I didn't like the idea of them changing Eggman's look because, the way I saw it, it's basically saying: "Dr. Eggman isn't a character, but merely a faceless staple of the series."
But after a while I got over it. He doesn't look half bad, and he doesn't even look all that different. When I saw a side-by-side comparison on ytmnd that had Eggman from a Shadow cutscene in it, and next to it, the Shadow version looked quite... well silly. I guess I can't argue with that reaction.
But if it's not one thing it's another. There is still one thing I'm fan angsting over:http://www.sega.com/games/game_temp.php?game=sonicnext
In there it reads:
"In his first adventure set in the human world, Sonic meets..."
Wait what?? wth Sega >:|
The first time I owned the Sonic games for myself was Sonic Jam. I guess I should consider myself privileged because Saturn was sort of niche at the time, and Sonic Jam was a great 'educational' demo of Sonic. It had plenty of media from the japanese commercials, the WB-style cartoon, and an ad for the anime movie. So one thing I thought was made fairly clear in Sonic Jam was that Sonic lived in the same world humans did and not some mushy furdom. Although I suppose with the localization and the Satam and comic series, I would probably have been branded an elitist just for knowing what I did.
When Sonic Adventure came out I thought it was the greatest thing ever. (perhaps it was) On Dreamcast, the world of Sonic was officialized and empowered to the point of undeniability. And then Sonic Adventure 2 went even farther and rather than just empowering the background premise of Sonic series, it threw it into the forefront.
So besides the entire series supposedly taking place in the same world, and three games (Adventure, Adventure 2, Shadow) making it painfully obvious what kind of world it is, where does Sega marketing get off saying this is the /first/ adventure in the human world?
And I mean, I even considered the grim possibility that this is a prequel in which Sonic first visits the human world from --GOD KNOWS WHERE-- but there would need to be a lot of explaining of why Shadow is in the game.
Though likely and in the best case it's nothing more than drivel in a meaningless marketing writeup, not any more canon than 'Mobius'. Pisses me off though.