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3 Eras, 2 Sonics, 1 Epic Adventure!

— Tagline

Sonic Generations (ソニック ジェネレーションズ:白の時空[14] Sonikku Jenerēshonzu: Shiro no Jikū?, lit. "Sonic Generations: White Space-time") is a platformer video game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega in late 2011, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. While the game came out in home consoles and PC, an alternate version of the game was also released by Dimps for the Nintendo 3DS. All versions of this game can be played in stereoscopic 3D, but a 3DTV as well as a pair of 3D glasses are required for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, being the first game of the franchise to support stereoscopic 3D.

Generations' gameplay is divided into two styles: "Classic", which plays from a side-scrolling perspective akin to the Sega Mega Drive platformers, and "Modern", which combines 2D and 3D gameplay and follows a formula similar to that of Sonic Unleashed (2008). In the game's story, Sonic celebrates his birthday party with his friends, only for them to be kidnapped by the Time Eater and left trapped in White Space. Teaming up with a younger version of himself, Sonic explores White Space to find his friends, defeat the Time Eater and return home. The game received positive reviews, gathering praise for its visuals, gameplay, and audio, but criticism for its story and occassional frame rate and control problems. It is considered one of the best games in the franchise, as well as a good tribute to the series' history.

The PlayStation 3 version was available to be streamed on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via the PS Now subscription service, with PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Sony Bravia Smart TV (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 models), Sony Blu-Ray players and Samsung Smart TV support for the service being dropped in 2017. In April 2018, the Xbox 360 version of the game was made backwards compatible with the Xbox One and supports Xbox One X enhanced features, as well as FPS Boost for the Xbox Series X and Series S since 15 November 2021, making the game run at 60fps.[15]

In January 2024, a remaster called Sonic X Shadow Generations was announced. It features Shadow as a new playable character, with references to 2005's Shadow the Hedgehog. The remaster is set to be released on 25 October 2024.


Spoiler warning: Plot, ending details or any kind of information follow.
Sonic Generations Title Screen

The title screen of Sonic Generations.

The game opens with the distant past; Classic Sonic is running through Green Hill until he hears a noise and senses a brief earthquake, though he ignores it. Soon after though, a mysterious entity known as the Time Eater appears in the sky and everything whites out.

In the present day, Tails arrives at a gathering that is attended by his friends. Arriving soon after, Modern Sonic discovers that his friends have been preparing a surprise birthday party for him, as it is his birthday. Modern Sonic celebrates his birthday with his friends until the Time Eater disrupts the party by sucking everyone through various Time Holes and scattering them across time and space. Not happy with this, Modern Sonic tries to attack the monster, only for it to knock him down. The impact of the attack leaves Modern Sonic unconscious in the grass.

A while later, Modern Sonic regains consciousness, though he finds himself in a strange dimension known as White Space. Noticing a colorless portion of Green Hill and Tails (now a colorless statue) nearby, Modern Sonic races through Green Hill, which regains color and life after he runs through it. At the same time, Tails is restored too. The two then spot Chemical Plant in the same colorless state as Green Hill was nearby, and Modern Sonic heads over there to investigate. Meanwhile, Classic Sonic, whom Tails mistakes for Modern Sonic, passes by and goes to Chemical Plant as well. Later, Modern Sonic meets Tails at the Chemical Plant. While there, the hedgehog tells his friend that he is getting a strange sense of déjà vu from passing through these areas. Exiting the Chemical Plant, the area goes back to normal following Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic's run through it. However, each Sonic is unaware of the other's presence. At the same time Chemical Plant is restored, Amy is restored as well.

Afterwards, the two Sonics race through Sky Sanctuary, restoring Knuckles in the process. Following that, Classic Sonic ends up on a highway in Stardust Speedway, where he defeats Metal Sonic and gets a Chaos Emerald from him. Later, Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic end up inside a Boss Gate at the same time, separated by a glass wall, which they each think is a mirror. Suddenly however, Eggman's voice is heard from the exit of the Boss Gate, mocking the hedgehogs and telling them that he will end Sonic soon. While Modern Sonic is unfazed by the taunt, Classic Sonic heads into the exit. Modern Sonic then realizes that there is another one of himself here, and tries to enter the exit as well, only for it to close before he is able to pass through it. Meanwhile, Classic Sonic fights Classic Eggman and his Death Egg Robot aboard the Death Egg. After the doctor is defeated though, he is kidnapped by the Time Eater as he begs Sonic for help. Later, both Sonics meet in White Space, surprised by each other's presence. They also meet both Classic Tails and Modern Tails. The four of them then discover that they are traveling through time and space, which explains the various locations they recognize. The quartet subsequently team up to stop the Time Eater's rampage and save their remaining friends.

Continuing onward, the Sonics rescue Cream the Rabbit and Cheese after restoring Speed Highway, Rouge after restoring City Escape, and Espio after restoring Seaside Hill. Along the way, the two Tails' figure out that the Time Eater is tearing space apart as it moves through time, thereby ripping places from across space and time from their locations in their timelines and placing the-now lifeless and dead areas in White Space. However, by speeding through time in these areas, the Sonics are able to fix space and return life to these areas. With the universe about to fall into chaos because of the Time Eater however, the Sonics realize they have to get going like never before. Soon after, Modern Sonic claims a Chaos Emerald following a meeting and clash with Shadow onboard the Space Colony ARK. Not long after, he finds himself in a flooded Station Square where he defeats Perfect Chaos. Afterward, the Classic and Modern pairs discover that the Time Eater does not like the Chaos Emeralds, making their hunt for the gems even more important. Continuing their adventure, the Sonics pass through Crisis City, Rooftop Run and Planet Wisp, restoring these locations and rescuing Blaze, Vector and Charmy too. Meanwhile, Modern Sonic wins a Chaos Emerald from Silver after defeating him in a fight in Crisis City. He also goes on to fight Modern Eggman and his Egg Dragoon in Eggmanland. After defeating Modern Eggman however, the doctor is taken away by the Time Eater, confusing the heroes.


The Sonics and Tailses confronting the Time Eater.

