And bingo was his name-o! You nailed it. Every bullet point is spot on. I couldn't quite verbalize why SoC is so much better to me, but you hit the nail on the head here. Especially the music track. Because SotW tries to bring in the music intricacies of each culture into the track, by doing so makes it very disjointed. SoC is like a triumphant score akin to the kinds of music you hear during the 4th of July. It's very impactful. When SatW takes you to China and other countries, it loses that punch.Yes.
In some other threads I've posted a big analysis on why Soarin' Over California is much better, but I'm not sure where it is, so to summarize:
- SoC's emphasis was on the ground, and the act of flying over it. The purpose was to reflect on how wildly varied the landscape of California is. Much of AtW's focus is showing you recognizable landmarks.
- SoC had a greater emphasis on changes in altitude. You go from cresting over a mountain or cliff to a huge chasm below, and next you're just a few feet above the ocean.
- In SoC, you are constantly changing speed, pitch, tilt, altitude, etc. In almost every AtW scene you are flying straight at about the same speed. It feels like a screensaver.
- The segmented music track of AtW lacks the flow and emotional impact of the original, which is one complete piece.
- The transitions: I think a few are okay, but there's one for almost every scene change and it feels a bit too "in-your-face" for what is supposed to be a soothing experience.