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    Notice:- This FAQ contains spoilers for Sonic Adventure 2 (duh, really!?), yes,
    really! (Note; I have had complaints about this!)
    
    It also contains moderate spoilers for Final Fantasy 6j (check the references
    section to see why. Or, rather don't, as it may spoil to FF6 plot).
    
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    Contact:- CaptainSyrup@ignmail.com
    
    IMPORTANT! If you e-mail me a question and you don't want to be mentioned in 
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    Most updated version available at:- 
    http://www.geocities.com/captainsyrup/satwo.txt or www.gamefaqs.com about a day
    or two after I upload it onto mt site.
    
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    Solving problems:-
    
    1. Save the guide and open it up with WordPad (recommended).
    
    2. Open the File menu, then choose Page Setup. At the section where they put 
    Margins (inches), look for Right and type 0.8" in it.
    
    If you still have problems, well, I don't know what to do!
    
    Thanks to Clement Chan Zhi Li on these text viewing tips. Check out his Sonic
    Adventure Lyrics Guide at www.gamefaqs.com, under Dreamcast.
    
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    V1.0 29/06/01 (18,511 words, 72 pages, 121KB):- (Hope your printer has plenty
    of ink:)
    
    All new, the walkthrough to the entire Hero game, with bosses, power-ups, etc.
    Just check it out!
    
    Expect the next walkthough in about a week (or a bit longer), with Dark, and 
    maybe Last walkthoughs...
    
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    V1.0 10/07/01 (43,101 words, 168 pages, 286KB):- (This guide is now officially
    BIG (even fatter than the cat!:)
    
    The walkthrough for the ENTIRE story mode is complete, with every power-up, 
    every boss, references, lyrics, a little on Chaos, and much more!
    
    In a week or two, hopefully a truly complete version with every objective 
    covered in A grade detail. Maybe a bit longer actually, depending on my 
    progress in the game... 
    
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    "A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend" - Willow Rosenberg:) So true, so true..
    unfortunately, I'm afraid to say that due to certain legal issues, I can't beat
    you to death with a shovel if you plagiarise this document. I may, however, 
    take legal action. See you in court:)
    
    This document is Copyright Captain Syrup 2001. All rights reserved. Use it at 
    your own risk:)
    
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       I. Introduction:- Enter Sonic Adventure 2!:)
      II. Controls/Character Guide
     III. 3rd rate story:)
      IV. Hero Walkthrough
       V. Dark Walkthrough
      VI. Last Walkthrough
     VII. FAQs
    VIII. Chao World!
      IX. Sub-games, bosses and references
       X. Credits
      XI. Contact
     XII. Closing:- Exit Sonic Adventure 2:(
    
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    =I. Introduction=
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    Ah, Sonic the "Da Man", isn't he? Over the last ten years, he's starred in 
    literally dozens of titles (SA2 is the 97th Sonic related game by my count), 
    begining with Sonic the Hedgehog, the game which smashed Nintendo's monopoly,
    then ranging from cynical cash-ins during the Mega Drive boom to bona-fide AAA 
    titles. Titles like Sonic Adventure 2. 
    
    The first SA, released just a few months after the launch of Sega's ill-fated 
    Dreamcast as a flagship title was a strange mixture of genres, from traditional 
    high speed platforming, albeit in a 3D form playing as Sonic and Tails, to more 
    considered action with Knuckles and Amy Rose, a shoot 'em up with E-102 and even 
    Big the Cat's fishing game. Mixed in were story-lead RPG sections, a virtual pet 
    in the form of Chao Adventure, and mini-games ranging from a bumper car race to 
    StarFox-like shooting in Tail's biplane, the Tornado.
    
    So, what changed in SA2? The entire game is based around the classic theme of
    good vs. evil in the form of "Hero Vs. Dark". However, as a twist, you can 
    choose to play as the bad guys, including a rare playable appearance from 
    "Eggman" himself, Dr. Ivo Robotnik! The three least popular good guys from SA 
    have been dropped in favour of three playable bad guys; Robotnik, who along
    with a re-designed Tails plays much like E-102 did in Sonic Adventure; a 
    platform orientated shooter character; Rouge, a brand new Sonic character who
    plays a "collection" platform game like Knuckles; and the main bad guy Shadow,
    a new character who is a dark clone of Sonic himself, and plays as such, in the
    classic style of the fastest platform character in the business.
    
    Those cute virtual pets, the Chaos (pronounced "Ciao"), have returned, and 
    fitting with the style of the game can be raised into good and evil creatures 
    depending onthe type and quality of your care for them. Of course they can be 
    downloaded onto a VMS to play Chao Adventure 2!
    
    Probably the biggest change is the drop of the contravertial RPG-style sections
    which made up the bulk of SA 1. Although I enjoyed such sections, as interludes
    from the action, I do admit that they were poorly implemented compared with the 
    likes of Zelda, braking the action up for a little too long, and didn't seem 
    too appropriate in a Sonic game. Hopefully most people won't be too upset with
    their disappearance, and for those who disliked them, a welcome change.
    
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    =II. Controls/Character Guide=
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    Unlike in most games, the choice of character in SA2 completely alters the 
    game's genre. It's best to think of the characters in three classes, each with 
    two characters, one from the good guys (Hero) and one baddie (Dark).
    
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    |   Class:-   |    Hero     |    Dark     |
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    |   Racing    |    Sonic    |   Shadow    |
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    |  Shooting   |    Tails    |   Eggman    |
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    | Exploration |  Knuckles   |   Rouge     |
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    =Common controls:-=
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    These commands are common between the six characters and are basically the same
    as SA 1. If you aren't familiar with them though, learn them, especially if 
    you're used to a PS or N64 control and are new to the DC.
    
    Analogue Pad:- Move your chosen character. Remember analogue control is pressure
    sensitive, so the harder you push the stick, the faster your character will 
    move.
    
    D-Pad:- Changes the camera angle to give you an almost first person view. Press
    the directional buttons to move your field of vision. Due to the high speed of
    SA 2 compared to other platform games, this feature is semi-useless, but if 
    you're playing as Knuckles or Rouge it may of some use in situations where you 
    need to take a close look at your surroundings.
    
    B:- Every character has a different use for this button, but they can all use 
    it to pick up Chaos and the like (bar Eggman and Tails while in armour). In 
    addition, if you hold this button down after you pick a Chao up, moving the 
    analogue stick while pressing the button will cause you to cuddle the Chao, 
    making it happier. Finally, press this button while still or moving slowly to 
    set a Chao down gently, without hurting it. If you set it down while running, 
    you will throw to Chao, which may make it unhappy.
    
    This button is also used to Whistle, which causes animals to appear out of 
    pipes, or play the mystic melody, once the correct power-up is located (each
    character needs to find it themselves).
    
    X:- Every character has a different use for this button, but they can all use 
    it to pick up Chaos and the like (bar Eggman and Tails while in armour). In 
    addition, if you hold this button down after you pick a Chao up, moving the 
    analogue stick while pressing the button will cause you to cuddle the Chao, 
    making it happier. Finally, press this button while still or moving slowly to 
    set a Chao down gently, without hurting it. If you set it down while running, 
    you will throw to Chao, which may make it unhappy.
    
    This button is also used to Whistle, which causes animals to appear out of 
    pipes, or play the mystic melody, once the correct power-up is located (each
    character needs to find it themselves).
    
    Y:- This button can be used to cycle through the various functions which the
    X and B buttons can be used for, but since they are context sensitive, they 
    will normally perform the most appropriate action anyway.
    
    A:- Jump. This varies a lot between characters.
    
    L-Trigger:- Rotate the camera to the left in a locus around your character 
    while in the usaual third-person view.
    
    R-Trigger:- Rotate the camera to the right in a locus around your character 
    while in the usual third-person view. I wish they used a self centering camera
    like Banjo in SA2... 
    
    Start:- As usual pause, access menu.
    
    Grinding!:- In SA 2, the main characters wear shoes designed by world famous
    brand, Soap. These shoes allow some of the characters to grind on certain 
    surfaces to build up speed, since the shoes have a piece of plastic allowing 
    them to slide. This feature is only used by Sonic and Shadow. While grinding, 
    press B to crouch, which speeds you up, but accentuates the problem of slowing 
    down on curved rails. To avoid this problem, press the analogue stick in the 
    opposite direction to the curve of the rail, just gently. If you curve too 
    much, your speed will be reduced, and you may fall off the rail!
    
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    =Individual Characters:-=
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    I've taken the liberty of listing each characters' special moves so you don't 
    have to go through the hell of listening to Omochao's tutorials. Since Sonic is 
    ten years old, there's a little bit of history on each character and an 
    intoduction to Rouge and Shadow, the newbies.
    
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    =Sonic the Hedgehog=
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    First Appearance:- Sonic The Hedgehog, 1991 (Written by Sonic Team, appeared on
    Mega Drive/Genesis and converted by Sega to Master System and Game Gear)
    
    Side:- Hero
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    Spin Attack; Press A and Sonic uses one of his trademark attacks, the Spin
    Attack, allowing him to smash most of his enemies with ease. Use your discresion
    for when this attack should be used; obviously it will harm Sonic if used 
    against an enemy covered in spikes or temporarily on fire, for example.
    
    Homing Attack; Replaced Sonic 3's Insta-Shield in SA 1 by Sonic Team to 
    overcome the problems caused by 3D combat. Tap A while in mid-air to perform a 
    Spin Attack which homes in on enemies, with the both the Spin Attacks 
    advantages and disadvantages.
    
    Spin Dash; Sonic's other trademark move, perfected in Sonic 2. Hold down X or B
    to charge up, and release for an instant speed boost. Use the analogue stick 
    to steer. When you pick up the Green Forest Zone's <Ancient Light>, Sonic can
    automatically home-on to any nearby enemies with this move. Takes a little time 
    to charge up, mind.
    
    Somersault; A new move for SA2. Tap B or X, and Sonic will perform a short 
    roll, which will take out most enemies, and destroy wooden crates. Later in the 
    game Sonic can find a <Flame Ring> which changes this move in the Crazy Gadget
    Zone, perminantly, into a fire somersault, allowing him to break metal crates. 
    You can also fake a Somersault by tapping A to cancel just after inputting the 
    move.
    
    Bounce Attack; This move, found in the Pyramid Cave Zone works just like the
    water shield in Sonic 3 & Knuckles. While in mid-air, press B or X to slam down
    quickly in a spin, smashing Badniks. When you hit the ground, you will bounce
    a little higher, and if you perform the move twice in succession, you will be
    able to bounce significantly higher than a normal jump, allowing you access to 
    areas you wouldn't normally be able to reach. The power-up collected is called
    the <Bounce Bracelet>
    
    Light Dash; You need the <Light Shoes> to perform this move, found in the Metal 
    Harbor Zone. When you tap B or X near a trail of rings, Sonic will run along
    the path they create, even in mid-air! This is essential for most levels.
    
    Grab; After you find the <Magic Gloves> in the City Escape Zone, Sonic can grab 
    his enemies and chuck 'em around by X or B while close to them.
    
    Bio:- (Courtesy of Sonic HQ; www.sonichq.org, a top site!)
    
    Name: Sonic The Hedgehog
    
    Species: Hedgehog
    
    Colour: Blue
    
    Eyes: Green
    
    Age: 16
    
    Home: South Island (Mobius)
    
    Likes: Freedom
    
    Dislikes: Oppression
    
    Ability: Speed, Sonic Spin, Insta-Shield, Homing Spin
    
    Weakness: Can't swim
    
    Appearances in Games: All Sonic games (CaptainSyrup's note; There are some 
    spin-off games which Sonic hasn't appeared in, Knuckles' Chaotix and Tails And 
    The Musicmaker, for example.)
    
    First Appearance In Games: Sonic The Hedgehog 1
    
    Quote: "I'll never look back, I've got no regrets. 'Cause time doesn't wait for 
    me...I choose to go my own way."
    
    Faster than a speeding bullet - it's "Sonic the Hedgehog" and when he isn't 
    rearranging the landscape with "little brother" Tails, he can probably be found 
    on his hideaway base of South Island. An excellent athlete, Sonic has been 
    known to clock speeds faster than Mach 1 - not only that, but he's a highly 
    skilled acrobat as well....His arsenal of moves include the Sonic Spin which 
    can buzz through the thickest underground passageways, and his Double Jump in 
    which he goes SO FAST he can literally "jump on air itself". The Spin Dash, 
    Super Peel Out, and Strike Dash are three different ways of utilizing his 
    techniques - not only that but he has learned to completely manipulate such 
    items as flame shields - in a fireball dash attack, excel even higher on a 
    "Super Double Jump" with an energy shield, and do a "Super sonic leap" with a 
    Bubble Shield.
    
    Although racing isn't particularly Sonic's interest, he does have a sleek red 
    racecar he calls the Cyclone which he has used in two of the Chaos Grand Prix 
    tournaments.  
    
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    First Appearance:- Sonic Adventure 2, 2001 (Written by Sonic Team, appeared on
    Dreamcast, Gamecube conversion/sequel rumoured)
    
    Side:- Dark
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    Spin Attack; Press A and Shadow, like Sonic, uses  the Spin Attack, allowing 
    him to smash most of his enemies with ease. Use your discresion for when this 
    attack should be used; obviously it will harm Shadow if used against an enemy 
    covered in spikes or temporarily on fire, for example.
    
    Homing Attack; Replaced Sonic 3's Insta-Shield in SA 1 by Sonic Team to 
    overcome the problems caused by 3D combat. Tap A while in mid-air to perform a 
    Spin Attack which homes in on enemies, with the both the Spin Attacks 
    advantages and disadvantages.
    
    Spin Dash; Again, like Sonic, hold down X or B to charge up, and release for 
    an instant speed boost. Use the analogue stick to steer. When you pick up the 
    Sky Rail Zone's <Ancient Light>, Shadow can automatically home-on to any nearby 
    enemies with this move. Takes a little time to charge up, mind.
    
    Somersault; A new move for SA2. Tap B or X, and Shadow will perform a short 
    roll, which will take out most enemies, and destroy wooden crates. Shadow can 
    find a <Flame Ring> which changes this move in the Radical Highway Zone, 
    perminantly, into a fire somersault, allowing him to break metal crates. 
    You can also fake a Somersault by tapping A to cancel just after inputting the 
    move.
    
    Light Dash; You need the <Light Shoes> to perform this move, found in the White 
    Jungle Zone. When you tap B or X near a trail of rings, Shadow will run along
    the path they create, even in mid-air! This is essential for most levels.
    
    Bio:- 
    
    Name: Shadow
    
    Species: Hedgehog
    
    Colour: Black/Red
    
    Eyes: Red
    
    Age: At least 50
    
    Home: The ARK?
    
    Likes: Destruction, Maria Robotnik
    
    Dislikes: Heros
    
    Ability: Speed, Sonic Spin, Insta-Shield, Homing Spin
    
    Weakness: Can't swim
    
    Appearances in Games: As a new character, Shadow is only featured in Sonic 
    Adventure 2.
    
    Quote: "I am the ultimate life-form!"
    
    There have been pretenders to Sonic's throne before (the Metallix series of
    badniks, Knuckles in his days of working for Robotnik), but none so deadly as
    Shadow, a mysterious character rumoured to be a clone of Sonic himself! 
    Shadow's back story is very shady, but he appears to be a creation of 
    Robotnik's gradfather, and has the sinister objective of destroying the 
    world... is he too powerful even for Sonic!?!
    
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    =Miles "Tails" Prowler=
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    First Appearance:- Sonic The Hedgehog 2, 1992 (Written by Sonic Team,
    appeared on Mega Drive/Genesis and converted by Sega to Master System and Game 
    Gear)
    
    Side:- Hero
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    * In SA 2, unlike other Sonic games, Tails is riding in a mecha style robotic 
    suit. This makes him play like E-102, rather than his normal Sonic-like 
    fighting style.
    
    Jump:- Press A to jump. Unlike with Sonic, this attack will not harm enemies. 
    For self-defense and evation only. When powered-up in the Mission Street Zone,
    Tails can glide through the air by holding A, using the <Booster>.
    
    Volkan Cannon:- Tap B or X rapidly to fire a stream of weak laser beams. 
    Hardly useful against enemies, but this can destroy wooden crates. After you
    get the <Bazooka> in the Eternal Engine Zone, the lasers will be powerful 
    enough to destroy metal crates.
    
    Laser Gun:- Press and hold down B or X to bring out a targeting laser. Using 
    the analogue stick, aim this laser at as many enemies as possible to lock-on 
    to them, before the laser fades to blue after about five seconds and fails. 
    When you release to button, Tails will fire missiles at every enemy or object 
    which was locked onto with the laser. The more locked on enemies, the better 
    the points bonus! Pick up the <Laser Blaster> in the Prison Lane Zone to 
    change these missiles in cluster bombs, causing even more damage!
    
    Propeller Punch:- Press B or X when right next to an enemy to unleash this
    barely useful attack.
    
    Bio:- (Courtesy of Sonic HQ; www.sonichq.org, a top site!)
    
    Name: Miles "Tails" Prower (get it?) The Two-Tailed Fox
    
    Species: Fox/Kitsune (A many tailed fox-like beast from oriental mythology.
    The Pokemon Vulpix and Ninetails, and Keaton from the Zelda games are also
    based on this legend).
    
    Colour: Golden Orange
    
    Eyes: Blue
    
    Age: 8
    
    Home: South Island
    
    Likes: Sonic, inventing machines
    
    Dislikes: Robotnik and his Badniks
    
    Ability: Flying And Swimming
    
    Weakness: Lacks Sonic and Knuckles' self-confidence
    
    Appearances in Games: Most Sonic games after Sonic 2
     
    Quote: "I wanna fly high so I can reach the highest of the heavens. Somebody 
    will be waiting for me, so I have gotta fly higher!" 
    
    Miles Prower has never been just an ordinary kid...He was born with 2 tails, 
    and for most of his life he had been made fun of and teased by the other kids 
    about it. Not only that but he's an orphan as well - abandoned by his parents
    there was no one he felt he could turn to with his problems. That is - UNTIL 
    Sonic showed up. Sonic helped Tails turn his "burden" into his greatest asset 
    by teaching him to use his twin tails in flight. Propelling him to speeds 
    ALMOST as fast as Sonic. By whirling his tails together like a helicopter, he 
    can fly for short periods of time, as well as propel himself along the 
    ground...fast enough to keep up with his spiny blue hero! Aside from his 
    standard flying maneuver, Tails is also an expert swimmer, and has learned how 
    to use his tails to attack with a special Propeller Dash move. Tails' goal in 
    life is to be just like his hero and best friend, Sonic the Hedgehog...living 
    the life of an adventurer. What became of his parents is unknown, but he and 
    Sonic bonded like glue from the moment they first met....
    
    Tails is very wise for his age and its shown in his hobbies - as he owns a red 
    bi-plane, known as the "Tornado", which comes complete with attached rocket 
    boosters and jet flight skill! With Tails piloting and Sonic riding on the 
    wings, they can clear oceans and mountain ranges in half the time it would take 
    them on foot. Tails also has a small racecar called the Whirlwind S7, which he 
    used for both Chaos Grand Prix tournaments. It's max speed isn't very high, but 
    it's light enough to "jump" into the air without much force. 
    
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    =Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik=
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    First Appearance:- Sonic The Hedgehog, 1991 (Written by Sonic Team, appeared on
    Mega Drive/Genesis and converted by Sega to Master System and Game Gear)
    
    Side:- Dark
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    Jump:- Press A to jump. Unlike with Sonic, this attack will not harm enemies. 
    For self-defense and evasion only. When powered-up in the Lost Colony Zone,
    Robotnik can glide through the air by holding A, using the <Jet Engine>.
    
    Volkan Cannon:- Tap B or X rapidly to fire a stream of weak laser beams. 
    Hardly useful against enemies, but this can destroy wooden crates. After you
    get the <Large Cannon> in the Weapons Bed Zone, the lasers will be powerful 
    enough to destroy metal crates.
    
    Laser Gun:- Press and hold down B or X to bring out a targeting laser. Using 
    the analogue stick, aim this laser at as many enemies as possible to lock-on 
    to them, before the laser fades to blue after about five seconds and fails. 
    When you release to button, Robotnik will fire missiles at every enemy or 
    object which was locked onto with the laser. The more locked on enemies, the 
    better the points bonus! Pick up the <Laser Blaster> in the Iron Gate Zone to 
    change these missiles in cluster bombs, causing even more damage!
    
    Propeller Punch:- Press B or X when right next to an enemy to unleash this
    barely useful attack.
    
    Extra Protection:- Not really a special move as such, but worth mentioning
    anyway. Picking up the <Protection Armor> in the Cosmic Wall Zone adds a
    significant chunk to the good Doctor's Max HP.
    
    Bio:- (Courtesy of Sonic HQ; www.sonichq.org, a top site!)
    
    Name: Doctor Ivo Robotnik (Doctor Eggman - Japanese)
    
    Species: Human
    
    Sex: Male
    
    Eyes: Jet Black With Red Pupils
    
    Age: Unknown
    
    Ability: Super Genius I.Q Almost To The Point Of Insanity
    
    Weakness: Completely Mad
    
    Appearances in Games: Practically all Sonic games
    
    Quote: "Am I crazy, or am I a genius? I've got all the technology in my hands. 
    It's time for me to take over the world!" 
    
    Every Good Guy must have a villian - and Robotnik is NO EXCEPTION. He's the 
    core villian of ALL Sonic universes - Archie, Anime, and Sega - and everywhere 
    he's recognised as the ultimate evil against Sonic! Also known as Eggman, 
    Robotnik is the official villian of the ENTIRE planet! Dr. Robotnik, putting 
    his genious I.Q. to work, devised a machine that turns innocent animals into 
    robot slaves - the roboticiser!!! Sonic usually trashes his plans, but the 
    Eggman's never without a new evil scheme up his sleeve, and he's persistent 
    enough to try them all. He's even gone as far as roboticising ebntire zones! 
    (Sonic Chaos)...Another frequent target of Robotnik are the Chaos Emeralds. 
    With one of these all-powerful jewels, not even Sonic could stand in the way of 
    the Doc's takeover plans. He hasn't managed to keep any yet, but his technology 
    is only getting better, and from so many mistakes he could only have learned...
    Although his size keeps his pace down on foot, Robotnik gets around using a 
    speedy hovercraft known as the Egg Typhoon. He used it in both Chaos Grand Prix 
    tournaments, the World Grand Prix, and just about everywhere else. His main 
    device however is the Egg-O-Matic which can "attach" itself to various weapons 
    of destruction....Robotnik's home city is the Metropolis Zone, but he has a 
    huge mini-planet known as the Death Egg as well as a super airship called the 
    Egg Carrier, that could destroy Mobius in a second. Luckily, Sonic's frequently 
    kept it out of space long enough to do any damage, but the Eggman never gives 
    up... 
    
