Bought it today, cleared the basic game (I've yet to get all the Chaos Emeralds), enjoyed it. The physics are definitely a step up from Episode 1; Sonic doesn't feel as heavy when moving from a standing position, for instance, and it's easier to regain your bearings on small platforms (in Episode 1, I often misjudged my landing, causing me to walk off a platform just
as I land on it). I like the team maneuvers - particularly how they freeze the game (and the timer) temporarily while Sonic and Tails are posing and all, giving you a short chance to decide your next move. The double spin dash is hilariously overpowered in my opinion, though; it makes the race against Metal Sonic near the end a total joke.
I played local co-op with a friend; the 'off-screen call' from Sonic Colors
' 2-player mode returns, and is quite useful in surviving botched jumps and misjudged flight distances (normally, you can't use the flight maneuver more than once in any given 'air time'; have Sonic let go of Tails and fall off-screen, and when he warps back to Tails' position, when you press X to spawn him again, he gets a fresh team maneuver to use
). On the other hand, Sky Fortress acts 1 and boss require intense
teamwork, as it's pretty easy for either the Tails player (flying the Tornado) to fly Sonic right into the path of a badnik/attack, or for the Sonic player to botch a homing attack and hit the bottom of the screen before he can press the 'recall' button that lets him instantly dash back onto the Tornado.
Also, something I noticed about Tails' flight ability: when carrying Sonic, he has about as much stamina as in Sonic 3 before he gets tired and begins to descend - though he has better speed and altitude gain in comparison. Alone, he can fly for quite a long time. I know this because my partner kept flying at every opportunity, causing me to warp to him (the player who's 'falling behind' is the one who's warped to the player 'in the lead'; it changes depending on the direction of the path you're on) while I'm still picking up rings I just dropped. ^_^;
So, now that Episode 2 is out and general reaction seems to be fairly positive... you guys think there's a chance of us still seeing Episode 3? Knuckles and Amy need a comeback, too!
edited 28th May '12 11:41:07 PM by Demovere