Excerpt: If Sonic the Hedgehog was a sports team he would be Liverpool Football Club. They have a rich history of league and European titles, but have become also-runs in the last twenty years with few trophies. Sonic is still best remembered from his Mega Drive days, but the cancellation of Sonic X-treme on the Saturn triggered over a decade of rot.
Sonic: Generations Races To A Win, Plumbers Beware!
The Game Reviews
2 April 2012
Excerpt: Finally SONIC THE HEDGEHOG has risen above his plumber rival and burst back into the limelight with an exceptional new platformer. To celebrate 20 years of the speedy little blue critter, SEGA have produced a mind bending assault on the senses, which in my view deserves to be nominated for Best Game Of The Year. [...] . . . → Read More: Sonic: Generations Races To A Win, Plumbers Beware!
Excerpt: Sonic the Hedgehog has blazed down a rough trail for over a decade, stumbling time and time again with the likes of the Sonic Riders series, Sonic and the Secret Rings (Wii), Sonic the Hedgehog (360/PS3), Sonic Unleashed…I’d rather not continue, because somehow I’ve managed to maintain my respect for the speedy little guy over all these years.
Excerpt: Sonic a vingt ans. Et cela n'est pas pour nous rajeunir, comme il est de coutume de dire. La nostalgie est double. La première, assez égocentrique, nous remémore nos vingt ans personnels, ce que nous en avons fait, où nous étions à l'époque, ce genre de souvenirs qui fait naître quelques soupirs. Une fois cette question personnelle éludée, c'est à Sonic que nous pensons, et très certainement à la toute première rencontre avec ce hérisson bleu.
Excerpt: One day, Sonic's friends throw him a surprise birthday party. Most of his friends are there. During the festivities, a large portal suddenly shows up overhead, and a strange mechanical beast breaks through. Shortly afterwords, several more portals open up and suck all of Sonic's friends, and eventually, Sonic himself, into them. After arriving at a strange, completely white place, he discovers a lifeless version of a place he once knew.
Conclusion: Sonic Generations is an appealing product even for those who lack any emotional investment in Sonic as a character and for those who have given up on the character after his last few disappointing outings. The developers at Sonic Team have managed to gather the best of the old and create some solid new content and then mix the two together to deliver a solid game that has few wrinkles and delivers major joys.
Excerpt: Sonic the Hedgehog's gaming career sounds an awful lot like an episode of E! True Hollywood Story. When he debuted for the Sega Genesis in 1991, he quickly rose to super stardom; spawning everything from TV shows to action figures and even breakfast cereals - but then it all went wrong.
Excerpt: Finally SONIC THE HEDGEHOG has risen above his plumber rival and burst back into the limelight with an exceptional new platformer. To celebrate 20 years of the speedy little blue critter, SEGA have produced a mind bending assault on the senses, which in my view deserves to be nominated for Best Game Of The Year. Not because it has the greatest gameplay or that it’s incredibly challenging. The reason is that SEGA has really put some effort into this game.
Conclusion: This is a great game that not only explores the history of Sonic, but takes the best of the series and puts it into a single game. It’s really disappointing then that the final third of the game is extraordinarily frustrating and poorly designed, especially when compared with how excellent the rest of the game really is.