Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Six Days of Sonic: Day 3 - [YouTube] Sonic Mania


Released on August 15, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch (PC version delayed until August 29th), Sonic Mania is unique in that Sega of America and Sonic Team worked with developers from the Sonic fan community -- Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, and PagodaWest Games -- to create the game that features re-imagined levels from the Sega Genesis games as well as new stages. The game is primarily 2D (has 3D graphics in special stages), runs at 60 frames per seconds, and has three playable characters: Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, and Knuckles the Echidna. As is the case with most Sonic games, the ultimate goal is to defeat Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Ivo Robotnik) and his robots. The Collector's Edition is $69.99 at retail while the stand-alone digital game is $19.99.

Being a throwback to the Genesis games is the reason I chose to do a week of Sonic now rather than later in the year when another Sonic game called Sonic Forces is expected to release. Developed by Sonic Team, Sonic Forces is a mix of 2D and 3D action, and is scheduled to release on the same platforms as Sonic Mania in the fourth quarter of this year. Sonic Forces will be a physical product whereas Sonic Mania is only available as a digital download at the time of its release. As seen in the YouTube video above, the collector's edition includes a collector's card, a gold ring housed inside of a cartridge, and a 12" statue of Sonic standing atop a Genesis (or Mega Drive) that says "Sega" when the power button is placed in the on position.

The PlayStation 4 outer cover is on the left. On the right is
the collector's edition with a front panel that swings open.

Also mentioned in the video is that I thought it would have been nice if the base of the statue had Sonic in the corner with a cartridge slot in the center to hold the facsimile Genesis cartridge. Another change I would have made is to have Sonic pointing with his right hand, rather than a closed fist, allowing the ring to slip onto his index finger. Also, I should point out that when I redeemed the game code on PlayStation 4 it included three themes and some avatars.

Front of collector's edition box
without outer system cover.

Back of collector's edition box
without outer system cover.

Collector's edition box open without the front plastic panel that holds the game code.

And here are a few screenshots:

Sonic & Tails in the Chemical Plant.
Knuckles in the Green Hill Zone.

Sonic & Tails in the Chemical Plant.
Sonic vs. Tails in split-screen competition mode.

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