Sonic Generations

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
Sonic Generations Game Poster Image
Play as Sonic of past or today in whiz-bang action romp.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLuciano Coronel May 7, 2016
Adult Written bynickk1 July 29, 2015

Must play.

Sonic Generations is one of the best Sonic games in years, featuring love able characters and fun gameplay. Although worth mentioning is the ability to play as... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written by#1friezafangirl January 20, 2012

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, bu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bycallofduty6 January 3, 2016

Best Sonic Game in a While!!

i hav sonic generations 4 my ps3 and its great! its probably 1 of the best sonic games since sonic adventure 1 & 2! trust me this game is worth the mo... Continue reading

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?

Game details

For kids who love fast action in their games

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate