Is it too early? Maybe Iím delirious from school or Organic Chemistry is starting to get to me. I played the Sonic Generations demo today and yes, I am optimistic. Itís a different kind of optimism than Iíve had with previous Sonic titles. It reminds me of how I felt about seeing Sonic 3 after carrying around the Sonic 2 booklet everywhere I went, learning about the enemies to each stageÖand coloring them in (I was little). This optimism scares me. I mean itís only the first stage that Iíve played, whoís to say the rest of the game is good?
First letís talk about the game. From my 8 or so play throughs the game controls very well. The controls are tight, the movement is much more respectable than the looseness that was Unleashed. They modified the rail switching button from the bumpers to moving the analog stick left or right, a minor inconvenience that can be adjusted to. The controls are the same from Unleashed, except for the ďtrick stickĒ feature instead of QTEs. The game throws a few automatic sections at you, but there is enough variety when it comes to the different paths you can take to keep you active.
The audio and visuals are great as well. The level looks gorgeous in HD, with lots of colors and a nice looking background. The remixed version of Green Hill Zone fits in great with the pace of the "faster" Sonic. Omochao is back from the Sonic Adventure days and gives you advice if you run by him. It gets a little annoying but his voice is easy to tune out as youíre blazing through the stage (heís also in pudgy Sonicís area).
Overall Iím satisfied with what theyíve brought to the table so far with the demo. I know its early and Iím still a little hesitant, but I hope that the game does well. Signs of demise are on the horizon with Rival races, the inclusion of Silver sent a shockwave through the community, but I donít want it to bomb. I want to be able to enjoy this Sonic game as much as I did with the Sonic games of old. Although the Night stages in Unleashed were a bore, the Day stages were great fun. Unleashed was the most modern Sonic affair I played since Adventure 2 Battle, maybe thatís why Iím this optimisticÖRegardless give the game a try, and letís hope that Sega will come through! Thoughts? Comments? Bueller?
Related side note: My roommate had never played a Sonic game before this and enjoyed fast Sonicís stage.
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