Review: Sonic Mania – Classic Sonic Returns! (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

I have no doubt that many reviews released today for Sonic Mania, releasing August 15 to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and releasing August 29 to PC, will chart the ups and downs of the Sonic franchise, make mention of the recent Sonic Boom games, and make the assertion that Sonic has not been good for a long time. I also have no doubt that reviews like my own will smugly mention such reviews in an attempt to show how I’m coming at Sonic Mania from a more educated and informed place. Really, I just wanted an intro paragraph and now that that’s done we can get to what we’re all here for: my review of Sonic Mania!

Sonic Mania delayed on PC until August 29th

If you are unlucky person, such as yours truly, then you will probably have to wait until August 29th to play Sonic Mania. That’s right, Sonic Mania on PC has been delayed until August 29th, all other console versions will launch on August 15th as normal. I guess I will have to purchase the game on consoles, digitally, to play it without it getting spoiled. I’m pretty sure SEGA and the people working on Sonic Mania didn’t want to delay it, its just how game development go.

The news was given out during the Sonic the Hedgehog live stream over at Twitch. Another bit of news was that 26 copies of the Sonic Mania Collectors Edition will be signed by Takashi Iizuka and Kazuyuki Hoshino of Sonic Team. Good luck with that one. Aaron Webber did say that all Sonic Mania PC pre-orders will get Sonic the Hedgehog on steam for free, which happens to be the non-Chrisitan Whitehead remake. It sucks, its nice that they are trying to give out a free game but is it enough? Sound off in the comments, what is your thoughts on Sonic Mania being delayed only on PC?

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Competition Mode Reaction

The good people over at SEGA just teased the all new competition mode for the upcoming Sonic Mania, which will allow two players to have head to head races throughout the in-game levels. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we go through all the rules of the new Sonic Mania competition mode, talk about the multiplayer modes from past Sonic the Hedgehog titles, discuss the fact that Sonic Mania competition mode will squish the aspect ratio, and much more. We also have a couple, minor news stories added in the video; like the first pictures of the Sonic Mania collector’s edition in the wild and the rumor that SEGA’s Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is the announcer in Sonic Mania’s competition mode! Let us know what you think of Sonic Mania‘s competition mode in the comments below. Only a week left until Sonic Mania officially releases!

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Sonic Mania revives the beloved Competition Mode

SEGA has announced a new Sonic Mania feature that many classic fans are sure to love: Competition Mode! Players will be able to take on their friends as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles with the winner determined by different factors: clear time, score, number of items acquired, number of rings acquired when clearing the level, and total number of rings acquired throughout the level. Rules can be adjusted via changing the available items in item boxes and the number of rounds.

Update: It is incredibly probably very likely that the announcer is Takenobu Mitsuyoshi.

Check out the mode in the video above, and after the break check out screenshots of the Competition Mode menu.

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Special & Bonus Stages Revealed

While last time we talked about the first screenshot of Sonic Mania’s special stages, but now SEGA has come back with footage showing a few of the special stages along with introducing the new (and I use that word lightly here) bonus stages and even reveal time attack. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss our thoughts special stages, discuss critics given online about the bonus stages and gush over time attack mode. According to SEGA this is the last big reveal for Sonic Mania, what with the game coming out in August 15, so hopefully you enjoy our big last SEGA News Bits for the game. Let us know what you think of all the new features SEGA showed off for Sonic Mania, in the comments below.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces to have Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS & Monkey Ball DLC

We posted about the Sonic Forces Day One Edition leak earlier today, labeling it as a rumor. If you didn’t hear the news, Sonic Paradise found an Amazon and Xtra Life store page for a Sonic Forces Day One Edition which was set to have customizable avatar items as pre-order DLC that are said to be based on in-house SEGA IPs such as Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS into Dreams, Super Monkey Ball and Puyo Puyo Tetris. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss our thoughts on pre-order DLC, guess what the items from these franchises might be, talk about other SEGA franchises that should get cameos in Sonic Forces, and more. So tune in and let us know in the comments below what you think of the Sonic Forces Day One Edition! What other franchises from SEGA would you like to see cameo in the game?

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Sonic Mania – Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1 music track released

The road to Sonic Mania continues and the Sonic the Hedgehog social media accounts are slowly releasing new content to keep fans hyped for the game’s release on August 15. Today we got the Sonic Mania – Stardust Speedway Zone Act 1 musical track, a popular stage from Sonic CD.

This takes the track and gives it that Tee Lopes oomph and it really sounds great. You have to give credit to Tee Lopes, I’ve been loving every single Sonic Mania track so far and I’m very excited to see what the full OST has to offer.

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Panel Teases Special Stages & Animated Cutscenes

Our Sonic Mania San Diego Comic Con panel coverage continues, this time checking out the two big teases from the event, the special stages and animated cutscenes. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss our thoughts on the special stages, talk about our opinions on Sonic the Hedgehog special stages from the past and the idea of creating a Sonic Jam 2 featuring all the Taxman Sonic remakes? What are your thoughts on the special stages? Would you buy a new Sonic Jam package featuring all the Taxman remakes? Let us know in the comments below.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Instruction Manual Quick Look

The Sonic Mania Comic Con panel has come and gone, with it we got news regarding lots of things Sonic Mania related (which will be covered in tomorrow’s video) but we also got to see a Sonic Mania’s instruction manual in the form of a promotional item that was given away at the event. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we look through some of the pages of the Sonic Mania instruction manual, talk about concept art for a never before seen Sonic Mania stage and cry that we didn’t get a manual for our personal collection. In the comments below let us know what you think of the Sonic Mania instruction manual and should there be a physical release for this game already? Feels like Sonic Mania has everything released physically besides the actual game, right?

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces E3 2017 Hands On Impressions

Hello fellow SEGA fans, today on the SEGA News Bits we have our Sonic Forces E3 2017 hands on impressions video where SEGAbits staff writers Kori-Maru and Bartman3010 talk about the different types of gameplay in Sonic Forces, level design, musical changes, graphical differences between consoles and much more. This is the first time Sonic Forces has been playable by the pubic, so these early Sonic Forces E3 2017 hands on impressions are important to gauge the quality of the final product. Whatever you might think of Sonic Forces, you have to admit that there is quite a robust package being shown at this year’s E3 event and with this video we discuss all the demos that happened to be playable for the first time. Tell us in the comments below what your opinion on Sonic Forces so far and what did you think of our Sonic Forces E3 2017 hands on impressions?

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania E3 2017 Hands On Impressions

We have a sit down with writers and E3 2017 attendees for SEGAbits, Kori-Maru and Bartman3010 to ask all the important questions on how Sonic Mania is shaping up now that it is closer to release. So tune in for their Sonic Mania E3 2017 hands on impressions. Sonic Mania had two playable stages at the event, Green Hill Zone and brand new stage Silhouette Mirage, which is playable with all three characters. Listen in for Sonic Mania E3 2017 hands on impressions today and stay tuned in the upcoming days for our Sonic Forces and even Yakuza 6 hands on impressions.

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SEGA News Bits: Sonic Forces Villains Trailer Reaction

SEGA has finally released their big Sonic Forces villains trailer at E3 2017, giving us a show case of Sonic’s gallery of rogues that will be in the full game later this fall. But we also saw a new character called Infinite. On this episode of the SEGA News Bits Barry and George discuss the Sonic Forces villains trailer, the idea of Sonic’s past villains teaming up, the new character Infinite, fan theories, and a lot more. So join us for our reactions to the Sonic Forces villains trailer, as we try to make sense of where Sonic Forces is heading when it comes out this fall on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this fall. But you let us know what you think of the latest Sonic Forces villains trailer in the comments below. Do you think Sonic Forces needs its own brand new villain, like Infinite, to make the game more interesting?

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[Updated] E3 2017: Sonic Forces trailer reveals the ultimate villain team-up

The E3 trailer for Sonic Forces has landed, and for the most part there is nothing new to be seen. Clips of the recently revealed demo stages appear and then… what’s this!? It turns out not only is Eggman the villain, but so too are Shadow, Metal Sonic, Chaos, Zavok and a brand new villain and an infinity symbol! Who is this red square tossing bad guy? I guess we have a whole lot more to chew on before the game releases holiday 2017.

From the team that brought you Sonic Colors and Generations, comes the next exciting title in the Sonic franchise: Sonic Forces. Experience fast-paced action as Modern Sonic, thrilling platforming as Classic Sonic, and utilize powerful new gadgets as your own custom Hero Character. Help Sonic fight back to reclaim the world from Dr. Eggman and a powerful, mysterious new villain.

After the break, read the full press release from SEGA and view new art!

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Chemical Plant Zone & Green Hill Zone Act 2 Boss Revealed

E3 is upon us, and with it comes new Sonic Mania details! In this SEGA News Bits, Barry and George discuss the recently revealed Chemical Plant Zone and the reveal of the Green Hill Zone boss. Also discussed is the game’s length, SEGA’s marketing efforts and more!

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