Sonic Generations 3DS Review
With more than 20 years behind the name, the Sonic Generations 3DS exclusively released for the Nintendo handheld mobile console is really more a celebratory anthology of the Sonic character that created a following since it debuted in 1991 as Sonic the Hedgehog, all the way to its last iteration in Sonic Colors last year.
The Good News about Sonic Generations 3DS
Each stage in the game is a zone lifted from various games in Sonic’s history. It starts with the Green Hill Zone from the first game Casino Night Zone from Sonic 2, Mushroom Hill Hone from Sonic & Knuckles, Emerald Cost from Sonic Adventure and one from last year’s Sonic Colours. In addition, each zone is divided into a Classic stage which is lifted from the original 16-bit game, the New Modern Stage where the 3DS version stands out to pay homage to the character’s Advance and Rush games using pseudo 2D levels with swooping camera angles, special tricks and moves the Sonic can do in the latest iteration. Then there’s the special Sonic levels special stages where, rather than beating rivals and bosses for collecting Chaos Emeralds, you can play through similar Sonic 3 levels that show off the 3D technology really well..
Sonic Generations 3DS has all the fantastic gaming fun to keep you on the edge for hours. I was able to get all the emeralds in 3 hours and while I can blitzkrieg my way through the s-grades in a couple of days, it’s fun to know the game offers so many extras ,it can keep me busy for months. It has 100 missions that you need to unlock using either Play Coins or StreetPass or Play Coins. Then there’s several trial modes to best my own time and features a multiplayer race mode that I could play alone or online, reminding me of the
MegaDrive days of racing Sonic with friends. There is simply so much replay value in the game you can never really run out of steam with it.
The Not So Good News about Sonic Generations 3DS
If there’s one letdown to the game, it’s the brief duration of the main game. I only went through two acts in each zone against a handful of bosses and you can go through it all in just 3 hours. Why is it that all good things come to an end, and better things end even sooner, I’ll let the players figure that out. But no matter, chasing the S Ranks is really what you need to go through to max out the benefits of the game.
The Bottom Line
For fans of Sonic the Hedgehog, this pseudo- collection is another excuse to have another title in your game archives. Just don’t expect the look and feel to be any different from the past versions since we’ve all known that differences between each Sonic generation are not its strongest points. Overall, Sonic Generations 3DS is entirely more enjoyable to play despite being harder than its predecessors. With improved level designs, the Sonic development team has certainly made a game that ups its own versions in the PC, Xbox and PS3. Its high replay value will keep Sonic fans replaying the same levels over and over to reach their personal scoring best which is enough challenge on its own. And If there’s ever celebration that is both brilliant and historically comprehensive on anything that is Sonic, Sonic Generations 3DS is one such anthology. High-score chasers will not miss the exquistie3D treatment on the old Green Hill levels while S-grade chases are simply breathtaking.