Sonic Generations – Are the stages better than the original versions?   Leave a comment

GREEN HILL
No, but I wouldn’t expect it to. This is an introductory level for a reason, and its linearity and simplicity compared to a 3-act stage from 20 years ago isn’t surprising. It is gorgeous!

CHEMICAL PLANT
Nah; the whole two-acts vs. one act thing hurts it here, plus the lack of a boss. From a general level-design standpoint, they’re probably about equal, but there’s just not as much here.

SKY SANCTUARY
I’m going to go against the grain here and say yes. They REALLY expanded on this one, and while I miss Mecha Sonic, this zone’s got a lot more going on than the original.

METAL SONIC
Hm… while I’d have preferred a race rather than a fight, I never was a big fan of the original’s layout or how easy it was. It’s kind of a toss-up.

DEATH EGG ROBOT
Definitely not. Just giving you rings diminishes the threat and challenge a lot, but it IS the first proper boss.

SPEED HIGHWAY
Definitely. Took my favorite Adventure level and made it even better.

CITY ESCAPE
Definitely not. Took my favorite Adventure 2 level and made it kind of a bore-fest. The middle portion is okay, but it’s WAY too short, and the truck chase lasts WAY too long and doesn’t have you doing anything interesting. Easily my least favorite Act 2. Act 1’s a blast, though.

SEASIDE HILL
_Amazing_ job on this one. I never cared for Heroes, but this level is one of my favorites.

SHADOW
I’ll say no. It’s a weird gameplay mechanic, though the original wasn’t anything special, either.

PERFECT CHAOS
Big improvement here, especially once you start to learn the paths. It’s a lot more involved.

CRISIS CITY
One of the most difficult and most FUN levels in the game. It should go without saying that this improves on 2k6.

ROOFTOP RUN
A very Unleashed-style level (BOOST BOOST BOOST), but not nearly as long as the original. All the alternate paths and improved gameplay make this a yes, though.

PLANET WISP
A very Colors-style level (PLATFORM UP THE BUILDING), but I ended up liking it a lot more as I played it over and over. I’d say yes. I just wish more of it took place in the forest.

SILVER
Well, duh.

EGG DRAGOON
I don’t even remember what the original Egg Dragoon did, and I beat most of Unleashed about a month before Generations’ release. Big improvement, then.

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Posted February 13, 2012 by positivejosh in Uncategorized

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