After collecting all the Chaos Emeralds, the Sonics and Tailses confront the Time Eater in its domain. There, they discover that the Time Eater is being piloted by both doctors. Modern Eggman reveals that while drifting through space following the events of the Wisp incident, he found the primordial form of the Time Eater. Discovering that the creature had the power to erase time and space, Modern Eggman decided to use its powers to alter the past and undo his previous defeats by erasing Sonic's actions from history. However, he needed someone just as smart as him to perfect his modifications for the Time Eater, which was why he had it abduct Classic Eggman earlier. Confident that Eggman still cannot win, the Sonics engage the Time Eater. Although the Time Eater manages to nearly defeat the two Sonics, their friends and allies show up to support them, thereby activating the power of the Chaos Emeralds and allowing the Sonics to transform into Super Sonics. The super-powered hedgehogs proceed to confront the Time Eater in another dimension and manage to destroy it. The heroes then return to the present time, with everything having seemingly returned to normal. There, the group continues to celebrate Modern Sonic's birthday. During the party, Modern Sonic thanks Classic Sonic for the team-up while Classic Sonic attempts to demonstrate the Boost. Although he fails, Modern Sonic encourages to continue working on it. Afterward, Classic Sonic and Classic Tails find a stray Time Hole for them to return home with. As the counterparts and the party guests then bid farewell to each other, Modern Sonic promises Classic Sonic a great future, just as Classic Sonic and Classic Tails pass through the closing Time Hole.

Meanwhile, both Eggmen are lost in White Space. There, the two argue as they search for an exit and discuss about whether or not they ever defeat Sonic. Their discussion makes Classic Eggman contemplate if he should go back and get his teaching degree, which Modern Eggman thinks is not a bad idea since he loves telling people what to do.


Image Character Biography
SG modern and classic Modern Sonic

Classic Sonic
The world's fastest supersonic hedgehog is back again. He loves freedom, and hates anything unjust. Although he's short tempered at times, he can't leave anyone in need of help. He was about to enjoy his birthday until a mysterious creature appeared...[16]
CharaArtr2 WTails Modern Tails

Classic Tails
Tails is a kid fox who can fly by spinning his two tails. He loves to work with machinery, and his inventions have helped Sonic many times.[16]
Sgenerations Modern Eggman The evil genius of science is a long time rival of Sonic. Countless times he's challenged Sonic, but each time his ambitions are shattered. But how about this time...?[17]
Time-eater-sonic-generations Time Eater A mysterious monster that appeared out of nowhere. It created a mysterious maelstrom that blew Sonic's friends into another dimension.[17]


Sonic Generations is a platforming video game, with bits of gameplay taken from past Sonic games. The player takes control of either Classic Sonic or Modern Sonic, each with their own abilities and levels.

Sonic Generations is divided into nine stages, all of which are taken from past Sonic games, which are composed on two Acts, the first one with the player controlling Classic Sonic, and the second one having them playing as Modern Sonic. The goal of Sonic Generations is to beat the aforementioned Acts in the least amount of time as possible. These Acts are designed to make use of each character's abilities and branch into multiple paths that can offer the player more secrets to find. In addition, the player will unlock boss stages and Challenge Acts as they progress with the game, both of which have to be completed in order to progress with the story, although most Challenge Acts are optional.

During gameplay, the player will encounter obstacles and enemies. Also common are the Rings, which serve as the playable character's health. The number of Rings carried by the player is displayed in the top left corner of the HUD. As with past Sonic games, Rings serve as the playable character's main method of protection from damage; if the playable character takes damage while they carry at least one Ring, they will survive, though they will lose all their Rings. Conversely, taking damage while not holding any Rings will cost the player a life. The player will also lose a life if they drown underwater, get crushed, or fall into a bottomless pit. After losing a life, the playable character will respawn at the latest Star Post they touched, or at the start of an Act if they have not touched any Star Post. If the player runs out of lives, they will get a Game Over. Extra lives can be obtained by collecting 1-Ups or by gathering 100 Rings.

Sonic Generations also includes Skills, which are optional booster items the player can buy to get an advantage in levels or get exclusive content. This can be done through the Skill Shop, which allows players to use points earned from high scores to unlock upgrades such as abilities, shields, and even the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game (console version). Completing challenges, as well as finding Red Star Rings hidden in each of the main Acts, unlocks additional Skills, as well as bonus concept artwork and music.

Character specific gameplays[]

Classic Sonic[]

Sky Sanctuary 6

Classic Sonic in Sky Sanctuary, the third stage in the game.

Classic Sonic has a 2.5D side-scroller gameplay, the same as that from the 2D Sega Mega Drive Sonic games, though with some modifications to be more adapted to the newer level design. As with the aforementioned games, Classic Sonic can run, jump, and roll as his most basic abilities. In addition, he can also Spin Dash while standing still to be launched at incredible speeds. Classic Sonic's Acts end when he touches a Goal Post at the end of the stage.

Modern Sonic[]

Sonic Generations Seaside Hill (1)

Modern Sonic in Seaside Hill, the sixth stage in the game.

Modern Sonic's gameplay resembles that of Sonic Unleashed and the Wii version of Sonic Colors. Occasionally, the camera will shift between a side-view angle and a third-person angle, offering a 2.5D side-scroller gameplay and a 3D gameplay respectively. Like Classic Sonic, he can run and jump, those being his most standard abilities. However, he can also Boost to run at incredibly high speeds and destroy almost everything that is in his way, though this ability is limited and cannot be performed if the player's Boost Gauge is empty. Sonic can also perform a Homing Attack to reach nearby targets with ease, and slide to pass through small spaces with ease. Modern Sonic's Acts end when he touches a Goal Ring.


Button formation Extra Life 07 Movement
Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Classic Modern
Left-Analog-Stick left/right Move Move/Grind Step
Left-Analog-Stick up Look up
Left-Analog-Stick down Look down/Crouch
XboxA Cross Spin Jump
Move + XboxX/Left-Analog-Stick down Move + Square/Left-Analog-Stick down Spin Attack N/A
XboxX/Crouch + XboxA Square/Crouch + Cross Spin Dash
XboxA (midair) Cross (midair) N/A Homing Attack
XboxX Square Boost/Air Boost
Xbox-Button-LB/Xbox-Button-RB L1/R1 Quick Step
XboxB Circle Slide
XboxB (midair) Circle (midair) Stomp
XboxY PSTriangleButton Lightspeed Dash
XboxA (on wall) Cross (on wall) Wall Jump
Xbox-Button-LT/Xbox-Button-RT L2/R2 Drift



Gimmicks and obstacles[]


Playable characters[]

Non-playable characters[]



Stages are divided into three eras, each representing games from a different generation of video game consoles. The "Classic Era" represents Sega Mega Drive and CD games. The "Dreamcast Era" represents games from the Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2. The "Modern Era" represents games from the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii.

