Battles, Infinite Battles, Trunks Battles

Infinite vs Trunks


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Suggested by Destroyer Infinite may not be weak, but that doesn’t mean that he is strong. Trunks has handled many powerful opponents in his day and he always manages to come out on top. Whether it be with Super Saiyan 1 or 2, I don’t think Infinite will stand a chance here. He has no way of keeping up with Trunks and his solid illusions will shatter with a single attack. Illusions can only buy him so much time. Trunks wins.

Battles, Infinite Battles, Wraith Battles

Wraith vs Infinite


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Wraith may prove to be a scary opponent for the average victim but he definitely won’t scare Infinite. Infinite isn’t weak after all and knows what he is doing. If anything his illusions will unnerve Wraith during the battle and then he will win with his energy attacks. Wraith has no real way of fighting back. Infinite wins.

Battles, Infinite Battles, Shadow Battles

Shadow vs Infinite


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Infinite is a tough fighter but one that Shadow even called weak. That was the Gap between their abilities so it’s clear who would win here. If you notice, Infinite never actually attacked Shadow and stuck to mind games. Now why would he do that? Well he feared Shadow and what The Ultimate Life Form was capable of. He isn’t an opponent that you want to underestimate. One good Super Shadow blast and it’s all over. Shadow wins.

Battles, Infinite Battles, Iroh Battles

Infinite vs Iroh


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Iroh is a talented elemental fighter but he has never fought anyone at quite the same level as Infinite. Infinite has super speed and can manipulate reality with his illusions. This makes him a very dangerous opponent to go up against and Iroh will never even know if his attacks are landing until it is too late. He is simply outmatched here. Infinite wins.

Azula Battles, Battles, Infinite Battles

Infinite vs Azula


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Azula is another talented fighter who can really prove difficult to fight against. Of course, this isn’t really a problem for a character like Infinite. Infinite has limitless power at his disposal or at least it may seem that way with his illusions. Azula just can’t keep up with this guy and would get blasted away. No fire abilities will be enough to stop him from shouting, “I’m not weak!” Infinite wins.

Battles, Infinite Battles, Roku (Avatar) Battles

Roku (Avatar) vs Infinite


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Roku is a powerful Avatar and a master who really has a lot of experience. Of course, that isn’t enough against someone who knows for a fact that he’s not Weak! Infinite yelled that for the world to hear, multiple times to emphasize that very fact. He is playing Chess while Roku is still playing Checkers. Infinite’s speed will allow him to dominate the battlefield and KO Roku with minimal effort. Infinite wins.

Battles, Fluttershy Battles, Infinite Battles

Fluttershy vs Infinite


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Fluttershy is a nice Pony so it’s cool that she actually got to make it to the 1-0 spot. However, she isn’t really much of a fighter. She will have a difficult time keeping up with Infinite for very long. Infinite is simply too powerful of a fighter. He possesses speed and power at such a high level that even Sonic and Shadow had a difficult time against him. They are on two different levels. Infinite wins.

Battles, Infinite Battles, Twilight Sparkle Battles

Twilight Sparkle vs Infinite


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Twilight Sparkle is another Pony who managed to get through with a solid win, but now her road is blocked. While she does have some solid energy blasts at her disposal and teleportation, it will only buy Twilight some time. She still won’t be able to keep up with an opponent of Infinite’s caliber for very long. He will prove once and for all that he isn’t weak. On the contrary, Infinite is quite powerful. Infinite wins.

Editorial

Why Sonic Forces is going to be better than Mario Odyssey



Right now the vast majority of gamers seem to think Mario Odyssey will not only defeat Sonic Forces, but that it could be the best game of the year. I’m a pretty big fan of the Super Mario series as well and think Odyssey looks great, but I think we’re counting out Sonic Forces a little too soon. In fact, I think it’s going to beat Mario Odyssey rather easily and by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll think so as well. I’m going to tackle every aspect of both games and show you point by point why Sonic wins. For some background for those who are unaware, both games are coming out later this year and supposedly it may be within a week of each other. Odyssey is getting a lot of hype because it’s quite possibly the most ambitious Mario game since 64. It’s going to have a bunch of new features and Mario will finally be in a cool city setting. Sonic Forces is getting a lot of hype because we are finally in the pre Sonic Colors days with the epic plots and old characters returning. With the background out of the way, lets dive into this breakdown.

STORY

This one’s pretty obvious. Sonic Forces destroys Odyssey here as we have a new villain called Infinite who has assembled all of the greatest Sonic villains from the previous games. Chaos, Metal Sonic, Shadow, etc. They’re back to rain some terror on the heroes. Sonic’s going to have to team up with Silver, Classic Sonic, and many more to hope to combat him. I’ve seen the trailer over 20 times by now and it just never gets old. This has the potential to be one of the greatest Sonic stories of all time and it feels like the big climax of the Adventure series. Odyssey is busy with the classic Peach getting kidnapped scenario. I honestly don’t see much else happening in the game. Maybe DK will show up or something but my hopes are honestly very low. I dare Nintendo to raise the bar and prove me wrong. Imagine a Mario game where a new villain brings in Bowser, King Boo, Geno, Shadow Mario, and other big Mario opponents. That would be pretty awesome.

