Monday, April 18, 2011

Sonic Generations Announced!


So, for the most part, I've been out of the loop on Sonic related news over the past few weeks. I did manage to catch the Facebook exclusive teaser that featured both the modern and classic Sonic designs running alongside each other. But now, as everyone else on the Internet is already well aware of, Sonic's 20th Anniversary game, Sonic Generations has been officially revealed by SEGA.

Check the trailer:


For the sake of my own sanity, I'm not going to look at the comments. I don't want to relapse to what happened with Sonic 4's announcement.

Together at last! Happy now, fanboys?
So far what I've seen looks promising. It's consistent with SEGA's attempts to merge both the gameplay of the classic Sonic titles, while also establishing a formula for a modern-styled game. But now SEGA's gone a step further, adding the option to play as Sonic in either his classic or modern appearances. What's really interesting is the fact that each version has gameplay totally unique to them; classic Sonic seems to lean towards side-scrolling 2D gameplay, using Sonic's classic moveset while modern Sonic opts for the Unleashed formula, with a mix of 3D and 2D sections and a moveset reflecting what Sonic's used in more recent games. The first level shown in the gameplay trailer is Green Hill, and it seems that Sonic Team is looking to take gamers on a trip down memory lane, going through a variety of levels from across Sonic's 20 year history (uh, do us a favor and leave anything connected to Soleanna out of it though, would you SEGA?).

It'll be interesting to see how Generations develops along the way. The only thing I'm displeased with right now is the lack of a Wii version (I don't own a 360 or PS3), but hopefully Wii owners won't get left out in the cold in the end (no, the new Mario and Sonic doesn't count!). I can't really keep up with the news as frequently as I'd like at the moment, but I'll keep an eye on things.

In the mean time, I'd recommend keeping up with the news at more frequently updated sites, like the Sonic Stadium. Here's some screenshots to whet your appetites.

Also for a random bit of commentary, I'm really digging the design of the Generations logo. It actually looks to take a few cues from the old Sonic box art used in Japan for the Genesis/Megadrive games. It's thankfully less busy than those boxes, but it's a nice little callback to those beginnings.