Celebrate 20 years of Sonic in an all new adventure that delivers a definitive experience to Sonic fans new and old!
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Release Date: Nov 3, 2011

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"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."

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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)
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB free hard drive space
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471 of 518 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
What's this? A good sonic game? My God.

SEGA. THIS IS WHAT WE WANT!
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174 of 188 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
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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195 of 225 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
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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131 of 157 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
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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86 of 94 people (91%) found this review helpful
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2013
This is one of the best Sonic games i have ever played. Much better than recent Lost World. Seemingly just typical PC version platformer, this game has everything that made console ports awesome: satisfying gameplay, great visuals, cool atmosphere, catchy music and some of the very best level design franchise had ever had. On top of that, replay value is top notch, and game constantly rewards players after every collectible and bonus level.

Though, all of those bonus levels aren't fun, and bosses are sort of letdown too, weakest area of the game being the story... i mean... bunch of cutscenes. Extra levels have their moments, some of them being equal to main levels, but many also turn out frustrating, gimmicky and boring. Bosses have moments too, but they are mostly just simple gimmicks. Cutscenes are, however, total missopportunity. Also, take note on length, which depends on how much you want to come back to replay game, or beat friends records online. Also, incredibly weak pinball DLC.

What makes this version best, is the fact that good computer runs it on amazing framerate. Mod support deserves big note here, good ones already existing, new amazing ones still coming. And never have mods been so user friendly or safe to use. That alone adresses lenght issue.

Sonic Generations is not just good Sonic game, this is worthy purchase for all those in need of satisfying, arcade-ish platformer. No other series has seen such an significant step-up for sake of anniversary game.
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533 of 761 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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160 of 216 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,327.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
This game have mods dude
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56 of 60 people (93%) found this review helpful
86.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
HowLongToBeat.com lists this game as taking five and a half hours to beat. Compare that to my playtime. I've gotten to the point where I can beat most levels in two or three minutes and I still keep going back to them. It's not a hugely challenging game but the experience of just running through the levels is delightful and relaxing while still demanding your attention to successfully complete. Shaving off seconds of your best time or just messing around and exploring the alternate paths makes for a fun distraction of an evening.

I generally go back and replay Sonic 3 & Knuckles at least once a year. I love that game and it was by far my favourite in the franchise. I say was because Generations is now a very, very close second. Only the final boss - which, in contrast to the rest of the game, is a trainwreck - holds it back from the top spot.

The nine levels from the game are taken from previous games. Revisiting some favourites from the old games is lovely, but these levels are great by themselves apart from the nostalgia factor. Each level is split into two acts, in the first you play as "Classic Sonic" who is styled after Sonic's sprites from the very first game. He handles very much like the Mega Drive games with only minor differences in physics (though his spin dash has been upgraded to the point of being almost hilariously powerful and fast) and really captures the old feel in a way that Sonic 4 absolutely did not.

Also unlike Sonic 4 the game makes full use of its 3D environment while still playing entirely in 2D. The background scenery is gorgeous and used in ways that would not be possible in a fully 2D game.

The 3D levels play like an amazing mix of standard 3D platformer, racing game and rhythm game. It moves much faster than the 2D sections but the forward facing camera allows you to see what's coming up ahead and react accordingly. This half of the game is much more dynamic with far more buttons on the controller being used as Sonic runs, jumps, boosts, slides, stomps, sidesteps and drifts through the levels.

The levels, both 2D and 3D, are much more designed than those of the Mega Drive games. There is less general exploration and open areas than in the old games. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The rule of high route = fast and low route = slow is enforced strongly throughout the game. Failure to hit a jump correctly does not (usually) lead straight to a bottomless pit but instead to a lower path. These diverging paths periodically meet back up for the levels set pieces which provide some spectacle for the player before allows them to try and get to the top route again. It's a clear system that gives the player a goal on replays: Learn the top paths and get them down to a tee.

There's also a variety of side missions for each level. Only 9 out of 90 need to be completed in order to beat the game, making them a nice mostly optional challenge for those who want to get a bit more out of it.

The game features 7 boss battles which are all quite varied but all, apart from the atrocious final boss, are great fun.

As for the story, there's thankfully not much of one.

There's also some nice extra level mods for this game both released and on the horizon.

I foresee myself replaying this game for a long time to come.
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79 of 99 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Review for : Sonic Generations.

Pros :
- Amazing Details and stunning graphic running in 60 FPS
- Classic maps we love
- Epic audio and Gameplay
- Game can be modded

Cons :
- Short levels
- Classic maps we HATE
- Bad Keyboard controllers!

Review :

Sonic generations is made to celebrate the 20th Birthday of Sonic the Hedgehog...
The Game featured two playing styles... : Classic 2D gameplay, And Modern 3D Gameplay...
Running across old stages like ''Greenhill zone'' and also newer one like ''Rooftop Runner''

The story is so bad i'm not even ganna take the time to explain it...
and the hubworld is '' meh '' at best...

- 2D Sonic (Classic sonic) :
in the 2D part of the game where you play as Classic sonic you're making your way thru stages like in the old days...
From the left side of the screen ur running to the right...
there nothing really to say about this, that mainly because its 100% the same as on the old days
SEGA Nailed this part...

- 3D Sonic (Modern sonic) :"
In The 3D part ur playing with high speed and tricky action is every stage...
even though you're not '' rolling around at the speed of sound '' you're still going pretty fast...

One thing i do not like about modern sonic is the fact they put some 2D part in the 3D stages.
why this is? I do not know...

If i wanted to play 2D sonic, i would have picked classic sonic instead

- Levels :
The levels in this game are a mix of old and new stages,
they stages they picked are remade for 2D or 3D, depending of what game they are taken from.

they picked the favourite maps of the sonic community for this game...
the maps are a bit short and don't have a lot of replay value in my opinion

One thing the game also makes you do is : Replay levels with a other objective,,,
AND YOU HAVE TO DO THIS,
the game wont let you go to the next set of level until you done this...
after you done this you will have earned 3 KEYS,
And now you can open the door to the Boss Battle.
The boss battles are boring and i never look forward to one...

-Extra :
Because this is a PC game I installed a view mods,
One of the mods I installed was the ‘’ Unleashed project ‘’
That ports the Sonic unleashed maps in to the game… (only Day Time maps)
And its AMAZING
In my opinion sonic unleashed had better maps and music…
I would recommend everybody to install this mod if you can

- conclusion :
I Really liked this game, its fun and looks super good
The Keyboard controller are not that great and the levels can be short...
Music and art is amazing and the game even made me visit older sonic game again...

I would recommend this game to everybody who is already a fan of the series!

Releasedate : 1st of November 2011
Developer : Sonic Team
Publisher : SEGA
Category : Platformer
Website : http://www.sega.com/sonicgenerations
Platforms : Xbox360, Playstation 3, Nintendo 3DS and Windows PC

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[sorry for any grammatical errors]

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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7, 2014
☺ Brilliant side scrolling platforming.
☺ Nostalgia filled.
☺ Looks, runs and plays smooth.
☺ Great soundtrack.

☹ 3D platforming could be better.
☺ Bosses are a bit of a let down.

Recommended for everyone who enjoys solid Platforming games but especially fan's of Sonic's past games.

(Note: This game was played with a controller).

Sonic Generations is a wonderful game that celebrates Sonic's long gaming history while managing to provide something fresh and enjoyable. It's a real nostalgia filled treat as you travel to iconic zones from previous games in completely new levels that reimagine the classics with crisp visuals, an amazing soundtrack and faithful gameplay.

There's a little something for all of Sonic's fans here, whether you started with the classics or are a newcomer to the series. The game features the blisteringly fast paced (but never uncontrollably so) sidescrolling platforming the series is known for, refined 3D levels that certainly feel better than previous games attempts, a multitude of ways to reach the goal that can keep replayabilty high, a new soundtrack that echo's the themes of previous games and a great deal of content to keep you busy for hours.

As always, Dr Eggman (or Dr Robotnik to some) is up to his old tricks and in his attempts to stop Sonic once and for all, has brought chaos to the timelines bringing old and new together. You'll play as both the cute classic Sonic and the more lean modern Sonic in their attempts to stop him and restore the correct timeline. As well as the 9 main acts (18 levels) there are around 90 'challenges' that shake things up a bit, such as collecting a specific number of rings before you reach the goal or even calling on the aid of some familiar faces to help you out.

