Let’s be honest, in the latest news about Sonic Origins, I installed Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Mania (via Steam) and tried both again (Sonic sucks!). With an Xbox360-like controller (Logitech Chillstream).
Sonic the Hedgehog is part of the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics bundle, and its interface is anything but seamless. A very nice idea, but I personally find working with it less fun. Control was via console as well.
Sonic Mania was still pretty plump, but if you’ve just played the original Sonic you’ll see the difference (much less plump), but it still maintains a good Sonic vibe. The menu interface is still *facepalm*, but I have different issues with it compared to the Classics Bundle. The control via the console felt smoother in my opinion.
From a business perspective: The four Sonic games to be released have been on sale for nearly 12 years, if there was any interest, that would have been exhausted by now. All four games together cost €18 (much less as part of the Classics package). If Sonic Origins can achieve the same thing that Sonic Mania did with the Sonic franchise, then €40-€45 certainly isn’t a bad thing and I think a much better experience for a potential new Sonic fan out of the four Sonic games than the Classics bundle. But of course we can’t say anything about it until it is published and reviewed by people.
In addition, people who want to feel the real old nostalgia of Sonic will get a real Megadrive with cartridges or just a simulator…
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