What exactly about Sonic Boom resembled the classic Sonic games we set the standard by?
A Blue Hedgehog that can run really fast being followed by a computer controlled partner that a player could control.
To be truthful here, this is the fans' fault, not Big Red Button or SEGA. Why? Well Sonic Boom stated from the start that this was an Adventure game not a speed game. While that isn't the ideal choice for a Sonic game, we knew ahead of time this wasn't going to play like your normal Sonic Game.
And that's not a bad thing. SEGA's biggest problem is they try too hard to hold onto the Classic Sonic Games' style, which just isn't working. They need to rework the games from the ground up. Rather than focus on imitating the games of the past, they need to focus on making a game that WORKS.
The Mega Man X series also suffers from trying to imitate it's past games too. In fact they did a rather good job of that. But it didn't work in the 3D world of games.
Super Mario Brothers broke from the tradition of their Classic Games with Mario 64. That game established nearly every game of the N64.
I'm not saying Sonic Boom is good, it's quite bad. What I'm saying is fans should NOT compare new Sonic games to old Sonic games. They should look at each one as its own entity and decide if that game is good or bad. Only if the game is a direct sequel should it really be compared to the games before it.
So yeah comparing Sonic 4 to the classic Sonic games is fitting as it was SUPPOSED to be the same.
Now Amy, she's actually pretty cool. A bit more sassy and less clingy to Sonic, very fitting for her
Really? Cuz while I completely agree with your opinion on Knuckles (Seriously what the heck Red Button? By the way...how's the Master Emerald Doing?) I find Amy uninteresting and completely boring.
While yes her personality over the years has been quite annoying, when you take her mad fan girl desire for Sonic, she's just another nice Hedgehog. Worse is she comes across as the trope that the girl only competent character, and the boys are dumb. Between the two, Amy that makes mistakes because she's madly in love with Sonic vs. Amy who is the competent girl character, classic Amy's personality is more interesting.
It's not a step in the wrong direction, but it's not a step in the right direction either. It's a step to the side. Same distance from the goal, but doesn't really help you.
Now this is for the game itself as in the show her personality is expanded a bit more and it's a little bit more interesting...just still not for me.
And Shadow, my childhood favorite, the antihero, the Ultimate Lifeform.... Reduced to a creepy sounding punk. His voice is honestly the worst I've heard so far, and he sounded like a constipated pedophile in Sonic Generations. He just shows up to pick a fight with Sonic, for, and I shit you not this is the real reason, because he wants to show Sonic how weak he is because of his devotion to his stupid friends.... SHADOW DON'T WORK THAT WAY! Shadow doesn't give two flying, shiny fucks about what the hell Sonic is doing! He would never pick a fight for such a stupid reason! If Shadow wants to fight Sonic, he'd just show up and be all like, "Hey Sonic, I'm gonna kick your ass because I feel like it." Sonic Boom was the nail in the coffin for Shadow's image. Not like his own game did him justice, but he at least had dignity.
I agree completely save for one detail. The Shadow we know and love comes from a universe where he had a traumatic past of witnessing his only friend murdered in front of his eyes. His personality is built on the fact he doesn't want to be hurt again, he avoids attachment. Since Sonic Boom did away with the Master Emerald, it is safe to say that they also did away with the Ark incident. Because of this Shadow would need a new back story which would change is personality.
While the method they chose is STUPID, and Shadow is ultimately just thrown in to bring in the Shadow fans, it makes sense his personality would be different. They just focused on his rivalry with Sonic.
Also I think it's completely based on that first fight with him in SA2 where one of your hits on him he spouts, "I'm the Coolest," for no reason.