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  • Summary: Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through toughExperience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend. [Playstation.com] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
  1. Sep 11, 2017
    100
    Finally, we have the return to form that Sonic fans have been waiting for all these years. This isn’t just one of the best Sonic games of recent years, but one of the best Sonic games full stop. You owe it to yourself to get a copy of this masterpiece.
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    93
    Sonic Mania isn’t just a great game for old Sonic fans. It’s a great game. This inspiration from the past should be Sonic’s future.
  3. Sep 5, 2017
    90
    I can’t begin to describe how happy it makes me to report that not only is Sonic Mania the triumphant return-to-form that fans have been waiting for over the past twenty years, but Christian Whitehead and his team have made the definitive Sonic game. Of course, this may be a tad hyperbolic coming from a longtime Sonic fan like me, but when I have children, this is the Sonic game i’m going to give them. This is a required purchase for anyone who loves this series, and that dope from the playground, wherever he is, can go launch himself into the sun.
  4. Sonic Mania delivers what fans waited for years. Cool soundtrack, tight controls and awesome graphics really blends in with the atmosphere of Sonic has, just like in the old school Sonic games.
  5. 85
    Sonic Mania successfully takes Sonic back to the formula that saw him become a big deal to begin with. That means it does bring along the flaws in that design as well, but there's no denying this is as good as the Blue Blur has been for a long time.
  6. Aug 22, 2017
    80
    Sonic Mania is the best Sonic game ever made. What that means to you exactly, depends on you.
  7. Aug 14, 2017
    60
    At its best, Sonic Mania makes classic zones from past Sonic the Hedgehog games feel unpredictable again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 125
  1. Oct 14, 2017
    10
    It's not perfection, but it's the closest thing to it.
    Mania nails the Sonic tone with an atmosphere that entices fans and newcomers. If you
    It's not perfection, but it's the closest thing to it.
    Mania nails the Sonic tone with an atmosphere that entices fans and newcomers. If you are a long time fan like me, there will be at least more than ONE stage that will make you feel amazed. If you are new, you are in for one intense ride. But, the game will probably be hard for you. Good luck, kids.

    Graphics: 9 (What I liked about Mania as a retro revival, is that it didn't try to replicate the style exactly. There are smoother sprite animations, a new color palette and new surprises in the visuals that stand out. It's not like Megaman 9, where they decided to use the NES sprite for Megaman which is a step back in the evolution, but instead it progresses that style.)
    Story: 7 {SPOILERS} (While the story for Mania is very basic, it does bring up a lot of...plot holes. For example, where did the Phantom Ruby come from? Why is little planet vanishing again after Sonic CD? Did we rewrite Sonic CD? What timeline takes place in the bad future, is Mania the good future? Is CD in another timeline? Is Sonic 4 no longer canon? How long did Eggman have to build the Hardboiled heavies after Sonic & Knuckles? ...I hope these questions are answered. The endings are a bit anticlimactic as well.)
    Sound: 10. (Amazing.)
    Controls: 9. (From the minute I first played Mania, I could tell Sonic felt...faster but more controlled. If I were to describe it, the physics from Sonic 3 and Knuckles came with Sonic 2's speed and the drop-dash is very useful!)
    Content: 8. (You can collect blue spheres to unlock new modes and mini games! It's very nice. I just wish maybe you could unlock a concept art gallery like in Generations. I would have loved to see the behind the scenes production of this game. There's also debug mode, if that's your thing. Personally, I think Mods for PC really bring more depth to the experience but I did feel the lack of using Mania's Super peel out and Insta shield only in no save mode was a turn off. Lots of fun features but I wished there was a bit more. The stages are needless to say great, though I was mildly disappointed by Lava Reef Zone Act 1, Metallic Madness and Hydrocity. I felt the originals were better, despite them having the superior soundtrack. There's also a strange lack of transitions sometimes? I'm thinking the order was messed around last minute.)

    Overall I recommend this game to the salty people in my freshman year of High school who thought I was weird for liking Sonic and his supposed ''rare'' set of games. **** you, you annoying ''PC MASTER RACE'' and League of Legends nerd. You know who you are. I'm glad this game is out so I can prove to you that Sonic was always good and this game proves it.

    8.6/10.
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  2. Aug 15, 2017
    10
    Best Sonic game in years. This is the perfect game for Sonic fans and new-comers to the franchise. Great level design, beautiful retroBest Sonic game in years. This is the perfect game for Sonic fans and new-comers to the franchise. Great level design, beautiful retro inspired graphics, and amazing music make this the Sonic game you can not miss. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2017
    10
    A perfect way to keep the Sonic series alive and well. Gives you everything that the sonic in the 90's did, and even more, as you can play asA perfect way to keep the Sonic series alive and well. Gives you everything that the sonic in the 90's did, and even more, as you can play as Tails, Sonic, and Knuckles, something you couldn't do in the first game. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2017
    10
    Sonic Mania is hands down the best Sonic game in many years, and is arguably the best Sonic game of all time. This game is a treat for old andSonic Mania is hands down the best Sonic game in many years, and is arguably the best Sonic game of all time. This game is a treat for old and new fans of the blue hedgehog. I grew up playing all the old genesis games as a kid and now 10-15 years later, I finally get to play a brand new classic 2D Sonic title. This game is what I've been asking for all those years and this development team knocked this game out of the park, along with a perfect soundtrack by Tee Lopes. I don't usually write reviews but I had too because this game is incredible and I hope they consider more classic 2D titles in the future. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2017
    10
    What a bargain for under £20. This game is the true Sonic 4 and is easily one of the best Sonic games ever made. Multiple Save files andWhat a bargain for under £20. This game is the true Sonic 4 and is easily one of the best Sonic games ever made. Multiple Save files and multiple characters, Lots of stages(Some remixed, some completely new) This game takes everything that made the original Sonic games great and improved upon it further, This is one not to be missed for true Sonic fans, and if you've never played a Sonic game before then this a great place to start. Highly recommended! Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2017
    9
    Probably the best Sonic game out there.

    Excellent level design, excellent music. Almost perfect, but a bit too much reliance on past Sonic
    Probably the best Sonic game out there.

    Excellent level design, excellent music. Almost perfect, but a bit too much reliance on past Sonic games, and the bonus stages are not that much fun - would have been better to have bonus stages like in Sonic 3 etc, that award items. Online co-op play would have been great.

    Still, one of the best platformers you can buy.
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  7. Sep 23, 2017
    0
    15 minutes into this heap and it is completely clear that the team that actually made the original Sonic games had nothing to do with this.15 minutes into this heap and it is completely clear that the team that actually made the original Sonic games had nothing to do with this. Don't waste your time or money on this garbage. Expand

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