Game Review - Sonic Generations
Released by Sega
Has it really been 20 years since the little blue hedgehog first appeared on
I vividly remember the first time I played the original Sonic The Hedgehog
and being blown away by the speed of the game and the fun of it all.
So, 20 years on, there's another game out and this one embraces the last two
decades of Blue Hedgehoggy goodness.
In Sonic Generations, Sonic himself is celebrating his birthday when out of
nowhere, a creature known as The Time Eater appears and sucks Sonic and his
friends into a series of portals and scattering them across history. As Sonic
begins hunting for his pals, he encounters the younger version of himself and
the two of them have to team up to ensure their mates can be saved and the bad
Melding levels from all of the Sonic releases from the past 2 decades is
quite a novel approach to this game; throw into that mix, the chance to play as
Modern and Classic Sonic and all of the spin skills, bouncing, grinding and
jumping they've had throughout their career and you're pretty much looking at
the ultimate Sonic Game.
As well as various game levels to complete, there are side challenges as well
and the whole gameplay experience for Sonic Generations really does feel like a
compendium of gaming. There's the nostalgia factor at play here too - as you
burn around different levels, you really do remember why it was that you fell in
love with Sonic in the first place; even if occasionally, you remember the
frustrations of the latter era of the games.
With tremendous graphics, bright colours, a somewhat irritating series of
tunes, Sonic Generations is a timely reminder of why and how the Hedgehog
changed the gaming landscape. It's a fun, frivolous and affectionate tribute to
a legend and a timely reminder that sometimes the simplest of games are the most
playable and enduring.