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  1. Nearly a year after its initial release, SEGA has announced today that Sonic Mania will be getting an all-new edition of the game called Sonic Mania Plus. This new version will not only be the first real physical version of the game, it also includes a SEGA Genesis reversible cover (for those nostalgic for old Genesis boxart covers), a 32-page art book, and two new characters: Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo. The latter might be more familiar to longtime Sonic fans, since Mighty appeared in Knuckles' Chaotix on SEGA's short-lived 32X add-on for the Genesis. But both characters first appeared in a Japanese-only arcade game called SegaSonic the Hedgehog (no, I'm not making this up!). SEGA says there is "more" to the game as well, leading us to believe they'll reveal more info leading up to its release. In the meantime, you can look forward to playing Sonic Mania Plus when it releases this Summer on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Source: SEGA (via Twitter) Are you interested in Sonic Mania Plus and its new additions?
  2. Jordan Haygood

    Review: Sonic Mania

    Developers: PagodaWest Games, Headcannon Publisher: Sega Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Release Date(s): August 15th, 2017; August 29th, 2017 (PC) ESRB: E for Everyone Note: This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version of the game Let’s be real for a second; Sonic the Hedgehog hasn’t exactly had the best of luck over the years. Ever since he entered the 3D realm, our favorite supersonic hedgehog has stumbled a few too many times for his own good. That’s not to say that there aren’t any good 3D Sonic games, but… well, let’s just say the blue blur hasn’t exactly had the greatest track record (and I’m not talking about literal track records here, as I’m sure he breaks them all). Sonic the Hedgehog in 2D, however, has almost always been great, at least in my opinion. So, you can imagine my excitement when Sonic Mania was first announced. I’ve awaited a game like this for what feels like an eternity. In fact, I’d say I’ve been waiting for Sonic Mania ever since I beat Sonic 3 & Knuckles, I just didn’t know what it would be called. And once it was released, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in the 90s again. Not only does it feel like a true entry in Sonic’s Genesis era, but with today’s technological advancements, Sonic Mania performs even better, too. Some extremely creative level designs, an insanely good soundtrack, and all the nostalgia you could ever ask for makes Sonic Mania one game no Sonic fan should miss. As with most of the classic Sonic games, Sonic Mania doesn’t really focus too much on story. There is a story being told, but it takes a back seat to just about every other aspect of the game. The gist is that, following the events of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Sonic and Tails have noticed a strong energy reading similar to the Chaos Emeralds coming from Angel Island, so they head on over there. Of course, Dr. Eggman (who else?) and the Hard-Boiled Heavies – a group of robots created by the bad doctor – noticed the signal too, so they made sure to get there first. What they find is a gem known as the Phantom Ruby, which enables Eggman and the Heavies with immense power, including the ability to warp Sonic & co. through time and space. And thus, the possibility to replay old stages becomes possible. Sonic Mania is more than just a collection of old levels, of course. While the development team most definitely repurposed some of the old levels’ designs, they also made sure to change some things. For example, while the Act 1 stages of the classic zones are very reminiscent to the originals, Act 2 tends to be a brand-new level entirely. Aside from that, there are also some new zones you will only see in Sonic Mania (at least for now). And if I’m being honest here, I’d even wager that the newer stuff has the better level design (please don’t kill me…). As for how Sonic Mania controls, it’s exactly what you would expect. From the simple running, jumping, and spin-dashing mechanics to Tails flying and Knuckles gliding and climbing, the game really feels like you’re playing Sonic 3 & Knuckles again, but with a different lineup of levels. The power-ups from Sonic 3 & Knuckles even make a nice comeback. There is a new mechanic, however, that helps Sonic Mania stand out a bit more – the Drop Dash. Basically, while Tails can fly & Knuckles can glide, Sonic can now dash immediately after dropping to the ground after a jump. It can be very useful if you get the hang of it, although until I figured out how to use it, I sometimes found myself drop-dashing accidentally to unfortunate consequences. Speaking of things from Sonic 3 & Knuckles that have returned for Sonic Mania: love it or hate it, the blue sphere special stages are back. They don’t unlock Chaos Emeralds this time, however. Instead, upon clearing these special stages, you earn silver medals when hitting all blue spheres and gold for also collecting the rings. Collect enough medals and you start unlocking additional features, such as moves from previous games, Debug Mode and the much-needed “& Knuckles” Mode, a feature that allows you to have Knuckles tag along on your adventure, even if you’re playing as Knuckles. Because if there’s one team-up I always wanted to see, it’s Knuckles & Knuckles. While the blue sphere special stages don’t unlock Chaos Emeralds, they aren’t the only special stages in this game. Finding a giant ring hidden in each stage will warp you to a new type of special stage exclusive to Sonic Mania where you must catch a UFO and take the emerald from its grasp, collecting blue spheres to gain speed and rings to not run out of time. I actually found these special stages quite enjoyable, with a definite Sonic Jam/Sonic R vibe going on. And like with any type of special stage, they get harder and more frustrating, which can get annoying when you have to keep looking for the giant rings in order to retry the stages after failing. But it’s all worth it in the end, once you can become Super Sonic and fight the true final boss of the game. There’s not a ton to say about the graphics aside from it being like Sonic 3 & Knuckles, but better. And I found that delightful. As a long-time fan of the game (and the series in general, of course), I just love how similar it looks. Obviously, the resolution is higher and the overall quality is better since it can be. And I was impressed by how seamlessly the development team could create new levels that look exactly like something from Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Like, seriously, these levels don’t look out of place at all. If you’re a sucker for nostalgia, then Sonic Mania will have no trouble satisfying you. The music, though. THE MUSIC, THOUGH. Seriously, Sonic Mania not only lives up to the awesomeness of the classic games it borrows levels from by remastering certain songs we all remember from those games, but the remixes used in the Mania-exclusive Act 2 stages of some of those zones and the songs written for the brand-new zones are just pure gold. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that Sonic Mania has my all-time favorite soundtrack of any Sonic game ever. And that’s really saying something. Of course, it certainly helps that many of my favorite Sonic tunes have returned in Sonic Mania. I realize I haven’t said a whole lot about the negatives in Sonic Mania. But there’s a reason; I simply can’t think of that many. I remember one time when the game glitched on me and somehow replaced the jumping sound effect with the ring one, which was weird. I also ran into a glitch in a certain new stage right before the boss that kept the boss from showing up, thus keeping me from progressing until I either ran out of time or killed myself. Other than that, there are a few annoyances that carried over from the classics, such as abruptly and unfairly getting crushed to death. And if you’re one of those people who didn’t care too much for the stop-and-go style of classic Sonic games, this game probably won't change your mind. For the longest time, I’ve considered Sonic 3 & Knuckles to be my favorite Sonic game of all time. But now that I’ve played Sonic Mania, I’m not so sure anymore. The game has its share of glitches, but they are few and far between and takes nothing away from what makes the game so good. With some level designs so good I might even consider them the series’ best, graphics that make the game look like a Genesis game with higher resolution, and possibly my favorite soundtrack of any Sonic game ever, Sonic Mania is one hell of a comeback. If you’re a fan of the classic Sonic games, you owe it to yourself to get this game. You won’t regret it. I promise. Pros + Incredible level design that might even top the classics + Fun special stages with plenty to unlock + Delightfully retro graphics style + Amazing soundtrack that is hard to stop listening to Cons - A few minor glitches - Some frustrations passed down from the classics Overall Score: 9 (out of 10) Fantastic A wonderful throwback to Sonic's Genesis days, Sonic Mania is a fantastic game and a strong contender for best Sonic game of all time, thanks to some incredible level design, a delightfully retro graphics style, and an amazing soundtrack. This is one game no Sonic fan should miss out on.
  3. For those who weren't watching the Sonic 25th Anniversary party last night and somehow didn't catch the news elsewhere, we're getting a new 2D Sonic game in the form of Sonic Mania, and...IT LOOKS FANTASTIC!! From what they talked about, it basically has remixed/reimagined levels from the original Genesis trilogy along with brand new levels. More importantly, it actually looks like a Genesis Sonic game, and I don't mean the graphics. The brief looks at the stage design and physics all point to this being the real Sonic the Hedgehog 4, because it looks like it will play and feel like a classic 2D Sonic game and not a cheap imitation. I'm super excited to play the game when it comes out in Spring 2017, but what about the rest of you? Looking forward to what could be the best Sonic game in years? Not interested because you've been burned by Sonic too many times? Or just don't care either way? Speed down to that reply box to let me know what you think.
  4. April Fools! Oh wait… I haven“t actually said anything yet. Well it“s too late now, so let“s just cut to the chase… *ahem* It“s that time of year again, where jerks everywhere lie to your face and pranks get pulled left, right, and center to make everyone feel like…well, fools. And remember that we got that one year? Yeah, hopes get crushed too, so be on guard. Speaking of which, there are times when video games see loads of hype, only to be met with utter disappointment. Then there are games that simply seem like terrible ideas and games that were actually decent ideas but developed by a team of fools. But out of the pile of pure crap, there are plenty of failures that just make you laugh, whether due to them being funny in some way or causing you to lose your sanity (or both). So let“s take a moment and see what I think are the top 10 most hilarious video game failures at the moment. And if you don“t agree with this list, then just consider it an April Fools“ joke and shut it. #10: Duke Nukem is All Out of Gum... And Quality - Duke Nukem Forever (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac) - We waited 15 years for something truly special. Fail to the king, baby. I was 6 years old when Duke Nukem Forever was first announced. I turned 21 the year the game was actually released. This makes Duke“s latest adventure a prime example of a game that goes through development hell and back. Unfortunately, this kind of hell wasn“t able to make Duke Nukem Forever a good game by any means. It still manages to give me a pretty good laugh, though. Not because it“s a humorous game, but because I can“t help but laugh at how bad a game that took 15 years to make turned out. #9: Shaq Gets Lost in a Fighting Game - Shaq-Fu (Genesis, SNES) - Someone somewhere thought this was a game that needed to be made. Once upon a time, someone thought basketball all-star Shaquille O“Neal needed to star in a fighting game of his own. Yep, that happened. This was back in the SNES/Genesis era, when the world was graced with Shaq-Fu, and boy did it turn out well. Not only was the game placed on countless “worst games of all time†lists, but… Well, just look at it. It was such a bad idea poorly executed that it“s nearly impossible not to laugh. In fact, there“s even a website (Shaqfu.com) dedicated to making the game nonexistent. Guess the