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Sonic Forces - Moment of Truth

Chapter 1 titled “Moment of Truth” features Sonic Forces’ Custom Hero Character and the Chaotix as they prepare for battle against Dr. Eggman’s sinister robot army.

Sonic Forces - Stress Test

In Chapter 2, "Stress Test", Knuckles and Silver are confronted by a dangerous old foe.

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Chemical Plant is in Sonic Mania

We've been treated to a new trailer and this time it's Chemical Plant Act 2. The purple goo appears to now be blue (that can be turned green) with interesting repelling characteristics.

Check it out below:

Sonic Mania release date and price announced

We finally now know the release date for Sonic Mania. It will be released August 15th 2017. It will also retail for $19.99 in the US and £14.99 in the UK. There is however a Steam sale knocking off 10%. This lowers it to $17.99 and £13.49 respectively.

If you're interested in the collector's edition, it's still going on. Links below for that for each platform.

Sega released some new screenshots along with a new trailer. The art direction should look familiar in the trailer as it was done by Tyson Hesse, who also worked on the Sonic Megadrive comic. Hopefully we get to see more animated material soon. Hyper Potions also brings new music. Full track here. It's also been added to the music section.

Oh also Stardust Speedway. :D

Third character revealed in Sonic Forces

Sega today has released two trailers showcasing the mysterious third character teased before. As rumored, it is indeed a custom character you'll be able to create for the game. The second trailer shows 2D game play.

Sonic Boom Season 2's "Robots from the Sky" Debuts this Saturday

Sonic Boom, the cartoon, has gained general appeal amongst Sonic fans. Episodes are chopped up into 11 minute episodes and usually one 11 minute episode airs each Saturday per week. There has also never been any continuation from episode to episode. Sure, maybe you'll see some of the same robots or quick references but that's it. That changes this weekend.

This Saturday, we'll get the first of a 4 parter, "Robots from the Sky."

Another look at Sonic Forces in Green Hill

Sega has released to the public an entire act of Classic Sonic in Green Hill along with some high resolution screenshots. Click the thumbnails to see them in their 5K glory.

One thing interesting to note is that the number at the end of each of the filenames of these images are UNIX time stamps. 1492046832 for example is Thu, 13 Apr 2017 01:27:12 GMT or likely the time these screens were taken.

Sonic Forces third character teased

We got a sneak peak of the third character in the upcoming Sonic Forces game during Nintendo Direct and it looks like to be... some wolf guy?

Sonic Forces 3rd character teaser

It's obviously a tease. There's also rumors floating around that this is really just stand in for a custom character creation tool but I'm not buying it.

Do you want high res Sonic Adventure art?

Duh, of course you do.

The recently-started Video Game History Foundation has begun archiving media assets sent to press from game companies. Among the first uploads is a zip disk of "Sonic Adventure character art", which includes 3 super high resolution pieces of promo art from the game. Check 'em out:

 


(Click the pics for full quality.)

 

Look at that. You can even count the polygons in Sonic's shoes. Amazing, right?

A copy of the disk was uploaded to the Internet Archive. The ZIP file includes an ISO image of the original disk, plus the art files converted to PNG.

Virtual Reality in Sonic Forces leaves journalists vomiting 24 hours after playing

Sega revealed today behind closed doors to the press that the upcoming Sonic Forces game would INDEED include VR support for the PS4, Oculus and HTC Vive. Sadly, nothing has been said regarding the Nintendo Switch as Nintendo currently has no plans for VR. Players will be able to strap on a helmet and see in first person what Sonic sees when he runs.

This hasn’t been a great experience, unfortunately. Mrs Fogherty of Polygon had this to report:

“It was great until I started to go REALLY fast. I had never experienced such a rush of speed. I forced myself to get used to it but then I jumped and that’s when I had to reach for a bucket. I hope they fix this before release. They should NOT have the camera rotate along with Sonic when you jump. This is asking for trouble.”

It’s not unusual to hear about nausea when using VR, unfortunately, it gets worse.

“I don’t even think I could play another VR game now. The experience has left me constantly nauseous ever since. The game is otherwise fun to play. Just don’t play with VR, whatever you do. I may try again with a wet rag but I’m not sure yet. I wasn’t the only one either!”

Well there you have it. Looks like Sonic wasn’t made for Virtual Reality or hopefully they work out the bugs before release. Sonic Forces will release later this year for PC, PS4, XBox One and Nintendo Switch.

We were able to get a sneak peak of the VR demo in Sonic Forces as seen below: