The Hate for Dragon Ball Super Is Laughable…Nostalgia To Blame?

This is really a continuation off of my last post…Nostalgia Prevents Progression.

I originally was going to make this a quick example, but found I had quite a bit to say about it…so here goes.

 Dragon Ball Super is amazing…to me anyway. It had a bit of a slow start, but has since picked up to be even better than Z.

But I see a lot more hate for the show than love, which is ridiculous. But nostalgia has struck again it seems.

The first thing I noticed about DBS is that it feels just like DBZ, as if the show never stopped. There are some minor differences of course, the way each series was different, but the core is still there- Goku beating the crap out of people. And actually a lot of the humor in the show is reminiscent of Dragon Ball.

But here is where I get a laugh about things. The biggest complaints about Z were inconsistent power levels, slow moving episodes with too much powering up, too much filler and much of the cast being left in the dust due to being unable to keep up with Goku and Vegeta.

In Super, the stories and fights are much more condensed, wrapping things up in a quarter of the time it took for Z. Instead of a villain being the main focus for 3 or more seasons, they keep it down to one. This hurts the story telling a bit, since there is less time to spread it out, but that doesn’t mean the stories are bad. The Black Saga had a great story and was well told.

So in other words, the show moves much faster and it feels like a lot more has happened in it, despite being like half as long as Z. And there are no lengthy power ups that I can recall. Though, really, there weren’t many in Z either if I’m being honest. It’s more building anticipation than anything.

People complain that there is too much talking during fights in Super. My response to this…Have you ever watched any of the other Dragon Ball series. This one is by far the least guilty, except for maybe Dragon Ball. Goku’s fight with Frieza stands out to me the most. I am pretty sure Bulma and King Kai have more air time during the fight than the two fighting.

 

Is this annoying? Usually, but from a production stand point, this is all understandable. It is a lot of time and effort to just make people fight for an entire episode and it could become rather dull and expensive, though it is hard to see how on the former. But most people don’t realize this. And the DB series usually take these moments to explain what’s going on, or else show the effects the battles are having elsewhere. So, to me, this isn’t really all that big of an issue.

Now for filler. Super does have filler, though not nearly as much as Z. And the filler is actually quite good, not to say that some of Z’s wasn’t, though most of it was awful and boring. In Super, the filler usually consists of quite a bit of action and/or comedy.

And really, filler is necessary, because it would be pretty dull to save the world from a villain one episode, and then be threatened by another the next. Super does a great job with the filler, it really does. So this is yet another improvement over Z.

Now on to the cast of characters dwindling relevance. Is this an issue in Super? Of course, but they have taken great strides to include a lot of the cast, even if it is just for a moment. We have gotten to see some of the old Z fighters participate in DBS for the first time since the early DBZ sagas, and it is more than welcome to me. This exclusion of characters is probably the most complained about thing from Z, and now that they actually made efforts to include them…guess what? People hate it, mainly because they complain about power scaling…another thing that was a huge issue in Z.

Yeah, in the Tournament of Power saga, there certainly is a ton of questionable means of powering up, but by now, this is nothing new and fans should be well beyond caring about that.

The power scaling went to crap way back on good old planet Namek. Like…seriously…none of that made sense, and it bothered me at first, but then I realized something very important…

WHO CARES?

The show would be extremely dull if there wasn’t power issues. It would eventually just come to one character killing someone else in one hit, next villain, same thing, next fight, same thing.

Like, I truly can’t wrap my head around how upset people get over this. Like, if everything in every movie and show made sense, they would all be boring and quite terrible for the most part. That is not why we watch shows. We watch them so reality floats away from us for a little bit, not so we can whine and criticize something every time it strays from reality and sense.

And finally, people complain about the show being too focused on Goku, and poorly written.

Seeing as Goku is the main character of the series and has been for like 30 years or whatever, how is anyone surprised by this? His personality is what drives the show. It is how he wins over the hearts of his enemies, and if they are evil enough, his personality drives him to improve constantly no matter the odds. That has been true since the first episode of Dragon Ball, and remains so today.

And the stories have never really been good, or really in depth I should say. It is a show about super powered beings pummeling each other. Someone threatens to destroy the world, and someone stops them. It has been done thousands of times in every show ever. What are they talking about, poor writing?

ITS AN ACTION SHOW!!! WATCH IT FOR THE ACTION!!

Which in my opinion…Super has the best in the series. People spend so much time trying to calculate power levels and judging the way they go about increasing them. What does it really matter, honestly? It is so cool to see these characters just fight it out, and the more transformations, the cooler it gets in my opinion. Dragon Ball is all about absurd transformations and always has been. It is what makes the show interesting.

