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POSTED 2/11/11


SONIC GENERATIONS

SEGA
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, 3DS)

Sonic was such a promising lad – assuming a young hedgehog can be referred to as “lad.” Wonderful game after wonderful game of hyperspeedy platformy yayness, with dabbles in pinball and 3D. But then puberty hit...

Yep, the little fucker underwent that shoomgasm of adolescent testosterone, surlily ditched the Mega Drive and went off the rails quicker than a jelly minecart. Craptacular game after craptacular game ensued; redemption only came towards adulthood with downloadable throwbacks and a magnificent ripof... erm, ‘homage’, to Mario Kart.

He’s just turned 20, and Sonic Generations milestones it up in style, saluting fans with more woo than poo. It starts picnic partyishly with Sonic’s hangers-on gaily scarfing hotdogs, until blotevolent Time Eater casts rather a gloom over proceedings, blatting holes in time – let’s call them ‘time holes’ - and sucking Sonic’s entourage into them. Sigh, no rest for the indigo! El Spikerino (Sonic’s Portuguese moniker, trust us) shooms into a blanched advertisement for a KLF album to go rescuetational. Again.

Cue a race through Sonics’ history – and that apostrophe isn’t misplaced. Old school stumpy-legged kiddywink and wayward lanky adolescent are in the same time space continuum thingy, so they Sonic team... Subsequently, several familiar worlds appear for tackling in 2.5D, then 3D, to free yo’ peeps. Winning unlocks challenges, and they’re aptly named – many being bastardly, well, challenging. Complete some to unlock incidentals and, crucially, keys to boss argy-bargies. Serious boss argy-bargies. Goo-goo-ga-oh-jebus!

Generations is mostly ace, but eventually creeps too close to recent, forgettable history for comfiness. It also has trouble keeping up with its star sometimes, meaning blurry-jumpy-screen blahs that may induce Nurofen cravings. It’s the best Hedgehoggy experience in yonks though, and packs a replayability wallop – if you’re OCD-esque.

20 years is a milestone worth celebrating, and diehards will squeak with delight tackling Generations... until Sonic’s voice breaks.

take me back to the start...

 



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