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How long has it been since I’ve last played a good Sonic game? I was hesitant to buy this game at first, but I’m glad I did. It’s really good so far and I actually want to keep playing it. 

As I already mentioned above I was hesitant to buy this game. Sonic hasn’t been good in a long time and I’ve been burned too many times to care at this point. I know my wife is a huge Sonic fan and that played a part in my decision to buy this game over Agents of Mayhem even though I really want that game. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this game. Sega literally took Sonic back to his roots. There’s no 3D bullshit in this game. It’s just good ole 2D Sonic doing what he does best and that’s kick Dr. Eggman’s ass.

The gameplay is your classic 2D Sonic gameplay. The big difference here is the animation quality. Everyone’s animations have been vastly improved over the original 2D Sonic games. And it’s nice to play this game at a constant 60 FPS on my Switch. Most of my play time went to TV mode because my kids wanted to see the game in action. They had fun watching me die over and over on some of the redesigned stages. If you’re a Sonic pro you’re in for a treat because all of the classic stages have been redesigned. The very first boss of the game is the last boss you fight in Sonic 2. The second zone (Chemical Plant) was a nightmare for me to get through because the same glitch from the old Sega Genesis is still present in this game. If I jump while one of the water blocks is coming down towards me I instantly die even though I never actually got squished between them. It’s really annoying, but it didn’t stop me from having fun.

The fast paced gameplay that Sonic has always had is still there and it’s arguably the best it’s ever been in the 2D games. The boss fights (so far) are really interesting and the performance is amazing. I didn’t notice any frame drops or stuttering of any kind. Even when I was going super fast through various different zones. The best part for me is the minigames. My personal favorite minigame from the old Sonic games is here and it’s still awesome to play today. I love the music, I love collecting the blue balls while avoiding the red ones, and I love the controls. It’s absolutely perfect and I can’t wait to play some of the harder mini-games as I continue to advance in the game.

I’m really enjoying Sonic Mania right now. I’m glad I purchased it and it’s worth the $20 investment. That price is perfect for this game.

Have you played Sonic Mania? What did you think of it?

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8 Comments

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    The Otaku Judge
    Aug 16, 2017 10:00 pm

    Haven’t played this yet, although it is on my shopping list. I am looking forward to reliving the classic days of Sonic. Was a huge fan of the character, until Sega released that buggy 2006 game.

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      Drakulus
      Aug 17, 2017 8:00 am

      I haven’t been a huge Sonic fan since the Sega Genesis days :). This game is really good and bug free too.

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    mattdoylemedia
    Aug 17, 2017 12:07 am

    Got my review coming soon. I was worried that the game would disappoint as I’d hyped it up so much for myself, but I’m lovng it.

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      Drakulus
      Aug 17, 2017 8:01 am

      That’s good. Usually games that we over hype for ourselves don’t live up to our expectations.

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        mattdoylemedia
        Aug 17, 2017 8:02 am

        Aye. I’m terrible for it too. If something grabs me, I get far too over excited for it.

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    Drakulus
    Aug 17, 2017 7:59 am

    Nice! I think you’re going to enjoy it a lot. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Sonic game this good. The Chemical Plant is a lot longer now by the way. Took me a few tries to get through it :).

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    Mr. Panda
    Aug 17, 2017 6:13 pm

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts! I just purchased it today and will play it soon, so I can’t wait to experience a good modern Sonic game!

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    Imtiaz Ahmed
    Aug 24, 2017 12:34 pm

    I have had my eye on this. I really liked that this was a fan made game with people hired by Sega. Since Sega couldn’t do it right for so long, they just had their fans do it.

    Pretty neat how it turned out in the end. I have fond memories of sonic 1, 2 and 3 from the genesis days. Once i have a bit more time i’ll probably get it. The price is good to.

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