    SA 2 update; in SA 2, Robotnik is not the major villain, although he is "Dark".
    He appears to be searching for Shadow for his grandfather's sake...
    
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    =Knuckles The Echidna=
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    First Appearance:- Sonic The Hedgehog 3, 1994 (Written by Sonic Team, appeared 
    on Mega Drive/Genesis)
    
    Side:- Hero
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    Spin Attack; Press A and Knuckles uses this Sonic style attack, the Spin 
    Attack, allowing him to smash most of his enemies with ease. Use your discresion
    for when this attack should be used; obviously it will harm Knuckles if used 
    against an enemy covered in spikes or temporarily on fire, for example.
    
    Gliding Jump:- Knuckles' family amulete allows him to glide by pressing and
    holding A. Control his glide with the analogue stick, or release A to stop 
    gliding. Press A again to start another glide.
    
    Climbing:- If Knuckles comes into contact with a climbable surface (like most
    walls) during a glide, his knuckles will dig into the surface, holding him, and
    allowing him to climb the surface with the analogue stick. Press A to jump off 
    the surface.
    
    Punch Attack:- Press X or B to make Knuckles punch his enemies. You may also 
    execute a three hit combo by tapping the button rapidly. If you find the <Hammer 
    Gloves> in the Death Chamber Zone, your punches will become strong enough to break 
    metal crates! Also, a Dragon Punch can be performed by spinning the analogue
    stick in a circle before you press the button.
    
    Drill Dive:- Press X or B while in Mid-air, and Knuckles will dive to the 
    ground killing enemies. With a <Shovel Claw> from the Pumpkin Hill Zone, Knuckles 
    can dig into the ground after the dive. This will also allow him to dig walls 
    with X or B. 
    
    Swimming:- Knux is the only Hero character who can swim. When paddling at the 
    water's surface, press and hold X or B to dive to the bottom of the water. 
    Knuckles will rise slowly if no button is pressed, but to make him rise faster,
    press A repeatedly. Of course, if Knuckles remains underwater for too long, he
    will drown. A timer, with the classic sound effects will warn you though. When
    you pick up the <Air Necklace> in the Aquatic Mine Zone, Knux can breathe 
    underwater, though.
    
    Night-Sight?:- After finding the <Sunglasses> in the Meteor Herd Zone, choosing
    them with Y and pressing B will put them on, making the screen a little darker.
    According to the game you can see hidden items with them, but I have finished 
    the game with no use for them at all. Jump to take them off.
    
    Bio:- (Courtesy of Sonic HQ; www.sonichq.org, a top site!)
    
    Name: Knuckles The Echidna 
    
    Species: Echidna (an echidna is an Australasian marsupial, similar to
    an anteater)
    
    Colour: Red
    
    Eyes: Violet
    
    Age: 15
    
    Home: Floating Island
    
    Likes: Fruit, especially grapes (!), solitude
    
    Dislikes: Evil, interference with his home or way of life
    
    Ability: Gliding, Digging, Climbing
    
    Weakness: Hates Heavy Sunlight, naive
    
    Quote: "Born on an island in the heavens, the blood of my ancestors flows 
    inside me. My duty is to guard the Master Emerald." 
    
    Knuckles the Echidna is the last of a lost civilization of echidnas that 
    flourished a over a century ago. This society mysteriously disappeared, and 
    left many secrets and mystical powers in its wake - including that of: The 
    Master Emerald - The LARGEST Chaos Emerald in existence. As the last living 
    descendant of the civilization, it is Knuckles' sworn duty to protect Floating 
    Island, all animals on it and the Master Emerald which keeps it afloat. When 
    someone or something threatens the island, this feisty echidna's on the case! 
    When the land is peaceful, however, Knuckles enjoys lounging around as much as 
    Sonic does. He also knows all of the Floating Island's secret passageways and 
    shortcuts, though, so even a little slacking off won't reduce his reaction 
    time. Knuckles receives aid in his duty as guardian from the Chaotix: Mighty 
    the Armadillo, Espio the Chameleon, Vector the Crocodile, and Charmy Bee. It 
    was with their help that Knuckles was able to stop Dr. Robotnik's plan to steal 
    the Power Emerald (which fuels Carnival Island) and save the six Chaos Rings 
    that serve as its power source. 
    
    Occasionally - if time permits, he'll go down to the surface for a SMALL amount 
    of fun. Knuckles has his own speedy little racecar known as the Tempest. This 
    orange, jeep-like vehicle helped the echidna through the second Chaos Grand 
    Prix tournament, and (like Tails' Whirlwind S7) is light enough to "jump" into 
    the air with little force. 
    
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    =Rouge The Bat=
    =-------------=
    
    First Appearance:- Sonic Adventure 2, 2001 (Written by Sonic Team, appeared on
    Dreamcast, Gamecube conversion/sequel rumoured)
    
    Side:- Dark
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    Spin Attack; Press A and Rouge uses this Sonic style attack, the Spin
    Attack, allowing him to smash most of her enemies with ease. Use your disresion
    for when this attack should be used; obviously it will harm Rouge if used 
    against an enemy covered in spikes or temporarily on fire, for example.
    
    Gliding Jump:- Rouge can use her wings to glide by pressing and holding A. 
    Control her glide with the analogue stick, or release A to stop gliding. Press 
    A again to start another glide.
    
    Climbing:- If Rouge comes into contact with a climbable surface (like most
    walls) during a glide, she will grab the surface, allowing her to climb the 
    surface with the analogue stick. Press A to jump off the surface.
    
    Drill Dive:- Press X or B while in Mid-air, and Rouge will dive to the 
    ground killing enemies. With the <Pick Nails> from the Egg Quarters Zone, Rouge 
    can dig into the ground after the dive. This will also allow her to dig walls 
    with X or B. Oddly, Rouge digs with her feet, rather than her hands.
    
    Kick Attack:- Press X or B to make Rouge kick her enemies. You may also 
    execute a three hit combo by tapping the button rapidly. If you find the <Iron 
    Boots> in the Mad Space Zone, your kicks will become strong enough to break 
    metal crates! 
    
    Whirlwind Kick:- Spin the analogue stick around quickly and press X or B to
    perform a cool special move with Rouge.
    
    Swimming:- Rouge is the only Dark character who can swim. When paddling at the 
    water's surface, press and hold X or B to dive to the bottom of the water. 
    Rouge will rise slowly if no button is pressed, but to make her rise faster,
    press A repeatedly. Of course, if Rouge remains underwater for too long, she
    will drown. A timer, with the classic sound effects will warn you though. 
    Sadly, unlike Knuckles, Rouge doesn't have have a power-up allowing her to
    breathe underwater. On the upside, she has fewer, easier swimming sequences
    than Knux.
    
    Scope?:- The <Treasure Scope> from the Security Hall Zone seems to be every
    bit as useless as Knuckles' <Sunglasses>. Choosing it with Y and pressing B 
    will put it on, making the screen a little darker. According to the game you 
    can see hidden items with them, but I have finished the game with no use for 
    it at all. Jump to take it off.
    
    Bio:-
    
    Name: Rouge
    
    Species: Bat
    
    Colour: Predominately white (odd, considering that "rouge" is French for red)
    
    Eyes: Red
    
    Age: ???
    
    Home: ???
    
    Likes: Gems
    
    Dislikes: Anything which she can't own
    
    Ability: Speed, flight
    
    Weakness: Greedy, self-centered
    
    Appearances in Games: As a new character, Rouge is only featured in Sonic 
    Adventure 2.
    
    Quote: "All the world's jewels belong to me!"
    
    Rouge is a brand new character, who appears to be somewhat like a female 
    version of the thief, Nack The Weasel, in both play style and motive. However,
    very little else is known about her, save her Knuckles-like play skills. Her
    storyline explores her love/hate relationship with Knuckles.
    
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    =Super Sonic=
    =-----------=
    
    First Appearance:- Sonic The Hedgehog 2, 1992 (Written by Sonic Team,
    appeared on Mega Drive/Genesis and converted by Sega to Master System and Game 
    Gear)
    
    Side:- Last
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    Analogue Stick:- Move forwards (into the screen), backwards (out of the screen), 
    left and right.
    
    A:- Move upwards.
    
    X:- Move downwards.
    
    B:- Move downwards.
    
    Super Sonic only needs to touch his enemies to defeat them.
    
    Bio:-
    
    Name: Super Sonic
    
    Species: Chaos Enhanced Hedgehog
    
    Colour: Golden/Yellow
    
    Eyes: Red
    
    Age: 16 years, but only a fraction of this has been spent in super form
    
    Home: The power of Super Sonic rests inside Sonic and the Chaos Emeralds...
    
    Likes: Justice
    
    Dislikes: Big bad guys like Perfect Chaos and FinalHazard
    
    Ability: Invincible, so long as he has a constant supply of rings (one per 
    second, starts fifty or fourty) to maintain super form, flight 
    
    Weakness: Will revert to regular hedgehog if ring supply runs out, causing
    death in some situations
    
    Appearances in Games: Sonic 2, 3, Knuckles, Adventure 1 and 2, maybe in some
    others like Sonic R
    
    Quote: "You can save your sorrow...we'll put you right back where you came!"
    
    When Sonic is in an extreme situation, he can temporarily take on the positive
    power of the Chaos Emeralds until a balance between Hero and Dark has been 
    achieved. Fifty rings are also needed to initiate the process, and one is used
    for every second Sonic remains in super form.
    
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    =Super Shadow=
    =------------=
    
    First Appearance:- Sonic Adventure 2, 2001 (Written by Sonic Team, appeared on
    Dreamcast, Gamecube conversion/sequel rumoured)
    
    Side:- Last
    
    Attacks:- 
    
    Analogue Stick:- Move forwards (into the screen), backwards (out of the screen), 
    left and right.
    
    A:- Move upwards.
    
    X:- Move downwards.
    
    B:- Move downwards.
    
    Super Sonic only needs to touch his enemies to defeat them.
    
    Bio:-
    
    Name: Super Shadow
    
    Species: Chaos Enhanced Hedgehog
    
    Colour: Silver and Red
    
    Eyes: Red
    
    Age: 50+ years, but less than five minutes of this was spent in super form
    
    Home: -
    
    Likes: Maria, saving the Earth and fulfilling her wish
    
    Dislikes: Anybody who tries to prevent Maria's will from being carried out
    
    Ability: Invincible, so long as he has a constant supply of rings (one per 
    second, starts fifty or fourty) to maintain super form, flight 
    
    Weakness: Will revert to regular hedgehog if ring supply runs out, causing
    death in some situations
    
    Appearances in Games: Only during the last boss of Sonic Adventure 2
    
    Quote: "Maria, watch me, I will fulfil your wish!"
    
    When Shadow understood Maria's true intent, and became a real Hero, he became
    able to understand the true power of the Chaos Emeralds. Using their positive
    power, along with fifty golden rings he became Super Shadow, the heroic being
    that could fulfil the wish of the innocent girl Maria for a peaceful and happy 
    world of Earth.
    
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    Kart Racing Controls (all characters):-
    
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    A; Accelerate (why they didn't use the analogue acceleration provided by L or R
    is beyond me). Also, when turning, tap A then hold it down to start a 
    powerslide, useful on corners. You can stop sliding by releasing the analogue
    stick for a second.
    
    Analogue Stick; Steer.
    
    Y; Boost. Your character recieves one boost for every twenty rings collected.
    
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    =III. 3rd rate story:)=
    =---------------------=
    
    IMO this game's story is a lot weaker that SA 1's, until you play the Last 
    story, and Shadow's flasnacks. Well, anyway, it doesn't really matter too much 
    either way in a Sonic game. Here's the prologue, right out of the 
    instructions:-
    
    Hero;
    
    It was just another ordinary day...until Sonic, hero of justice, is accosted by 
    a secret military force code-named G.U.N.
    
    Escaping the confines of a high-security helicopter, Sonic leaps down into the
    city in an effort to flee from his captors. Suddenly a mysterious black 
    hedgehog appears in front of him, grasping a Chaos Emerald in his hands. 
    Meanwhile, accross the globe, unexplained incidents occur following the 
    declaration of world conquest by eggman himself.
    
    Once aware of the connection between Shadow and Dr. Eggman, Sonic begins his 
    quest to stop their evil plan, helped along the way by his old friends: Tails 
    and Knuckles.
    
    Dark;
    
    While searching for a top secret weapon known only as "Shadow", the evil genius, 
    Dr. Robotnik, penetrates the security of a high-level military base. Deep inside 
    the compound, Dr. Eggman discovers that the weapon is actually a black hedgehog 
    claiming to be the "ultimate life form", a creature known as "Shadow".
    
    Shadow invites Dr. Eggman to Space Colony ARK and reveals the Eclipse Cannon--an 
    enormous weapon capable of destroying the world, more than enough to entice the 
    evil genius to help out Shadow in his quest to conquer the world.
    
    Just as they begin to revel in their plan for destruction, the villains are 
    startled by a menacing bat named Rouge who offers her help as well. 
    
    Thus, the plot to conquer the world begins...
    
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    =IV. Hero Walkthrough=
    =--------------------=
    
    Before I begin, I'd better describe the basic structure of the game. The first
    time you take on a level, you will tackle the first objective, of which there 
    are five, to be completed in this order;
    
    Objective One - Clear the level by reaching the exit goal. Typically, though
    not always, this will be the easiest objective. On a few levels (Green Forest
    Zone and White Jungle Zone, there are time linits placed on this objective, 
    but they are not tight at all).
    
    Objective Two - Collect 100 rings (the stage will continue, in a loop, until
    you either complete the objective, or fail by losing all of your lives). In 
    some situations, this is actually easier than Objective One.
    
    Objective Three - Find the lost Chao somewhere in the stage. Possesion of the 
    power-up item "Mystic Melody" is required to complete this objective. On 
    racing levels, like Route 101 or Route 280, this objective changes to finishing
    the level without hitting any other cars.
    
    Objective Four - Complete Objective One within a tight time limit. On 
    racing levels, like Route 101 or Route 280, this objective changes to finishing
    the level without even scraping the walls. Harsh.
    
    Objective Five - Complete Objective One with the difficulty ramped up.
    
    When you complete a stage, you are given clear rating between A and E, with E
    being the worst and A the best. As far as I can tell, the rating is directly 
    connected to score, which is mainly determined by the speed in which you finish 
    the level, and the number of rings you carry to the end. Total rings collected,
    technique points from stunts and Badniks defeated also make small impacts.
    
    However, getting good grades is very tough. For example, after one day's play,
    though I finished the Hero game, I had mostly E grades, a few Ds, maybe a C and
    one B on the the level I had practiced the most, City Escape (no, I hadn't 
    played the PSO demo). Mostly, I can say that stunts are by far the most 
    important factor in grades, along with finding the correct path.
    
    The guides at the moment are only C standard, for beginners, but hopefully soon 
    I will update with tips on picking up those all important A grades...
    
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    Updated:- Making the grade; how to pick up those oh-so-tricky A grades:-
    
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    Firstly note that score is the single criteria for your grade in objectives 
    one, four (as long as you make the set time, your finishing speed won't affect 
    your grade except for the points awarded in Time Bonus), and five. The grade
    you get for objective two or three depends only on the amount of time you take
    to complete the objective.
    
    After extended play I'm now certain about to pick up major points. This differs
    a long way between characters, but I am certain that performing stunts, or 
    "Action Links" as the game calls them, is the most important way to pick those 
    points. Here's a run-down of the Action Links and what they're worth, also,
    for Sonic, Shadow, Tails and Eggman, the number of enemies you have to defeat
    at once to recieve those points (homing jumps or lock-ons), for Links where 
    you have to defeat x number of enemies in a row:-
    
     ____________________________________________________________________
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Action Link | Points Recieved | Number of Enemies | Colour of Link |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Good!       | 100             | Two               | Light Blue     |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Nice!       | 200             | Three             | Green          |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Great!      | 300             | Four              | Dark Blue      |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Jammin'!    | 400             | Five              | Light Yellow   |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Cool!       | 500             | Six               | Dark Yellow    |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Radical!    | 600             | Seven             | Light Orange   |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Tight!      | 800             | Eight             | Orange         |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Awesome!    | 1000            | Nine              | Dark Orange    |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Extreme!    | 1500            | Ten               | Purple         |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Perfect!    | 2000            | Eleven +          | Pretty Rainbow!|
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    
    General Tips on making points:-
    
    General:-
    
    All characters get points for the following;
    
    * Finishing the level quickly. The amount of points awarded varies immensly 
    between stages, but generally, the faster the better. In some cases, it may be
    better to go a little slower to pick up more rings, though. This is of major
    importance to Knuckles/Rouge, pretty important to Sonic/Shadow and less 
    important (in some situations literally worthless) to Tails/Eggman.
    
    * Number of rings you have when you finish the level (ten points per ring, I 
    think). This can make a major impact to Sonic/Shadow levels, but is less 
    important for Tails/Eggman, and Knuckles/Rouge can usually ignore this as 
    speed is much more important to them. Rings you drop are worth NOTHING, so
    don't get hit either!
    
    * Number of GUN Robots/Badniks killed in a row, either with homing jumps from
    Sonic/Shadow or number of enemies in the same lock-on for Tails/Eggman. 
    Knuckles/Rouge CANNOT link enemies, (even if they do bounce or glide between
    them without hitting the ground), so killing enemies is a waste of time for 
    them. Also note that unlike in previous Sonic games, killing individual enemies
    is worth NOTHING, you only get points for linking. This is mostly important to
    Tails/Eggman, (you can often get an A grade using only this technoque on their
    levels), but is worth considering for Sonic/Shadow.
    
    Sonic/Shadow:- 
    
    You can get points in these ways;
    
    * Homing jumping between enemies without touching the ground inbetween (see 
    table for points awarded).
    
    * Grinding on any rails, points are awarded depending on the length, speed and
    style (how steady, you were, use the analogue stick to steady yourself) of the
    grind. Also, if combo several grinds together with other grinds, or jumps from
    spinning poles, you will increase your score.
    
    * Light Dashing along rings will often give you a small bonus, if the rings are
    in mid-air, and the path is quite long. Sometimes the bonus is significant 
    though, and the rings will give your score an added boost.
    
    * Sonic/Shadow levels often have a major "event" which will reward you with a
    large amount of points (the missile launch sequence in Metal Harbour is a good
    example). These can quite often be worth 10% or more of the A grade score on 
    the level, so learn them and practice!
    
    Tails/Eggman:-
    
    Pointers for the shooters;
    
    * Lock-on is by far the over-riding concern for Tails/Eggman's scores. Remember
    that single enemies are worth nothing, and larger the group, the better...up to
    a point. Confused? Don't be. Imagine that Eggman has twenty enemies in range, 
    begging to be shot. Your first thought might be to lock-on to all twenty, 
    killing all of them and netting a 2000 point "Perfect!" bonus. However, the 
    smart player would lock-on to just ten of the twenty at once, killing that 
    group, then lock-on to the remaining ten seperately. Killing two groups of ten 
    gets you two "Extreme!" bonuses, each worth 1500 points, getting you a total of
    3000 points, a significantly larger amount than if you'd taken just the one 
    "Perfect!" This tactic is essential on stages like Weapons Bed. Also note that
    sometimes background scenery like signs count as enemies (if they do, a number
    will appear next to the target when you lock-on to them), thus boosing your 
    combos.
    
    * Tails/Eggman cannot perform Sonic-like stunts, and time bonuses are near 
    useless to them, often excepting the earlier, shorter stages.
    
    * Rings are worth picking up, but only bother if you think you can finish the
    level with at least 100-200, otherwise they'll only make a minimal difference
    to your score.
    
    * Killing enemies with your Volkan Cannon is worth nothing, even if you take 
    out several at once. Don't bother.
    
    Knuckles/Rouge:-
    
    Hunting tips;
    
    * Your score for each item is determined by the number of tips (from monitors)
    you use, the fewer tips, the higher the score, and the speed it takes you to 
    find the item, the faster, the better. The maximum score for each item is a
    "Perfect" 2000 points, achieved by a very fast collection time, which varies, 
    depending on the size of the level, and by using no tips at all.
    
    * Don't bother with rings, you'll never get enough to make up the time you 
    waste searching for them, especially since unlike most non-Knuckles/Rouge 
    levels they aren't just layed out along the main path of the level for you to
    collect.
    
    * Speed is so important to Knuckles/Rouge. This cannot be underestimated, since
    unlike with other characters, speed not only counts towards the Time Bonus you 
    recieve after finishing the level, it also counts towards the score you get 
    when you find each item.
    
    Final word:-
    
    If you want to know what a "good" score for each character in each level is 
    (e.g. good enough for an A grade), I would say 17,000-21,000 for Sonic/Shadow,
    15,000-18,000 for Knuckles/Rouge and 25,000-50,000 for Tails/Eggman, though
    this varies massively, particularly on Tails/Eggman (for example I can quite
    easily get almost 75,000 points [!] on Cosmic Wall). 
    
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    Hero game begins...
    
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    (Player begins as Sonic)
    
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    Realtime Cut-scene 
    
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    The game starts showing a helicopter, with people inside shouting
    in confusion things like "the hedgehog is escaping!" After a few seconds, Sonic
    breaks out of the 'copter, makes few wisecracks about the lack of in-flight
    entertainment, and procedes to fall towards Station Square on a street board 
    which he conveniantly happens to have...
    
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    Level One: City Escape Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Oh, yes this level rocks! Sing, sing to the music my friends! Ahem.
    
    This is an easy level, which should be no problem to most competant gamers, or
    those who have already played through SA 1. However, I'll cover it in some
    depth for any Sonic Newbies out there.
    
    At the begining, pick up the ling of rings, then move right for another row. A 
    third row is on the left, along with a ledge. If you jump off this ledge, you
    will perform a stunt which will earn you between 100 points ("Good") and 1000
    ("Awesome!"), depending on your speed. In theory, you may be able to earn 2000
    points for a "Perfect!" stunt, but I don't think this is actually possible. 
    Anyway, since you're going pretty fast, it shouldn't be a problem to get an 
    "Awesome!". Also, the better the stunt, the higher you'll jump, which is useful 
    later on, as monitors overhang the ledges, and can only be collected with a 
    decent stunt.
    
    Keep going, and if you want a decent grade, avoid cars; they slow you down a 
    little, harming stunt potential. Take all the corners early, they're all very 
    easy, and try to get an "Awesome!" stunt off the third lege; if you pull it 
    off, you'll earn a shield.
    
