Cheating a little bit this week as I teased and released this video two weeks back, but because of E3, the Elder Kings livestream and Zelda (not to mention the effort it took to record this video), plus some personal stuff, I couldn’t get a second video out in time for today. I wanted to do a video on Titanic: Honor and Glory’s new demo, which just came out, but given that thing is 6 gigabytes and I have joke Internet, downloading, installing and learning it in time to record, edit and upload a video on it wasn’t going to happen in a week. Did get some stuff on the Steam Summer Sale, and hopefully some of that will show up on the channel someday soon.
But hey, this should still be new to many of you.
A “superplay” is what we used to call a tool-assisted speedrun without the tool assits. It’s what we did to hone our focus back before people could add hacking tools to video games. It is a finely tuned runthrough of a video game level based on personal familiarity with and mastery of a game’s mechanics and layout. I take it to mean a run with no mistakes, taking no damage and moving in a stream of unbroken movements and actions.
This is a video of what I’m calling a “superplay” of Aquarium Park, a mod stage for Sonic Generations based on a level from the 2010 Wii game Sonic Colors. I’m going to talk more about this in a future video, but to me this level perfectly encapsulates everything I love about Sonic the Hedgehog games, so I thought making a video about it would be the perfect way to celebrate Sonic’s anniversary. It’s in many ways the definitive example of everything I want from one type of video game, and it’s the kind of game SEGA does better than anyone else.
Blaze the Cat, for those understandably unaware of the Sonic series’ Byzantine lore, is basically the female version of Sonic from an alternate universe. She has all his powers and abilities, just in slightly different forms. I really wanted to play as her for this for a lot of different reasons, so thankfully there’s a mod that lets me do that!
I’m going to try and record that follow-up video sometime this week, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and set the alert if you want to see that as soon as it goes up. In the meantime, you can get Sonic Generations on Steam, Aquarium Park here and the “Blazy Mix” mod on ModDB. You’re also going to want the SonicGMI mod manager, as well as the Unleashed FX Pipeline shaders if you want to really make this game look its best (This is a 2011 game running on 2008 tech, so it should run fine on any relatively modern rig).