Music is a big part of my life. I love listening to it, playing it and talking about it. Because of that, it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most important aspects of a game to me. Last year was filled with some fantastic game music, so let’s quickly go through some of my favorite musical moments and memories. This is not a ranked list–instead, it’s going chronologically through the games I played throughout the year.
It’s that time of the year again! 2017 has been a fantastic year for games. Not only did Nintendo see one of their best years ever with the launch of the Nintendo Switch, the PS4 also had a really good year. I didn’t play enough games to make a proper list of my favorite games last year, but this year is different. I basically did nothing but play games!
This is a list of my top 10 games for the year. Without further ado, let’s get started!
If there’s a game that I certainly wasn’t expecting to gush over this year, it’s Sonic Mania. Sure, the original 2D Sonic the Hedgehog games are awesome, but it’s not like Sega hasn’t tried to capitalize on fan nostalgia for these classic games before. Sonic the Hedgehog 4, which came out in two parts in 2010 and 2012, was fun, but it lacked the soul and creativity of the original games. That game was the New Super Mario Bros. of the Sonic series, simply providing retro style stages without thinking out of the box.
Sonic Mania, however, is different. This game feels like a celebration, treating the history of Sonic with a care and reverence that previous games have missed. Mania has it all: obscure references to older games, beautiful sprite artwork, creative set pieces, great music, perfect platforming physics, but most of all, fantastic level design. Mania successfully takes the baton from the Genesis titles, and ends up evolving into what could very well be the best Sonic game ever produced, period.
I was reading through game-related news and articles as I often do, and I came across this Business Insider piece. “Sonic Mania is the first good Sonic game,” it says. Ugh. It’s almost like a meme at this point, one I’m kinda getting sick of. Sonic was good. Very good, in fact. So, is it some elaborate joke, or is it that these people have never played any of the games from Sonic‘s golden age on the Sega consoles?