REVIEW – Sonic Generations (3DS)

Console Experience on a Handheld

The 3DS version of Sonic Generations is very similar to the console release.  Switching between classic 2D potbelly Sonic and modern homing attack Sonic, Generations mixes old with the new into a flavor that seems familiar but yet fresh.

Make no mistake, this is still an official Sonic game through and through.  What does that mean?  It means you can expect to run at high speeds until the level design throws you into an enemy or off a cliff.  Sonic always substitutes structured planned platforming for high speed colorful visuals with memorable themes.  For the most part, levels can be completed with minimal input; run to the right, jump here, loop-de-loop there, etc.  It is a simple enough formula so anyone can enjoy a casual high speed trip through enthusiastic stages.  Generations still promotes this straightforward philosophy but just spreads it across two styles – 2D and 3D.  The idea behind this formal is have a little something for everybody.

Sonic

Branching level design, new boss battles, and online Leaderboard give this title extra legs to run on and something for the hardcore to perfect.  But when most levels can be completed in just a couple minutes and the game is limited on stages, these extra perks are almost required to justify the full retail price.  Regardless, care and quality can easily be seen as the game still retains the usual vibrant visual charm and classic soundtrack that any fan will not only respect but appreciate.  And for what it’s worth, the 3D effect works better than other 3DS titles and the game even makes fun of itself.

If you skipped the console release during this previous busy holiday gaming season but are looking for some software for your new 3DS, Sonic Generations is a decent alternative to Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7.

7.2/10

Just As Good As: the console version

Also Try: Sonic CD (XBLA/PSN)

Wait For It: Sonic 4, Episode 2

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