Sonic Forces

Sonic Forces
US Release: Nov 07, 2017
Japan Release: Nov 09, 2017
Europe Release: Nov 10, 2017

Game Developer: Sonic Team

Popularity: 361st All Time, 19th This Week

Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog
Characters on BTVA: 16
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Shaun Ince
said at 3:42 PM on Tue Sep 19 2017
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I really hope this game is good. 3D sonic games have gone through a bit of a rough patch after Sonic Generations
said at 2:36 PM on Sun Sep 24 2017
@Shaun Ince Same. I'm hoping this game becomes sort of a comeback for Sega. They made some really smart moves with it (including the OC generator.) and the voice acting looks pleasant enough.
said at 8:42 AM on Tue Sep 19 2017
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Am I the only one who thinks that Sega is taking Sonic a bit to seriously? I know this is late, but it seems that they're trying a bit to hard with the franchise as a whole with all of these serious stories, edgy villains and dark themes (and yes I know this is about 10 or 12 years late but who cares?). I'm only mentioning it now because it only just occurred to me when watching the latest trailer for this game.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:55 AM on Tue Sep 19 2017
@Soul-dragon The overly dramatic tone of certain Sonic games, especially 2006 and Black Knight was always off putting IMO. You get stuff like an exestential crisis of BK's villain accompanied by Sonic's really bizarre design* and cheesy voice acting. (Never gonna be a fan of Jason Griffith's Sonic, sorry.) It's surreal and really doesn't work. The self aware humor of Colors and Generations fits the series much better.

*Just as an aside, Sonic is really freaky looking design wise. He's got a massive bobble head, gangly limbs and that fused eye thing. He's surprisingly weird looking for an iconic game mascot.
said at 11:49 AM on Tue Sep 19 2017
@Soul-dragon I see where you're coming from, even though I kind of disagree. IMO, Sega's trying to go back to what made the 3D Sonic games engaging (aside from core gameplay, of course): story and presentation. Even if you don't agree with me, I hope you can at least understand.

@Nightmare Crusher If you prefer the more light-hearted tone of the series, then you're totally allowed to (same thing goes for you not liking Griffith's Sonic as much as others, such as myself, do). You know, maybe for the next 3D games (after Forces), how about they try to tone down the seriousness a little bit and add in a few light-hearted moments (kind of like Unleashed)? I think that would work. As for Sonic's current design, I'm personally completely fine with the way it is (although I won't deny that people are making stupid memes about it).
said at 12:35 AM on Sun Sep 10 2017
My birthday is November 24th, it releases near that time.
said at 2:22 PM on Sat Aug 26 2017
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O'Brien's here? Man it's been a long long while since he's been involved in anything dub related.
said at 8:35 PM on Wed Aug 23 2017
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Wow, this game is going to be released on my birthday :D
said at 1:17 PM on Sat Aug 12 2017
You know, even though I feel like Mania's going to be a successful game, I'm also concerned as to what's going to happen to Sonic's 3D career after this game is released. Like, I don't want Sega to stop making 3D games completely, but rather have both 2D and 3D games co-exist together.

I hope this post didn't offend anyone at all. I'm just... afraid of what would happen to Sonic's 3D career in the future.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 5:08 PM on Sat Aug 12 2017

I'm fine with more games like Mania being made. I'm excited as hell for it, and you can tell the developers have a real passion for what they're making and a great understanding of what made the Mega Drive games work.

For the 3D games, Sonic Team just need to pick a direction and stick with it. Personally, I would've been fine with a straight continuation of the Unleashed/Generations formula, maybe even bring back Adventure Fields and the Chao Garden. The Classic segments here are redundant with Mania existing and the Avatar stuff is just unnecessary.

I think Sega shouldn't be afraid to sell the game for a cool $30-$40. I think that's probably caused some of the issues in a lot of the 3D games. There's still plenty of love for 3D platformers these days, but the problem with a lot of 3D Sonic games is it's felt like they tried padding them out to "justify" a $50-60 release, and it's never really worked to the game's benefit. Focus on what works, refine it till you have it down to a science, and it's easier to find a price that reflects that and people are happy with and is still profitable.

