Sonic Generations

8 Overall Score
Graphics: 8/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Audio: 8/10

20 years of history in one game | High replay value

Not enough levels from the Mega Drive era

What is Sonic Generations?

Sonic Generations is the ultimate celebration of 20 Years of Sonic gaming, Sonic Generations delivers the definitive experience for Sonic fans new and old.

Game Info

GAME NAME: Sonic Generations

DEVELOPER(S): Sonic Team (360,PS3), Devil’s Details (PC)

PUBLISHER(S): SEGA

PLATFORM(S): PC, PS3, Xbox 360

GENRE(S): Action, Platformer

RELEASE DATE(S): 4 Nov 2011 (PC Version)


Sonic’s universe is thrown into chaos when a mysterious new power comes into force, creating ‘time holes’ which take Sonic and his friends back in time. Whilst there, Sonic runs into some very familiar characters from his past including a younger version of himself! Now they must team up to defeat their enemies, save their friends, and find out who is behind this diabolical deed. – Quoted from Steam Store page for the game.

My Thoughts

I am a huge Sonic fan and have been since my childhood, I loved all of the 2D Sonic games on the Mega Drive (Genesis), Sonic 2 being my favourite out of them all and receiving an honourable mention on my Top 10 games of all time. The only one of the 3D Sonic games I played was one of the Shadow the Hedgehog games released on the PS2 and I hated it, the controls were naff and the gameplay was slow.

I bought Sonic Generations immediately when it was released on Steam as I was hoping that SEGA would finally be able to release a Sonic game that I could really enjoy like the original lineup of 2D games on the Mega Drive, they certainly did! This game fills me full of nostalgia and memories, playing through the revamped levels of the original game I was really enjoying myself.

Although the game offered my nostalgia initially, that nostalgia quickly faded as I completed the first boss and made my way to the second tier of acts, from here all nostalgia was gone as I’d never played any of the 3D Sonic games all of this was new to me. I mean sure I really did enjoy playing most of the levels in the 2-ish-D Sonic form but my enjoyment was hindered by having to complete each level with the 3D Sonic.

I never thought that the Sonic Team would be able to reproduce the speeds of the original Sonic games in a 3-dimensional environment but they have, playing with the faux 2D Sonic felt right, the speed I could get really did make the game feel like the originals did, however Id idn’t get this feeling with the 3D Sonic; yes you can pick up some pretty fast speeds with the 3D Sonic but because of the extra dimension of play I often found myself hitting walls that would bring me to an instant halt and I’d have to pick the pace back up again.

The soundtrack on this game isn’t what I expected from a Sonic game, although the original versions of the older games’ background music were great to listen to again in the extras room, I felt that the reworked versions that were done of the original music were pretty mediocre and each track sounded extremely similar to each other.

I also didn’t like the customisation you can add to both of the Sonic forms, you can customise classes for each of the two Sonics and add extra skills to them, skills that were available without having to do all of this in the original games. If Sonic had to jump on 1up monitors in the original games in order to get an extra life then why in this game can you do that AND purchase extra lives for him from the main zone select area!? Is it because developers and publishers seem to think that gamers are more dumb these days so they have to add things like: the ability to purchase lives and hand-holding walkthroughs.. Seems to me like it is.

I’d also like to bring up the matter of DLC. At this point Sonic Generations has one piece of DLC and it’s the Casino Nights DLC, the description for this DLC is as follows:

Play through the iconic ‘Casino Night’ Pinball stage inspired by ‘Sonic The Hedgehog 2’, and bring your screen to life with an exclusive theme – no Sonic Generations experience is complete without this exclusive content!

Despite the fact that this DLC is supposed to be based on Casino Nights it is simply just a pinball minigame with assets added that are textured to imitate the original Casino Nights Zone from Sonic 2 and really have nothing in common with the Casino Nights level other than the aspect of pinball itself.

The graphics are very nice, the environments are detailed and colourful, you can tell that the Sonic Team really did put a lot of work into this game. The game also contains a lot of content, you’ll find yourself replaying levels for hours!
At the time of writing this I have already completed the game quite a while ago and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with it, some of the levels did get me frustrated and angry but overall I’ve enjoyed the early nostalgia and overall the sheer amount of content really does make this a must-buy for any Sonic fan.

The Good


– 20 years of Sonic history in one game
– The game contains original music from the original games
– Features a lot of content
– High replay value

The Bad


– The reworked music isn’t the best
– Not enough levels from the Mega Drive era
– The emphasis on customising Sonic’s abilities is dumb

Gameplay



Thanks for reading and good gaming.

~Razor.