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The idea of a new classic Sonic the Hedgehog title was but a lofty and impossible dream. I grew up playing and enjoying Sonic game after game ever since I first got into the franchise proper with Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, but I kept coming back to Sonic Mega Collection in particular. As I played and replayed Sonic 3 & Knuckles ad nauseum over the years, I made peace with the fact that the classic chapter of the Blue Blur was over, as much as I wished to see a brand new retro entry someday...

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While unfortunate that the PC version of the game has been delayed by two weeks, tomorrow still marks the day that Sonic Mania finally launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The throwback Sonic game brings back the old school style of gameplay fans have loved in the past with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles blazing through familiar and new running grounds, produced by respected community members-turned-professional developers.

The review embargo for Sonic Mania lifted this morning, and the verdict is nothing short of positive all around. At the time of writing, the game is pulling in an aggregated 86% on MetaCritic and 87% on OpenCritic, receiving plenty of praise for its remastered stages and music, but most do share criticism in there being more remixed levels than there are new ones.

Check out our review roundup and the launch trailer after the jump!

Last year saw sparks fly between Nintendo and its fans after the company unceremoniously shut down a number of fan games, several of which had spent multiple years in development and garnered tons of attention and large followings. Perhaps the biggest of these was AM2R: Return of Samus, a remake of Metroid II that had its plug pulled mere days after release. Many have no doubt still held some resentment towards the Big N, but now, perhaps, that lingering anger can be put to rest.

A tweet from the creator of AM2R has announced some exciting news that serves as a happy ending for this tale of conflict and controversy. Head inside to learn more!

After much anticipation, it seems that Blizzard is finally bringing a "Deathmatch" mode to its popular multiplayer shooter, Overwatch. In Deathmatch mode, the goal is simply to kill as many enemy players as possible. Such modes are standard in most multiplayer shooting games, but this is the first time that this simple game mode is coming to Overwatch, as the game's battle modes have always been a little more strategic.

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The month of May closed to an energetic preorder trailer for Sonic Mania, featuring a sketch-styled animation directed by Sonic: MEGA DRIVE artist Tyson Hesse. At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the Mania developer panel revealed that Hesse's team has also worked on a fully animated opening for the game, just like Sonic CD before it, and that fans can look forward to seeing it live with a launch trailer before August 15th.

The wait might be over earlier than planned, but true to their word, the opening sequence to Sonic Mania has finally gone live via the Sonic social channels. Give it a watch after the jump, but be warned of spoilers!

Today marks the rerelease of another round of beloved Capcom classics. After two months since its surprise reveal, Mega Man Collection 2 finally hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam today for $20 USD, bringing Mega Man 7, 8, 9, and 10 to modern hardware with a number of bonus features and special add-ons.

Check out our review roundup for Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 after the jump, as well as the launch trailer!

Crash may have set the stage for future remakes.After a seven-year hiatus (counting mobile games), gaming's favorite bandicoot returned in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy to resounding success this past June. The game has been praised by fans and critics alike, and it has some very impressive sales numbers to boot. During their quarterly financial conference call last week, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg hinted that a lot more remastered content like N. Sane will be coming soon.

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The long-anticipated Sonic Mania will finally hit digital storefronts this time next week, and yet there's still plenty more about the game left to uncover. Aside from the traditional single-player campaigns as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, Mania will be hosting ample amounts of bonus content for eager players to sink their teeth into, including a number of features Sonic veterans will be familiar with.

A pair of trailers have gone up to highlight these new modes. We now have our first look at the Special Stages in motion, the Bonus Stages—which feature the grand return of Blue Spheres from Sonic 3 & Knuckles—Time Attack mode, and the game's Competition Mode.

Hit the jump for the trailers and more details!

Last year, Overwatch celebrated its first seasonal event, the Summer Games, inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This event brought new skins and cosmetics to the game, as well as a new game mode, "Lúcioball," in which players would participate in a makeshift game of soccer using Lúcio's Soundwave ability (also known as the "boop"). On August 8th, Blizzard is bringing back the Summer Games event, only with new skins, new cosmetics, and a new map for Lúcioball. 

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Tokyo RPG Factory, the creators of I Am Setsuna, announced their new project Lost Sphear earlier this year, and now the classic-looking RPG game has a release date set for January 23rd, 2018. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC gamers will be able to dive into this new adventure in a half-year, and when the world inside the game is disappearing, that time cannot come soon enough.

Make the jump to learn more details about the upcoming RPG!

As one of the most anticipated video games set to release in 2018, Kingdom Hearts III would be a joy to see on all modern consoles. Recently, the game's director Tetsuya Nomura commented that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One title could come to other to the Nintendo Switch after initial release, but it seems some people took those comments a bit too far. After some sites apparently misreported his words, Nomura clarified his comments, saying that Kingdom Hearts III was not confirmed for the Switch and that it could potentially come to even more systems after the initial launch.

Make the jump to understand what was meant by Nomura's recent comments.

Almost three weeks remain until Sonic Mania finally launches on digital storefronts. San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is wrapping up today, and among the many panels hosted at the blockbuster convention was the Mania developer panel last night, starring lead programmers Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, Sonic series director Takashi Iizuka, social media manager Aaron Webber, Mania composer Tee Lopes, and artist Tom Fry.

The panel gave a behind-the-scenes look into Sonic Mania's production since it was first pitched to Iizuka in early 2016, as well as a sneak peek into the game's story and its Special Stages. Read on after the jump for more, but be wary of spoilers!

Sonic Forces pits the Blue Blur against a host of familiar foes from the series' past, but among the returning adversarial all-stars like Shadow and Chaos 0 comes a new evil by the name of "Infinite." While little is known about Infinite, his abilities, or his motives, SEGA dropped a new trailer for the upcoming holiday release just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, this time focusing on the recently revealed villain.

Hit the jump for the new trailer, plus an extra, musically-focused one!

It's not too unusual to see a Kingdom Hearts game feature multiple playable characters. In fact, half of the games in the series focus on more than one person. However, the main numbered entries in Kingdom Hearts have always followed Sora's journey. Now in Kingdom Hearts III, Tetsuya Nomura is teasing the revelation of a second playable character.

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Kingdom Hearts fans, get ready for a journey to infinity and beyond! During today's D23 Expo, series mastermind Tetsuya Nomura stepped on stage to unveil a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, this one revealing a brand new world for players to visit: Toy Story. Taking on brand new toy-like forms, Sora, Donald, and Goofy will now be joining forces with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story gang in an all new adventure!

The trailer also revealed the Kingdom Hearts III has been given a release window of 2018, far earlier than previous comments led many of us to fearfully believe. If you want to see all the gameplay, including a brand new Keyblade, more story hints, and some awesome robot-driving action, make the jump!