Wow! That's all I can say. It's amazing to see that after 20 years our favorite blue hedgehog is still running around at the speed of sound. And this month over at ChrisCrossMedia we are celebrating just that, his 20th birthday.
This year is going to mark the release of what's soon to be one of the best Sonic games ever made, Sonic Generations. This game will be released on console for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, and on the 3DS for portable gaming. We got a chance to play this game on the E3 showroom, and also at Sonic Boom 2011, and let me tell you, it is the best Sonic game ever made! I love the fact that we get to play as both classic Sonic and modern Sonic. This game has really taken all of the good that has ever come out of other Sonic games and packaged it into one amazing game.
The demo that we played only had two levels, one with classic Sonic and one with modern Sonic, and both of them were great. You still get the same nostalgic feel when you play as classic Sonic, and much of the controls are true to the original 2D side-scrolling games. As for the 3D style play, it is the best that we have ever seen. It has taken all the positives from Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors and turned it into a beautiful masterpiece. The camera always keeps up with the super sonic hedgehog, and the mechanics are really fluent. I'm a Sonic fan and there wasn't one thing that I didn't like from what I saw at the demo.
Do you see that screenshot up there? Yes you're eyes aren't deceiving you. That is City Escape from Sega Dreamcast's "Sonic Adventure 2"! Hands down that has to be one of my favorite levels ever in a Sonic title. The level design was amazing and it featured one of the best songs to ever appear in a Sonic game. Not only do we play a re-imagined City Escape with modern Sonic, we also get to choose classic Sonic to see what he could do in an environment alien to him. Personally I cant wait until this game comes out. We will do what we can to try and get it early to review it and really let you know what we think of the full game. But as we stand now, this is looking to be a must have for Sonic and non-Sonic fans alike.
Modern Sonic screenshots from re-imagined "City Escape" Level from Sonic Adventure 2
If you haven't seen the newest trailer revealed at E3 2011, then please just watch it down below.