☺ 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!