Monkey wrote:The fact that it is episodic and that they stated that there'd be a "new story arc" make me worried that they'll focus too much on the story that no one cares about.
The episodic part of the whole thing worries me as well; I believe this should have been a disc release, like NSMBWii. Downloadable games usually aren't taken as seriously, and if SEGA really intends to reboot their image, then they're missing a chance to leave a mark. As downloadble episodes, it doesn't matter how good the game is: it'll be doomed to be a footnote in Sonic history.
As for the story, I'm not fretting about that. Just consider how much story there is in Sonic 3 and Knuckles. After defeating Dr. Robotnik (I really hope they retcon the whole Eggman thing) and recovering the Choas Emeralds, he lands on Angel Island, where Knuckles takes the Emeralds away from him. Sonic gives chase, discovering that Robotnik beat him to the island, and that Knuckles is working with his nemesis to hinder his progress at every corner. Sonic finds the Emeralds that Knuckles hid and makes it to the Launch Base Zone, where he learnes that a new Death Egg is being built and will soon take off. He manages to prevent the launch at the last moment, and the doomsday machine crash lands on a volcano.
Sonic lands in Mushroom Hill and has to find the Death Egg in order to destroy it. Soon upon landing, he sees Knuckles hide gateways to more Emeralds - the Super Emeralds, which power up the Master Emerald. So Sonic restores the latter to its full power, but as he does battle with Knuckles in the Hidden Palace, Robotnik takes the opportunity to steal it. Knuckles, learning of Robotnik's true intentions, helps Sonic catch up to the villain through the Sky Sanctuary. From there, Sonic boards the Death Egg, finds Robotnik, chases him throughout space as Hyper Sonic, and defeats him for the last time. The Master Emerald is recovered and Angel Island returns to the sky.
So, yeah. It's about imagination for the most part. If Mario can constantly save the princess, I don't see why Sonic Team has to include some convoluted story. They should do like in old days and leave most of the story development to our imagination.
Boy, that sure was longer than I expected.
Oh, and they need to fix that "running" animation. It looks like he's just walking at a brisk pace, rather than running.