While the sidescrolling platforming is among the best the series has to offer, the 3D platforming, while not bad, isn't quite up to the same quality. This is in part due to controls that can sometimes cause frustration and the overall lack of platforming as you simply slide from side to side as you hurtle forwards. Also of slight disappointment are some of the boss battles, most notably the final boss, which feel a bit out of place and are certainly not as fun as the old classics.

Sonic Generations is quite the anniversary present that I'm sure will not only delight old fans but will likely create some new ones as well! While the game has a couple of missteps, it never falls flat on its face and remains an enjoyable experience from start to end - well recommended!
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99 of 132 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
You can play through City Escape again.

10/10.
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106 of 147 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
Rolling around at the speed of sound
Got places to go, got to follow my rainbow
Can't stick around, have to keep movin' on
Guess what lies ahead, only one way to find out

Must keep on movin' ahead
No time for guessin', follow my plan instead
Trusting in what you can't see
Take my lead, I'll set you free

Follow me - set me free - trust me
And we will escape from the city
I'll make it through
Follow me - set me free - trust me
And we will escape from the city
I'll make it through, prove it to you
Follow me

Danger is lurking around every turn
Trust your feelings, got to live and learn
I know with some luck that I'll make it through
Got no other options, only one things to do

I don't care what lies ahead
No time for guessin', follow my plan instead
Find that next stage no matter what that may be
Take my lead, I'll set you free

Follow me - set me free - trust me
And we will escape from the city
I'll make it through
Follow me - set me free - trust me
And we will escape from the city
I'll make it through, prove it to you
Follow me

Follow me
I'll make it through
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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2013
GOTTA GO FAST
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
104.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Sonic Generations isn't the best Sonic game ever, but almost took the title

Sonic Generations is, basically, a bomb of pure nostalgia.

This game was made, mainly, for the fans, players who like platforming, fast-paced games, run through stages like there's no tomorrow, or just keep modding the game until it turns perfect (on the PC version, of course), for those kind of players, this game is very good, but for the fans, it's almost perfect.

Awesome controls, awesome stage design, awesome models and animations, everything in this game is awesome, but like all the things in the universe, it's not perfect, some few bugs, very tiny bugs, will occur sometimes, but nothing that a "Start Over" won't solve, like in the Shadow Rival Battle, when Shadow keeps running into the wall, it's almost impossible for this to happen.

The stages from past games that were remade to Sonic Generations, were very well chosen, highlighting Classic Crisis City, the troll stage, along with 4 bosses, one from each era of Sonic The Hedgehog series, and one just for Sonic Generations, and 3 Rival Battles.

The soundtrack... well... it's just... perfect! Hear the new Escape From the City remixes it's a holy sound to everybody's ears, highlighting Modern Rooftop Run, my favorite from the entire soundtrack.

The modding community just turns the PC version even better, with new stages, other Sonic series characters, even characters that are not from the series. Dario ff/Samothethief and the Team Unleashed made a flawless job with the "Unleashed Project" a mod that adds all the main day stages from Sonic Unleashed, this mod it's just perfect for the people who played Sonic Unleashed and liked it.

And now... for the thing:

Pros:
-Awesome graphics
-Easy controls for both Sonics
-Nostalgia bomb
-Flawless soundtrack
-Well done stages
-Easter eggs (Most of them are on the Adventure Era)
-The price.

Cons:
-Almost no challenge.
-Easy stages and bosses, if you're an expert in Sonic games, don't do normal mode, go on Hard mode.
-Very short game, you can finish it in 2-4 hours.
-Just Classic and Modern Sonic as playable characters.

"Sonic Generations is a epic game, it is an awesome game on it's own, with mods, it's even better, i am a huge Sonic The Hedgehog fan, and i'm proud that i bought this game"[/h1][/b]

9.0/10 - Rick The Hedgehog
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
If you were ever a fan of the Master System/Megadrive Sonic games, then this game might actually please you. If your more familiar with the newer sonic games then this game delivers in that area too. The 2D and 3D elements of sonic have been merged together to create a game that caters for all and does it well.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
Sega surprisingly did a really good job with this game.

Sonic Generation, a game created for celebrate the 20 years of the good ol' hedgehog.
Pretty much the same gameplay mechanic as the most recent Sonic games, like Sonic Colors, but still really enjoyable and fun to play.

