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  • Summary: Set across three defining eras from 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog video game history, the instantly recognisable environments of Sonic Generations have been re-built in stunning HD and are now playable in both classic side scrolling 2D from 1991, as well as modern 3D style found in Sonic'sSet across three defining eras from 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog video game history, the instantly recognisable environments of Sonic Generations have been re-built in stunning HD and are now playable in both classic side scrolling 2D from 1991, as well as modern 3D style found in Sonic's most recent adventures. Each incarnation of Sonic in Sonic Generations comes complete with his trademark special move, Spin Dash and Spin Attack for Classic Sonic, and Homing Attack and Sonic Boost for Modern Sonic. An innovative new interactive menu system allows for complete immersion in Sonic's universe with favourite characters and hidden treasures gradually being revealed throughout the game. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    91
    Bottom line: If you are or have ever been a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog during the series' two-decade history, then this is your game.
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    85
    Sonic Generations delivers what fans have been looking for with a successful combination of classic and modern gameplay, both of them polished and highly replayable, making this latest Sonic game the path to follow for future releases.
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    83
    It's a far better game than any of the modern day Sonic titles I've played so far, and the classic Sonic stuff is enough to sell me on the game, even if the modern Sonic side isn't always my cup of tea.
  4. Oct 31, 2011
    80
    As positively nostalgic as all of this is, it's not surprising to find that Sonic Generations' emulation of past greats extends to its duration. Despite the fact that there are nine main stages per Sonic, seven bosses and ten side-missions per Zone, it will take an experienced fan just a few hours to blast through to the main ending.
  5. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    A combination of the best of Sonic, Sonic Generations reinvents, while staying true to the myth, and serves the fan well, whatever its generation is. It's an anthology of the musics, the pictures, the bosses, characters and levels we loved the most during those past 20 years of Sonic games, and one that, while not perfect (some gameplay imprecisions do subsist), remains a must-have for the Sonic lovers.
  6. Dec 4, 2011
    70
    Sonic Generations is five hours of fun. The gameplay has more excitement than most other games I've played this year, and it sets a template that future Sonic games will hopefully pay attention to-it's just a shame that Sonic Generations, like Sonic himself, goes by very, very fast.
  7. Nov 1, 2011
    60
    Compared to Colors, Sonic Generations is a weaker, above average effort. Even taken as fan-service, the game's wavering quality, apparent lack of creativity and meandering filler feels like it's stalling until next year's birthday, and next year's game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 108
  2. Negative: 8 out of 108
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    10
    I usually agree with metacritic score for sonic games.. there are horrible and great sonic games out there and this one is AMAZING. I evenI usually agree with metacritic score for sonic games.. there are horrible and great sonic games out there and this one is AMAZING. I even felt the game was short because I could easily handle 4 for stages... They are all beautifully recreated with fantastic gameplay and funny cutscenes with cute injokes. The way sonic speed up among this visual experience is awesome. This is a must have for any sonic fan of any age and new players as well. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    10
    Sonic is back at the top of his game. This game is just all around great, great graphics, great gameplay, great story and great music. TheSonic is back at the top of his game. This game is just all around great, great graphics, great gameplay, great story and great music. The best game I've played this year by far. Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    10
    Sonic is back better than ever. It's not perfect, but is the best Sonic game for over a decade. The nostalgia of Classic Sonic remember theSonic is back better than ever. It's not perfect, but is the best Sonic game for over a decade. The nostalgia of Classic Sonic remember the old 2D side-scrolling that everyone love and enjoy. The 3D and 2.5D game play of Modern Sonic is the perfect balanced of Sonic Unleashed speed and Sonic Colors platforming plus great 3D plataforming that I waited for years. My only problem of this game that is too short. I just beat in 5-6 hours, olny 7 bosses of the entire game and Classic Sonic only have 2 bosses, I'm waiting the future DLC with more stages and bosses. Sonic Generations is the best Sonic game in years, maybe the best I ever played. After beat the game, the game has 90 challenges to complete, Red Rings to found, replay the stages to get rank S, it's a must-buy for the fans, but if you never played Sonic before, rent it, you can pass the weekend having fun, Sonic is good again better than never. Welcome back Sonic. Expand
  4. May 3, 2013
    9
