While the early impressions for Sonic Forces, the next big 3D Sonic game, seem to be decidedly muted, people are far more positive and excited about the upcoming Sonic Mania, a love letter to Sonic‘s glorious, 16-bit 2D platforming heyday.
The game just seems to be hitting all the right chords, even when it tries something beyond the scope of the Genesis classics- take the ‘Competition Mode’, for example, which lets players set rules for a level, and then track clear time, score, number of items acquired, number of rings acquired when clearing the level, and total number of rings acquired. After this, you can compare your results to see who did better. Think of this as a more detailed implementation of Leaderboards, really.
Sonic Mania is due out on August 15 for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The game will be launching digitally only, though players can get a collector’s edition for the title with some real life physical goodies (and a code to redeem a digital copy of the game).