Thanks to Simon Perry via email and some guys in our comments for jumping on this. At around 8pm Tuesday, Sega released the second demo of Sonic Generations on Xbox Live Arcade for Gold account holders.

Sega France, and later Sega Everywhere, late last week confirmed the release for Wednesday, but rapidly backtracked to bring it forward. The PSN release in America, however, was pushed back to Tuesday the 25th.

The demo, the best part of 650 megabytes big, contains the classic Green Hill Zone featured in the previous time-restricted demo, as well as the modern version of the same zone, which has previously only been seen in the press and at game shows. And via hacking of the original demo, but let’s not go there.

PlayStation Network currently does not have the demo, so we’d love it if you guys can give us the heads up when it does!

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208 Responses to Sonic Generations Second Demo Goes Live

  1. gold only memebers can play it why?

  2. well im happy for them but ofcourse sony decides to be a bitch

  3. No PS3 demo at this time.

  4. sporeboy100 says:

    XD that demo was BEAST! checking on XBOX LIVE can be rewarding often

  5. gold memebers or wat on exbox (the e stands for gay and only porns play)losers!


  6. Blur of Blue says:

    It’s painful watching that green bar move so slowly!!!

  7. sporeboy100 says:

    btw, you only needed to refer me as sporeboy100, sometimes my real name can sometimes be a little drag (especially with info theves)

  8. This is live in the United States also correct?

  9. SonicSilverSS says:

    Dang, it is taing awhole to download. And I have to leave son to head into the station…welp, guess I know what I’ll be doing when I get home tonight! Wooo!

  10. Darksonic20 says:

    Does anyone know if there’s time limit plz let us know

  11. sporeboy100 says:

    i give Sonic Retro 2 days before they hack the game for any secrets

  12. I hope the demo gets leaked on I hate being left out of this stuff.

  13. rulerofyourface says:

    I wish the Wii had Generations…
    Oh well, at least I got Skyward Sword. YEAH BABY!!!!

  14. Blur of Blue says:

    Wooo!!! Mine’s downloaded! πŸ˜€

  15. oh…i actually don’t like modern sonic’s looks really cool..but I don’t really like it. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing adventure too much the past few months.

    • I know what you mean. It took me some time to get used to it, but once I played Colors I never looked back.

  16. SonicChrono says:

    *sigh* I’ll never get this demo today. 360 console’s taken away from a relative…. :(

    I’ll just play the final build after picking it up on launch.

  17. sonichedgehog says:

    Active Download [β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ ]
    Sonic Generations Demo 90% complete
    646.62 MB

  18. I really like how much you can boost. The short boost gague in Colours (have only played PS2/Wii Sonic Unleashed, can’t say about SU on PS360) is one thing that really irked me.

  19. I’m sure Sonic Retro’s already mining. πŸ˜›

  20. PS3 demo will be out tomorrow afternoon once the store is updated.

  21. Why must they make PS3 owners wait. NA PS3 owners at that. Do they not like us? Especially the fact that i cant make a european account anymore…

  22. Sonic_Is_The_Answer says:

    Modern Sonic’s green hill is so awesome! I cant wait to play his levels!!!!

  23. Just played it, have to say I’m really impressed by the amount of pathways already, the only awkward thing is transitioning from one Sonic to another, I was trying to use the homing attack as Classic Sonic (facepalm) Also the spin dash is a bit odd, press X rather than the traditional hold down and A (though you can still do this, it feels “off”)

    • actually no.its pretty much optional,did u try to use spindash by pressing A and Down?
      I know i’m curious about the Demo,but thats cuz i dont have an xbox 360 :-/

    • Classic sonic has homing attack on the 360? or are you talking about the 3ds?

      • @Codeman320: No, classic doesn’t have homing attack, I was just saying that when I switched from modern to classic, I was still thinking about the Modern moveset, I’m sure i’d get used to it when playing the game for real.

        @Denilson: Yeah, you can still use the classic controls, but using the analogue stick with A is awkward so you’re better off using X to charge anyway.
        I’d have preferred to use the D-pad for classic Sonic.

    • Since launch, Unleashed was my favorite Sonic game. I played it so much, I actually destroyed one copy and had to collect another.

      “Well I’m just going to Homing Attack that du-OH CRAP IT’S BOOST NOW”.


