I disagree with “Sonic Mania ain’t all that good”-- it’s a very good game. But I agree that it’s not the gold standard Sonic fans should accept, nor is it what the future of Sonic should be.
I feel like half of Sonic fans are genwunners for the Genesis to Dreamcast era, and the other half just accept whatever they’re given because they’re children. Therefore it should be up to SEGA to understand what Sonic should be, and how it can please both the more dignified part of its audience as well as the more-easily-pleased part. The problem is SEGA is a bad company with bad leadership. They’re being asked to think in order to make fans happy, but all they really want to do is sell relatively-cheaply-made games made-by-committee.
Sonic’s never going to actually be good until they get some creative passion leading the way. Until then you have to remember that Shadow the Hedgehog was a Halo rip-off and werehog Sonic was a shameless God of War ripoff. Sonic devs are passionless; but maybe in the future that will change.
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There is a huge difference between Sonic Mania and a ROM hack, but whatevs.
It does just feel like a fangame, but I guess at its core with the developer it kind of is. But that doesn’t make it a bad game, the physics are top notch and it’s incredibly fun.
I wouldn’t say it’s bad just because other fan games are also good.
Mind pointing out some of the fan games you think are good?
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