But anyway, the whole point I am trying to make here is…

NOSTALGIA STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Dragon Ball Z is such a beloved show for anyone who grew up during the time it aired, that a new series continuing after it is nothing but an insult to it’s existence. Many of these people complaining about Super probably haven’t even seen Z in over 10 years and only have that nostalgic feeling…you know that happy, warm memory of their childhood self coming home from school and running to the TV to see what amazing adventure Goku and the others would take them on next, and a very vague memory of the actual show.

Yeah…I have those feelings…I love Z, but that doesn’t stop me from loving Super. They are essentially the same show. Nostalgia doesn’t make me blindly hate something for no reason. And I own every episode and movie of DB, DBZ and GT and watch them all at least every 3 years, so it’s not like I’m speaking from nostalgic memories.

But again, I feel like nostalgia is trying to prevent progress, in this case a series progressing forwards. And negative press will just likely prevent new things from coming out in the future, which is really a tragic shame.

But think what you will, nostalgically influenced or not. I for one am overjoyed that my favorite TV show has been revived into something new.

 

And really, why does it even have to be compared to other series it is related too? Who cares which is better? As long as you enjoy it. But those nostalgic feelings won’t allow any room for anything other than that one original, childhood memory. Even though the show took steps in remedying old fan complaints, it is nothing but trash, for it can never be able to take on the force that is nostalgia!

But okay, I feel like I am going on a rant or something. Nostalgia just really annoys me. I will end it here.

 

 

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We Need A Dragon Ball Super Game

Many people are looking forward to the upcoming release of Dragon Ball FighterZ.

While this looks to be an awesome game, I think what we need now is a game dedicatedDBZ_Tenkaichi_3_Cover_2 to Dragon Ball Super. And if not dedicated to the series, then doing something like they did with Tenkaichi 3, where they covered most of Dragon Ball, Z and GT, not to mention the movies and then some. Tenkaichi 3 is by far my favorite Dragon Ball game. With fun gameplay and an unrivaled character roster, no game has come remotely close to it since it’s release.

Now imagine if they could take that game and just add DBS to it. It would be something amazing for sure. The series, in its 111 episodes that have aired so far, has introduced countless new characters and transformations. Heck, the Tournament of Power alone could make an amazing game.

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The tragic thing about this is that we will never get a game like Tenkaichi 3 ever again, simply because games are much more condensed now, and take advantage of DLC to bulk it up. This is the case of FighterZ, as well as just about every other fighting game out there nowadays.

But we’ve played through the Z series dozens of times in our lifetime. Now it is time to make something new for a new, amazing show.

Though really, I suppose it would be more prudent to wait until the series finishes before making a DBS dedicated game. At least they are including some characters from the new series in the more recent games, so that’s a start.

Series Ranked: Sonic The Hedgehog

Sonic has been in the spotlight a lot the past few months, and especially now with the recent release of Sonic Mania, and for the first time in a long while, all the buzz about the speedster seems to be very positive. Sonic Mania is even being called by many to be the best Sonic game ever made…quite an impressive feat that no one thought would ever be said in modern times.

To celebrate Sonic’s good fortune, I am here to assemble a list of all Sonic’s games, from worst to best. And by all of them, I mean just the ones I own. There are an awful lot of Sonic games, I mean an awful lot, and I probably don’t even have half of them. I will not be including spin off games like the fantastic Sonic Spinball or Sonic and Sega’s All Star Racing. It’s about his main line games today…for the most part.

#22

Sonic The Hedgehog (PlayStation 3, 2006)

Times Beaten-1

 

This game had so much potential. New type of storyline, three awesome hedgehogs with their own campaigns, plus playable minor characters and beautiful level designs. But no…it turned out to be a disaster thanks to the development having been rushed, thus we all got stuck with an unfinished product. When you weren’t waiting for the game to load, you were getting game over after game over due to bugs and glitches, such as springs not bouncing you far enough and many other unavoidable death traps. I only beat this game on sheer luck of no glitches happening within a level. I always say, that if the developers were able to put the right amount of time into the game, it would have been one of Sonic’s finest games, not one of the worst.

#21

Sonic The Hedgehog (GameGear, 1991)

Times Beaten-1

 

This is basically a dumb downed, but different version of the original genesis game. It is very short, but fun. Not much else to say.

#20

Sonic Gems Collection (GameCube, 2005)

Sonic Gems Collection

This is a compilation of some of the crappier Sonic games. It comes with Sonic CD, Sonic The Fighters, Sonic R and a bunch of games on GameGear… Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball, Sonic The Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Sonic Drift 2, Tails’ Skypatrol, and Tails Adventure. Though it’s not fair of me to say they are crappy. I only played 2 of them. I beat Sonic the Fighters which is pretty bad and I didn’t ever have time to beat Sonic CD in one sitting and the stage select is terrible, only allowing you to play part of a stage. Gems technically shouldn’t be on this list, but since I didn’t play most of the games here, I figured I’d throw it in as one, instead of listing them separately.

#19

Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut (GameCube, 2003)

Times Beaten-0

 

This is an updated version of Sega’s ambitious, first 3D Sonic game. It isn’t very good, but it’s a somewhat well put together game. The variety of playable characters makes it diverse and interesting. Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and that robot whose name I can’t remember have fine campaigns, but Amy walks unbearably slow, making her story miserable, and the last character, Biggs the Cat is just awful beyond description. Each level you just fish. I think fishing in real life is one of the most boring things a person could do, but it is much worse in a not so good game playing as a fat, retarded cat. I quit the game at this point, because I couldn’t catch the fish in the second or third level, and as far as I know, there is no trick, just wait and hope it bites…just like real fishing!

The coolest feature of this game is the Chao Garden, where you can raise little blue alien things and level them and evolve them into cooler little blue alien things. I never dabbled in this though, so I don’t know too much about it.

#18

Sonic and the Secret Rings (Wii, 2007)

Times Beaten-1

 

This is another not so good game. Sonic had it rough in the beginning of this generation of consoles it would seem. But it was still an okay game I suppose. It is certainly playable in any case. It was also very different from previous games, so it had that sort of intrigue going for it. The best part about it is a very, very fun multiplayer party game that could rival the Mario Party series.

#17

Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis, 1996)

Times Beaten-1?

 

This was certainly a change of pace for the Sonic series. As the name implies, you are in a very ugly, confusing, 3D world. It is sometimes hard to land on enemies when you are trying to kill them, but besides that, it’s very fun, but not great.

#16

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS, 2008)

Times Beaten-1

 

Sonic tries his hand at an RPG game, and I’ve gotta say, it’s not bad. I mean, it’s nothing spectacular, but you get a whole slew of playable characters, an interesting story, and  good use of the DS touchscreen to use special attacks. And I guess this would be sort of considered a spin off game now that I think about it. Oh well.

#15

Sonic and the Black Knight (Wii, 2009)

Times Beaten-1

 

If you ever wondered what all your favorite Sonic characters looked like clad in medieval armor and equipped with matching weapons, then this is the game for you. You even get to play as a bunch of them! It actually is pretty fun thanks to it’s unique qualities. There are a lot of awesome animated cut scenes as well. It has the same control scheme as The Secret Rings, but a bit easier to use. I would recommend this to anyone who hasn’t played it.

#14

Sonic Unleashed (Wii, 2008)

Times Beaten-1

 

You know, making this list has made me realize one thing. Sega really has gone all out in creating new ways to play Sonic, and I must give them huge respect for that. Most of their games are entirely different and completely unique, and whether they are good or not, it is fun just to experience something new.

Sonic Unleashed is no exception, and this one is literally split down the middle between good and bad. The game has two main gameplay styles. The first is running, mostly side scrolling, high speed sections as normal Sonic that are amazing and incredibly fun. It might be the best Sonic gameplay up to the point of this release. It’s that good. Then you turn into a werehog and punch the crap out of things. This kills the flow of the game and is a bit boring and repetitive. Not a bad game overall, though nothing remarkable.

#13

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode I

(Wii, PlayStation 3, 2010)

Times Beaten-Once for each console

 

When they announced a continuation of the Genesis titles, picking up where Sonic 3 & Knuckles left off, it was some of the greatest news I have ever heard in my life. When I played it, it was a major disappointment. It did not have the feel of the old games at all. The controls and handling weren’t the same, and the game seemed to lack the speed and fun of the games it was trying to impersonate. And it was shorter than most of them. A total regression, though it was still enjoyable overall.

#12

Sonic Rush (DS, 2005)

Times Beaten-1

 

This was Sonic’s first adventure on DS and what a thrill it was. Lots of great, high speed, side scrolling action and a new character to play as. Lot of fun, with great music. This is the way Sonic should be.

#11

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PlayStation 3, 2012)

Times Beaten-1

 

Sega seemed to put a lot more effort into this game than episode 1. It is way better, and we had our old buddy Tails tailing us again. It was a bit longer of a game I believe too, and if you had both episodes, you unlocked a short campaign where you play as Metal Sonic. A very enjoyable game, though it’s feel and control scheme was still that of Episode I.

