Sonic Generations

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Play as Sonic of past or today in whiz-bang action romp.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sonic's friends are kidnapped and held in other worlds, and Sonic puts his personal interests aside to save them. This speaks to the value of friendship and selflessness in helping others first.

Positive role models

Sonic treats his friends respectfully and puts their needs ahead of his own. While there is not a lot of dialogue in the game, what there is carries that theme.

Ease of play

The control scheme is easy to understand and use, and the menus are kept simple making navigation through to the game's action very easy. When the challenge pops up is in the actual game, Sonic moves very fast, and there are areas where he is zipping through tunnels and across twisting bridges that make it hard to visually track him. The jumping controls have to be precise at times to move from one area to another -- either from one rail to a side rail, or up and across platforms.

Violence

Sonic uses his spinning to attack enemies that will explode in a puff of smoke or fall apart. Enemies that are destroyed disappear quickly. When battling bosses, Sonic finds their weak spots and rams into them. When Sonic is hit (or if he drowns in some areas where there are water levels), he will flash and drop rings that he has collected. If Sonic has no more rings to drop but has lives left, the level will restart from the last save point. If he is out of lives, then players will have to restart from the beginning of the level. While most of the enemies will simply fall apart or explode, in the longer battles, there can be cries of pain when Sonic hits the monsters.

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Privacy & safety

Safe and private: This is a single-player game that only has leaderboards to reflect the high scores.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sonic Generations is an arcade-style game that features side-scrolling levels and 3D levels. It features a character that moves very quickly and that requires some quick reflexes to get through the levels. There is some minor violence as Sonic runs into characters and fights in Boss battles. Players receive scores at the end of each level (which has things factored in such as the number of rings collected and how fast each level is navigated) that grade the effort from "A" to "D," giving the game replay value as kids attempt to get a better score.

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What's it about?

In SONIC GENERATIONS, speedster hedgehog Sonic must travel to different worlds to save his friends who have been kidnapped by an evil entity. The game features classic side-scrolling gameplay as well as the more modern 3D look, with rings to collect, enemies to overcome, and scores to record. Gamers can play either as the modern Sonic, or the older, shorter, 16-bit version of the character. There are nine worlds to travel to, and some have references to tributes to various games in the 20-year legacy of the character.

Is it any good?

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Sonic is one of those characters that was great when he first arrived on the video-game scene, but who then struggled through lackluster game releases. But the Sonic that appears in Sonic Generations is a return to the exciting character of old, as this game has the elements of speed and arcade challenges that made the original fun. This new Sonic Generations provide eye candy for Sonic fans with vibrant, exciting graphics. The homage paid to past games is worthy of several smiles and should please veteran gamers as well as make new fans among younger gamers. The replay value is centered on improving scores, but each level can be warped through quickly enough that players don't have to feel they are investing major portions of their day inside this world. Sonic Generations is fun, challenging at times, and a nice comeback effort for the video-game icon.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about video game violence and how to select games that are appropriate for the player's age level.

  • Talk about how players can avoid or deal with peer pressure to play games that they know they should not be playing.

  • Talk about responsibly managing the time spent playing video games or even watching television.

  • Parents can chat with their younger players about what makes a game like Sonic fun -- what it is about the look and action that make players want to play the game again and again?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS
Price:$29.99 -$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:October 31, 2011
Genre:Arcade
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon violence (Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 15 years old Written by#1friezafangirl January 20, 2012
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Rated E? You have got to be kidding me!

What is with you ESRB? just because this game may not be as violent as Sonic Unleashed, it is too much for the 6 year old! I'll admit it is fairly mild, but it needs an E10 rating. I've played E10 games milder than this!!! Overall its a very good game and I've almost beat it and it shouldn't be missed by any sonic fan!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bysonicteen123 January 3, 2013
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sonic gen a good game with strong language

sonic gen is okay but some fighting and mild sexual stuff like when you save rouge she is acting romantic and stuff and some songs may have strong language but how far it go's
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byUltimateRacer2 November 27, 2012
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Both, 3DS and Console Versions have Green Hill Zone, which is amazing!

Sonic Generations has got just the levels I wanted to try.
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