Ph LEVEL Review: Sonic Mania

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To say the hype surrounding Sonic Mania has been considerable, would be quite the understatement. The game started as a fan-game, with a dedicated group of players coming together to take matters into their own hands, and create a true-to-form Sonic the Hedgehog game in the vein of the classics, using new and older content to craft intricate levels, with updated sprites.

However, SEGA got word of the project and it was quickly ordered a cease-and-desist. Except, it wasn’t. Instead, SEGA snatched up the developers and started working together with them, noticing a rare opportunity, and taking full advantage of of the situation to create a great game. Did it work out? Hit the jump to find out.

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Sonic Mania Launch Trailer

Today is the long-awaited release of Sonic Mania, and with it, we have an incredibly charming new trailer for the retro-inspired title. Players who pre-ordered the game will be receiving a free digital copy of Sonic The Hedgehog this morning, on the platform that they chose to purchase the game on.

Hopefully we get a fantastic vinyl release of the Sonic Mania soundtrack, because the music in this trailer was so wonderful. Hopefully the excitement around this title gives SEGA a better understanding of what we’re after as Sonic fans.

Sonic Mania Opening Movie is Glorious and Fun

SEGA has posted the Opening Movie for the upcoming and highly anticipated Sonic Mania, and it’s an unbelievable amount of fun for classic fans of the series. The 2D-animated piece is produced by comic book writer/artist Tyson Hesse and featuring killer music from Hyper Potions.

Check it out above, and make sure to grab Sonic Mania on August 15th if you’re looking for the true-to-form classic Sonic experience.

Here’s The Sonic Forces Theme Song

Sega has posted a minute and a half long snippet of the Sonic Forces theme song, titled “Fist Bump.” Douglas Robb, the lead singer of Hoobastank, wrote the lyrics for, and performs the song. In addition, Tomoya Ohtani composed and arranged it and Takahito Eguchi arranged the strings.

This was supposed to be something comical, but instead it sounds like a kick-ass anime opening theme song, with English vocals by the lead singer of Hoobastank, and I can’t complain. Sonic Forces releases on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

Original Sonic Designer Creates Work for Sonic Mania

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Probably what has to be one of the most adorable and supportive moves we’ll see this week, original Sonic The Hedgehog designer, Naoto Ohshima, created a piece of artwork in support of the upcoming Sonic Mania title from Sega, despite no longer working for the company.

You can hit the jump to view the artwork in full. Sonic Mania will release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on August 15th.

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Introducing Sega Forever

SEGA has announced its continued efforts at a full re-brand, and attempt back at their past glory, with a new mobile endeavor called SEGA Forever. SEGA is bringing its entire back catalog of games to Android and iOS, completely free. The games will include controller support, and be Ad-free for a small fee of $1.99.

That selection isn’t just limited to Genesis games, either. Dreamcast, and Saturn games have also been kicked around. WiFi Multiplayer connectivity will be included in certain titles at launch, but SEGA is also looking into 3G and 4G options.

 

Sonic Mania Release Date

After a leak suggested that Sonic Mania, the classic-inspired Sonic the Hedgehog game would be released on August 15th, Sega has now officially confirmed it with the gameplay trailer above. Developed by Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, PagodaWest Games, and Sonic Team. Players can play as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles in single player, as well as multiplayer, thanks to cooperative and competitive modes.

Sonic Mania is the first of two Sonic games to be released this year, with Sonic Forces following this holiday season. It will be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC on August 15, 2017.

5 Games Sega Should Revive

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SEGA unveiled their Road to 2020 last week, showcasing their plans to restore their former glory in the world of gaming across Japan, and the rest of the globe. It’s a fascinating look at a company desperate to get back to their roots. In the lofty plan, they reveal a plan to revive older game IP’s for modern home consoles to restore some of their older player base.

Their history of innovative titles consists of a Who’s Who of blockbuster games in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Some have seen themselves revived, in not-so-good fashion. While others haven’t seen the light of day since. Hit the jump for my Top 5 picks of Games that Sega should revive.

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EP11: Analog the Hedgehog

Josh and Theo talk about their Hedgehog doppelgangers, and a ton of comic television. Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

Venom casting, Netflix announcements, the future of Sega, and more in this shortened Sunday release of Analog! Special Announcement: Beginning this Wednesday with a special Injustice 2 episode, Analog will be releasing every Wednesday! Check out the links below to listen, and please Subscribe and Rate & Review us on iTunes!

Sonic Forces Gets Custom Heroes

The latest Sonic game, releasing Holiday 2017, has unveiled what is most likely the most sought after feature in all of Sonic games (at least for its fandom). Custom heroes are now an option in Sonic Forces, allowing players to create a custom character based on several species, with different abilities, and costumes.

You can check out the trailer above for a bit of a preview, that also shows both modern Sonic, and classic Sonic are returning from Generations for the newest title. Sonic Forces hits later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Sega’s Road to 2020

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Sega has released their Road to 2020 company outline (Click Here to Read it), and in doing so, they’ve outlined their trajectory for the next few years across the globe. The company plans to focus on a resurgence in arcades, as well as pachinko machines. But the main takeaway is a “revival of past IP’s.” What that means as far as their franchises go could be anyone’s guess.

In the past Sega had some of the most groundbreaking and original franchises, that could be easily adapted into newer properties today. Fingers crossed at seeing that new Vectorman, or Comix Zone title in the near future. While this plan is still preliminary, it’s nice to see Sega working diligently to restore their former glory, and many of the revolutionary ideas in the industry that once made them the leader of the pack.

WonderCon Wrap-Up

file1This weekend was WonderCon, and while the show was massive fun, I admittedly didn’t spend a whole lot of time there, aside from that one entire day spent in the exhibitor hall. I’ve never been much of a panel person, aside from a few notable exceptions. However, I live for the exhibitor hall at conventions. Seeing all of the dealers, and companies putting on their best dog and pony show to sell their wares is always my favorite thing to watch, and picking through all the goodies and free stuff is always fun. This show didn’t exactly have much in the way of swag, sadly, but it was still just as fun as usual to be in the thick of it all.

Hit the fold for my thoughts on WonderCon 2017!

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