> The next installment of Sega's greatest game series ever, which took
two years for Sega to finish, was worth the wait. Sonic Team strived for
a faster-paced and more action-packed sequel to Sonic Adventure. This game
goes above and beyond its predecessor in many ways. It features great visuals,
sound and inventive gameplay, plus tons of new characters like the evil
hedgehog, Shadow. You must decide to play the "Hero Side" or the "Dark
Side" in a game with beautiful scenery which was influenced by US locations
such as Yosemite National Park and San Francisco.
> Playing the import version is no problem for Western game players, as
most of what you need to know is in English.
> The graphics have been greatly improved since the original Sonic Adventure
that launched with the Dreamcast two years ago. The character animation
in this new installment in the Sonic series is lush, colorful and much
more detail than the first. The backgrounds are fully 3D and interactive.
They're based on real locations in the US, as mentioned above. You can
also change the camera angle to get a better view of your surroundings.
> The control in Sonic Adventure 2 is just like the original; easy to get
a hang of and it makes it fun to control the characters without being a
hassle like in some games. The ring health system in this game is similar
to other Sonic games. New moves have been added like grind down rails,
grab ledges, and swing from poles. You will find it easy to get used to
after an hour or so. The Dreamcast controller is almost as good as the
Genesis controller from when the first Sonic launched over a decade ago.
> The sound is great. The music really gets you in the mood for spinning
down streets and escaping from runaway trucks with fast-paced jams. As
usual with Sonic games, Sega did a good job with the soundtrack. The voice
acting is also pretty good, but could have been better. Many of the sound
effects are carried over from Sonic Adventure. Overall, the sound plays
out pretty nice.
> Play as Sonic, Knuckles, or Tails and try to save the world -- or try
Shadow, Rouge, or Dr. Robotnik and try and destroy it. You can play in
3 different modes in the two player section like action, kart race, and
chao race. You could just play in the one player mode with boss battle
and story mode. You can also connect to the internet to download new chaos
and post messages. The new chaos you download can be used in the chao garden
to race, or you can download the new version of the vmu game Chao Adventure.
This game will keep you glued to the TV screen for hours at a time.
> If you like top notch action along with a very playable adventure, then
look no further. Sonic Adventure 2 also features several two-player
modes to spice things up even more. Sonic Team shows the world how to make
games (again), and this one's just in time for the celebration... That
would be the 10th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog!
9.3 | Graphics: 9.5 | Control: 9.2 | Sound: 8.7 | Fun: 9.9