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In line with the blue hedgehog s 25th birthday celebrations this year, Sega announced two new Sonic games back in July: Project Sonic and Sonic Mania. The latter sounds the most interesting of the pair a reimagining of the classics with new moves, new animations and new zones and was on display at this weekend s PAX West.

Courtesy of the folks at IGN, the following footage first showcases Sonic bounding around a familiar Green Hill Zone gathering rings, destroying Crabmeat bots and whizzing round loop-de-loops before facing off against a new end-of-level boss which looks distinctly more difficult than Robotnik of old.

Once disposed of, Sonic is then dropped into Studiopolis a brand new zone that sort-of echoes Sonic 2 s Casino Night the original s Spring Yard level.

It s without a concrete release date for now, but Sonic Mania is due at some point in 2017.

Product Update - Valve
Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classic titles have been updated today to include modding support with the Steam Workshop and many more features including:
  • local co-op for games that support it
  • optional graphic enhancement filters
  • the ability to save at any point in the gameplay
  • full controller / keyboard support

Save 66% until 10am May 1st to celebrate!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Joe Donnelly)

If you were a Mega Driver back in the day (or Genesis-er if you live Stateside) then you’ll know Sonic 2 was the best Sonic. The original Sonic the Hedgehog introduced the concept and set the tone, whilst Sonic 3 tried too hard with its dodgy boss melodies and pain-in-the-arse bonus levels. Anything after that was mince. Sonic 2 was the sweet spot in the series.

Why is this relevant here at RPS’s House-O-PCs, I hear you ask? A ROM hacker has given Sonic something very cool from our home: an Aperture Science portal gun.

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Bloody Hel!

Humble's Sega Bundle has updated with a couple of extra games. The already eclectic selection has been bolstered by Sonic Generations and Viking: Battle for Asgard. It continues to be a weird bundle.

Sonic Generations was a seemingly celebratory attempt to reconcile Sonic's troubled 3D incarnations with the 2D glory days of the Mega Drive era. It didn't entirely work, but, for better or worse, it's probably one of the best Sonic platformers of recent years.

Viking: Battle for Asgard is an entertaining third-person brawler. It's a bit naff, and has atrocious stealth sections, but also lets you thwack hundreds of enemies with axes and stuff. Sometimes that's all you need from a game, and that's okay.

Both bonus games are available for those who pay more than the average. It's a strange, eclectic bundle, but there's some good stuff in there. For $3.80 or above, you can get a collection of Dreamcast Games, a Sonic kart racer, Total War: Rome 2 DLC, Football Manager 2015 DLC, Empire: Total War, standalone Company of Heroes 2 multiplayer DLC, a Sonic platformer and a Viking brawler. There's also Shogun 2's standalone expansion available for those who part with $12 or above.

Community Announcements - SEGA
- Fixed an issue where the launcher would fail to save settings.

- Added support for v-sync and FXAA.

- Now renders correctly at higher resolutions (above 720).

- Added Steam Achievements.

- Improved button prompts—now supports gamepad button prompts, and keyboard prompts are sensitive to user configurations.

- Keyboard controls can now be reconfigured.

- Removed horizontal borders.
Shacknews - Steve Watts
The mobile versions of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed have gone free-to-play. Sega announced that both the iOS and Android versions are now available to download for free, and more content is coming later this month.
Product Release - Valve
Ryo Hazuki DLC, all new content for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is Now Available on Steam!

You can now race as Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki alongside other favourite characters in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed!

Shacknews - Steve Watts
Sega has decided to use its mobile ports of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to resolve a somewhat obscure piece of its own history. The Remastered version includes the "Hidden Palace Zone," a stage that was cut from the original 1992 classic. Sonic 2 Remastered hits Android today, and a free update on iOS will turn the existing Sonic 2 release to its Remastered version.
Product Release - Valve
Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed - Yogscast DLC, all new content for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is Now Available on Steam!

Yogscast, the UK’s most watched YouTube channel, run an annual charity drive for the month of December. This year, they are teaming up with SEGA and taking the drive to the next level in a race against the fastest Hedgehog in the world. The Yogscast’s very own Simon Lane, aka Honeydew, is now available as a brand new DLC character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™ with 100% of all SEGA and Yogscast proceeds being donated to the SpecialEffect charity.

For more information about Special Effect and the fantastic work that they do, please visit their main website, www.specialeffect.org.uk.

Announcement - Valve
Save 75% on Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed as part of this week's Weekend Deal*!

Play the full game for free until 1pm Pacific Sunday! Click Here to download and start playing. Must have Steam installed.

Sonic and the All-Stars cast line up on the starting grid once again to battle for supremacy in the ultimate race. Compete across land, water and air in incredible transforming vehicles that change from cars to boats to planes mid-race. It’s Not Just Racing. It’s Racing Transformed!

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time

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