Okay before I get, the last bit made me crack up a bit more than I was hoping for.
I remember saying something about the 'qualities' of your last flash, Event Horizon. Comparing this flash to that, you've improved. Even the dance was well synced, which I'm sure was the hardest part. Half of me wanted to say maybe you've overused ...birds, but the more I watch it, I feel like they belong.
As always, the song choice is amazing, and you do well to animate to it- emphasis and all. HOWEVER I know the story to the flash- not really anyone else does. So this flash does almost nothing to explain whats going on. I recommend a prequel. Now I would say type the whole story in the description, but not everyone reads that- so you have to make sure your flash will make sense.
Although that's a bigger flaw- I really see no others in this flash. I say this every time, but I mean it: Keep it up <3
Story: 3/5 (Now like I said- I KNOW the story, but if you never told me I would of just liked the flash without knowing what was going on.)
First off, let me say this: I am making this review comparing to all your other flashes- and not to everyone else.
You continuously improve on your work and detail. I don't mean like super high quality, I mean the little details. Perfect example, the ripples from the steps he took. Your style is so simple, yet extremely effective.
Another thing I have to compliment is your emphasis. This felt more like a music 'video', where you applied emphasis to the video where it was needed (as in, to queue in the song when it intensified).
The ONLY problem I have is that there is a lack of 'quality' detail. Now I said in the beginning there were two types: The quality of the flash itself, and then the details inside the flash. For example: the face seemed to be a bit /too/ simple, and though its hard to make a proper moving mouth to lip-sync with a song, it still felt a greater lack of quality.
Other than this, I greatly approve of this flash, and I continue to see a curve of improvement per flash I watch. Keep it up <3
I appreciate the detailed and honest response, it highlights both my strongpoints and my issues which will hopefully make my next flash even better.
I thought this one to be a bit short, but ya know, I love how you're able to sync your flashes with the music. A nice way to show how engie got his inspiration to find a way to survive. I'm really looking forward to any continuation of this particular flash, as it shows a Level One sentry. What will push him to upgrade? Just an idea. Anyways, keep up the wonderful work <3
It's a prequel to Revengineering, so if you want to see wwhat happens next, watch that one.
I'm not really sure if I'll make a sequel to this that fits between this and Revengineering, just because I still have some other ideas for the other classes.
Soldier is confirmed to say the least, so keep your eyes out for that.
Although this is essentially a 'flow' remake, this one is well done and much less boring. The variations bring more 'puzzle' likeness to this style of game. The music and particles also help to keep your attention.
-Particles and graphics help it stand out
-Music is nice and thoughtful, not intrusive
-Variations add uniqueness to each level
-Very easy to access and get into, each level increasing smoothly in difficulty
-Very unoriginal concept
-Lack of any other modes
~Kasey "Sparky" Moore
This has to be one of the best flash games out there. I see every bit of effort you guys put into it, from the skills, to the monsters! Not only that, you have information on the monsters, weaknesses, the ability to level SKILLS, equipment and forging to upgrade them, the characters idle motions, etc.
You continue to improve with each instalment of EBF, and I hope there will be an EBF4 in the future!
As for the music, this is what FL Studio sounds like when someone knows how to use it. I believe the music made half this game- and I love how every single track fits the theme its in. Once again, great job.
Music - 9/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Creativity - 10/10
Replayability - 9/10
Although I love the song as it is, and the mix isn't too bad, but I really hear the MIDI influences. From being around too many MIDI rippers and then many people remapping/remixing from the MIDI- I just... I used to be like that, and i'll be honest, its not the same as recomposing from scrap. Using a MIDI takes little work, despite what anyone may say.
I give it no less than 3 stars because I felt this was one of the better songs composed with a MIDI, but I just see lack of potential, which is why I give it less than 5.
Composition: 10 of 10 ~ instruments do not mesh, and compliment one another
Effort: 2 of 10 ~ Too much MIDI influence. just.. too much.
Mastering: 5 of 10 ~ Lack of potential. This goes hand in hand with Effort, as better mastering could make it seem less sequenced.
Final Review Score: 6 of 10 ~ 3 stars.
Vote: 5 of 5, however.
My standards on review score and vote score are separate. Review is my offhand crit and score, while my vote shows the listen-ability to the song is on the untrained ear.
Another note: At least you posted a remake of one of my favorite 2p songs.
Hmmmm... I definitely understand and agree with much of your critique. However, I do not agree that modding MIDI files is so easy. First off, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that very few people who make covers using existing MIDIs actually have permission from the original creator. I've been collaborating with John "EspioKaos" Weeks for a few years now and am in regular contact with him. To be honest, if he had never given me permission to use his work and post the resulting creations, then none of these tracks would be here, including my originals (Mainly as tinkering with his work taught me how to compose music through MIDI software). In addition, if he had not approved this or any of the tracks I put together, they would not have been posted. Besides, if I had constructed this track from scratch, it would be exactly as it is now. My intent is to give some new life to classic tracks from older Sonic the Hedgehog games by giving them a new sound as opposed to tearing them apart and making them almost unrecognizable from the source material.
While I agree that an instrument swap is as easy as pressing a few buttons, making it sound good is another matter. Especially if you consider the sound scheme I'm using. For example, finding ways around pitch-bending and warbling notes (Something you can't do on a real piano) can be quite challenging. Case in point: EspioKaos' and my piano/eletronic cover of "Sonic 2- Metropolis Zone" http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/468940 (You may need to remove any spaces added randomly to the URL. Don't know why Newgrounds does that)
It took several months, between a hard drive failure and other things, to get that song sounding good with my piano/electronic arrangement. Other things such as getting reverb, chorus and volume levels correct make creating a good MIDI edit not nearly as easy as you may think. It still takes days to get one of these covers sounding good, but it usually take weeks or even months at times finding ways to get the source material to work with this sound scheme. If it were really so easy and I didn't care for quality, I would have instrument-swapped my way through EspioKaos' MIDIs in a matter of months and I have no doubt he would have never given me permission or worked with me on this and the other Sonic Piano tracks currently posted here. It's been nearly two years since I made contact with EspioKaos and got permission to use his work. It's even better since the Newgrounds Audio Portal FINALLY allows us to credit multiple authors in audio submissions: this was my only gripe with the Audio Portal before the recent redesign. So now, John "EspioKaos" Weeks' name can now be displayed under the Credits section, as it should be.
In a nutshell, good-sounding MIDI edits are not easy to create. It takes much more than an instrument change-around to get the job done. Plus, I do have full support and permission from the original author of these MIDIs to create and post these covers. If nothing else, maybe consider adding EspioKaos to your Favorite Audio Portal Authors? :)
In closing, I thank you very much for checking out this song, but mostly for the thorough critique. I'm glad you enjoyed this collab and, should you check out Johns' and my past and future submissions, I hope you enjoy those as well. :)
Unbelievable Remix of a Classic~
This is more than worth a listen. I love how you were able to put those instruments together to make the song recognizable, at the same time of making it something of your own. I really can't find any flaws with this, but this was one of my favorite songs in the CD: Europop- so here is to you- making a great song even better!
I hope to hear more great remixes from you!
Sound Quality: 10
This was a very great piece. Very calm and soothing- however, With that being said- I don't think FL Slayer fits in with this. Find another instrument, one that stands out but sticks with the nice feel to this song.
Rating 8 of 10
Vote 4 of 5
newgrounds.com — Your #1 online entertainment & artist community! All your base are belong to us.