Sonic Generations takes all that we love about the old school Sonic games and mixes it up with all that we thought we hated about the newer Sonic games and manages to sell you on every bit of it.
The game basically is separated into 2 gameplay styles, which are each used equally well. Classic style is just as it sounds. You play old school Sonic levels with a new 3D look. New style Sonic gives you what is generally considered not as fun in the newer Sonic games, a 3D movement style.
Those thinking that the mix of styles is going to make the game confusing should keep in mind that you do not switch styles on-the-fly. You play a different way depending on the act you play. Act 1 is classic style. Act 2 is new style. There are some hidden bonus acts and challenges. Then, there's Online Mode to test your skills on the leaderboard.
The classic style is actually so much fun for me. As I rush through the stages, I get an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. At times, I even forgot that this wasn't the original Sonic, simply remade. The stages, the enemies, practically everything is created to look like something we played before.
The newer, modern Sonic is nothing like classic Sonic. The gameplay feels like Sonic Adventure combined with Shadow the Hedgehog. It isn't quite as bad as it sounds, I guess, but that gives you the general idea. You have a lock-on dash feature, a 3d movement perspective, a sometimes confusing camera angle, and a dash attack. You do not have your spin attack, but you probably would not use it, anyway.
Your overall goal is to complete each act of each stage with the fastest time possible and try to collect red coins to unlock bonus content, from music to artwork to character bios. You will also unlock new abilities at the Skill Shop and be able to equip those abilities as you see fit, provided you have the points to purchase them. Gaining points is very easy, so you can just buy every ability as it is unlocked, no problem.
Multiplayer or "Online Mode" is just a leaderboard right now, but there is a non-functional distance leaderboard on the menu, and it implies that there may be more online features in the future. It can be very fun to try beating your friends' times on a stage, but the worldwide times are insanely low and will probably prove too daunting for most players. It is still fun to see how fast you can get through a stage, though.
One of the worst flaws to this game is the camera system. It twists and turns, and it makes you wonder which way to push the joystick to make Sonic move. This game also does not lend well to keyboard-based movement. You really need a gamepad with a joystick or at least an eight-directional pad. Back to the camera system, though! It is awful. At best, it is uncomfortable, and at worst, it can get you stuck. You will most likely notice a few random glitches when your camera rotates behind a wall and your controls do not allow you to move very easily, if at all.
The story is where the game gets a little too annoying to me. This game has an evil time monster ssucking everyone up from two different time periods, giving us the excuse to have two different Sonic characters. The plot makes no sense, and there is no character development. The dialogue is also horrendous. Not only does new Sonic say the most obnoxious comments but old Sonic doesn't talk at all, making no sense as he is able to just look at Tails and Tails knows what he is thinking. Also, where is the old school Tails? I see him in the character bio, but when does he appear in the story? I think you should just ignore the story all together.
The music is magnificent. Again, we have extreme levels of nostalgia. It seems like the music came from OCRemix or something of that nature, because the score consists of 50 or so remixes.
Overall, I recommend this game to all old school and new school Sonic fans of all ages. It is a brilliant title to celebrate Sonic's 20th year of existence.
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