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Sonic Heroes

Game Title: Sonic Heroes
Console: Gamecube
No. of Players: 2
Memory Blocks Needed: 2
Difficulty: Medium-Easy
Extras: N/A
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Age: General

Story
85/100
Could Sonic ever have a normal day where he doesn’t have to save the world? Would the blue hedgehog want to live a life of normal stuff!
Well Eggman is up to his old tricks again: world domination. (I’ve always wonder how he pays for all of that.) However this time Sonic is going to have some friends and some friendly competition. It seems everyone–or at least every character in the game–is after Eggman. Our characters form teams and search for the illusive mad scientist; together they’ll face new monsters and save the world from the mysterious villain that seems to know everything about our characters.

Gameplay
85/100
Sonic Heroes present a new form of game play–at least where Sonic games are concerned. Alternating players in one stage, switching to accomplish certain task only that character can. You’ll pick one of four teams: Team Sonic, Team Shadow, Team Rose, Team Chaotic; and complete the mission. An interesting twist is that although you’ll be going into the same stage, the difficulty and complexity to each will be different depending on your team. Team Sonic for the most is pretty average, their stages present some difficulty but after a few tries you’ll pass. Team Shadow is by far the hardest to beat (keeping the black hedgehog down, those racist bastards!), their stages are the longest and most difficult to accomplish–some of those stages seem to go on forever, and face the hardest of all the enemies. Team Rose is the easiest and probably the best for beginners, their stages are short and pretty easy to accomplish. Then you have Team Chaotic, this is the interesting team, the first time we’ve ever seen these characters. Their stages aren’t specifically a race to the finish but instead at the beginning of each stage you’ll your orders on what you have to do, they range from finding the sea shells to going unnoticed by all enemies.
You play as a team of three characters, only one is the active character at a time but you’ll be able to switch via the X and Y button. Each stage is created for you to use each one of your team members’ special abilities. You’re team will have one FLY, SPEED, POWER character and it’s going to be up to you to figure out when it’s best to switch. There isn’t much complication figuring out what their abilities do: FLY can lift your team up to reach higher places and you’ll be able to launch them at enemy targets, SPEED can well really run fast and perform a special move that can lift enemies in the air and temporary stun them, POWER are your muscle power character if you want to smash stuff this is who you’ll want to be.
Like all Sonic games the floating golden rings are always good. In Sonic heroes they perform an extra feature; they allow your team to perform its ultimate special move, which depending on your team will have several different effects.
Overall game play is cool, it offers players a unique experience to test their skills with different characters and in different situations.

Graphics
95/100
Probably the best thing to this game is the graphics, more specifically the cut scenes. Very clean and smooth both the cut scenes and when you actually play the game. Best graphics in a Sonic same by far. Although some (like me) might say that it’s a bit too cute for comfort, but tolerable.

Controls & Camera
80/100
A lot of the game will require you to switch between the characters on your team very quickly so being able to do that is crucial. The buttons are easy to switch (X, Y) it might take you a while to master it though but once you do you’ll be ok. Other than that the actual game play does have its flaws too. Other than the SPEED character on your team the other two seem to be more chaotic and less stable. For example many times your team will have to be in FLY mode to flip a switch to progress however many times it’s you just launching your team members into nothing ness. There is no aim, you’re basically just trying to shoot, and while that separate those with aim and other without it can be very annoying and dangerous. And the same is with your Power character; it’s usually you just blasting away hoping that you hit the enemy. So in that regards other than you SPEED character the controls suck. The camera works ok could have been more focused on your team but alright.

Music & Sounds

85/100
The music was ok, the theme was particularly nice, but it wasn’t anything outstanding. Overall it was good but if your volume button was pushed in and you couldn’t turn up the volume, you wouldn’t have missed much.

