Sonic Forces: Green Hill Zone Footage

Ever since it was announced alongside Sonic Mania in 2016, we haven’t seen much of Sonic Forces. Yeah sure there was that trailer showing the two Sonics racing through a ruined city. And yes, a few short clips were shown in March as well, showing about 30 seconds of Sonic running through the same city environment.

But we never really saw a full level. A real look at how a stage in the game may actually work.

Until now. Because earlier today, Sega posted a clip showing the new Green Hill Zone level from the game. Here’s the video in question, showing off the new stage in action:

As you can see, it’s pretty much exactly as you’d expect a Green Hill Zone area in a modern Sonic game to be. You’ve got the typical chequered grass and cliffs found in every iteration. The traditional bridge with the Chopper fish monsters jumping up from underneath. The various tunnels and loops to build up speed and look cool.

It’s as pleasant looking and as safe as you’d expect it to be. Nothing broken or unexpected. No awkward gimmicks like a werehog or sword fighting thrown in for the sake of it.

However, it’s also… Well how do I say this nicely?

Not very ambitious. I mean, the level design is technically ‘okay’, but it seems to have very little depth compared to that of the previous Sonic the Hedgehog games, and acts like a slightly disguised straight line to the finish. The physics work to an extent, but Sonic doesn’t seem to have proper momentum. He just crashes to a halt whenever he lands on an enemy.

And as for the music… Well that’s another matter altogether. It’s not ear hurting in the way that say, Sonic Chronicles was, but it’s also not particularly memorable either. Honestly as a Nintendo fan? I’d say this music sounds like something Artoon may have composed. Aka the kind of song you find in the modern Yoshi’s Island games. Inoffensive, somewhat fitting of a theme but generally rather soulless and non memorable.

Ah well, at least it’s only one level, and presumably one you encounter at the very start of the game. So in that sense, at least it does introduce you to the mechanics well enough. And hey, at least it leaves the possibility of the Modern Sonic/extra characters feeling a bit more interesting and varied than this one.

But what do you think? Are you impressed by what you’ve seen of Sonic Forces so far? Or do you think Sega’s game needs a bit of a rethink in the level design department?

Tips on making money in GTA Online

Rockstar recently took out the character transfers which means that you can’t transfer your characters from Xbox 360 or PS3 to the current consoles anymore. This was mainly because the older consoles were easier to hack, therefore you could load billions onto an account and then transfer it to the PS4 or Xbox One. This was probably the easiest way to make money but now you will most likely have to do it legit. It’s tough and can be time consuming but hopefully these tips will help you earn and save a decent amount of cash quickly!

Don’t grind for cash
I’ve noticed this several times. When I’m trying to reach a specific amount to buy something, it feels as though it just takes way too long. Missions start to get boring and you don’t have fun. Start playing the game normally, going through different activites etc. and your bank balance will slowly rise but you’re having fun doing it. It takes away the pain of having to grind for hours on end to get a decent amount.

Take part in the weekly events
Rockstar usually tend to have some sort of event every week where there will be double cash and RP for certain game modes. This can definitely help you get a decent amount of cash quickly. Getting 1st place in a long race filled with about 10-15 other players will probably get you around $50,000.

Adversary Modes
Like the weekly events, when Rockstar release new adversary modes they tend to have double cash and RP on them to get people to play them. Depending on how long each mode lasts for you can get a pretty good amount for winning. Rewards can range from $50,000 – $100,000.

Avoid heists with random strangers
Very rarely will you ever get a good heist team that has been put together randomly. If you can, get some friends or people that you know are good GTA players. There is nothing worse than playing heists and having an absolute noob getting killed meaning that you have to start all over again. This will happen over and over again because it seems that there are a lot of people out there that don’t seem to learn from their mistakes. It’s just not worth having to keep starting over again as you will be wasting time and not making enough money to compensate the lost time.

But if you just can’t wait, there’s always shark cards
A lot of people don’t like that Rockstar has shark cards but they are a pretty good way to get quite a bit of money quickly. If you are just too busy with school or work and just want to have fun then this is probably your best option. My only tip would be to wait for when Rockstar run their special offers. They usually bundle some extra cash onto the shark cards so you get a nice bargain.

