I should mention first and foremost that the purpose of this post is not to comment on the game itself but instead the retail release of Sonic Mania only. The only thing I will say about the game is that while it is fun, it is incredibly easy and lacks that little something special in it, otherwise it is a perfectly good game, in terms of Sonic games. The focus of this post is to take a look at this sorry excuse of a Collector’s Edition.
It’s great to see some effort put into releasing this game with some physical bonuses, but why? Why did they include these extras only to skimp out and include a download code for the game rather than a physical copy??? This is my biggest complaint for this release. Typically a person that will go out and buy a special release of a game is a person that collects. They want physical items, not a code on a piece of paper. I really think they misread their audience on that point there. Yeah it would cost more to produce but at the size of this box, people would pay even upwards of 150$, well, until you see what the figure actually looks like.
Will I’m fine with the design and look of the figure, a large Sonic on top of a model 1 Genesis, I hate the execution of it all. The plastic feels cheap and incredibly hollow. While the sound gimmick reminds me of my childhood, once you realize how basic the function is it makes you wonder why they couldn’t include any other sounds or lights. And of course considering that the plastic feels cheap and the figure is hollow you could probably guess that it is also incredibly light for something its size.
As for the rest of the included items… WHY??? Why did they include the biggest tease of a retro style bonus item in all of existence. It seemingly looks like a Sega Genesis game cartridge but you excitement will quickly go away as you realize that it is only a case in the style of a Genesis cartridge. And to make it worse, what is it a case for you ask? A ring, a gold Sonic ring. Yeah you heard me. Inside this fake out of a bonus item is an absolutely pointless and useless gold ring. Also for what it’s worth there is a quite pointless metal card included for some unknown reason.
Am I cheesed, definitely, but don’t get me wrong about this all. I am still very happy to own this. The nostalgia is strong in this special edition. And for me it’s getting to be just enough nostalgia to make up for the downfalls of the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition. So unless you are a big Sonic fan, don’t waste your money, just download the game and leave it at that.