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: 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
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.
Summary: Parents need to know that Sonic Generations is an arcade-style game that features side-scrolling levels and 3D levels. It features a character that moves very quickly and that requires some quick reflexes to get through the levels. There is some minor violence as Sonic runs into characters and fights in Boss battles.
Excerpt: The ultimate celebration of 20 years in Sonic gaming, Sonic Generations delivers the definitive gaming experience for Sonic fans new and old.
Sonic’s universe is thrown into chaos when a mysterious new power comes into force, creating ‘time...
Pros: - 2 Sonic concept executed nicely, - Re-imagined levels, - Great Sonic tribute
Cons: - Control can feel unresponsive, - Framerate stutters, - Needs more levels
Conclusion: While Sonic Generations is far and away the best Sonic game in a long time, there are still enough niggles to put off new players who will not have the same love for the hedgehog and his blend of twitch reflexes and level memorisation. As a standalone title Sonic Generations is a fun, if short-lived, platformer that is great while it lasts, but will probably not captivate you in the same way its forebears did.
Conclusion: Fans might have preferred compilation of Sonic's 16-bit greatest hits, but a career-spanning retrospective is what ended up on the track list. And you know what? Against all odds, Sonic Generations feels adequate. What Generations lacks in composure and conviction is compensated by properly administering nostalgia through levels that not only offer dozens of callbacks and references, but also feel capably designed for modern gaming sensibilities.
Excerpt: Celebrating someone's special 20th anniversary, SEGA have released their latest flagship game based on their extremely popular gaming character, Sonic the Hedgehog . Combining both classic and modern gaming elements, Sonic Generations is not only a walk (run) down memory lane but also a walk (run) through modernity as players are taken on a rollercoaster ride of unparalleled arcade speeds.