    When you lose the 'board, run forwards and homing jump onto the rail to start 
    a grind worth a "Nice" 200 points. Run along the half-pipe, picking up rings,
    then scale the wall as you run to pick up a Super Ring monitor worth 20 rings.
    Smash the crates ahead of you with a couple of somersaults, then jump onto the
    next rail to start another grind. Jump the gap between rails, then crouch down 
    straight away for "Great" stunt. Hit the zipper and land on a high platform,
    then jump off it, and home in onto the Super Ring monitor. Be careful, there is
    a pit underneath, and you need to be very close to the monitor to home to it.
    Climb the platforms you land on, hit the Continue Post, and get ready for 
    another fast section!
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Hit the zippers and run at top speed, doing as many stunts as possible off the
    ledges. A decent stunt off the second ledge will net you a Magnet Shield, and
    the third has plenty of rings, and will save you a short climb. Climb the 
    stairs, keeping your eye out for a Chao Key in one of the groups of crates if
    you want a visit to Chao World, and at the top, watch out for a GUN Robot which 
    drops from nowhere! Attack it's head, anywhere else will hurt you.
    
    Another speed section! A reasonable stunt off the first ledge will earn 
    Speed-up Shoes. However, if you're going really fast, an awesome stunt off the 
    ledge will yield an Extra Life! Try to get them both, it's difficult but 
    possible. Just keep running, and slow down when you enter an underpass, so that
    you can hit the spring above you, allowing you to start a grind.
    
    Crouch on this grind to speed up, and steady yourself with the analogue stick.
    At the end, you can use this speed to climb an arch, or Spin Dash, if you
    weren't quite fast enough. Up on this ledge is another chance at a Chao Key, 
    and a spring, taking you to the second Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Now comes a very impressive high speed section. Just run forwards through the 
    park, it should be pretty obvious what to do! 
    
    The next coming section brings some new features which require good reflexes.
    When you land on the pole, Sonic will begin spinning around it. If you press A, 
    normally he will just fall off the pole, but if you time your button press to
    the period of the swing where his shoes make a red arc, he will fly high into 
    the air. Master this, it will be used throughout the game. The best way to time 
    it is to feel a rhythm with the spins. If you make both jumps, you can pick up
    an Invincibility monitor and the final Chao Key. You can also use the homing 
    attack on the enemies to cross the pit ahead, which is easy, and earns stunt
    points. If you fail the poles, just use the platforms to cross the pit. Either
    way, activate the Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    KO another hidden GUN Robot, and start a grind down the rail. Crouch, and when 
    you reach a gap in the rail, don't move the analogue stick, just tap A, and 
    your momentum will carry you forwards to land on the next rail. When you 
    finish, you'll be spinning around another pole. Time your jump, or climb the 
    stairs to reach another Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Four)
    
    This part is easy. Just Somersault under the wall, the run away from the
    18 Wheeler-style truck. The rows of rings in this section are placed in the 
    right, then left, then centre-left, centre-right, centre-left and centre. Oh, 
    and watch out for the first of Big The Cat's cameo appearances; he almost gets 
    run over by the truck on one of the final corners! Keep your eyes out for his
    appearances throughout the game, if I've seen him, I'll point him out for you.
    
    Anyway, hit the zippers and the Goal Ring, and away you go!
    
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    Objective Two:-
    
    This is a very easy objective, and if you finished the last one, you should 
    have no problems with this. Basically, just follow objective one and slow down 
    a little if you need to, to pick up rings. A cool place to pick up a few rings 
    is on a ledge with a GUN Robot just after the boarding section, underneath a 
    metal crate is a switch which makes a long row of rings appear. You need the 
    Fire Somersault and Light Dash, though.
    
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    Power-up; <Magic Gloves>:-
    
    You must have the <Bounce Bracelet> (from Pyramid Cave Zone) and <Flame Ring> 
    (from the Crazy Gadget Zone) to find this barely useful power-up. Remember the
    swinging poles section, just after you run down the side of the skyscraper? 
    Well, on the lower part of ground you end up on after failing that section, 
    bounce down on the metal crates which make up part of the ground to reveal a 
    hidden room. At the bottom of this room is the <Magic Gloves> power-up which
    allows Sonic to grab enemies to throw them at obstacles.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Suddenly, it's night(?) A large mecha robot appears, presumably sent by GUN to 
    hunt down Sonic...
    
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    BOSS:- F-6t BIG FOOT (HP 3)
    
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    Firstly a major tip for almost every boss stage. Only ever pick up one ring at
    a time. If you pick up several, then get hit, the chances are that you'll lose
    them all and have no protection. If you only picked up one, then there are 
    plenty left to offer protection to you if you get hit, as in boss stages it can
    be very difficult to recollect rings you dropped after a hit. This tip 
    obviously doesn't apply to Tails/Eggman bosses, as collecting rings hardly 
    increases their health at all.
    
    Okay, on with the Big Foot battle. This is so easy, there should be no problems 
    at all, unless you don't act fast to hit him at vunerable points.
    
    Begin by picking up a ring, for protection, then run away from the Big Foot as 
    it will move around the arena, firing lasers directly underneath it. It's 
    pretty slow, so make sure you don't overtake it, and run into the fire! Note 
    that during this time, Big Foot is invunerable from Sonic's attacks.
    
    After it performs this pathetic manoever twice, it will slow down and prepare 
    to land. This is your chance! As soon as it lands, hit the underneath of the
    cockpit, and it will lose a third of it's health and take off again. However,
    if you leave it too late, Big Foot will have the chance to fire off several 
    difficult to avoid homing missiles. If they hit you, not only will you lose
    your rings, but the impact will mean that you almost certainly lose your chance
    to attack. Hit it before it can let the missiles loose!
    
    Either if you hit it or not, Big Foot will now take off, and start it's attack
    pattern all over again. Three hits will see it off. Easy.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Shadow appears with a Chaos Emerald, and Sonic realises that GUN was after 
    Shadow, not him! Sonic tries to take Shadow's Emerald, but Shadow uses Chaos
    Control to teleport away, and a massive GUN unit surrounds Sonic...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Knuckles and Rouge are stand in a desert, with the Master Emerald between them
    Rouge claims the Emerald to be hers, and is about to steal it from Knuckles, 
    when Robotnik appears and gyps it himself! To prevent the Eggman escaping with
    it, Knux smashes the Emerald into fragments. Knuckles and Rouge both resolve to
    find all the fragments of the Master Emerald before the other does...
    
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    Level Two: Wild Canyon Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    First, a quick word about Knuckles stages. In these stages, you have to locate
    three items which could be hidden anywhere on the stage. Because of the highly
    random factor to these levels, I can't give you direct walkthrough for Knux.
    However, I can offer some tips for each level.
    
    General tips:-
    
    Firstly, and unlike SA 1, only one item will flash on the hot/cold detector at
    once. This means that even if you are right next to an item, the meter won't 
    flash unless the game decides that this item is the one you are meant to 
    collect first. However, you can collect them in any order, though it will make
    them difficult to locate, though you will get "Perfect!" for that gem. Because 
    of this, the best technique is to scan the entire level three times, once for 
    each item.
    
    Remember, items may be hidden inside GUN Robots, Badniks, or later on, 
    underground. Just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean they aren't 
    there.
    
    Your score for each item is determined by the number of tips (from monitors)
    you use, the fewer tips, the higher the score, and the speed it takes you to 
    find the item, the faster, the better. The maximum score for each item is a
    "Perfect" 2000 points, achieved by a very fast collection time, which varies, 
    depending on the size of the level, and by using no tips at all.
    
    Level specific tips:-
    
    Move upwards and downwards in this level by using the vacuum at the centre of
    the level. Fragments may be on either the upper, lower, or middle section of 
    the stage.
    
    Fragments may be hidden in treasure chests; punch 'em out!
    
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    Power-up; <Mystic Melody>:-
    
    You need the <Shovel Claw> to find this essential power-up. From the begining
    of the level, glide straight forwards into the wind at the centre of the level.
    When you get blown outside, glide the end of the "Lonely Statue area" as 
    Omochao calls, it with an Egyptian statue. Climb above the statue's head, up to
    a painting, then dig into the middle of the painting, taking you to a secret 
    room. In here is a Dragon Animal, along with the <Mystic Melody>. Use the 
    'melody on the Chao Temple to create a warp back to the start of the level.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Tails is flying along in his biplane, The Tornado 2, towards the Prison Island,
    in search of Sonic. It appears that Sonic has been recaptured by GUN, and has
    been falsly accused of robbing a bank! He sees Amy Rose, the cute pink hedgehog
    who has a crush on Sonic, in danger of being attacked by Dr. Robotnik, and 
    decides to make a short detour to help her out. He transforms The Tornado 2 
    into a mecha suit, The Cyclone, and takes the Eggman on!
    
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    BOSS:- DR. EGGMAN [I] (HP not enough!)
    
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    Collect a ring, and basically keep shooting away at Robotnik with the Volkan 
    Cannon (He moves too fast for lock-on shots to be effective). If you keep 
    shooting away, he won't have a chance to do a single thing! This is easily the
    simplest boss in the game, and you should have absolutely no trouble at all.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Amy Rose explains that she wants to help Sonic too, but Tails knows that she 
    won't be able to fight the GUN Robots, so decides to clear a path for her by
    using The Cyclone to storm the prison complex...
    
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    Level Three: Prison Lane Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Okay, an easy introduction to the shooting levels. If you already have your
    Volkan Cannon upgraded, shoot out the crates on your right for a Chao Key. 
    Otherwise, don't worry about it and just head forwards. Lock-on to the three
    robots ahead of you, and destroy them to open the door. Repeat this simple 
    problem until you ride rising platforms twice, then kill all of the enemies to
    open another prison door. Follow this pattern for a while, killing every enemy.
    Remember to collect the Chao Drives left behind by enemies if you get hurt, as
    they slightly boost your HP. If there are any crates in your way, smash them
    with the Volkan Cannon. This level is all very east and repetitive, so 
    hopefully, you won't run into any trouble before the first Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    After activating the Continue Post, go through more prisons, and pick up a 
    Chao Key, to your right, before the first rising platform. Nothing major really
    occurs in this section until you need to rise a massive rising platform. On 
    this platform it is possible to lock-on to many different enemies at once, as 
    it rises. If your timing is good, and you catch them all before your laser 
    fades to blue, you can get up to 8+ at once, for a massive score bonus! When
    the platform reaches the top, hop off and activate the Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    After you've passed the Continue Post, and shot some more crates, you get to...
    open more prison doors! Just follow the path, and keep doing these simple 
    actions. There really is nothing taxing until the next Continue Post...
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    Or indeed until the Goal Ring. The only slight problem you might have is that
    when you try to open prison doors, sometimes enemies are behind you, making it 
    difficult to shoot them all. Always move the laser to focus on every area of 
    the room. BTW, watch out for Big, who's being held in a cell on one of the 
    final corridors!
    
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    Power-up; <Laser Blaster>:-
    
    If you are replaying the level, and already have the Bazooka power-up (the
    upgraded Volkan Cannon), in the room with the Goal Ring, open another prison
    door by shooting all the enemies in the room (yes, including the one behind 
    you:), and shoot out the metal crates blocking the open doorway on the left of 
    the room. Follow the short corridor to find the <Laser Blaster>, which turns
    lock-on missiles into cluster bombs! Quite useful in later levels!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Sonic has been captured by GUN, and is being held on a cell on the Prison Lane 
    Zone. Amy Rose appears, and tells him how Tails got her through the prisons to
    rescue him. Sonic explains about Shadow and why GUN are after him, and Amy 
    makes a marriage proposal! After letting Sonic out of his cell, Amy wonders 
    what all the writing on the wall of the cell is, but the she realises... Sonic 
    is already gone!
    
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    Level Four: Metal Harbor Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Another cool, fast Sonic stage! The first section of the level is a piece of 
    cake. Just run forwards, and when you need to, use the homing jump on enemies 
    to cross the ocean (if you already have the Light Dash, you can use it to take 
    a pretty obvious shortcut here, and pick up a Chao Key along the way). Soon you
    will reach the first Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    After activating the Continue Post, hit the springs and bounce to the next 
    section. Use the homing jump to hit enemies, allowing you to cross a stretch of
    water, picking up the Extra Life on the left, if you can. Remember, the more of
    these enemies you hit, the better the stunt bonus. On the other side you can 
    finally pick up the <Light Shoes> by jumping on the the crane hook in front of 
    you, to the left. When the hook takes you up, jump backwards to a platform, 
    where you should find the <Light Shoes>, which allow you to run at high speed 
    across paths of rings, even in mid-air, by tapping X or B near the rings. Jump 
    back down to where the hook picked you up, and test out the Light Dash on the
    path of rings in front of you.
    
    On the runway you end up on, speed along, hitting the zippers to the left, or
    check the buildings to the left for another Chao Key. Either way, run to the 
    end of the runway, and use the Light Dash again to reach the level's second
    Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Run or Light Dash along the next few straights, Somersaulting under walls and 
    grabbing crane hooks to make it to the next Continue Point with ease.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    On the right of this Continue Post is the final Chao Key. Grab it, then use the
    rocket to reach a platform which surrounds a GUN missile. Straight away, a ten
    second coundown to the launch of the missile begins! Make your way around the
    edge of the missile on the platform using the zippers boost yourself along. You
    will recieve a stunt rating depending on the amount of time left until the 
    missile launches when you hit the spring which propels you onto the missile. I 
    think it's possible to make it with seven seconds remaining, if you're fast.
    
    Anyway, enjoy the cut-scene as the missile launches (you lose a life if you 
    don't make it in time, by the way), andget ready for a quick boarding section.
    Aim for the Super Ring monitors, and especially the Extra Life, but don't worry 
    if you weren't successful, you've almost finished the level. Run along the 
    final straight, and when you fly into the air, land on the Goal Ring to finish 
    the level.
    
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    Objective Two:-
    
    Not much to say here, if you can finish the level, getting 100 rings should be
    no problem. The only slight tip I can give is to use the Light Dash shortcut 
    near the begining of the level, it will add 20 or so rings to your total almost
    instantly, making your task that bit easier.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic falls from the sky after escaping from the Metal Harbor Zone, and lands
    in a lush tropical rainforest. He spots Shadow, who accuses Sonic of being a
    fake, and both decide to engage in battle...
    
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    BOSS:- SHADOW [I] (HP 3)
    
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    As usual, pick up a ring for protection, to start this battle. Shadow is 
    easiest to hit with homing Spin Attacks, but he often sees you attack him, and
    has time to launch a Spin Attack of his own, making the attack end in deadlock,
    with neither of you getting a hit in. The way to avoid this is to attack Shadow
    from behind. It may be dishonourable, but it's the way to go, since it 
    practically guarantees a successful attack, unless Shadow unexpectedly runs out
    of your way. Three easy hits and Shadow is down, but not out...
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic and Shadow are taking a quick time out, but both want to continue the 
    duel, until Dr. Robotnik calls Shadow on his Fisher-Price Walkie Talkie (hey, I
    don't know how they communicate!) to tell him that the island has been rigged
    with explosives, and is going to explode in eight minutes! Shadow escapes, and
    Sonic realises he has to get to Amy and Tails before they get blown up! You can
    do it Sonic! Go, go, go!
    
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    Level Five: Green Forest Zone
    
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    * You only have eight minutes to complete Objective One on this level. Don't
    worry, it's not as tough as it sounds. Eight minutes is plenty for this level.
    
    Objective One:-
    
    There's not much that can be said for the first section of this level; 
    basically, ignore all enemies, and keep running forwards to the Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Again, the second section is very straightforwards, literally. However, when
    Sonic swings, Tarzan-style, on vines, don't worry about timing his landing; 
    he'll come off at exactly the right place automatically. Also, constantly be
    aware that those annoying GUN Robots could appear out of nowhere at any moment.
    Activate the Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Nothing even remotely new or difficult in this section. Just use the same 
    tactics you've been using for the rest of the level up until now.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    When you reach the section with the springs, slow down a little to pick up a
    Chao Key on one of the lower platforms, it's easy to see if you're not moving
    too fast. Off the top of the last spring, there is also a Magnet Shield, and
    when you land in front of the Continue Post, check behind you for a few rings
    and an Extra Life.
    
    (Continue Post Four)
    
    Again, this section has nothing new and is no problem.
    
    (Continue Post Five)
    
    Nothing else worth mentioning until the end of the level, except for the very 
    final section; when the ground starts to fall away, move forwards as quickly as
    possible. Not only will you die if you move too slowly, but you will earn a 
    stunt bonus depending on how fast you complete the section. Also note that, 
    just for fun, you can grind on the edges of the tree-trunk half-pipes and earn
    some stunt points. Finally, I think I saw Big at the top of one of loops, but I
    can't be certain. Confirmations?
    
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    Objective Two:- Very easy, as always. A tip of note though; it's not always 
    best to tear through the level in search of rings. In this level it's better to 
    slow down and pick up the juicy Super Ring monitors.
    
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    Power-up; <Ancient Light>:-
    
    In the run up to the second continue post, look behind you, to see several 
    monitors and GUN robots. Homing jump on all of them to make a path reaching to
    a platform with an Extra Life and the power-up <Ancient Light>, which allows 
    Sonic to lock-on and defeat all enemies his the nearby area, by charging up a
    spin dash until he announces that he's "ready!"
    
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    FMV/Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    A very pretty FMV shows the island explode, with Sonic, Tails and Amy escaping
    at the last minute aboard the Tornado 2. IMO, the FMV integrates much better
    with the action than in SA 1, don't you agree?
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Knuckles arrives in a mysterious looking mountain range (somewhat like SA 1's
    Red Mountain, both in design and playing style). He decides that, even though
    things look a little unsettling, he has to explore the mountains, in order to
    find the Master Emerald shards...
    
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    Level Six: Pumpkin Mountain Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    As before, since these levels are so random, you're pretty much on your own.
    Sorry:)
    
    Level specific tips:-
    
    A good start to this level is to glide forwards, picking a Super Ring monitor
    with 20 rings inside a balloon, and grabbing the <Metal Claw> power-up, which 
    is right in front of you. The <Metal Claw> allows you to dig, which you should
    do as often as you can be bothered, as you can find all kinds of cool things,
    from Magnet Shields to Super Rings, even Emerald shards! Test it in the circle
    where you found the <Metal Claw>, to find an Extra Life!
    
    Just for fun:) Big The Cat is found behind on of the doors surrounding the 
    ghost train turntable, low down on the level. Wonder how he got in there?
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    Dr. Robotnik takes over the media to announce that he is taking over the world,
    creating an "Eggman Empire" with the power of the ARK, which is basically an
    Independance Day-style Death Egg III. Robotnik demostrates it's power by 
    destroying half of the Moon!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic, Tails and Amy Rose see the explosion, and try to formulate a plan. 
    However, GUN are still after Sonic, and also want to capture Tails for some 
    reason (maybe they think he and Sonic are responsible for the destruction of
    Prison Island?) Sonic and Tails split up, with Tails deciding to take an urban
    route to freedom...
    
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    Level Seven: Mission Street Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    This stage begins with the classic Tails style shooting. Take out all of the
    enemies, and head forwards. When you enter the tunnel, you can use invincible
    black metal crates as cover from enemy fire if you need to. Shoot the wooden
    crates out of your way to progress.
    
    After exiting the tunnel, an earthquake occurs! Fall down to the new area, and 
    use the dropping platform to tral upwards again. When at the top, check the 
    surroundings to find the power-up item <Booster>. It allows you to hover, like
    Knuckles, over gaps by pressing and holding A while in mid-air. Use it to get 
    behind you and find a Chao Key.
    
    Now, head forwards. When you see packs of dynamite attached to pillars, lock-on 
    and shoot them out, to clear a path. There's another Chao Key in this area, 
    behind some wooden crates. Use the crane hook, and climb the platforms to reach 
    the top of the scaffolding, and the Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Continue forwards (although you might want to shoot out the sign above you;),
    and avoid the explosions caused by the bomber squadrons. There are also some
    earthquakes in this area, so be careful. When you reach a dead end, activate 
    a missile to your left, which should destroy a wall to your right, opening up a
    new path to continue through. The next bridge should be pretty easy, just shoot
    everything! Use one of the fallen pillars to climb onto the roadblock on the
    bridge. Hover off the end of it to reach the other side. (By the way, Big is 
    fishing on the left of the bridge supports in front of you).
    
    On the other side of the gap, there is the final Chao Key, a shadow. Don't walk
    underneath the shadow, or a block will fall on you, cripling your HP! Instead, 
    use to platforms to your right to go around it. Continue along, shooting and
    climbing platforms to the next Continue Post. If you have the <Bazooka> 
    upgrade, you can shoot out the metal crates to your right and free an animal, 
    if can be bothered.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    The final section of the level is very easy, and similar to the begining. Just
    walk along, and if it moves, shoot it! As always, hit the goal ring to finish 
    the level.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Knuckles is suprised by how tough the mines look, but he strengthens his 
    resolve and goes in search of the Master Emerald fragments.
    
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    Level Eight: Aquatic Mine Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Another fairly random level. A few tips, though.
    
    Level specific tips:-
    
    At the begining of this level, there's way too much water. You don't want to 
    run the risk of drowning, so here's how to drain it all. Firstly, make sure the
    water level is set to "1" (the highest level, and default for the stage). If it
    isn't, check behind where you started the level, and throw to switch marked 
    "1". When the water level is this high, you can climb the pole in the centre of
    the level, and use one of the crane hooks to take you up to a hidden area. Up
    here is a Chao Key, and a switch marked "3". Throw it to drain the water out of
    the level completely, allowing you to reach everywhere in the level without the
    risk of drowning. However, once you leave the secret area, you cannot return
    unless you throw the switch "1" and climb the pole again. 
    
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    Power-up; <Air Necklace>:-
    
    To pick this VERY useful power-up, follow the steps above to drain all of the
    water in the mine. Then, where the pit in the middle of the mine is, check all
    four corners. One has a wall around it. Drop down the inside of this wall, and 
    you'll find an area which still has water in it! Dive down, and swiw through 
    the two rooms as quickly as possible, ignoring the Super Rings in the second
    room for the time being, and surface in a third room, as time is tight. Up in 
    the third room is the <Air Necklace> power-up, which allows Knuckles to breathe
    underwater forever! This makes the last level SO much easier...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Back in Station Square, Amy and Tails are on the 'phone to Sonic. Tails reckons
    that the stolen Chaos Emeralds have been taken into space for use on the ARK by
    Robotnik and Shadow. Suddenly, Knuckles climbs out of a manhole right next to 
    them, saying he must have gotten lost in the mines. Tails then tells Sonic he
    wants to catch up with the President's limo, and in order to do so, he 
    transforms The Cyclone into a racing car, The Whirlwind S7, to do so! The
    Transformers have nothing on this guy!
    
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    Level Nine: Route 101 Zone
    
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    This is actually nothing like Tails' normal shooting levels, and is instead a 
    racer, with music straight out of Diddy Kong Racing!
    