#10

Sonic: Lost World (Wii U, 2013)

Times Beaten-1

 

This game was sort of reminiscent of Super Mario Galaxy for you could jump and walk around all sorts of floating lands and the like. It had a nice mix of 3D and 2D gameplay and both styles are fun. There are some very funny moments in the story; one line made me laugh hysterically. The game is a bit too easy, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. Yet another unique experience for the blue blur.

#9

Sonic Colors (Wii, 2010)

Times Beaten-1

 

When this came out, it was the first undisputed good 3D Sonic game to come out in years. Sticking to mostly 2D gameplay with plenty of speed parts and slower platforming parts, it is a joy to play from beginning to end. The Wisp power ups are diverse and fun to use, and the whole carnival in space setting is quite awesome.

#8

Sonic The Hedgehog Chaos (GameGear, 1993)

Times Beaten-0

 

Okay, this one might not really deserve to be this high up. I haven’t played it in 20 years. My cousin had it and I used to play it all the time. I don’t remember if I beat it ever, I don’t think so. But I remember loving it. Every level was so much fun. This was the best handheld Sonic game I ever played and still is. I think…

#7

Sonic Generations (3DS, 2011)

Times Beaten-1

 

The modern handheld Sonic meets up with old school Sonic to save the world. You get to race through levels of old, as well as levels from more recent handheld games. It is a lot of fun, taking the best of both genres and mashing them into one incredible game.

#6

Sonic Generations (PlayStation 3, 2011)

Times Beaten-1

I know this is technically the same game, but it is not at all. The story is the same. Modern Sonic and old Sonic team up. But this time it is the modern Sonic from home consoles and you play through different levels than the 3DS version, taking them from console Sonic games and different Genesis games instead. It is a truly great game that plays and feels like the Genesis games when playing as old Sonic, something Sonic 4 failed miserably at. The 3D Sonic levels are remastered and some of the most fun you’ll ever have playing a 3D Sonic game.

#5

Sonic The Hedgehog (Genesis, 1991)

Times Beaten-Around 5-10

The game that started it all. It was an amazing game when it first came out, and still is today. This is some of the finest platforming you will ever come by, as well as some of the best music.

#4

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Genesis, 1992)

Times Beaten-Around 10

This I believe is the first Genesis game I ever played. It took everything amazing about the first game and simply made it better, adding a few multiplayer modes, a new character, better graphics and the ever so helpful Super Spin Dash. A true classic right here.

#3

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 (Genesis, 1994)

Times Beaten-Around 10

This took everything amazing about the second game and made it better even further. A true masterpiece.

#2

Sonic & Knuckles (Genesis, 1994)

Times Beaten-2 or 3

As a very young child, I probably played this one the most, but could never come close to beating it. I finally did for the first time probably as an early teenager. This game had the most fun and creative levels, some of the best music, the best cover art, best boss fights and the best addition ever, Knuckles. He has different abilities than Sonic and Tails, which makes for some more fun gameplay. He is way cooler than Sonic and Tails and was my favorite character in the franchise until Shadow came along, which ironically, I always wanted to see a black Sonic ever since I saw the cover art of this game.

This game coincides with Sonic 3, for they were meant to be one game, but was much too big. So instead they made Sonic &  Knuckles the coolest cartridge ever and made it so you can connect Sonic 2 & 3 into the top to allow you to play Knuckles in those games. This game also had a very good storyline for a completely nonverbal game.

 

And the best Sonic game is…

#1

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle (GameCube, 2002)

Times Beaten-Hard To Say

 

This game is incredible. A good story told out through 2 campaigns with 3 playable characters in each campaign, each with unique missions to complete. On top of that was the fact that each level had 5 Sonic Emblems to earn by completing various challenges, which gave huge replay value to the game.

A whole slew of awesome upgrades to each character enhanced the gameplay a lot, as well as the new, intriguing characters added to the game. The gameplay is a lot of fun for each character as you travel through amazingly designed stages with awesome music. Each character even has their own style of music for each of their levels.

There is some fun multiplayer too, though nothing mind blowing.

The most time consuming thing is the Chao Garderns. Unlike the first game, I put hours upon hours into growing my Chaos. It is so addictive. I never got bored of replaying the levels to find power-ups for the lil’ buggers. When you beefed them up enough, there are countless events they can participate in against other very strong Chaos. It’s fun. I couldn’t stop playing this game. But eventually a busier lifestyle and new systems and games to play forced me to put a stop to it. If I didn’t have a massive backlog of games, you can bet I would go back to this game.

The reason I say “hard to say” next to Times Beaten is because I’ve played through each level countless times, though only did the full story mode twice.

 

And that’s it! I have a handful of Sonic games in my aforementioned backlog, so I will update this list as I get to them. Who knows what the future will hold for Sonic, but for right now, it looks pretty good.

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