Japanese Sonic Generations Trailer Unveils City Escape’s Modern Remix


SEGA’s released a Japanese version of the E3 City Escape trailer for Sonic Generations. Visually it’s the exact same trailer, but you’ll get to hear something new. Yes, the video gives us our first taste of the Modern remix for City Escape.

If you missed it before, here’s the Classic remix played at Summer of Sonic 2011:

Source: Famitsu (via The Daily DL)

Which version of City Escape’s music do you prefer? Speak out in the comments.


  1. I actually prefer the new version, gives the same rock n roll feel, in Sonic Adventure 2… Prefer the First one

  2. For some reason it doesn’t quite sound like him singing but I could be mistaken.

    1. Well, it has been ten years since that song was recorded. That’s plenty of time for a singer to change their vocal style.

  3. I like both. Though I think I might like the classic one better if it was pure instrumental without vocals. It would feel more “classic” and fit the theme better.

  4. I would have fine with the original, but this is good too. Beats autotune in my opinion.

  5. I think they should switch the 2 themes up a bit. I mean, this new Modern version sounds more classic than modern and the classic version has more of that modern sound because most music these days have that nice autotune touch to it. Anyone with me?

  6. hmmm is it really the same singer? it is close but something is different. Not bad at all guess I’m just used to the old version so I pointed that out

    1. Do remember though that a while ago, it was reported that City Escape was going to being re-recorded, so most likely the vocals were re-recorded too, so its not surprising that the vocals sound different, since it has been 10 years since the guy last recorded the song.

    2. Well, it has been ten years since the original song, so while it is the same vocalist (Someone who knows his name needs to say it since he should get credit!) voices age, so he doesn’t exactly as he did.

      I prefer both newer versions myself to the original (wow), and I like the Classic mix best. It’s bouncy and fun, and fits the style and feel of a lot of the excellent music from the Genesis games.

  7. Generations has given birth to more hate of this shitty song. Not understanding how anyone could find any of the three versions anything above shitty….the main sonic vocal themes are another story tho. I usually like all of those.

    1. Come on, boy… I don’t care what lies ahead; no time for guessing. Follow my plan instead: live out each day no matter what there may be.

      Take my lead.

      I’ll set you free.

  8. I like all the versions just wondering now how the boost version will sound.

    Also has anyone noticed that the 3DS logo is not there on this trailer.

      1. Wait, sorry, it is there. Its just in Japanese. You can see a double-screen picture too. Since the 3DS is going to be different from the Xbox/PS3 version, they decided to show them seperately. It shows the 3DS first, then Xbox and PS3.

  9. New version sounds pretty epic! Hopefully the faster version will be just as awesome.

  10. I prefer the classic version as it retains a slight flavour of the original but also seems fresher and newer at the same time. The beats are stronger and I feel it has more impact.

  11. Hmmmm……this song was adequate imo. I liked the guitar and all, except the singing. It did sound like some other guy was singing this. I really wouldnt mind if the voice sounds diferrent, its just that there’s no “exciting feeling” to it. The guy singing this sounded like he didnt even wanna do this song.

    As time passes, i will get use to this song, but where’s that high-pitched voice that i remembered from SA2? Im just not feeling it.

    I dont think the boost will be any different, because when you boost, all you just hear is fast drum-tapping, and the song a bit lowered-down, but going faster too.

    Wouldnt it be cool if when you use your boost, it plays the high-pitched voice Tony had? and then when you stop boosting, the voice becomes less-exciting, and regular? ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. You do realise that Ted & Tony are 10 years older since they sang the original song, right? It should come to no surprise that the singers would sound somewhat different (& either way, the difference is extremely minimal).

      1. Yes, i realize its been 10 years, but what im saying is that i liked the high-pitched one better. However, now that ive listened to this trailer a good amount of times, I like the voice now ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I think Ted (higher pitched voice) was on lead singing in the original and Tony was just backups. I think they’ve switched now, and I agree, I like high-pitched better, had that fun wild adventure-feel to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Is it a bad thing that I like both of them? I mean, naturally, they’re remixes, and not as good as the original, per say… however, they seem perfect for the gameplay. In classic, you’ll have that upbeat sound to keep you going, meanwhile in modern play, you’ll have that usual song to nod your head to while playing.