    Controls:-
    
    A; Accelerate (why they didn't use the analogue acceleration provided by L or R
    is beyond me). Also, when turning, tap A then hold it down to start a 
    powerslide, useful on corners. You can stop sliding by releasing the analogue
    stick for a second.
    
    Analogue Stick; Steer.
    
    Y; Boost. Tails recieves one boost for every twenty rings collected.
    
    This is a fun, if easy sub-game. It's nice to see the developers put so much 
    effort in though!
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Tips:-
    
    Don't use boosts as soon as you get them, as you might be wasting them in the
    wrong area. Instead, use boosts on long straights. That said, since you can 
    only carry one boost at a time, it's best to use them as soon as possible.
    
    Don't bother to slow down for corners, instead, just powerslide. Even if you
    do hit a wall, unless it's a head-on collision (which causes you to spin out),
    it hardly slows you down.
    
    If you want more rings, break the balloons in any pits you pass. They contain
    Super Rings, with 5, 10 or 20 rings.
    
    When you see the limo, you just need to accelerate and boost to catch up and
    finish the level.
    
    * The first time you complete this level, you will earn one of two bonuses:-
    
    Either you will unlock the kart racing sub-game in one-player mode (if you 
    complete this level before Rouge's Route 280 on the Dark side),
    
    Or, you will unlock a two-player version of the kart racing sub-game, (if you 
    complete this level after Rouge's Route 280 on the Dark side).
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    The President is getting a briefing from one of his aides about Robotnik's
    latest scheme. When he talks to Robotnik on a videophone, the Doctor tells him
    he has 24 hours to surrender, or his country will cease to exist! However, 
    Sonic appears, and begins insulting Robotnik, and Tails learns of Robotnik's
    position on the ARK, much to the President's bemusement.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are standing near a pyramid in a desert. Knuckles 
    says that he thinks that Robotnik and Rouge entered it, so Tails volenteers to
    explore the desert in order to find the entrance...
    
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    Level Ten: Hidden Base Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    This is a pretty straightforward level for Tails, with basically nothing you
    haven't seen before...
    
    There's nothing you should be worrying about up until the first Continue Post.
    Don't fall in the sand though; unlike with Sonic, sand spells instant death for
    Tails! However, there is a Chao Key behind you in the run up to the 'Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Again, nothing interesting, until you find a temple with metal crates obscuring
    the entrance. You'll want to return here later with the <Bazooka> power-up to
    find the <Mystic Melody> for Tails, and another Chao Key. Either way, continue
    forwards to the Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Another all clear for this section, with no new items, puzzles or enemies. Just
    shoot, and jump!
    
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    Power-up; <Mystic Melody>:-
    
    After the first Continue Post, continue along the "normal" route, until you 
    reach a kind of temple. There are metal crates blocking the doorway, but if you
    have the <Bazooka>, you should have no trouble in smashing them out of your 
    way. Enter to find the <Mystic Melody> which lets Tails open up hidden paths 
    when used next to small "Chao Temples". Test it out on one right near you, for
    a Chao Key!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    Level Eleven: Pyramid Cave Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    In this level, you get stunt points for jumping through hoops, circus 
    doggy-style, so get a great start to the level, getting all of them down the
    first corridor. You will need to run up the walls in order to reach some of the
    higher scoring hoops. After this corridor is the first Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    This area introduces another of the level's recurring themes; hourglasses used
    to open doors. Hit the hourglass then run through the door before it closes. If
    you don't think you can make it, try somersaulting under the doors just before 
    they close. 
    
    After the door, jump onto the spinning poles, and jump forwards, although if 
    you drop off the poles, there are a couple of Super Rings below the first, and
    and Chao Key under the second. Do another hourglass door and light dash through 
    some rings.
    
    After another speed section, take out a few E-100 series robot (remember these
    guys from SA 1?) and pick up the <Bounce Bracelet> power-up, which lets you 
    bounce on the ground allowing you to go higher than you can normally jump, then
    there's another hourglass door. When you reach a metal door, place the nearby
    skull-like item on the corresponding platform to open the door to the second
    Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Grind through the first section to skip a small area. Soon, you'll reach 
    another metal door and platform, but with no item, grind to your right, and
    keep going until you reach a dead end, you'll find it, guarded by a couple of
    E-100 series robots. Take the skull back along the path you came, and place it
    on the metal platform to open the door forwards.
    
    Hit the hourglass, and race through a long corridor to the next Continue Post.
    Don't worry, because this hourglass has a very long time limit.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    Hit the hourglass, and speed forwards through three closing doors. If you can't
    get back, grind along the side of the corridor, around the doors. Somersault 
    under the next wall, and complete another high speed section. After that, 
    there's nothing really tricky left in the level, except for the final hourglass
    section, which barely gives you any time; homing jump up the slope constantly,
    and somersault under the door before it closes, then finish with the Goal Ring!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic and company have managed to reach the entrance to the pyramid, thanks to
    Tails' efforts, but unfortunately, it appears to be locked. The task of finding
    them falls to Knuckles, despite his complaints...
    
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    Level Twelve: Death Chamber Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Again with Knux, it's mostly up to you...
    
    Level specific tips:-
    
    Just one small tip for this level. When you reach an area where you can 
    progress no further, when your path is blocked by metal crates, the <Hammer 
    Gloves>, which allow you to break them with your punches are somewhere nearby, 
    they are placed fairly obviously.
    
    Another tip; sometimes, when there is a sandy patch on the wall, you can dig 
    through to reach another area on the other side. Good luck!
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Knuckles knows there's something creepy going on... especially when he's 
    attacked by a ghost king!
    
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    BOSS:- KING BOOM BOO (HP 4)
    
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    Maybe the toughest boss in the game, but still not too worrying. IMO, this boss
    reminds me of Pac Man quite a lot, in the chasing aspect.
    
    Firstly, pick up a ring, then run in a circular fashion away from Boo. Keep at
    a fair distance, but you get too far ahead of him, he'll turn around and attack
    you from the other direction! When you've run a complete "lap" without any 
    interuptions, Boo will start chucking big blue energy balls at you. These are
    very easy to dodge, and should prove no problem. At the end of the "lap", you 
    will find a smaller ghost with some kind of hourglass/switch. Hit it, and a 
    cut-scene will show a ceiling panel open to turn the tables on Boo. Looks like
    he forgot the sun block:)
    
    When he becomes a shadow, he will move around randomly on the ground. Dig where
    the shadow is to pull him out of the ground. Chase after him, and give him a 
    punch. I think it is possible to hit him more than once, but he speeds up 
    massively after the first hit. Anyway, after a few seconds, the ceiling panel
    will close (this whole section is under a time limit) and things wil start 
    again.
    
    On subsequent hits, the battle will change a little. Boo becomes more fond of 
    switching directions, and his movements as a shadow will change, moving to the
    wall after being hit once, then moving between the wall and floor, and finally,
    still alternating, but moving faster. When you learn how to hit him though, 
    this boss becomes very easy.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Knuckles is just recovering from fighting Boo, when Robotnik appears and 
    launches another ill-fated attack. This time, he has an Egg Golem, ready, and 
    to protect the weakened Knuckles, Sonic takes up the challenge...
    
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    BOSS:- EGG GOLEM - THE GOLEM (HP 5)
    
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    Firstly, remember that falling off the platform is not the end of the world, 
    nor Sonic. Constantly jump to pull Sonic out of the sand. Also note that there
    are many Super Ring monitors scattered around the area down here. Useful for
    protection. If you want to get back up, use the crane hooks.
    
    When you start the battle, the Golem will punch one of the platforms near you,
    but it won't actually hit you, so don't move. Then, after it hits a platform, 
    move to that platform. It will never hit the same platform twice in a row, so
    you'll be safe. Then, run around the platforms until you're behind the Golem.
    Climb up the first three platforms on it's back (they move in slowly, pushing
    you off, so do it quickly and carefully) then Homing Jump onto the final three,
    giving you enough height to home onto it's head. Repeat this.
    
    After you've hit him twice, he will spin his arms around, trying to hurt you
    and knock you off the platform. Either jump his arms, or stand on a platform 
    which the Golem has already knocked downwards, which is too low for his reach.
    He will stand still for a little after this attack, so run behind him and hit 
    him.
    
    After he's taken three hits, the Golem will use a massive headbutt attack,
    constantly. When he's about to use it, just start running around the arena, and
    climb his back to hit him the final two times.
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    The top of the pyramid opens up, and a NASA-style space shuttle takes off, with
    Sonic just making it into the rocket in time for take off. The shuttle flies 
    into space, towards the ARK, but thanks to Knuckles' (rather poor IMO) piloting
    skills, the crew skim an asteroid, causing all the recovered pieces of the 
    Master Emerald to fly out.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic and company (including, strangely the useless Amy Rose) realise that 
    Knuckles has bailed, presumably to search for the lost Emerald shards. The gang
    decide to board the ARK, and Tails shows them a fake version of the Yellow 
    Chaos Emerald he made to trick Robotnik. He explains that since it has the same
    wavelength and properties as the real Emerald, even a machine can't tell the
    difference. Leaving Amy behind, Sonic and Tails set out, to find the control
    room and power source of the ARK, respectively...
    
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    Level Thirteen: Eternal Engine Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    The first few rooms in Tails' final level are just a light warm-up. Take out 
    the enemies and continue. When you need to reach a spring, shoot out a wooden 
    crate next to it to create steps leading up to it. After a few more simple 
    rooms you will reach the first Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    The ideas presented in the next section can be quite difficult, and are, IMO, 
    rather clever on the part of the developers, Sonic Team. There are those 
    normally useful packs of dynamite strapped to the walls, ceiling and floor, but
    if you shoot them here, they will create a vacuum which will most likely suck
    Tails into space! For this reason, in any room with dynamite, it's best to 
    shoot only when you must, and even then, aim very carefully.
    
    After finishing a couple of rooms, go forwards into a room where you must shoot
    out the crates to find a switch opening the way forwards, a door to the right. 
    There is also a Chao Key in here, but watch the dynamite!
    
    Keep heading forwards, until you have to fall downwards to continue. At the 
    bottom, check behind you for the rocket needed to blow open the gate ahead.
    
    In the next room, watch out, because a platform will fall from the ceiling with
    no warning unless you blow up the trigger between the two springs before you 
    enter the room. (Stupid Omachao's warnings come way too late!) Hit the right
    spring for a 5 ring Super Ring monitor, and the left one to end up on the 
    falling platform to reach a crane hook forwards, to the second Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    In this next area, to add to your troubles, there are very annoying "organic
    weapon" enemies which look a lot like Chaos from SA 1. You can only hit them
    when their "head" comes out of their "body".
    
    In the next few rooms, cross the laser using the floating platforms (don't jump
    on them when the lasers are up!), then break the balloon for a Medikit which
    fully restores your HP!
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    Really easy; continue through the obvious outdoor route shooting everthing. It
    doesn't matter if you shoot out dynamite here, as long as you aren't standing 
    on it, as the gap it creates won't suck you off the platforms like it will 
    indoors.
    
    (Continue Post Four)
    
    In the section where you fall downwards, when you land, you'll notice that the
    path forwards is blocked by metal crates which your normal laser can't take
    out. Chck behind you however, and you'll find the <Bazooka> power-up, which 
    lets you break them with ease. Oh, and the two enemies here are invincible, so
    just ignore them.
    
    (Continue Post Five)
    
    This section is VERY arcady and IMO, lots of fun! Firstly, as Tails floats 
    through space, shoot everything, trying to get as big combos as possible. Then
    as you fall through the lasers, you can get MASSIVE combos from all the 
    enemies, just use your boost to dodge the laser beams. Finally, you get to 
    fight a "mini-boss". Shoot all the blue panels and any incomming lasers to beat
    this easy challenge revealing the Goal Ring!
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic is just placing the fake Chaos Emerald, when he gets a call from Tails,
    telling him that Amy Rose has been kidnapped by Robotnik!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    Level Fourteen: Meteor Herd Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    A massive Knux level. You see that space station up in the sky? You can, and 
    probably have to, make it up there! 
    
    Level specific tips:-
    
    You can reach the upper space station quickly, by firstly climbing up the walls
    of the space base in the middle of the lower levels, falling into it, and 
    picking up a rocket. From where you land, explore the higher platforms around
    you to find another rocket which will take you all the way to the top of the 
    stage!
    
    To get the <Sunglasses> power-up, find a lone meteor on a column near the space
    base at the bottom of the level. Punch it into the door of the space base to 
    reveal a metal crate. Punch out this crate, throw the switch underneath it, and
    climb one of the wall of the space base (watch out for an Extra Life up here).
    Fall into the middle of the base, through the now opened roof of the base, and 
    on one of the platforms are the <Sunglasses>. Hardly useful, but hey, they look 
    cool:)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Rouge appears and faces off against Knuckles in the middle of the space base. 
    As always, they are arguing about who has the rights to the Master Emerald. 
    This time, without Robotnik's interuptions, they begin a fight!
    
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    BOSS:- ROUGE (HP 4)
    
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    Obviously, pick up a ring. At the begining of this battle, punching Rouge 
    allows you to get easy hits, and you should be able to at least get a couple of
    HP off her gadge.
    
    Soon, the roof of the space base will open, blowing you both into the air. You
    can't attack or defend very well while floating, so land on a ledge as soon as 
    you can. If you're on a ledge while Rouge is floating, she can't defend, so do
    so. If you're both on a ledge, then fight normally. If you're a long way away 
    from Rouge (too far for her normal attacks to have a chance of hitting you), 
    then she may summon some kind of magic to hit you, which she will announce in a
    voice sample. Glide in a straight direction to avoid this attack.
    
    When the space base roof closes again, go back to punching and diving to beat
    her. No problem.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Both Knuckles and Rouge are exausted, but neither will give in and hand over 
    their parts of the Master Emerald. Rouge attempts to launch another attack, but
    in her fatigue, she falls from to thin bridge they are standing on, to her 
    death... almost. Knuckles grabs her hand and pulls her up. However, rather than
    thanking him, she practically accuses him of being a perve for touching her! 
    However, she grudgingly hands over her Emerald shards, claiming that "they 
    stink like echidnas"! He apoligises to her, but they have to part before any
    further developments occur. Rouge can't resist stealing a last glance at Knux,
    though...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    Level Fifteen: Crazy Gadget Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Considering this is the penultimate level, it's not very tough! There's nothing
    worth covering until you reach a green acid pool. Here, press the switch with 
    the arrow on it (press B or X), to reverse gravity! (This level is just like 
    Death Egg in Sonic 3 & Knuckles, with loads of gravity swapping and warp 
    tubes). Gring along the ceiling, over the acid.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Smash the glass and jump into the warp tube ahead of you. Also, in the next
    upside-down section, you'll need to Somersault under wall to reach the next
    Continue Post, which isn't immediately obvious.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Grind, and when you get a choice of switch, choose the one on the right to 
    continue forwards. Keep going through this very short section.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    Gah. Nothing worth mentioning here. IMO, they threw in a few too many Continue
    Posts in this level...
    
    (Continue Post Four)
    
    After you complete another upside-down section, and go the right way up again,
    Head back a little to find the <Fire Bracelet> power-up. Now, when you reach a
    dead end, smash a metal crate with your shiny new bracelet, to find a spring 
    taking you to the next section, then do a massive light dash. After a few more
    easy rooms, you will find a Chao Key, and the next Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Five)
    
    One of the coolest sections of the entire game, but complex, so listen up. 
    Activate the switch to reach a PURPLE section of ground. From here, activate a
    switch going left to a GREEN section. Bounce fromhere, to another switch,
    taking you to a YELLOW section. Jump to a BLUE section then use a switch to get
    to another YELLOW. Get the Shield here, then throw the switch to reach a 
    spring, letting you continue. Grind to a GREEN section, use a spring from there
    to reach a PURPLE section then Light Dash to a BLUE section with a Super Ring
    containing 5 rings. Use the switch to go to another PURPLE section, then hit
    both switches to reach a RED section. Don't use the nearest switch, use the
    further one, taking out the Organic Robot on the way, pick up the rocket and 
    finally reach the Goal Ring!
    
    Note: I've had quite a lot of questions about this section. Probably a badly 
    written walkthough:) Anyway, here are a few more FAQ tips;
    
    MakoRevised:-
    
    "I've reached level 15 on the hero stage  (without using your FAQ..heh).  Yet, 
    I've come upon a problem.  On the 5th checkpoint, right when you do the 
    colored, space platform jumping with Sonic, I flip the switch getting to the 
    pruple platform, run to the next switch to get on the green platform, and run 
    left.  Here, I see a bouncing spring, to jump on.  So, I manage to maneuver 
    towards the spring, and I bounce, but to no avail  It just sends me out into 
    space.  Am I doing someting wrong?  help would be appreciated."
    
    I'm not sure exactly what you're doing wrong here, but either try to 
    bounce straight up or forwards rather than at some weird angle, which 
    can send you into space. If it's not the only way forwards, also try 
    another route as the gravity might not be going in the right 
    direction at this point. Hope this helps you and anybody else who is having a
    similar problem.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic makes it to where Tails and Amy are being held, before Amy's body gets 
    filled with hot lead. Damn shame. Anyway, after Robotnik prompts him, he places
    the fake Emerald on the ground, but as an insurance policy, Robotnik traps 
    Sonic in a glass case, which tricks Tails into admitting that the Emerald was 
    fake. Robotnik sends Sonic into space, then demands the real Emerald from 
    Tails. Sonic has a trick up his sleeve, but Tails, believing Sonic to be dead, 
    takes on Robotnik to avenge his friend...
    
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    BOSS:- DR. EGGMAN [II] (HP 7)
    
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    I hate this battle, not because it's particularly difficult, but because it's 
    near impossible for either of you to dodge each others' attacks, making the 
    winner almost randomly determined. However, if you stay well away from 
    Robotnik, and keep shooting, you'll have a much better chance. His best attack,
    (exactly the same as Vargas' Power Drive in Powerstone) can take about 50% of
    your HP off, and is near impossible to dodge, so pray he doesn't use it. You 
    can dodge it if you're far away from him though. Otherwise, just keep blasting,
    and hope for the best.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Knuckles senses some strange energy, but he is suprises when Sonic teleports 
    next to him, with a Chaos Control powered by the fake Emerald! Asks Knux to go
    and help Tails and Amy, as he attempts to take out the ARK's main cannon!
    
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    Level Sixteen: Final Rush Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Very straightforward level, but I hope you can grind by now:)
    
    Before the first Continue Post, all you need to do is grind along the obvious
    route.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Pick up the Chao Key just ahead of you. Run forwards, and again grind the 
    obvious route. Pick up a Super Ring with 10 rings and an Extra Life after the
    first rail, then hit the springs and break the Bomb monitor after the second 
    rail to take out a couple of Organic Weapons.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Don't hit the obvious rail in the middle of the road, instead, use the rocket
    under it to save yourself a lttle time and bother.
    
    When you reach the sections where you need to start grinding uphill, use the 
    homing jump to hit the rail, it will give you the momentum needed to climb it.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    First Bounce on the crate on the left, to pick up and Magnet Shield, then 
    continue through either of the others. All there is until the next Continue
    Post are a lot of uphill grinds.
    
    (Continue Post Four)
    
    Just loads more uphill grinds, nothing difficult.
    
    (Continue Post Five)
    
    When you do a really high uphill grind (after picking up the Extra Life behind
    it), you must crouch to get enough speed to climb it. After you fly off the 
    spring, you will reach another Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Six)
    
    Too many Continue Posts on this level!
    
    Anyway, jump off the first grind near the begining onto a black platform 
    containing a rocket. Use it to reach another platform, with an Extra Life, then
    jump fromj this platform onto a similar platform to the left, with a spring on
    it. Use the spring to reach a platform with (at last!) Sonic's <Mystic Melody>
    power-up. Use the 'Melody next to the Chao Temple on the platform, to make a 
    path of rings perfect for a Light Dash. Land grinding, and continue forwards.
    
    When you reach three crates, choose any one, they all lead to a chase section
    like with the truck at the begining of the game, with rusty metal falling after 
    Sonic. Just hold forwards to reach the Goal Ring, you'll be fine!
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Shadow appears at the Final Rush Zone and begins racing with Sonic. They start
    a conversation, but Shadow tells Sonic that he has to kill him...
    
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    BOSS:- SHADOW [II] (HP 5)
    
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    You might expect the last boss to be tough? He's not.
    
    Firstly, although rings aren't a problem here, you must keep running, as the 
    platform behind you are falling. 
    
    At the begining of the battle, hitting Shadow with Spin Attacks and Spin Dashes
    is very effective, but as the fight continues, Shadow can dodge them more 
    easily. His own Spin Attacks are easy to dodge, but he has two other attacks; 
    Chaos Spear, which is a rarely used lightning attack, with a cut-scene to warn 
    you, can be dodged by just running forwards at top speed. Chaos Control is used
    often by Shadow, if you overtake him or knock him off the edge of the arena. 
    He says "this is the ultimate!" and teleports some distance in front of you.
    If he teleports into a row of rings, you can Light Dash into him, getting a 
    sure hit, and this is probably the only thing that will work late in the battle
    when he dodges any other attacks.
    
    HERO GAME COMPLETE!
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Tails has Robotnik beaten, but as he grieves for Sonic, he doesn't notice that
    the Eggman has stolen his Yellow Chaos Emerald. However, Sonic calls him and
    Tails realises that he still lives!
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic is talking to Tails on the 'phone as he attacks and damages the ARK's 
    cannon, preventing it from firing, even if Robotnik does have the last Emerald.
    
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    Credits
    
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    Sonic's Theme plays as the Hero credits roll, showing screen-shots of important
    events in the Hero story.
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    A short FMV shows some highlights from the Dark story to get you in the mood to
    play as the bad guys:)
    
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    Completing Hero unlocks:-
    
    * Scene Select in Hero mode.
    
    * Boss fights in Hero mode.
    
    * Along with beating the Dark story, it unlocks the Last story.
    
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    =V. Dark Walkthrough=
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    Guess I've got to say this again for those of you who are playing Dark before
    Hero. Here's how the game is played;
    
    Objective One - Clear the level by reaching the exit goal. Typically, though
    not always, this will be the easiest objective. On a few levels (Green Forest
    Zone and White Jungle Zone, there are time linits placed on this objective, 
    but they are not tight at all).
    
    Objective Two - Collect 100 rings (the stage will continue, in a loop, until
    you either complete the objective, or fail by losing all of your lives). In 
    some situations, this is actually easier than Objective One.
    
    Objective Three - Find the lost Chao somewhere in the stage. Possesion of the 
    power-up item "Mystic Melody" is required to complete this objective. On 
    racing levels, like Route 101 or Route 280, this objective changes to finishing
    the level without hitting any other cars.
    
    Objective Four - Complete Objective One within a tight time limit. On 
    racing levels, like Route 101 or Route 280, this objective changes to finishing
    the level without even scraping the walls. Harsh.
    
