Sonic Generations Rides the Wave of Nostalgia – New Pics, Gameplay Video

I always feel like there aren’t enough Sonic games coming out each year. Fear not, Sonic lovers, because Sega is planning on releasing Sonic Generations during the Holiday season of 2011 for Xbox 360 and PS3 to celebrate Sonic’s 20th anniversary. What can we expect from this new game? Well, as seen in the trailer released awhile ago by Sega on Facebook, the old Sonic, and the new Sonic will team up. Here’s the known parts of the story thus far:

Sonic’s universe is thrown into chaos when a mysterious new power creates ‘time holes’ which pull him and his friends back through time. As a result, he encounters some surprises from his past history including Classic Sonic, Sonic as he was in 1991. Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic must defeat this strange new enemy, save their friends, and find out who really is behind this diabolical deed…

Here's a 3D level. Does it also play in 2D?

Okay, so maybe the story isn’t the reason we still want to enjoy Sonic games. One tidbit that seemed a little odd to me is that levels of Sonic-past are being rebuilt in “stunning HD”, and they’ll be “playable in both side-scrolling 2D from 1991, as well as (the) modern 3D style found in Sonic’s most recent adventures.” I can’t discern whether every single level will be playable in both 2D and 3D, or whether there will be both 2D and 3D levels (confusing, I know). Well, either way Sonic has finally found his way back to us.

According to a translated interview over on Sega’s forums, there will be a co-op mode, and a competitive mode. We can also expect friends of Sonic such as Amy, Shadow, Tails, and Knuckles to appear. A lot of other secrets are promised to be in the game – How about a Sonic CD unlock?

Modern Sonic can still rail grind. Eat it, Tony.

Sega’s press release has also stated that both versions of Sonic will have their own trademark moves. Classic Sonic will have his Spin Dash and Spin Attack, and Modern Sonic will have his homing attack and Sonic Boost.

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