Picture the scene, a young fresh faced Rob Mafia sat on the Sega bus at Walesby International Scout Camp in 1993. Upstairs on the bus were rows of Sega Megadrives all with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 loaded and ready to play. This was the birth of a LAN party. Sonic the Hedgehog has been part of every gamers history, so I was excited to hear that Sonic Mania is in the pipeline and will be coming to Xbox One.
Sonic Mania is basically a celebration of the last 25 years of Sonic, ranging back from the early years to more present day. Green Hill Zone was amazing at the time and Sega have announced that in Sonic Mania there will be a new additional in the form of Green Hill Zone Act 2. The all new addition adds the new level and also a new boss, but details on that aren’t yet available. Check out the video below.
As you can see it’s everything that make Sonic as good as it ever was. Some may say it’s dated but I say it’s a piece of must have nostalgia. On a side note I actually won the Sega bus championship on Sonic 2 by smashing my counter parts into the ground and becoming an official Team member of the Sega Club, something I add to my CV to this day…Alright maybe not but hey it felt good at the time.
Sonic Mania is developed by SEGA of America in collaboration with Christian Whitehead, PagodaWest Games, and Headcannon. It will be digitally available for Xbox One in Spring 2017.
Wintos, known to some as the worlds best leaker of Sonic related information known to man having accurately leaked out every Sonic the Hedgehog title since Sonic Unleashed according to ‘Gaf readers has leaked again! The latest Sonic related bombshell has dropped with a new title supposedly coming from SEGA as ‘Sonic Excursion’ which will see our best-loved blue spikey ‘hog join forces with Tails once again.
A few snippets of edited information that is said to relate to the game is given as follows. The first level is called “Shattered Heights” and is similar to the Sonic Generations incarnation of Speed Highway. Very New York themed. Most of the level consists of Sonic and Tails breaking through the windows of buildings and running through apartment hallways, office buildings, and hotel suites with Pixar-like humans gasping and shouting in surprise. Sonic and Tails communicate throughout the level with each other similarly to the conversations in Sonic Heroes, both commenting on their surroundings and giving you advice on how to play the game. SEGA are said to have really wanted to make a Sonic Generations title that played more similarly to the Genesis titles where different characters could play the same levels with the only difference being their personal abilities.
Wintos, who has attended a SEGA presentation quotes:
After this demonstration was complete, we watched a powerpoint presentation with screenshots from the game. We were told how the story would focus on Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, and Dr. Eggman with a couple of appearances throughout the game, but those appearances would have less importance to the plot than Amy Rose’s role in Sonic Unleashed. For example, Amy Rose’s story once you unlocked it would begin at Cream’s house, where we see Cream, Vanilla, Gemerl, two Chao, and some Flickies. Outside of that scene, none of those characters make an appearance outside of one more scene with Cream in it. Emblems will be making a return, and will be earned in various ways with ten emblems per level. They can be earned for completing levels with each character, getting an S rank with all four characters, collecting all red rings with any character, and completing side missions for the level.
The release date for Sonic Excursions is rumoured to be November 2013 for both current and next-gen consoles.
After having spent some time playing the astounding Bioshock Infinite (which we scored a staggering 10/10), it got us thinking about about Elizabeth’s character. Is she the perfect companion? We thought we’d run through gaming’s most extravagant companions to see how she would stack up to the rest. We define a companion as either an AI controlled partner or just someone talking down a headset to help enhance the story and your objectives.
Let’s run down the top 10 right now.
Rush (Megaman 3, 1990)
Rush is Megaman’s trusty robotic dog who would appear to help Megaman get past tricky obstacles by using his ability to transform into a submarine and by using his springboard coil to bounce extremely high. Rush has appeared in almost every Megaman game since and has also made a handful of cameos in several Capcom fighters.
Captain John Price (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, 2007)
If you were ever asked to name one Call of Duty character, 9 times out of 10 you would name Captain Price. A former member of the SAS, Captain Price is a no-nonsense soldier that alongside Soap MacTavish, goes through hell to stop the man who initiated World War III, Vladimir Makarov. Captain Price’s quick quips and charming British narcissism makes him a favoured companion amongst this list.
