Excerpt: Missed opportunity. That's one way to describe Sonic Generations 3DS. Although it follows the same basic formula as its console counterpart, with classic and modern Sonics working together to save their world from destruction, Sega played things too safely. As a result, the game never comes close to matching the intense moments from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version, while a strange decision will probably leave some hardcore Sonic fans scratching their heads.
Pros: Visually stimulating 3D effects, classic music, challenging Mission mode, spot on Sonic physics.
Cons: Lackluster presentation, cheap deaths, not enough levels, lag filled online play.
Excerpt: Sonic the Hedgehog began life as SEGA's "extreme" rival mascot to Nintendo's Mario, but the speedster has become so much more than a product of the knock-down-drag-out 16-bit console war; the Blue Blur stands as one of the most iconic figures in video game history. Sonic Generations celebrates the hedgehog's two decades of stardom by culling together everything that made the Sonic franchise a success (bright, colorful graphics, insane speed, simple controls) and...
Summary: Sonic Generations has a lot going for it: it looks good and offers plenty of content, and when it's on form it succeeds in combining Sonic's platforming and speed in a single package. Some design choices miss the mark though, and it's undeniably short and unambitious compared to Super Mario 3D Land . Most of all, it never quite recaptures the original's vibrant spirit that made it stand out 20 years ago.