I know this has taken quite a while, but this week was kind of hectic, and on top of that my save file kind of got deleted, so I’ve played this game about 1.5 times. On to my thoughts!
Sonic Generations. How do you describe it… Nostalgic? Fast-paced? Definitely. And definitely fun. The basic premise of the game is that something happens with the time space continuum, you somehow end up with two sonics, (with two different play styles), and they must team up to save the day. Really, don’t get too caught up in a story, you can tell the main focus wasn’t story. Now, with two different sonics, you get every level twice, except different. Here’s what I mean.
Different enough that it’s fun to play separately, but still really the same level. Just from a different perspective at times. The game also has a ton of cool bonuses and unlockables. (Sonic Boom from Sonic CD. Yes.)
There’s really no original levels per say in Generations, all the levels that you play are technically reworkings of levels from other Sonic games, but every level still feels fresh. It’s like they took some of the levels you loved from when you were younger, some levels you loved from when you were not so younger, and then took some levels you never played from a game that never existed (Sonic The Hedgehog 2006…. *barf*) and reupholstered them. Honestly City Escape has never looked so Damn good.
As classic Sonic you run to the right, spin dash, and pass through the spinning picture of Eggman and flip it so it shows you giving the camera a thumbs up. Just like in the good old days. As modern Sonic you move mostly forward, homing attack, boost, light-dash through rings, stomp, drive a car for a little bit, and near the end turn into a small space-ship. Before you start complaining about all that stuff, let me tell you now, it’s fun. As modern sonic you don’t really get bombarded with all those powers at once, but usually one level will focus on one “power.” The important part is that modern sonic is fast.
So, what bad does it have to offer? Not much honestly. As much as I try to complain, there are only a handful of thinks to whine about.
One being the short length of the main campaign. If you race through the campaign, it’s at best an 8 hours affair. (This of course is much longer if you do all the challenges offered.)
Second thing that bugs me is to restart the level you lose a life. I’m not really sure who’s bright idea that was, because if you leave the level, and then re-enter you don’t lose a life.
Third thing that bugged me may seem strange, but hear me out. The levels which i have the most nostalgia for, and ended up having the most fun playing I suppose, are the early sonic games, and then City Escape. The way the levels are ordered though are chronological though, So first Sonic, then Sonic 2, Sonic 3, and then the two adventure battle games right after. My favorite level’s basically all come and go all at once, and leaves the second half of the game not as nostalgic. I’m not saying that the other levels are bad at all, (on the contrary, one of the levels I liked most at the end was a remake of one from Sonic unleashed,) it’s just that all my nostalgia was gone rather quickly. I never really played anything past Adventure 2 battle.
Lastly, and probably the biggest fault are the boss battles. It looks like they tried so hard to make them grandiose and fun, but most of the time the end up overstaying their welcome (in the final boos battle I think I heard all of sonic’s friends say that the boss was firing homing missiles at least 300 times each.) On top of the boss battles you also have rival battles. These are a bit better, as they are usually much quicker, and aren’t as obnoxious.
So to conclude, Sonic’s 20th Birthday came with a great gift for sonic fans. A fun, if not short romp through memory lane. I’d recommend this game to any hardcore sonic fans, not that I probably have to convince them of anything, to anyone that ever had fun playing sonic when they were younger, and really to anyone that enjoys platformers. Could this be the return of good Sonic games? I hope so.
P.S. Anyone remember the Super-Peel out from Sonic CD? Was I the only one that liked that?