Sonic Generations is a game that is due out in November 2011. It's a game that I wrote about in another of my articles. Ever since learning that in the game you can play in 2D as Classic Sonic, I've been excited. I also love the exciting modern Sonic and the abilities he has, but in my eyes you don't fix what aint broke. Classic Sonic, the Sonic you played as on the Genesis consoles, was never broken. The gameplay was always fast, fun, and challenging. Not the longest games, the Sonic Genesis games were never time consuming in the fact of going from the first level through the last. But getting all the Chaos Emeralds was, and still is, a major challenge. It often took me several play throughs to get all the emeralds, and as far as my memory serves, I've never collected all the chaos emeralds in Sonic 1 and beat the game. That says something, considering I've played it several probably hundred times.
I downloaded the demo on Thursday, June 23rd, the 20th anniversary date of Sonic the Hedgehog's original release. And I was totally wowed by what I played. It's a bit different, the way the camera shows the game, so that takes a second or two to get used to. Or at least it did to me. But once you get going you'll soon realize that this is the best Sonic game since Sonic and Knuckles! It's very much true to the Genesis days, in that the physics of Sonic are very similar and it really feels like the old Sonic I played back in the 90s. Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was supposed to be Sonic's return to the classic Genesis-era gameplay that rocked the world and made Sonic a smash hit in the first place. And the game very much was a throwback to the good old days of gaming, but the way Sonic got to speed and the way he ran and such was definitely off. It didn't keep me from enjoying the game at all, but it was definitely different. But that's not the case with Sonic Generations. Having played it myself, I can personally assure anybody that would wonder that the physics are far better than Sonic 4 and that it's so much more true to the old days than anything that Sega's released since 1994.
It's such a joy to play, even though the demo only lets you play through the first act of Green Hill Zone as Classic Sonic. It really makes me want the game and gets me eager for a Sonic game in a way that hasn't been around in quite some time, although Sonic 4's initial relase had me pretty excited too. But there are two complaints that I have, that although won't ruin the game at all, definitely brings it down a notch. The first of the complaints is the level selection for the game. It was recently cracked, and only 3 Genesis games are represented with their various levels, those being Green Hill Zone from Sonic 1, Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic 2, and