The trailers are here:
Well, can’t say I expected two games. Sonic Mania looks to be kind of interesting, and it may well be a breath of fresh air, breaking from the habit of constantly trying to reinvent the wheel by diving back into what got the series going to begin with…or commissioning someone else to do it, heh. I don’t know how big a fan I am of the art style, though. I would’ve preferred something that kept the classic-style gameplay but with the aesthetics and design sensibilities we’ve picked up over time–less Mega Man 9, more Donkey Kong Country Returns. Then again, given Sega’s history, maybe keeping it retro is for the better.
But then we got a reveal for another game, and…well, it didn’t tell us a whole lot. It looks like “Sonic Generations 2”, yet the insistence that it’s not a sequel complicates matters. We saw no gameplay and therefore nothing to really dissect, other than the fact that Sonic is joining forces with his past self again. It seems we’ll have to wait a while longer before we know if this game will show promise, or if it’ll be yet another victim of the Sonic Cycle.
When I woke up this morning I was only shown the Sonic Mania trailer and it left me somewhat disappointed. Do not misunderstand me, the game looks fun. A true return to the Sonic Mega Drive style, similar to what Mega Man 9 did for its series, with three playable characters, new zones and another kickass soundtrack. But, as the Sonic 2017 game, the next main-line Sonic title, I was left very underwhelmed. It was too safe for my liking and could easily be mistaken for just a remake of one of the first three games.
Then I found out about Project Sonic in all its post-apocalyptic edge and although we got no gameplay (standard fare for the first trailer of Sonic game) I am a bit more hyped. The appearance of Classic Sonic once more hints at this being a sequel to Sonic Generations but perhaps this time Sonic and the gang are brought into a ruined future and they add a new gameplay style with Future Sonic? Or they could do Sonic Boom Sonic or Sonic Adventure Sonic. There are plenty of possibilities involved and I look forward to seeing more.
Sonic Mania seems like an obvious follow up to Sonic Generations. It’s a new way for players to return to the roots of classic Sonic, but still have a fresh new coat of paint on it. The new zones and effects should help make it feel both retro and modern at the same time. The drop dash mechanic seems interesting enough. It seems like it won’t be coming out on Nintendo consoles as Wii U and NX are seemingly missing. It seems like Sonic Mania will be a download title, but as far as I know it hasn’t been confirmed.
Project Sonic on the other hand…there’s really not much known about this game except that it’s going to be edgy. We haven’t seen any gameplay, and with the various ways modern Sonic titles can be played…it’s unknown what kind of game it will be. Project Sonic is confirmed to be coming out to the NX. It seems like Sega is targeting the end of 2017 for this game. They did say it’d be late for the anniversary.
Ooph. First, let’s start with the “good thing”: Sonic Mania is the game we Fans needed and SEGA needed. It’s finally a way to provide Gamers new classic Sonic-Gameplay done well. Remember when SEGA announced with Sonic 4 a “true return to classic”? Well, that didn’t turned out well, because it wasn’t a progression to Sonic 3 & Knuckles, but more a re-imagination of Sonic 1, but with more clunky Physics were even tons of Speed-Pads couldn’t help out much. Sonic Mania? Looks like the REAL Sonic 4! It’s a progression do S3&K with new mechanics and Tails and Knuckles being playable. Also, the animation really looks smooth and it looks like it came straight out from a 32x-Game, so I love it. I have high hopes for Sonic Mania and I really look forward to it.
Project Sonic 2017 on the other hand…*sigh*. This one is a bit difficult to explain since I don’t think this could end up as a bad game, but still being a bad “sign” to the Sonic-IP as a whole. You see, the point of Sonic Generations and the comeback of Classic Sonic was to celebrate the legacy of Sonic and then move on. SEGA did move on and what we got were games with mixed or bad receptions from people. Now Sonic Team has to prove that Sonic still has a good future and they achieve this by…bringing back Classic Sonic again? Heck, even the Trailer “literally” showed how destroyed Sonic in the modern time is and the only way he survive this is by getting help from the Classic. And for me, this was that clear message, which I was afraid SEGA and Sonic Team would send to their fans. Of course, we know it’s not going to be Sonic Generations 2 and we don’t know how the mechanics will work: Was the appearance of Classic Sonic scripted in the teaser especially for the 25th-Anniversary-Trailer and he’s is actually part of another new Gameplay-Gimmick/Mechanic? We don’t know but still, SEGA delivered this message to me:”Sonic has no future!”.
Of course, this reaction might be a bit exaggerated but this is how I feel about Project Sonic 2017. To make this clear: I LOVE Sonic Generations and I LOVE Classic Sonic. And I’m sure I will eat up this game like I did with Generations. I have nothing against going back to old locations, but this is not my point. I really would have preferred if SEGA did classic 2D-Sidescroller as a side-project and let Modern Sonic be his modern thing with new ways to play around with the feel of speed. They almost did that with Sonic Mania. But instead, they rely a bit too much on Classic Sonic. This is why I think going back “again” is a bit unnecessary and gives some fans the wrong message about the future of Sonic. But who knows what holds for Sonis’c future.
Sonic Mania is the game I’m excited for and is the best of the two. My favorite games in the series are the 2D classic, games that still hold up today. I do not know much about Christian White, but the Sonic CD released was great. The issue with many of the 2D games has been that no one got the physics right. If the developers can nail the physics, the game will be leauges above the others (esspecially Sonic 4). You can tell this title gets classic Sonic. The feel of Soundpolis, the new stage shown, captures the asthtics and feel of the game; the level looks like it was ripped right out of Sonic CD
I still have my concerns. The game features classic stages as well as new stages, so there is a possibilities that the old stages could crowd out the new stages. Likewise, the old stages don’t look much different. And will the game be able to capture the old level designs and layouts? We’ll have to see.
Sonic Project 2017 looks simply like Sonic Generations. I stated in our most recent Podcast that the Sonic the Hedgehog series needed to go back to what worked. Sonic Mania somewhat gets this as its trying to compete with the older titles. Sonic Project 2017 seems to think “Well, people liked Generations, so let’s do that again.” It doesn’t try to get old Sonic the Hedgehog but to shoehorn in Classic Sonic in a darky grittier story. We’ll have to wait and see what this game is, but it feels a bit misguided.