SOUNDTRACK

This one is probably going to be the most controversial. Granted, Mario games always have killer soundtracks and I’m sure this one will be really solid as well. When the main theme for the game came out, it really took over the internet. Then Sonic Forces brought out the Infinite theme and completely blasted any trace of Odyssey off the map. The difference in sound level is just uncanny. This is just the tip of the iceberg as well and considering all of the intense levels in Sonic Forces, the overall soundtrack is going to be miles apart. Odyssey’s themes are soothing, Forces themes are epic.

GRAPHICS

This one is also pretty close. Mario Odyssey is clearly going to look good. The level environments are really solid and the trailer looks sharp. It’s the Mario game that we’ve been waiting for and they spared no expense. What hurts the game a little is that it can’t make use of its graphics because there are no cool villains or powerful energy effects to show off. Forces already has some really cool levels and designs. The animation really gets to shine here and it also helps that its on the PS4. This is another area where Forces wins and sure, graphics don’t matter too much when you’re already at this level but every bit certainly helps.

LENGTH

All right, here’s an area where Mario actually wins. While the actual campaign lengths will likely be similar, Mario has always exceled in its replay value. It’s almost undeniable that Odyssey will give you more bang for your buck. Collecting everything and unlocking all of the bonuses in Odyssey will take time. You’ll also probably just have fun exploring the vast hub world and I can see this being a game that you play for weeks and weeks. That’s not to say that Sonic Forces is short. Grabbing all of the trophies will likely be difficult and time consuming as well. That being said, unless there is a local multiplayer that is on par with Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, I don’t see it beating Odyssey. It’ll have to hold a loss here.

GAMEPLAY

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We’ve come to the biggest and most important part of the game now. The gameplay. So, Odyssey’s gameplay is tried and true. It’s going to be incredibly smooth with so many playtesters that I expect there will be very few glitches if any. The jumping on the hat gimmick does look like it’ll slow the game down somewhat, but I have a feeling that it’ll be more fun than it looks. Sonic Forces meanwhile is back to the super fast Sonic gameplay that I’ve missed with the slower classic levels to give you a change of pace. There are also the custom levels which will work like Sonic Boom. While the latter may not help the game, the modern Sonic levels are sure to be some of the most fun ones yet. I’m afraid that there really isn’t much Mario can do to combat it. I love moving at a quick speed and it’s like how I prefer rushdown tactics in Super Smash. Just keep the action coming and I’ll let my reaction times handle the rest. I’ve said this a few times, but the point still stands. Mario will be peaceful and calming which is awesome in its own right, but Sonic Forces will be exhilarating and action packed throughout. The gameplay will really get your adrenaline pumping.

GIMMICKS

Both games have some gimmicks. Mario’s will be the constant transforming and throwing the hat around. For Forces, it’s the Deviant art character you’ll be creating as you swing around. In this case, I think Odyssey probably has the edge. From what I’ve seen of the original character, his levels look all right, but I just don’t think they add anything to the game. The transformations in Odyssey actually look really fun though. While everyone is looking forward to turning into a dinosaur, I personally can’t wait for the Bullet Bill. Being able to fly and being almost indestructible? Count me in! I’m sure they’ll do something to balance the game or else you could cheese a bunch of levels, but the game will likely do it in a balanced/organic way where you can still have a blast. Just please give me a flying transformation in the hub world, flying through New Donk City will be a blast!

VERDICT Sonic Forces wins. I never like ties so you can certainly bet that I wasn’t going to be half hearted here to close out the editorial. As the title clearly states, I think Sonic Forces is going to be the better game than Odyssey. Furthermore, I don’t think it’s going to be all that close. At the same time, I do think both games will be a lot of fun. Honestly I may even give both games a 9/10. The main difference is that I’m going to be super invested in Sonic Forces. A good plot really does go a long way and since Forces should also have the edge in gameplay, that’s just Game Set and Match. I’ll be picking up Sonic Forces Day 1 while I can’t guarantee the same for Odyssey. After all, I still don’t even own a Switch. Sonic Forces is the game that I’ve been looking forward to for years. Adventure 2 Battle is still the best with Sonic 2006 being second, but I could definitely see this game being 3rd. Even if it loses to Shadow and only gets 4th, that will still be really impressive. I’m hoping it sells well so we can get more games like this one. It’s definitely Game of the Year material. The fact that Mario Odyssey could beat it in some areas is impressive though and the game should take solace in that fact. It just can’t help overcome one big thing. At the end of the day…Sonic is just cooler than Mario.