Sonic Mania by PagodaWest Games / Headcannon / Sega (2018)
I don't usually warble on about new games I've bought here, partly because most of them are just retro-flavoured indie download titles from Steam or Good Old Games these days, but I've decided I will do with my PS4 purchases. This is mainly because I like the PS4 and the support it is receiving from many indie developers, and having physical copies of the games in question makes me feel warm and fuzzy too.
accidentally ended up with a PS4, it seemed like the best candidate. Much to my delight, shortly afterward I found out that this was indeed destined to happen. Not only that but it was to be a special version called Sonic Mania Plus too!
This made me rather happy - an achievement in itself given how ultra-whiney and offended-by-everything today's world is - and I found myself excited about a game release for the first time in years. I suspect some people around my age who spent their younger years gaming felt the same way. For me, the only Sonic games I've really enjoyed have been the 2D ones on Sega's consoles (as well as the fine Neo Geo Pocket Color offering) and this new title is not only made in their image but is a full-on tribute to what many still count as Sonic's glory days.
The art book is probably the freebie I was looking forward to the most though. I was half expecting some fold-out pamphlet or something but it's actually a 30-odd page book full of sprite and logo designs and all sorts of other design illustrations of great splendour. It really is a fantastic package and a great example of how to do indie physical releases right. I've still got the game itself to play through yet too, and I'm very much looking forward to doing just that as soon as possible. Sonic, it appears, is finally back in his natural environment and looks better than ever.