Look, it’s old-school Sonic

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - CONSOLE CORNER - Damian Lu­cas

It is around this time of year that the video gam­ing scene - like the foot­ball sea­son re­ally starts kick­ing back into gear. July and Au­gust tend to be pretty quiet for ob­vi­ous rea­sons with peo­ple hol­i­day­ing and the like... but there is one re­lease which has gamers old and new skool talk­ing.

As I have touched on a num­ber of times in this column in re­cent months, 2017 has been the year of the clas­sic come­back with retro game, sys­tems, re-re­leases and re­mas­ters tak­ing cen­tre stage.

And Au­gust is no dif­fer­ent with Mega Man Legacy Col­lec­tion 2 set to launch in the first week of the new month.

But it is the “new” 2D Sonic game which has caught the eye.

Sonic Mania is due out on Au­gust 15th and con­tin­ues the old skool theme this year but with the added bonus of be­ing a new en­try into the fran­chise.

The retro ti­tle was meant to be re­leased in the spring but was de­layed un­til Au­gust.

Mania is a new 2D Sonic ti­tle in the vein of his clas­sic ad­ven­tures but fea­tures both orig­i­nal stages as well as remixed ver­sions of older Sonic lev­els like the Green Hill and Fly­ing Bat­tery Zones.

Sonic Mania is re­leas­ing dig­i­tally for Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC and is avail­able for pre­order.

It is a pre­cur­sor to a new 3D Sonic ti­tle called Sonic Forces which is also com­ing to the same plat­forms later this year.

Sonic Mania was named one of the best games shown at E3 2017 by The Guardian, Ars Tech­nica, Twin­fi­nite, and Saucy Gamer, with Ars Tech­nica’s Sam Machkovech nam­ing it his “game of the show”.

It comes with a big billing and plenty of nos­tal­gia too and was de­scribed as “the one car­ry­ing hype for all of the right rea­sons” when Mania and Forces were dis­cussed by ex­perts.

It was also nom­i­nated as best plat­former but lost out - un­der­stand­ably - to the Switch’s as yet un­dated stel­lar ti­tle, Su­per Mario Odyssey.

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