  24. *people

  25. will someone give me advice i want to download it but i spoiled myself with trailers and screenshots and when i play the actual game ill feel so sopiled on the other hand i really want play modern sonic segment someone help me > . <

    • I said I’d wait, but I just had to see how it played. It says it’s not the final version, and there were quite a few things In this build that were different to the one we had back in July.
      I say go for it πŸ˜‰

  26. does this demo have a time limit?

  27. MrMetalloidMan says:

    It might be late for PS3 because I think Sony likes to update at 5 pm Western Standard (12 am UK):

    • SonicWrecks told me on Twitter it probably won’t be out until tomorrow if it isn’t up by now.

  28. Getting Ready to PLAY IT!!! YAAAY

  29. SonicOverlordUK says:


    Bugger re-downloading Mass Effect, THIS is more important! 8-P


    Oh wait, I’m not allowed to write a comment in full capitals am I? Well I’m not writing it again…

  31. Nice screen shot there by the way!

  32. wat assholes idea was it to make this kick ass game only downloadable for gold memebers ONLY FUUUUUUUUUUCK>:( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Whoa just got finished playing…and to all you guys that cant/haven’t played yet are missing out. Modern Sonic’s act DEFINITELY isn’t boost to win to all you haters that believe in that phrase. I tried and man oh man did it not work….But anyway, Classic Sonic’s physics are spot on and Modern Sonic’s are great…omg…November isn’t close enough.

  34. Apparently the Credits Music was found in this demo.

    *Spoilers and what not I suppose*

  35. Jix Hedgehog says:

    Only differences between this and the June demo is the title screen, playable Modern Sonic and HomoChao following you around

  36. does anyone know how to do tricks? omochao doesnt go over that

  37. I’ve got both an xbox 360 and PS3 and although I have orderd the game for the PS3, I can’t just sit and wait for the demo to finally get put on PSN and all the Xbox 360 users are playing it. So mines is currently at 50%…

    HURRY UP!!!!! πŸ˜›

  38. Notification Guy says:

    So apparently there is some MORE content in the Sonic Generations 2nd demo. As NovaManXP just pointed out, the Credits music is in there and it sounds glorious. It’s only a matter of time until more stuff is revealed.


  39. NauseousPenguin says:


  40. I just played it multiple times.

    Guys, I don’t want to over-hype this, but I’m gonna be honest. I believe we may have a contender for Best Sonic Game Ever Released. (I had a blast playing Modern GHZ. GHZ is supposedly the most basic modern level. So that means it can only get better from there!)

  41. Sonic_Is_The_Answer says:

    The only thing i have to get used to again is pressing A twice for homing attack. Im used to unleashed by pressing A to jump and X to close in lol

    • Same here tried to do the homing attack on the first badnik I came to, next thing I knew a had air dashed past him :O

      I’m more curious on how you complete your combo tricks and also how you drift. If you watch some youtube videos you can actually see sonic drifting, however he goes into his ball animation, just like he does when he hits a dash pad.

      Anyone know how to do these?

      • I’m kinda confused on the trick system, but you can make Sonic drift by holding the Right Trigger and turning.

        • yes

        • It is a confusing trick system which I do like, but I know when I want Sonic to do his last pose to complete the tick combo, I just don’t know how to do it.

          As far as the drifting goes thanks :) I will give it a try using that technique now πŸ˜›

          This demo will certainly keep me happy until the full game comes out πŸ˜€

    • Yeah. Thats kinda annoying imo. Also switching between grinds is no longer using your bumpers. But to make the confusion more complete, they kept those bumpers for the same movement when your not on grinds.

      I hope in future Sonic Games, the controllerbuttons are kept the same, forever.

      • Sonic_Is_The_Answer says:

        idk i really like the controls. if they stay like this forever, i dont care. i love that homing attack has returned to pressing A twice!

  42. @Greg
    You’ve jinxed it! It’s gonna suck now! SFTU!

  43. @ interface if you can do that you’ll be a savior please do it i’m BEGGING at this point :)

  44. In PSN will probably be released at 5PM GMT when the PS Store usually brings the new stuff

    • Okay, SEGA/Sonic Team are now officially idiotic when it comes to making sure their demos are free of spoiler assets.

      • Yup…..I wonder what else is in that damn demo :/ I would laugh so hard if a cutscene was in it xD IDK, but there may be more music files coming our way. I can’t believe the network music is the Sonic Gems Collection Menu!!! πŸ˜€ IT SOUNDS AWSOME!

