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Sonic Generations (Xbox 360)

Postby PSX1 » November 20th, 2011, 7:30 pm

Which is better- Sonic Generations or Sonic Colors?  I have both on my "To Buy" list, but I only want to get one.

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Sonic Generations (Xbox 360)

Postby VideoGameCritic » November 20th, 2011, 9:19 pm

I have mixed feelings about this game.  There 2D remakes of the Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant, and these are great.  But the bulk of the game sticks to the modern 3D formula, and most of the zones are from the newer games as well.

It's like Sega keeps making small concessions to the 2D crowd, but refuses to commit to the all-2D game gamers have been asking for.  I'm not convinced that the people running Sega know what they're doing.


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Postby Michael Prymula » November 20th, 2011, 10:12 pm

I'll amdit I would've liked to see more zones from the earlier games myself, but I still think this is a pretty good game overall, and I don't see anything with it having both 2-D and 3-D sections.


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Postby VideoGameCritic » November 22nd, 2011, 8:37 pm

Like others have mentioned, my enthusiasm for this game waned as I progressed.

There's a section in Generations where you ride on a rail while a giant fish snaps at you from behind.  I couldn't help but think how much better the "killer whale sequence" was in Sonic Adventure - a game released 12 years ago!

There seems to be an unwritten law that 2D games are only appropriate for portables or download.  Sega probably didn't feel as if they could justify selling this on disk without the 3D element - whether people wanted it or not.

It a shame publishers buy into this bogus notion.

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Postby stephen » November 22nd, 2011, 10:14 pm

I am purchasing this game on the 3Ds on the 22nd. Where I live, the neighborhood loves sonic, everyone has a genesis. There are people that plan to CAMP OUTSIDE OF THE FREAKIN' GAMING STORE FOR PETE'S SAKE! I plan for the  game to sell out easily. I am buying the 3DS version because I asked the people at E3 about the 3Ds version, they said that the 3Ds version might have things in it that aren't in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. I haven't played the othr versions yet.


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Postby porypowerhour » November 23rd, 2011, 7:48 am

So far, I'm a few stages in, but this game is really fun. It looks marvellous, and plays wonderfully. I'm very pleased that Sega finally made a great Sonic platformer (besides Rush)

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Postby Michael D » December 4th, 2011, 12:27 am

[QUOTE=The Video Game Critic]I have mixed feelings about this game.  There 2D remakes of the Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant, and these are great.  But the bulk of the game sticks to the modern 3D formula, and most of the zones are from the newer games as well.

It's like Sega keeps making small concessions to the 2D crowd, but refuses to commit to the all-2D game gamers have been asking for.  I'm not convinced that the people running Sega know what they're doing.

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I don't buy the idea that Sega won't commit to 2D at all.  With all the complaints about wanting 2D Sonic, Sega has given us 2D Sonics, but apparently, it's never good enough because somehow, being on a portable system or as a download release isn't considered legitimate.  And even when these games come out, everyone seems like they have to find something wrong with it, even when they aren't really problems (like the complaints of going between the two screens on the DS games or the games being too short, which people complained with on Sonic 4, despite it actually having more levels than Sonic 3 did and costing a quarter of the price).

And hey; Sonic Generations is mostly 2D, given that the 3D sections also switch to 2D about half of the time (which the 2D stages do not do the flip side of), which would mean that, by adding it all up, 3/4ths of this game is 2D.  But apparently, that's never going to satisfy people unless it's all 2D.

And actually, the 2D sections within the 3D stages, I think, are far better than the 2D only stages, where the physics are a bit floaty and worse, makes it take way too long to get up to speed without the spin dash and makes navigation a real struggle. I actually liked the Sonic 4 physics more on those two fronts and the more I played it here, the more I began playing the 3D stages and the more I appreciated how they've made them the best since Sonic Adventure.

And, as far as 2D games going download more, maybe if people bought some of these disc releases, like A Boy And His Blob, Muramasa: The Demon Blade and, especially Rayman Origins (which was once a download game, but then expanded into a wonderful disc release that I hope finds an audience), they wouldn't go to download only (and don't hold up New Super Mario Bros Wii as an argument, which I can guarantee would have sold just as well as a 3D game due to it being a major Mario game).

Oh, and you probably will want to play the 3DS Sonic Generations, too, as it does have Emerald Coast from Sonic Adventure as one of its stages (and also has its own unique stages like Mushroom Hill and Casino Night).

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Postby VideoGameCritic » December 4th, 2011, 11:43 am

Thanks for the tip about the 3DS Sonic Generations.  I suspect I might like that better since the portable titles tend to focus more on the gameplay and less on the eye candy.

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Postby Blueguy1 » December 4th, 2011, 6:59 pm

[QUOTE=The Video Game Critic]Thanks for the tip about the 3DS Sonic Generations.  I suspect I might like that better since the portable titles tend to focus more on the gameplay and less on the eye candy.
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Can you get back to us when you have it? I would like to see your impressions for the 3DS version of Sonic Generations, since I'm a big 3DS and Sonic fan!

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Postby Stephen » December 4th, 2011, 7:44 pm

I have dedicated myself to the 3DS version lately, and I'm happy to announce it's SUPERIOR to the console version. The 3D effect is marginal, but this game kicks ass. It has features the console versions don't. A small spoiler, shadow is in the game, I have discovered him. The controls also feel smoother, and the game shows off impressive eye-candy for a portable system! The DS could NEVER pull this off! I suggest this one, especially since I waited in a 45 minute line to get it (like I said everyone around here loves sonic)!


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