Late Night Poll: Super Sonic Racing (With Shoulder Buttons)
So, we were having a little discussion in a group chat that turned into a stunning realization for a lot of people. I was wrapping up my Colors review and wanted to ask the group their opinion on a comment I’m planning on making regarding how Sonic has controlled in 3D. I brought up Sonic R and mentioned how the shoulder buttons can help you make tight turns. Then, everybody was like, “YOU CAN DO THAT?” Bartman and I were shocked that a majority of people in the chat didn’t know about them. Scarred Sun asked me to put this question up here to find out how many more people didn’t know that the shoulder/flipper buttons help you turn in that clunky mess of a racing game.
If the majority answer is “no,” then we’re all about surprising realizations lately. For example, Taxman made a comment last week regarding rolling in the classic games that came as a surprise to some Retro members and I was surprised they didn’t already know that, considering how the members of this site know the ins-and-outs of just about everything. There’s also that whole chestnut in the classic games where holding a direction while rolling does absolutely nothing, which is why we all thought it was weird when people came to Sonic 4′s defense about them “always holding the direction anyway.” When you realized that holding a direction while rolling did nothing, you could just let go of the D-pad. It gives your thumbs a nice rest and you get the same result!
Anyway, answer the question and check the jump for the full chat log of the conversation. This poll is all in good fun (like most things here), so take off your serious pants.
[12/8/2010 5:57:26 PM] Brad: I’m finishing up my Colors review. Would you guys think it’s fair to say that controlling Sonic in 3D has been a problem since Sonic R? I think so. That extra axis of control + speed just hasn’t worked.
[12/8/2010 5:57:54 PM] Bartman: Sonic 3D Blast is a…oh wait, you mean ‘3D’
[12/8/2010 5:57:55 PM] Brad: it’s a racing game with an extra axis, essentially
[12/8/2010 5:58:05 PM] Brad: so you always have to be holding forward
[12/8/2010 5:58:24 PM] Brad: which makes turning a BITCH
[12/8/2010 5:58:30 PM] Bartman: Sonic R doesn’t control the same as Sonic Adventue and onward.
[12/8/2010 5:58:43 PM] Brad: Bart, yes it does
[12/8/2010 5:58:56 PM] Brad: Sonic R has the added benefit of shoulder buttons.
[12/8/2010 5:59:00 PM] Bartman: You do hold forward 95% of the time.
[12/8/2010 5:59:01 PM] Brad: for tighter turning
[12/8/2010 5:59:11 PM] Brad: but even with shoulder buttons, it’s still clunky
[12/8/2010 5:59:14 PM] Scarred Sun: …
[12/8/2010 5:59:15 PM] Bartman: SS: I’m kind of bullshitting.
[12/8/2010 5:59:16 PM] Scarred Sun: I
[12/8/2010 5:59:18 PM] Scarred Sun: never knew
[12/8/2010 5:59:21 PM] Scarred Sun: About shoulder buttons
[12/8/2010 5:59:23 PM] Scarred Sun: in Sonic R.
[12/8/2010 5:59:24 PM] Bartman: You didn’t?
[12/8/2010 5:59:26 PM] Scarred Sun: MY WORLD IS CHANGED
[12/8/2010 5:59:28 PM] Bartman: You seriously didn’t?
[12/8/2010 5:59:37 PM] Bartman: It makes the game that much easier to play
[12/8/2010 5:59:40 PM] Bartman: Seriously.
[12/8/2010 5:59:43 PM] Brad: it’s still hard
[12/8/2010 5:59:45 PM] Bartman: Also, when you hold both of them down?
[12/8/2010 5:59:46 PM] Scarred Sun: Fuck, I’d imagine so
[12/8/2010 5:59:48 PM] Bartman: You Brake
[12/8/2010 5:59:54 PM] Bartman: Super serial, you guys.
[12/8/2010 6:00:05 PM] Cinossu: ..
[12/8/2010 6:00:08 PM] Cinossu: Bart
[12/8/2010 6:00:09 PM] David: Wait a minute you brake if you hold both
[12/8/2010 6:00:14 PM] Bartman: Yes
[12/8/2010 6:00:14 PM] Cinossu: are you serious
[12/8/2010 6:00:23 PM] Bartman: Please tell me you people are joking.
[12/8/2010 6:00:26 PM] Cinossu: I never fucking knew about the shoulder buttons either
[12/8/2010 6:00:34 PM] Bartman: Am I the only person who has mastered Sonic R?
[12/8/2010 6:00:34 PM] Brad: this is like when you guys all discovered that you can’t hold left/right when you want to roll
[12/8/2010 6:00:44 PM] Brad: in the classic games
[12/8/2010 6:00:52 PM] Brad: or that holding left/right doesn’t make you roll any faster
[12/8/2010 6:01:05 PM] Overlord: I did not know
[12/8/2010 6:01:10 PM] Overlord: About shoulder buttons
[12/8/2010 6:01:13 PM] Overlord: Holy shit
[12/8/2010 6:01:14 PM] David: I was aware of the shoulder buttons…but not the double brake. Not that I’d think it’d do much good for me but eh.
[12/8/2010 6:01:19 PM] Overlord: Sonic R has a shoulder button option?
[12/8/2010 6:01:21 PM] Bartman: Anyway, yes. Shoulder buttons
[12/8/2010 6:01:23 PM] Brad: are you guys being serious here?
[12/8/2010 6:01:27 PM] Scarred Sun: This needs to be front paged
[12/8/2010 6:01:27 PM] Brad: you didn’t know this about Sonic R?
[12/8/2010 6:01:31 PM] Overlord: No!
[12/8/2010 6:01:34 PM] Bartman: They can’t be, Brad.
[12/8/2010 6:01:34 PM] Scarred Sun: SONIC PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW BASIC SONIC GAMEPLAY
[12/8/2010 6:01:40 PM] Scarred Sun: ALERT THE TABLOIDS