Checkpoint 3/17: An Expression of Hope

Written by James T. George

Welcome to Checkpoint, a segment from the authors here at LevelSave designed to quickly let you know what is on our minds, how we are reacting to current news and trends, and some looks into content coming soon from LevelSave.com. 

March 17, 2017

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  • Really loving Zelda. I love the scope of the game. I hate weapons that break down.
  • Jim Sterling wrote a great review that explained his thoughts on many aspects of the game and I think it justifies the score he gave it. The response to Jim by some over-obsessive readers was wrong, and they make us all look bad by extension.
  • I’ll be taking a break from Zelda for Mass Effect this weekend thanks to EA Access. I’m excited. I love that franchise too.
  • It doesn’t bother me much, but there sure are some strange animation glitches going down in the Andromeda Galaxy. The most glaring issues seem to be with facial expressions!
  • I’m not ashamed to say I’m a huge Sonic the Hedgehog Fan. One of my earliest and most impactful gaming experiences was with the franchise.
  • The upcoming Sonic Mania was delayed, but that’s ok. I just want a polished title. So far, things look good.
  • Sonic’s other big title this year, previously called “Project 2017” got an official title and a snippet of game play.

Bonus Level:

Sonic the Hedgehog was not my first video game, but it was the first that I started obsessing over. I’ve played a lot of games, but there is not a game (or series) I replay more than that one. Specifically Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (& KNUCKLES), which I believe was the pinnacle of the 2D era of Sega’s mascot. Christian Whitehead, originally a well-known ROM hacker gone-pro, seems to be helping bring back a little of that magic with Sonic Mania. Everything I see looks like the Sonic 4 I’ve always wanted. I’m not bothered at all by the delay. I can wait. Do things right, Sega.

Sonic Forces, the now properly titled 3D entry coming this holiday, looks like it will fall back on the formula Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations received praise for. I can’t say I’m surprised, because when a formula works, you should iterate, not eliminate. Still… when it comes to the 3D Sonic games, I’ve always had a preference for the formula established in the Dreamcast Era. It wasn’t perfect, but it was fun and had an element of charm that few games, especially recent Sonic titles, seem to be able to pull off. I have crazy amounts of nostalgia for Sonic Adventure (and the Sega Dreamcast for that matter) so my opinion on this is not exactly unbiased. I did enjoy Generations quite a bit though, so I can’t say I’m disappointed with the direction they seem to be headed with this one.

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James T. George

Jim, a proud native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, enjoys a variety of things other than games, movies, music, sports, and technology, but usually falls prey to character limits when filling out

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