Replayability a.k.a What is there to do when finish the game…
80/100
Well first you’ll have to finish finish the game. Let me explain, each team will be able to defeat the final boss (Eggman’s Robot Emperor); however that isn’t the final ending. To reach the final ending it will require you to collect all seven chaos emeralds.
Now there is a multiplayer feature in this game, but that’s only after you complete the requirements to unlock them. Then you’ll be able to choose from the four teams available and enter different forms of play, whether it is a collect the rings mission, reach the finish line; there are about 6 different categories that you will be able to choose form. That’s about it in terms of Multiplaying/Replayability available in this game.

Overall
80/100
I must say I’m kind of disappointed in this game, while I loved the graphics and the new form of game play, I don’t think it surpassed Sonic Adventure 2 Battle in terms of overall coolness. What was cool is that you were able to play with 6 new characters (Team Chaotic {3 new characters}, Team Rose {2 new characters}, and Omega from Team Shadow). That was awesome. Team Chaotic and Team Dark were my favorites, they were just overall kickass. But that’s about as far as I go with giving this game prop. The stages were so predictable, and overall everything looked a bit too cute for me. There wasn’t much to do after you collect the seven emeralds and fight final bad guy. And I didn’t know what to think of the game in terms of story plot line. It’s obvious that they wanted to make a connection to the final scene in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, with what happened to shadow and all, but the story in this wasn’t very clear and broken up. While it was fun to play, it got pretty boring since I began to fell as if I wasn’t getting anywhere in the story anytime soon. It was a good game but not much content to get mild fans or gamers new to Sonic hooked on it in my opinion. It’s probably a game for Sonic fans looking for their next fix. Very Happy

By Cherubim

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Game Title: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Console: Gamecube
No. of Players: 2
Memory Card Blocks Needed: 11
Extras: Sonic Advance (GBA)
Difficulty: Easy
Genre: Adventure/Action
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Age: General

The blue Hedgehog makes a triumphant come back and this time he’s brought friends…

Story
85/100
Sonic’s back and as always getting himself in trouble. Only thing is this time he’s being mistaken for another talking hedgehog–you wouldn’t think there would be a lot of those. This “dark” sonic seems to be able to use the power of chaos emeralds to freeze time, and he can run just as fast as Sonic. Sonic and his team Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose–she just stalks Sonic really, are off to clear Sonic’s name and find out who that dark hedgehog really is. Naturally this being a Sonic game, Sonic will have to face his arch nemesis, Mr. Eggman, and save the world. What’s good is that the game has a good story line, both sides do. And while a lot of it might look separate at first it all comes together at the end.

Gameplay
90/100
The actual game play is easy on the players. As always rings are important so collecting them to survive is always good. You’ll play as one of three characters from whatever side you choose (Team Sonic: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles; Team Dark/Shadow: Shadow, Robotic, Rouge). Each stage is made for that character, so Sonic/Shadow stages would require you to run–so expect those path ways that appear out of no where–and jump whereas Knuckles/Rouge stages will require you to fly and very frequently would be very open so falling is always an option. This allows players to experience several different ways of game play in our game than all characters being able to do the same thing–because we are all different. You’ll be going on different missions, the Sonic/Shadow/Tails/Robotnic stages will usually have you reach a giant gold ring to finish, Knuckles/Rouge would have you find treasure or other things. Each type of game play has their appeal to them and their down sides, but overall it’s pretty cool.

Graphics
85/100
The graphics aren’t top notch but they certainly ain’t bad. The characters look awesome and while their environment isn’t the best it isn’t an eye-sore to look at. The stages themselves are huge, especially in the treasure hunting stages, but overall they are quite detailed and pleasure to see. Most of it is cut and clear so you won’t be getting lost in the stages, there is usually only one way to go.

