I certainly hope that everyone has two pairs of pants on the ready, because Sega decided to give everyone a gift today. The gift of Sonic Generations. Yes, that is the title. Yes, the rumors are true: classic levels all over the place. And yes, it looks to the best Sonic game in a decade. Posted all over the place from Sega’s official blog to C&VG and IGN, we get a game that just screams “oh man, they actually looked at all the poses Ohshima drew oh god look Sonic is holding his hand over his eyes and he even has an edge animation and he taps his foot and 1991 is the future.”
For the curious: the game has a story. Written by the guys who did Sonic Colors, it seems some unknown enemy has sent Modern Sonic back in time, creating “time holes” that make the two Sonic’s meet. Though looking to be a Sonic-only affair play-wise, other Sonic characters are supposed to show their mugs all over the place. Classic Tails? Amy Rose? I certainly hope so. As for gameplay (which is one of the most important things if you’ve forgotten), the control scheme is meant to actually be different for both – Classic Sonic gets the time-tested 2D style, with the classic spin attack and spin dash being his main arsenal here. But don’t worry, if you really just want to blast through everything, Modern Sonic will let you do that in an Unleashed/Colors style, with homing attacks and boosts and everything else. It may be weird to see Modern Sonic grinding in the Green Hill Zone, but you can’t help but feel a little warm and fuzzy seeing Classic Sonic run through the level again. And actually jumping and stopping and doing platform-y things. At the moment, all we know is that the Green Hill Zone will be there, but Sega has promised a journey “through three defining eras,” the originals, the Dreamcast and the modern era all showcased in this celebration of all things Sonic. And in brilliant HD to boot.
Need more? Of course you do. All the major gaming sites are all over it, with coverage on Gamespot (including an interview with Takashi Iizuka), IGN, Joystick, …if you want to see more screenshots, stroll over to CVG’s page which is filled with both Classic and Modern tearin’ up that checkered hillside. But you want more. Of course you do. That is why a litlte known Spanish site known as MeriStation has footage of the game. Not just in trailer form, but with the HUD in plain site with real people trying it out for the first time. Showing off the classic loops, the enemies, the springs… it starts off familiar, but as the level progresses, it shows that this just the same level but with a new coat of paint, but instead a new experience in familiar territory. Truly the “Sonic Remix” the fans wanted but weren’t necessarily expecting. Both Classic and Modern Sonic get their own version of the classic tunes, even! And oh man, is that Classic Eggman on the sign post? With blue glasses even!
There are so many good bits and pieces in each piece of coverage that it could fill up numerous articles, but the videos speak for themselves. Either way, it certainly looks to be shaping up to be a Dreams Come True (ohoho see what I did there) for any Sonic fan. Sure, it may feel wrong to get excited about a new Sonic game, but go on. It’s ok, we won’t tell anyone.
[Source: SEGA Blog]