Welcome to my first video game blog right here on Geek With That. I have covered from time to time that I am video gamer. So in this blog, I will be covering the recently released video game, Sonic Mania, for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Did they finally release a good Sonic the Hedgehog game?
For me, personally, the year was Christmas 1994. I received the Sega Genesis as a gift from my parents along with Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I had played nothing quite like it at the time. It was challenging and fun. While I had been a die hard Mario fan, there was a certain charm to these classic Sonic the Hedgehog series on the Genesis.
Moving into more modern gaming, some of the older games made the transition into 3D games just fine (Mario). Other 2D games, such as Sonic, not so much.
To be honest, there isn’t one Sonic the Hedgehog game that has been released since Sonic & Knuckles that had matched up to the awesomeness of the original series on Sega Genesis. Yes, there was some strong titles like Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Generations. However, they were decent titles, but even then I don’t think they were up to the standard of the original games. It left me with a void that was hard to fill.
I was a tad skeptical of this game when it was first announced like I was with every Sonic the Hedgehog game announcement. However, after hearing from long time Sonic fans who tried it at E3… the hype was real. Could a Sonic the Hedgehog game finally live up the original games? This was basically me for the past few months…
I launched on my Xbox on Tuesday August 15th. Once I loaded up the first level, a remix of Green Hill Zone, this quickly became me…
I immediately texted all of my long time friends who had the Sega Genesis when we were young. I told them, “This is the Sonic game we have been waiting for.”
It really is. So much effort was made to bring the series back to the glory that other newer 2D games in the series like Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Advance just didn’t quite measure up to. Sonic Mania just has good old fashion classic gameplay of the original series. There are some twists along the way. It has both remixes of classic stages and a few new stages.
It is loaded with all kind of gameplay modifiers, different modes, and secrets. Sure, the game might be quick to go through the first time, but no two single runs of the game will ever be the same. It has the right amount difficulty for today’s games. Not too hard. Not too easy.
In Conclusion: I Have Sonic Mania
Video games, they just don’t make them like they used to. In some ways, it is a good thing. However, in some ways, it is a bit disheartening to myself, a 34 year year old gamer. I remember mastering Mega Man 3 when I was a youngin, but now all of my ability and drive to master today’s video games is pretty much gone. Sure, I could practice, but I don’t have time and I kind of thought I had moved on from video games in general. Thank goodness there is a game like Sonic Mania to bring me back in. Let us say, I have Sonic Fever…errr…Sonic Mania.
Sonic Mania is at least as good as the original Genesis titles. In some ways, it could be argued that it might even be better than those games. Thank you Sega! So where do they take it from here is the question.
Also, I have been asked by a few of my friends what system you should get it for. I really don’t know. If you want it on the go, get it on the Switch. Otherwise the PS4 Pro has 4K output and trophies. The Xbox One has uhhh… a nice controller and achievements, I don’t know (I have it for Xbox One). It is coming for PC too which will probably have mods and stuff.
The differences, to me, are negligible. You are talking to someone who can barely tell the difference between 720p/1080p/4k. I’m not saying there isn’t a clear difference. I’m just saying I don’t notice the difference. It could be my eyes or equipment. Just do what makes you happy.
Heck, get it for all platforms if you got them all. Maybe they’ll make more games like this. How about Streets of Rage Mania or Shining Force Mania, Sega?