No. Stage Era Original game
1 Green Hill Classic Era Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
2 Chemical Plant Sonic the Hedgehog 2
3 Sky Sanctuary Sonic & Knuckles
4 Speed Highway Dreamcast Era Sonic Adventure
5 City Escape Sonic Adventure 2
6 Seaside Hill Sonic Heroes
7 Crisis City Modern Era Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
8 Rooftop Run Sonic Unleashed
9 Planet Wisp Sonic Colors

In addition to the main stages, Casino Night from Sonic 2 is also included as an optional stage in the Classic Era as DLC.


Generations' bosses are divided in two: "rival" bosses and major bosses. Each era has a rival and a major boss. Both types are based on individual bosses from previous games and are fought in the location they were originally encountered. Defeating each boss grants the player a Chaos Emerald, which is needed to beat the game. A final boss, the Time Eater, is fought after the seven Emeralds are obtained.

Rival bosses[]

No. Boss Era Location Original game
1 Metal Sonic Classic Era Stardust Speedway Sonic the Hedgehog CD
2 Shadow the Hedgehog Dreamcast Era Space Colony ARK Sonic Adventure 2
3 Silver the Hedgehog Modern Era Crisis City Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Major bosses[]

No. Boss Era Location Original game
1 Death Egg Robot Classic Era Death Egg Zone Sonic the Hedgehog 2
2 Perfect Chaos Dreamcast Era Station Square Sonic Adventure
3 Egg Dragoon Modern Era Eggmanland Sonic Unleashed
4 Time Eater N/A Lair of the Time Eater Sonic Generations

Other modes[]

30-second Trial[]

Sonic Generations 30 second trial

30-second Trial gameplay.

In 30-second Trial mode, the player has to get as far as they can in a stage in thirty seconds. After time runs out, a sign post is placed in the spot where the player is standing. However, if they reach the goal before the time runs out (which is only possible through hacks), the mode abruptly ends without the score saved. They have the option to try again or continue playing to find the sign posts of their friends. They can also upload their score online and see which of their friends made it the farthest in one specific level.

Time Attack[]

Main article: Time Attack

In Time Attack mode, the player can see how fast they can clear a stage, a rival, or a boss fight, and can share their time in online leader-boards. In the console version, Time Attack can only be done online, and only the eighteen main Acts can be played for a top time.


Unlockable music[]

Music can be unlocked by completing some Challenge Acts or collecting a number of Red Star Rings. The player can view the unlocked music by going to the collection room. The music for each stage in the game can be replaced by any unlocked music. In the 3DS version, they can only be heard in the extras menu.

There is a total of fifty unlockable tracks:

Title Game
"Green Hill Zone (original)" Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
"Marble Zone"
"Star Light Zone"
"Emerald Hill Zone" Sonic the Hedgehog 2
"Chemical Plant Zone (Original)"
"Special Stage"
"Angel Island Zone" Sonic the Hedgehog 3
"Hydro City Zone"
"Marble Garden Zone"
"Mushroom Hill Zone" Sonic & Knuckles
"Flying Battery Zone"
"Death Egg Zone"
"Open Your Heart" Sonic Adventure
"It Doesn't Matter"
"Emerald Coast"
"Metal Harbor" Sonic Adventure 2
"Live & Learn"
"Green Forest"
"Special Stages" (Bonus Challenge) Sonic Heroes
"Sonic Heroes"
"What I'm Made Of..."
"His World" Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
"Wave Ocean"
"Kingdom Valley"
"Endless Possibility" Sonic Unleashed
"Windmill Isle - Day"
"Savannah Citadel - Day"
"Reach for the Stars" Sonic Colors
"Tropical Resort"
"Sweet Mountain"
"Toxic Caves" Sonic Spinball
"Palmtree Panic Present (JPN)" Sonic the Hedgehog CD
"Sonic Boom"
"Stardust Speedway Bad Future (US)"
"Diamond Dust Zone" Sonic 3D Blast
"Super Sonic Racing" Sonic R
"Neo Green Hill Zone" Sonic Advance
"Leaf Forest" Sonic Advance 2
"Route 99" Sonic Advance 3
"Right There, Ride On" Sonic Rush
"A New Venture" Sonic Rush Adventure
"High Flying Groove" Sonic Riders
"Un-Gravitify" Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
"Free" Sonic Free Riders
"Quick Trip To Paradise" Sonic Rivals
"Race To Win" Sonic Rivals 2
"I Am... All of Me" Shadow the Hedgehog
"Let the Speed Mend It" Sonic and the Secret Rings
"Knight of the Wind" Sonic and the Black Knight
"Splash Hill Zone" Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I


Inside the media room, there lies a Statue Room where the player can collect many characters with various codes, even the regular enemies and four characters who did not appear in the game otherwise. The room is accessible by holding Back/Select while in the Collection Room. These statues are:

Statue Codes
Code Character
204390 Sonic the Hedgehog
171045 Classic Sonic
632951 Tails
359236 Classic Tails
863358 Amy Rose
679417 Knuckles the Echidna
332955 Cream the Rabbit & Cheese
888200 Rouge the Bat
894526 Espio the Chameleon
544873 Blaze the Cat
868377 Vector the Crocodile
226454 Charmy Bee
629893 Chao
870580 Omochao
613482 Dr. Eggman
103729 Classic Eggman
277087 Classic Metal Sonic
262416 Shadow the Hedgehog
688187 Silver the Hedgehog
353012 Big the Cat
601409 E-123 Omega
383870 Jet the Hawk
507376 Hero Chao
869292 Dark Chao
309511 Chip
483990 Moto Bug
852363 Buzz Bomber
363911 Crabmeat
639402 Chopper
275843 Grabber
466913 Spiny
360031 Eggrobo
640456 Cop Speeder
530741 Spinner
668250 Gun Hunter
975073 Mono Beetle
125817 Egg Pawn
872910 Iblis Biter
513929 Iblis Taker
711268 Iblis Worm
851426 Egg Fighter
973433 Egg Launcher
329494 Egg-Cannon
200078 Egg Chaser
548986 Sandworm
070178 Classic Spring
537070 Modern Spring
209005 Item Box
777921 Capsule
933391 Goal Plate
283015 Goal Ring
390884 Ring
008140 Chaos Emeralds
495497 Launcher
249651 Animal Friends


These are the achievements and trophies for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam versions of Sonic Generations.