Sega's been doing a pretty good job with lower-priced releases every bit as great and fun as any $60 game (like Yakuza Kiwami or Puyo Puyo Tetris), and I think that's a comfortable place for Sonic to be. They shouldn't stress so much that it leads to overcompensation.

Also I think some fresh blood with the same kind of drive as Whitehead's team would go a long way too. Mania is having so much love put into it and the 3D games would benefit a lot from that level of care.
said at 6:46 PM on Sat Aug 12 2017
@NCZ I agree with you regarding the fact that the 3D games deserve as much love put into it as Mania does; when I said that both the 2D and 3D games should co-exist together, though, I meant to say that I'd be fine if the Mania team handled the former and Sonic Team handled the latter. However, based on a certain statement by Iizuka, Mania's reception will affect the series, and I hope that what I'm saying makes sense; I don't know what he means by that statement.

On the other hand, I also agree on a 3D game with a more refined version of the Boost formula, as well as hub worlds and the Chao Garden. If Tails and Knuckles become playable again, would you maybe like the latter's gameplay to have similar elements to the Werehog's gameplay? I'm not saying that Knuckles should have stretchy arms (which would be REALLY weird), but I hope you can at least get a good idea.
said at 6:15 PM on Tue Aug 8 2017
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It's good to see Liam O'Brien in this, since I haven't heard him in a dub for quite a while.
said at 9:59 AM on Thu Jul 20 2017
Infinite looks interesting so far from the trailer, even if looks edgier than Shadow apparently...

Also, does anyone feel he's voiced by Troy Baker or Matthew Mercer?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:36 AM on Thu Jul 20 2017

Liam O'Brien
said at 10:54 AM on Thu Jul 20 2017
@NCZ oh, very nice. :)

Confirmed from Twitter?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:07 AM on Thu Jul 20 2017

Not yet, but I'd bet money it's him. Guess he's coming out of his dubbing hiatus (at least for now).
said at 5:17 PM on Thu Jul 20 2017
@NCZ Yup
pretty sure is him too
it's the same voice he used for laslow in fire emblem fates

he was on hiatus?
i'm pretty sure he was on for honor (haven't checked tho)
NCZ (Admin)
said at 6:23 PM on Thu Jul 20 2017

He wasn't on hiatus from VO in general.

IIRC he wasn't in many non-union/dubbed games for a while because things like familial obligations were tightening his schedule. So there was a point in time where he had to be picky and start prioritizing the higher-paying gigs over the smaller dubbed ones. That's why for example he was in Titanfall 2 and For Honour, but was recast in FE Heroes and SMTIV Apocalypse.

His last dubbed games until now were all recorded before the beginning of 2016 with FE Fates, Bravely Second, and Street Fighter V*. Sonic Forces would be almost two years since then.

If it really is him in this then it's probably a sign he can afford to start doing the odd dub here and there again again.

*Story mode was patched in after launch, but it was recorded along with the main game.
said at 10:04 AM on Fri Jul 21 2017
@NCZ Totally freaked when I heard Liam O'Brien ahaha amazing. And yeah I definitely hope I get to hear more of him in some dubs now.
said at 8:40 PM on Fri Jul 21 2017

Definitely is him. Stoked to hear him even though the villain looks silly and his theme is something I would've thought was cool 15 years ago.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:49 PM on Fri Jul 21 2017

That's basically my thoughts. Pleasant surprise hearing him, just... Well needless to say, he really is Mephiles 2.0.
said at 11:01 PM on Fri Jul 21 2017

We don't talk about that one. Except to compare Sonic Boom to it.

Jokes aside I'm really hoping this game falls on the Generations side of quality and not the 06 side. It seems that it's embracing some of the silly story elements of the other 3D games without taking them as seriously, but you honestly never know with Sonic. At least the VO will be solid, hopefully Jack Fletcher returns to direct.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:15 PM on Fri Jul 21 2017

What one? :B

Generations quality would be the dream... But yeah, I find that I'm holding my breath on this one a lot more as time goes by. On the bright side, Mania looks brilliant and there's Super Mario Odyssey for 3D platform loving this fall as well.
said at 11:29 AM on Sun Aug 20 2017
@SNaG I love it, they've just totally and sincerely embraced the edgy fun and made his theme exactly as catchy and silly as it should be (also if you listen to Dangerkids' other songs, you'll see that it's no coincidence they got them to make the theme hahaha), so I'm looking forward to it.

