I've been playing Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles in little bursts over the last few days while waiting for Sonic Mania to arrive on the PC. I'm getting such feelings of nostalgia and am enjoying it so much that I also plan on completing Sonic 1, 2, and Sonic CD while I'm at it. I only ever completed Sonic 1 - this time I'm even getting all of the Chaos Emeralds; something that the child-me couldn't even get one of.
I entirely forgot that I was a major Sega and Sonic fan back in the day.
For the first time in a couple of decades, a new Sonic game has been released that is actually good. The reason for Sonic Mania going back to its roots and also being a great game is a simple one:
Sega had nothing to do with Sonic Mania
Sonic Mania is good. Obviously Sega didn't have a damn thing to do with it; it was due to Sonic fans that a good game finally came out.
If there's one constant in this universe, it's that Sega are a bunch of clueless dip-shits that have no idea how to handle their properties. They will fuck things up.
They released brilliant games back in the day; such as Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi, Sonic, Golden Axe, Comix Zone, and so many more.
Sega has brought out multiple new Sonic games over the years and they have all been consistent bags of shit. Sega clearly doesn't know how to do Sonic - at least, they don't know how to do it well. Or even okay; they have an uncanny ability to give the absolute opposite of what the fans want.
A werehog? A fucking WEREHOG!?
What about their other games? Well, what about them? They don't appear to exist as far as Sega are concerned. As far as I'm concerned, that Golden Axe game doesn't exist. Fuck sake, Sega.
Finally, after all these years, a great Sonic game has been released. They - or rather, their fans - got it right, so can't we just be happy? Did you forget this is Sega? Of course we can't be happy!
They fucked it up in typical Sega fashion.
Sonic Mania has Denuvo DRM
Sega said they needed two weeks to polish-up Mania for the PC after the release of the console versions, but it appears they were busy just adding in the most-hated DRM of all time.
I decided not to purchase Sonic Mania.
If Denuvo is removed? A guaranteed buy.
Fuck off, Sega.