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Man, have I got a boatload of info for you! The English Next-Gen Sonic Site (which is all flash, by the way, but look less time to load than the Japanese one) has stuff about the story and characters, IN ENGLISH, thank you very much.
The crowds lined the beautiful canals of Soleanna and cheered wildly when the Princess Elise appeared for the Soleanna Sun Festival. Yet suddenly the skies were darkened by Dr.Eggman's great airship, and, as his robotic minions dropped to the ground, the princess clutched the blue Chaos Emerald that hung around her neck in fear.
So essentially, you saw this in the most recent Sonic Next Gen trailer (which, by the way, was FREAKING TAKEN OFF BY YOUTUBE, THOSE BEEP!).
Ahem. It continues like this:
Sonic apparenty knew Dr.Eggman was after the Flames of Disaster, and attempted to get there on time to stop him. He got there too late (WTF?! Did Eggman start a day early or something?! Was Sonic on the other side of the world?!), and was planning his next move, while, unknown to him, a certain psychic Hedgehog was watching him. This same telepathic hedgehog, named Silver, believes that Sonic will one day destroy his planet (again, WTF?), and as come back in time to stop him.
Yep, it's psychotic. But, WAIT! It gets better!
The few that know about the Flames of Disaster are sworn to secrecy as they saw the dark side of its awesome power ten years earlier in a top-secret lab in Soleanna (yep, it always has to turn out that way, doesn't it? I mean, Shadow the Hedgehog, Mewtwo, and now an "awesome power"! Maybe I should invest in a top-secret lab...). The disaster critically wounded Elise's father, and, right before he died, he begged his daughter never to cry, for her tears and despair are the keys to the Flames of Disaster (see where this is going?). Dr.Eggman, being the evil, power-hungry dictator he is, eventually heard of this (perhaps through a traitor?), and went to Soleanna to kidnap the princess.
Pretty insane, even for a Sonic game, especially after the insane atrocity that was Shadow the Hedgehog's plot (Aliens...and alien hedgehogs. *pokes Shadow* Yep, he's part alien.).
Alright, now onto...
Sonic the Hedgehog - Somehow, this guy, who's the Fastest Thing Alive, the Blue Blur, etc., gets to Soleanna too late to save Princess Elise from Eggman. After Elise's Chaos Emerald falls from the airship and is retrieved by Sonic, the speedy hedgehog goes to save Elise...however, he is being watched by a psychic hedgehog named Silver.
Blaze the Cat - Blaze? Blaze! BLAAAAAAZZZZE!!!!!!! *cough* Introduced in Sonic Rush as a fire-wielding princess from another dimention that protects that dimention's Chaos Emerald equivalent, the Sol Emeralds, she's back, now as a QUEEN. Since she was teased about her kick-ass power as a little one (explain that one to me. If someone started teasing me for a power like that, I'd set them on fire), she wears a cape (currently absent) to hide and conceal this ability. She is *the* most kick-ass female character in Sonic history.
E-123 Omega - Like our favorite blue blur, Sonic, this robot-of-doom also got a few tweaks to his design, making him look more realistic and kick-ass (though, this guy will NEVER beat E-102 Gamma when it comes to coolness and storyline). As implied by his codename, Omega, he is the most powerful of the E-series bots (psh. E-101 Beta Mark 2 pwns this guy. He freaking HOVERS.), until Eggman, for no apparent reason, sealed him in a room with a stasis capsule containing Shadow the Hedgehog. After being released by Rouge, he went on a rampage, destroying all of Eggman's other robots after vowing to take revenge on his creator (like I said, E-102's story pwns this guy's).
Rouge the Bat - If you even WHISPER the word "jewels", she'll go nuts. A seriously obsessed treasure hunter who is also a spy for the government, she's a female character that, in my opinion, was created solely for sex appeal (seriously, look at the way she dresses! And her new English voice makes her sound like a hooker. Not that I know what a hooker sounds like.). No one knows if she's in Soleanna on an assignment or to "acquire" some jewels.
Amy Rose - Known as "Rosy the Rascal" in early times, she's an insane, mallet-wielding staker rapist in more recent games (seriously, watch the Sonic Heroes Team Sonic vs. Team Rose cutscene sometime. Yeesh.). She wasn't always like that, though (see: Sonic CD and Sonic Adventures 1 & 2). Of course, she's after Sonic, and will most likely be VERY pissed off that Sonic and Elise have an *cough* "attraction" to one other.
Miles "Tails" Prower - Sega really botched his age in this one. Supposedly, this two-tailed genius is eight, though the site clearly states that "his mechanical wizardry has helped Sonic dismantle Dr. Eggman's evil schemes for over 15 years". Seriously, Sega, WTF? Oh, and his high-pitched voice can shatter windows, though not as efficiently as Cream's.
Dr.Ivo Robotnik (now known as Dr.Eggman) - This mad "genius" has two names, thanks to the American and Japanese regions. "Dr.Robotnik" was his name everywhere outside of Japan, while "Dr.Eggman" was his name in kooky Japan. Anyways, I'll say it right now: he's FUGLY. Sega completely overhauled his design so he looked more evil rather than completely hilarious (he's lost 200 pounds now). Oh, and his boobs are bigger than mine. Anyways, this is the guy who unwittingly kidnaps Princess Elise.
Princess Elise - A 17-year-old princess (she doesn't look 17, does she?) who, after a disaster in a top-secret lab, became the holder of the Flames of Disaster, which is triggered by her despair. The people of Soleanna are happy and flourishing under her rule, so it kinda sucks that she was captured by an insane terrorist named Dr.Eggman.
Shadow the Hedgehog - A deus-ex-hedgehog (it's stated on the site that HE CANNOT DIE. WTF?!?!?!) who is apparently part alien (which is why he has his Chaos powers) and was originally created as a dark doppelganger for Sonic. He runs on hover shoes and has become a lot more emo since his introduction, much to the dismay of the "SA2 Shadow" fans. Like Rouge, he's working for the government. According to the Japanese site, his main villain in this game is a mysterious crystalline hedgehog named Mephilles.
Silver the Hedgehog - Sexy hedgehog (though not as much as Sonic) alert! This psychic hedgehog, who lives years in the future and ON ANOTHER PLANET (so, we have ANOTHER alien hedgehog), witnesses the beginning of a cataclysm that will wipe out all of its inhabitants (all of which psychic, believe it or not). As a result, he goes back in time to stop the "Iblis Trigger", whom he thinks is Sonic.