  45. 9 min till demo is done uploading

  46. 88% complete

  47. the classic sections play great. i like using the down a spindash instead of the x spindash mainly beacuse i feel like the x version is equivilent to boosting so i just dont use it.
    as far as the modern its fun but i just have one complaint and its mainly a complaint with the level. your really just boosting through this level. iv played city escape already so what i see from that and from what iv seen of the other levels the rest of the game isnt like this. theres alot more input from the player in the other levels and alot more platforming (especially in city escape i could barelly boost in that level minus the very beginning and very end). then again this is the first level so i guess its suppose to be an easier level so ill let it slide. all in all im having a great time with both sonics

  48. ok enyone pleas make a page like this for this demo
    im going mad right know someone pleas creata link for this demo content pleas

  49. Why you gotta be so slow Sony?

    • Simply because the demo go out the 25 October for EVERYONE (Silver Member and PSN) so Sony is just stupid and not uplaod it for PSN+ user.

      Simply because Microsoft have all exclusivity on the demo one week before.

  50. I played the modern demo and the loading screens are a biatch. kinda long… I didn’t know you had to push A for homing attack, i thought it was still X.

  51. Holy shit. THIS is the best Modern Sonic gameplay I’ve ever experienced, EVER. The controls are smooth, and though you boost a lot, you WILL run out of it sooner or later. It reminds me of Adventure 1 and 2 (specifically of 1) so much. It’s… Wow. Is it bad that I think this should be GOTY? XD

  52. The last time I played before I quit, the graphics were glitching out and EVERYTHING haha, I was going so fast the graphics were loading too slow. It’s probably because of the CD I burnt it on lol. It was like I was running in mid-air.

  53. Hey sorry guys for link spam…I am for sure NEVER letting my brother alone with links haha. I told him to only put up 2, but look at what that’s turned into xD I only counted 7 btw(I was just scrolling.) (Oops, that’s 8 now xD, nah im just playing w/y’all, but again sorry for da spamming :3 )

  54. nice to see the upload works

    • It kind of glitched out on me the 3rd time around playing it. I don’t know if it was the CD I burnt it on or what lol. but all in all it was pretty fun. the music didn’t start until I got into the open. or sometimes it started when i paused and unpaused the game.

  55. *sigh*
    First I have to import to get my collectors edition (Thank You JB HiFi for shipping internationally!) and now I have to wait until the 2nd demo’s release on PSN. Really, SEGA? This is what I get for supporting you all for 20 years, REALLY?! *sighs again*
    You’re lucky I love Sonic FAR too much to hold that much against you guys…but seriously why is XBLA always first on these things? & I swear to God if I have to have a PSN Plus account to get access to that demo…>.</

    • Why the hell are you on a playstation these days? Xbox is where it all happends! You can’t blame Sega for Sony’s faults!!

      (Thank you Microsoft, one nice extra dollar in my pocket)

      • Have fun with your Xbox 360, I hardly believe one demo can negate all the quality content I get from Sony as opposed to Microsoft.

  56. Dawg :(
    You guys are lucky for having an Xbox360
    i wont get it untill christmas D:

  57. ATTENTION XBOX LIVE USERS: Sign everyone off on your Xbox, and then create a new profile. You’ll be asked to enter a new e-mail. Make an e-mail, or use an already existing e-mail you might not have in use with your Xbox live accounts. After you do that, you’ll be asked if you want to sign up to gold. Select “Sign up Later” or something to that effect.. I don’t quite remember the exact working. After that, you’ll get a message that says “You’re eligible for 1 free month of Xbox Live Gold. You’re welcome.

  58. First you, Make a folder on your computer called “Content” and inside that folder you make another folder with 16 zeros, “0000000000000000”. And inside that folder (since the file doesn’t come with a folder), just make another folder inside the zeros folder called “5345885F” and inside THAT folder, you make another one called, “00080000”. And then you put the downloaded demo inside that folder.

    Follow this link for the burning information:

    Since the demo is under 700 megabytes, you can burn it on a regular CD-R.

  59. Jeb the Hedgefox says:

    Man… why does the PS3 version always come later… oh well…. we’re pretty close to the full release so I shouldn’t complain, this is probably going to be the best Sonic game ever… and there’s actually a hint that we could get a CHAO GARDEN!

  60. That won’t work if I try to play the downloaded demo on the PS3 will it? (stupid question probably but I really wanna play this right now)

  61. It’s pain to read how awesome the demo is! And I wasted 24 hours yesterday for waiting this.

    Sony, this is one of the times I really hate you. >:(

  62. I’m keeping my eyes peeled on this comment page till someone says “Sonic Generations demo#2 avaliable on PSN” in either EU and/or AU (THE DEMO NOT AVALIABLE ON PSN YET GUYS(capital letters used on purpose)).