Getting Liam O'Brien to voice him is just absolutely fantastic though.
said at 1:14 PM on Sun Jul 16 2017
I'm curious to see what Sega will do if Blaze is in this game since it's become quite hard to get Laura Bailey nowadays (although I'm positive that they'd probably get Alexis Tipton instead)
said at 10:28 PM on Tue Jul 18 2017
@Soul-dragon Alexis Tipton? Who's she?
said at 12:00 AM on Wed Jul 19 2017
@E-Star99 shes a va whos been filling in for laura bailey for her roles because of her schedule these roles include platinum the trinity, kid trunks and lucina
said at 10:47 PM on Wed Jul 19 2017
@Abdullab Alexis Tipton, probably and hopefully the next Erica Schroeder of Blaze.
said at 3:11 PM on Fri Jul 21 2017
@E-Star99 Yeah. For some reason I actually think she might just be a better fit for the role (if she does end up filling in for Laura Bailey)
said at 10:07 PM on Wed Jul 26 2017
@Soul-dragon Can't wait to hear Blaze's voice.
said at 6:40 AM on Wed Aug 9 2017
@Soul-dragon I by no means am not here to offend you, but for some reason, I don't think Blaze will appear in the game (don't get me wrong, though, Blaze is my female character in the series). It's totally okay if you disagree with me on this, because everyone's entitled to what they think.
said at 1:49 PM on Wed Aug 9 2017
@Marusero Well, I wasn't just talking about this game. I was talking about mostly future Sonic games in general. I think it's safe to assume that Laura Bailey isn't going to be doing a dub anything soon, so I'm just curious to see what Sega will do if it pops up.
said at 4:50 PM on Sat Jul 8 2017
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I hope Classic Sonic gets a voice.
said at 3:55 PM on Thu Jun 29 2017
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I can't wait to make Coldsteel and Sonic with peach colored arms!
said at 7:02 AM on Thu Jun 15 2017
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Zavok, why are you here? No one likes you.

Jokes aside, I'm not gonna lie, nothing I've seen about the game's really selling me. It doesn't look bad, it doesn't look great, it just ... exists
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:21 AM on Thu Jun 15 2017

Yeah, I kinda feel more mixed about the game the more we see of it. Especially since Mania looks so, so good at every showing, but there just doesn't seem to be the same level of confidence and precision here, I still feel more cautious on it. Core gameplay still looks like it should hopefully be good but I'm worried it's succumbing to the same problem as other Sonic games where they bloat the hell out of it and it bogs down the whole thing, instead of lasering in on their strengths.

Also seeing the villains altogether kind of illustrated to me why I think Chaos and Metal Sonic are effective characters in the series and the Deadly Six aren't.
said at 10:27 AM on Thu Jun 15 2017
@NCZ Yeah that's my same opinion (although I haven't been keeping up with Mania either)

Also I joke about Zavok, but why is Chaos here too? The story so far just feels like a fanfiction of the Archie universe
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:58 AM on Thu Jun 15 2017

Chaos went back into the Master Emerald at the end of SA1, so I guueeesss he got broken out again? Or something? I have no idea why Shadow is evil again though.
said at 5:11 AM on Sun Jun 18 2017
@NCZ Fanservice.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 1:45 PM on Sun Jun 18 2017

If it's fanservice they want they should bring back Fang the Sniper.
said at 6:48 AM on Mon Jun 19 2017
@NCZ - I honestly wouldn't object to seeing Nack come back, actually.

