Sonic Frontiers thoughts

Sonic Frontiers. Oh man, what a wild ride this game has been. From fans and people feeling mixed about the game to feeling completely different after launch. From sega’s poor marketing to now, it has been interesting.

Sonic Frontiers is an open zone game and not an open world say dark souls, the breath of the wild, and so on. You do get the freedom to run around in these massive areas. And you have cyberspace levels that come as a second option* to clear a zone/island but you still need to explore the island to clear some of the story.

For me, I was worried that this game would be like Sonic forces which is serious at the start but becomes light-hearted. Or how the levels were going to be super short like Sonic forces but while that was not the case, for the most part.

The levels or stages were set up like Sonic Forces, but here, also had level layouts from other Sonic games like Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, Sonic Generations, and more.

You have Green Hill, Chemical Plant, sky sanctuary, And a city stage as level themes. These are short stages but they are meant to be replayed and are not the main focus of the game since that was the open zone. being the selling point. If you were hoping the levels would be longer than Sonic Forces, you will be a bit disappointed here.

When Sega said this was an open zone-based game, I thought they were being fancy but no, they meant it, each area is a zone, meaning there is a load screen, a completely new area. And the zones do not connect like other open-world games.

Things I liked

Here is where I will talk about things I liked or loved.

  1. The open fields
  2. the combat (a bit simple but more later on)
  3. The story
  4. boss fights were great
  5. the RPG elements were interesting
  6. Some of the mini-bosses were fun to fight
  7. The boss’s music was good.
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My experience with Sonic Origins

Sonic Origins is one of the most awaited games because people had access to the ports of Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and finally, Sonic 3 and knuckles all remastered and ready for game fronts like steam, PlayStation, and so on.

But there is something off here about the release of this collection, and what a great way to share the experience I had with the game. And look, if this is your first time playing the classic sonic games. or you never played them but wanted to, well now you got a chance to do so.

And yes, there are older collections out there that have Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3, Sonic and knuckles, and sonic 3 and knuckles. However, if you wanted to play the Sonic 1 & Sonic 2 mobile remastered ports, you would need to get Sonic Origins or buy them off the mobile stores.

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Sonic Frontiers impressions

Sonic Frontiers. The big new Sonic game that has everyone talking about it but for the wrong reasons. So I wanted to talk about this game like I did with Sonic Forces and go into detail here, so bear with me on this.

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We have gotten two video game trailers and two gameplay videos that show exploration and his basic moveset. And there are puzzles and collectibles and the combat focus video shows off more moves, combat, fights, and so on.

Let’s start with the first Trailer we got way back on Dec 9, 2021

Before I begin, I want to say this is all speculation, assuming what may or may not be, talking about the good, bad, and other things.

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Sonicvania dev log 1: Titles and simple ideas

I want to do something a little different and this is more so, a dev log of an idea for my sonicvania project. The title system will have different effects on the game. These are titles based on people I talked to or know.

These titles can and will grant you special effects or just give you a stat bonus up and nothing more. Of course, these titles can be added from the pause menu, and below are gifs of the mode being made in the works.

The core engine is far from done. And I need to update the boss rush anyway lol.

Also, each title will be changed later on and given a rating from 1 star to 5 stars. 1 being a title with nothing too good to 5 stars that has a title that offers more boosts. I am also thinking of making an upgrading title system to make titles stronger than normal

1-star titles can be upgraded once.

2-star titles can be upgraded 3 times.

3-star titles can be upgraded 3 times and can ascend to be upgraded 3 more times

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4-star titles can be upgraded 5 times, and can ascend to be upgraded 5 more times.

5-star titles can be upgraded one but all stats are percent based after upgrade.

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Game development log

Ah, this will be a fun post since this will be a game development log for my clickteam fusion games I got planned and the progress that is on the way. Been a while since I made any game dev logs to show off things. It’s more of a what’s to come or what I got planned in the realm, I call my head.

Sonic’s grand adventure (Working title)

This is a 2d action platformer I had created in clickteam fusion 2.5. This is a game that started as an idea for adobe flash 3’s action script 3 but I didn’t know how to code in adobe flash 3, and I moved to gamer maker studio 1.4.x then clickteam fusion 2.5.

the idea for this fan game was to make something fun. I wanted to make a fan game I had in the making as an idea for years. This fan game uses another sonic engine for sonic physics, and even though it’s not the best, it’s good enough.

At the moment, this project is currently on hold / canceled due to this project making me depressed, but I will probably come back to this project, and complete it or offer something more complete.

