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|Developer: Sonic Team, Devil's Details|
|System(s): Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows–based PCs, PlayStation Now|
Sonic Generations, called Sonic Generations: Shiro no Jikuu (ソニック ジェネレーションズ 白の時空) in Japan, is a platformer commemorating Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th anniversary. Developed by Sonic Team for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and personal computers running Microsoft Windows, the game allows players to experience both "classic" and "modern" styles of Sonic gameplay. Classic gameplay in Generations is reminiscent of the 2D side-scrolling platforming first introduced in the series’ inaugural 1991 title Sonic the Hedgehog, whereas the modern side of Generations utilises the 3D forward-moving gameplay of the 2008 title Sonic Unleashed and its successors. A version of Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS was developed by Dimps alongside the main edition for home game consoles.
Sonic Generations allows players to control both the pre-Sonic Adventure and post-Adventure designs for Sonic the Hedgehog and features remastered levels from Sonic's previous adventures. The game is divided into three eras: the Classic Era (pre-1998), the Dreamcast Era (1998–2005), and the Modern Era (2005 onwards). "Classic Sonic" plays through the levels from a 2D (or 2.5D) "classic" perspective; whereas "Modern Sonic" tackles them in a 3D and sometimes 2D perspective, similar to those of Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colours.
The game was first announced in a teaser video posted by Sega on April 7, 2011 on Sonic's official Facebook page. The game was announced for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and was scheduled for a 2011 release. An announcement of Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS later appeared in an issue of the Nintendo Power magazine, paired with a November 2011 release date for all platforms. At E3 2011, SEGA revealed a trailer revealing City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2, with a further trailer appearing in mid-August detailing other levels. On October 11, 2011, Sega confirmed that Sonic Generations would also appear on the Steam platform for PC.
A fourteen-day demo was released to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consumers on June 23, 2011, the official date of Sonic's 20th anniversary. A second demo was released on October 18 on Xbox Live, October 19 on the European PlayStation Network, and October 25 on the PlayStation Network in North America.
It was recently rediscovered that in 2010, prior to the game's official announcement, an anniversary game was announced for Wii, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation 3, with negotiations for an Xbox 360 version in the works.
The story begins with the Sonic the Hedgehog of the Classic Era going out for a run through Green Hill Zone, when suddenly there was a tremor. The silent hedgehog disregards this at first, but then catches a glimpse of a mysterious entity emerging in the sky.
20 years later, Sonic's friends are seen in a field preparing a surprise birthday party with Tails in charge of organising things, and Knuckles, Amy, Cream, Rouge, Blaze and the Chaotix helping out. Sonic himself eventually arrives to witness everyone all set up and waiting for him. Tails explains to Sonic that it's difficult to surprise him, but the hedgehog assures him that they got him this time. The fox then gives Sonic a special birthday treat: A specially-wrapped chili dog. Right after taking his first bite, however, Sonic's chili dog was blown away by a mysterious entity known as the Time Eater, who appears in the sky and proceeds to suck all of Sonic's friends into portals. Sonic attempts to stop the entity from doing this, but is swatted away and knocked unconscious.
Sonic regains consciousness to find himself in a mysterious void known as the White Space, and in this void he sees a strange landmark that transports him to Green Hill. Upon blasting through the classic zone, Tails is brought back to life, now traumatized by the experience of "floating without a body in a weird black limbo". Sonic feels that the place he was in seemed awfully familiar, though Tails points out some strange-looking buildings up ahead, which Sonic promptly checks out. As Tails watches him go, he notices Classic Sonic pass by.
Sonic goes through Chemical Plant and Sky Sanctuary, rescuing Amy and Knuckles in the process. In the Chemical Plant, Sonic and Tails take notice to how familiar everything looks, with Tails feeling nervous from looking at the Mega Mack for some reason.
Soon, both Sonics find themselves in a dark hallway full of mirrors, and then notice each other, seeing each other as strange reflections in the mirror and mimicking each others moves. As they look at each other, they suddenly hear the echoing voice of Dr. Eggman taunting them, and Classic Sonic storms ahead in a flash. Modern Sonic then realizes that the other Sonic was not his reflection, but literally another Sonic, and tries to keep up with him, only to be shut out. Behind the door, Classic Sonic defeats the Death Egg Robot and then tries to pull Eggman out of the wreckage, only for the Time Eater to show up and take Eggman away, much to the doctor's horror.
