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.
Conclusion: Even with a few truly awful missteps, Sonic has been reclaiming his glory one ring at a time and he’s taken yet one more red-booted step in the right direction with Generations. Camera issues and the trial-and-error nature of the gameplay won’t appeal to everyone, plus the release price doesn’t quite fit with the length of the game, but fans will be more than pleased with what’s been accomplished here as it’s almost entirely for the good of the franchise.
Excerpt: Sonic the Hedgehog has reached his milestone 20 th year, though during that period he’s hardly been in the most consistent of series’, with Sonic Adventure for instance introducing some fresh playable characters, often taking away the focus from Sonic himself, whilst more recently Sonic Unleashed boasted fantastic Sonic sections, but also gave the ability for the blue, speedy hedgehog to transform into a lumbering werehog by night, which were horribly designed and often...
Excerpt: There was a time when Sonic was king of the world. …okay, he was sort of the prince while Mario was king. But nevertheless, we’re talking about a timeless hero, one who has delivered countless hours of entertainment over the past twenty years. During the latter 3D period, the fleet-footed mascot fell on rough times, and fans have been begging – in fact, demanding – for a return to form.
Summary: Sonic and his furry posse haven't had the best run in recent years, but the ailing hedgehog finally returns in good form for his latest outing. Sifting out most of the cruddy elements from recent games that soured longtime fans and pushed some folks away for good, the development team hits a real sweet spot with Sonic Generations.
Pros: Blends old and new Sonic elements very well, Dazzling stage designs, Lots of unlockables, High-speed action
Excerpt: This year, the Sonic the Hedgehog series reached a seminal landmark: 20 years in the video gaming business. Over the years, it has gone from the well loved Sega Genesis's opponent to Mario to an eclectic mix of different gameplay types, countless new characters, convoluted storylines, and disrespect from gamers worldwide. But recently, Sega and Sonic Team have begun to reshape the image of their once legendary icon.
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)