VIDEO | X360, PS3 Thursday, June 23, 2011 | 11:45 PM

Sonic demo video

Sonic demo video

Today is not a day like any other, it's Sonic's birthday and he is 20 years old already. That's precisely why SEGA released a demo of Sonic Generations for us to have a sneak peek at what's to come. You should find everything you've been looking for for years as a Sonic fan, the music, the sound effects, the sense of speed and above all, the fun. Promising!

Demo gameplay

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Commented on 2011-06-23 23:50:49
Pretty though this is, 30fps destroys this game completely. Side scrollers NEED 60fps, anything less just looks terrible. This is a juddery mess.

Sorry Sega, this is yet another Sonic mistake.
Commented on 2011-06-23 23:55:58
Yeah played this earlier and once in motion it was awful! Thought there was something wrong with my tv!!
Commented on 2011-06-23 23:58:20
It does look promising. Few tid bits. The physics are still off some but certainly better than Sonic 4's physics. Frame rate is not up to par(at least not on the PS3 version i played), their was definitely drops and it seems to be running at 30fps. Shouldn't this be at 60fps? It was short, i thought the modern sonic part was going to be in the demo but oh well. Graphics wise it looks great. Overall, i hope they address some physics concerns i know fans are already bitching about on forums likely lol(who am i kidding tho, Sega won't address them.lol.) but the game has me looking forward to playing the final product(and please address the frame rate, my goodness).
Commented on 2011-06-24 00:43:53
Well they seem to be pulling alot of effects for a fast paced side scroller that might have alternate angle viewpoints.
I mean sure I could insist on 60fps too but we need to know what else is going on, there might be a split screen mode too.
Commented on 2011-06-24 01:09:13
nice backgrounds, but a bit pointless when you're moving through them so quickly.
Commented on 2011-06-24 01:13:36
That looks yummy. Would like to see the bonus stages remade from the first game.
Commented on 2011-06-24 01:29:47 In reply to xenoninja
Posted by xenoninja
nice backgrounds, but a bit pointless when you're moving through them so quickly.
Clearly you didn't grow up playing the old ones


This looks fantastic imo. You picky bastards and your framerate. Movement/framerate looks just fine.
Commented on 2011-06-24 01:38:55 In reply to Tinks
Posted by Tinks
Clearly you didn't grow up playing the old ones
yeah I did. wasn't a fan. start level. 30 seconds later level complete. rinse & repeat.
Commented on 2011-06-24 04:18:23 In reply to xenoninja
Posted by xenoninja
yeah I did. wasn't a fan. start level. 30 seconds later level complete. rinse & repeat.
You replayed the very first level of Sonic 1 over n over?
Commented on 2011-06-24 05:32:38 In reply to moroboshi
Right on Sir!!
Commented on 2011-06-24 08:03:12
Damn....this music always makes me 20 years younger. 20 years....passed just like that.
Commented on 2011-06-24 08:24:12 In reply to xenoninja
Posted by xenoninja
yeah I did. wasn't a fan. start level. 30 seconds later level complete. rinse & repeat.
wow that sounds like 99% of games from that era, so then whats your point?
Commented on 2011-06-24 08:51:37
I was never a huge fan of Sonic although the older gamestyle is his strongest suit.

It's just not a very strong suit to begin with and as a platformer the mechanics quickly become limiting.
Commented on 2011-06-24 08:56:19
I wonder if theres gonna be IceCap stage....I'd get this game just for it xD
Commented on 2011-06-24 10:08:30
Looks good. I like the fact that it pans\zooms out, gives you better overall view. Huge sonic fan on the Megadrive but didn't like sonic 4 of few months back. perhaps this will be a good comeback.
Commented on 2011-06-24 10:12:59 In reply to ManThatYouFear
Posted by ManThatYouFear
wow that sounds like 99% of games from that era, so then whats your point?
the question is, do you have a point?
Commented on 2011-06-24 11:09:14 In reply to xenoninja
Posted by xenoninja
the question is, do you have a point?
My point been, that clearly your issue was not with sonic but with games from that era, so that would be pretty unfair to diss sonic on this problem when that problem was with 99% of the games from back then.
Commented on 2011-06-24 16:38:38 In reply to xenoninja
Posted by xenoninja
yeah I did. wasn't a fan. start level. 30 seconds later level complete. rinse & repeat.
There was quite a bit more to Sonic than just blasting through the level left to right ( during the 16 bit era anyway) There where shortcuts, hidden rooms and Items, alternate routes, and platforming, so I'm thinking you haven't spent much time with the series. Hell, in Sonic 2, I could get all of the Chaos gems (thus unlocking Super Sonic) in the first level because there was so much more than you suggest.

I do agree that the frame-rate and responsiveness was a bit jarring at first, but I was used to it by the end of the demo. That music had me in Happy Nostalgia Land(tm)...
Commented on 2011-06-24 18:05:27 In reply to GeRaLTo
Posted by GeRaLTo
I wonder if theres gonna be IceCap stage....I'd get this game just for it xD
The Sonic stages/bosses were leaked and unfortunately they didn't have ice cap. Kinda disappointing. Even the fun casino stage from Sonic 2 was dlc only.
Commented on 2011-06-24 20:24:16
Should be mentioned 360 ver. of the demo has a far more stable framerate, and PS3 ver. also seems to have significant input lag comparatively.
Commented on 2011-06-24 20:25:24 In reply to Frozpot
Posted by Frozpot
There was quite a bit more to Sonic than just blasting through the level left to right ( during the 16 bit era anyway) There where shortcuts, hidden rooms and Items, alternate routes, and platforming, so I'm thinking you haven't spent much time with the series. Hell, in Sonic 2, I could get all of the Chaos gems (thus unlocking Super Sonic) in the first level because there was so much more than you suggest.

I do agree that the frame-rate and responsiveness was a bit jarring at first, but I was used to it by the end of the demo. That music had me in Happy Nostalgia Land(tm)...
yeah, you miss all the goodies if you take the quickest route through the levels. It's fun to see how fast you can blaze through sometimes, though.
Commented on 2011-06-24 23:17:52
The framerate definitely is an issue sadly, though it really plays promising. The uberfast speed and 30fps just don't mix so well. If the game was a bit slower like the Genesis Sonics i think the 30fps wouldn't hurt it as much, as they do now. Don't get, why they made it this fast btw. since it really becomes impossible to react to anything at max speed.
Commented on 2011-06-24 23:19:08
What's the deal with the PC release? Is that a thing? I see people talking about it elsewhere.. I want a PC version and a demo :P
Commented on 2011-06-25 12:46:12
to be honest i cant see what all the fuss is about, so what a few frame rate drops and 30 fps this isnt cod FFS its sonic, i think its a good thing keeping it at 30fps at 60fps you would constantly over shoot platform swings ect and it would become extreemly frustrating, this will certainly be refreshing for older gamers whaer as young gamers just want to constantly kill every thing.
Commented on 2011-06-25 18:17:24
Looks gorgeous when it's not moving. 30 frames is just fine for most stuff but a 2d Sonic is definitely not one of those. Some 2d scrollers are fine even and of course you expect it for intense 3d games for the most, but Sonic is just way too fast for it to be this low

Lots of people are going to be hacked off with this i expect unless they fall into the category that believes the human eye can't tell differences between the two

30 frames is an acceptable choice with lots of games but it really stinks here
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