Why I think Sonic Generations will be amazing.

In recent years Sonic has been going from gimmick to gimmick in an attempt to stay fresh, occasionally getting things right but being pulled down by the gimmick. Well Sonic is 20 this year and SEGA decided to celebrate by making a game.

Sonic Generations will see Sonic return to running through stages from his past. The difference is it’s not just current Sonic, but also classic, Sega MegaDrive (Genesis), Sonic. Classic Sonic will only have the abilities up to Sonic 2, so that’s Spindash and a normal jump ability. His gameplay is also heavily reliant on speed and momentum just like Sonic’s original games. Current, Modern, Sonic has the abilities of the Homing attack and the Sonic boost and the gameplay is reminiscent of Sonic Colours and the day stages of Sonic Unleashed. Each stage is based on a past games stage, with the 2 confirmed areas being Green Hill Zone and City Escape.

I think that this is going to be brilliant because it’s the best of both worlds. It’s Sonic as his longterm fans know him meets Sonic as the younger gamers among us know him in the same game. Each of which play through altered versions of the same areas. I grew up with Sonic as a kid, in fact Sonic the Hedgehog was my first ever video game, so naturally I am looking forward to play a up to date version of this Sonic, but I grew with Sonic, I’m not one of these purists who hate the homing attack and the current sonic. I love the Homing attack. It’s a perfectly good technique and works perfectly fine. The new games are too. Sonic Unleashed admittedly had too much gimmick in it, more werehog than wanted, and I haven’t played Sonic Colours but our review suggests it’s a great game. Sonic has never played better when he hasn’t got his gimmicks and I can’t wait to play a game that lets us see the contrast between Classic Sonic and current Sonic.

If you want to see for yourself what classic Sonic is like to play as in Sonic Generations, check out the demo on XBLA and PSN. But be quick as it is a timed demo that will de-activate itself on Tuesday 12th July 2011.

If you can’t get to the Xbox Live Marketplace or Playstation Network, you can still check out the gameplay trailers of the Green Hill Zone and City Escape Zone.

About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

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