-up.Crowbar wrote: What d'you mean "these days"? Kids' stuff has always been built to be robust. Remember the Game Boy?
I don't think LW has anything to do with Sonic Xtreme. Although to explain, I'll have to use an anecdote: (Bear with me!)Oh look, they're finally releasing Sonic Xtreme.
I wasn't overly impressed with Sonic Colours. Although it was easily better than its predecessors, the colour powers made it very repetitive. So, after beating the final boss I stopped playing. However, since reading Crazy Penguin and Redrappy's comments in this thread I decided to give it another go.
On a second playing, Sonic Colours is easily one of the top 3 Sonic games. Being able to access the additional colour powers not only removes the repetitiveness, but massively increases the exploration. The game actively encourages players to think outside of the box when exploring, to look not only forwards and backwards but upside-down as well. It has a 360° approach to exploration that on many (but not all) levels surprassess even S3&K.
This is where I think Lost World came from: Sonic Team read the reviews of Sonic Colours, realised that most players didn't give the levels a second go and so devised the tube like levels to ensure Colours' 360° exploration was available from the start. It's a natural extension of Sonic Colours that happens to resemble Xtreme and Mario Galaxy.
Sonic Adventure to Sonic Unleashed had rambling, tangled-up stories, but at least the characters were (for the most part) endearing. Now that just seem like generic cartoon characters, making random quips for cheap laughs. The 'real' Tails would never talk back to Sonic like he does in that LW cutscene.That opening cutscene was...the scenario of Sonic accidentally releasing Agathea the Fire God by his brash impatience is fine and all, inasmuch as we apparently still need to put up with stories about Eggman harnessing the mojo of infernal deities (sure are a lot of these in Sonic's world!), but the dialogue just reminded me that these are bastardizations of the characters I once loved and I hate every one of them.