Cortana (Halo: Combat Evolved, 2001)
Cortana is a digitized clone of Dr. Elizabeth Halsey, who became centric to the Halo universe since the beginning. Guiding Master Chief on his journeys through thick and thin. Even having something of a starring role in 343’s Halo 4. Cortana is a fan-favourite amongst the Halo fandom, and it seems that she will be for a long time to come.
Claptrap (Borderlands, 2009)
Clap Trap (CL4P-TP) is a Hyperion manufactured general purpose robot that you will often see slumming around town in the Borderlands series. His particular brand of humour which involves outdated pop-culture references and pushing dubstep upon the player, has made him accepted annoyance. Borderlands fans often speak highly of Claptrap, and it’s clear that with the unavoidable Borderlands sequels to come, Claptrap will definitely be involved.
Miles “Tails” Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog 2, 1992)
Tails appears to be some kind of genetically mutated fox with two tails (hehe, I get it) that give him the ability to fly. He is one of the most famous sidekicks in history, next to Robin and Luigi, he may be THE most famous sidekick. If you weren’t aware (which I astonishingly wasn’t until I was way into my 20’s) that his name is actually a play on words meaning ‘miles per hour”, you may facepalm yourself into oblivion, much like I did. Tails wormed his way into our hearts with his annoying cries of “SOOOONIIIIIIIIIC”, and he will forever live there. What a guy.
Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect, 2007)
Garrus Vakarian is the popular Turian from the Mass Effect series. A former C-Sec soldier and the most badass member of the Normandy crew, Garrus had military training at fifteen and is the crew’s resident sniper. A character so awesome, that he brushed off horrific facial scars with a witty comment like “Ah probably for the best. They were all ignoring you and hitting on me. ‘Bout time you got a fair shot.” when referring to the lovely space ladies. Garrus is cool, calm, collective, funny, and extremely badass. It’s a shame he couldn’t be higher up the list.
GLaDOS (Portal/The Orange Box, 2007)
Well this is a first. An antagonist making it as a top companion. GLaDOS is the central core to the inner working of Aperture Science. The Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System lives solely to test. When the protagonist Chell awakens from a coma, GLaDOS is ready and waiting to throw test after test after test at the newly awakened mute. It is truly GLaDOS’ humour that makes this machine a top companion, the writing staff at Valve truly have created a character for the ages in this machine. They certainly couldn’t top it. or could they?
As an added extra, check out this amazing post credits song performed by GLaDOS herself.
Otacon (Metal Gear Solid, 1998)
Hal Emmerich, code-named Otacon is a scientist and chief engineer of Metal Gear REX. Also best friend of Solid Snake. This relationship makes for some of the most hilarious codec conversations in the entire series. Listening to Otacon’s conversations with Snake about being trapped in compromising positions and even about Otacon urinating all over himself, means that the bond between the two makes for one of gaming’s best relationships.
Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite, 2013)
Elizabeth didn’t quite make it to number one, even though she is gaming’s most perfect companion. Her relationship with Booker DeWitt develops as the game goes on. Her frail naivety develops into a strong independence. Her knack for not just being a damsel in distress is what makes her interesting. Booker wouldn’t survive his journey in Columbia without Elizabeth, and it’s easy to see why she is one of the most popular new characters in the last few years. I would hope that her story doesn’t end with Infinite, and that there are at least some glaring references when 2K make the next installment in the series.
Well after all that, who made the number one spot? It’s tough to find a character as whole as Bioshock Infinite’s Elizabeth. But the number one isn’t even a good character, he makes it there for the sole reason of being the funniest character in the history of gaming. So, let’s check out who it is…
1. Wheatley (Portal 2, 2011)
Wheatley is hands down the funniest character in gaming history. Voiced by lanky Western English comedian Stephen Merchant, all of his country charm is transfused with the robot nature of a Portal robot. In Portal 2, GLaDOS is still the villain, but Wheatley is the hero that saves the day. Bringing you through several of Aperture Science’s most rigorous tests to help you defeat GLaDOS and end her reign of terror. But don’t take my word for it, just check this out.
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