Review of Sonic Generations for Nintendo 3DS

If the console version was great, the handheld version should be too… right? Read on to find out!

Sound: Well, there is almost no voice acting aside from a few sound clips. In terms of music, the 3DS version just got recycled music. Tell me if I’m wrong, but I honestly didn’t hear a remixed track for either classic OR modern. The original music is cool too, but seriously the originality-ometer is low. Sound: 5.5/10

Presentation: The pictures and gameplay videos of this game don’t do it justice. The only way you can really enjoy its stunning 2D graphics are in person. With that said, the 3D visuals are amazing as well, really simulating the whole three dimensions thing whenever Sonic hits a loop-de-loop or has a pseudo 3D gameplay moment. Presentation: 9/10

Gameplay: Bringing a whole slew of new levels that the console versions didn’t have, the variety is plenty. Actual level design is sort of lacking though, with cheap instant deaths, bad level layouts and annoying gimmicks (Like the forced-upon Classic Sonic homing attack. Ugh.). Don’t get me wrong, the gameplay is fun most of the time, but Modern Sonic only has two 3D gameplay moments in the entire game!! I also think they could’ve used a lot more handheld Sonic game stages, instead of just one from Sonic Rush. Seriously this game is about Sonic’s history and yet some of the levels in this version he’s never even been through (like Radical Highway)! But with all of its many flaws, there is still a little Sonic Rush reminiscent fun to be had with Modern Sonic (because in this version Classic Sonic has the utmost worst level design and controls). Gameplay: 6/10

Multiplayer: I commend this game for at least having a multiplayer mode, unlike its console counterpart. All the multiplayer is is a race against someone else, but it has a really cool point system and gets really addicting really fast. There’s also a nifty profile card section where you can upgrade your profile card based on how many matches you’ve won, so the world can see your stylized customized Sonic I.D. Multiplayer: 7.5/10

Length: About two hours, and that is only if you’re bad at the game. If you’re good and used to the play style, you can zoom through in just under an hour and a half. Online adds a good hour or two on to that, but the bonus missions are just not enough to keep me coming back past the three hour mark. Length: 4/10

Overall: Sonic’s 3DS 20th anniversary outing gets a 6.4/10. I reviewed this game based on an average gamer’s viewpoint, being critical of its many flaws and stating you should only get it if its discounted, but if you’re a Sonic fan you should definitely pick this up just for the nostalgia factor.

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