With half a month before the release of Sonic Generations, the embargo of information is slowly being lifted, with more and more footage popping through every nook and cranny, ready to satisfy the masses unable to contain their excitement for the game. Straight from the people of c|net and their video series preGame, one of the clearest full-length previews of the game so far comes almost live, hosted by none other than Sega of America’s Aaron Webber. To watch the video straight from the source, click here. Otherwise, take a gander at the YouTube mirror below. Either way, just be sure to know that there are plenty of spoilers inside, with more than one level featuring a full playthrough.
If you’ve been a hound for Generations news, the playthrough of Sky Sanctuary‘s Classic stage isn’t anything new (even if it still looks incredible). The full run for the Modern side of things? Brand new, if you don’t count those four seconds of footage we’ve seen in the Dreamcast trailer. Full of speed-induced goodness, at least it makes sense for this level to project the sense that at any time you could be falling to the ground below. It is a floating relic, after all! Being able to finally see inside those buildings that the hedgehog only bounced through in a brief second back in 1994, shades of the calming serenity of Hidden Palace are hinted at as Sonic continues to pop open each Eggrobo thrown at him.
The second half of the video played by the hand of Webber showcases the last level of the Dreamcast era, which had only been seen in brief snippets in various trailers. Further proving itself a worthy candidate for inclusion in the game, Seaside Hill begins less like a moment in Sonic Heroes and more like the classic underwater stages of classic games. Evoking the spirit of Aquatic Ruin and Hydrocity (wait, how do you pronounce that again?), the zone is full of breathable air bubbles taunting you as you fall deeper into the lower labyrinth, that familiar tune of sudden death creeping up at any moment…
The modern version seems a bit odd, but only in the sense that Sonic feels naked running through the landscape alone. Not that I’m saying I want the level to be playable only with the play mechanic of Heroes, it just takes a moment to realize that Sonic gets to drive that car all by himself. And besides, you get whales jumping overhead. Who doesn’t love whales? It certainly gives the art style of Ocean Palace its moment to shine.
Capping things off, we get another look at the Death Egg Robo boss for the classic era of the game, Aaron being able to show off his videogaming skills. And the cutscene opening up the battle is just so adorable, yet full of 90’s attitude.
The whole video is a reminder of why fans both old and new have fallen in love with the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, furthering those expectations of the game when it finally becomes playable on November 1st. Can anyone be ready? Only Sega knows for sure.
[Source: c|net preGame]
EDIT: Yes, Seaside Hill is the last of the Dreamcast Era. That’s what happens when I write things half asleep. Silly me.