    Objective Five - Complete Objective One with the difficulty ramped up.
    
    When you complete a stage, you are given clear rating between A and E, with E
    being the worst and A the best. As far as I can tell, the rating is directly 
    connected to score, which is mainly determined by the speed in which you finish 
    the level, and the number of rings you carry to the end. Total rings collected,
    technique points from stunts and Badniks defeated also make small impacts.
    
    However, getting good grades is very tough. For example, after one day's play,
    though I finished the Hero game, I had mostly E grades, a few Ds, maybe a C and
    one B on the the level I had practiced the most, City Escape (no, I hadn't 
    played the PSO demo). Mostly, I can say that stunts are by far the most 
    important factor in grades, along with finding the correct path.
    
    The guides at the moment are only C standard, for beginners, but hopefully soon 
    I will update with tips on picking up those all important A grades...
    
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    Updated:- Making the grade; how to pick up those oh-so-tricky A grades:-
    
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    Firstly note that score is the single criteria for your grade in objectives 
    one, four (as long as you make the set time, your finishing speed won't affect 
    your grade except for the points awarded in Time Bonus), and five. The grade
    you get for objective two or three depends only on the amount of time you take
    to complete the objective.
    
    After extended play I'm now certain about to pick up major points. This differs
    a long way between characters, but I am certain that performing stunts, or 
    "Action Links" as the game calls them, is the most important way to pick those 
    points. Here's a run-down of the Action Links and what they're worth, also,
    for Sonic, Shadow, Tails and Eggman, the number of enemies you have to defeat
    at once to recieve those points (homing jumps or lock-ons), for Links where 
    you have to defeat x number of enemies in a row:-
    
     ____________________________________________________________________
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Action Link | Points Recieved | Number of Enemies | Colour of Link |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Good!       | 100             | Two               | Light Blue     |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Nice!       | 200             | Three             | Green          |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Great!      | 300             | Four              | Dark Blue      |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Jammin'!    | 400             | Five              | Light Yellow   |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Cool!       | 500             | Six               | Dark Yellow    |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Radical!    | 600             | Seven             | Light Orange   |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Tight!      | 800             | Eight             | Orange         |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Awesome!    | 1000            | Nine              | Dark Orange    |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Extreme!    | 1500            | Ten               | Purple         |
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    |             |                 |                   |                |
    | Perfect!    | 2000            | Eleven +          | Pretty Rainbow!|
    |_____________|_________________|___________________|________________|
    
    General Tips on making points:-
    
    General:-
    
    All characters get points for the following;
    
    * Finishing the level quickly. The amount of points awarded varies immensly 
    between stages, but generally, the faster the better. In some cases, it may be
    better to go a little slower to pick up more rings, though. This is of major
    importance to Knuckles/Rouge, pretty important to Sonic/Shadow and less 
    important (in some situations literally worthless) to Tails/Eggman.
    
    * Number of rings you have when you finish the level (ten points per ring, I 
    think). This can make a major impact to Sonic/Shadow levels, but is less 
    important for Tails/Eggman, and Knuckles/Rouge can usually ignore this as 
    speed is much more important to them. Rings you drop are worth NOTHING, so
    don't get hit either!
    
    * Number of GUN Robots/Badniks killed in a row, either with homing jumps from
    Sonic/Shadow or number of enemies in the same lock-on for Tails/Eggman. 
    Knuckles/Rouge CANNOT link enemies, (even if they do bounce or glide between
    them without hitting the ground), so killing enemies is a waste of time for 
    them. Also note that unlike in previous Sonic games, killing individual enemies
    is worth NOTHING, you only get points for linking. This is mostly important to
    Tails/Eggman, (you can often get an A grade using only this technoque on their
    levels), but is worth considering for Sonic/Shadow.
    
    Sonic/Shadow:- 
    
    You can get points in these ways;
    
    * Homing jumping between enemies without touching the ground inbetween (see 
    table for points awarded).
    
    * Grinding on any rails, points are awarded depending on the length, speed and
    style (how steady, you were, use the analogue stick to steady yourself) of the
    grind. Also, if combo several grinds together with other grinds, or jumps from
    spinning poles, you will increase your score.
    
    * Light Dashing along rings will often give you a small bonus, if the rings are
    in mid-air, and the path is quite long. Sometimes the bonus is significant 
    though, and the rings will give your score an added boost.
    
    * Sonic/Shadow levels often have a major "event" which will reward you with a
    large amount of points (the missile launch sequence in Metal Harbour is a good
    example). These can quite often be worth 10% or more of the A grade score on 
    the level, so learn them and practice!
    
    Tails/Eggman:-
    
    Pointers for the shooters;
    
    * Lock-on is by far the over-riding concern for Tails/Eggman's scores. Remember
    that single enemies are worth nothing, and larger the group, the better...up to
    a point. Confused? Don't be. Imagine that Eggman has twenty enemies in range, 
    begging to be shot. Your first thought might be to lock-on to all twenty, 
    killing all of them and netting a 2000 point "Perfect!" bonus. However, the 
    smart player would lock-on to just ten of the twenty at once, killing that 
    group, then lock-on to the remaining ten seperately. Killing two groups of ten 
    gets you two "Extreme!" bonuses, each worth 1500 points, getting you a total of
    3000 points, a significantly larger amount than if you'd taken just the one 
    "Perfect!" This tactic is essential on stages like Weapons Bed. Also note that
    sometimes background scenery like signs count as enemies (if they do, a number
    will appear next to the target when you lock-on to them), thus boosing your 
    combos.
    
    * Tails/Eggman cannot perform Sonic-like stunts, and time bonuses are near 
    useless to them, often excepting the earlier, shorter stages.
    
    * Rings are worth picking up, but only bother if you think you can finish the
    level with at least 100-200, otherwise they'll only make a minimal difference
    to your score.
    
    * Killing enemies with your Volkan Cannon is worth nothing, even if you take 
    out several at once. Don't bother.
    
    Knuckles/Rouge:-
    
    Hunting tips;
    
    * Your score for each item is determined by the number of tips (from monitors)
    you use, the fewer tips, the higher the score, and the speed it takes you to 
    find the item, the faster, the better. The maximum score for each item is a
    "Perfect" 2000 points, achieved by a very fast collection time, which varies, 
    depending on the size of the level, and by using no tips at all.
    
    * Don't bother with rings, you'll never get enough to make up the time you 
    waste searching for them, especially since unlike most non-Knuckles/Rouge 
    levels they aren't just layed out along the main path of the level for you to
    collect.
    
    * Speed is so important to Knuckles/Rouge. This cannot be underestimated, since
    unlike with other characters, speed not only counts towards the Time Bonus you 
    recieve after finishing the level, it also counts towards the score you get 
    when you find each item.
    
    Final word:-
    
    If you want to know what a "good" score for each character in each level is 
    (e.g. good enough for an A grade), I would say 17,000-21,000 for Sonic/Shadow,
    15,000-18,000 for Knuckles/Rouge and 25,000-50,000 for Tails/Eggman, though
    this varies massively, particularly on Tails/Eggman (for example I can quite
    easily get almost 75,000 points [!] on Cosmic Wall). 
    
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    Dark game begins...
    
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    (Player starts as Eggman)
    
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    Realtime Cut-scene 
    
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    At the base of Prison Island, an intruder has been located; Dr. Ivo Robotnik, 
    searching GUN HQ for a top secret weapon created by his grandfather, Professor
    Gerald Robotnik. Let's go fund that weapon!
    
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    Level One: Iron Gate Zone
    
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    The first section is very easy. I recommend playing the Dark game after the 
    Hero game, but this level is very easy to get used to the controls either way.
    
    Objective One:-
    
    Lock-on to all the enemies in two groups for a good score. When you reach the 
    locked door, you can destroy it by firing four lock-on missiles at the locks on
    each corner of the door. Through the first locked door is the first Continue 
    Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Enter the next room and take out the enemies. Break thr crates to your right 
    using the Volkan Cannon, and stand on the right platform to reach a Chao Key, 
    behind you. Use the left platform to progress, smashing any wooden crates in 
    your way with the Volkan Cannon.
    
    Take out more enemies, and a security door, then move onto the falling 
    platform. Kill the enemies and smash the door to reach the second Continue 
    Post. Note than Big is underneath where the falling platform stops, but you
    hace to die if you want to see him:(
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Go right, forwards is blocked (well, until you get the <Big Cannon> much later
    in the game, anyway). Run along the obvious path, then pick up all of the Super
    Ring monitors before you enter a tunnel. After exiting, you'll find the next 
    Continue Post, and to it's right, another Chao Key.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    Another falling platform lies ahead of you, and yet more security doors. Take 
    on everything in the usual manner, and when you see a cut-scene showing several 
    doors locking in front of you, go back a little, climb onto a platform with a 
    rocket mounted on it, and shoot the radar display computer next to the rocket 
    to fire it at the doors, demolishing them. Through these doors lies a final 
    Chao Key, and just after, the Goal Ring!
    
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    Power-up; <Laser Blaster>:-
    
    Straight after the second continue post, go straight forwards, instead of 
    right. Use the <Big Cannon> to blast the cannisters and crates out of your way
    to find the <Laser Blaster>, which changes Robotnik's homing lasers into 
    cluster bombs!
    
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    Realtime Cut-scene 
    
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    Robotnik breaks through a Level 7 security door and a hacks into a console (not
    a Dreamcast, the other kind:), which opens a cold storage capsule, 
    containing... Sonic the Hedgehog? No, a new hedgehog, called Shadow! Shadow 
    tells Robotnik that for freeing him, he will grant "his master" a wish... 
    Shadow displays his power by taking on a mech...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    BOSS:- B-3x HOT SHOT - Heavy Armed combat walkers (HP 3)
    
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    Firstly a major tip for almost every boss stage. Only ever pick up one ring at
    a time. If you pick up several, then get hit, the chances are that you'll lose
    them all and have no protection. If you only picked up one, then there are 
    plenty left to offer protection to you if you get hit, as in boss stages it can
    be very difficult to recollect rings you dropped after a hit. This tip 
    obviously doesn't apply to Tails/Eggman bosses, as collecting rings hardly 
    increases their health at all.
    
    This is almost exactly like Big Foot, but with one extra attack, though I'll
    repeat the strategies for those who haven't yet played Hero.
    
    Begin by picking up a ring, for protection, then run away from the Hot Shot as 
    it will move around the arena, firing lasers directly underneath it. It's 
    pretty slow, so make sure you don't overtake it, and run into the fire! Note 
    that during this time, Hot Shot is invunerable from Shadow's attacks.
    
    After it performs this pathetic manoever twice, it will slow down and prepare 
    to land. This is your chance! As soon as it lands, hit the underneath of the
    cockpit, and it will lose a third of it's health and take off again. However,
    if you leave it too late, Hot Shot will have the chance to fire off several 
    difficult to avoid homing missiles. If they hit you, not only will you lose
    your rings, but the impact will mean that you almost certainly lose your chance
    to attack. Hit it before it can let the missiles loose! After you hit it, it 
    will try to lock-on to you with a homing laser. Just race around the arena, 
    away from the red targeting sensor to avoid the laser.
    
    Either if you hit it or not, Hot Shot will now take off, and start it's attack
    pattern all over again. Three hits will see it off. Easy. However, be warned 
    that when it drops to one HP, it will use the homing laser attack three times 
    in a row.
    
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    Realtime Cut-scene 
    
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    Robotnik is very impressed with the way Shadow handled himself during the 
    fight, and agrees that with Shadow that he must be the secret weapon. Shadow
    then tells Robotnik that to grant his wish, he should find more Chaos Emeralds,
    and meet him on the ARK, an abandoned space station. Robotnik decides to go in
    search of the biggest Emerald of all, the Master Emerald!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Knuckles and Rouge are stand in a desert, with the Master Emerald between them
    Rouge claims the Emerald to be hers, and is about to steal it from Knuckles, 
    when Robotnik appears and gyps it himself! To prevent the Eggman escaping with
    it, Knux smashes the Emerald into fragments. Knuckles and Rouge both resolve to
    find all the fragments of the Master Emerald before the other does...
    
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    Level Two:- Dry Lagoon Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    First, a quick word about Rouge stages. In these stages, you have to locate
    three items which could be hidden anywhere on the stage. Because of the highly
    random factor to these levels, I can't give you direct walkthrough for Rouge.
    However, I can offer some tips for each level.
    
    General tips:-
    
    Firstly, and unlike SA 1, only one item will flash on the hot/cold detector at
    once. This means that even if you are right next to an item, the meter won't 
    flash unless the game decides that this item is the one you are meant to 
    collect first. However, you can collect them in any order, though it will make
    them difficult to locate, though you will get "Perfect!" for that gem. Because 
    of this, the best technique is to scan the entire level three times, once for 
    each item.
    
    Remember, items may be hidden inside GUN Robots, Badniks, or later on, 
    underground. Just because you can't see them, it doesn't mean they aren't 
    there.
    
    Your score for each item is determined by the number of tips (from monitors)
    you use, the fewer tips, the higher the score, and the speed it takes you to 
    find the item, the faster, the better. The maximum score for each item is a
    "Perfect" 2000 points, achieved by a very fast collection time, which varies, 
    depending on the size of the level, and by using no tips at all.
    
    Level Specific Tips:-
    
    On the right of the oasis in front of you, there is a turtle held by two GUN
    robots. Take them out, and the freed turtle will move into the oasis. Stand on
    it's shell, and press X or B, and the turtle will transport you to another
    section of the level, with a larger lagoon.
    
    In the larger lagoon, swim onto the smaller turtle's back underwater, to reach
    another secret area.
    
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    Power-up; <Mystic Melody>:-
    
    From the ledge you start the level on, glide to the left ledge, left of the
    oasis. On the ledge is a painting, so use your <Pick Nails> to dig into it's
    centre, taking you to a secret room. Inside is the <Mystic Melody>, collect it,
    and play it next to the Chao Temple in the room to create a warp back to the
    start of the level.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    In the outskirts of a desert east of the oasis, Robotnik boasts that the 
    "idiot" Sonic will never find his Hidden Base. Deciding to return to it, he has 
    to clear a few GUN troops out of the way...
    
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    Level Three:- Sand Ocean Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    This is basically the same as Hidden Base, but a bit easier and set at night.
    Don't fall into the sand or you will die.
    
    Firstly, check behind you for an Animal and a few rings. Then head forwards, 
    and after dropping off the ledge, check behind it for a 5 ring Super Ring 
    monitor and an Extra Life. Then move onto the rotating platform. If you want 
    to, go right of the platform, kill the enemies, and pick upo a few extra rings
    and a Parrot Animal.
    
    Going forwards from the rotating platform, shoot out the dynamite packs 
    attached to the tower to make a bridge. The packs count as enemies, so try to
    get some combos going. After crossing the bridge, shoot out the cannisters to
    continue forwards. After you create another bridge going right, check forwards
    for a Chao Key before continuing over the bridge taking you to the first 
    Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Another rotating platform here, with an obvious next Chao Key, just before 
    another falling bridge. Another short trek later will get you to the second
    Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    [An optional area first, for those with the <Booster> and <Big Cannon>. On the 
    rotating platform, ride for another 90 degrees past the normal exit, and hover
    to a far-off platform, (try again if you hit the spring, sending you back to 
    the rotating platform). From the platform you reach, hover to another, moving,
    platform as it moves towards you. Hover from the moving platform across to 
    other platforms covered woth metal crates, blow them up with your <Big Cannon>.
    Keep heading along this path to find two Extra Lives. Worth it? I think not.
    Either way, return to the rootating platform to continue.]
    
    Back on the normal path, jump off the normal exit from the rotating platform, 
    then just continue forwards. Remember that the third Chao Key is on your right 
    as you head down platforms inside the next temple section. 
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    Nothing new in this section, just continue as normal, to the Goal Ring.
    
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    Power-up; <Mystic Melody>:-
    
    You have to be able to hover to get this. From the start, ride the first 
    rotating platform for 270 degrees, until it takes you to the left. Hover from
    the platform to a far away platform, to find the <Mystic Melody>, then shoot
    out the canister and use it to climb to a Chao Temple, then play the 'melody to
    create a warp forwards.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Robotnik enters his Hidden Base as he wonders about the ARK. On a monitor, he's
    just settling down to watch Buffy or Pokemon or whatever, when a news-flash 
    comes on. A woman (with a weird, weird accent, sounds like the actor is trying
    to be Australian, but can't manage it?), says that Sonic has been sighted 
    stealing a Chaos Emerald, and is now trying to escape from GUN! However, Sonic
    has once again been mistaken for Shadow, and Robotnik chuckles as he sees his
    plan go into motion...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Shadow is about to make is escape across a Golden Gate-style bridge with the
    Chaos Emerald, commenting on how pathetic GUN are, when he suddenly suffers a
    disturbing flashback. He remembers in his past life on the still-operational
    ARK, fifty years ago how his only friend Maria asked him for a last favour 
    before her death. Shadow decides whay Maria wants is revenge!
    
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    Level Four:- Radical Highway Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Grind along, and hit the first row of springs you see. Continue forwards, 
    dodging the GUN air-raids (be warned that sometimes the 'raids will take out a
    section of ground you'll have to jump). When you reach a pile of crates against
    a wall, check the left of the wall for a Chao Key, then use the crane hook on 
    the right of the wall to continue. Repeat this strategy, until you reach a 
    rocket taking you to the first Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Somersault under the turning platform. After you homing jump between several
    floating enemies later, look for an obvious Chao Key just afterwards. Keep 
    using springs, poles and crane hooks to go forwards. Catch another rocket to
    the second Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Head forwards normally, floating under the bridge if neccessary. After you 
    reach a roadblock section, the third Chao Key is in a pile of crates. After 
    that, the rest of the level is just a cruise forwards to the Goal Ring.
    
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    Power-up; <Flame Ring>:-
    
    From the begining, after you use the second row of springs to reach a highway 
    which is air-raided by GUN, look behind where you land. Somersault under the
    turning platform, and Light Dash across the rings (the <Air Shoes> are needed.
    You'll hit a spring, taking you to the <Flame Ring>. Then, continue along the
    highway, and destroy a metal crate to find a switch, activating a rocket which
    returns you to the main path.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    When Shadow appears with a Chaos Emerald, and Sonic realises that GUN was after 
    Shadow, not him! Sonic tries to take Shadow's Emerald, but Shadow uses Chaos
    Control to teleport away, and a massive GUN unit surrounds Sonic...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Outside the Hidden Base, Rouge is reporting to somebody on her cool 
    walkie-talkie. She then talks to herself, saying that she needs a key to 
    enter...
    
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    Level Five:- Egg Quarters Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Again, a bit tough to offer tips for Rouge...
    
    Level Specific Tips:-
    
    This level is divided into several rooms in a circular network, the main 
    largest rooms being the Egg Fish Chamber (blue, with water and a giant fish 
    statue) and the Egg Snake Chamber.
    
    Start by heading forwards a few rooms until you reach the Egg Fish Chamber. In
    here, dive to the bottom of the pool in the centre of the room, and throw the
    switch, then re-surface. Throwing the switch causes a missile to appear 
    opposite a closed gate near the fish statue. Fire it to unlock a secret room.
    In this room, you will find the <Pick Nails> power-up, allowing you to dig as
    Rouge. Test it out on the wooden crates on the floor to find items like 
    Magnet Shields, Extra Lives and Super Rings.
    
    Big is hiding in the Egg Snake Chamber, hanging off one of the feather 
    displays, high on the wall.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Rouge enters the Hidden Base, and finds a space transporter with the 
    co-ordinates set to the ARK. She explains that her mission is to seek out 
    unknown life and civilisatio... er, to find out whats going on up there, as she
    "poses" and warps up to it, Star Trek-style...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Robotnik explains he has to make his way through the Lost Colony to meet Shadow
    at the control room...
    
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    Level Six:- Lost Colony Zone
    
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    IMO, a very atmospheric zone, what with the music and the darkness. If you want 
    to see better, fire a lock-on shot at an enemy (Volkan Cannon shots won't 
    help at all).
    
    Objective One:-
    
    Head forwards and shoot open the doors. Shoot the enemies to light your way and
    rack-up points. Keep going normally until you reach a locked door. To open it, 
    shoot open the wooden crates in the opposite corner, and throw the switch 
    underneath. Use the left platform on the green slime to take you up to the 
    first Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    The next room is basically a circle, it tries to trick you in the poor light 
    that you are progressing, when actually you are walking around a maze. The way
    out is to look for several black crates which you can use as steps to climb 
    onto a second level of the room. Up here, you should see the <Booster> 
    power-up, which lets you glide, like Knuckles or Rouge by double jumping and
    holding the button down. Useful. Test it, by hovering forwards, and left to 
    another part of the higher floor, and firing the missile you find there. It 
    will clear the path ahead, so hover forwards to a new room with a Chao Key, and 
    further forwards, the second continue post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Break any crates to find switches. You should go straight through a few easy
    outdoor sections, then reach the third continue post after using a falling
    platform.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    After a little way forwards, there's an on-rails shooting section! Take out 
    everything with massive lock-on combos by spinning the analogue stick as you
    target your laser.
    
    Later, after hovering downwards, use a missile to blow open the way ahead.
    
    When you reach the Goal Ring, jump into it to finish.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Shadow is standing in front of a large machine in the control room, when 
    Robotnik arrives. Shadow explains that the ARK was used by Gerald Robotnik (the
    "Eggman"'s grandfather), to create the "Eclipse Cannon", a weapon powerful
    enough to an entire planet! However, the Chaos Emeralds are needed to activate
    it. Rouge appears, tries to strike a deal with Robotnik, telling him that 
    she'll find the Emeralds if he lends her his radar. She then seals the deal by
    producing one of the Emeralds.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Returning to Prison Island, Rouge tells Robotnik that the Chaos Emeralds are in
    a secure safe on the island. Robotnik tells her to find them, as he storms the
    Weapons Bed and Shadow sets dynamite to blow up the island on a thirty minute
    countdown...
    
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    Level Seven:- Weapons Bed Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Firstly get loads of points but locking-on to the inactive GUN Robots on 
    runways throughout the stage in large combos (but no more than eleven at once,
    see "Making the Grade" tips). Head forwards and blow open the dynamite rigged
    warehouses on the left of the runway, to find the <Big Cannon> power-up, and
    further along, a Chao Key. Use the <Big Cannon> to destroy metal crates with
    the Volkan Cannon and allowing you forwards.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Watch for air-raids during this section, and do some easy platforming. After 
    another easy runway section, you'll find a second Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Just more easy platforming here.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    At the end of the third runway, there is a Chao Key on the right. After 
    collecting it, continue forwards to reach the Goal Ring.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    The Dark gang are at the end of the Weapons Bed runway, and ready to storm the
    Security Hall, when Amy Rose appears, mistaking Shadow for Sonic! Robotnik 
    decides to care her of her to give the others time to complete their tasks 
    without interference (that Piko Piko Hammer can be deadly!), when Tails shows
    up and in a bid to protect Amy, takes the Eggman on!
    