    The only negative thing I may have to add is that I really dislike the classic one when it goes into autotune. The classic version may have been better if it was an instrumental, but other than that, I can’t wait to see the other remixes.

    1. Aw, how could you dislike the autotune? It’s the tune from Endless Mine! (Sonic 3)

      I agree though, I enjoy both of them as well. Gonna keep me feet going and my head nodding.

  13. I dont see what everyone is saying, it is totally the guy that sung the original, it sounds like him to me…

    however, something does sound off…I cant seem to pick out what it is…
    is the guitar a little out of tune or the vocals?
    I dont know, maybe the vocals just need turned up.

    1. Well I believe the vocals and instruments are fine. I think what’s off is that the guitar seems to stop every few seconds over and over. It should only be near the beginning of the song and only half of the verse.

      When he starts the whole “Must keep on moving ahead!” part the music just doesn’t seem to match the vocals. It has a totally different tune and tone to it. It should be playing something more “constant”. The same with the chorus, which should have more going on in the background of the song.

      All the verses and choruses may have different, some even new lyrics but they’re the same melody. Hopefully the music will change it up too.

      I’m thinking it’s possible it’s only like this because 2/3 of the time it will be the BOOST remix playing, which will kick up the tempo and “fill in the blanks”. This version may be a little “bland” but I can hear the beat in the background cooperating with the who BOOST thing, and picturing it, it doesn’t sound too bad. =p lol

  14. The classic one sounds more like a remix than the modern one; but there is clearly no bad version of this song yet! ๐Ÿ˜€
    This game’s soundtrack will be epic, hope it comes out on CD. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. probably. i think most of the sonic games have soundtracks don’ they? i don’t think you’d have to hope on that, bub XD

  15. That didn’t so much sound like a remix, as it did a completely new recording.

    I genuinely believe this game will be really, really good. I’m happy with the level list too.

    1. I absolutely agree with your post, and….

      I just loled at your name. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. XD OMG Me too lol reaing your name was soo funny ๐Ÿ˜€ and don’t worry

        I can tell which Ryan cause

        The other Ryan has his name in Blue…

  16. That’s because it WAS some other guy on lead vocals this time. Tony Harnell, the guy who sang back up on the original for SA2, is singing lead vocals this time around for the modern remix.

  17. The modern remix’s Vocals sound like they wern’t properly mixed well with the rest of the music. Which could explain why they sound somewhat ‘dull’

      1. I’m a little disappointed with the Modern version….I don’t hate it but I just thing something is off, it doesn’t feel right I guess I’ll wait till we hear the full versions for now I just don’t feel it I really like The Classic Version a lot better than the Modern it just feels and sounds more exciting and thrilling and the autotune really works well for most parts of the C-Version I’ve listened to it a lot the last few past weeks since it was revealed I like it a lot ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. I like it, It’s a pretty good remix. Though I find the classic version better in my opinion.

  19. Iโ€™m a little disappointed with the Modern versionโ€ฆ.I donโ€™t hate it but I just thing something is off, it doesnโ€™t feel right I guess Iโ€™ll wait till we hear the full versions for now I just donโ€™t feel it I really like The Classic Version a lot better than the Modern it just feels and sounds more exciting and thrilling and the autotune really works well for most parts of the C-Version Iโ€™ve listened to it a lot the last few past weeks since it was revealed I like it a lot ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. I love both versions and the Modern Version sounds almost exactly like the SA2:Battle multiplayer snowboard level.

    Also i can’t begin to imagine how awesome the music will sound during “boosting” mode!!!

  21. Woops sorry made a mistake I was supposed to make my comment alone instead of replying to another one Now I’ve ended up doing both :L Oh well…

  22. It has potential with Jun’s Guitar riffing but the Vocals fell flat..there’s no excitement or tension in his voice just some lazy tracking through the roads..

  23. I’m glad to hear both Ted and Tony singing in this modern mix. It’s also cool to hear Tony singing sections solo without Ted also.

  24. The Modern version rocks! (The Classic version does, too, but the Modern version is now my favourite) Although … was that a Sonic Unleashed level I saw for a brief second at the end?

