Sonic has had some great games his but high-speed adventures have not transitioned well on current gen systems. Perhaps it’s the extra dimension or the change in the formula that has set our favorite blue mascot behind. Either way it’s great to see him get back to his roots in Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS.
Graphically sonic generations does a great job of blending the new and the old with its fresh take on the fast paced side scrolling formula we’ve all played. Many of the classic zones we are all familiar with are present but are layered with objects and scenery that gives every level a sense of depth that really stands out when 3D is enabled. While the game is a classic 2D side scroller at heart, the camera will slightly shift around throughout the game to make you forget that Sonic is playing on a set track. Overall the game is bright, colorfull and fast making it the best looking Sonic game on any handheld/mobile device.
The concept of the game is you are given two different variations of a zone for classic sonic and modern sonic to play. The story behind why two generations of sonic exist is told after every zone in a confusing dialog, but Sonic was never known for its story telling. Classic sonic gameplay starts with a simple run and jump level design, as the game progresses you learn more moves that will let you reach new areas that were out of reach on previously finished levels. The modern Sonic is given a full range of moves from the start of the game, but his levels are much faster and difficult so you’ll need all his moves at your disposal. Each level can be finished in just a few short minutes and the game can probably be completed in just a couple of sittings. The game definitely has some replay value since you can backtrack and access new paths to each level in addition to unlockable levels.
The menu system lays our your progress well by showing each zone that has been completed in addition to zones that are not accessible yet. You can easily select your zone, stage and bonus area at any point as long as you have successfully cleared the zone. Besides the main game there are additional verses, mission and time attack modes that can be accessed from the main menu that adds to the replay value as well.
Sonic is a game that always succeeds when it sticks to the classic formula that made it a success. The bright vibrant visuals, smart level design and fast pace gameplay are all present throughout. While it’s not the best 3DS game available on the market, it’s by far the best version of sonic available on any handheld or mobile device.