Sonic Mania ain't all that good.

I hear so many people call this one of the best Sonic games in a long time and that’s just sad. Half of the game is just revamped levels from Sonic 1 and 2. Original levels are great but there are tons of great romhacks and fan games that only have original levels, not to mention are free to play. Why play this over them? It’s incredibly sad to see people call a 6/10 game one of the best things ever put out by SEGA because it doesn’t have cringe inducing cutscenes telling a nonsensical story, stupid design choices and functions properly as a game without crashing and bugging out. How far we have fallen…

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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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Again, I disagree. It’s nothing more than a glorified Genesis romhack, and it’s not even as good as the other romhacks.

You are right about Sonic Team being passionless however, sadly this will never change. Just look at how well the Sonic Forces has sold. Sonic is just a money making machine at the moment, it’s no different than Call of Duty, GTA or Assasin’s Creed.

@Orphie
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There is a huge difference between Sonic Mania and a ROM hack, but whatevs.

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Oh yes, Mania has this 8 bit, 16 bit hybrid artstyle with very smooth animations while romhacks have proper 16 bit with choppy animations. And… one has Mania in the title?

@haych
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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.

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It’s not bad it’s just… eh 🤷🏽‍♂️

@SloppilyFloss
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Mind pointing out some of the fan games you think are good?

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Sonic Robo Blast 2, Sonic - The Lost World (I love this one), Sonic Before the Sequel and After the Sequel, Metal Sonic Hyperdrive, Sonic Mildness, upcoming Sonic Chaos remake, Sonic 2 HD (unfinished), Sonic Advance Revamped (unfinished), Sonic Megamix, upcoming Sonic 06 port for PC that will fix the gameplay issues (not the story, nothing can be done for the story).

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