Summary: After far too many years, Sega has finally released a Sonic the Hedgehog game that lives up to its Genesis legacy. With amazing new levels and new spins on old classics, the Blue Blur may never have been better.
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Sonic Mania is nothing short of a triumphant return to the spectacular roots of the Sonic franchise
Sonic Mania is a true love letter to the blue hedgehog's 16-bit days, developed by a team that you can tell have put everything they have into making sure that it not only lives up to fan expectations but gamers in general. And, while there is certainly plenty to be gained here if you're a Sonic enthusiast, Sonic Mania is an excellent standalone platformer in its own right, too, and one that will hopefully open the door to more retro-inspired ventures for some of SEGA's older IPs.
It’s a fantastic entry for the franchise, and it certainly has helped to reinvigorate my interest in the character going forward.
Sonic Mania is the best Sonic game in over a decade and is one of the best Sonic games of all time.
The blue blur returns in Sonic Mania, the hedgehog's crowning achievement
Sonic Mania is a love letter to the past while keeping its eyes toward the future of the franchise.
The bugs and glitches betray its modern gaming background, but otherwise Sonic Mania is an absolute masterclass in how to rejuvenate an iconic series without either straying too far from its roots or essentially repeating a stale and tired formula.
So is Sonic Mania good? Yeah, it’s awesome. Is it the best Sonic game ever? No, Sonic 3 & Knuckles is. Is the Sonic Cycle broken? Probably not, Sonic Forces is due out later this year and looks like more of the third-person rubbish that we’re now so sadly used to.
Sonic Mania proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sonic is better in 2D. Mania cleverly leans on the best of Sonic’s past while also carving its own path for a bright future for the blue blur. Welcome back Sonic.