Sonic Generations revamped the Sonic series in a multitude of ways. It seems after several subpar and awful titles that SEGA just might not recover the respect and adulation from players and fans alike. Whether it was werehogs, knights or genies we all dealt with the same sorry plot and sometimes awkward styles of gameplay. However, Sonic Generations did something that hasn’t been done since the days of Sonic Advance and that was bring back our classic beloved hedgehog without setting themselves back.
Yes the classic hedgehog is back and living up to the hype we gave him in the early nineties. In Sonic Generations you can play as either classic or modern Sonic and each level has a version to complete. This gives the game tons of replayabilty on both ends of the spectrum whether you’re a classic or modern sonic fan. Of course with the revitalization of classic Sonic they threw in a lot of the old school levels that we’ve played probably thousands of times.
This includes Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone and Sky Sanctuary. Now it’s great to finally see some of these levels in 3d because unless you’ve Sonic Adventure 2 Battle you’ve only seen Green Hill as it was meant to be. Not only does it give the levels a new sense of freshness but it gives us classic players a lot to look forward to.
The levels aren’t without their problems however; even though we are given a lot of the classic stages we are also left to stomach the awful stages of Sonic 06, Unleashed and Colors. These levels really ground the game to a staggering pace for me and I found myself wanting to constantly hurry up and get through the later levels. Also on a personal level the fact that a Sonic the Hedgehog 3 level was not included really pissed me off. These levels shouldn’t have been included just for the simple fact that if we wanted these games we could easily buy them. We obviously own a next gen system otherwise we wouldn’t have this game in the first place. These awful titles are not expensive and if I really wanted to bury myself in Sonic 06 then I would.
Another problem this game poses is the fact that the bosses and rival matches can sometimes feel way to easy even on the harder difficulty. So many times have I found myself on auto-pilot for a lot of points in this game. Another glaring issue is the sidequests now I don’t fully mind them per say but there were like 90 sidequests in this game and so many of them were just repeats like the doppelganger race, increased speed or something involving one of Sonic’s friends. This tends to bog down the game with unnecessary missions to get the keys to continue to the boss fights.
However, this game really does redeem itself in a lot of lights. It has a really good speed representation of Sonic and for the first time in quite a while the story isn’t a convoluted mess like previous entries in the Sonic series. You are able to collect the Chaos Emeralds in game unlike Sonic Heroes and the voice acting is definitely better than its predecessors. The music is very fun and the remixes are definitely worth listening to. I personally prefer the City Escape remix and Rooftop Run. This game is a solid entry into the Sonic series and is worth the buy you won’t be left disappointed like previous titles and it gives something that the old school gamer and the new young bucks can all enjoy.