Game: Sonic Generations
Genre: Platformer/ Action Adventure
System: Xbox 360
Review by: MrB4
Everyone’s favorite Hedgehog has had somewhat of a resurgance as of late, producing quality titles that appeal to what we all know and love about Sonic, speed. Colors finally gave us an adventure with the modern version of him that didn’t suck, four reminded us of the good old days, and the racing game, while not completely related in any way to them was still very fun to play. Even though all of these were respectable in their own right, fans we’re still craving that one adventure that combined the best of both worlds together into something truly special. Is Sonic Generations exactly what we’ve been looking for?, in my opinion, the answer is an emphatic yes.
Story: During a birthday celebration, Sonic and his friends are brutally interrupted by a devastating new foe known as the Time Eater, who ends up transporting everyone, except for him, to a number of different locations from past games in the series. Our hero wakes up in an area known as the White Space, crosses paths with his younger self, Classic Sonic, and the two must now embark on an adventure to save all of time and space before things get any worse. The story is told through a few brief cutscenes that are very enjoyable to watch, especially considering the fact that they tend to make fun of their previous adventures on almost a consistent basis. As for the actual adventure itself, it’s lighthearted, enjoyable, and for the most part, completely believeable, at least by video game standards anyway.
Graphics: Sonic Team really knows what they are doing when it comes to the visuals, because they are absolutely fantastic here. Each of the levels are recreated in beautiful 3D textures, and will have you sometimes stopping the action entirely just to awe in amazement at them. Character designs and animations are very nice as well, Modern Sonic looks great, but it’s Classic Sonic that steals the show in just about every way possible. Seriously, take a look at him for yourself, isn’t he not the most adorable little hedgehog you’ve ever seen ( that sounds gay I know, but I just couldn’t help it).
Gameplay: Fast, Frantic, and Fun, and that’s all that it needs to be. The controls are simple and easy to understand. Each character might take some getting used to, especially considering that they have completely different sets of moves. After taking in a couple stages to figure things out though, the rest of the game should be no problem at all. A few glitches will tend to occur from time to time, and sometimes may bring the gameplay to a screeching halt, but they don’t happen often enough to ruin the experience.
Each world is split into two different acts, one being Modern, and the other one Classic. The classic stages play out in traditional side scrolling fashion like they should, while the modern stages tend to switch between 2D and 3D environments on almost a consistent basis. You basically try to get to the end of each stage as fast as possible in order to complete it, fight a boss after completing all of the stages during one era ( Genesis, Dreamcast, Modern), then rinse and repeat the process until the end of the game. Speaking of boss fights, they are fun and somewhat challenging, but probably won’t take many of you more than a couple of tries to complete.
Sound: A number of remixed tunes from each era of the franchise are brought back here in all of their glory, and they just as much of a delight to listen to today as they were back then. One of the coolest things about the audio presentation here is that the player can choose which track they would listen to before starting a level. This is a cool way to cater to old and new fans alike, and I hope they consider doing something like this in future games. As far as everything else goes, the sound effects are solid, and the voice acting is pretty good for the most part, still a little bit childish, but at least not annoying as it could have been.
Replayability: While the campaign may take only a few hours or so to complete, there is enough extra content on offer here to keep you coming back for quite some time. There are 45 challenges to play ( for both Classic and Modern Sonic), a number of different extras to unlock, and people can compare their scores in real time with friends over Xbox Live. All of these features will easily double your playing time, and are definitely worth checking out for the die hard fans who want something more.
Sonic Generations is the game a Sonic fan like me has been waiting for, and if you are itching to run through some loops as well, then by all means buy it now.
Final Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Developer: Sonic Team