fighting style of Shaqido isn“t all that great after all… No, that“s actually Shaq“s own fighting style in the game, I Shaq you not. #8: Night Trap is One Lousy Trap - Night Trap (Sega CD, 3DO) - It's survival horror. In this case, the goal is to survive playing the game. Admittedly, I“ve never actually played the supposed survival horror title Night Trap, but from the footage I“ve seen of it, it seems more hilarious than horrifying. Utilizing nothing but full-motion video scenes (and some gameplay too, I guess), this game just looks plain silly to me. It“s also apparently pretty terrible (aside from the acting), seeing how it appears in a few “worst games of all time†lists. Not only that, but Night Trap was also extremely controversial, resulting in a US Senate hearing and the game being withdrawn from the market. In fact, this game is well-known as being partially responsible for the establishment of the ESRB ratings system. The more you know… #7: Sonic the Hedgehog's Mid-Life Crisis - Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - "WHAT IS THIS?! WHAT IS MY LIFE?!" In 2006, something extraordinary happened. Intending to reboot the franchise for some reason, Sonic Team created Sonic the Hedgehog“s first HD adventure for his 15th anniversary. The thing is, this game, simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog (though most people just call it Sonic 2006 or Sonic '06), was facing some problems during development and ended up being rushed for Christmas 2006. What we got was an amazing game…at least if you want a good laugh. The game is so bad that seeing all its faults makes you both laugh out loud and lose a little bit of your sanity. And boy, just cracks me the hell up… #6: Charlie's Angels? More Like Charlie's Demons - Charlie's Angels (PlayStation 2, GameCube) - I guess every convict gets their own wrench. Speaking of the Game Grumps, the first time I ever saw the Charlie“s Angels game for GameCube and PS2 was . I was surprised by just how bad the game is, but it“s the kind of bad that makes you require a bladder transplant afterward (you know, because of how much laughing you do as a result). I think GameTrailers summed it up pretty nicely when they ranked this game #1 on their list of the Top 10 Worst Movie Games of All Time: "The game is degrading, not to women, not even to video games, but to humanity itself." #5: Big Rigs Crash and Burn - Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing (PC) - Yeah, just drive up that cliff; that doesn't break any traffic laws. Or game-developing laws. While we“re on the topic of shows, I saw a rather interesting game on X-Play (R.I.P.) once called Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. That game… Oh boy, that game… it“s hard to even call it a game. It“s hard to even consider that thing a demo. Big Rigs is a completely buggy, completely incomplete game with horrific… well, horrific everything, really. The whole game just seems like a joke, with even the victory screen having a severe lack of spell check and telling the player “YOU“RE WINNER !†Maybe I am winner, maybe not. Point is, this game“s flaws make it so friggin“ hilarious it“s crazy. #4: Aquaman Sinks to the Depths of Awful - Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis (GameCube, Xbox) - Nice mullet. Wait… What the hell happened to Aquaman“s hand?! While Aquaman was never exactly seen as the coolest of superheroes, he deserved better than the GameCube/Xbox game Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis. Boasting pretty appalling graphics and some of the worst controls known to man-fish, this is one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad game. But hey, that doesn“t mean you can“t squeeze some enjoyment out of it. You just have to accept how bad it is, point your finger, and laugh to its face. In fact, , so if you want to laugh your lungs out without having to actually play the thing, I suggest checking it out. #3: Superman Has One Too Many 'Kryptonites' - Superman (N64) - Remember: DON“T drink and fly. Another superhero that deserved better is our good pal Superman. Hitting the lowest point of his life on the Nintendo 64, the Man of Steel had the misfortune of starring in 1999“s Superman, also known as Superman 64. This game is fairly well-known among the gaming community, namely for being bad enough to be dubbed “The Worst Game of All Time†by many a game critic (IGN, GameSpot, GameTrailers, etc.). And it certainly didn“t help that the developers weren“t even allowed to have the player fight real people, forcing them to go the virtual world route. Well actually, it did help make the game even more hilarious, and while the game is certainly frustrating as hell to play, seeing how bad it is gives you an odd sense of enjoyment. #2: E.T. the Extra-Terrible - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Atari 2600) - Just like in the movie. You know that video game industry crash that happened in 1983? Well that, my friends, was thanks in part to our little buddy E.T. When the Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (you know the one, or else you“re lying) was released, Atari coded a video game adaptation for it in just five weeks in order to release it in time for the holidays. Obviously, five weeks wasn“t enough to make anything decent. But Atari thought that maybe people would buy them anyway out of brand loyalty. Not only did that strategy result in one of the biggest entertainment disasters ever, but Atari met its downfall as well. As for the games, many of them are said to now reside in a New Mexican landfill. Talk about a bad game... #1: Nintendo Meets the CD-i - Link: The Faces of Evil / Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon / Zelda's Adventure / Hotel Mario (CD-i) - Red potion is some strong stuff. Yeah, yeah, a game getting bulldozed into a landfill is funny and all, but that“s nothing compared to the hilarity that ensued once Nintendo let Phillips use its IPs for their CD-i system. If you“ve been around that thing called “The Internet,†you may have seen those famous scenes, or at least certain sound bites like “Dinner†and “Mah boy.†Of all the gaming failures throughout history, I can“t think of any more hilarious than these games. Seriously, while they may look bad to Nintendo, I find them all to be comedy gold. Now if you“ll excuse me, I“m off to bomb some dodongos…
  5. Jordan Haygood

