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Sonic Mania - Review

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Sonic Mania - Review

If you’re an old school retro fan or a newcomer Sonic Mania has you covered!

I’m not going to lie; these past few years have been tough on Sonic the Hedgehog. What with Sonic The Hedgehog (also known as Sonic 2006), Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Generations not living up to gamers expectations. What started off as a 16bit Hedgehog sprinting through 16bit environments fighting the “bad guy” has evolved into a fully voiced, HD Hedgehog sprinting through HD environments fighting a re-designed yet familiar bad guy and saving the girl!? (I’m looking at you Sonic 2006!).

In truth times do change and long established game characters such as Sonic do need to change to keep up with the new generations of console as well as the new generations of gamers. Yes whilst Mario was high flying with his own new style poor Sonic suffered a tale of bad decisions and design and slipped into the “oh another Sonic game..” territory.

Yes, Sonic the Hedgehog is one of gaming’s greats. Ask anyone about retro gaming in the 90's and you’re going to hear tales of Sonic and Nintendo’s famous (not a plumber) Mario. Most people will be able to regale you with stories of wasted nights and speed runs, before speed runs where a thing to the famous SNES or Mega Drive (Genesis for our American readers) playground arguments. One particular memory of mine is watching a friend struggle, for to me then entering the level select code when he was out of the room. I would admit to doing this year’s later!

 I feel that Sonic started his decline with Sonic Adventure 2 which was released first of all on what would be Sega’s final home console the Dreamcast. Sonic Adventure 2 was not necessary a bad game, however the clunky controls, poor camera angles and Dr Eggman (Who should always be Robotnik) would continue into the next games.




As mentioned at the start of this review, Sonic then went into a decline. With the likes of Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) not giving fans that classic Sonic feeling. Sonic Generations tried to capture this with its time travelling story which included retro Sonic with his slim fast paced future self however this was also met with its own downfalls. Sonic the Hedgehog gamers have yearned for the Sonic of yester-year. They want the Sonic where he fights Robotnik, the Sonic with the memorable stage themes, and the Sonic with the gut wrenchingly hard bonus stages.

This is what Sonic Mania does best. Sonic Mania is a plat forming game that is developed by Pagodawest Games and Headcannon which has been produced by Sega for Sonics 25th Anniversary. Sonic Mania at heart is a re-make of Sonic 1, 2 and 3 with remixed levels and a few new ones thrown in to the mix. The player can choose to play as Sonic, Tales and Knuckles or a combination of Sonic and Tales or Sonic and Knuckels to fight Dr Robotnik and his many machines to save the world and collect those ever elusive Chaos Emeralds.

Each character has their own abilities such as Sonic‘s ability to drop dash to Tales who can fly and then Knuckles who can guide and climb walls. Each character gives a different take to the overall game because what tactics may work with Sonic won’t necessary work with Knuckles. Sonic Mania also includes unlock able features that allow Sonic to be equipped with his abilities from Sonic 3 and Sonic CD.
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