‘Sonic Mania Plus,’ ‘Mega Man X Legacy Collection,’ ‘Dark Souls Remastered’ shows new life older games

Summer has quickly become a time for old games, but don’t call these titles retro.

They aren’t the hard-to-find discs one finds on eBay for hundreds of dollars, nor are they games that can be found on emulators. Publishers have revamped older games or in some cases reproduced the look of classics, and in the process, they’ve given players a new reason to pick them up.

At the top of this list is “Sonic Mania Plus.” Although it looks like a lost sequel of the Sega Genesis generation, this entry to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” saga was released last year. It has all the charm of the older games, but the “Plus” aspect in this entry refers to the extras that have been added since the release.

That includes new characters Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel. These obscure “Sonic” characters are available in Encore Mode, a remixed version of the original game. It features the ability to switch between Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and the other heroes. In addition, “Sonic Mania Plus” has several other tweaks to the competition and speed run modes.

Although those are nice, the main course is the story mode, which delivers a heavy dose of nostalgia for Sonic fans. The game may look exactly like the ones from their childhoods, but the further they delve into the 12 worlds, they’ll encounter modern touches that mixes gameplay from other genres or adds creative twists to familiar level design.

“Sonic Mania Plus” is for those who may have missed the original last year and want a physical copy for old time’s sake.

Not to be outdone, Capcom has released its “Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2.” For the uninitiated, the X series a continuation of the original “Mega Man” series. It doesn’t star the original Blue Bomber, but a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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