IGN: 8.5 / 10 for Sonic Generations

IGN: 8.5 / 10 for Sonic Generations

by October 28, 2011

Wins Editors’ Choice Award but Says “Neither Sonic is perfect”

We have our first major review for Sonic Generations, and it’s from IGN, who awarded the console version of Sonic Generations an 8.5 out of 10 and its Editors’ Choice Award.

The review, by Jack DeVries and Brian Altano, praises the game for its level design and its deep dive into nostalgia.  But there are flaws; the side missions and short boss battles were called out, and neither reviewer were wowed at the visuals, judging by the individual 7.5 score the graphics received.  There are small control quirks as well:

At times the Classic version can feel floaty, and his Modern counterpart can stop dead in his tracks with every minor error. But these feel like small complaints compared to the exhilaration of playing a Sonic game that never stops the action to make you battle with stretchy arms. Bouncing between the two distinct modes does sometimes cause mishaps, though; it’s easy to forget that 2D Sonic lacks his 3D counterpart’s homing attack, leading to some incidental ring loss and occasional deaths. Likewise Modern Sonic has a limited boost meter instead of a spin dash.

The closing remarks, in part, say that “it feels refreshing to be able to say that Sonic is good again.”  It also feels refreshing to hear that from the mouth of an organization many fans criticize for being anti-Sonic.  For more insight and more peeks inside the game, the video review is below.