The animations are really amazing and well done, same for the environments, that of course, it's all styled as the past Sonic's games.

Some stages might be really frustrating, but probably it was just me, playing this game on a keyboard. Get a controller for this game, really makes everything more easy to play.

The real great thing of this game is the soundtrack: all styled as the old and fantastic Sonic's soundtracks, they know how to bring you back. Also, if you move around really fast in the main zone where you have to choose the stage, you can hear how they timed them to make an infinite song with all the background ones. It's amazing.

My final Score: 8/10

Get this game, you won't regret it.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
65.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Probably one of my favourite platformers ever. Possibly one of the best Sonic games ever, a very fun game that i recommend everyone to buy. If you dont like the 3D then play 2D and vise versa.

Plus theres a load of mods to add previous Sonic games levels into it and other characters. The modding community is very much still alive.
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
116.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
How do you define a good Sonic game?

The series was struggling with the right answer for this question. The Sonic Generations attempt was one of the last possible calls for SEGA to do things right and... they succeeded! This game single handedly revived the franchise for me and gave me the kick to check out the old classics for the first time (I'm the Dreamcast Kid). This game is really this good!

Imagine that the famous band tries to set up "The Best of..." album. They take one best song from each previous album. Some of the releases of this band were horrible and you think: "Remaking this track is a bad idea! This was a dark age for this band!". You are relieved when you notice that the "that one" dreaded song sounds so new and fresh! Even more... you notice that every song has one version for the original vocalist and second for the new one that came into band recently. This is Sonic Generations in nutshell. They took a level from every single game in the main series and remade them to fit for both: the old and cute Classic Sonic with 2D gameplay and the Modern Sonic with the boost mechanic. Fear Sonic '06 no more! Crisis City in this game better than ever! And you can cure your PTSD from the Silver boss fight here! Don't like him? IT'S NO USE! He will suffer and you will be satisfied!

I think that the good Sonic game is the one with the good controls and clever level design. While the controls of the Modern Sonic aren't still at the level of Sonic Adventure's one they are still acceptable. Classic Sonic rolls and hops nearly just like in the Genesis era, only with few inconsistencies.

The level design in this game is near GORGEOUS. They look extremely well and they are designed around the idea of the multiple paths in the single level. There is still one start point and one goal post, but there are many routes for the run through the stage. The exploration is highly rewarded by the Red Star Rings that are layed on the different pathway in the level. You may find yourself replaying the level multiple times to finally reach the highest, fastest and the most skillful pathway. Even when the Modern Sonic still has the Boost Button, the levels have more platforming this time around and it is not bad implemented. This level design single handedly makes up for the all replayability of the game - just look at my playtime.

The graphics are... oh my... they are outstanding. The Surreal Realism fits the series like a glove. There are pretty water effects, plants and locations and yet still the game have a incredible, cartoony artstyle. Unfortunely this game really needs a good computer to run smoothly, but if you have a nice power PC, the 60 FPS in this game and the art style will make you ♥♥♥♥ on the nice visually but weak artistically games like Crysis.

Soundtrack of this game is a pack of music all well known to the fans of the series handled with the nice remixes. "Escape from the City"? "Live and Learn"? Crisis City Stage music? Chemical Plant? Awesome disco remix for the "Classic" Speed Highway? Do want!

Controller is a must here... Sorry keyboard-exclusive guys. Story is kinda weak too. Don't buy this game for the SA2-like story. You won't find it here. The nods to the previous games are fun, but the writing and plot is nearly non-existent. The online mode is very buggy and may crash your game when you are attempting to unlock the achievement. Final boss fight is not well designed and Side-missions are hit or miss, but still, I was happily to finish this game on 100%. 4 times.

This is a extremely solid 3D platformer. This is one of the few Sonic games that I would easly recommend to the people who are not fond with the series yet. This is really a high note in the franchise and you are really missing out if you put a fold on it. It is definitely not perfect with various bugs, weak story and the short playthrough, but the replayability, level design and the presentation is top notch.

Side note: kids REALLY like this game! Tested on several individuals during the babysitting. It may be too hard for the less skilled, but with supervising parent this will be a really good time!
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62 of 89 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
It's not Sonic '06! Sonic Boom!
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37 of 48 people (77%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
i went really fast and died 10/10
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