Icon Name Description Trophy Class Gamescore
All Stages Cleared! All Trophies Collected! Collect all Trophies.
PSN Trophy Platinum
The Opening Act The Opening Act Race through the first stage.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement GREEN HILL Restored! GREEN HILL Restored! Restore the GREEN HILL Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement CHEMICAL PLANT Restored! CHEMICAL PLANT Restored! Restore the CHEMICAL PLANT Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement SKY SANCTUARY Restored! SKY SANCTUARY Restored! Restore the SKY SANCTUARY Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement SPEED HIGHWAY Restored! SPEED HIGHWAY Restored! Restore the SPEED HIGHWAY Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement CITY ESCAPE Restored! CITY ESCAPE Restored! Restore the CITY ESCAPE Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement SEASIDE HILL Restored! SEASIDE HILL Restored! Restore the SEASIDE HILL Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
CRISIS CITY Restored! CRISIS CITY Restored! Restore the CRISIS CITY Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
ROOFTOP RUN Restored! ROOFTOP RUN Restored! Restore the ROOFTOP RUN Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
PLANET WISP Restored! PLANET WISP Restored! Restore the PLANET WISP Stage Gate.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Sunny Side Up Sunny Side Up Defeat Death Egg Robot.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Perfect Punisher Perfect Punisher Defeat Perfect Chaos.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Boom Boom Dragoon Boom Boom Dragoon Defeat Egg Dragoon.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Scrap Metal Scrap Metal Defeat Metal Sonic.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Shadow Boxing Shadow Boxing Defeat Shadow.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Silver Got Served Silver Got Served Defeat Silver.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Treasure Hunter Treasure Hunter Collect all the Chaos Emeralds.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Game cleared All Stages Cleared! Clear Sonic Generations.
PSN Trophy Silver
Greased Lightning Greased Lightning Clear Green Hill Zone Act 1 within one minute.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Bright Star Bright Star Get Rank S in an Act.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Shooting Star Shooting Star Get Rank S in three Acts.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Blazing Meteor Blazing Meteor Get Rank S in seven Acts.
PSN Trophy Silver
Blue Comet Blue Comet Get Rank S in twelve Acts.
PSN Trophy Silver
Big Bang SG Big Bang Get Rank S in all Acts.
PSN Trophy Gold
Trickstar Trickstar Pull off a seven or more trick combo or six trick combo ending in a finishing trick.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Eradicator Eradicator Defeat 100 enemies.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Ring King Ring King Reach the goal without dropping any of the rings you collected in Green Hill Zone Act 1.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Action Hero Action Hero Perform all of Sonic's moves in act 2.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Can't Touch This Can't Touch This Defeat the Time Eater without getting hit.
PSN Trophy Silver
Bonds of Friendship Bonds of Friendship Complete all Challenge Acts featuring Sonic's friends.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Walkie Talkie Walkie Talkie Chat with each of Sonic's friends you have saved.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Join the Ranks Join the Ranks Join the rankings.
PSN Trophy Bronze
A 30-Second Test A 30-Second Test Participate in a 30 Second Trial.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Jump for Joy! Jump for Joy! Find the spring hidden in GREEN HILL Act 1 and reach the goal with a Red Star Ring.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Walk on Water Walk on Water Cleared CHEMICAL PLANT Act 2 without entering the water.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Walk on Air Walk on Air Cleared SKY SANCTUARY Act 1 without falling and losing a life.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Byway or the Highway Byway or the Highway Get the Red Star Ring located on the shortcut route in SPEED HIGHWAY Act 2 and reach the goal.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Demolition Derby Demolition Derby Wrecked 30 or more cars in CITY ESCAPE Act 2.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Secret Sleuth Secret Sleuth Get the Red Star Ring located in the hidden room in SEASIDE HILL Act 1 and reach the goal.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Look Both Ways Look Both Ways Reached the goal in CRISIS CITY Act 2 without being hit by tornado-carried cars or rocks.
PSN Trophy Bronze
A Quick Breather A Quick Breather Get the Red Star Ring atop the highest spot in ROOFTOP RUN Act 2 and reach the goal.
PSN Trophy Bronze
SG achievement Color Power! Color Power! Get the Red Star Ring by using an Orange Wisp in PLANET WISP Act 2 and reach the goal.
PSN Trophy Bronze
Super Sonic! Supersonic! Cleared a regular stage as Super Sonic.
PSN Trophy Silver
Mad Skillz Mad Skillz Unlock all custom skills.
PSN Trophy Silver
HedgeHogging It All Up! (Hedge)Hogging It All Up! Get all collectibles.
PSN Trophy Gold
Time Attacker Time Attacker Play Ranking Attack on all stages.
PSN Trophy Silver
Red Ring Collector Red Ring Collector Get all Red Star Rings.
PSN Trophy Silver
Halfway Point Halfway Point Clear half the Challenge Acts.
PSN Trophy Silver
Mission Accomplished! Mission Accomplished! Clear all the Challenge Acts.
PSN Trophy Silver


Development of Sonic Generations began shortly after the release of Sonic Unleashed, when Sonic Team began discussing ideas for a 20th anniversary Sonic game, with producer Takashi Iizuka wanting a game that incorporated the best of the series' history. The team eventually chose to split the gameplay into two playstyles: one based on the original games and another on the more recent ones.[18][19][20] Sonic Team chose to develop the game on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, wanting the game to reimagine levels from previous installments with high-quality graphics.[21] A port for PC was handled by the British developer Devil's Details. A separate version for the Nintendo 3DS was developed with assistance from Dimps to celebrate the series' history on handhelds.[19] A version for Wii was also planned, but abandoned due to hardware limitations.[21]

The beginning
Sonic Generations - Green Hill - Game Shot - (3)

Comparison of the Green Hill stage in the original Sonic the Hedgehog (top) and Sonic Generations (bottom)

While Sonic Colors was made for a more casual-oriented audience, Sonic Generations was made to appeal to the series' core fans.[22] The script was written by Colors' writers Ken Pontac and Warren Graff; according to Pontac, they had more imput on the story than in Colors.[23] Generations makes use of the Hedgehog Engine, the engine previously used for Unleashed. To decide which levels would appear in the game, Sega polled their employees and conducted an Internet survey about popular Sonic stages, with the ones that were found most popular being incorporated into the game.[21][18] Sonic Team decided not to reuse older assets or level designs, and certain stages were given new visual elements for more dynamic. Additionally, the developers only chose stages with different concepts and gameplay styles, with Emerald Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 not being put into the game due to its similarities to Green Hill Zone despite its popularity.[18] Recreating the "classic" Sonic gameplay was cited as challenging, since the Hedgehog Engine was made for 3D gameplay. The developers chose to make the Spin Dash quicker to use to help younger players who may be unfamiliar with it.[24]


In late 2010, rumors of a Sonic Anniversary game surfaced online.[25] The rumors told of a game that would potentially feature remakes of levels from throughout the series' history in both 2D and 3D. The game was alleged to be released on all major game consoles at the time: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS.

