Sonic the Hedgehog is the flagship character of Sega, and he's immediately recognizable to anyone who grew up with him as an icon. While his popularity and playability have waxed and waned, Sonic Generations 3DS is a solid entry into the many adventures that Sonic has had over the years. In fact, Sonic Generations is about as meta as a game can get.
What's It About?
Sonic games have, pretty much since their inception, dealt with the spiky blue hedgehog fighting against the twisted Doctor Robotnik and his bizarre schemes. In order to come out ahead Sonic has had to run, jump, spin and twist through the deadliest environments in order to come out ahead. In Sonic Generations for the Nintendo 3DS, Sonic is back in action teamed up with... Sonic.
Someone has opened up time holes, bringing the original Sonic into the world right alongside the Sonic that has changed and evolved with modern audiences and gameplay. The result is that players have to guide both Sonics as they spin up a blue streak, trying to avoid further complications while at the same time enjoying the platforming aspects of both the classic and the more modern versions of the games.
Sonic Generations for the 3DS is not the best Sonic the Hedgehog game ever made; that said, it is far from the worst that Sega has ever put on the market too. Sonic Generations puts players in the drivers seat of one of the fastest characters that Sega has ever produced, and the result is that they'll have to jump through every kind of hoop there is to avoid spike pits, death traps, evil robots and all of the other dangers that are inherently part of adventuring in the world of Sonic. However, in keeping with the theme of the game, players will have to deal with traditional side-scrolling platforming as well as the more complicated platforms in a three dimensional environment.
This is where the 3D elements of the Nintendo 3DS come into play. Not all players like the 3D part of the system, and not all games really require it to get the job done. When it comes to Sonic Generations though, the 3D mechanic is one of the more unique aspects of the game. It really adds something to the field and, once a player has adjusted to the different appearance it's just that much easier to see precisely where the hedgehog is in relation to where he needs to be going.
Is It Really a Different Sonic?
As with Mario games, Sonic tends to get a little dry over time. However, while Sonic Generations doesn't make an entirely new mold, it does follow the equations that have led to solid Sonic games in the past. So whether a gamer really enjoys the Sonic franchise, or they just really want to play a solid platform game that comes from a long line of platform games, Sonic Generations is a solid video game investment.