Controls & Camera

85/100
This is a Sonic game so you can expect a lot of jumping and slamming down on the B button. During the game you’ll collect new items to increase your characters awesome, and instead of designated a button for each new item you will have to switch by using the X/Y button. This can be troublesome because you might accidentally press it twice or not enough times and might result in you dying. Some of the items switch on automatically, like Ring Dash, but sometimes you may not want to take the risk.
The camera controls and the camera on auto seem to work well. You really won’t have much use for them in your racing stages; only a few times did I have to use them. It’s easy to control and turns smoothly and quickly.

Music & Sounds
90/100
The music in this game is awesome. I find myself singing to it even months after I played the game. If you are familiar with Sonic you won’t be surprised by the music, you might think it’s better than you would expect but certainly nothing out of expected for Sonic. Very fast (but not techno) and very cool.

Replayability
a.k.a After the game is done what is there to do…
95/100
This is where Sonic Adventure 2 Battle really begins to shine, especially the multiplayer feature in this game. There is a wide variety of ways you can kick your opponents ass, whether it be racing with Sonic, Shadow, Amy Ross, and Metal Sonic (interesting in multiplayer you get to play with 2 addition character in each set that aren’t in the storyline, a nice bonus since each characters has their good and bad points), finding treasure, shooting down you opponent (the chaos are so cute in there machines especially when they try to shoot you), even play Chao Karate (even cuter then) and Chao racing, and a traditional cart race. The game also keeps score of all the winnings of both players in all sets. Which means the multiplayer screen will display the numbers of wins on both sides.
But aside from the hours you can play fighting your opponent when you should be racing (all you have to do is set the clock to unlimited and just attack each other) you can raise Chaos. With the help of Sonic Adventure for the GBA you can unlock secret chaos and new items for them, but that might be too much on your plate, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle gives you enough to keep you busy. You’ll be able to raise many Chaos and open two new gardens for special Chaos (although after they are open you can put which ever you want) and then you can teach your Chao songs and dancing at Kindergarten, and then you can feed them and train them in the Dojo or have them race each other. And then when you’re done with all of that you can mate your Chao (don’t worry they only kiss and get pregnant, this is a kids game people) to make more Chao. Yep, the taking care of your Chaos takes up a lot of time, of course if you aren’t the paternal type you can skip this altogether but you’ll me missing out on a lot.

Overall
90/100
Sonic Adventure 2 Battle is just an awesome game to play, not just for Sonic either. The appeal to this game lies in the fact that players are allowed to play with several different characters, in two very similar yet different story lines, and when that’s all done there is a still load to do. Completing this game, entirely, can take a while–with the Chaos and many unlock able customs and secrets. The introduction of a “dark” Sonic, Shadow, was like a dream come true for me, being able to rub off that goodie-to-shoes aspect of Sonic while still retaining the coolness and adding a bit of a dark mysterious feel. The game does a good job of making the characters reflect one another, and keeping both sides equally interesting. You’ll fight pretty much the same enemies just in different settings and objectives. The greatest aspects to this game to me (obviously) would have to be the game play, music, and massive amounts of replay ability.
Another great thing about this game is the options they make available to you. You can choose a background picture, much like a desktop wallpaper, to be in the background on your menu screen. I believe the options are of the characters in the game, I don’t remember if there are neutral ones. Anyway, if you pick say Rouge (my favorite) you’ll hear her talk in the background when you making a selection many times. Which is cool!
You have get ability to listen to tracks/music on this game, which I suggest you do. And the list goes on.
It’s a good game to buy if you’re a fan of action/adventure stuff without the blood violence, or if you want a game that would take you a while to finish. The game covers a lot and I think it does it pretty well and not brush over stuff just to add it in. There is racing, cart racing, treasure hunting, to a certain extent shooting–however not exactly what shooting fans would consider “shooting” more like shoot the duck taken to the next level–much more all wrapped around talking always and an egg shaped mad scientist. Very Happy Sonic Adventure 2 Battle really set a new milestone
To sum it all up good game with very few flaws, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle gets my thumbs up.

By Cherubim

Work in progress... not home!
Trying to get all/most of the new code working before I start on the eyecandy.