The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was a huge success back on the Sega Genesis, but the series had a dip in quality during the early 2000s. Luckily, Sonic Generations looks to reverse that trend and reinforce Sonic as a leading brand in platforming gameplay. Created for the series 20th anniversary, Sonic Generations brings together both classic and modern Sonic gameplay for an explosive and speedy package of platforming fun. Featuring an abundance of Sonic characters, classic levels, and memorable music, this is one Sonic game that fans won't want to miss. Whether you're a fan of the retro Sonic or have been hoping for a better modern Sonic game, Sonic Generations offers quite a bit of alluring content.
Main Game Features
- Classic and modern platforming gameplay
- Nostalgia-rich presentation and plot
- Bonus challenge stages
Sonic Generations does its best to include every Sonic character of note, including multiple designs of the same characters. In this twisted tale, the villainous Eggman prepares a plot so dangerous that it threatens the very nature of time itself. After coming across a powerful entity known as the Time Eater, Eggman travels back in time to finally defeat Sonic and his friends. As the Time Eater attacks multiple timelines in the universe, Sonic arrives in a blank, white space. In order to restore time and prevent the collapse of the world, Sonic, Tails, and the rest of his friends must team up with each other (and their past selves) to win the day.
Although the plot of Sonic Generations might sound a bit silly, it ends up being an awesome adventure through the history of the Sonic franchise. The core gameplay is split into two distinct styles, “classic” and “modern”. Classic gameplay is reminiscent of retro Sonic titles from the 90s, while the modern gameplay is similar to recent games like Sonic Colors and Sonic Unleashed. There are nine stages in total, with each stage containing both a classic and modern level. Since Sonic Generations is an homage to the entire Sonic franchise, every single level is a remake or reimagining of a level from an older Sonic title.
Regardless of what kind of level you're playing, Sonic Generations provides an exceptionally fast gameplay experience. You'll speed through colorful levels and collect coins and power-ups, defeat enemies, and even battle enormous bosses. Your performance is judged at the end of each stage, adding a great element of replayability. Bonus content can be unlocked by discovering red star rings, which are hidden across every level. By collecting enough, you'll gain access to new abilities, concept art, and more. If you really want to test your Sonic skills, there are also dozens of bonus challenge levels that are deceptively difficult.
Sonic Generations is not only a great game for Sonic fans, but it's an entertaining and enjoyable adventure for newcomers as well. The gleeful celebration of Sonic and its memorable worlds is addictive and rewarding, providing hours of family-friendly fun. There's a good amount of gameplay variety between the two main styles, so the experience never feels too repetitive. With a surplus of unlockable goodies and bonus content, there's more than enough speedy fun to keep you playing Sonic Generations for hours on end. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the blue blur or a complete newcomer, Sonic Generations is worth a shot.
- Thrilling classic Sonic action
- Great gameplay variety
- Colorful graphics and cheerful music
- No new levels
- Music can grow repetitive
- Occasionally frustrating