The demo build is still up but has not been updated. It’s more of a test to play around with some of the things I added. I might come back to this in the future.

roadmap: https://trello.com/b/sjqcDPgl/sonic-new-years-game-road-map

Link to the game: https://onychaos.itch.io/test

Dae’s adventure (Working title)

This is a text-based RPG that you can play in a browser or download to a desktop. This will be a simple game that is safe for work, and anyone can play it. I will think of a simple story and such. You don’t play as dae, but rather can meet him to join him or strike him down like other heroes.

I have other plans where you can meet Arisu the wise, Alurua the giant, and Elpha the smol goblin.

Go to wonderful places like Witching hour village, Mountains, the magic lake, while trying to avoid being corrupted by a foul evil in this world. Or some shit like that.

The roadmap is not planned yet but will add one here, and update it later.

Roadmap: https://trello.com/b/it37Nkio/text-based-rpg

New Year Fangame (Working title)

A new year’s sonic fan game that is a boss rush/time attack and maybe something more. It is a game you can speedrun and play around with. This is my current fan game that I am working on at the moment

You can fight 5 or 10 different bosses, but it may just be 5 for the time being. And it is something I hope people will like. There is an old build out but I got a new build of the game in the works, and it is a big update that may make the game worth playing, and new features.

I have a lot planned, and everything is getting a new update and a new engine with fast loops. :3

link to the game: https://onychaos.itch.io/new-years-mini-game

roadmap: https://trello.com/b/sjqcDPgl/sonic-new-years-game-road-map

Snake

I remade the snake game poorly in Clickteam fusion 2.5+. It is not a perfect version of snake but it gets the job done, at least. You get the thing/apple to go faster. I may come back to this later and add some changes and updates.

it is a simple game, nothing crazy.

link to game: https://onychaos.itch.io/boop

Like all games and projects I make, they can be found here: https://onychaos.wordpress.com/projects/

Sonic World DX Sage demo impressions

When did I make this post on the Sonic world DX Anniversary Demo? I made that post in 2019. It is crazy how time flies. But the blog post was my first impression of Sonic World DX in 2019. Safe to say, my first impressions were anything but great. After I made that post, I stopped playing it.

I saw that the Sonic World DX team released a Sonic Amateur Games Expo demo or sage demo, but after the sonic world dx anniversary, I got to the point where I ignored the game. And there is their Sonic World DX Q and A video, and that is something else.

With a bad experience with Sonic World DX, I want to see if the Sonic World DX sage demo fixed some problems I held. And what other changes got made. And since they made a post saying they are cutting some characters. May as well try it out, and I might be impressed.

Enough stalling. I’m going into this sage demo with a bit of bias and a bad experience. If I start sounding mean towards the game, you know why. And I think it is time I made a real impression post here.

Sonic World DX is a 3D platformer where you have a stage selection like Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. There is no story, no main battle guy. Just run and play, which is good.

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Watched a Sonic 2 race

So, I took a hour out of my day to watch the Sonic 2 race between HyperSonic7701, MastaKirby, and SuperChris. I’m watching the race from HyperSonic7701’s channel.

So, at first, the gang was just learning what to do. then came race time or time to race. And my god. I have never seen such a trainwreck. This is why it is best to be ready before hand. cause this was a hour of trying to get SuperChris logged in and it was quite the mess and very painful to watch.

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Angry Cat Noises

I should make it clear that I use Hexchat, which is a bit weird for me to learn after not using it as much. but I always have my password saved where it is safe, so I don’t run into this hassle or remembering my password and holding up the group.

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Sonic 3D in 2D stream

So, It’s time I give Sonic 3D in 2D A second go. After my first impression of the game was very not all too good. I did not like the game. You can read up on my first impressions here: Sonic The Hedgehog 3D in 2D

So, why am I playing this game again? The game got a number of updates which has fixed some things and I want to give this game a another chance. I doubt I will get all emeralds but I will try to get all the emeralds

If I had not watched MastaKirby’s stream, I would probably would have tried to get all the emeralds in Sonic 3D In 2D but since MastaKirby unlocked all the characters? I don’t have a reason to beat Sonic 2D in 3D with everyone, just Sonic.

Sonic 3D Blast in 2D – Green Grove Act 2 boss screenshot

So, when will this stream happen? Probably around 7 Am on Wednesday or whenever this post goes live, If I am free. I will be using the newest version of the fangame, and taking notes of bugs that I find and tell the dev about them for the blog post. I will blog about the bugs as well.

