Thankfully, we don’t do review scores here which means you can just judge what I wrote instead of some arbitrary number.
At least seven of Mania’s levels are reimaginings of zones from the previous games. They sometimes keep familiar set pieces, like Chemical Plant Zone’s infamous underwater block segment, but otherwise they’ll add new enemies and paths. That’s just for the first part of the zone.
I had no difficulty completing Sonic Mania. This is not my first rodeo. I grew up with a Genesis because I wanted to one up my NES-owning friend down the street. Sonic has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Here’s a picture of the Sonic action figure I found at my parents’ house the other day. I…
It’d be a genuine shame if we didn’t see another 2-D Sonic from this team. Mania is some of the most fun I’ve had all year.
I’m greedy and want more. It’s so much fun that I can’t help but wonder what the game would look like with additional levels. :D
It definitely made me have flashbacks to Metropolis Zone. This was at least 5x more intense though.
I am playing a game about a fast moving mascot, Riley. I hope to tell folks about it soon. After that, I’m on vacation and fully intend to play Yakuza until I collapse.
HEY LUKE IS THIS WHERE WE COME TO TALK ABOUT BEING PHANTOM THIEVES? BECAUSE I LOVE BEING A PHANTOM THIEF!
My wonderful farm boy is not a waste. He’s great. :)
Record Keeper is a great game but there’s definitely been a lot of power creep. SSBs, BSSB to Overstrike. Now there’s chain and more. I still like it but I’ve had trouble leaping bad in the way I used to. There’s a lot to relearn. But it’s still pretty fun.
You just need to invest in your Donnel. Look at this five star absolute boy.
People still ask this question?
Well, Eric, in order to cover game culture we often try to cover interesting or amusing human moments in addition to providing hard news or invetigative feature pieces. It’s a good reminder that players are crucial to games and that people are playing in a lot of different ways.
I definitely see where you’re coming from. One thing I really enjoy about BF1 is that it’s pretty pure systemically. There wasn’t too much to learn or fuss over.
But specializations have also been with the series for more than a decade now so this isn’t exactly new territory. Bad Company 2 had them and so did BF3 and …
Yeah, there’s another perk that reveals all enemies in 15m if someone triggers your trip mine. I’d much rather have that paired with Camouflage than the decoy thing.
You cheat by holding on to the coin that you’d otherwise spend playing fair.
Oh, totally! When I think of 4th-gen strangeness, this game is definitely at the top of the list. It’s definitely a game with a lot of personality.
That’s because insofar as the level design and gameplay are explicitly positioned as satire, neither hold up. A shitty level making fun of other shitty levels is still... well, a shitty level.
I’ve done this song and dance too many times, to be frank. Every time there’s a new narrative game, folks crop up to ask if it is a game at all. The rub with that is there’s never been agreed upon criteria for a game beyond what I mentioned. Games are guided experiences. In the case of video games, the first word…