On 18 April 2011, Sonic Generations was finally announced for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A GameStop release list printed on 7 May 2011 showed a Nintendo 3DS port of Generations with a tentative release date of 31 December 2011. Later in the month, a Sega-Sammy earnings report listed Nintendo 3DS and PC versions of the game; however, a revised version of the report no longer listed either version.[26] The June 2011 issue of Nintendo Power finally confirmed a 3DS version of Sonic Generations.[27] It contained an in-depth preview and interview with Takashi Iizuka.

Sega officially announced a PC version of the game on 11 October 2011.[28] This version was outsourced and developed by the British company Devil's Details.

Sonic Boom[]

Main article: Sonic Boom (event)
The Sonic Boom logo.

A Sonic Generations demo was playable at E3 2011, under the name "Sonic Boom". It was the first major American Sonic event, being hosted by Sega, and took place on 8 June 2011 at 6pm PST. At E3, Sonic Generations was playable in both the HD and Nintendo 3DS versions. Although only Green Hill was playable for the console versions, City Escape was shown. There was also a Birthday Song for Sonic sung at Sonic Boom and the ending of the song, "Happy Birthday Sonic!" was heard in Sonic Generations.[29] This song appeared at the Tokyo Joypolis event and at the Summer of Sonic event in London. It appeared at the Gamescom 2011 event in Germany, and at Tokyo Game Show 2011.


The Australian government’s OFLC rated a multi-platform demo release of Sonic Generations and Sega formally announced at E3 that they would release a demo for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on Sonic's 20th Anniversary, 23 June 2011. The demo only contained Green Hill, and only the Classic Sonic playthrough. However, this demo also contained many unused files that revealed much about the full game, notably the stage list. The demo was only available until 12 July, at which point it was no longer available, including for players who had already downloaded it; the file essentially locked itself. In the Xbox Live version, one has to be an Xbox Live Gold Member to download the demo, although in the PlayStation Network version, a PlayStation Plus Subscription is not required. The name of the demo was: "Sonic Generations Green Hill Zone Demo #1", indicating another demo was on the way. Sega confirmed on their blog a second demo released in Europe for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on October 18 and was released in North America for PlayStation Network on 25 October.[30] The demo contains both Classic and Modern Sonic playable in Green Hill and has no time limit.

Cast and Voice Direction[]

Classic Sonic is mostly silent throughout the game, showing his personality through his actions and gestures.

For the first time, voice overs exist not only in English and Japanese, but also German, French, Italian and Spanish. The French voice cast (except for Vector) and the German voice cast (except for Shadow, Cream, Vector, Espio, Charmy and Rouge) all reprise their roles from the Sonic X anime series. The Spanish voice of Sonic reprised his role from Sonic Underground.

Jack Fletcher was the voice director for the English dub, Eriko Kimura and Keiichiro Miyoshi were the voice directors for the Japanese dub, Antoine Nouel returned as the French voice director from Sonic X, Emanuela Ghignoni was the voice director for the Italian dub, Michael Hülsmann was the voice director for the German dub, and Guillermo Reinlein was the voice director for the Spanish dub.

Role Voice actor(s)
English Japanese French Italian German Spanish
Sonic the Hedgehog Roger Craig Smith Jun'ichi Kanemaru Alexandre Gillet Renato Novara Marc Stachel Jonatán López
Miles "Tails" Prower Kate Higgins Ryō Hirohashi Marie-Eugénie Maréchal Benedetta Ponticelli Anke Kortemeier Graciela Molina
Classic Tails Takuto Yoshinaga
Amy Rose Cindy Robinson Taeko Kawata Naïké Fauveau Serena Clerici Shandra Schadt Meritxell Ribera
Knuckles the Echidna Travis Willingham Nobutoshi Canna Sébastien Desjours Maurizio Merluzzo Claus Peter Damitz Sergio Mesa
Dr. Eggman Mike Pollock Chikao Ōtsuka Marc Bretonnière Aldo Stella Hartmut Neugebauer Francesc Belda
Classic Eggman
Cream the Rabbit Michelle Ruff Sayaka Aoki Marie Millet Sabrina Bonfitto Nicole Hannak Geni Rey
Rouge the Bat Karen Strassman Rumi Ochiai Marie Lenoir Jasmine Laurenti Marianne Graffam Ana Vidal
Shadow the Hedgehog Kirk Thornton Kōji Yusa Benoît DuPac Maurizio Merluzzo[note 1] Klaus Lochthove Manuel Gimeno
Riccardo Lombardo[note 2]
Espio the Chameleon Troy Baker Yūki Masuda Antoine Nouel Silvio Pandolfi Andreas Hofer Dani Albiac
Blaze the Cat Laura Bailey Nao Takamori Delphine Braillon Tania De Domenico Greta Galisch Carmen Ambrós
Silver the Hedgehog Quinton Flynn Daisuke Ono Hervé Grull Davide Albano Roland Wolf Ángel de Gracia
Vector the Crocodile Keith Silverstein Kenta Miyake Philippe Roullier Diego Sabre Andi Krösing Alfonso Vallés
Charmy Bee Colleen O'Shaughnessey Yōko Teppōzuka Marie Millet Emanuela Pacotto Luisa Wietzorek Graciela Molina
Omochao Laura Bailey Etsuko Kozakura Delphine Braillon Sabrina Bonfitto Tabea Börner Sofía García
Wisp announcer Roger Craig Smith Fumihiko Tachiki Roger Craig Smith



The cover of Blue Blur: Sonic Generations Original Soundtrack.

