The story may be stupid, but Sonic isn’t your speed if you’re looking for plot. There are still a ton of great references for die-hard fans, like chili dog callbacks to the 1993 Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon and the first instance of Eggman’s previous moniker of Robotnik in over a decade.
The biggest love letter in the game - and easily its best component - is Generations’ phenomenal soundtrack. All of your favorite tracks from Sonic’s entire history are complemented by the addition of modern remixes and over 50 extra unlockables. Better yet, you can select whatever song you want to play for a given level, opening a variety of musical options to re-live all of those great moments of Sonic past.