    Sonic 06

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Sega

  6. Jordan Haygood

    Sonic The Hedgehog Easter

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Sega, Nintendo

  7. Jordan Haygood

    Sonic The Hedgehog

    From the album: Kaptain's Gallery

    © Sega

  8. Jordan Haygood

    Sonic Adventure 2 HD is Official

    Not too long ago, it was rumored that an HD remastered version of Sonic Adventure 2 would be released on Xbox Live Arcade in October. The posting on Xbox.com was quickly taken down after being placed, but it seems that the game wasn't a lie. SEGA has officially announced that Sonic Adventure 2 HD will indeed be released on XBLA, as well as PlayStation Network. The official announcement was made at SEGA's own Sonic Boom event during Comic-Con. And pretty few people were actually expecting such an announcement since the initial rumor had reasons for people to be skeptical (namely the fact that the listing for it was taken down before 99% of the world could even see it for themselves). But disregarding everyone's expectations, the HD adventure is official. SEGA has been initiating something called SEGA Heritage, and as part of that they have decided to bring the Dreamcast game into the HD realm this Fall. When the game was originally released back in 2001, the game got plenty of fantastic reviews, and an updated version was even released for the Nintendo GameCube. And with Sonic Adventure having been released on XBLA to celebrate the Dreamcast's 11th birthday, it's about time Sonic Adventure 2 followed suit (and in HD, no less). Are you a fan of the original Sonic Adventure 2? Are you excited about this HD remake?
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