  25. While nothing will ever beat the original, I LOVE the Classic Remix. The Modern one, while I understand IS re-recorded, sounds really off, vocally, even though the very beginning sounds SO good!


  27. Definitely classic! The modern one is… okay. The sounds kind of threw me for a loop at first because my mind was set to hear the original sounds of City Escape, but it’s not too bad. I’ll admit that when the classic version started up and just before the music picked up, right when that timeless percussion and the ring jingle played and blended perfectly with this classic song, I wanted to cry one, big, sexy man-tear! On top of that, there is a tinge of Endless Mine from Sonic 3 in it!!! How could I NOT love it?! I will be putting this song in my car on a CD TONIGHT!

    1. On a side note, I would also like to add that if I were able to attend Sonic Boom and I was in the crowed when they played this song live, hearing it for the first time, I would probably scream in fanboy-ism and lose it! On top of that, I’m quiet and, for the most part, introverted!

  28. I hope they put a remix of We Can in the OST or at least the ending of SG >.<

  29. I actually agree with the other comments

    The Modern Version actually Reminds me of The Main Theme Song of Sonic Rivals 2 – Race To Win and it was also sung by Ted Poley too ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m running really fast Sit down and watch me pass Doin’ my best to stay ahead of you Would you catch me? You’ll never pass me Because I think I know a trick or two, not gonna to look back ’cause I don’t want to see, not gonna worry who is gaining on me! Race to win Race to Win Race to win!

    Man I loved that Song but It was so short :/

    1. Yeah it was way too short!
      That kinda remind me of 4 others SEGA titles on PSVita… Maybe another Sonic game. I would like to see a big game this time not another rivals but maybe later rivals 3 will come out on 3DS its like system for those kind of games.

      1. Hell yeah ๐Ÿ˜€ I would love a Rivals 3 I enjoyed Rivals 2 so much I loved it, It was kinda funny the behavior between the characters, the storyline, loved the VA and the gameplay though if a rivals 3 happens they can improve on all those things a bit

        I just laughed at some lines

        Silver: Shut Up Knuckles I need to Talk him so Just get outta here
        Rouge: HEY Watch your mouth Kid don’t take that tone with us! XD

        * Rouge Trips Shadow*

        R:Maybe your just clumsy

        *Battle Begins* XD

        1. Rivals were awsome I cleared both games on 100% but stages relayed more on memorization than actual gameplay. Maybe Rivals 3 with epic battles and better level design AND WITH 3D Gameplay+ Super Sonic/Shadow/Silver/Blaze battle and its gonna be epic win.

          New characters should include Blaze and I am happy!
          Of course she will team up with Silver. Tails with Sonic etc.

          But first vita game should ge different maybe more Adventure like.
          But I will be happy with Rivals 3 if it will include what I listed and MORE!

          1. I definitely agree with you if it does happen I would like the same teams but more characters added…I loved the Silver and Espio relationship especially ๐Ÿ˜€ I miss Rivals 2 so much I can’t play it cause my PSP broke :/ I miss both rivals games ๐Ÿ™

          2. @truesonic
            I liked this relationship too! Maybe with ZETA LOT characters teams will have 3 members?

          3. I’d like to think so but also other characters partnering with an other character who we’d never expect them to work with I also liked the Knuckles and Rouge relationship as well as Shadow and MS…But I liked em all Sonic and Tails bonding again too…but my favourite was still Silver and Espio.

          4. Lets not forget Shadow and Silver relationship since first rivals. I mean they are like brothers.
            On a side note how would the story be build. I think it should have more open formula with more zones because rivals had this “heroes” syndrome where zones were repetive cause you needed to clear them 8 times.

            So MOAR ZONES, more advanced 3D races and battles. And good story with some twists like in both rivals.
            -Mighty???(I dont like him any tiny bit but if retro fans want him why not cameo)

          5. I agree though they seemed more angry with each other in the second Rivals XD and I’ve also realised that Rivals 2 was the only time Sonic and tails actually spoke to Espio (Alone) as well as Knuckles and Rouge speakin to Espio too….and yes I would like some twists and turns too and yeah I was a bit happy they brought back a part of what Heroes offered….More and a little longer gameplay

            Though to improve on it….would just have it more advanced like you said just everything which you’ve said should be included ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d still want the same pair and teams though…

  30. Both Are Good:
    M Theme: Sonics Awesome theme is rocky,cool and inflicts its personality.
    C Theme: Techno Remix which reminds us of the good old games.
    I love both Classic & Modern Sonic!

