Sonic Mania: 12 minutes of direct feed footage (Polygon)

oneida

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This morning, Polygon posted twelve minutes of footage of the upcoming Sonic game from Christian Whitehead.
Link~

Still just Green Hill Zone act 1 and Studiopolis act 1, but the pace is relaxed and we get a good look at some of the branches in the levels' paths.

Has Sonic's balancing animation been gif'd yet? Check it out at 7:49. Really loving the animation in this game.

Fire me out of a Hornet van if old.
 
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^Actually the player here went on to showcase what each stage contains rather than just beat them.
His handling of the boss in GHZ reminds me of me against OG GHZ Act 3's boss :p

Yeah we get a good look at the stage layouts here.
2017 can't get here soon enough.
 
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Whoever is playing isn't completely awful, but certainly seems a little rusty, and makes some silly mistakes repeatedly.

Game looks fun though. Not sure about the multiple parts of Green Hill Zone that appear to block you from revisiting earlier parts in the level, but I suppose it's possible there is another way around them.
 
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Is it me or is the guy playing really bad at this? Makes it annoying to watch for me, though the game looks great regardless.
That's Polygon for ya! Though this is nowhere near the level of that DOOM video. Also let's us see the levels and the different paths.

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The game looks fantastic and I really like the boss for Green Hill Zone. Whitehead is nailing it with this game as expected.
 

oneida

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Is it me or is the guy playing really bad at this? Makes it annoying to watch for me, though the game looks great regardless.
Whoever is playing juggles the sign at the end of GHZ for a bit, so they have at least played a Sonic game before!
 
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Rumor is that Amy may be in this as a playable character.
I could see her play similar to Advance 1 Amy...which is among the most jarring things for me to get used to when playing a traditional 2D Sonic game @_@
 
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...looks like Sonic. Never quite took to the level design in these games. Having springs and loops all over the place just for the sake of it bothers me. Sonic's world just doesn't seem fleshed out.
 

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Its fan game right?
It is an official game by SEGA, but the person primarily making the game was a person who was originally in the Sonic Fan Game community who SEGA hired (known as Taxman, he does have a GAF account). He handled the Sonic CD Steam/PSN/XBLA/mobile port, as well as the Sonic 1 & 2 mobile ports, and now he's allowed to make his own original classic-styled Sonic game.

In an era where for example Nintendo is going out of their way to take down fangames, it seems SEGA is surprisingly one of the only companies to make a wise business decision out of untapped fangame talent and let someone talented in the community develop under them. A true modern case of SEGA do what Nintendon't.
 
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And tries to jump at the at the checkpoint for the bonus stage when Sonic has 62 rings! Some people really need to chill out with the overly critical gameplay commentary.
Yeah, it honestly looks like they were just taking their time to try and explore the levels.

That said, lol the doom footage.
 
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Yeah whoever was playing this was making me grit my teeth. You know that feeling when you had to pawn off the controller to a younger sibling or something and you had to watch them play? This video gave me that feeling!


Really excited for this game! Thanks for sharing this video!
 
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You guys have to remember that these levels are huge and full of secrets, and this is the one chance the person playing will get to play it. When I was playing, I was just exploring every possibility and testing out all of Sonic's animations by deliberately stalling and waiting on ledges. It was probably infuriating to watch as well

Looks like a more fun version of the Eggman fight in GHZ act 3.
Which makes me wonder what they have for the actual GHZ boss. We know we'll be fighting Eggman with a checkered wrecking ball for a 5th time, but this is already a more complex version of that fight. I'm excited to see the creative liberties they take for it
 

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I wonder if this game could run well on a Sega Saturn (since some of the stuff used in the game isn't far off from what the Saturn could do).
 
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Big thanks to whoever at Polygon (Nick Robinson, I suspect?) got this together. Really nice to see a long, no-commentary video that shows off as much of the level as possible. I haven't seen a lot of the lower routes in Green Hill, for example.

Looks awesome, they should change the title to Sonic the Hedgehog 5.
Or Sonic the Hedgehog 4

we can just pretend that other game didn't happen
I'd be the reason this isn't Sonic 5 is to distance it from Sonic 4.
 
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It looks good, but I just can't stand the classic like music anymore, especially in that first stage. I know I'm alone on this one, but in this time and age old school video games music annoy me for the most time.
 

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It looks good, but I just can't stand the classic like music anymore, especially in that first stage. I know I'm alone on this one, but in this time and age old school video games music annoy me for the most time.
anything else would be sooooo out of place, even if you don't like it to be honest.
 
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Couldn't watch all of this...the guy playing is just absolutely terrible. Why on earth does a professional outlet send people who obviously don't have a fucking clue how to play games out to do previews?! Fucking hell, get your act together.

That said, the game looks amazing.
 

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This looks great. But Polygon needs to hire someone else. How does a profession outlet have people who from what it seems like have nobody who plays games at all or has even touched a controller in their life.
 
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You folks getting mad at the guy playing need to calm your tits. The entire point of this video is to take it slow and show off the levels. Whoever's playing clearly has some idea what they're doing by the way they play and is deliberately taking their time.
 

oneida

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Couldn't watch all of this...the guy playing is just absolutely terrible. Why on earth does a professional outlet send people who obviously don't have a fucking clue how to play games out to do previews?! Fucking hell, get your act together.

That said, the game looks amazing.
What makes you say that? It's not like he takes an absurd number of hits or anything. To the contrary there are a number of moments where the player demonstrates familiarity with the series, such as the aforementioned moment where he or she looks for a bonus stage at the checkpoint or when they're juggling the sign at the end of GHZ.

The point of this video was to explore and give everyone a sense of the stage's branches.
 
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It is exactly like i'm playing Sonic games - where the hell i'm running, why i constantly bump on spikes and how the hell can i predict that there were enemy with that fast scrolling?
 
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Talk about blast from the past that ghz looked great but studiopolis fit right in as well
I'm guessing this game will be around 20 bucks if so I'm in like Flynn
 

oneida

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Stolen from sixteen-bit, probably made by Tracker:
Would love to see this game get a physical release...

It is exactly like i'm playing Sonic games - where the hell i'm running, why i constantly bump on spikes and how the hell can i predict that there were enemy with that fast scrolling?
I mean you've had over twenty years to figure out how to play a game that uses 1-2 buttons
 

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I didn't think they were playing that bad.

Looks cool and all, but I've seen all I want to of Green Hill Zone and Studiopolis. Ready for a new stage announcement, or Amy announcement (please)