When I was kid, the Sega Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis outside of Europe) was my first console, and ofcourse I owned the Sonic games, and really the 16 bit Sonic games were my very first favourite games and helped me get into gaming, fast forward to today when I have a PS2, PS3 and last year bought a proper high end gaming PC.
While you could say I was a Sonic fan when I was kid, I did watch the several cartoons they made of him at the time, I can't say I call myself a fan of him now, especially online where the Sonic fandom is quite possibly the most notorious gaming fandom out there.
Still though, I do occasionally play the odd 3D release, and hope that the franchise can one day come back even just a bit close to the golden era of the '90s, and certainly, with the announcements of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, it does seem like there is an actual attempt to get the franchise back on track a bit.
Sonic Mania is a 2D 16-bit game, very much in vain of the classic titles, and is in fact essentially being made by Sonic fans turned indie devs, while being published by Sega. It certainly looks very promising, although perhaps the one thing to stop this game essentially becoming Sonic 5 is that half the levels are going to be remixes from older games, like Green Hill Zone from Sonic 1, and Flying Battery Zone from Sonic & Knuckles, but also new zones like Studiopolis Zone and Mirage Saloon Zone.
Granted, I must admit I'm not entirely sure why they've gone this route, it seems like only Sonic fans would be interested in seeing past Zones return, and I would of thought every Sonic fan would buy the game on it being a 2D Sonic game alone, but still, the remix Zones do look good. The Green Hill Zone Remix looks like it will very dramatically alter the original, plus it comes with a remixed music track too, so it isn't just copy and paste.
Mania looks really promising, and personally I hope that if it does well, perhaps Sega could have the confidence to give the devs the keys for making a proper Sonic 5, with no remix levels and really push the envelope.
Sonic Forces is the latest 3D title, and while there isn't a huge amount of info on it, it does seem like they are trying to attempt to learn from the better 3D titles, like Colours and Generations and seems to have a tone more akin to the Adventure games. Too early to try and make a judgement on it, but again could be interesting.
Just curious if anyone else has any interest in these games, or perhaps just the Sonic franchise in general.