Anyway, I hope you guys have a good time earning money on GTA and hope you get to enjoy all those nice cars you get to buy with that hard-earned dough 😀

You can get A KING’S TALE: FINAL FANTASY XV for free on Xbox and PS4

While I am no xbox or PS owner, I felt that I should post this so that others can get this.

In the past this game was available as pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy XV. This meant that if you didn’t pre-order the game you wouldn’t have gotten this game.

Now the developer, Square Enix has opened up the game for everyone, including those who don’t own Final Fantasy XV in the first place. Here’s a brief description from the PlayStation store:

 

Set in a fictitious 30 years before FINAL FANTASY XV, this game features retro-style inspired graphics centered around a fast-paced combat system with influences from modern gaming. The in-depth combat system blends intense attacks, devastating magic, mighty summons and unique companion attacks into a singular gaming experience through three diverse locations in the world of FINAL FANTASY XV.

Restless before bed, young Noctis asks his father, King Regis, to tell a fairy tale full of fantasy and adventure instead of just another generic bedtime story. Regis begins with a peaceful day being disrupted when monsters raid the royal capital, Insomnia. Young Regis, joined by Weskham, starts his adventure from the royal capital. Eventually they are joined by friends Cid and Clarus, where they travel to the plains of Duscae only to discover a mysterious cave where their enemy resides.

This offer is available to those on PS4 and Xbox One. You will need to have an account with PSN or Microsoft and you can create one if you don’t have one already.

I don’t know how long this will be free for so if you want to get this I would suggest that you get it ASAP.

 

 

Gaming Reinvented and Gaming Latest Have Now Merged

It’s been on the cards for a while, and we’ve hinted about it in the past already. But now, it’s finally happened. Gaming Reinvented and Gaming Latest have now merged.

So what does this mean for you as a user?

Well, a few things really. Firstly, the forums will now entirely reside on the Gaming Latest domain rather than the Gaming Reinvented one. They’ll still have the same content and many of the same staff (like myself), but the domain and hosting will be under Demon Skeith’s control instead of mine.

And there’s a good reason I’ve done that. Namely, I don’t have the time and energy to keep running a large gaming forum.

I mean sure, I can run a smaller one. Something like Wario Forums where the amount of daily effort needed for generating content and keeping out troublemakers is greatly reduced. That’s well within my capabilities at the moment.

But for a big, nearly big board level community with hundreds of thousands of posts and many thousands of members, that’s just a bit too much for me at the moment. I’ve got a startup to get going, events to attend, news to post on this site and marketing to do on social media. Adding ‘large community management’ to the list is just too much stress.

So I’ve decided that we can now focus on what we do best instead. I can worry how to run a great news site, whereas Demon Skeith can worry about the general forum management aspect. It’s a simple deal really.

As well as one that will help the site immensely. Why?

Because now Gaming Reinvented is the official news site for Gaming Latest too. It’s where members are encouraged to submit gaming content in the form of articles, it’s going to have various articles posted to the forums via RSS, etc. This will bring more attention to our platform, and allow for fun contests like this one.

Where you’re rewarded with eShop/Steam/Xbox Live credits for writing the best articles for the site.

So yeah, the merge is now active. However, that’s not the only thing that is here.

Oh no, we’ve also been working on improving another feature. What is it?
The comments system.

Yeah, as you can tell, we’re now running a new comments system with far better features than before. This system (called wpDiscuz) basically acts like a self hosted version of Disqus.

Except you know, without the annoying forced ads. Or recommended articles shoved at the end.
And it has tons of cool features. For example, you can now upvote and downvote comments like on Reddit:

Subscribe to comments on a per article basis, with replies sent through email.

As well as other additions we’ll be adding on soon. Like the ability to use @ tags like on Twitter, or the ability to post videos and other media directly in the comments section. It’s much more stylish and useful than the bland old WordPress default, and will hopefully make commenting less of a chore in general.

So enjoy the site everyone! It’s now aligned with a new gaming community, has a new comments system and will have numerous other neat features in future as well.