It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Sonic the Hedgehog appeared and took everyone by surprise. In the past 10 years SEGA has had trouble finding out who they are marketing these games to.
SEGA is celebrating the 20th anniversary with Sonic Generations; a game that takes the best from the last 20 years and puts it all in one game for fans both old and new. I am happy to say that this is the best Sonic game since Sonic Adventure 2 from 10 years ago.
In story mode, you find Sonic celebrating his birthday with all of his friends. A mysterious monster, called Time Eater, appears and steals Sonic’s friends, while Sonic is thrown into limbo.
Sonic meets up with Tails and they determine that time and space have been broken; not only that but Sonic and Tails both run into their past selves. Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic both must run through space to fix time and find their friends.
The gameplay in this title is new and familiar. Classic Sonic plays like he did in the SEGA Genesis games with his spin jump and spin dash. His levels are strictly 2-D.
Modern Sonic plays much like he did in Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors with the boost ability, light speed dash, and many other abilities. His levels are in 3-D that periodically switch to 2-D.
The game is split into three acts of stages, the Genesis, Dreamcast, and Modern eras. These levels are found in a very unique HUB World. This world is entirely in 2-D where you can interact with Sonic’s friends, play levels, listen to music, view concept art, or complete missions. Each level has an act and five missions for each Sonic.
As a bonus, there are five Red RINGS hidden in each level to unlock items in the game. Each era has a rival battle, such as Metal Sonic and Shadow the Hedgehog, as well as bosses like, Perfect Chaos and Egg Dragoon. Later stages, like Planet Wisp, have unfair enemy placement where it is incredibly difficult to avoid being damaged. A lot of the missions are so odd, that I don’t understand why they are even in the game. The game is also very short; it can be completed in 4 to 9 hours.
The sound and music in this game is legendary! The voice actors have finally nailed their roles as the anthropomorphic animals. All of the music, excluding about three songs, is a remix of old music. This makes each level’s music very memorable while playing. The songs also enhance the short boss fights.
SEGA has had trouble finding Sonic while having some success as of lately, but they hit the mark with Sonic Generations. It is a delight to see all these bright colors in HD for the first time. Many fans are glad to see that Classic Sonic hasn’t been forgotten.
I give Sonic Generations for the Xbox 360 a 9 out of 10. Sonic Generations is available now on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC via Steam. On Nov. 22, a different version of Sonic Generations will be available on the Nintendo 3DS.