The soundtrack for Sonic Generations is called "Blue Blur: Sonic Generations Original Soundtrack" which includes the Soundtrack for both the console/PC and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game.[31][32]

The music in the game was remixed by Jun Senoue and Tatsuya Kozaki, with guest remixes done by Tomoya Ohtani, Kenichi Tokoi and Naofumi Hataya (who remixed the classic versions of the Mega Drive stage themes), among others.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 79.29% (PS3)[33]
78.67% (X360)[34]
78.43% (PC)[35]
Metacritic 76% (PS3)[36]
77% (X360)[37]
77% (PC)[38]
Review scores
Publication Score B[39]
Computer and Video Games 7.5/10[40]
Edge 5/10[41]
Eurogamer 7/10[42]
Famitsu 35/40[39]
G4 4/5 (X360)[43]
Game Informer 6.75/10[44]
GamePro 4/5 starsStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[45]
GamesMaster 84%[33]
GameSpot 8.0/10[46]
GameSpy 4/5 starsStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[38]
GamesRadar 8/10[47]
GamesTM 7/10[48]
GameTrailers 8.1/10[49]
GameZone 9.0/10[50]
IGN 8.5/10[22]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 8/10 (PS3)[33]
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) 8/10 (PS3)[51]
PALGN 9.5/10[52]
TeamXbox 8/10 (X360)[53]
Empire 4/5 starsStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[54]
Entity Award
GameZone Best Presentation[55]
IGN Editor's Choice[22]

Sonic Generations has sold nearly over 3 million copies worldwide as of 31 April 2014,[56] making it the fifth best selling Sonic game to date, behind Sonic the Hedgehog (over 4 million), Sonic Unleashed (also over 4 million), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (over 6 million), and Sonic Heroes (also over 6 million).

The console and PC versions received generally positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic respectively gave the PlayStation 3 version 79.29% and 76/100,[33][36] the Xbox 360 version 78.67% and 77%,[34][37] and the PC version 78.43% and 77/100.[35][38] IGN gave the game a score 8.5 out of 10 and an Editor's Choice award, praising the overall gameplay and the level design, while criticizing some occasional control issues and limited boss battles.[22] Computer and Video Games gave it a 7.5 out of 10, praising the balanced design but criticizing the frame rate of the graphics.[40] gave the game a "B" score, praising its variety, fun-to-play levels and interesting set-pieces, while criticizing some on-rails sections and occasional framerate drops.[39]

Official PlayStation Magazine gave it an 8/10, calling it "a masterpiece of platform game design."[51] GameTrailers gave the game a score of 8.1 out of 10, calling it "the best Sonic game in over a decade."[49] GamesRadar gave the console version 8/10, calling it "the best Sonic game since Sonic 2,"[47] while they gave the Nintendo 3DS version a 7/10, praising its level design and optional missions but criticizing its short length as well as the fact that modern Sonic is restricted to a 2D plane of movement.[57] Eurogamer, however, was less enthusiastic, writing that "Sonic Generations still doesn't do much to dissuade us that the hedgehog's best days are distant memories, but at least it is a worthy tribute to them."[42] The most positive review on Metacritic is a 9.5/10 from PALGN, which argues that the game is significantly better than Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4.[52] Game Informer's Tim Turi was more critical of the game, criticizing Sega for "...shoehorning recent Sonic games, no matter how awful, into the 20-year timeline." He felt that such stages served "...only to remind you of how far the series has fallen from its original form."[44] Famitsu praised the speed and addictiveness of the gameplay as well as the bonus material, while emphasizing that "you do need a certain amount of ability to play it the way it was meant."[47] Empire gave the game 4/5 stars, saying "Generations is a nostalgic joy that captures the dizzying speed and psychotic pace that made Sonic's original romps console classics."[54] GameSpot's Nathan Meunier praised Sonic Generations for its "impressive level designs," "gorgeous" visuals, "epic boss encounters," and high replay value.[46]

In 2022, IGN rated Sonic Generations as the greatest Sonic game of all time in their "10 Best Sonic Games" list,[58] while WatchMojo put it at second in their "Every 3D Sonic Game Ranked" video.[59]


Archie Comics made a video game tie-in for Sonic Generations in Sonic the Hedgehog #230, taking place within the In Another Time, In Another Place reality. It has also been stated that the events of the game happen in the Post-Super Genesis Wave timeline, and led up to Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide.

A short manga for Sonic Generations was released in Japan. It is presented in a similar format as the Sonic World Adventure manga and the Sonic Colors manga.

Other homages to the series[]

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
  • The underwater sections in Seaside Hill Act 1 bear features from Labyrinth Zone.
  • The colors from Green Hill resemble the ones from the original version.
  • If the player gets an "A"-Rank with Classic Sonic, he will do the pose from the box artwork of this game.
  • The Buzzsaws in both Acts of Planet Wisp return from Scrap Brain Zone.
  • In both Acts of Chemical Plant, there are waterslides that function the same way as the ones from Labyrinth Zone.
  • In City Escape, certain barrels are set up like the ones from Spring Yard Zone.
  • Classic Sonic starts his idle animations with his foot tapping animation from this game.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog CD
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
  • Act 1 of Seaside Hill contains references to parts of Hydrocity Zone, such as the grabbing poles and the small propellers.
  • In Sky Sanctuary Act 1, there are platforms that fly as Sonic runs on them. They will also wear out and stop working after running on one for too long. These are apparently based on the spinning blue tops from Marble Garden Zone.
  • If the player gets a "C"-Rank with Classic Sonic, he will do the pose from the Japanese box art of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
  • In Sky Sanctuary Act 2, there are indoor areas that resemble Hidden Palace Zone.
  • If Knuckles is saved by Modern Sonic, he says that it is good to have his sanctuary back, referencing its collapse.
  • On certain challenges, Classic Sonic has to "juggle" the Goal Post to a certain area in the stage. This could be a reference to the functions of the Goal Post in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, as you can juggle the Goal Post in the air for as long as you can after it falls from the sky in Act 1 of each stage.
  • One of Classic Sonic's idle animations, where he points ahead of the stage, comes from this game.
    • When facing backwards, this idle animation changes to have Classic Sonic point behind him, instead of reusing the same animation as in the original.
Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
Sonic 3D Blast
  • One of Classic Sonic's idle animations, where he crosses his arms and quickly taps his foot, is based on Sonic's idle animation from this game.
Sonic Adventure
  • The "Finish" pose for Modern Sonic's Freestyle Tricks is a reference to the pose he does on the front cover of the original Dreamcast version of the game.
  • In a mission in which Classic Sonic races Amy in Sky Sanctuary, Amy races by twirling her hammer around in her hands. This seems to reference her Spin Hammer Attack move from this game.
  • Classic Sonic's skateboard has a similar design to the one from one of Sonic's artworks from this game.
  • The tube waterslide in Chemical Plant works similarly to parts of Lost World.
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic Battle
  • In a mission in which Classic Sonic races Amy in Sky Sanctuary, Amy races by twirling her hammer around in her hands. This seems to reference one of her attacks from the game.
Sonic Advance 3
  • In the Amy Co-op Mission in Chemical Plant, she uses her hammer to send up Sonic in the air. This was her partner ability in Sonic Advance 3.
  • Sonic is able to call his friends to help him out with their special abilities in some of the missions. He was able to call them in Sonic Advance 3 as well.
  • In the final battle, Sonic is able to throw his partner as a projectile to the Time Eater. This feature comes from the final battle of Sonic Advance 3.
  • The Spinning Tops in Sky Sanctuary Zone are references to the Spinning Tops in Chaos Angel (in terms of design, not functionality).
Sonic Heroes
  • In a mission in which Classic Sonic races Amy in Sky Sanctuary, Amy Races by twirling her hammer around in her hands. This seems to reference her Propeller Hammer move from this game.
  • The settings music is remixed from the character select screen theme of this game.
Sonic Rush
  • The Freestyle Tricks Modern Sonic can perform are similar to the ones from this game. They give him boost energy, just like in Sonic Rush.
  • Blaze is seen talking to Cream in Sonic's party, a reference to their friendship from this game.
  • In the final battle, the Sonics combine their powers and start rotating in a circle to deliver the final blow. This is how the final battle of this game ended.
  • Each Sonic having their own remix of the stage theme is just like how Blaze and Sonic both had their own remix of each stages theme in this game.
Sonic Rush Adventure
  • Blaze mentions that there are rings similar to Red Rings in her dimension.
  • The dolphins who help Modern Sonic in Emerald Coast are similar to the ones from Pirates' Island.
  • The combo finisher Modern Sonic can perform originated from this game.
Sonic Rivals
  • The three rivals in Sonic Generations were part of Sonic's rivals from this game.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • If the player gets a "B"-Rank as Classic Sonic, he will strike a pose that resembles Sonic's render pose from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
  • The tube waterslide in Chemical Plant works similarly to the one during Aquatic Capital.
  • The texture of Sky Sanctuary Act 2 strongly resembles Astral Babylon.

