Update [8/12/17]: We have good news and bad news ahead of Sonic Mania’s launch on Tuesday, August 15 on various consoles. The bad news? The game’s PC version has been delayed until Tuesday, August 29. The good news? While our full review of the PS4 version is embargoed until Monday, you can read whatever you want into the fact that we’re resurfacing this June 8 preview for now.
LOS ANGELES—Sonic Mania is far from Sega’s first stab at returning to the blue, spiky bomber’s good ol’ Genesis/Mega Drive days. Every time we’ve heard Sega’s nostalgic promises, they’ve been followed by the series’ handlers coming up high and dry.
Over the past year, I’ve reluctantly enjoyed promising demos of the company’s latest 16-bit Sonic homage. Everything has played smoothly so far, but I’ve bitten my tongue, lest I hype something that ultimately turns out as unevenly as Sonic 4.