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Green Hill trapped in White Space, from the console/PC version of Sonic Generations.

White Space[1] is a location that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a broken realm between dimensions that holds the universe together[2] and where areas torn from their place in space-time by the Time Eater are sent to.

White Space is presented as a completely white void-like limbo which lacks any form of creation and where time does not exist. In gameplay, it serves as the main world of Sonic Generations where the player can access Stages, Challenge Acts, bosses and other features.

Function

Console/PC version

The two Sonics can access all of the levels in the game here, as this is the hub-world of the game, and they can also find the various bonus features that can be unlocked through various requirements. This area also contains the Collection Room, the Skill Shop, and the Information Pod. On their first visit to a level, it will be completely white and devoid of life. Successfully completing an Act with either Sonic will restore the color to roughly half of the level. Completing both Acts will completely restore the level to full color and revive one of Sonic's petrified friends trapped in White Space.

After successfully completely all six Acts in an Era, the Sonics will be granted access to each level's Challenge Acts. Each level holds a Boss Gate Key which must be obtained by completing one of ten Challenge Acts in a level (for a total of 3 per era) in order to fight the boss of that era. Though optional, the player also has the option of completing all five of a Sonic's Challenge Acts, which will restore some of the color to the Challenge area.

Nintendo 3DS version

The Nintendo 3DS version of White Space is not an explorable hub world. Instead, it functions more like a simple level select, with the level's icon displayed on the top screen, and the Acts and other info displayed on the bottom screen. Neither Sonic is seen on the top screen. Due to this, the missions are not located in White Space; a separate menu on the title screen accommodates this function.

Eras

White Space is divided into five areas. Three of these areas are dedicated to eras of Sonic's history by video game console generation. Located to the left of the first era is the shop and bonus features, and to the right of the third era is where the player can fight Time Eater at the Lair of the Time Eater once they have collected all the Chaos Emeralds.

First era

These Zones take place during the first Sonic games for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.

Console/PC version

Console/PC Levels from which game
Green Hill Green Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog.
Chemical Plant Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Sky Sanctuary Sky Sanctuary Zone from Sonic & Knuckles.
Bosses
Rival stage Boss stage (console/PC) Levels from which game
Metal Sonic Death Egg Robot Stardust Speedway race from Sonic the Hedgehog CD.
Death Egg Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Nintendo 3DS version

Nintendo 3DS Levels from which game
Green Hill Green Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog.
Casino Night Casino Night Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Mushroom Hill Mushroom Hill Zone from Sonic & Knuckles.
Bosses
Rival stages Boss stage (Nintendo 3DS) Levels from which game
Metal Sonic Big Arm Casino Night Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Launch Base Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Second era

These stages take place during various Sonic games for the Sega Dreamcast and Gamecube/Xbox/PlayStation 2.

Console/PC version

Console/PC Levels from which game
Speed Highway Speed Highway from Sonic Adventure.
City Escape City Escape from Sonic Adventure 2.
Seaside Hill Seaside Hill from Sonic Heroes.
Bosses
Rival stages Boss stage (console/PC) Levels from which game
Shadow the Hedgehog Perfect Chaos Flooded Station Square battle from Sonic Adventure.
Stronghold on the ARK Cannon's Core and Final Rush from Sonic Adventure 2.

Nintendo 3DS version

Nintendo 3DS Levels from which game
Emerald Coast Emerald Coast from Sonic Adventure.
Radical Highway Radical Highway from Sonic Adventure 2.
Bosses
Rival stages Boss stage (Nintendo 3DS) Levels from which game
Shadow the Hedgehog Biolizard The battle in the ARK Cannon's Core.
Radical Highway from Sonic Adventure 2.

Third era

These stages take place during various Sonic games for the Wii, Nintendo DS and PlayStation 3/Xbox 360.

Console/PC version

Console/PC Levels from which game
Crisis City Crisis City from Sonic the Hedgehog.
Rooftop Run Rooftop Run from Sonic Unleashed.
Planet Wisp Planet Wisp from Sonic Colors.
Bosses
Rival stages Boss stage (console/PC) Levels from which game
Silver the Hedgehog Egg Dragoon Crisis City from Sonic the Hedgehog.
Eggmanland from Sonic Unleashed.

3DS version

Nintendo 3DS Levels from which game
Water Palace Water Palace from Sonic Rush.
Tropical Resort Tropical Resort from Sonic Colors.
Bosses
Rival stages Boss stage (Nintendo 3DS) Levels from which game
Silver the Hedgehog Egg Emperor Tropical Resort from Sonic Colors.
Final Fortress from Sonic Heroes.

Trivia

  • The Treasure chest on the Nintendo 3DS version's Collection Room is the same Treasure Chest that appeared at the end of the Acts in Sonic Rush Adventure.
  • There are signs in the Speed Highway Hub showing places based on different characters names.
  • In White Space, the melodies at each Stage Entrance are re-orchestrated versions with different and shorter instruments.

References

  1. Sonic Generations (Xbox 360) United Kingdom instruction booklet, pg. 11.
  2. BradyGames (1 November 2011). Sonic Generations Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. p. 8. ISBN 978-0744013429.

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