Sonic and the Secret Rings:

  • In a cutscene, Modern Sonic mentions, "Rescuing genies in magic books."
  • The skill system is similar to the ring system from this game.
  • The Time Break ability in Sonic Generations is very similar to the Time Break in this game, where it originated from.
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
  • If the player saves Rouge the Bat in City Escape as Modern Sonic, she will refer to him as "Big Blue," which was her nickname for Sonic in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
  • If the player gets a "B"-Rank with Modern Sonic, he will do one of the poses of his artwork from this game.
Sonic Unleashed
  • The skydiving tunnels in Modern Chemical Plant and the Egg Dragoon boss are a reference to the original Rooftop Run and Eggmanland stages.
  • There is a cylinder-climbing section in Crisis City that works like Mazuri's tree section, in which the player needs to climb the right platforms to continue on, otherwise they may find themselves stuck in an endless loop.
  • In both acts of Rooftop Run, the flags of all the nations Sonic visited in Unleashed are visible at some point.
  • The village in the background of Water Palace looks similar to Apotos.
  • Wentos' Chao puppets are seen hanging in the Skill Shop.
  • This game uses the Homing Attack lock on icon from Sonic Unleashed'.
Sonic Colors
  • As well as mentioning genies and magic books, Modern Sonic also mentions "saving aliens in an interstellar amusement park" in the same cutscene.
  • Near the end of Modern Rooftop Run, the Battery Blimp attacks in the same way as the Frigate Orcan and Skullian except it can't be destroyed. However, it leaves a trail of rings after it takes enough hits, just like both bosses did in Sonic Colors.
Sonic Channel
  • If the player gets an "A"-Rank with Modern Sonic, he will do one of the many poses that he has in Sonic Channel.
  • Most of the statues are based off the character artwork from here.


