Sonic Mania has been met with a lot of love from both reviewers and gamers since its release on August 15th, with this review set to be no different. Sonic Mania is a game that simply gives fans what they have been crying out for on consoles for years. We've had games that while they tried bringing in new stuff to the franchise, they just weren't the games and reasons we loved the blue guy back in our younger days. While Sonic Mania gives all those guys who go on about 60FPS their wish, the thing what Mania does best is just giving us back the classic Sonic experience most of us grew up with. Letting us enjoy something once again, and allowing us to remember how easily pleased we all once were.
For the campaign you can play as Sonic & Tails, either of them alone, or Knuckles (why the hell you would want to do this with his annoying control system is beyond me). You also have Time Attack and split screen competition to dig into via the menus, but with that said, these modes weren't something I found myself using that often with the time put into the game, so for me were very much throw away modes.
Overall: Sonic Mania does something that many fresh takes on games sadly do not do, that's cut the crap of trying to be something it isn't and just giving fans a classic experience which still stands strong in the current day. Keeping it simple is why many have fallen in love with Sonic Mania after many years of the series just trying to do too much to the game. I for one have enjoyed hearing sounds, music, and levels I once loved as a younger gamer, with the game also offering enough to make it feel like a brand new Sonic experience. Fans will love it, new guys will finally get a chance to experience why we fell in love with the series when we first played the original. It's a win for everyone, so go and buy it.
You can find Sonic Mania on the Xbox Store by clicking here