Xiden wrote:Meh its about art style + gameplay to me. Not all games have to look next gen to be good. Streets of rage 4 imo was exactly what it needed to be. If you want a good next gen sonic game try sonic frontiers out
I agree with you that it's about art style + gameplay and that not all games have to look next gen. Some of my favorite games are indie games that in no way look next gen. But those were exactly my issues with Sonic Mania and Steerts of Rage 4. The art style wasn't an issue (tho Mania looked straight something out of out of 1994-95), it was the gameplay. It was 90% what we already knew and experienced, very little if any new additions and innovation on the formula to keep things fresh despite being 25+ years in the making in regards to SOR4.
And regarding Sonic Frontiers, I did try it out. And it's the biggest disappointment any Sonic game ever delivered. I have zero clue why anyone would praise it, as it continues the trend of removing and redefining everything that made Sonic special and stand out in the first place. Not only is it now 'meh' in every aspect, it's also a time waster on top of it.
SEGA has this weird thing of going in a far, weird extreme of completely re-imagening Sonic, only for then to later go in the other extreme where they go too far back, basically just rehashing and copy-pasting the old games (although with Sonic Team, they can't even do that properly...just look at Sonic 4), and they keep going back and forth between these two extremes. They never go back to the roots, AND actually build on them that would actually expand on the experience and make sense to me. Becasue I believe there is so much more they could do with even the 2D formula than Mania did.