Knuckles @ Knucklesite
I think by this point we've all seen the new designs for the core Sonic cast, and like just about everyone else I have mixed feelings on this. Tails and Amy are perfectly fine, no complaints, so if you thought I was going negative Nancy all the way on you you're going to be disappointed. Sonic would be fine too if not for the disproportionate legs, but I have the same problem everyone else does - Knuckles. Oh my god what a train wreck. Did they think it was aesthetically pleasing or something?
I can sort of understand giving the whole franchise a makeover, it hasn't had a huge update on that front since Sonic Adventure, which was 15 years ago (yep, way to make myself feel old), but I'm sorry, but this new Knuckles is an eyesore. Granted, his usual design didn't do his physical strength justice, but I'm sure there are many other ways this could've been highlighted better. With that in mind, I'm not going to go all "childhood destroyed" like your average internet moron. Nothing's going to take away S3&K, the Adventure games, Heroes, and so on. I'm just saying I don't like this design. No exaggeration, no hyperbole. One thing I'd like everyone to remember, though, is that the last two times they tried giving a character a makeover (Rouge in Heroes, Eggman in 2006), the end results were just as terrible, but they didn't last very long either. Fingers crossed.
One thing that really threw me for a loop, though, is that I've seen people complaining about Shadow and Rouge being nowhere to be found. Seriously? Of all the characters that people would miss? SHADOW AND ROUGE? Shadow brought an element of angst that simply never had its place in a series like Sonic (and I guess we can also attribute him the paternity of the endless wave of fan recolors), and Rouge brought out the absolute worst of the most disturbing fanbase in gaming, if not all of fiction altogether. Besides, it's not like they've been very active lately. They both missed out on Unleashed and Colors, before having minor cameos in Generations, then not appearing in Lost World. After 2006 they were relegated to filler characters in minor games, which by all means should be their place forever. And only now do people really complain. Sonic fans, I swear...