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Scheduled release date:

TBA 2011

Publisher:

Sega

Developer:

Sega

Number Of Players:

1-2

Genre:

Action

No matter what happens, I will always love Sonic. Even if we never see another worthwhile game featuring the blue speedster again, I will forever remember the way he used to be: the iconic mascot that made the early days of the Sega Genesis such a joy. Thankfully, Sega finally understands that Sonic’s adoring fans – all of whom have suffered numerous disappointments in the past 10-15 years – appreciate this charismatic hedgehog’s history. Encompassing 20 years of the Sonic lifespan, Sonic Generations will give players the chance to experience recognizable levels in both classic side-scrolling 2D or modern 3D. Talk about covering your bases!

So what does that include? Well, the Green Hill Zone, for starters. Featuring spruced-up high-definition visuals in both the 2D and 3D styles, Sonic will once again zip through the lush forest and island environments with great vigor. You know, personally, I’ve always thought a Sonic title would really benefit from the new HD graphics due to the vibrant environments and landscapes. Such backdrops should absolutely leap off the screen in Sonic Generations and that’s a huge bonus. In addition to familiar levels and the option to enjoy the familiar 2D gameplay, the fans will get familiar abilities, too, like the Spin Dash and Spin Attack.

But here’s the biggest question: will this game even be worthwhile in 3D? Will the hardcore fans have any reason to stray from the 2D layout that has worked so beautifully for so long? Remember, most 3D efforts have fallen well short of the mark, so you have to expect a certain amount of skepticism. The camera has typically been the prime culprit (along with unstable control), and we’re hoping such mechanics have become solid and reliable in Generations. We know the camera will sit close behind Sonic and he’ll also get the Homing Attack ability, which lets you target foes from the air. We’ll see cool zip-lines, too, and overall, the speed will be amped up to supersonic (see what I did there?) levels when in 3D.

So maybe that alone will be reason enough to sample the 3D offering. Toss in multiple ways to complete any given level and what should be a long, fulfilling adventure, and you’ve got a game that’s fully capable of catering to the demanding fans. Provided Sega nails down the control throughout, and provided the camera doesn’t make us want to chuck the controller through a window, we should have a colorful, rewarding title. We have no doubt Sonic has some spark left in him…Sega just has to find it again. Sonic Generations should be out later this year and we’re all crossing our fingers for a return to glory. It could happen.

5/3/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

Temjin001
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:30:28 PM
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I like the way this game is shaping up. I will keep a watch on it.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:47:21 PM
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Looks like fun, which is the 2nd time I've said that about a Sonic game in the last 15 years (first being Sonic 4 Episode 1.) Speaking of which, it could have been better, but it was fun nonetheless, and it's a step in the right direction. I still count it as a success overall, as it gave me hope for the future of the franchise. I really hope they continue in that direction with this game.

And yes, I do believe I'll pretty much be playing 2D. It's been proven as the only truly successful formula for Sonic, though I'm hoping the 3D in this game changes that.

P.S. Sonic 2 remains my favorite game to this day, if largely influenced by nostalgia. I still have a blast playing it, even though I've already beaten it countless times.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 9:48:14 PM
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Damn that looks good, I love hearing that old "Seegaaa"

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Stabs88
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 2:15:43 AM

nicee! I even play the sonics off PSN, classic

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Riku994
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:44:28 PM
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I uh...Wouldn't call the homing attack new. Not by a long shot.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 12:26:02 AM

It's not. Fixed.

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Riku994
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 1:34:45 AM

Just making sure :)

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GuyverLT
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 @ 10:55:19 PM
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It definitely looks @ least if nothing else worth a try.... Man I haven't played a sonic game game since the sega genesis.

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kraygen
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 12:16:12 AM
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I think that 3d view would just drive me bonkers. It looks as though he's going so fast you wouldn't really have any time to react.

As much as I appreciate the enhanced visuals and all, if I really want to play sonic, I still have my sega genesis and I don't see much point in repurchasing it for my ps3.

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frylock25
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 2:27:34 AM

if you still have the old school ones there is no reason to get it on the psn unless you want the trophies.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 2:26:28 AM
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Master System Sonic FTW! So many afternoons wasted on those games... I remain skeptical of Generations, but it's sounding better with the more I hear of it. Both sides of the coin.
Peace.

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frylock25
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 2:42:29 AM
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i miss sonic. i never owned a snes i had a genesis instead. i owned sonic 2, 3 and sonic and knuckles. i played the hell out of all 3 of them and when sonic and knuckles came out it was like the coolest thing ever. being able to put the old games on top and play through them again was soooo sweet.

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Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 2:53:36 AM
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too old for sonic yet young

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 3:59:43 AM
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Very curious for this, I thought the Sonic Unleashed Day levels with Sonic were actually perfect. So to have that mixed with 2D Sonic looks like pure win.

BTW: Have they stopped developing Sonic 4 for this? As we only got Episode 1.

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___________
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 4:26:57 AM
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oh sega why wont you leave the poor blue hedgehog alone!?
stop pulling him out of his grave, violating him, berrying him, rinse and repeat.
enough, just let the poor guy RIP!
i wish sega would RIP!
cant think of one good game they have released this gen!
alpha protocol is probably my favorite, but, that turned out, well, yea....................

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 4:54:01 AM

Valkyria Chronicles damnit!

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___________
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 9:44:20 AM

never played it.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 @ 9:48:41 AM
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Man..no matter how old I get (not that old late 20's) I'll always have room for Sonic. Generations looks like pure fun.

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