Over the years, the Sonic franchise has been hit or miss. I can remember as early as the first Sonic the Hedgehog. Waking up Christmas morning, going downstairs and finding a brand new Sega Genesis packaged with Sonic. My parents (I mean Santa) had also picked up Spider-Man for me (which was actually insanely hard). The Sega graphics blew my mind for the time, I’d never seen anything quite like it. It was TOO fast. When the 3rd game came out, my mom let me stay home from school and we made a trip to Blockbuster to pick it up, fresh and new. As we grew up though, Sonic made the jump to 3D like Mario did. Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 were cool, but the ones that came after…. ehhh not so much. After watching the new trailer for Sonic Mania, I had the urge to cry manly tears. We’re finally getting the Sonic we grew up with!
The animation, the music (which sounds like it came from the Scott Pilgrim game, not a bad thing), everything looks perfect. It captures that magic from when I first played the series. Let’s hope we can get more games like this in the future. I can’t wait. – NVJ
Sonic Mania will be available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & PC, August 15th, 2017.