Classic Sonic returns to the White Space to meet up with his present-day self, as well as Tails and another version of Tails that shows up out of nowhere. Both of them deduce that the presence of temporal doubles as well as the places and enemies from the past mean they are travelling through time and space. As the Sonics see the Time Eater roam to the next area, the two hedgehogs decide to team up to stop it, eventually rescuing Cream, Rouge and Espio and defeating Shadow.
The two Tailses work out more on what is going on, and learn that as the Time Eater goes through time, it sucks the life and color out of various places and leaves them in the White Space, but as the Sonics go through them, they restore life and color, so the hedgehogs have to work fast. Sonic then finds himself back at Station Square where he goes up against Perfect Chaos again.
Upon emerging victorious, Sonic and the other three notice that one of the Chaos Emeralds has found its way into the White Space, but it is powerless, and the Time Eater cannot touch it. Seeing that the Chaos Emeralds have helped them so many times in the past, they decide to collect them by working fast. By going through the remaining areas and rescuing Blaze, Vector and Charmy as well as defeating Silver, the red Chaos Emerald is restored, and Modern Sonic challenges his past self to a race to it, beating him to it with an Air Boost.
Sonic then goes through a gate that leads him to a showdown with Dr. Eggman in the Egg Dragoon, and emerges victorious. Tails and his past self find it strange that Eggman would be here despite having been kidnapped by the Time Eater back on board the Death Egg, and at that point the Time Eater shows up to kidnap Eggman again.
Eventually, the Sonics collect the remaining Chaos Emeralds and soon arrive at the Time Eater, only to discover that Dr. Eggman, along with his past self, is controlling it (as suspected earlier by Vector). After his recent defeat in Sonic Colors, Eggman discovers the primordial form of the Time Eater in deep space, and decided to use its properties of manipulating time and space to erase his past defeats. However, he realized he would not be able to do this alone, so he asked his past self to help him with modifying the Time Eater for their use. The two of them proceed to smash the two hedgehogs and prepare to finish them off for good, but then all of Sonic's friends show up to give their encouragement, allowing the Sonics to become their Super forms and destroy the Time Eater.
With the Time Eater's defeat, time resets to when Sonic's chili dog was blown away, allowing him to finish it while it was still warm, and allowing the birthday party to continue with the added attendance of Classic Sonic, Classic Tails, Shadow and Silver. Inspired by his future self, Classic Sonic even attempts to do the Air Boost. A time portal leading back to the past appears, with Classic Sonic and Tails going into it, and everybody else saying farewell to them, with Modern Sonic telling Classic Sonic to "enjoy his future".
After the credits, we see that Dr. Eggman and his past self are now stranded in White Space, which is now completely empty as all the places have been returned to their respective places in space-time. The two argue over the plan they came up with, even questioning if they ever win.
The gameplay is split into two separate gameplay styles, separated by the character used.
The Modern gameplay style takes place in 3D, with occasional transitions to 2.5D. This gameplay style is akin to that developed in Sonic's more recent titles Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors, where you use the Sonic Boost and the Homing Attack to advance.
Each level and boss in Sonic Generations is reminiscent of one previously appearing in the Sonic series.