But, should be interesting? I am not too hopeful that my impression of the game has changed, if anything, it may be worse. But time will tell. I am in a better state of mind or at least in a better mindset.

That’s all I wanted to say. :3

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SRB2Kart – 3 races in 1 video

Back again with more SRB2 kart videos. As the title says, 3 srb2 kart races in one video. All being hosted on Mastakirby’s server and streamed on Mastakirby’s Twitch channel.

The man had so many wads that replays started not working. The games were fun till some asshole got mad he was kicked. Told him why he was kicked but didn’t read the warning. No one reads these days.

I would add a Twitch clip link but Tumblr will hide this post in search. >:V

Here the video with the races shown.

Who is who here.

Don’t be mad is OnyChaos (me)

MastaKirby is Mastakirby

Nowa Nowa Noire is HyperSonic7701

We are using a change character wad and Roll the dice wad.

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Sonic Adventure DX Randomizer

When this mod first came out. I was not to crazy about it since during this time I seen the Sonic Adventure 2 Battle randomizer and back then SADX randomizer was bare bones which felt like a cheat code to switch characters.

I was not too crazy about sadx randomizer after seeing SA2B randomizer and not being too blown away and sadx at release was neat but didn’t pull me in but however.. overtime these mods, SADX randomizer in particular because this was a game I spent a month on learning the in’s and out’s of it

my run is here is in the link below

https://www.speedrun.com/sadx/run/y6pex2qm

Trying out SADX randomizer on stream. Man, this mod has seen very big changes. changes that make the mod worth playing. This mod community is getting to a point where they can make their own game out of SADX.

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SRB2Kart – MKSC Rainbow road

Playing SRB2Kart with the same group of friends again. The playback desynced but don’t know by how much but looks like it was fixed so after.

But I used to hate this stage from mario kart super circuit since It’s very easy to miss your mark but after learning tricks from my friends, the stage is not as bad but still not fond of it but it was fun.

I am glad that SRB2Kart replays are handy for watching a race or match.

Goes without saying but I’m playing as Princess Daisy. :3

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Sonic World DX impressions

Ah, Sonic World DX. After that mess that was the Sonic world drama, Sonic world R9 came out not too soon after things got sorted but that drama was a mess

But enough of that. I said my piece. Sonic World DX is a Anniversary Demo that was released to the world to play, test out, and find bugs and such.

The demo has 1 level, that being kingdom valley from Sonic 06  and this demo has 3 acts and I have to say, Kingdom valley, it’s fun to play. The stage is open to explore ar your own pace or find your own ways of playing the stage. I love this about the demo.

As much as I love the demo. The game seems to be running on the same engine as Sonic World R8 / R9. Engine being Blitz3D. I have heard they have mastered Blitz3D and I seen they made tools for Blitz3D to edit or crate levels but that comes with it’s own issues..


Bugs

The game crashes if the player get to goal ring with any shield in Act 1 or act 2, which is annoying to deal with. Below are gif links of me showing the crashes. Act 3 doesn’t crash. Guess there is a issue with loading acts that NEEDS to be fixed.

https://i.imgur.com/04AJd0B.gifv

https://i.imgur.com/7OFTCH6.gifv

https://i.imgur.com/v3HdDcd.gifv

Sonic can run / jog on walls?

You can clip through the floor

Some springs and launchpads send you forward but unless you add forward input, you are going to fall to your death or miss where you were aiming for.

During the credits, the player can go to the Sonic World Blog by hitting the Rt on the controller. If you use a keyboard. it runs as normal but using a controller, it freaks out and mass open the same link when it gets a controller input.

The text can overlap the score in results but this is based on your screen size :V

While not a bug but a issue. I don’t know who made the timer for Sonic World but someone, fix it. It has been 5 years and this is still a thing?

https://i.imgur.com/flKXqRB.gifv

My final thoughts

Sonic World DX shows promise that it can be a great fan game in the future, and with a new change in lead. Sonic World Dev team seems to be on track. I hope this team can do well and maybe in the future, they can learn a new engine since Blitz3D is outdated but that’s up to them.

Sonic and the rings look nice. Sonic model looks clean same for the rings. Everything looks good. The new UI is nice and I like where this is going.

Super Sonic / Hyper is OP where you can skip some areas. And while Sonic feels better to control, he feels way too loose for tight platforming. Same for his other forms

Overall, I had fun playing Sonic World DX. It may be a demo but this is one demo to play as it does new things better and It’s fun.