  31. I think it’s natural to like the original more than the new versions, but they aren’t bad mixes at all.

    This one is definitely a lot heavier on the bass, and the drums are a little less all over the place (or they’re exactly the same and just sound clearer now, I’m not quite sure. The original definitely had more bass drum though.). It’s also feels faster than the original, which I think is mostly in the bass line being a lot more driving.

    I’ve seen some people say it doesn’t sound finished, and I can kind of see what they mean. There really isn’t that much guitar going on, so I’m wondering if that’s just the style they’re going for or if it actually isn’t finished. Guess we’ll have to wait to find out. Still, a pretty solid mix.

  32. I wish they didn’t re-record the vocals…

    Should’ve just remixed it like the Classic theme, but gave it some fast-paced, creative instrument flair, like the Sonic Unleashed soundtrack.

  33. I definitely like the Classic version better than the Modern, but they’re both really kick-ass. Nothing can beat the original, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. The modern version kicks ass. I kinda like it better than the original, you know it’s an epic new remix for an epic new game coming out.

  35. guys when you hack the generations demo and put it on trail version 2 you see the spangonia levels (not playeble btw) and rumor has it that sega is going to release another demo october 10th

  36. Did everyone forget the fact that since Perfect Chaos is a major boss, and he’s appearing in Sonic Generations, we are probably getting a Classic and Modern remix of Open Your Heart ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Guys…..you keep forgetting ! Don’t say spoilers, because there are in fact a few people trying to avoid them :/

      1. And btw, I’m SO getting Naruto Generations ๐Ÿ˜€ its gonna be a sick game! ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Naurto? XD O.o and yh I would love a remix of Open Your Heart but i guess we’d also expect The Perfect Chaos Music appearing after OYH stops wouldn’t we?

          2. Yeahh, its kinda gonna be like Sonic Generations, because you get to play as the old characters, and the new ones too! lol.


            No, it should be Case Closed Generations. Because then you have the tall one and the mini one!

          4. Oh right that’s a bit more clearer for a second I thought you misplaced and swapped the words Sonic and Naurto around XD Sorry I didn’t no it was off topic….always wanted to check the series out but I never got the chance ah well i hope you fun with it anyways ๐Ÿ™‚

            You now have two presents ๐Ÿ˜€ if NG is released the same time as SG that is ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

          5. lol nahh, Naruto Generations comes out Spring nxt year. And yeah i hope they have Open your Heart, though i doubt they will have the 2nd music for perfect chaos. In city escape, when that giant truck comes, i didnt really hear any fast music, i just kept hearing Escape from the City music. SEGA does have like 5 months still, so that could change ๐Ÿ™‚

            I always say im gonna try to make Sonic games last for awile
            (Sonic Unleashed and Colors) but i never do XD i always end up beating the games in like a couple days. Not literally days, but i only play them a couple hours a day, so thats why i finish it in a few days. Im serious about Sonic Generations though, im only gonna play like 2 Acts a day. I want to make this game last me at least a week haha.

          6. Truesonic, i meant in the City Escae Generations Demo ๐Ÿ˜› I know that music was in SA2, but im just hoping the G.U.N Truck Music will appear ๐Ÿ™‚

          7. Oh right lol Sorry man I’m having an off day XD I agree with you and I hope you have fun with your NG copy next year ๐Ÿ˜€ even if you have to wait another 7 months or so D: You’ve got a at least some part of Sonic generations too look forward to later this year and I hope you will enjoy the game ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. …has everyone completely forgotten that the Modern one has TWO recordings? Regular and Boosting?

    1. They can be seen AT ONCE in one or two cutscenes but I am suprised you arent Ryan.
      I would like more to see if Silver and Blaze know each other in this game than feed sonamy fans.

      1. Well, technically, Silver and Blaze did get to know eachother somewhat in ’06.

        Since it is SONIC Generations, we will probably see more of Sonic and Amy, than Silver and Blaze lol.

