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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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 95
    Probably the best Sonic game ever made, and the perfect celebration of everything Hedgehog for any type of fan. Happy Birthday, Sonic!
  2. Nov 1, 2011
    85
    The excellent game Sonic has deserved for years, that although doesn't evolve the gameplay formula, adaptates it better than ever to the 3D, although with some flaws. A game that will make fans smile.
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    83
    The speed is intense, the color and detail is really great, the level designs throughout are impressive, and the control is about as good as we've seen from Sonic.
  4. Nov 2, 2011
    80
    It's the same recipe as in its predecessors: speed, Sonic and style. Although the handling is not exactly great, there's lot to find in Sonic Generations. Variety, challenges and a nice skill system do Sonic justice.
  5. Nov 15, 2011
    75
    This is a great way to celebrate the twentieth birthday of a videogame icon. 2D Sonic still stands for a superb platforming experience, while 3D Sonic shows us yet again why this series has gone downhill.
  6. Play UK
    Dec 1, 2011
    70
    It can't sustain itself for more than an hour or so. [Issue#212, p.92]
  7. Nov 3, 2011
    50
    A reminder of both what you adore and abhor in a series that's had its simple joys diluted by flash-in-the-plan iterations and ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 96
  2. Negative: 4 out of 96
  1. Mar 24, 2015
    10
    Sonic generations for the PS3 is an amazing game because it features classic sonic in which the game 2d and modern sonic for 3d so it's likeSonic generations for the PS3 is an amazing game because it features classic sonic in which the game 2d and modern sonic for 3d so it's like playing two games at once! Also the game has amazing graphics and has levels from many Sonic games. Overall the game is awesome !!!!!!!! Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    Besstes Sonic Game seit Sonic 3+ Knuckles! Schnell, Schneller Sonic.
    Ein wenig mehr umfang hätte es sein können -
    Besstes Sonic Game seit Sonic 3+ Knuckles! Schnell, Schneller Sonic.
    Ein wenig mehr umfang hätte es sein können - aber ok viele Herrausforderungen. Und schön das mal ein teil (und vor allem so ein guter) für Pc veröffentlicht wurde!
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  3. Nov 2, 2011
    10
    Sonic Generations is the best Sonic Game since Sonic 2!
    I admit i was kind of slipping from being a sonic fan after Sonic 06 but this game
    Sonic Generations is the best Sonic Game since Sonic 2!
    I admit i was kind of slipping from being a sonic fan after Sonic 06 but this game brought me back and its probably one of my favourite games of all time.

    The Story is something i can really appreciate as a Sonic fan since they are finally making jokes about themselves and it is hilarious, every line of dialogue is sure to make you atleast giggle!

    The Gameplay is everything we ever wanted from a perfect Sonic Game and thats Incredible speed,Momentum based Platforming and any other awesome additions certainly help the game stay fresh and new.

    and finally the Graphics are Breathtaking, you have to see them to believe them. (Especially if you got a 3D TV)

    In Conclusion Sonic Generations is one of the best games all year and it is definitely worth every penny of its purchase price! (oh and Rival Battles are EPIC)
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  4. Jul 20, 2016
    9
    Sonic Generations is what I believe to be a near perfect game. With the ending boss being a huge let down and the over all story that isSonic Generations is what I believe to be a near perfect game. With the ending boss being a huge let down and the over all story that is barely worth mentioning. However the gameplay is amazing with tons of replay ability, amazing music, and classic level design for both Sonics. With the addition of mini-games that are almost all fun. Sonic Generations is a fun reminder that there are some good Sonic games out there. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2011
    8
    If you do not mind, I would like to begin with a retrospective.
    Many of you may already know this but in recent years there have not been very
    If you do not mind, I would like to begin with a retrospective.
    Many of you may already know this but in recent years there have not been very good, with the worst one being Sonic the Hedgehog (06) and Unleashed which had day stages as one of it's only redeeming quality. Now I'll be honest, Unleashed overall wasn't a bad game at all, the werehog wasn't bad, it just didn't feel like Sonic. Now more recently Sonic Team has been on a pretty good streak with the releases of Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations (and hopefully they can keep up this quality). Now, onto the review.
    Story:
    I have to say, this is one of the best Sonic stories I've seen in ages, mainly because it's barely there and what little there is isn't meant to be taken too seriously. I appreciate that this game wasn't afraid to make fun of itself in some ways, and some of the dialogue lines actually got me to laugh. The most basic summary of the plot is, there's a time paradox, run fast to fix it. Naturally this game takes you through levels of previous games as well (for those of you who may not know) hence the title "Generations" and unfortunately takes levels from even the worst of the Sonic games, i.e. Sonic the Hedgehog (06).
    Gameplay:
    Gameplay, much like Sonic Unleashed, is divided into two parts, classic and modern Sonic, each of which plays the way you would expect. I would also like to note that this type of dual world gameplay works exceedingly better than the whole Werehog thing. Classic Sonic plays the way you old school Sonic plans expect it to, no homing attack and spin dashing a lot and sticking to the side scrolling roots, it is to be admired how the engine really captures the feel of the originals. As for Modern Sonic, He plays much like he did in Unleashed in the day stages, high speed action with occasional side scrolling bits, which unfortunately can break flow a bit and since you are typically going to be running way faster than classic, it is easy to not see where you're going during the side scrolling bits. Fortunately they did slow down the speed a little bit since Unleashed, this was never a problem for me, but some may not like it being slowed down (though it's not a drastic speed change). Now, when you navigate your way between levels, it is quite straightforward, all the levels are closely packed and you travel to them by running from a side scroller perspective. Another nice feature of the game is the ability to change the music for the levels, this may not sound like much, but it adds a bit of entertainment to find music that may or may not suite the level better than the default soundtrack. The game has plenty of features to keep you busy long after you've beaten the game.
    Presentation:
    Texture isn't that great, but given the speed of the game it is easily forgivable and it looks pretty gorgeous at times. The recreations of the classic stages are by far the most impressive part of the game (in my opinion) and a lot of work had clearly gone into them, dreamcast era levels look better but not nearly as much work was done to enhance visuals. The more modern games have a minor issue, such as there being a level from StH(06) but fortunately level design is far more intuitive than it's original version. I am pleased to say that the level they took from Unleashed wasn't a complete copy paste of the original, only a little. The overall presentation is good and framerate holds well.
    Verdict:
    I honestly don't like giving scores for my reviews, but I do recommend it though, this is probably the best Sonic game I've played since the classics and adventures. If you're a Sonic game, go do yourself a favor and buy it, you won't regret it
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  6. May 31, 2015
    8
    Creative and colourful with good game-play elements, but quite easy. I found myself receiving 'A' and 'S' ranks a lot. This is a good SonicCreative and colourful with good game-play elements, but quite easy. I found myself receiving 'A' and 'S' ranks a lot. This is a good Sonic platformer like Sonic Unleashed and not like other Sonic games (I am talking to you, Sonic '06!) Expand
  7. Oct 7, 2012
    0
    Sigh.... Sonic Generations this is what I call the worst Sonic game of all time. Sega is very uncreative with their game. "Uhh... we have toSigh.... Sonic Generations this is what I call the worst Sonic game of all time. Sega is very uncreative with their game. "Uhh... we have to make a Sonic game" Sega staff: "sigh" Sega worker: " hey I got an idea instead of thinking of something new lets just recycle all of Sonic's adventures! Thus this terrible game was born. It features terrible graphics. Horrible voices really abysmal. Almost unplayable stay away from this game Expand

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