The Score: Sonic Generations

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 3:00PM

Written by J. Bachelor

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  • Sonic Generations
  • Playstation 3, X-Box 360
  • November 1, 2011
Now Gamer 8.4/10
IGN 8.5/10
Computer and Video Games 3.5/5
Destructoid 7.5/10
1UP 80/100

America's favorite furball is back on the hunt for more gold coins, and this time he's brought a familiar face along for the ride in the latest release from Sega, "Sonic Generations".

Sonic 2D meets Sonic 3D in this installment as the pair join forces for another high-octane adventure.

Sonic Generations taps into the nostalgia of two decades of Sonic fans, who, against all odds, have shown their love for the blue blur. The story, while largely superfluous, is an homage to Sonic games of the past. The twin hedgehogs battle against an unknown force trying to destroy time itself. They relive each others' memories, zooming through iconic stages from nine different Sonic games. It's almost like SEGA rebooted the entire franchise, and caught you up on 20 years of hedgehog with a single game.(IGN)

The story behind "Generations" unfolds through a series of chapters, in which gamers will alternate the control of "Classic" and "Modern" Sonic.

There are nine main chapters, each based on well-known stages in Sonic history. From Green Hill Zone all the way to Planet Wisp, every console era has been represented quite nicely. Every chapter has a "Classic" and "Modern" variant, with Classic Sonic dashing across sidescrolling platform levels and Modern Sonic racing through 3D-oriented stages. To progress through the game, you'll need to play each stage with both Sonics, making for 18 stages in total. (Destructoid)

For players used to speeding through levels with the original Sonic, Sega has made the transition to a more dazzling hedgehog a little less painful this time around.

Modern Sonic levels have always been a little jarring for the gamers who remember the series in its more traditional format, and in recent games such as Sonic Unleashed and Sonic 2006 the 3D experience has certainly been less than stellar. But Generations follows the precedent set in 2010's Sonic Colours and improves on it - yes, I'm saying that playing a 3D Sonic game is actually enjoyable.(Spong)

Gamers are introduced to the "Generations" in the perspective of older Sonic titles, but as the saga continues, the game takes a sudden shift toward newer technology.

At first, the game seems to unfold like a traditional Sonic title, albeit with devoted 2D stages; but clearing both segments of each hub area's set of levels opens up multiple challenge stages that take the resources of the main stages and arranges them into several tightly-designed courses, each designed with their own specific goals and restrictions for each version of Sonic. Just as the power-ups in the Mario Galaxy series usually present the opportunity for a specific challenge instead of outright empowerment, Generations' variations on its main levels task Sonic with flying through a set amount of rings, getting to the goal before a set amount of time, surviving with a single ring to his name, and so on. (1up)

Critics say "Generations" does a praiseworthy job of combining old-school hedgehog antics with new school graphics and note its extensive maps as providing a high level of replay value.

"Sonic Generations" will dip into past successes in its attempt to rebuild the franchise. Levels from classic Sonic games, such as the memorable Green Hill Zone, have been remade in 3-D. A dash of nostalgia may be just what Sega needs to reinvigorate its aging hedgehog.(CNN.COM)

Sonic Generations is a genuine delight. Sure, we could do without the need to complete three challenge levels before being allowed to move on to the next series of proper stages, but with a whopping 90 of such levels on the disc there's at least a ton of extra playable content here for those that fall in love with Sonic Generations. Those who are just along for the main ride will find it's one of the best Sonic games in recent years. The dichotomy of play styles breathes new life into favourite stages as they're re-envisioned and redesigned for Sonics they were never originally intended for.(Now Gamer)

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