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...
Excerpt: As interesting (and enjoyable) as the console port of Sonic Generations turned out to be, we were curious how the Nintendo 3DS version would fare. Back at E3 and the Penny Arcade Expo, we had the chance to go hands-on with the strictly 2-D levels, while enjoying the splendor of the 3-D visuals that the little portable system could provide. Now that the finished product has hit store shelves, does the handheld Generations live up to the hype? Well, sort of.
Excerpt: It’s been years since I could honestly say that I’ve felt a Sonic game has nailed everything it’s set out to do – even last year’s Sonic Colors , while brilliant in its own way, felt like it was missing a small something. This something comes in the form of a pudgy, short hedgehog we all fell in love with 20 years ago – Classic Sonic.
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.