    The game I had been saddened to hear. Well I was because I didn't have the means of playing it, but I suddenly found an Xbox under myThe game I had been saddened to hear. Well I was because I didn't have the means of playing it, but I suddenly found an Xbox under my Christmas tree.......WITH THE GAME IN IT! I was stoked and boy was the game better than I thought! You play as Sonic and Sonic (you know the classic and modern versions) as you try to save the universe from a time tearing demi god. It's been 20 years and Sonic is celebrating his birthday with every known chararcter in the Sonic universe (well Mighty must have missed the notice again) until everyone but Sonic suddenly gets attacked and sucked into different times. Sonic wakes up to find his world in a white void and eventually meets Tails and their classic counterparts. Both Sonics must run through all the stages that harken back to Sonic's past to fix the timeline and their wordl form falling to pieces. Modern Sonic plays just like he did in Unleashed (with a little less flexibility). Fast speeds, boosting, drifting, and the homing attack are what make up these stages along with an incredibly superior balance in platforming than Unleashe's stages. Classic Sonic almost plays like he did in the Genesis days. I say almost because while it's fun to play in this style all over again, the physics are taken away from premise. You can't gather speed by rolling in loop de loops and hills without spamming the all new overpowered spin dash (which you just hold X whenever you want to use it). You can't jump on enemies and expect a higher jump when you land on them. It's always the same bounce which is a real bummer. Even despite the slight lack of momentum based gameplay, Classic Sonic is just as fun to play as Modern Sonic, if not, more. The stages range from the Genesis days to Dreamcast, and then our beloved Modern games (some aren't that bad people). Each stage has different designs and are so diverse in style and location, you can't help but fall in love with Sonic's history once more as you speed past all the enhanced famililarities you know and love from each game. The story isn't really that much to behold, but it serves it's purpose. I just wish you could play as Knuckles or something. Plus alot of potential was lost in this game, as it should have been longer with more stages and classic versions of characters.Still though this is a fun game and you will want to keep coming back to it again and again, Especially if you want to collect all the extra artwork, screen, and movies. It's the perfect game for Sonic fans. Here's hoping the next game will be even better. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2011
    8
    This is pretty much the first good Sonic game since this franchise went 3D, most of the levels, especially the classic ones were stunning inThis is pretty much the first good Sonic game since this franchise went 3D, most of the levels, especially the classic ones were stunning in HD. Classic Sonic doesn't play 100% like it was in the Genesis, but it's really enjoyable, the level design is almost equal, if not better than what the Genesis games had, especially for levels like City Escape, Seaside Hill and Crisis City, they're the best classic levels in the whole game. As for Modern Sonic, it finally worked in 3D with precise controls and some things fixed from that awful Unleashed formula, like the Homing Attack being in the jump button and there is no unresponsive commands anymore. Although the boost still seems infinite, the game doesn't force you to use it with some terrible straight-line level design like Unleashed did, Modern Sonic's levels are wide open with lots of exploration and platforming at it's best.
    However they could have done something much better, there are some unnecessary levels in this game like Spagonia and Planet Wisp, i mean seriously, we've already seen these levels just some years ago, especially Planet Wisp, it was LAST YEAR, they just could have been replaced by other levels that would have been more interesting. And the storyline isn't that good at all, despite some jokes referring to past games, the story itself is way too childish. I'm not saying Sonic should become dark, serious business and anything like this, but there is no need to become the supersonic version of Teletubbies for God's sake.

    Overall, Sonic Generations may have it's share of flaws, but it's surely a good game with some great deal of nostalgia, Sega is going in the right direction and i hope they stick to it this time.
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  6. Jan 1, 2012
    8
    Having 2 Sonics may feel like a gimmick, but the combination between the 2 makes this the best Sonic game of all time. The levels are notHaving 2 Sonics may feel like a gimmick, but the combination between the 2 makes this the best Sonic game of all time. The levels are not rip-offs of previous levels, they are old levels that are changed to feel new. Seeing Crisis City in this game was a shocker because it was in Sonic 06, a game that had bad reception previously. Another example: Planet Wisp is another level in the game, and it was recently seen in Sonic Colors. Sonic Generations updates the level by revealing more of the entire area, and also makes better use of the wisps compared to Sonic Colors. When it comes to boss battles, Sonic Generations has everything you could want in a boss battle, and it has tons of them. Sonic Generations has everything you could want in an action game. It is among the best games of 2011. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2014
    0
    It's completely rubbish don't get it it's to hard they should of made a help option, the first day I got it I enjoyed it but the next day IIt's completely rubbish don't get it it's to hard they should of made a help option, the first day I got it I enjoyed it but the next day I got bored of it I got this awful game for no reason so don't get it because it sucks. Expand

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