Summary: Full disclosure: before playing Sonic Generations (3DS) for review, I had never finished a Sonic game. I bought all the collections and rented or bought used copies of all the Wii titles because I love the series in theory. Sadly, in practice, the games always wear out their welcome before I see the ending credits.
Excerpt: In 1991, Sonic Team reportedly spent six months working on Green Hill zone alone, just to make sure the first levels of Sega's flagship game were perfect. I highly suspect the same is true of the Modern Sonic version of Green Hill in Sonic Generations. It is the perfect Sonic level. However, it's been widely available for free as a demo on XBLA and PSN for weeks now. Can the rest of the game really stand up to this barnstorming precedent?
Pros: Best Sonic game since Sonic 2, Frequently spectacular and thrilling, A speed-runner's dream
Cons: Low-speed 3D control is still bad, Filler mission quality varies massively, Classic Sonic won't be returning (sniff)
Summary: Sonic Generations moves the franchise closer to a semblance of its past glory. Classic Sonic is as simple and as slick as it’s ever been while modern Sonic finally feels like it’s beginning to work. The satisfying side scrolling platforming mixed with sections of visceral speed lust and colourful spectacle feels like a long-overdue three dimensional realisation of Sonic’s glory days, albeit with a little more refinement due.
Pros: Gorgeous, vibrant visuals, Excellent remixes of classic tunes
Cons: Controls can be finicky, Awful final boss fight
Excerpt: I guess if there is one way to start off this review it would be to tell everyone that I started to lose hope in the Sonic franchise after I laid hands on Sonic Heroes some six years ago. After this point Sonic Team continued to let me down with ridiculous titles like Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic Unleashed, and Sonic Colors (others can praise it all they want but I hate the power ups).
Excerpt: To kids, Sonic the Hedgehog is the closest thing to a cartoon rock star the world has ever seen. He has a string of hits, claims to save the world, has an attitude, and a passionate fanbase. Like all rock stars, however, Sonic has also had a sharp fall from grace in recent years, with new projects suffering unfavourable comparisons to the greatness of his first few 'albums'.
Conclusion: What can one say about a game that is fun, but the same thing we have seen before? Sega is stuck in the past with the Sonic franchise and that is either a good or bad thing. It depends how you look at it. Still for a portable that is lacking in good games I’d have to say Sonic Generations is worth the purchase. Maybe a bit too much considering we played this game before, but the game is still pretty fun.
Summary: Delivering the definitive gaming experience for Sonic fans old and new, Sonic Generations sees Sonic the Hedgehog playable as both the much loved classic 1991 character, and the modern day video game hero he has become in this exciting new fast paced adventure.
Excerpt: It’s been twenty years since Sonic first raced onto the scene in Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Mega Drive. The spiky blue speedster has had his fair share of ups and down during the last two decades but is back with a bang in Sonic Generations.
Conclusion: It could do with a few more levels, a bonus stage, more bosses, slightly tighter controls and a load more playtesting to iron out the “AAAAAAAAARGGHHHH” moments, but Sonic Generations is still a worthwhile and entertaining package. It’s the best Sonic game since Sonic Heroes . What? I like that game, screw you. If Hang Castle’s in the first DLC pack I’ll be on it like a shot.