Celebrate 20 years of Sonic in an all new adventure that delivers a definitive experience to Sonic fans new and old!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,153 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 3, 2011

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About This Game

The ultimate celebration of 20 Years of Sonic gaming, Sonic Generations delivers the definitive experience for Sonic fans new and old.
Sonic’s universe is thrown into chaos when a mysterious new power comes into force, creating ‘time holes’ which take Sonic and his friends back in time. Whilst there, Sonic runs into some very familiar characters from his past including a younger version of himself! Now they must team up to defeat their enemies, save their friends, and find out who is behind this diabolical deed.

Key Features:

  • Twice the Fun - Play as both Classic Sonic and Modern Sonic in the ultimate Sonic experience. Master the moves of each character as they race through each environment on their own designed built track.
  • The Best Bits Just Got Better - Iconic environments from gaming history come to life in beautiful HD for the ultimate Sonic adventure, each revisited, recreated and re-imagined with stunning results.
  • All New Experience - Play some of your gaming’s most iconic environments in a whole new way with famous Sonic stages presented in stunning new stereoscopic 3D.
  • Unlock New Adventures - Once you complete each level and ‘free’ Sonic’s captured friends, you’ll get to go back and take on more challenges with them at your side.
  • Infamous Bosses and Rivals - Take on some of the most notorious characters from Sonic’s past as you fight for ultimate supremacy.
  • Master Your Moves - Master Classic Sonics famous spin-dash attack and utilise Modern Sonic’s ‘Boost’ as you complete all new tracks.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 (2x2.0GHz) or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2GB RAM (XP)/3GB RAM (Windows 7 / Vista)
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 (512MB) / ATI Radeon HD 2900 (512MB)
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB free hard drive space
    • Sound:
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.66 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 3GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 (1GB) / ATI Radeon HD 5850 (1GB)
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    • Hard Drive: 11 GB free hard drive space
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52 of 73 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Sonic Generations is a blend of two games. The old school original Genesis 2D platformers that have you speeding through winding labyrinths. The other half has more modern Sonic games that are not only 2D platformers, but 3D platformers and straightaway running in 3D. After completing the first level as old school (classic) Sonic, you're treated to a story cut scene. The game then game opens up to the platforming hub level. The hub level lets you switch between the two versions of Sonic. Levels are full of loops, straightaways, platforms, rails to grind on, tubes to shoot down like Sonic 2's bonus round, spikes, death pits, water, red rings that will launch Sonic and many paths here and there. While Sonic can't swim, he just jumps higher underwater when he used to just move slow in previous games. The levels are throwbacks to previous Sonic games. Consider it a best of collection.

The game consists of three major chapters. Every chapter has 3 zones. Each zone has two levels (acts), the first level is that straight up 2D platformer and the second level is the more modern 3D version. You can tackle them in any order that you like. Once an act is complete, you rescue one of Sonic's many friends. After you complete the 6 levels of each chapter, then challenges become unlocked. Each zone has 5 challenges for each version of Sonic. 3 keys will also appear in each chapter and unlock when you complete one challenge from a zone. Then if you have 3 keys in one chapter, you can use them to unlock the boss for that chapter.

The challenges offer some variety with objectives. For the most part you're just running through the same levels you had to get through to unlock them. There are a few unique levels in the challenges. The challenges range from beat the clock, racing tails in a plane, racing your own doppelganger (ghost), timed drifts, enemies moving at double speed and completing a level with only one ring. Since you rescue Sonic's many friends, there are special levels that make use of them to help Sonic. Amy Rose has a hammer that if you time it correctly you can do a mega jump. Knuckles will dig up medals for levels that you need X number of medals to complete the challenge. Rogue will charm armored enemies so Sonic can defeat them. Every enemy that gets defeated in her level makes hollow blocks into solid ones. It feels like a way to make a 4 hour game into an 8 hour game.

Not only does every chapter have a boss, but there are also mini bosses. Basically you walk up to them in the hub level and challenge them. Once they're defeated, you get yourself a chaos emerald since there are no bonus levels like previous Sonic games. Each boss is original and unique, since Sonic has so many characters, you'll never fight the same one twice. The main bosses are gigantic. To take them down, its not just hitting a boss, but its timing the attacks when bosses are vulnerable and the way you'll need to make them vulnerable.

Since it is like two games in one, there are two sets of controls. The old school sonic that has just a jump button. Who can duck and hit the button to start a spin dash that he'll release when you let go of down. Then there's the modern sonic that has the same controls for the most part. Modern Sonic has a homing attack that will lock onto an enemy, springboard or claw and dart to them in mid air. This helps with traversing the land as its a lot quicker than loading up a spin dash. Sonic can now slide under objects as he runs, but it feels more like a quick time event than anything. There are even level specific controls like wall jumping back and forth. Sonic will even find a way to make him stick to walls and ceilings.

There is also a boost button that will send Sonic instantly dashing. The boost has a meter that decreases over time. To get boost you will need to collect rings. You can also get boost from drifting around corners when you're in a straightaway by holding the L or R when you go into turns. On top of that, you can gain boost by jumping through rainbow rings that will let you do mid air tricks by hitting the left thumbstick. Comparing the two control types feels like old school Sonic is one dimensional. This could be a subtle way of proving which character is better.