  • This is the third 3D mainline Sonic game to utilize the Boost formula, following Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors.
  • To date, no explanation has been given for how Dr. Eggman and his past counterpart managed to escape the white void and return to their respective times at the very end of the game.
  • The internet poll asking fans what their favorite stages from each mainline Sonic game were also listed stages from Sonic and the Secret Rings and Sonic and the Black Knight, suggesting that at one point in development, stages from both games were meant to appear in Sonic Generations but were scrapped later on.
    • Because Sonic Colors was unannounced yet at the time the poll was released, none of its stages appeared in the poll.
  • There are some differences between the console and the PC version of Sonic Generations. First of all, the PC version has more shadows and the colors are extremely less vibrant than on the console version. The maximum framerate for the PC is 60 FPS while it is locked to 30 FPS on consoles (without FPS Boost enabled for the Xbox 360 version). The loading times are also greatly decreased in the PC version, as well as the Xbox 360 version running on Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S, and it lacks the Sega Genesis Controller.
    • However, the Sega Mega Drive version of Sonic the Hedgehog runs at 60 FPS in the console version (even with FPS Boost enabled for the Xbox 360 version).
    • Also, in the PC version and the Xbox 360 version via FPS Boost, all cutscenes, including boss intro cutscenes and boss outro cutscenes as well as the Saving A Friend cutscenes, are locked at 30 FPS.
    • In the PS3 version, Motion Blur is disabled.
  • The textures for Planet Wisp's environment map are actually screenshots of the team's dev program.
  • All Challenges against friends in the first era are races.
    • Tails is the only character who races against the current Sonic. Knuckles and Amy race against Classic Sonic. This may be seem as a reference to the fact that Tails' levels in Sonic Adventure were based in racing against Sonic.
  • This is the first 3D Sonic game not to have a unique theme song.
  • Like the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed, while using the Boost on a Dash Panel, Sonic performs a Spin Dash animation.
  • In both Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic Generations, the Death Egg can be seen in the background of Sky Sanctuary. In Sonic & Knuckles, the next level is Death Egg Zone, and in Sonic Generations, the next level is the fight against the Death Egg Robot, which coincidentally takes place in the Death Egg.
  • The game's box artwork has a white colored accent on top and bottom.
  • The rivals in this game appeared as playable characters in Sonic Rivals.
    • Knuckles is the only rival from Sonic Rivals that is a friend in Sonic Generations, as the others are all rivals that battle Sonic.
  • The drowning countdown starts at 4 instead of 5, although a different tone is played before the countdown starts. Underwater warning beeps are also much more prominent.
  • After Sonic saves Tails, he makes a reference, saying that Green Hill was "awfully familiar," followed by Tails saying that he does not recognize the stage at all. This most likely references the fact that Green Hill Zone is a Sonic the Hedgehog stage, and Tails was introduced in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • This is the second 3D Sonic game where Eggman is the final boss.
  • Out of all nine main stages, three of the stages are based on the first levels of their respective games (Green Hill, City Escape and Seaside Hill). To a lesser extent, Crisis City is also considered a starting level in Silver's story, and Speed Highway is the first Action Stage in Knuckles' story in Sonic Adventure.
  • This is the second main 3D game to have someone (Classic Tails, specifically) call Dr. Eggman the name "Dr. Robotnik," the first being Sonic Adventure, which was - in the English translation of the games - where Eggman got his nickname.
  • This is the second 3D Sonic game in which the player starts a new game and are taken to the first stage, rather than showing the cutscene first. The first game to do this was Sonic Colors.
  • History of the 1st Stage Original Soundtrack White Edition is the Japanese pre-order bonus for the game, not the soundtrack as originally thought. It compiles the first level themes of every mainline Sonic game.[60]
  • Coincidentally, Shadow's line from his own game, "Where is that damn fourth Chaos Emerald?" is also referenced, as he has the fourth Chaos Emerald of the game.
  • Takashi Iizuka said that the three original taglines for the game were "Blast with the past", "Déjà Blue", and "A speedy trip down memory lane".[citation needed]
  • With the exception of the Egg Dragoon, all of the bosses in Sonic Generations only take half the amount of hits the bosses in the Nintendo 3DS version can (four in the console/PC version, eight in the Nintendo 3DS version).
  • In White Space, Sky Sanctuary has trees with grapes in them. Knuckles' favorite food is stated to be grapes in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 manual, and Sky Sanctuary is also where Knuckles is saved in Sonic Generations.
  • When an "S"-Rank is achieved on one of the levels or bosses, the text color of the title of it turns golden.
  • The unlockable music list has slight remixes of the Classic Sonic songs (mainly Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles).
  • After a stage is restored, a level's background noise can be heard, faint from the normal background music. This is easily heard when muting the music:
    • Green Hill: sounds of the waterfalls and bird songs are heard.
    • Chemical Plant: sounds of construction are heard.
    • Sky Sanctuary: loud bird songs are heard.
    • Speed Highway: moving, honking cars are heard.
    • City Escape: crowds talking are heard.
    • Seaside Hill: sounds of a beach are heard.
    • Crisis City: sounds of volcanic explosions are heard.
    • Rooftop Run: faint crowds are heard.
    • Planet Wisp: a mix of bird songs and construction is heard.
  • The Death Egg Robot is the only boss originally fought by Sonic as himself. Perfect Chaos was fought by Super Sonic and the Egg Dragoon was fought by the Werehog.
  • This is the second game to use skill customization, the first being Sonic and the Secret Rings.
  • The PC version downloadable from Steam is always based on the PAL version, even in North America. This is confirmed due to "Colors" being spelled "Colours".
  • During the credits, the original levels from each game play along with the music medley as a tribute to the original games. The following game versions were used: the original Japanese Sonic Adventure release on Dreamcast, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, the PC version of Sonic Heroes, the PlayStation 3 version of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the Xbox 360 version of Sonic Unleashed, and the Wii version of Sonic Colors. There are no obvious indications if the Mega Drive games are originals or direct emulations (or even Sonic Jam). Oddly enough, even though the credits use the revised Japanese version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the unlockable emulation in console versions is the original American release.
  • Sonic Generations was held on a 66% discount on Steam via PC Download as a Daily Deal due to the large amount of downloads.[61]
  • In the Collection Room, two of the cutscenes the player can view are both named "Eggman Abducted", both being the cutscene after beating the Death Egg Robot and the Egg Dragoon.
  • The rival and boss battle of the Dreamcast Era mainly used the Boost throughout the fight which was introduced later in the series.
    • In contrast, the rival and boss battle of the Modern Era mainly use the Homing Attack and Auto-Running, which were introduced earlier in the series.
  • Not long before the release date of Sonic Generations, Sega sponsored a skateboarding sporting event that took place in Venice Beach of California named "Sonic Generations of Skate".
  • The Silver the Hedgehog boss battle is the only recreated/reimagined boss in the game that was not based off a second-to-last or final boss. Metal Sonic, Egg Emperor, and the Egg Dragoon are boss battles that are second to last while the Death Egg Robot, Big Arm, Shadow the Hedgehog (final boss of Hero story in Sonic Adventure 2), and Perfect Chaos are all final bosses to their story modes and games.
  • When looking at the models on the character profiles, both Silver and Rouge strike the same poses.
  • If the player views the entire White World in a 3D model viewer, if they zoom out and look around, the entire Crisis City level will be there.
  • Despite the game giving Super Sonic a theme, (it being an instrumental remix of the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I theme) it only plays during the final phase of the Time Eater boss fight, and a variant of it plays in the cutscene prior to the fight.
  • When booting up the PlayStation 3 version of this game, some of Sonic's sprites from the original Sonic the Hedgehog are used before the Sega motto loads up.
  • The physics engine is actually a modified version of the Sonic Unleashed engine. Hacking into the game can restore properties found within Sonic Unleashed, including light shafts, motion blur, and directional shadows.
  • On 14 July 2015, Sega posted a video of the cutscene played before the final battle, adding in footage from a motivational speech video featuring actor Shia LaBeouf. That speech came from #INTRODUCTIONS.[62]
  • In the "Ending" cutscene, the dialogue between both Classic and Modern Tails is different between the English and Japanese scripts. In the English script, Classic Tails asks Modern Tails where Sonic puts all of his collected Rings. In the Japanese script however, Classic Tails asks his Modern self how he could add legs to Sonic's Tornado model.
  • Sonic Generations is the fourth main game to have all four hedgehog main characters presented (Sonic, Amy, Shadow and Silver). The others before this being Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic Rivals and the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors.
  • This is the only game dubbed in French, Spanish, German, and Italian to not have the Wisp announcer voiced in those languages, with the game using its English voice instead.
  • Aaron Webber mentioned in an interview that if anyone were to voice Classic Sonic, his personal favorite would be Jaleel White.[63] Aaron also mentioned that he grew up with the classic Sonic cartoons, and he thought Jaleel White did a fantastic job. Jaleel White has stated that he was not approached by Sega to voice Classic Sonic.[64]
  • This game contains the second highest polygon counts for a Sonic model, with the Modern Sonic model reaching 16,173 tries, 16,173 faces and 8,316 verts. The highest polygon count so-far is the one from Sonic Unleashed.[65]
  • Sonic Generations is one of Naoto Ohshima's favorite games, due to the graphics and the two gameplay styles.[66]
  • So far, this is the last mainline Sonic game to physically feature Cream and Blaze.
  • This is the first mainline Sonic game since Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) to feature Knuckles the Echidna.


  1. Voice used exclusively in the battle against the character.
  2. Voice used exclusively in game scenes.


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