Thursday27th May 2021
Virtua Fighter 5 will also debut on subscription
Sony has rocked up at SEGA HQ with a truck-load of readies, and it’s bringing all the games to PS Now. Well, to be more specific, three Sonic titles will be added to the subscription service on 1st June: throwback sidescroller Sonic Mania, modern platformer Sonic Forces, and kart racer Team Sonic...
Tuesday4th Jun 2019
Look, his movie might not be looking so hot, but colourful platformer Sonic Mania is a wonderful return to the hedgehog's glory days. If you've ever enjoyed one of the older titles from the nineties, you should definitely check it out in this month's PlayStation Plus update. The new line
Thursday20th Dec 2018
Gotta go feast
The animated intro for Sonic Mania was such a hit with fans that a batch of short cartoons was released, collectively known as Sonic Mania Adventures. The fifth episode seemingly concluded the spin-off story, but it turns out SEGA had one more chapter up its sleeve. Embedded above, the sixth episode has a decidedly Christmassy theme...
Monday23rd Jul 2018
Sonic Mania might update the old Sonic formula for a modern audience, but it's also a giant throwback to the Mega Drive days. Back in the 90s, it was common for games to be rife with cheat codes, an almost extinct way to change up the game by enabling things like infinite lives, or spawning in items you shouldn't have access to. As it...
Monday16th Jul 2018
A whole lot more for less
Sonic Mania Plus is out tomorrow, bringing the original game back to store shelves with a raft of extra content, such as long lost characters, Mighty and Ray. The wonderfully retro platformer leans heavily into 90s nostalgia, and the above new commercial for the game...
Wednesday18th Apr 2018
Now removed by SEGA
A sizeable update for Sonic Mania was released on PlayStation 4 in the UK last night, much to the surprise of fans. It seems that SEGA accidentally launched the patch early, as access to it has now been removed. Of course, that didn't stop a handful of people from updating the much loved classic style Sonic title, and there are a...
Friday16th Mar 2018
Retail release finally confirmed
Sonic Mania Plus will spin into brick and mortar stores this summer, SEGA announced during an SXSW panel this evening. The updated version – which will be available as a DLC pack for those who already own the title digitally – will add two new characters to the throwback sidescroller: Mighty the Armadillo and Ray...
Thursday17th Aug 2017
Shocking, we know
"Sonic Mania is the highest-rated new Sonic game in 15 years. Thank you all so much for being part of this journey with us," reads a rather proud-sounding post penned by the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account. The recently released retro-styled platformer currently sits at a metascore of 86 over on Metacritic, but does all...
Sunday13th Aug 2017
Plenty of Chaos Emeralds, though
No one’s going to skip the stellar-looking Sonic Mania over its weak roster of trinkets, but just a heads up: the game doesn’t have a Platinum Trophy. The inconsistency of Sony’s achievements system has reared its ugly mug again, with the full-length 16-bit throwback netting just 18 Trophies – and primarily...
Friday11th Aug 2017
When this author was a nipper he used to regularly boot up Sonic CD (the European version!) in order to watch its ridiculous intro movie. If you try, you can do anythinnng! Anyway, as you’d expect, Sonic Mania has a similar animated intro movie, and after it leaked on the Internet overnight, SEGA decided to upload it in full...
Tuesday8th Aug 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s loved but overlooked competitive multiplayer mode will return in Sonic Mania because, well, of course it bloody will. The split-screen feature appears to be remaining pretty faithful to its Mega Drive origins, as it squashes the screen in the ugliest manner imaginable. We’re particularly fond of the...
Thursday3rd Aug 2017
Aw yeah, this is happenin'
You can tell Sonic Mania’s been made by fans of the franchise, can’t you? The new Special Stages are like a nostalgia overload, as they fuse elements of every 16-bit era Sonic game into one. Essentially your objective here is a little like in Sonic CD: you need to catch the UFO. But eagle-eyed fans will notice the...
Wednesday19th Jul 2017
Plus, hear a brand new track
Remember a few weeks back when the vinyl soundtrack for Sonic Mania was announced? Well, the company producing said soundtrack, Data Discs, has updated the product listing on its site, providing a few more details as to how you can get your mitts on one. You'll be able to pre-order the album from Saturday, 22nd...
Saturday24th Jun 2017
SEGA’s teamed with Data Discs to bring the electropop beats of Sonic Mania to a record player near to you. The British-based company – already behind a slew of top-notch vinyl collections – has been charged with creating a package befitting of Tee Lopes’ brilliant beats. And looking at the mock up images, it has hit a home run...
Thursday8th Jun 2017
Pick your poison
Another day, another Sonic Mania update. SEGA has confirmed that Chemical Plant Zone will be joining the roster of re-imagined stages in its upcoming retro-themed release. As with all of the other levels in the game, the environment looks familiar at first blush but is host to a variety of new mechanics, including bouncy jelly water...
Tuesday30th May 2017
The jury may still be out on Sonic Forces, but at least Sonic Mania is looking spot-on. The retro revival – which is set to rekindle the feel of Sonic games of yore – is finally scheduled to release on 15th August for $19.99, and it’s available to pre-order on the PlayStation 4 right now. “Re-live the Sonic of the past with an...
Friday17th Mar 2017
The Year of Dreams™ has taken a temporary blow, as Sonic Mania has been pushed out of its Spring release window and into the Summer instead. It's only a matter of months, of course – and should result in an overall better product. The delay was confirmed at SXSW earlier today, where SEGA also showed off the first footage of Flying...
It's up there with the best music in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, so we're super excited to see Flying Battery Zone make its grand comeback with some remixed audio in Sonic Mania. Just listen to this masterpiece? Choon! Bwoydem light up the room!
Monday13th Feb 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog's picking up the pace this year, with SEGA supposedly bringing two titles to the PlayStation 4. The project known as 'Sonic 2017' has been kept under wraps since it was originally announced last year, while Sonic Mania, based on what we've seen so far, is looking like the return to form that the blue blur has been...
Wednesday26th Oct 2016
Come for the footage, stay for the sexual tension
You get more than you may be bargaining for in this Kinda Funny playthrough of Sonic Mania. First up, the video includes all-new footage of a brand new zone – Mirage Saloon – as well as the first gameplay of both Knuckles and Tails, who appear to function the same as their Mega Drive...
Tuesday13th Sep 2016
Sonic Mania looks like the best title starring the blue blur in years, and SEGA's commemorating that fact with an awesome Collector's Edition. Two problems: it doesn't include a boxed copy of the PlayStation 4 game on Blu-ray and it's not coming out in Europe. This is a publisher that will insist on taking one step forward, and two steps...
Saturday23rd Jul 2016
After the godawful Sonic the Hedgehog 4, it looks like SEGA has finally figured out a way of making a 2D Sonic title befitting of the Blue Blur's legacy. Due out on the PlayStation 4 next year, Sonic Mania looks like it's fallen straight out of the mid-90s, with "happening" electro tunes and some "lit" sprite work. GameSpot's stumbled...
The blue blur has been MIA on PlayStation platforms since 2011's Sonic Generations – or, if we're counting spin-offs, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in 2012. Over the last 14 years, SEGA has been working closely with Nintendo to bring exclusive Sonic games to their consoles, including Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the...