Download the game here: https://sonicworldfangame.com/2019/02/14/sonic-world-dx-anniversary-demo/

Thanks for reading. :P

Sonic Adventure SX demo #SAGE2018

Time to go over Sonic Adventure SX for SAGE2018. I know I am late to the party, but I want to share my thoughts, since I did review this game before, but under a different name “Sonic and Shantae Adventure (SAGE 2017) Demo”

So, in this demo I will list the new stuff.

  • Time attack or Trial mode
  • Mini game mode

Story mode, Battle mode are not in this demo.

Made by Giga

When opening the game, you will be met with a new title screen and save / load screen which is fancy.


From what I have played, It has got a huge overhaul and I will be talking about what I like in this demo and dislike as well.

Likes

  • Able to play as 8 characters (Not counting Super, hyper, and dark form)
  • Each Character feels different, and not a sonic clone
  • Level layout is much better than the last build
  • 4 stages total to play in. 2 for each side. 2 for Sonic, and 2 for Shantae
  • Pretty good Music
  • Fun to play.
  • Issues I had with the last version has been fixed
  • Mini games are a fun time killer for a bit

Dislikes

  • The camera for any sonic Character always jerks around when you are going at max speed when going in loops
  • Playing as Shantae or RottyTops. When hit or takes damage on ground or in air, the player freezes up in place and can’t move for a bit. This can be a issue when you are over pits or other hazards. This can lead to unfair deaths
  • Spindash is not strong enough, unless you also move in the spindash state

Bugs

  • Rottytops can clip through walls when ducking on the left side of them
  • RottyTops can zip along the wall
  • Shantae’s dash backwards allows her to clip in walls to skip areas
  • When getting hit in the air or ground, you’re stunned and this can lead to cheap deaths

Sometimes risky’s scimitar doesn’t hurt enemies and you take a free hit

Tails feels heavy when he is flying

Collision needs some more work


Overall Thoughts

It is far better then the last year’s build. It has love put into this fan game and I would love to see this completed. It needs more work but Giga6152, you did well here and it will get better overtime

I had fun playing this. It no longer as rough as the last version. There is a amazing game here, and with a bit more fine tuning I think this would be a fun crossover game.

Keep up the good work, Giga6152. I’m proud of what I see here. :3

Download the game here: https://sonicfangameshq.com/forums/showcase/sonic-adventure-sx-sage-2018-demo.190/ or here https://gamejolt.com/games/sonic-adventure-sx/212276

Sonic Mania Plus Review

So, it’s time. I have been meaning to make a review on this DLC. In fact, it was not gonna happen but thanks to my kind Best friend, SBCz who got me the DLC on steam. I was able to play it and give my thoughts on it sooner than later.

However, Stardew Valley and Clicker Heroes 2 have been taking up my time. But that aside, I have played the Sonic Mania DLC and beaten it. I am ready to give my opinion on it.

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Story?

The DLC “Encore mode” takes place after forces (Assuming), Sonic returns as the Phantom ruby flies off, and Sonic gives chase to find Ray, and Mighty trapped in a capsule. Only to find out later, that Heavy Magician is back in action, and King Heavy use the ruby to send the player back in time, undoing the damage on the hard boiled heavies.

That’s it, really.


So, in encore mode. The game adds “new” level layout to encore mode to give the user some new to playthrough, as well as a new time of day for each zone. Special Stages rings have been hidden in new areas.

I really do feel that encore mode tries to encourage players to explore the level, high and low to find these Special stage rings. The Special stages are brand new and offer a challenge for the player

Encore gets rid of lives, rather, you can have Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Ray, and Mighty as make-shift lives, which can be found in Special Character icon monitors or the pinball bonus stage (50 rings at a checkpoint)

Encore mode character box

You can switch between the characters by hitting a Switch box (Seen above). Or if you wish to use the A.I controlled character, you can press the action button. The idea is neat, but other than, a new mode, new special stages, and minor changes to suit Mighty and ray’s moves.

DLC doesn’t have a whole lot to offer current players. New players of Sonic Mania will get something out of it. If you been playing Mania since it first came out, you will spot the minor edits to the zones.

Bosses are left unchanged and are still the same. Which I felt the mode could have needed the change to keep players on their toes. It would have been nice, at least…

Only two bosses got a change, one was a major change, while the other was very minor. These changes were from the new Sonic Mania patch, which is free.

The “true” ending, while is neat to watch and good to unlock, it was very underwhelming to me. Go through a minor edit version of each zone, get the emeralds, for an ending that could have been bit better. Won’t ruin it for others.


