He’s a maniac
As someone who was born in the twilight of Sonic’s golden age, I’ve forever heard that the blue blur’s best was behind him. While I enjoyed the Advance and Adventure series of the early 2000s, that history was always at the fringe of my consciousness. As the hedgehog struggled to find an identity on rapidly progressing hardware, I found my interest waning, and for good reason. Sonic games became a junkyard of failed gimmicks and awful characters. Press continuously asked if *insert Sonic game here* would break the cycle of mediocrity, but the answer was always no. This is what makes Sonic Mania such an achievement; it not only reminds us of how good Sonic can be, it captures the magic that made us fall in love with him in the first place.
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FLOWERS ALMOST IN BLOOM
Seasons After Fall is a beautiful 2D puzzle-platformer where players’ heartstrings will be pulled throughout the game. The artstyle and score foster a gorgeous ballad, but the basic platforming and unrewarding exploration holds the game back from being an exceptional experience. Continue reading Seasons After Fall Review
OFFBEAT & OUT OF TUNE
AereA is a Diablo-like action-RPG game by Sodesco and Triangle Studios where players explore the musical world of Aezir. Though there are minor touches of creativity, unfortunately AereA is a poorly painted imitation of similar games in the genre.
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A BIT OFF RHYTHM
Rime is a beautifully somber puzzle-adventure by Tequila Works that aims to provide an emotional experience similar to Journey and The Witness. However, even with intriguing locations and a moving score, Rime offers an unimpressive package that falls short of its promise. Continue reading Rime Review
THE SOUL OF A MECH
Deck 13’s latest release, The Surge, creates a grim dystopian future where humanity’s choices places it at the brink of extinction. Through challenging gameplay and grinding level progression, players can enjoy a Bloodborne-like game, with mechs, in this survival-adventure game. Continue reading The Surge Review
THE FAMILY YOU CHOOSE
The final episode of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier pushes the family boundaries to its limits. With powerful decisions and meaningful dialogues, “From The Gallows” concludes the season on a strong note. Continue reading The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 5 Review
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 4 unfortunately continues the downward spiral started from the previous episode. Though “Thicker Than Water” starts off well with momentary character development, that quickly shifts to shallow plot devices solely meant to progress the story. Continue reading The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 4 Review