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    BOSS:- TAILS [I] (HP 5)
    
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    Quite easy, though not as much of a walkover as EGGMAN [I]. Circle Tails, 
    constantly firing the Volkan Cannon, keeping a long distance, and none of his
    attacks will hit, provided you keep moving. However, you can quite easily shoot
    him. After five hits, it's over.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Rouge is informed on her walkie-talkie that she only has five minutes to 
    recover the three Chaos Emeralds stored in the Security Hall before the 
    security will be alerted. Literally diving into action, she decides this 
    "plenty"...
    
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    Level Eight:- Security Hall Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Only five minutes to complete this objective. IMO, this level is very easy, as
    the design makes gliding around, scanning for Emeralds simple, (I got an A on
    my first go), but some people think the time limit is tight. I reckon it's 
    "plenty", as long as you use the right technique...
    
    Level Specific Tips:-
    
    Firstly, watch the "diving" cut cut-scene. You can use the nearby crane hooks
    to climb up to where Rouge dived from. Up here, there are three switches at the
    ends of three "corridors". Each of them unlocks a different area of safes, Red,
    Yellow and Blue. Throw all the switches, unlocking all the safes, then return 
    to the lower floor.
    
    After unlocking the safes, glide around the lower areas of the level, until you 
    see an Emerald flash, them search the area in more detail. If the Emerald is
    flashing red, yet you still can't find it, try opening a safe in the nearby 
    area by digging into it's centre (this only works if you've unlocked the safes
    of this colour).
    
    Finally, don't take too long, otherwise you might get some "friendly 
    encouagement" from Robotnik!:)
    
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    Power-up; <Treasure Scope>:-
    
    You need the <Iron Boots> to get this. From the start of the level, choose the
    right-hand path. Glide and climb up onto the wall, and look for a beam going
    from the wall you're on to the wall behind you. Adjacent, at the same height as
    that beam, you should see a section of the wall you're climbing made partially
    out of two metal crates. Climb over to them, and try your best to Drill Dive 
    into them (tricky but possible), revealing a secret room. In this room is the
    <Treasure Scope>, which works the same way as Knuckles' Sunglasses (in fact it
    even says "Sunglasses" on the context-sensesitive button menu, lazy Sonic 
    Team!). Use the 'scope in the secret room to reveal an Extra Life in the right
    corner.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Rouge managed to get all three Chaos Emeralds, but the security has arrived 
    just in time to stop her...
    
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    BOSS:- R-1/A FLYING DOG - Multirole Attacker (HP 5)
    
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    Looks just like the Big Foot/Hot Shot, but you have to fight it completely
    differently, because it never land! After the usual two rounds of laser fire, 
    which you can avoid by running, like Sonic or Shadow, or more easily, just 
    climb up onto a wall, where the lasers can't hit you, and you can collect 
    rings, it will hover, and release it's homing missiles. This is how to hit it;
    
    Glide off the wall, and Drill Dive when over the Flying Dog's cockpit to hit 
    it. It's quite hard to aim at first, but practice and it's easy. Thankfully,
    it's very unlikely that the missiles will hit you, as you're moving fast and in
    the air.
    
    After being hit, the Flying Dog will return to firing lasers as it swoops 
    around the arena. (Actually, you can Drill Dive the cockpit as it flies, but
    aiming at it is extremely difficult, so don't bother, just climb the wall). 
    Hit it again when it stops to release homing missiles.
    
    After it takes it's second hit, the Flying Dog's strategy will change 
    completely; it will start charging up an easy to avoid homing laser, just like
    the Hot Shot. You could dodgethe laser, but it's better to use this oppertunity
    to Drill Dive the cockpit, since it has to stay still as it charges the laser.
    It will constantly use this attack now, so keep Drill Diving and you will win
    with ease!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene 
    
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    Shadow is traveling through the Green Forest, when he gets a call from Rouge,
    telling him that she's trapped in a safe next to the dynamite, with the Chaos
    Emerald. Shadow has another flashback of Maria, and knows that he can't let
    another innocent girl die. Even though the island is going to explode in ten
    minutes, Shadow cuts through the jungle to rescue Rouge!
    
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    Level Nine:- White Jungle Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Only ten minutes to finish this objective? Don't worry, it's probably the 
    loosest time limit in the game!
    
    Run along the half-pipe, and ride the vines. After you land, Somersault under a
    wall to get a "Cool!" stunt and the chance to pick up an Extra Life. Another
    vine here takes you to the first Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    This is an easy section. Again, run and ride vines. However, when you reach a
    crushing platform, Somersault under it fast or you'll get crushed! Keep going,
    to the second Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    Pah. Nothing to worry about here...
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    After a long vine ride, you might reach something of a dead end, with only a
    trail of rings leading ahead over a bottomless pit. If only you had the 
    <Air Shoes>... Here's how to get them; break all the nearby crates, and fall
    down the hole revealed by one of them. Down here are the <Air Shoes>, but you
    can't get back up. Instead, Somersault under the wall to the left, and Light 
    Dash along the trails of rings on the other side. After this, the rest of the 
    level is a breeze, just a few Light Dashes, Somersaults and a few vine rides
    to the Goal Ring.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic falls from the sky after escaping from the Metal Harbor Zone, and lands
    in a lush tropical rainforest. He spots Shadow, who accuses Sonic of being a
    fake, and both decide to engage in battle...
    
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    BOSS:- SONIC [I] (HP 3)
    
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    As usual, pick up a ring for protection, to start this battle. Sonic is 
    easiest to hit with homing Spin Attacks, but he often sees you attack him, and
    has time to launch a Spin Attack of his own, making the attack end in deadlock,
    with neither of you getting a hit in. The way to avoid this is to attack Sonic
    from behind. It may be dishonourable, but it's the way to go, since it 
    practically guarantees a successful attack, unless Sonic unexpectedly runs out
    of your way. Three easy hits and Sonic is down, but not out...
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic and Shadow are ready to continue the duel, when Robotnik 'phones to
    remind him the island is going to blow in eight minutes (so Shadow beat White
    Jungle and Sonic in two minutes flat? Yeah, right!) Both split paths, with 
    Shadow diving into the Security Hall to save Rouge, using Chaos Control to 
    teleport her, himself and the three Chaos Emeralds out, just before Prison
    Island explodes...
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    Prison Island explodes, taking the Metal Harbour and Weapons Bed down with it.
    Not much else to say, really.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    In a flashback, Shadow and Maria are on the ARK discussing what Earth must be
    like. Shadow says that Gerald Robotnik was trying to make people on Earth 
    happy. He then says that he doesn't understand his true purpose. Shadow snaps
    out of the flashback when Rouge enters the room he's in, in the ARK overlooking 
    Earth. Shadow explains that he only used Chaos Control to rescue the Chaos 
    Emeralds, but Rouge reckons he fancies her!:) Robotnik arrives, and says that
    the Eclipse Cannon "demo" is ready to begin, even though the team only have six
    of the seven Chaos Emeralds, as they head off to the Eclipse Cannon together...
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    Dr. Robotnik takes over the media to announce that he is taking over the world,
    creating an "Eggman Empire" with the power of the ARK, revealed to be an
    Independance Day-style Death Egg III. Robotnik demostrates it's power by 
    destroying half of the Moon!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Enough cut-scenes!? Anyway, in the Eclipse Cannon room, Shadow says that the
    seventh and final Chaos Emerald will be needed to charge up the cannon again.
    Rouge shows Robotnik a newspaper cutting she "found" ("yeah, it was just 
    floating around space, mate"), explaining that Tails was awarded the Yellow
    Chaos Emerald after he saved Station Square from Robotnik's missile attack (at
    the end of Tail's game in Sonic Adventure 1). Rouge says she can get his 
    Emerald by following the Tornado II...
    
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    Level Ten: Route 280 Zone
    
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    This is actually nothing like Rouge's normal hunting levels, and is instead a 
    racer. Wish I had a car like that...not!
    
    Controls:-
    
    A; Accelerate (why they didn't use the analogue acceleration provided by L or R
    is beyond me). Also, when turning, tap A then hold it down to start a 
    powerslide, useful on corners. You can stop sliding by releasing the analogue
    stick for a second.
    
    Analogue Stick; Steer.
    
    Y; Boost. Rouge recieves one boost for every twenty rings collected.
    
    This is a fun, if easy sub-game. It's nice to see the developers put so much 
    effort in though!
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Tips:-
    
    This is a little bit harder than Route 101, because it's possible to fall off 
    the track. Avoid this, as you have to start the level again from the begining,
    NOT the last checkpoint you passed.
    
    Don't use boosts as soon as you get them, as you might be wasting them in the
    wrong area. Instead, use boosts on long straights. That said, since you can 
    only carry one boost at a time, it's best to use them as soon as possible.
    
    Don't bother to slow down for corners, instead, just powerslide. Even if you
    do hit a wall, unless it's a head-on collision (which causes you to spin out),
    it hardly slows you down.
    
    If you want more rings, break the balloons in any pits you pass. They contain
    Super Rings, with 5, 10 or 20 rings.
    
    When you see the Tornado II, you just need to accelerate and boost to catch up 
    and finish the level.
    
    * The first time you complete this level, you will earn one of two bonuses:-
    
    Either you will unlock the kart racing sub-game in one-player mode (if you 
    complete this level before Tails' Route 101 on the Hero side),
    
    Or, you will unlock a two-player version of the kart racing sub-game, (if you 
    complete this level after Tails' Route 101 on the Hero side).
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Near the Pumpkin Hill Zone, Shadow gets a call from Rouge, telling him that 
    after er, tailing Tails, the fox is heading his direction, towards the 
    Sky Rail...
    
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    Level Eleven:- Sky Rail Zone
    
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    Very short level this (there's literally about ten second between most Continue
    Posts) but it can be quite tough...
    
    Objective One:-
    
    Grind the first straight, using A and the analogue stick to jump between rails,
    allowing you to pick up more bonuses. Follow the obvious path forwards, and 
    when you reach a spring platform, homing jump on it constantly to make it rise
    (although if you hit it too many times too fast, it won't rise as fast). When
    you see a rocket, don't take it, instead, jump to a platform across, over a 
    robot, with a Chao Key. Jump off the edge off the platform where the Chao Key
    was (yes, I do know what I'm doing:), and several invisible robots will 
    de-cloak, homing jump them, leading you to a spring to Shadow's <Ancient Light>
    power-up. Tough one, eh? Homing jump the enemies ahead to get to the first 
    Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    After doing a couple of grinds, homing jump off the rails to a spring. Ride the
    platforms to the second Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    After another long grind, go forwards and use spring platforms, getting the 
    Chao Key right near Continue Post Three.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    A lot more grinding action (easy) and not much else. Hit the Goal Ring...
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Shadow sees Tails fly past him in the Tornado II, and reports into Robotnik, 
    telling him that they are heading towards his Hidden Base.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    In Hidden Base...
    
    Knuckles is just recovering from fighting Boo, when Robotnik appears and 
    launches another ill-fated attack. This time, he has an Egg Golem, ready, and 
    to protect the weakened Knuckles, Sonic takes up the challenge...disabling the
    Golem's AI and control systems with one clean blow! Looks like Robotnik has to
    take care of the Golem himself...
    
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    BOSS:- EGG GOLEM - THE GOLEM (HP Indeterminate)
    
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    Unlike with Sonic, if Eggman falls off the platform, he'll probably die, since
    landing in quicksand spells instant death for him. If you do fall though, try
    to hover and manouvoer your way on to a crane hook to take you back up.
    
    When you start the battle, the Golem will punch one of the platforms near you,
    but it won't actually hit you, so don't move. Then, after it hits a platform, 
    move to that platform. It will never hit the same platform twice in a row, so
    you'll be safe. During this time the Golem is spazzing around, constatly shoot
    the Golem's body with the Volkan Cannon. After it takes a bit of damage, some
    of the skin on his chest will peel off, revealing a metallic "nipple". Lock-on
    to the nipple to cause severe damage to him. Like Scaramanga in The Man With
    The Golden Gun, the Egg Golem has three nipples, revealed one by one as you
    shoot the Volkan Cannon at him. After you've fired a lock-on missile at each
    nipple twice, the Golem will collapse.
    
    However, after taking significant damage, the Golem will use a massive headbutt 
    attack, constantly. When he's about to use it, just start running around the 
    arena, away from it, and keep shooting.
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    The top of the pyramid opens up, and a NASA-style space shuttle takes off, with
    Sonic just making it into the rocket in time for take off. Uh-oh, you can bet 
    that shuttle is heading for the ARK... 
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    In the ARK, Rouge is on the 'phone to Robotnik. Sha says she'll go after the 
    Hero gang, tricking him into giving her the password for the ARK computer 
    system; MA-RI-A (it's only three letters in the original Japanese Katakana, 
    that's why they only tap three keys when logging on). After entering the REALLY
    hard to guess password, she begins investigating Shadow, but then decides to 
    head out into "Mad" Space to find a few more shards of the Master Emeralds...
    
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    Level Twelve:- Mad Space Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Last Rouge level!
    
    Level Specific Tips:-
    
    First you'd better get the <Iron Boots> power-up, which is highly recommended,
    if not essential to completing the level. From where you start, head straight
    ahead, and throw the switch, making a rocket appear on the platform above you.
    Climb the platform support to reach it, and when you use the rocket, you will 
    end up quite high in the level. From where you float up to, glide in the 
    direction of a circular, moon-like grey planet. When you land on it, travel to 
    the top where you should find a tall blue cannister, with the <Iron Boots> 
    inside it. The boots allow you to kick open metal crates, including those which
    were blocking the other rocket-switches at the start of the level.
    
    When you've activated all of the rockets at the level's start, you can use the
    to fire a long way up, accessing the entire level.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Rouge travels to the Meteor Herd space base, and faces off against Knuckles.
    As always, they are arguing about who has the rights to the Master Emerald. 
    This time, without Robotnik's interuptions, they begin a fight!
    
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    BOSS:- KNUCKLES (HP 4)
    
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    Obviously, pick up a ring. At the begining of this battle, kicking Knuckles
    allows you to get easy hits, and you should be able to at least get a couple of
    HP off his gadge.
    
    Soon, the roof of the space base will open, blowing you both into the air. You
    can't attack or defend very well while floating, so land on a ledge as soon as 
    you can. If you're on a ledge while Knux is floating, he can't defend, so do
    so. If you're both on a ledge, then fight normally. If you're a long way away 
    from Knuckles (too far for his normal attacks to have a chance of hitting you), 
    then he may summon some red lightning to hit you, which he will announce in a
    voice sample. Glide in a straight direction to avoid this attack.
    
    When the space base roof closes again, go back to kicking and diving to beat
    him. No problem.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Both Knuckles and Rouge are exausted, but neither will give in and hand over 
    their parts of the Master Emerald. Rouge attempts to launch another attack, but
    in her fatigue, she falls from to thin bridge they are standing on, to her 
    death... almost. Knuckles grabs her hand and pulls her up. However, rather than
    thanking him, she practically accuses him of being a perve for touching her! 
    However, she grudgingly hands over her Emerald shards, claiming that "they 
    stink like echidnas"! He apoligises to her, but they have to part before any
    further developments occur. Rouge can't resist stealing a last glance at Knux,
    though...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    In the Hidden Base, Robotnik has realised that Tails has created a fake Chaos
    Emerald in a bid to trick him. Deciding to leave Shadow running things from the
    ground, the Eggman takes the fight into his own hands and storms the ARK to 
    take Sonic once and for all...
    
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    Level Thirteen:- Cosmic Wall Zone
    
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    Strangely, this level is VERY easy (on my first go, I finished it without being
    hit by the enemies, and getting a score of over 50,000 points, securing an A),
    but it's also quite long. Lots of fun though. Note that in this level, due to
    "weak gravity", you can hover upwards!
    
    Objective One:-
    
    Use your new upwards hovering abilities to get through this first section, 
    whenever you reach a wall will arrows pointing upwards on it. Also, try to get
    some major combos with the enemies. Later, you need to hover off the top of a
    crushing platform when it's at it's highest point to continue.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    If there are any metal pyramids in your way, shoot them out with the Volkan 
    Cannon.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    First, hover and use springs to travel upwards. Then, when you fall, land on a 
    platform with a missile. Press the green switch to fire the missile at a hidden
    crate, then hover over to where the missile hit. On this platform is the
    <Protection Armor> power-up, which adds the equivalent of two HP to Robotnik's
    health bar, quite useful, if not for Cosmic Wall, but for Cannon's Core and the
    Hard Mode levels. Continue forwards.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    The first on-rails section of the level. Shoot out everything, rack up some 
    massive combos, and don't worry about wasting the time to shoot out meteors in
    your path with the Volkan Cannon; they just bounce harmlessly off you if you
    hit them. 
    
    (Continue Post Four)
    
    Another up and down section. Handle the upwards climb like you did the last, 
    then fall down, performing combos to rack up the points.
    
    (Continue Post Five)
    
    Similar to the begining of the level, the first section is no problem. As, 
    before, meteors won't hurt you as you float through space.
    
    (Continue Post Six)
    
    Up and down. Climb past the obstacles, shooting out the enemies in small 
    combos. It's a big climb and an even bigger fall, with tons of enemies to combo
    on.
    
    (Continue Post Seven)
    
    Yes, on rails! This is a really excellent arcadey section like the end of 
    Tails' Eternal Engine; during the outside section, get massive combos, and in
    the tunnels you fight a Starfox-esque mini-boss, where you have to use the
    Volkan Cannon to shoot off the panel rotating around it's man body to repel it
    from ramming you. After the mini-boss, you hit the Goal Ring. 
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Eggman finds Amy wandering around, using her as bait to catch Sonic and Tails.
    Sonic makes it to where Tails and Amy are being held, before Amy's body gets 
    filled with hot lead. Damn shame. Anyway, after Robotnik prompts him, he places
    the fake Emerald on the ground, but as an insurance policy, Robotnik traps 
    Sonic in a glass case, which tricks Tails into admitting that the Emerald was 
    fake. Robotnik sends Sonic into space, then demands the real Emerald from 
    Tails. Sonic has a trick up his sleeve, but Tails, believing Sonic to be dead, 
    takes on Robotnik to avenge his friend...
    
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    BOSS:- TAILS [II] (HP 7)
    
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    I hate this battle, not because it's particularly difficult, but because it's 
    near impossible for either of you to dodge each others' attacks, making the 
    winner almost randomly determined. However, if you stay well away from 
    Tails, and keep shooting, you'll have a much better chance. His best attack,
    (exactly the same as Vargas' Power Drive in Powerstone) can take about 50% of
    your HP off, and is near impossible to dodge, so pray he doesn't use it. You 
    can dodge it if you're far away from him though. Otherwise, just keep blasting,
    and hope for the best.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    After seeing Sonic's capsule explode upon re-entry, Shadow dismisses as nothing
    special. He then find Rouge, and reveals that he knows she's working as a 
    Government Agent. However, Rouge is begining to discover the truth about the
    ultimate lifeform, that perhaps it isn't Shadow the Hedgehog... Shadow ignores
    her, and after Robotnik tells him that all seven Chaos Emerald have been 
    recovered, he heads over to the Eclipse Cannon to join him...
    
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    Level Fourteen:- Final Chase Zone
    
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    Objective One:-
    
    Grind over to the first Continue Post, simple as that...
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    Dodge the red glowing meteors, they DO hurt Shadow. When you find a spinning 
    green drum with it's own field of gravity (they're this level's "gimick"), use 
    it to run upwards. Continue forwards using the drums to Continue Post Two.
    
    (Continue Post Two)
    
    On the next drum, don't hit the electrified barriers, they hurt. A very short
    run to the next Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Three)
    
    When you reach three tubes, go down the right one first, for a 5 ring Super 
    Ring, then use either of the others to continue. Grind along to another 
    spinning drum section, and when you reach a tall drum with an electric barrier
    all the way around it's middle, jump onto the drum above the barrier. Climb the
    drum and jump to a platform to find Shadow's <Mystic Melody>. Play the 'melody
    next to the Chao Temple on the platform, to create a warp forwards to another
    spinning drum section...
    
    (Continue Post Four)
    
    Keep grinding, then jump between the tops of spinning drums to Continue Post 
    Five.
    
    (Continue Post Five)
    
    Run straight upwards, then use drums to cross empty space. Continue along, 
    using the rails and drums, and pick up a few hidden monitors before the sixth
    Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post Six)
    
    Very easy, just use the drums to go forwards, picking up obvious Super Rings
    along the way. After catching a rocket, just run down two long drums to reach a 
    spring leading you to the Goal Ring!
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Shadow arrivese at the Eclipse Cannon and begins racing with Sonic. They start
    a conversation, but Shadow tells Sonic that he has to kill him...
    
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    BOSS:- SONIC [II] (HP 5)
    
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    You might expect the last boss to be tough? He's not.
    
    Firstly, although rings aren't a problem here, you must keep running, as the 
    platform behind you are falling. 
    
    At the begining of the battle, hitting Sonic with Spin Attacks and Spin Dashes
    is very effective, but as the fight continues, Sonic can dodge them more 
    easily. His own Spin Attacks are easy to dodge, but he has two other attacks; 
    Sonic Wind, which is a rarely used lightning attack, with a cut-scene to warn 
    you, can be dodged by just running forwards at top speed. Chaos Control is used
    often by Sonic, if you overtake him or knock him off the edge of the arena. 
    He says "this is the ultimate!" and teleports some distance in front of you.
    If he teleports into a row of rings, you can Light Dash into him, getting a 
    sure hit, and this is probably the only thing that will work late in the battle
    when he dodges any other attacks.
    
    DARK GAME COMPLETE!
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Robotnik is standing at the Eclipse Cannon with all seven Chaos Emeralds. His
    dream of owning the world has finally come true, and he performs the standard
    proccedure for such situation, The Mad Scientist's Evil Laugh (TM, Doctor
    Frankenstein)...or has it? Drunk with success, Robotnik fails to notice that
    the Eclipse Cannon is over-loading...
    
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    Credits
    
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    Shadow's Theme plays as the Dark credits roll, showing screen-shots of 
    important events in the Dark story.
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    A short FMV shows some highlights from the Last story. Hey, stop the 
    advertising, we already bought your stupid game!:)
    
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    Completing Dark unlocks:-
    
    * Scene Select in Dark mode.
    
    * Boss fights in Dark mode.
    
    * Along with beating the Hero story, it unlocks the Last story.
    
