Celebrate 20 years of Sonic in an all new adventure that delivers a definitive experience to Sonic fans new and old!
User reviews: Very Positive (3,529 reviews) - 94% of the 3,529 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 3, 2011

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Sonic Generations

AUTUMN SALE! Offer ends in


Packages that include this game

Buy Sonic Hits Collection

Includes 17 items: Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast™, Sonic Adventure 2, SONIC ADVENTURE 2: BATTLE, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed: Metal Sonic & Outrun DLC, Sonic CD, Sonic Generations, Sonic Generations - Casino Nights DLC, Sonic Spinball™, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode II

AUTUMN SALE! Offer ends in


Recommended By Curators

"A Great Throwback to Sonics Roots that manages to be a good game, only downside is it's a little short, and Classic Sonic has a lot better levels."

Steam Big Picture

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

    • 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:
    • 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)
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB free hard drive space
    • Sound:
Helpful customer reviews
242 of 269 people (90%) found this review helpful
255 people found this review funny
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
My friend told me he once beat the city escape level in 2 minutes.
I told him I completed it in 1 minute 59 seconds.
we're no longer friends.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
127 of 148 people (86%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Say no to Boom, say yes to Generations.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
pros: the nostalgia is real, amazing soundtrack, two different sonic modes (one is 3D the other is original 2D sonic) which implements 2 ways to play levels, plenty of collectables, level challenges for dedicated players, a full cast of characters with a cheesy storyline that you would expect

cons: you have to manually assign the keyboard buttons as a controller input (or just use "default"), the game input indicators does not adapt to your custom inputs, game randomly crashes, 3D sonic has some awkward transitions from 3rd person-to-side screen views, camera angles often times work to your disadvantage resulting it ring loss & death, some levels are poorly designed, final boss battle was really clunky

Overall, if you are looking for a solid sonic experience on the PC platform then this is what you have been looking for. Although a subpar PC port, you can still manage to enjoy the game with keyboard and mouse. There are plenty of mods available to extend the games fun factor.
Sonic Generations has my recommendation.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Summary: Sonic Generations is a nostalgic trip with a modern gaming twist celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Blue Blur himself, Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic and friends are tossed into the void between time and space itself by some mysterious figure known as the time eater, with Sonic and Tails meeting up with their past selves, save their friends, and make time itself whole again. Relive new representations of the classic levels you know and love, as well as BETTER representations from less than stellar sonic installments, and celebrated the Gaming icon's 20th birthday!

Story/Plot/Setting: Not much to say here in terms of the story itself. In contrast to the more serious approach to storytelling that the series was originally trying (and failing at in this writer's opinion), the story is more lighthearted and simplified. Sonic and friends are caught in the white void between space and time by a foe known as the time eater. Since I try to write without giving away spoilers, I will say that for the most part, the story works in a way simply to push the game along and I feel this does it very well. The flow of the story is never bland, but most of it is driven along just to give a point to what you're doing. Even then, things are mostly there... just because. This isn't a detriment at all to the game itself, though, but if you're expecting a magnificent narrative meant to make you think, you may want to look elsewhere. Regardless, what is there has a great flow to it, so you never feel lost as to what is going on. You may shake your head a couple of times when the characters try to figure out what exactly is happening when you've figured it out practically from the start, but other than that I don't have anything to complain about.

Gameplay/Content/Controls: Gameplay is where this game shines. The gameplay of Classic Sonic will bring you a nice nostalgia trip if you've played the Sonic games from the Sega Genesis/Megadrive era. I'm even amazed that his physics feel so familiar to that era as well. Since I've been a fan of Sonic since his first release on the Genesis, I was happy to see how well he was handled. The level design for classic sonic, though in a 3D style, are still handled like a 2D side scroller. This is in contrast to modern sonic level design, which share 2D and 3D segments. Modern Sonic's gameplay will feel familiar and probably much more comfortable than before if you've played Sonic Unleashed or Sonic Colors (I've only played Unleashed, but I'm aware that the basic gameplay of Colors is similar), as the concept is the same. It feels the most solid in this installment. Speed is handled incredibly well, never feeling completely on rails. With both sonics you'll find branching paths, threatening enemies, and several ways you can easily screw up if you aren't paying attention. There's challenge, but it never feels difficult to finish a level. The only time I felt frustrated was with the Modern version of the Sonic 2006 level, Crisis City.

Speaking of the levels, each is one taken from a major installment of the sonic franchise, with the exception of Sonic CD, which was represented by the Metal Sonic Rival Battle in Stardust Speedway bad future. In addition to the levels themselves, you have a multitude of challenges that you can do as both Classic and Modern sonic. While you're only required to do one challenge for each stage represented to get keys to unlock the boss fight, it would worth your while as a sonic fan to do the others, as you can unlock more songs as well as artwork from the series as a whole. Plus most of the challenges are pretty fun, so you'd be doing yourself a disservice just simply skipping over them. If you do, however, it won't take you long before you beat the game. You could easily finish Generations within about four or five hours depending on quickly you get comfortable with the gameplay. The challenges can add on a few more hours of gameplay, as classic and modern sonic have twenty seven challenges each, making that a total of fifty four challenges you can do if you'd like. Since this was a 2011 release, the price now might entice you to buy it. But I would still recommend this is worth it at its original retail price if you've been a big fan of the Sonic series as I have been.

Although I have praised the controls for the most part, there are two problems I need to point out. On the PC version of Generations, I noticed a weird but occasional issue with button response while using a controller. Quite a few times I noticed that Sonic would refuse to jump or do his homing attack. What's even weirder is that I could not emulate the issue, so it has nothing to do with character animations negating button presses. My controller has also had no such issues with bad response when I used it on other games as well, so I don't believe my controller to be malfunctioning. I don't remember having this issue when I originally played this game on the XBox 360, so if this issue turns you off to the game, consider looking for it on console.

My other issue with regards to controls is the final boss fight, as well as segments where Sonic is either flying or falling. These segments have incredibly floaty mechanics, requiring you to negate your inertia in one direction in order to start going into the direction you want. While these segments are rare, it makes the final boss incredibly frustrating and almost killed my enjoyment of the game. Thankfully it didn't, as my experience with the rest of the game was just too good.

Sound and Music: I can safely say this is a shining put of this game. All sound effects are impactful, make sense, and truly immerse you in the experience. And the music. Oh wow the music. Each stage contains remixed versions of their music, which they took very seriously to still fit the mood of the stage while at the same time feeling familiar to their original iteration. You can also unlock more songs through the challenges, which you can use to replace music in any stage, boss fight, or challenge you'd like. My only gripe is that you can't do this with the default stage songs as well.

Graphics: On PC, you won't find the game to play any better at max settings than you would on the Console versions, but the game still looks very nice. As a 2011 release, the game still looks very aesthetically pleasing even today in 2015. I feel that this is due in large part to the art style, which has also stood the test of time. So if you want a pretty looking game, then look no further.

Conclusion: Though a short game with a few control issues and a simple story, Sonic Generations proves to be a great game in and of itself. You can tell that the development team wanted this to be a Sonic game that was remembered in a good light, considering the unfortunate flops that the series has and continues to endure to this day. Though Console might be your best bet for this title, the PC version is still good enough to recommend if you don't have one.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Surely recommend this for any Sonic fan. Granted, its not a brand new game, more like a celebration/tribute but sooo worth it. lots of content to last a while. Recommend.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny