Sega looks back on Sonic’s great­est hits

The Press - The Box - - FRONT PAGE - PHIL MCKEN­ZIE

Sonic Gen­er­a­tions From: Sega For: PS3 Clas­si­fi­ca­tion: G RRP: $ 120 Score:

The hypo lit­tle hedge­hog has hit 20, and to cel­e­brate Sega has re­warded its fa­mous blue mas­cot by re­leas­ing a new ti­tle that con­tains snip­pets of the last 20 years of Sonic’s gam­ing life.

Even so, there are 2-D and 3-D en­vi­ron­ments and to progress you need to play the 2-D and 3-D Son­ics equally. Ev­ery modern level shifts at some point into an old-school 2-D side-scroller.

The game of­fers up a huge 90 lev­els that are repli­cas of worlds from pre­vi­ous games. The game also sports two ver­sions of Sonic: the clas­sic chubby Sonic is built as close as pos­si­ble to the 1990s ver­sion and is dubbed as the begin­ner’s choice. The modern Sonic has a num­ber of new moves and is pre­sented as a char­ac­ter for ex­pert play­ers and fea­tures in the 3-D worlds.

The game looks good in ac­tion, only suf­fer­ing from the oc­ca­sional frame-rate is­sues. The game­play doesn’t serve up many boss fights, but when you get them they’re plagued with poor cam­era an­gles and in­con­sis­tent dif­fi­culty spikes.

There are plenty of ex­tras on of­fer dur­ing the game and it’s fairly ob­vi­ous that Sonic Gen­er­a­tions is the game for Sonic fans both retro and modern.

The new world looks and plays well, and the re­vamped old worlds are nicely ren­dered and do the leg­end jus­tice.

Sonic Gen­er­a­tions: Fea­tures 2-D and 3-D snip­pets of Sonic span­ning 20 years.

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