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    =VI. Last Walkthrough=
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    Right. Before you take on the last level, you should pick up all the power-ups
    for each character. If you can't be bothered, here's a list of what you must 
    have, and what is recommended for each character to finish Cannon's Core, 
    Objective One:-
    
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    Sonic's power-ups in the easiest order to get them:-
    
    <Light Shoes>      (Metal Harbor)    NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Ancient Light>    (Green Forest)    NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Bounce Bracelet>  (Pyramid Cave)    ESSENTIAL for Cannon's Core
    
    <Flame Ring>       (Crazy Gadget)    RECOMENDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Mystic Melody>    (Final Rush)      NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Magic Gloves>     (City Escape)     NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
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    Shadow's power-ups in the easiest order to get them:-
    
    <Air Shoes>        (White Jungle)    NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Ancient Light>    (Sky Rail)        NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Mystic Melody>    (Final Chase)     NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Flame Ring>       (Radical Highway) NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
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    Tail's power-ups in the easiest order to get them:-
    
    <Booster>          (Mission Street)  ESSENTIAL for Cannon's Core
    
    <Bazooka>          (Eternal Engine)  ESSENTIAL for Cannon's Core
    
    <Laser Blaster>    (Prison Lane)     RECOMENDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Mystic Melody>    (Hidden Base)     NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
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    Eggman's power-ups in the easiest order to get them:-
    
    <Jet Engine>       (Lost Colony)     ESSENTIAL for Cannon's Core
    
    <Large Cannon>     (Weapons Bed)     ESSENTIAL for Cannon's Core
    
    <Protection Armor> (Cosmic Wall)     RECOMENDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Laser Blaster>    (Iron Gate)       RECOMENDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Mystic Melody>    (Sand Ocean)      NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
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    Knuckles' power-ups in the easiest order to get them:-
    
    <Shovel Claw>      (Pumpkin Hill)    ESSENTIAL for Cannon's Core
    
    <Hammer Gloves     (Death Chamber)   ESSENTIAL for Cannon's Core
    
    <Sunglasses>       (Meteor Herd)     NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Air Necklace>     (Aquatic Mine)    HIGHLY RECOMENDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Mystic Melody>    (Wild Canyon)     NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
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    Rouge's power-ups in the easiest order to get them:-
    
    <Pick Nails>       (Egg Quarters)    NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Iron Boots>       (Mad Space)       NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Mystic Melody>    (Dry Lagoon)      NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
    <Treasure Scope>   (Security Hall)   NOT NEEDED for Cannon's Core
    
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    Important notice; you DON'T need top get A grades on Cannon's Core to finish 
    the game (since CC isn't considered to "belong" to a single character, not even 
    Sonic, you don't need it to get anybody's "All A Grades" emblem).
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    As the Eclipse Cannon overloads, Ivo Robotnik starts fiddling around with it, 
    bringing up a movie of Gerald Robotnik. (Glad to see Apple Quicktime was in
    business fifty years ago...)
    
    Sonic and Knuckles enter the ARK when Ivo Robotnik appears, and tells them that
    the ARK is on a collision course with Earth! The movie of Gerald Robotnik 
    begins playing on a nearby monitor.
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    The Robotnik movie is being broadcast to people all around Earth. Gerald 
    explains that as he created the ultimate life-form, the ARK was abandoned after 
    an accident. The professor's grandaughter, Maria was killed in the accident,
    driving him insane, and causing him to create the ultimate life-form to destroy
    the world.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Eggman explains that the core of the Eclipse Cannon has become unstable, but it
    can be stablised with Knuckles' Master Emerald. Putting aside their 
    differences, the Hero and Dark teams decide that they must work together to 
    save the world...
    
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    Final Stage: Cannon's Core Zone
    
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    This stage revolves around touching or shooting (with a lock-on) Time Switches,
    which freeze most movement in the action, excepting the movement of the player
    character. However, it will cause GUN Robots to stop moving, lasers to stop 
    firing, blocks moving, water flowing, etc. However, be careful with these 
    switches; the effects only last for a few seconds after activation, and 
    flipping the switch at the wrong time can be useless; for example, it might 
    freeze a block into blocking your way. If this occurs, wait a few seconds for
    time to begin again, then use the switch more carefully next time!
    
    Objective One:-
    
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    (Player starts as Tails)
    
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    Tails' scenario is probably the hardest thing in the game so far, but pretty
    easy compared to later areas of the Cannon's Core.
    
    Blow open the dynamite sealed doors, and continue forwards. To defeat the 
    shielded GUN Robots in the next rooms, stop shooting at them, instead move near 
    them, wait for them to drop their guard, then let 'em have it!
    
    After an on-rails section, use a Time Switch to disable laser walls, letting
    you past without taking damage. Later, another use of the Time Switches is to
    freeze crushing platforms in mid-air, allowing you to walk under them.
    
    At the end of Tail's section of Cannon's Core, you will reach a rather large
    room, with a security door at the end. Robotnik will announce that this is the
    room with the security door, so you can be sure. To reach the door, shoot the
    Time Switch to the lasers at the sides of the room, so walk past where they 
    were (on either side; both are identical), and jump onto the frozen platforms
    there. Jump again from these platforms onto a ledge with a crushing platform,
    then again shoot the Time Switch when the crushing platform is close to, or on
    the ground, allowing you to jump onto the frozen platform and climb up to the
    ledge in the centre of the room, at the end of which you'll find the security 
    door. Constantly shoot the door with the Volkan Cannon until it explodes, 
    remaining aware that when time begins again, two GUN Robots will drop from the 
    ceiling just in front of the security door. When you're done, enter the space
    where the door was to finish Tail's section.
    
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    (Continue Point; player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    Quite difficult in comparason with Tails, Eggman's scenario is one of the 
    game's tougher areas.
    
    Start Eggman off by killing all the robots around to open locked doors, then
    there's another on-rails section. Mostly everything should be pretty obvious,
    including another typical use of the Time Switch to shut down laser walls.
    
    When you reach a room filled with green slime, use the Time Switch just as the 
    closest block on your right is just rising out of the slime. Hover to, and
    stand on this block, and remain there until time starts up again. Then, when 
    your block has risen quite a bit (not too high, or you'll be crushed into the
    ceiling), then hover slowly forwards over the right-most of the three block 
    spaces in front of you. When this block rises up, again stand on it for as long 
    as you can, then hover forwards, over the edge of this section, onto another 
    rising block across the other side of the room. Ride this block as high as you
    can, until you can hover to reach the door forwards.
    
    In the next corridor after the slime/block room, just stay out of the way of 
    the blocks (they might crush you into the slime on the walls), until you can
    use a Time Switch, to stop them moving, preventing the undesirable slime-Eggman
    interface. Through the corridor is Cannon's Core's only Continue Post.
    
    (Continue Post One)
    
    First, just fall/hover down, avoiding the lasers. Certainly, hover before you
    land, shooting a Time Switch to freeze the moving platforms. Try to hover 
    forwards across the slime to land on the second platform before time begins
    again. Also here is a balloon to burst, containing a Medipak.
    
    After taking out two Organic Robots, Tails will call you, and tell you that you
    have entered the next security door room. Use the Time Switch in here to freeze
    one of the close blocks in the correct position to use as a stepping stone to
    either the far left or right ledge. While on the ledge, wait for time to start 
    again, (careful, when the blocks start moving again, there is a block which
    moves in a way which can push you off the ledge), and shoot the Time Switch to
    stop the two blocks in front of the top, centre ledge, so that they make 
    climbable stepping stones, (remember that Eggman can only jump less than half
    as high a the height of a block), then hover over to the lower block, and climb
    them to the centre ledge before time starts again, causing the blocks to move
    and a laser barrier to form around the ledge. On the ledge, use the Volkan
    Cannon to shoot out the security door, then enter to finish with Eggman!
    
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    (Continue Point; player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    Quite an easy scenario next to Eggman's. Still pretty tough though.
    
    From where you begin, look around the lower areas of the level and identify a
    doorway with an orange waterfall flowing over the entrance, preventing you from
    entering. (Don't start swimming around the orange pool, or you may be washed
    away into a bottemless pit!)
    
    Return to where you began the level, and take a look at the four brown towers.
    You need to reach the top of the tallest tower, but you can't climb it from the
    ground level since Rouge can't climb past the white lumps in the towers. The
    only tower you can climb at first is the shortest one, so climb right onto the 
    top. Standing on this tower, adjust the camera until you can see the three 
    other towers. Glide to the next shortest tower, in the middle of the three, 
    diagonally opposite you, but make sure you land above the white lump, or you
    won't be able to climb to the top, which you should do. At the top of the 
    second tower, adjust the camera to see both the remaining towers, in the same
    style as last time, glide to and scale the shorter tower, on the right. From 
    the top of this tower, glide to the final, tallest tower, avoiding to object
    hanging from the ceiling during your glide.
    
    Now, on the top of the tallest tower, throw the Time Switch and run back to the
    doorway with the waterfall in front, as you can enter while time is frozen, and
    take out the GUN Robot inside.
    
    Through this doorway is another slime/block room! Glide down to near the bottom
    of the room, where you'll see the entrance to a pipe, which you currently can't
    enter since blocks are flowing out of it pushing you out. Climb under the pipe
    to find a Time Switch, which you should throw just a moment after a block has 
    left the pipe, so that you can climb and squeeze through the gap between the
    block and the pipe and run through it quickly before time starts again and the
    next block pushes you out of the pipe.
    
    Through the pipe is Rouge's final room, in which you should defeat the three
    Organic Robots. There is a Chao Key behind the left robot, but more 
    importantly, the middle robot is standing on a normal (not timed) switch. When
    you throw the switch, you will see a short cut-scene, showing the machine in 
    the room you began open, revealing a switch. Return to the slime/block room 
    through the pipe.
    
    In the slime/block room, use the Time Switch under the pipe, then quickly glide
    to the spring opposite it, and bounce then run out of the room as fast as 
    possible to make it out before the waterfall begins flowing again. 
    
    In the first room, return to the central machine and jump on the switch in it's
    middle to finish Rouge's scenario. You will see a cut-scene explaining that
    the orange liquid has been drained, but the ARK is starting to perform a 
    self-repair...
    
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    (Continue Point; player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    IMPORTANT WARNING! Even if you have the <Air Bracelet> from Aquatic Mine Zone,
    this scenario is pretty tough, most players regarding it as the hardest section
    in th game, but without it, this is well near impossible. If you don't have the
    <Air Necklace>, go get it, now!
    
    Firstly, swim to the land, and look around. On one side of the level is an
    Organic Robot which you should take out now, and memorise the location of the
    laser blocked doorway, which will help you later on.
    
    Return to the pool, and dive to the bottom of the it. Where Rouge finished her
    scenario is an Extra Life. Look around the bottom of the pool, and you should
    be able to find the door which was covered by a waterfall in Rouge's scenario. 
    DON'T enter it, (you can reach her final room, but all there is there is a 10
    ring Super Ring, hardly worth it). Instead, swim up to the tallest tower Rouge
    had to climb in her first room, where the Time Switch is still standing. Throw
    it, and run quickly out of the pool to the corridor where the Organic Robot 
    was, the lasers will have momentarily disappeared, so run past where they were
    and take out a GUN Robot which drops from the ceiling.
    
    At the centre of this small room, the floor is built from metal crates, so 
    Drill Dive down on them, smashing them to reveal a spring, firing you to a 
    crane hook leading to another floor. On this floor, throw a normal switch which 
    in a short cut-scene unlocks a room underwater. Drill Dive another metal crate
    to return to the main room.
    
    Dive underwater, down through the door you unlocked, taking you to a new room.
    Avoid the Organic Robots and throw another normal switch to unlock the path to 
    a pipe where the water flows against you, preventing you from entering. 
    Obviously, this won't do, so find a Time Switch high up, on the opposite side
    of the room. Throw it to stop the water flow, then quickly swim though the pipe
    to the next area.
    
    This next room is filled with lasers, so you'll have to dive slowly and 
    carefully to the bottom. The exit to this room is again a pipe with water 
    flowing against you, and the Time Switch is in the centre of the bottom floor,
    dangerously close to the green slime; be careful! Throw the switch, and swim
    quickly through the pipe, over the crates in your way, to another Time Switch
    you must activate to stop the current for enough time to reach the exit. Avoid
    more crates, this time stacked vertically in the centre of the pipe, to reach
    Knuckles' final room.
    
    In this room, you can perminantly frain the core by swimming past an Organic 
    Robot to reach a final switch, the throwing of which completes Knux's scenario.
    
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    (Continue Point; player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    Quite an easy scenario for Sonic, but not without it's problems. Watch out for
    the cool classic Sonic flume riding sequence at the end though!
    
    From where you land at the begining, check behind you to find a Parrot Animal
    and Chao Key in crates. Then, head forwards; hit the Time Switch and homing
    jump on the Organic Robots to cross the gap. 
    
    On the other side, take out another Organic Robot, then head through the right
    door, since the left one is locked. In the right room, take out two shielded
    GUN Robots, then kill the tricky Organic Robot by homing jumping it, then 
    homing jumping quickly back to the land before you fall down the pit. (You have
    to kill these enemies to unlock the left door). Return back to the now unlocked
    left door.
    
    Continue through the corridor, killing any enemies and throwing a Time Switch
    to stop a laser barrier, and before the time runs out, rush forwards to a wall
    in shallow water, and Somersault under it. If you're too slow, the water will 
    begin flowing against you, preventing you from Somersaulting forwards, so you
    have to Bounce back up to the previous ledge, run though the laser wall 
    (damaging yourself) to the Time Switch in order to try again.
    
    After passing the wall, jump forwards against the tide of the water, and enter 
    a pipe. Swing from a rail (like grinding, but upside-down), to the flume 
    section. The rest of the level is just for fun, move Sonic left and right to
    collect rings, but you can't get killed, and eventually, Sonic will be washed
    into the Goal Ring!
    
    * Whistles *
    
    "That was cool!"
    
    Well, maybe you didn't get an A, but you only need an E on Cannon's Core 
    (thank heavens:) Now let's finish the game!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Amy Rose is, as usual, wandering around aimlessly, when she bumps into Shadow.
    She asks him to prevent the destruction of Earth, but he ignores her, telling
    Amy that there is no reason for him to interfere with the Professor's wishes.
    However, as Amy pleads, something in Shadow's mind stirs causing another 
    flashback in which remembers Maria's last wish; for all people on Earth to be
    happy. Realising his mistake, he jets off at top speed to help the gang out.
    
    At the core of the Eclipse Cannon, Sonic and Knuckles reach the main power 
    source; the Chaos Emeralds. They comment that it looks like the shrine of the
    Master Emerald since the design helps to harness the Emeralds' power. As they
    approach, images of Gerald Robotnik appear as the ARK's final line of defense
    is summoned, the prototype of the ultimate life-form, Biolizard! Shadow appears
    and tells Sonic and Knuckles to head for the core as he takes on Biolizard...
    
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    BOSS:- BIOLIZARD - The Prototype of the Ultimate Life (HP 5)
    
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    Firstly a word of warning about the design of the arena. This fight is a little
    like the battle against Boom Boo, in that you're running into the screen, away
    from Biolizard most of the time. However, there are two gaps of orange liquid 
    in the edge of the arena, which may wash you away, killing you if you fall in
    them. The solution to this problem is to quite slowly (although fast enough to
    keep ahead of Biolizard), so that you can see where the floor changes colour
    to brown, allowing you to anticipate and jump the liquid. Running relatively
    slowly also gives the advantage that Biolizard won't change the direction of
    his attack as he will if you run too fast.
    
    When you start, pick up a ring, and run away from Biolizard's head or tail. 
    After it has chased you for a few seconds, it holds it's head still, and starts
    breathing heavily; this is your chance to attack! Grind along the pipe on the 
    left, outside of the 'lizard's neck (you hardly need any momentum), and when 
    you get near the big flashing blob on it's back, homing jump it to damage him.
    (As you fall after hitting him, move yourself out of the way of the orange 
    liquid so you don't hit it when you land; use the other liquid pool on the 
    other side of the arena, which is always opposite, to judge where it is, so you 
    can land on the ground).
    
    Again, run away from the 'lizard, but when it stops for the second time it will
    begin shooting black balls of energy at you. Jump the low ones and Somersault
    under the high ones; the low ones seem to have a very large detection area, so
    give them a wide berth, but the high ones are very easy to avoid. If you get
    him, Biolizard stops for a moment to give you time to collect your rings, so 
    don't worry about that. After he stops firing energy balls, grind and hit him 
    again.
    
    After three hits, the Biolizard will chase you, and fire it's energy balls, 
    but rather than holding it's head still to be hit again, it summons dozens of
    floating pink eggs which it tries to fire at you. The way to hit it now is to
    homing jump on the eggs, and use them as stepping stones to reach the weak 
    point on it's back, to spin attack it.
    
    Immediately after taking it's fourth hit, the Biolizard will cause you to rise
    into the air with the eggs. While Shadow floats, bring him in towards 
    Biolizard's weak point, without hitting the eggs, and land him on the metal
    platform around the weak point. Homing jump onto his weak point from here to
    take him down. "Get out of here, you ugly prototype!"
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Sonic and Knuckles reach the core, thanks to Shadow's help, and as Knuckles
    holds up the Master Emerald, he chants Tikal's incantation. However, Biolizard
    isn't QUITE dead yet, in fact, as Robotnik says, he's become one with the ARK!
    As all hope seems lost, Knuckles reminds Sonic what he has to do...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Super Sonic/Super Shadow)
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Using the positive power of all seven Chaos Emeralds, Sonic and Shadow prepare
    to bolster the Hero forces by transforming into their super forms! Go for it!
    
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    FINAL BOSS:- THE FINALHAZARD - The Prototype of the Ultimate Life (HP 6)
    
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    Controls:-
    
    Analogue Stick:- Move forwards (into the screen), backwards (out of the screen), 
    left and right.
    
    A:- Move upwards.
    
    X:- Move downwards.
    
    B:- Move downwards.
    
    This is not very difficult (IMO Biolizard is much tougher), but it sure is fun,
    especially with the rocking soundtrack!
    
    Super Sonic and Super Shadow are in all gameplay purposes the same character.
    The aim in this boss is to aim your character into the large red sore which 
    appears on a random location of The FinalHazard's body. Use the controls to
    make your character hit six sores to kill the boss. Each character has a time
    limit of fifty seconds to perform their hit (denoted in rings), dropping to
    forty for the final two hits. Every time you perform a successful him with one
    character, you tag to the other, who will start with their maximum number of
    rings. If you feel that you won't be able to hit the boss before you run out of 
    rings, you can tag with you partner by flying past The FinalHazard, either 
    above or below. However, the tagged in partner will begin with the number of
    rings they had remaining when they performed their last successful hit; you can 
    only recharge a character's rings when their partner performs a successful hit.
    In addition to this, you have an overall time limit of five seconds until the 
    ARK hits the Earth. 
    
    While The FinalHazard cannot directly damage our heros, it has a number of 
    attacks which slow then down or repel them, wasting time and rings, which vary,
    depending on how much HP the boss has remaining:-
    
    First round; A small barrier of homing eggs.
    
    Second round; One short laser beam fired five times, then a medium barrier of
    eggs.
    
    Third round; One long laser, then a large barrier of eggs.
    
    Fourth round; Two long lasers, then a large barrier of eggs.
    
    Fifth and sixth rounds; Two long lasers and a large barrier of eggs at the same
    time.
    
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    Realtime Cut-Scene
    
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    Super Sonic and Super Shadow charge towards the ARK. Shadow gets a final push
    from his thoughts of Maria, as they both perform Chaos Control, halting the
    ARK's decent. Shadow uses his last reserves of energy, and falls to Earth to
    join his eternal friend Maria...
    
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    FMV Cut-Scene
    
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    Unaware that Shadow has just made the ultimate sacrafice, people all around the
    world cheer in ecstasy as the ARK is stablised. Maria would be proud...
    
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    Realtime Credits
    
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    Sonic returns to the ARK, with a concerned Rouge asking about Shadow. They talk
    and discuss Shadow's life and achievement.
    
    Eggman and Tails discuss the life of Gerald Robotnik, and the importance of 
    teamwork.
    
    Knuckles and Rouge talk about what is going to happen next in their lives and
    relationship.
    
    After Amy's prompts, Sonic and the team decide to return to Earth, united. 
    Sonic is the last to leave, and gives a final goodbye...
    
    "Sayonara, Shadow the Hedgehog..."
    
    "Live and Learn" plays as the credits scroll past an image of the ARK in space.
    
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    Shadow's Last Goodbye
    
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    A new day brings new adventure.
    
    But for now...
    
    Rest easy, heros.
    
    (Shows an image of Shadow against the planet he died to protect)
    
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    =VII. FAQs=
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    CaptainSyrup@ignmail.com:-
    
    If you have any questions about , they'll be answered here. IMPORTANT! If 
    you e-mail me a question and you don't want to be mentioned in the FAQ, tell me 
    in the e-mail! Some other FAQs are scattered around the walkthroughs in 
    relevant areas.
    
    Also, I'm quite often at the GameFAQs SA2 board.
    
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    TeamParadox2k says:-
    
    "You do realise to copyright something you need a attorney, and you cant do it 
    with the name captainsyrup, unless its a legal campany that  you pay taxes 
    on, im not gonna copy your faq, im just tellin you cause if anyone did, there 
    really isnt anything you could do about it" 
    
    Reply:- As far as I'm aware, all unpublished work is automatically covered by
    Copyright. I put the warning there as a reminder. To quote from GameFAQs' 
    CJayC (who knows what he's talking about); "(if you copy someone's FAQ) they 
    can sue you and easily win".
    
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    "What happens when you get every Emblem?"
    
    Good question. A playable 3D version of Green Hill Zone opens up for Sonic. It 
    may not sound like much, but it's brilliant for hardcore Sonic fans!
    
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    =VIII. Chao World!=
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    I have spent very little time experimenting with Chaos, so don't expect very 
    much here, even when I do update. I have found that the system is very similar
    to SA 1's, however, now Chaos can be Hero or Dark!
    
    To make them good, treat them well with a Hero character, or abuse them with a
    Dark character. To make them evil, treat them well with a Dark character, or 
    abuse them with a Hero. If you leave a Chao until it "evolves" (goes into an
    egg and grows) it will become an Angel Chao if it was a Hero (white) or a 
    Devil Chao if it was Dark (black). Neutral blue Chao just grow bigger.
    
    If you raise an Angel Chao, you will unlock the Hero Race (race against Dark
    Chaos, Devil Chao cannot enter) and the Hero Garden, which looks heavenly.
    
    If you raise a Devil Chao, you will unlock the Dark Race (race against Hero
    Chaos, Angel Chao cannot enter) and the Dark Garden, which looks, well, Dark.
    
