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Over the past few years Sega have been having a rough time with the Sonic franchise, especially since the failure that was 2006's Sonic the Hedgehog for the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3. Before this point the franchise was highly popular, however the failure was so bad that it gave the franchise a bad name.
Since then Sega have been trying to restore the gaming community's faith in the franchise but have been having in hard time. The next main Sonic game, Sonic Unleashed, offered wonderful day time stage mechanics, but Sega tried to introduce a new gimmick to extend the length of the game. This gimmick came in the form of "Sonic the Werehog". At night Sonic would turn into a "Werehog" and the gameplay would change from fast-paced action to a slow beat-em-up with platforming mechanics. This move was not popular with the majority of people and, due to there being more night time stages than day time stages, overshadowed the amazing day-time mechaics. Sega followed this up with Sonic Colours. Sonic Colours concentrated on the mechanics which were used in Sonic Unleashed's daytime levels and this recieved much praise. However, as Sega only released this game for the Nintendo Wii, it wasn't available to a high proportion of the potential audience. At this point Sonic's 20th Anniversary was approaching and Sega chose to release a game that truly celebrated the history of the hedgehog, and this review is of that game.
Sonic Generations sucessfully caters both to the fans of the classic 2-dimensional gameplay from the 90s, and the fans of the Sonic Unleashed daytime levels. It does this by bringing together both gameplay styles in one game. Each level is based on a different level from Sonic's history and split into two acts which reimagine the level in both a classic and modern style. Classic acts are played by the chubbier, black-eyed, more cartoonish (and mute) Sonic that people were familiar with in the 90s while Modern ones are played by the tall, thin green-eyed Sonic that everyone is familiar with these days.
Both gameplay styles work wondefully, and Sega demonstate that they still have the ability to make great classic style levels! The levels are also a generous length, with even the classic levels being much longer than they would have been if created in the 90s.
The levels reimagined in this game are:
1. Green Hill Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)
2. Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
3. Sky Sanctuary Zone (Sonic and Knuckles)
4. Speed Highway (Sonic Adventure)
5. City Escape (Sonic Adventure 2)
6. Seaside Hill (Sonic Heroes)
7. Crisis City (Sonic the Hedgehog 2006)
8. Rooftop Run (Sonic Unleashed)
9. Planet Wisp (Sonic Colours)
Each of these levels is accompanied by a wonderful remix of the original tune. A different remix has even been composed for both the classic and modern era acts. It is even worth mentioning that, although in its original game Crisis City was awful, Sega manage to do it right this time and make it into a highly enjoyable level!
When a new level is unlocked several missions are also unlocked for that level. These missions can range from a simple race to the finish to using the unique abilities of Sonic's friends to reach the end of a level before the time runs out.
One thing that I know some people dont like is that Classic Sonic's "spindash" move is incredibly overpowered in this game. However this is a very minor issue and it doesn't personally bother me at all.
Overall this is a wonderful game, and I highly recommend it to both old and new fans of the series!
Yeah... some really game playing action going on here.
Was so excited when I came across this so I could show our children what we used to play on in our child hood. Was impressed with it.
This game comes in the classic 360 gaming case making it easy to store along with other games or dvd cases.
Wow... If you used to play the Sega, dreamcast or other old console that had Sonic as a game you will be impressed by the way they have captured the old game play. With the older ones ( zones) we are all used too the screen stays 2d with the classic use of 'spin dash' and 'spin attack'.
It also features lots of new zones which have different levels to complete and secret objects to collect throughout the game. Doing this you can unlock new levels within the zone and unlock new zones altogether. Not only that unlocking loved/not so loved,famous characters. These new zones are 2d/3d play bringing it more to life and making it so interactive ,if not a little addictive.
It presents fun,up beat and funky music and sound effects that impress players and keep them completely engaged in the game play.The bright and up to date graphics also count a considerable amount towards this.
I bought this from HMV for £12.99 which is a bearable price, but this was knocked down. I don't think I would of payed any higher but for a brand new game ,great value for money.
I will be buying more sonic the hedgehog games nearer to winter to keep the kids occupied during the miserable weather time. It makes a nice change to have a game on the Xbox 360 which is aimed at children and doesn't contain any violence or fighting.