If Sega's gonna whore out nostalgia, at least use the parts of it we haven't seen in a while lol
said at 11:42 PM on Wed Jun 21 2017
@HyperVoiceActing Maybe he wants his revenge on Sonic, after he has been defeated by Sonic in Sonic Lost World.
said at 11:37 AM on Thu Jun 22 2017
@ACampos1252 - I wasn't asking for an in-story explanation for why Zavok was here. I was moreso questioning why Sega are still using him when clearly no one liked the Zeti
said at 8:37 PM on Tue Jun 13 2017
I've been on mild blackout, but Chaos is back? Is it more time travel shenanigans, or is he really back?
Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:45 PM on Tue Jun 13 2017
@Scrappy-Fan92 Sega's official statement was basically, "It's a mystery!"
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:43 PM on Tue Jun 13 2017

If I had to guess, the plot of the game is Eggman took over the world with the help of Not Mephiles and the villains from previous games (including Shadow for whatever reason) and the "forces" title comes from their army going against the Sonic characters + the avatars' army.
said at 5:17 AM on Wed Jun 14 2017
@NCZ Pardon me for interrupting, but the Unknown Antagonist / "Not Mephiles" is actually known as Infinite.
said at 12:33 PM on Tue Jun 13 2017
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I hope the Avatars get a voice actor, male and female?
said at 7:52 PM on Wed May 24 2017
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Assuming the OC isn't silent, what are your ideas for voice customization?

Cause this is a good excuse to bring back Ryan and Jason, for at least one more game.
said at 9:34 AM on Sat May 20 2017
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I can't wait to finally play as Sonichu.
Shaun Ince
said at 10:40 AM on Sat May 20 2017
@SpongeBat1 Chris Chan's dream is finally a reality.
said at 7:12 AM on Mon May 22 2017
@SpongeBat1 Go out and zap to the extreme.
said at 11:48 AM on Wed May 17 2017
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At long last Coldsteel the Hedgehog can be canon!
said at 2:49 PM on Tue May 16 2017
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Sonic Forces Original the Character: Donut Steal
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:35 AM on Tue May 16 2017
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This game has an OC generator.

said at 10:06 AM on Tue May 16 2017
@Nightmare Crusher better than another original character
Shaun Ince
said at 10:24 AM on Tue May 16 2017
@Nightmare Crusher I'm getting Sonic Dreams Collection vibes.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:49 AM on Tue May 16 2017
@Nightmare Crusher

....So, who's looking forward to Super Mario Odyssey?
said at 1:34 PM on Tue May 16 2017
@Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:42 AM on Wed May 17 2017
@Nightmare Crusher We still have 'Sonic Mania' on the way, too, though.
said at 2:28 PM on Mon May 22 2017
@NCZ We can't look forward to both?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:46 PM on Mon May 22 2017

Oh, we can. Just my kinda lighthearted way of saying that the recent stuff we've seen of the game is making me hold my breath a bit more cautiously than I was a few months ago.
said at 9:30 AM on Sat Mar 18 2017
After looking at the gameplay footage, I gotta say... I'm looking forward to it.
Black Shadow Zero
said at 3:08 PM on Fri Mar 17 2017
I have very high hopes for this game to be honest. Please be good.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:11 PM on Fri Mar 17 2017
@Black Shadow Zero

For me I just hope there's plenty of content. Colours and Generations showed they got the core gameplay down to a science. My main complaint (mainly about the latter game) was that it was just too short. Not like a Sonic game needs to be a 30-50 hour epic or anything, but since they've had this one in the works for such a long time I hope it's got plenty of beef to it.
said at 6:39 PM on Thu Mar 16 2017
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More like Sonic Forces Wisps in another game.
said at 11:34 PM on Tue Nov 1 2016
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This better be good Sega.
said at 9:55 PM on Tue Jan 10 2017
@wdf1 Since they focus on quality this time, it might be a game changer.
said at 3:28 PM on Mon Jan 16 2017
@SteelEthlan We will see.
said at 4:49 PM on Sat Jul 23 2016
I have a feeling this Sonic game will have another time travel plot.
said at 6:33 PM on Sat Jul 23 2016
@vgiannell5 Basically, it might have been like the continuation of sonic generations, but that's a speculation.
said at 7:29 PM on Sat Jul 23 2016
@SteelEthlan Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
said at 10:03 PM on Thu Jul 28 2016
@vgiannell5 Yeah. Rather than Classic just being more of a game mechanic, I think this time his presence will be more story relegated.
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