Sonic Mania captured the nostalgia of playing a SEGA Genesis-esque Sonic game while modernizing it for today’s audience. It clever mixed classic levels with remixed levels of the developers own tweaking to be new while feeling familiar. Now with Sonic Mania Plus, there is even more Sonic Mania to be had, making it incredibly satisfying and the ultimate version of the game to play and own for people of all ages.
Outside of gaming, 2017 will be be a year to remember – or one you want to forget. It’s personally been one of my best years, as I’ve started a new day job, bought a house, and feel like a proper-ass adult for the first time a long time. But we’re here about games, and what a wild ride and great year for games 2017 was. This has been the hardest list to assemble for the 2,017th year in a row, because not only did I play so many games, but there were a lot to like and even love – 2018 has a lot to live up to.
Ed has played a smattering of games throughout the year. This was a busy year personally for him, with a day job and getting married, but he still made time to play games. Here’s his personal favorites in a very specific order from this year.
SEGA’s marquee franchise has had a rough time over the years finding it’s footing. They’ve hit some good titles like Sonic Generations and some misguided ones like the episodic Sonic the Hedgehog 4. Needless to say, Sonic’s had his share of highs and lows, but the hedgehog constantly proves to be one of gaming’s popular icons. Sonic Mania is a near perfect return to form for the blue blur, bringing back the 2D sidescrolling of yore and this time his 16-bit looks as well.