So, the big 25th anniversary for Sonic has come and gone, and with it we have 2 new games announced, Project Sonic 2017, and Sonic Mania. I've been a Sonic fan for a very long time, I've seen the series is basically every light imaginable, and I can say that these two games, though are familiar, are also very new, and I can say with a certainty that this looks like it will be interesting. So here's a quick little analysis of both the games.
okay so Sonic Mania... is everything Sonic 4 should have been, nothing to add to that. Now Then, the other one.
Firstly, where the hell did this tone come from?! Not quite shadow the Hedgehog, as a matter of fact I'm getting a very Adventure 1 vibe from this. Think back to the opening of the game where we see Chaos wrecking Station Square. This is the first time since Unleashed where it actually feels like there are real stakes, not the side quests of Generations and Colours, where Eggman was doing bad things, but we didn't get to see the impact it would have, so it didn't really register. This also gives me hope we'll get a story with at least half a brain cell of thought put into it. There's no gameplay to speak of, though based on how Sonic was moving, I'm guessing a return of the boost formula, not my thing, but hey, at least we know they can do that half way decently. Though if it were up to me I'd go with Adventure style gameplay because say what you will about those games, they controlled better than any game since. Now then, for the elephant in the room, hello classic Sonic, aren't you a pest who just won't go away. I don't hate classic Sonic, Sonic Mania has me hyped beyond belief, but this is a modern Sonic game, I don't want him here, we've had Generations, and I know this isn't a sequel, so he has no reason to be here. I also hope that his inclusion does not mean we won't have other playable characters, even if we just have like... Shadow as a re-skin of Sonic like he was in SA2, I'm okay with that, just something other than yet another game where the rest of this series very interesting and diverse cast of characters are relegated to simply being there for glorified cameos. I'll admit... I'm not jumping out of my skin like I thought I'd be, I mean if I had saw this when I was fifteen, probably yeah... I suppose that's a good thing since it suggests I've developed my critical thinking ability to not simply be sucked into the hype. But to be honest, I think this trailer tells me one thing, despite my apprehensions, Sonic is cool again, finally. Welcome back old friend.