The Sonics also have skills that you can use to customize them. Things like stopping on a dime no matter how fast you're going. Getting an extra life when you run out. Not taking fall damage and so on. There are even skills just for classic Sonic and others just for modern Sonic. Each skill you unlock uses points. You have 100 points to assign the skills. So the better the skill, the less others you can assign. There are loadouts too for quick assigning.

As always rings are like Sonic's health. If you have a ring, Sonic can take a hit from an enemy or spikes. That will send the rings spraying from his body. If you don't have a ring when Sonic gets hit, he loses a life. The game's helper even announces it. The game's helper is a big help, especially with the challenges. The helper will explain everything as you play including how to defeat the bosses. You can of course turn the helper off.

Sonic Generations puts a real emphasis on speed more than the original Genesis games. The boosts, the loops, the bosses chasing you, a semmi truck trying to ram you, competing against doppelgangers. It all goes to prove that Sonic is fast if not parkour with his homing attack. At the end of each level and challenge, you get graded with par times. It almost feels like a racing game disguised as a platformer.

The game is beautiful, but it feels like a beast on my system, causing me to lower resolution. Every blade of grass gets rendered and everything is colorful. The only problem is Sonic is super small on the screen. He gets dwarfed by how gigantic the world is around him and the camera never really being tight up on him. As everything blurs from the speed its easy to lose sight of him in 2D. Because of this, some of the game felt to me like it was playing itself. Even the quick time slides still made Sonic slide when I failed to push a button. Not holding the thubstick still made him move. Some of it gets relegated to timing homing attacks to get over areas. Is that a bad thing? No its visually impressive even if I don't feel like I have complete control.

Another problem in the 3D worlds is no camera control. You're stuck looking at what the game wants you to. While that's not always a bad thing, it can be problematic. Sometimes I lost sight of Sonic or couldn't see a gap between areas sending into death pits. There were plenty of times in 3D terrain I jumped to my death. Often from misjudging where I was or from Sonic's slippery turnarounds. Often times Sonic would stop in mid air to fall to his death even having full momentum into a jump. Using boost to run over water is treacherous. Even in what looks like ankle deep water can send Sonic to his doom if you get clipped by a platform and stopped.

There are plenty of extras to unlock including artwork, music that you can select to replace the current level music. It is a lot of content with 18 levels, skills, 90 challenges. For me it felt like the fun didn't last as long as the challenge. The death pits and water deaths seemed too constant. Even with a few glitches here and there, the game is by no means bad. It is just trying to be everything at once. Playing the classic Sonic feels forced when modern Sonic has so much diversity. I'd rather play one or the other. To get to a destination, I can drive a car. Then I can flatten the tires and drive for 5 minutes. After that I can fill up the tires again. Then flatten the tires again after 10 minutes and fill up the tires again. I'll still get to my destination, but I'd rather not have flat tires from level to level. I would have appreciated if the game had two halves. If only you could complete a classic half and a modern half, without completing them both at the same time.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
202.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Sonic Generations is a game I never got to play back when it came out. I never had a 3DS, Xbox 360, or PS3, and I never knew about Steam, so I honestly wasn't able to play it. But now I have a 3DS and this game, and it is Awesome! This game is literally one of the Fastest Sonic Games to date! I'm glad I bought this game on Steam, because if I hadn't, I wouldn't have met some really cool friends in Time Attack. However, I didn't have an Xbox 360 Controller so I was stuck with the Keyboard, so make sure you get an Xbox 360 or PS3 Controller hooked up to your PC.

Controls:
PC: 6/10
Xbox 360/PS3: 9/10

Graphics: 8/10

Sound: 9.5/10

Gameplay: Gets repetitive at times. 8.5/10

Average Rating: 8.2/10

Go buy it if you missed out on the Xbox 360 or PS3 Release. Otherwise, just leave it be.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
75.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Okay. Some people are wondering "how can she have so many hours on that game?"

I'll tell you my secret:

I'm always angry.

Wait, no. That's not right.

The secret is that I own a small desk cycle I can put right at my feet. So I pick up my controller and do time attacks in this game while I sweat out the cardio. Makes for a great workout, cause of the sense of motion. Working out the body, mind, and reflexes - ho! I highly recommend it.

This game, Gauntlet, and Dyad are my favorites for exercising.

So that's the story. Beyond that, I mean, it's the best Sonic game released since Sonic Adventure. Honestly, it's better than Sonic Adventure, because it's purely Sonic play, none of this other character crap. I play Sonic games to whiz through levels and be a blue badass, not flop around as corpulent purple cat and go fishing. WTF, Sega. Sometimes. You guys.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
it's pretty cool how somehow sega keeps dropping the ball on sonic but this one game actually turned out really really good but they can't seem to remember how they made it

like did they just take a bunch of drugs, wake up with this game and no recollection of what happened and go "eh ship it"
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Most underrated game of all time.

