Sonic Generations: Silver Surfer Level Punishment, a Family Game!

Sonic gets a lazy reboot, FEZ couldn't be more jealous of cleaner 3d transitions.

For a long time now Sonic has been gracing the world with his 90’s cool kid acting and spiny amped up legs; but Sega decided a while ago that Sonic Generations should launch. November 1st 2011, this bombshell came out. Now, as much as I may think it’s a horrid, insipid slap to the face for Sonic fans, I think I can etch out a reason it might be played together at family time.

Amazon calls it ‘family friendly fun,’ Here’s why:

It’s Rated E for EVERYONE

Seriously. The game even has Sonic’s younger self and Sonic the elder playing together in perfect dissonance. There’s the same cutesy things going on, and Sonic never really ‘kills’ anyone. There’s pretty maps, and a return of all the old characters that disappeared from the Sonic games of the last few years.

There’s nothing quite like a pink urchin of a hedgehog making fun of one's children…

It Teaches Family Bonding

The game follows both young and old Sonic through their old haunts; one map from each of the old games is revamped and stuck into Generations to play through. Sonic and younger Sonic (Oddly father son like…) must adventure together through both 2-D/3-D maps; which brings me to my next point:

It’s Great for Disciplining Children

The 2-D/3-D transition is wild, yo’. One moment old style classic punch-you-in-the nether gameplay is going on; and the next, Sonic is wildly trying to figure out what vectors are whilst sliding along strangely friction less ground in three dimensional motion.

Your children will love you forever if you force them to try to beat the game with any semblance of a high score – after all, who minds failing 259 times just to beat the boss? It teaches commitment and determination! Oh, and even, hand-eye coordination. 


All in all, it’s not that bad. Sure there’s the developer circlejerk of “LET’S RERELEASE CONTENT AND CALL IT NEW” and “3D IS ALWAYS BETTER” Which, I mean, come on. That’s like from the 90’s guys. Get it together.

If you want to sit down and have a good laugh at your kids, and you've already taught your kids it’s okay to laugh at one another; so be it. Enjoy yourself. Many a missile, spike trap, and fall from a high wire is guaranteed to spice up family life. 

Our Rating
Sonic gets a lazy reboot, FEZ couldn't be more jealous of cleaner 3d transitions.

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Published Aug. 11th 2017
  • Joseph Rowe
    Featured Columnist
    I've been playing Sonic since II. All the way up until Adventure 2: Battle, I was satisfied. Hell, even some of the titles after that had some redeeming traits. Generations, though, was a great game except for its shoddily done PC port. The boss battles, admittedly, were frustrating and bad, but the level design was nice and playing as a 2.5D Sonic was amazing. I wrote a review of it a while back, even before the score system got implemented. You can check it out here
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    >Now, as much as I may think it’s a horrid, insipid slap to the face for Sonic fans,

    Oh, you mean the fanbase that doesn't know what it wants and will complain that a game they wanted to be 3D ends up 2D or vice versa? Maybe if it's a slap to the face if you haven't been playing the Sonic games all your life, but as someone who's been playing Sonic since 1991, Generations is anything but a slap to the face. What is a slap to the face to anyone with half a brain who happens to like the series is this review.
  • TheIllustriousNot
    Featured Contributor
    Ohh, controversy. If you didn't like this review, I wouldn't recommend zero punctuation.

    I have played Sonic all my life, actually. I much prefer the good ol' Sonic the Hedgehog over this attempt at the classics. Admittedly, the graphics are prettier though...

    But before you jump off your rocker, I do have a disclaimer. "May think" Is incredibly awesome at not implying anything about you, or anyone else. No slaps to anyone but myself. :D
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Whoa. That was a lot of shade thrown every which way without actually identifying any weaknesses in his argument or any strengths in yours.

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