Sonic Generations: Old Meets New
Two hedgehogs are better than one.
As the year rolls on, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Sonic Generations will likely receive the most attention and for good reason. Sega and Sonic Team have invested a ton of time (and most likely, cash) creating the sort of high definition experience that does the celebrated mascot justice.
That said, don't sleep on the 3DS edition, which contains exclusive content in the form of six new worlds yanked from previous Sonic games. We had a chance to beat the all too brief demo, and if this is any indication of the final product, it could be a wonderful compliment to the console adventure.
From what we've heard, both games share the same plot, as modern day Sonic teams with his retro self (from the Genesis days) to save the world from destruction. This means you'll play as both characters, each of which possess unique abilities.
Classic Sonic, for instance, destroys enemies with his reliable spin dash attack, while modern Sonic can beat up bad guys with combo moves and the homing attack.
The levels, meanwhile, are tailor made for each character, so expect to see stages inspired by Genesis and Dreamcast games, complete with appropriate music. In fact, the first stage for classic Sonic (based on the beloved Green Hill Zone) features the same 16-bit music from the original.
On that note, this level was classic 2D side scrolling. Modern Sonic, meanwhile, was more 2.5D, as developer Dimps took the opportunity to introduce 3D elements. The big one that stands out is a large totem pole made of stone that crumbles and nearly crushes our hero. Here, the game transitions to a different perspective to show off the 3D graphics.
We also can't wait to check out the StreetPass functionality. Nothing's final yet, but Sega mentioned the option of selecting your favorite Sonic the Hedgehog video game and then sharing that info with random players.
All of this could make the 3DS version of Sonic Generations one of the system's must have games. We thoroughly enjoyed the demo, so hopes are high that Sega will deliver. We'll have more on this exciting project leading up to its November release.