|Green Hill||Green Hill Zone||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Chemical Plant||Chemical Plant Zone||Sonic the Hedgehog 2|
|Sky Sanctuary||Sky Sanctuary Zone||Sonic & Knuckles|
|Speed Highway||Speed Highway||Sonic Adventure|
|City Escape||City Escape||Sonic Adventure 2|
|Seaside Hill||Seaside Hill||Sonic Heroes|
|Crisis City||Crisis City||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Rooftop Run||Rooftop Run||Sonic Unleashed|
|Planet Wisp||Planet Wisp||Sonic Colours|
|Casino Night Zone DLC||Casino Night Zone||Sonic the Hedgehog 2|
|Metal Sonic||Metal Sonic boss||Sonic CD|
|Shadow the Hedgehog||Shadow the Hedgehog||Sonic Adventure 2|
|Silver the Hedgehog||Silver the Hedgehog||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Death Egg Robot||Giant Mech||Sonic the Hedgehog 2|
|Perfect Chaos||Perfect Chaos||Sonic Adventure|
|Egg Dragoon||Egg Dragoon||Sonic Unleashed|
|Role||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor||French Voice Actor||Italian Voice Actor||German Voice Actor||Spanish Voice Actor|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Roger Craig Smith||Junichi Kanemaru||Alexandre Gillet||Renato Novara||Marc Stachel||Jonathan López|
|Miles "Tails" Prower||Kate Higgins||Ryo Hirohashi||Marie-Eugénie Maréchal||Benedetta Ponticelli||Anke Kortemeier||Graciela Molina|
|Miles "Tails" Prower (Classic)||Kate Higgins||Takuto Yoshinaga||Marie-Eugénie Maréchal||Benedetta Ponticelli||Anke Kortemeier||Graciela Molina|
|Dr. Eggman||Mike Pollock||Chikao Ōtsuka||Marc Bretonnière||Aldo Stella||Hartmut Neugebauer||Francesc Belda|
|Knuckles the Echidna||Kent Hampton||Nobutoshi Canna||Sébastien Desjours||Maurizio Merluzzo||Claus Peter Damitz||Oscar Muñoz|
|Amy Rose||Cindy Robinson||Taeko Kawata||Naïké Fauveau||Serena Clerici||Shandra Schadt||Meritxell Ribera|
|Shadow the Hedgehog||Kirk Thornton||Kouji Yusa||Benoit Du Pac||Riccardo Lombardo||Klaus Lochtove||Manel Gimeno|
|Blaze the Cat||Laura Bailey||Nao Takamori||Delphine Braillon||Tania De Domenico||Greta Gallisch||Carme Ambrós|
|Silver the Hedgehog||Derek Allen||Daisuke Ono||Hérvé Grull||Davide Albano||Roland Wolf||Angel de Gracia|
|Cream the Rabbit||Michelle Ruff||Sayaka Aoki||Marie Millet||Alice Bongiorni||Nicole Hannak||Jenny Rey|
|Rouge the Bat||Karen Strassman||Rumi Ochiai||Marie Lenoir||Jasmine Laurenti||Marianne Graffam||Ana Vidal|
|Vector the Crocodile||David Keefer||Kenta Miyake||Philippe Roullier||Diego Sabre||Andi Krösing||Alfonso Vallés|
|Espio the Chameleon||Troy Baker||Yuki Masuda||Antoine Nouel||Silvio Pandolfi||Andreas Hofer||Daniel Albiach|
|Charmy Bee||Maggie O'Connor||Youko Teppouzuka||Marie Millet||Emanuela Pacotto||Luisa Witzorek||Graciela Molina|
|Omochao||Laura Bailey||Etsuko Kozakura||Delphine Braillon||Sabrina Bonfitto||Tabea Börner||Sofía García|
|Wisp Power Announcer||Roger Craig Smith||Fumihiko Tachiki||Roger Craig Smith||Roger Craig Smith||Roger Craig Smith||Roger Craig Smith|
NOTE: The following data includes the sales of 3DS handheld version of the game in addition to sales of the PS3, 360, and PC console versions of the game.
|Number of copies sold||Sega IR Reference||Platforms||Regions||Cumulative sales total|
|1,630,000||FY2012 3rd Quarter Results||PS3/360/3DS/PC||US/EU/JP||1,630,000|
|220,000||FY2012 Full Year Results||"||"||1,850,000|
|84||Sonic Retro Average|
|Based on 16 reviews|
|PlayStation 3, MX (Favoritos)|
|85||Sonic Retro Average|
|Based on 15 reviews|
Japanese TV advert
|86||Sonic Retro Average|
|Based on 5 reviews|
|Sonic games for the following systems|
|2006 Sonic the Hedgehog 2008 Sonic Unleashed 2009 Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection 2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 2011 Sonic Generations 2012 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed|
|2006 Sonic the Hedgehog 2008 Sonic Unleashed 2009 Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection 2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing | Sonic Free Riders 2011 Sonic Generations 2012 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed|
| 2010 Sonic the Hedgehog | Sonic Spinball | Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine | Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island | Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 2011 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 | Sonic 3 & Knuckles | Sonic Adventure | Sonic Generations 2012 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I | Sonic the Hedgehog CD | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II | Sonic Adventure 2 2013 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 2015 Sonic Lost World 2017 Sonic Mania |
Prototypes Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II (Beta 8)
|1996 Sonic the Hedgehog CD | Sonic the Hedgehog The Screen Saver | Sonic's Schoolhouse 1997 Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island | Sonic R 2003 Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut 2004 Sonic Heroes 2006 Sonic Riders 2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 2011 Sonic Generations 2013 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 2017 Sonic Mania | Sonic Forces|