Yes, I'm a Sonic fanboy. But I'm perfectly aware most Sonic games are crap. It's a guilty pleasure for me.

But this game. This game is near-flawless.

Don't let my hours fool you. I've clocked in over 100 on the PS3 version. I just got this version to play some mods.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Sonic Generations. A title that is really good, and has a lot of replay value, but it really... understates its welcome? It has a (slightly) diverse range of remade levels from past games, and both Sonics control beautifully, but it's pretty damn short, and $50 is honestly just overpriced. But when I say replay value, I MEAN IT. It has lots of stuff to collect, including concept art for Sonic games from the past, and even MUSIC from Sonic games from the past! The levels always leave something new for every playthrough, first or not, and keep you playing over and over again. The remixes used for levels are downright AWESOME, and the bosses provide a fair challenge while not being too overly frustrating- very rarely do I ever rage-quit because of a boss. Overall, it makes its place well in the Sonic franchise, and it's an amazing 20th anniversary title. However, the story is so simplistic that it's almost bland, and it just screams missed opportunities. But it does have, yep, a modding community! You can download and play a diverse range of mods that can have new stages, characters, bosses... anything, really! Overall, it's a good game, but a bit overpriced. I recommend it to Sonic fans old and new. Heck, even if you're not a fan of Sonic, just give this game a go. You might end up loving it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I highly enjoy this enquisition. The game brings a new perspective, it also allows you to see the pros and the cons to the old/new sonic. Hensforth the "Generations" I'd highly rec- to anyone else looking for a great sonic game, manufactured from Sega.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
they finally did a sonic in 3D that wasn't clumsy as hell, although they went right back to screwing it up with every game that's come out after this

well-polished but low on content, would only rec to platform nuts or nostalgia-queers, me being both
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Great Game. Fun Reimaginings of Previous Stages From Other Games. Story Is a bit cheesy, but still very good. Can be hillarious with mods. 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Nice solid Sonic game, throwback to old 2D games and has 3D levels included. Easy to beat, has fantastic music and visits a lot of the generations of Sonic games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
10/10 "It was okay." - IGN
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
GOTTA GO SUPER SANIC FAST! 8/10 Would bang
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
This is probably my favorite Sonic game to date (besides Adventure 2, which is 10 times better than any Sonic game). Gameplay: 10/10
Graphics: 8.5/10 (this game looks amazing)
Story: 6.5/10
Voice Acting: ...
Level/Stage Choice: 9/10
Music: The music alone deserves a different review entirely. (15/10)
Overall: 9.999999999/10
It is a must buy for any Sonic fan or really just any gamer who really likes platforming and going fast.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
50.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Sonic Generations is the ultimate love letter to any fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, new and old. The game is composed entirely of levels and music from 1991's Sonic the Hedgehog, to 2010's Sonic Colors, all redone and beautifully recreated. It's both a 2D and 3D platformer, and that's the gimmick here. You can play as "Classic Sonic" in Act 1 who's play style is exactly like a traditional 2D Platformer, and as "Modern Sonic" who's levels are 3D. Modern also has the boosting feature from Sonic Rush, and the Homing Attack, whilst Classic can just utilize the Spin Dash.

As stated, all stages and music are completely re-done from the ground up to make up pretty interesting levels. But it's not just an HD makeover, every one of the levels have been edited to where it's different from the original game, while it still has those familiar bits here and there.

The soundtrack is also beautiful. Every piece (Save 2 or 3 exceptions) is remixed Sonic music from the past, fitting with the old stages you play. Actually, it's remixed twice. Classic has more retro sounding music, and Modern has, well, you can put two and two together.

Now where the problems lie, there are a couple. This one is pretty obvious, but if you're not the biggest fan of Sonic, this game might be pretty average to you. Don't get me wrong, the game is still a spectacular platformer, but the entire purpose was to celebrate Sonic's 20th anniversary, therefore it was made for the fans. Another issue is the game is really easy compared to most Sonic games, and platformers in general, and it doesn't take much effort to get an S rank on every mission, so that could also be a problem.

In short, Generations is a wonderfully crafted Sonic game for the fans. If you love the hedgehog, definitely get this game, you won't regret it. If you're not a Sonic fan, it's still a good platformer for what it is, I think you'll still like it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Great game. much to do. Highly recommanded!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
The first 3D Sonic game that actually works.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
If you grew up playing Sonic games, then this game is a must. It's essentially a throwback to Sonic games from each major Sega era: Genesis, Dreamcast, Modern. Seeing old levels reimagined in 3D, or even in 2D with updated visuals, is a blast.

The gameplay is fluid and fast. The graphics are absolutely stunning (even on my 6 year-old Alienware M17 Laptop). The music is everything you'd hope it would be.

This is definitely worth your time. It's good to play a good sonic game after such a long period of mediocrity.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Honestly I'm quite happy to recommend a Sonic game once again. While the game directs itself for the fans, I wouldn't blink twice when recommending this game to people that are new to the series. The excellent game-play, music and level design make up for it's few faults. Definitively a must play for both the new fans and the old.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
best sonic game ive palayduh and you can modz it
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