Excerpt: There’s a saying that goes “Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships” and in gaming terms an equivalent would be that “Sonic’s character has sold a few million consoles” in a time when Sega were not only a software powerhouse but a hardware one too, dominating the landscape with the Mega Drive before coming unstuck with future consoles that were way ahead of their time, including the Dreamcast which I still consider the greatest console to date.
Excerpt: Title: Sonic Generations Developer: SEGA Release Date: 22nd November 2011 (NA), 25th November 2011 (EU) Platform: 3DS As soon as you boot up Sonic Generations, two things instantly strike you: a burst of colour and just the beginning of a fantastic sound track. The menu presents you with various options; including jumping straight into the game, the versus mode/online races, time attack and configuring your player card.
Excerpt: Ah, Sonic! Gaming’s most notable speed freak. I remember him fondly from his Sonic 2 days, when he was just a fresh faced upstart. Surely he’s now a burnt out shell, wrecked from years of obvious amphetamine abuse? Actually no, he’s looking pretty good for himself.
Pros: Brilliant level design, Eye-watering graphics, Sonic the Hedgehog!
Cons: 3D platforming, Crap boss fights, Terrible story
Summary: " Sonic Generations " for 3DS is the perfect celebration of Sonic. It looks beautiful, and while it retains many of Sonic franchise’s problems it also includes all the best the series has offered in its twenty years. Sonic Generations is the perfect purchase for any one with a love of Sonic, 2D platformers or simply lovers of great games.
Summary: It would be fair to say that in recent years the Sonic franchise has become rather stale with some decidedly average releases however " Sonic Generations " proves that there is still a lot of life left in the series yet.
Conclusion: Sonic has had it rough over these past 20 years. From saving princesses and driving karts to turning into a were-hog and competing in the Olympics he’s been put through his paces with varying success. Fans have been harsh on him though, complaining that the little chubby Sonic from yesteryear is what they really wanted instead of his leaner, long legged, and green-eyed grown up modern Sonic.