  63. HeatPhoenix says:

    Great, PSN doesn’t have jackshit yet.

  64. Jordonguy247 says:

    I swear I dont know whats up Sonys’ ass but they need to step their damn game up instead of trying to piss everyone off with the terms of service crap

  65. US PSN users won’t get the demo till next Tues (25th Oct) EU and AU PSN users should get the demo today or tommorrow…I dunno anymore. Now it’s time to play the waiting game…(twidling thumbs while laying back on a chair, whistling the Green Hill zone tune)

  66. I read a tweet from Sonic20th on Twitter earlier. If it translated correctly, it should be online for PSN users by 12pm (presumably Japanese time).

    • nah the EU psn should et it today so its brobably 12 BST like last time

      • Roughly translated, this is what the tweet says:

        “From tomorrow, the start of the space-time distribution of the White Sonic Generations trial! You’ll be up around noon as. Later went to Sonic Team, to report assault Toka Maybe”

  67. when is the big storre update on the EU psn

    • Yes. Because that is in every way related to what we’re talking about here.

      *Sigh* To my knowlege, there are no off topic rules in a comment thread so… continue. >_>


  69. Jun Senoue’s handiwork now louder and clearer.

    I freaking love Sonic Generations and I haven’t even got the game yet

  70. Well the playstation blog just updated, only an hour or two and it’ll be fun fun time.

  71. Went to Walmart yesterday and bought a 360, a wireless router, and the 3 month XBLA subscription for $9.99 just to download the demo … worth every penny!

    • Chocolate Supra says:

      Now I feel guilty for not being able to justify buying a 3DS for its version of Generations. I bow to your superior dedication.

  72. MrAdventure says:

    It’s up guys! PSN has Sonic Generations!

  73. I can’t get the demo for 360 cus I don’t have gold, and on PS3 I have to download a new update to get to PSN, and there is something wrong at the moment so I can’t get the update! I hate PS3 updates and I hate that I have to have gold to get the new stuff on xbox. *sigh* I guess there won’t be any Sonic for me tonight. DOH!

  74. thats for all the americans (like me) that cant get it yet. Im downloading the demo now with this! (Ps3 demo)

  75. Abridgedspeed says:

    darn it!!! psn needs this demo!! i need this demo!! ahh!!!

  76. Got around to playing it today, and it was my first experience with the gameplay. I have to say that I’m pleasantly impressed! I dig the controls for both Classic and Modern! Coming from Unleashed, though, it took me a bit to get used to using A to perform the homing attack again! XD
    The only two VERY minor complaints I have are that there’s a small scripted sequence in Classic Sonic’s level that takes control away from the player for like, one second. And I gave the 3D a try with the scaling all the way up, and while it looked REALLY cool, I did notice a couple tiny framerate drops, but that’s something I can forgive and don’t really even care about.
    I can’t wait to get the full game!

  77. Jordonguy247 says:

    Haha F**k waiting on the 25th, im getting it now!

  78. Hope you all enjoy the Demo :)

  79. Make a new account,but don’t delete the old account.Get a new msn adress.Set Country to USA/UK.When you try to sign xbox live for second time,It will ask “You have 1 month gold trial,you wannta you use it ? ” to you,after you finished every thing.Select yes,and you will get a new account.Then download the demo to your hard drive.Exit your new account.Enter the old account.Go to the “Game library”.Demo will be there.You can get free godl accounts buy doing that.I tried it 3 times,and all of them was a succes.

  80. Have any of you noticed that in the picture, the pose is similiar to the pose sonic is doing in the one poster that you see in the free stuff friday videos that they do on the SEGA blog

  81. Well I’ve played the demo on my PS3, and I gotta say, this game is quite possibly going to be the best Sonic game period. I’m tellin ya, played modern sonic’s level for hours, and I’m just gonna leave this here:


    Let’s see if any of y’all can top that. πŸ˜›

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  83. Sonic The Fighter says:

    52 seconds on classic and i’m 13 πŸ˜€ I absolutely love the classic gameplay. Even though I never was around when the genesis was released, I’ve actually been playing classic sonic games such as Sonic 1 and Sonic 2 since I was 5 years old. Actually now that I think about it… Sonic 1 was my first game that I’ve ever played in my life.


    25th’s here. It’s still Gold only.

    Screw you, Microsoft. I’m not paying $10 for a freaking demo.

  85. That picture is awesome!!