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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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