I want to talk about the level layout and time of day for the stages. I just want to nitpick here…

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Green Hill at sunset looks nice, and it does make green hill fun to go through for the 100th time

Sonic Mania – Encore Green Hill

Then you look at a well made rom hack that started it all. Megamix 3.0

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Sonic Megamix 3.0 – rom hack

Encore green hill is just sunset hill. And most of the zone changes are minor. Some zones do have new shortcuts added just for encore mode.


My final thoughts

For the new Sonic fan who is new to Sonic Mania, and wants more from the game. Sonic Mania will have what you in Sonic Mania Plus.

If you been playing Sonic Mania since it came out, it might be for you. But don’t expect much. It’s 5 dollars, after all. Assuming, you own Sonic Mania, of course. The DLC was pretty fun, but after 2 playthroughs, the magic wore off of me.

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I tend to beat games pretty fast, so, this could be the reason why encore mode feels like it could have done so much more, but didn’t. The DLC, for the most part, is great. That part is new special stages and Mighty, and Ray as new characters.

The level layout for the encore, in my opinion, is disappointing. I understand that it’s meant to be for Ray and mighty to use their moves to get to new areas, but after Green Hill…Sunset hill. Mighty and Ray fall into the same trap as Knuckles and Tails, that they feel like Sonic but have a different move.

The level layouts, later on, feel unchanged. it’s like I’m playing without the DLC. I know some levels do have areas where Mighty and Ray can use their moves, but I rarely saw them.

One level felt like it was new. That was the encore Mirage Saloon. This stage was fun. to play as any character. They all had a use here in act 1. Act 2 is the same as others.

Encore mode did offer a good time, and I had fun exploring stages for special stage rings. Again, $5 for DLC. I was hoping for too much. I wanted this DLC to be something else. One can wish.


The DLC adds the following:

  1. Mighty and Ray as new characters
  2. Encore mode
  3. Harder Special Stages in encore
  4. New ending in encore
  5. “New” Level layout in Encore mode
  6. Maybe something I missed?

Do you want to buy Sonic Mania Plus?

Again, if you own Sonic Mania already, the DLC is 5 dollars.

Link to Sonic Mania Plus on steam

Thanks for reading. :3


Image Sources

https://knowyourmeme.com/photos/635001-consider-the-following

https://derpibooru.org/1404387

Review: Sonic R

Sonic and Tails catch wind of a “World Grand Prix” when they noticed that Doctor Robotnik has joined the “World Grand Prix” to win the Chaos Emeralds to take over the world. Knuckles and Amy find out about Robotnik’s plan and join up with Sonic to get the Chaos Emeralds before Doctor Robotnik has a chance to get them.

I’m using the Sonic Gems collection port of Sonic R to make this review, as I want to give my take on this, as a heads up.

Sonic R is your run of the mill 3D racing game. The game is basic, you have your “Grand Prix” acting as your main mode, and you have Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, and Doctor Robotnik to play as, and each character plays a bit different.

Sonic is the fastest, Tails has the best turning but is slow. Knuckles… Can glide but that’s the important thing. Amy has a “boost” power that allows her car to go fast and she can drive on water, and Robotnik can attack.

With these characters, you get five tracks to play through. From Resort Island, Radical City, Regal Ruin, Reactive Factory, and Radiant Emerald. (See a trend here with the R?)

In each course, your goal is to place first but there are other collectibles to get during the race. You have the Chaos Emeralds and the five Sonic Tokens in the four courses. Each course is paired with a pretty catchy and cheesy vocal Soundtrack while it’s not the best, it fits the stages or courses, for the most part. There is another mode, “Time attack” Which holds 3 extra modes but not worth mentioning.

My thoughts

Now, I said each character plays a bit different. The controls are too loose and I feel that the courses were not designed with the loose controls in mind. Over time, you can get used to them but I feel that is awful design.

The tracks are good for what they are. I feel like the tracks were made with a different plan in mind, as the characters run into walls or the water far too easy and it can be annoying.

Sonic R looked nice at the time but like any game, it will age poorly but Sonic R has not aged too bad but the flaws that others had with the game will become more clear to see what has aged poorly.

But is Sonic R a bad game? Due to all the memes around this game, I can’t say it has helped it in any way. Sonic R is not a bad game, it’s just underwhelming for a racing game.

But other racing games back then did offer more but I feel that Sonic R missed the mark. With Sonic R, at best, you will find an average Sonic racing game that offers not much. And at worst, you have an ok Sonic spin-off game that may not be worth your time.