        1. Lol if this is true then Ryan will be pleased … argh I’m still confused with the SIlver and Blaze thing then enters Eggman Nega then The Future and Another Dimension

          But I know they don’t remember each other anymore since well they never I recall It’s so confusing for me ARGH DX The Time Travel in 06 made my head swirl D:

          I’m just gonna guess that Blaze is from another dimension where She fights against Eggman Nega while Silver is from the future where he also seems to fight against Eggman Nega who happens to know both of them for unknown reasons yet Blaze and Silver don’t know each other

          They met in Colors (DS Version) plus WG(DS) however I don’t think that was Canon but WG is definitely not…..We still haven’t had a proper explanation so I’m just taking a guess D:

          1. I actually belive that there are 2 Blazes: one from future (blaze we know from colors and 06) and one from rush dimension (both rushes). It can be true but I hate to divide character like this. Actually Blaze and Silver relationship is biggest series mystery since Shadow Android thing. BTW I’fe always liked the theory that Shadow didnt die in SA2 but went to other dimension. Sime theories are hillarious XD

            I know we just need one scene where they refer to each other and its canon so finnaly speculation can end. But I consider Colors DS as cannon so I belive they know each other.

          2. And Shadow never went to another dimension. Eggman found him after Shadow crash landed. That’s why the last thing Shadow was able to remember, was Maria, and Using Chaos Control on Space Colony Ark, with Sonic. Shadow the Hedgehog was a REALLY messed up game, along with the story, but when you battle THE Final Boss, Eggman talks to Shadow through a transceiver, saying that he was not an Andriod/Fake. Eggman said he was THE real Shadow, but couldn’t remember anything after that huge fall…

          3. Ricly Shadow the hedgehog theory was a joke XD.
            Cannon is something that happen in series there is a list of canon games.
            There was a lot speculation about Silver and Blaze. They know each other but people dont belive it because they dont refer to each other in mainstream game.
            Persobally I belive they know each other.

  38. SEGA should added few more things for this game
    10.Ice Cap Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
    11.Stardust Speedway Zone (Sonic CD)
    12.Hang Castle / Mystic Mansion (Sonic Heroes)
    13.Aquatic Ruins Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
    14.Kingdom Valley (Sonic ’06)
    15.Metal Harbor (Sonic Adventure 2)
    16.Circus Park (Shadow the Hedgehog)
    17.Mushroom Hill Zone (Sonic & Knuckles)
    18.Egg Fleet / Final Fortress (Sonic Heroes)
    19.Starlight Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)
    20.Emerald Coast (Sonic Adventure)

    DLC: 20
    21.Palmtree Panic Zone (Sonic CD)
    22.Marble Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)
    23.Hidden Palace Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
    24.Eggmanland (Sonic Unleashed)
    25.Starlight Carvinal (Sonic Colors)
    26.HyrdoCity Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
    27.Radical Train (Sonic the Hedgehog 06)
    28.Casino Park / BINGO Highway (Sonic Heroes)
    29.Empire City (Sonic Unleashed)
    30.Ice Cap (Sonic Adventure)
    31.Sandopolis Zone (Sonic & Knuckles)
    32.Splash Hill Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1)
    33.Pyamind Cave (Sonic Adventure 2)
    34.Sky Chase Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2)
    35.Metallic Madness Zone (Sonic CD)
    36.Apotos (Sonic Unleashed)
    37.Carvinal Night Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 3)
    38.GUN Fortress (Shadow the Hedgehog)
    39.Aquaiurm Park (Sonic Colors)
    40.Red Mountain (Sonic Adventure)

    1. dont get your hopes up but this looks like a really good list of awesom levels that should be made

    2. ‘Crazy Gadget’ from SA2 would be great too! ๐Ÿ˜€ Great list, hopefully SEGA has some of these planned.

    3. i would love to see splash hill zone in3D but the 2D just has to have more platforming and less keep running right XD but uhmm sky chase zone dosent really look like a good idea i mean i can’t even imagine the 3th classic stage (not gonna say the name >83) in 3d i mean after seeing how much you can die i just cant see a 3d stage with clouds and such XD ice cap would be epic

      1. I would love to see a hybrid of Flying battery and Sky Deck tho… Maybe in DLC. But I f I had to choose best sky level besides Sky Sanctuary it will be EGG Fleet from Heroes

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