    I've found a few more tips since last time I updated though:-
    
    * Hatch your eggs in one of three ways; 
    
    Leave it for a few minutes until it hatches on it's own (starts off neutral
    towards you),
    
    Pick up the egg and throw it against a wall (starts the Chao off hating you)
    
    Or, pick it up, and holding the button down, move the analogue stick to nuzzle 
    it, then set it down (starts off liking you)
    
    * Your Chao can be raised to compete in races with other Chao! Initially, you 
    can only enter the beginner races, but if you beat all of the tracks, you can
    unlock the Jewel Race (against tougher Chaos on longer courses) and the 
    challenge race, against difficult Gold and Silver Chaos! 
    
    * Like SA 1, if you find animals or Chao Drives (those glowing tubes inside GUN
    Robots), you can take them into a Chao Garden, pick them up with B or X and 
    take them to the Chao, upgrading it's stats, making them happier, and maybe 
    changing their appearance to look like the animals! Chao Drives won't affect a
    Chao's appearance.
    
    * In each level, opening the first Chao Key box will give you a Chao Key, 
    allowing you to enter the Chao Garden after finishing the level. Opening a 
    second 'Box will reward you with four of the animals found on that level.
    Opening all three will get you a legendary animal, such as a Unicorn or Dragon,
    which will give your Chao some major stat boosts.
    
    * Chaos can be taken to Kindergarten, where they can learn various novelty 
    amusements such as singing, and playing maracas (just for fun, I think) or they
    can have a health check up, telling you their strengths and weaknesses.
    
    * Adult Chao can breed (they have to be quite old) when flowers bloom around
    them. I have only one in-season Chao at the moment though, and I haven't be
    able to accomplish pregnancy.
    
    Check out a great Chao guide at 
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/dreamcast/game/27222.html written by EDeckar,
    which should help you out a lot more than me!
    
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    =IX. Sub-games, bosses and references=
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    Mini-game; Kart Racing:-
    
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    Unlock by completing either Route 101 or Route 280. Then complete the other to
    unlock a two-player version.
    
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    Controls:-
    
    A; Accelerate (why they didn't use the analogue acceleration provided by L or R
    is beyond me). Also, when turning, tap A then hold it down to start a 
    powerslide, useful on corners. You can stop sliding by releasing the analogue
    stick for a second.
    
    Analogue Stick; Steer.
    
    Y; Boost. Your character recieves one boost for every twenty rings collected.
    
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    Tips:-
    
    Don't use boosts as soon as you get them, as you might be wasting them in the
    wrong area. Instead, use boosts on long straights. That said, since you can 
    only carry one boost at a time, it's best to use them as soon as possible.
    
    Don't bother to slow down for corners, instead, just powerslide. Even if you
    do hit a wall, unless it's a head-on collision (which causes you to spin out),
    it hardly slows you down.
    
    If you want more rings, break the balloons in any pits you pass. They contain
    Super Rings, with 5, 10 or 20 rings.
    
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    Statistics:-
    
    There are quite significant differences between characters, which I'll outline.
    Each character is rated in four stats. I've interpreted this information as 
    best I could with the following conclusions:-
    
    Since all characters handle excellently, SPD (speed) should be the major 
    consideration. This stat affects a characters top speed.
    
    ACL (accelaration) is much less important, unless you're worried that you'll 
    hit into walls constantly! It gives a great, but very much short term boost at
    the begining of a race.
    
    BRK (brakes?) seems to completely useless. I've been unable to even find any 
    breaking button on the control, much less any need for one!
    
    GAP (grip?) seems to be the most ambiguous stat at the moment. As far as I can
    tell, it affects the degree of control you loose while powersliding.
    
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    Characters:-
    
    Sonic The Hedgehog drives the Cyclone (not to be confused with Tails' mecha)
    
    SPD |||||||||| (10/10)
    ACL |||||      (5/10)
    BRK |||        (3/10)
    GAP ||||       (4/10)
    
    IMO, Sonic, along with the near identical Shadow, is the best character. His
    speed is just brilliant, and his cornering and acceleration are certainly not
    bad. 
    
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    Miles "Tails" Prowler drives the Whirlwind S7
    
    SPD ||||||     (6/10)
    ACL ||||||||   (8/10)
    BRK |||||      (5/10)
    GAP ||||       (4/10)
    
    Rubbish. Tails excels in all the wrong stats, and is mediocre in the useful 
    ones. Maybe good for beginers, but otherwise useless.
    
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    Knuckles The Echidna drives the Tempest
    
    SPD ||||||||   (8/10)
    ACL ||||||     (6/10)
    BRK ||||       (4/10)
    GAP |||||      (5/10)
    
    Quite a well-balanced character for the Knux fans. IMO, similar to, but a 
    little worse, than Robotnik, so if you normally play the Eggman, but your 
    friend already took him, try Knux out.
    
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    Shadow The Hedgehog drives, er, some black dragster
    
    SPD |||||||||| (10/10)
    ACL |||||      (5/10)
    BRK |||        (3/10)
    GAP ||||       (4/10)
    
    Just like Sonic, top of the range. Use him if you prefer Shadow to Sonic in 
    character design.
    
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    Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik drives a converted Egg-O-Matic
    
    SPD ||||||||   (8/10)
    ACL ||||       (4/10)
    BRK |||||      (5/10)
    GAP ||||||     (6/10)
    
    A very fun and playable character, and a good second choice to Sonic and 
    Shadow. In fact, some prefer him, as he's the only character with a good GAP.
    
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    Rouge The Bat drives a weird pros-style kart (strangely not the same vehicle
    she uses in Route 280?)
    
    SPD ||||||     (6/10)
    ACL ||||||||   (8/10)
    BRK |||||      (5/10)
    GAP ||||       (4/10)
    
    Like Tails, stay well away. These two are easily the worst in the game. 
    
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    Mini-game:- Hero Boss Battle
    
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    Firstly a major tip for almost every boss stage. Only ever pick up one ring at
    a time. If you pick up several, then get hit, the chances are that you'll lose
    them all and have no protection. If you only picked up one, then there are 
    plenty left to offer protection to you if you get hit, as in boss stages it can
    be very difficult to recollect rings you dropped after a hit. This tip 
    obviously doesn't apply to Tails/Eggman bosses, as collecting rings hardly 
    increases their health at all.
    
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    (Player begins as Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- F-6t BIG FOOT (HP 3)
    
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    Okay, on with the Big Foot battle. This is so easy, there should be no problems 
    at all, unless you don't act fast to hit him at vunerable points.
    
    Begin by picking up a ring, for protection, then run away from the Big Foot as 
    it will move around the arena, firing lasers directly underneath it. It's 
    pretty slow, so make sure you don't overtake it, and run into the fire! Note 
    that during this time, Big Foot is invunerable from Sonic's attacks.
    
    After it performs this pathetic manoever twice, it will slow down and prepare 
    to land. This is your chance! As soon as it lands, hit the underneath of the
    cockpit, and it will lose a third of it's health and take off again. However,
    if you leave it too late, Big Foot will have the chance to fire off several 
    difficult to avoid homing missiles. If they hit you, not only will you lose
    your rings, but the impact will mean that you almost certainly lose your chance
    to attack. Hit it before it can let the missiles loose!
    
    Either if you hit it or not, Big Foot will now take off, and start it's attack
    pattern all over again. Three hits will see it off. Easy.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    BOSS:- DR. EGGMAN [I] (HP not enough!)
    
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    Collect a ring, and basically keep shooting away at Robotnik with the Volkan 
    Cannon (He moves too fast for lock-on shots to be effective). If you keep 
    shooting away, he won't have a chance to do a single thing! This is easily the
    simplest boss in the game, and you should have absolutely no trouble at all.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- SHADOW [I] (HP 3)
    
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    As usual, pick up a ring for protection, to start this battle. Shadow is 
    easiest to hit with homing Spin Attacks, but he often sees you attack him, and
    has time to launch a Spin Attack of his own, making the attack end in deadlock,
    with neither of you getting a hit in. The way to avoid this is to attack Shadow
    from behind. It may be dishonourable, but it's the way to go, since it 
    practically guarantees a successful attack, unless Shadow unexpectedly runs out
    of your way. Three easy hits and Shadow is down, but not out...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    BOSS:- KING BOOM BOO (HP 4)
    
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    Maybe the toughest boss in the game, but still not too worrying. IMO, this boss
    reminds me of Pac Man quite a lot, in the chasing aspect.
    
    Firstly, pick up a ring, then run in a circular fashion away from Boo. Keep at
    a fair distance, but you get too far ahead of him, he'll turn around and attack
    you from the other direction! When you've run a complete "lap" without any 
    interuptions, Boo will start chucking big blue energy balls at you. These are
    very easy to dodge, and should prove no problem. At the end of the "lap", you 
    will find a smaller ghost with some kind of hourglass/switch. Hit it, and a 
    cut-scene will show a ceiling panel open to turn the tables on Boo. Looks like
    he forgot the sun block:)
    
    When he becomes a shadow, he will move around randomly on the ground. Dig where
    the shadow is to pull him out of the ground. Chase after him, and give him a 
    punch. I think it is possible to hit him more than once, but he speeds up 
    massively after the first hit. Anyway, after a few seconds, the ceiling panel
    will close (this whole section is under a time limit) and things wil start 
    again.
    
    On subsequent hits, the battle will change a little. Boo becomes more fond of 
    switching directions, and his movements as a shadow will change, moving to the
    wall after being hit once, then moving between the wall and floor, and finally,
    still alternating, but moving faster. When you learn how to hit him though, 
    this boss becomes very easy.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- EGG GOLEM - THE GOLEM (HP 5)
    
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    Firstly, remember that falling off the platform is not the end of the world, 
    nor Sonic. Constantly jump to pull Sonic out of the sand. Also note that there
    are many Super Ring monitors scattered around the area down here. Useful for
    protection. If you want to get back up, use the crane hooks.
    
    When you start the battle, the Golem will punch one of the platforms near you,
    but it won't actually hit you, so don't move. Then, after it hits a platform, 
    move to that platform. It will never hit the same platform twice in a row, so
    you'll be safe. Then, run around the platforms until you're behind the Golem.
    Climb up the first three platforms on it's back (they move in slowly, pushing
    you off, so do it quickly and carefully) then Homing Jump onto the final three,
    giving you enough height to home onto it's head. Repeat this.
    
    After you've hit him twice, he will spin his arms around, trying to hurt you
    and knock you off the platform. Either jump his arms, or stand on a platform 
    which the Golem has already knocked downwards, which is too low for his reach.
    He will stand still for a little after this attack, so run behind him and hit 
    him.
    
    After he's taken three hits, the Golem will use a massive headbutt attack,
    constantly. When he's about to use it, just start running around the arena, and
    climb his back to hit him the final two times.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    BOSS:- ROUGE (HP 4)
    
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    Obviously, pick up a ring. At the begining of this battle, punching Rouge 
    allows you to get easy hits, and you should be able to at least get a couple of
    HP off her gadge.
    
    Soon, the roof of the space base will open, blowing you both into the air. You
    can't attack or defend very well while floating, so land on a ledge as soon as 
    you can. If you're on a ledge while Rouge is floating, she can't defend, so do
    so. If you're both on a ledge, then fight normally. If you're a long way away 
    from Rouge (too far for her normal attacks to have a chance of hitting you), 
    then she may summon some kind of magic to hit you, which she will announce in a
    voice sample. Glide in a straight direction to avoid this attack.
    
    When the space base roof closes again, go back to punching and diving to beat
    her. No problem.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    BOSS:- DR. EGGMAN [II] (HP 7)
    
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    I hate this battle, not because it's particularly difficult, but because it's 
    near impossible for either of you to dodge each others' attacks, making the 
    winner almost randomly determined. However, if you stay well away from 
    Robotnik, and keep shooting, you'll have a much better chance. His best attack,
    (exactly the same as Vargas' Power Drive in Powerstone) can take about 50% of
    your HP off, and is near impossible to dodge, so pray he doesn't use it. You 
    can dodge it if you're far away from him though. Otherwise, just keep blasting,
    and hope for the best.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- SHADOW [II] (HP 5)
    
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    You might expect the last boss to be tough? He's not.
    
    Firstly, although rings aren't a problem here, you must keep running, as the 
    platform behind you are falling. 
    
    At the begining of the battle, hitting Shadow with Spin Attacks and Spin Dashes
    is very effective, but as the fight continues, Shadow can dodge them more 
    easily. His own Spin Attacks are easy to dodge, but he has two other attacks; 
    Chaos Spear, which is a rarely used lightning attack, with a cut-scene to warn 
    you, can be dodged by just running forwards at top speed. Chaos Control is used
    often by Shadow, if you overtake him or knock him off the edge of the arena. 
    He says "this is the ultimate!" and teleports some distance in front of you.
    If he teleports into a row of rings, you can Light Dash into him, getting a 
    sure hit, and this is probably the only thing that will work late in the battle
    when he dodges any other attacks.
    
    HERO BOSSES COMPLETE!
    
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    Mini-game:- Dark Boss Battle
    
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    Firstly a major tip for almost every boss stage. Only ever pick up one ring at
    a time. If you pick up several, then get hit, the chances are that you'll lose
    them all and have no protection. If you only picked up one, then there are 
    plenty left to offer protection to you if you get hit, as in boss stages it can
    be very difficult to recollect rings you dropped after a hit. This tip 
    obviously doesn't apply to Tails/Eggman bosses, as collecting rings hardly 
    increases their health at all.
    
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    (Player begins as Shadow)
    
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    BOSS:- B-3x HOT SHOT - Heavy Armed combat walkers (HP 3)
    
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    Firstly a major tip for almost every boss stage. Only ever pick up one ring at
    a time. If you pick up several, then get hit, the chances are that you'll lose
    them all and have no protection. If you only picked up one, then there are 
    plenty left to offer protection to you if you get hit, as in boss stages it can
    be very difficult to recollect rings you dropped after a hit. This tip 
    obviously doesn't apply to Tails/Eggman bosses, as collecting rings hardly 
    increases their health at all.
    
    This is almost exactly like Big Foot, but with one extra attack, though I'll
    repeat the strategies for those who haven't yet played Hero.
    
    Begin by picking up a ring, for protection, then run away from the Hot Shot as 
    it will move around the arena, firing lasers directly underneath it. It's 
    pretty slow, so make sure you don't overtake it, and run into the fire! Note 
    that during this time, Hot Shot is invunerable from Shadow's attacks.
    
    After it performs this pathetic manoever twice, it will slow down and prepare 
    to land. This is your chance! As soon as it lands, hit the underneath of the
    cockpit, and it will lose a third of it's health and take off again. However,
    if you leave it too late, Hot Shot will have the chance to fire off several 
    difficult to avoid homing missiles. If they hit you, not only will you lose
    your rings, but the impact will mean that you almost certainly lose your chance
    to attack. Hit it before it can let the missiles loose! After you hit it, it 
    will try to lock-on to you with a homing laser. Just race around the arena, 
    away from the red targeting sensor to avoid the laser.
    
    Either if you hit it or not, Hot Shot will now take off, and start it's attack
    pattern all over again. Three hits will see it off. Easy. However, be warned 
    that when it drops to one HP, it will use the homing laser attack three times 
    in a row.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    BOSS:- TAILS [I] (HP 5)
    
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    Quite easy, though not as much of a walkover as EGGMAN [I]. Circle Tails, 
    constantly firing the Volkan Cannon, keeping a long distance, and none of his
    attacks will hit, provided you keep moving. However, you can quite easily shoot
    him. After five hits, it's over.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    BOSS:- R-1/A FLYING DOG - Multirole Attacker (HP 5)
    
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    Looks just like the Big Foot/Hot Shot, but you have to fight it completely
    differently, because it never land! After the usual two rounds of laser fire, 
    which you can avoid by running, like Sonic or Shadow, or more easily, just 
    climb up onto a wall, where the lasers can't hit you, and you can collect 
    rings, it will hover, and release it's homing missiles. This is how to hit it;
    
    Glide off the wall, and Drill Dive when over the Flying Dog's cockpit to hit 
    it. It's quite hard to aim at first, but practice and it's easy. Thankfully,
    it's very unlikely that the missiles will hit you, as you're moving fast and in
    the air.
    
    After being hit, the Flying Dog will return to firing lasers as it swoops 
    around the arena. (Actually, you can Drill Dive the cockpit as it flies, but
    aiming at it is extremely difficult, so don't bother, just climb the wall). 
    Hit it again when it stops to release homing missiles.
    
    After it takes it's second hit, the Flying Dog's strategy will change 
    completely; it will start charging up an easy to avoid homing laser, just like
    the Hot Shot. You could dodgethe laser, but it's better to use this oppertunity
    to Drill Dive the cockpit, since it has to stay still as it charges the laser.
    It will constantly use this attack now, so keep Drill Diving and you will win
    with ease!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    BOSS:- SONIC [I] (HP 3)
    
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    As usual, pick up a ring for protection, to start this battle. Sonic is 
    easiest to hit with homing Spin Attacks, but he often sees you attack him, and
    has time to launch a Spin Attack of his own, making the attack end in deadlock,
    with neither of you getting a hit in. The way to avoid this is to attack Sonic
    from behind. It may be dishonourable, but it's the way to go, since it 
    practically guarantees a successful attack, unless Sonic unexpectedly runs out
    of your way. Three easy hits and Sonic is down, but not out...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    BOSS:- EGG GOLEM - THE GOLEM (HP Indeterminate)
    
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    Unlike with Sonic, if Eggman falls off the platform, he'll probably die, since
    landing in quicksand spells instant death for him. If you do fall though, try
    to hover and manouvoer your way on to a crane hook to take you back up.
    
    When you start the battle, the Golem will punch one of the platforms near you,
    but it won't actually hit you, so don't move. Then, after it hits a platform, 
    move to that platform. It will never hit the same platform twice in a row, so
    you'll be safe. During this time the Golem is spazzing around, constatly shoot
    the Golem's body with the Volkan Cannon. After it takes a bit of damage, some
    of the skin on his chest will peel off, revealing a metallic "nipple". Lock-on
    to the nipple to cause severe damage to him. Like Scaramanga in The Man With
    The Golden Gun, the Egg Golem has three nipples, revealed one by one as you
    shoot the Volkan Cannon at him. After you've fired a lock-on missile at each
    nipple twice, the Golem will collapse.
    
    However, after taking significant damage, the Golem will use a massive headbutt 
    attack, constantly. When he's about to use it, just start running around the 
    arena, away from it, and keep shooting.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    BOSS:- KNUCKLES (HP 4)
    
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    Obviously, pick up a ring. At the begining of this battle, kicking Knuckles
    allows you to get easy hits, and you should be able to at least get a couple of
    HP off his gadge.
    
    Soon, the roof of the space base will open, blowing you both into the air. You
    can't attack or defend very well while floating, so land on a ledge as soon as 
    you can. If you're on a ledge while Knux is floating, he can't defend, so do
    so. If you're both on a ledge, then fight normally. If you're a long way away 
    from Knuckles (too far for his normal attacks to have a chance of hitting you), 
    then he may summon some red lightning to hit you, which he will announce in a
    voice sample. Glide in a straight direction to avoid this attack.
    
    When the space base roof closes again, go back to kicking and diving to beat
    him. No problem.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    BOSS:- TAILS [II] (HP 7)
    
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    I hate this battle, not because it's particularly difficult, but because it's 
    near impossible for either of you to dodge each others' attacks, making the 
    winner almost randomly determined. However, if you stay well away from 
    Tails, and keep shooting, you'll have a much better chance. His best attack,
    (exactly the same as Vargas' Power Drive in Powerstone) can take about 50% of
    your HP off, and is near impossible to dodge, so pray he doesn't use it. You 
    can dodge it if you're far away from him though. Otherwise, just keep blasting,
    and hope for the best.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    BOSS:- SONIC [II] (HP 5)
    
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    You might expect the last boss to be tough? He's not.
    
    Firstly, although rings aren't a problem here, you must keep running, as the 
    platform behind you are falling. 
    
    At the begining of the battle, hitting Sonic with Spin Attacks and Spin Dashes
    is very effective, but as the fight continues, Sonic can dodge them more 
    easily. His own Spin Attacks are easy to dodge, but he has two other attacks; 
    Sonic Wind, which is a rarely used lightning attack, with a cut-scene to warn 
    you, can be dodged by just running forwards at top speed. Chaos Control is used
    often by Sonic, if you overtake him or knock him off the edge of the arena. 
    He says "this is the ultimate!" and teleports some distance in front of you.
    If he teleports into a row of rings, you can Light Dash into him, getting a 
    sure hit, and this is probably the only thing that will work late in the battle
    when he dodges any other attacks.
    
    DARK BOSSES COMPLETE!
    
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    Mini-game:- All Boss Battle
    
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    Firstly a major tip for almost every boss stage. Only ever pick up one ring at
    a time. If you pick up several, then get hit, the chances are that you'll lose
    them all and have no protection. If you only picked up one, then there are 
    plenty left to offer protection to you if you get hit, as in boss stages it can
    be very difficult to recollect rings you dropped after a hit. This tip 
    obviously doesn't apply to Tails/Eggman bosses, as collecting rings hardly 
    increases their health at all.
    
    A great tip for the all boss battle is to Light Dash/collect hundreds of rings
    while fighting Sonic/Shadow [II], to stock up on extra lives for those tougher 
    bosses like Biolizard.
    
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    (Player begins as Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- F-6t BIG FOOT (HP 3)
    
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    Okay, on with the Big Foot battle. This is so easy, there should be no problems 
    at all, unless you don't act fast to hit him at vunerable points.
    
    Begin by picking up a ring, for protection, then run away from the Big Foot as 
    it will move around the arena, firing lasers directly underneath it. It's 
    pretty slow, so make sure you don't overtake it, and run into the fire! Note 
    that during this time, Big Foot is invunerable from Sonic's attacks.
    
    After it performs this pathetic manoever twice, it will slow down and prepare 
    to land. This is your chance! As soon as it lands, hit the underneath of the
    cockpit, and it will lose a third of it's health and take off again. However,
    if you leave it too late, Big Foot will have the chance to fire off several 
    difficult to avoid homing missiles. If they hit you, not only will you lose
    your rings, but the impact will mean that you almost certainly lose your chance
    to attack. Hit it before it can let the missiles loose!
    
    Either if you hit it or not, Big Foot will now take off, and start it's attack
    pattern all over again. Three hits will see it off. Easy.
    
    =-----------------------------------------------------------------------------=
    
    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    BOSS:- DR. EGGMAN [I] (HP not enough!)
    
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    Collect a ring, and basically keep shooting away at Robotnik with the Volkan 
    Cannon (He moves too fast for lock-on shots to be effective). If you keep 
    shooting away, he won't have a chance to do a single thing! This is easily the
    simplest boss in the game, and you should have absolutely no trouble at all.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- SHADOW [I] (HP 3)
    
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    As usual, pick up a ring for protection, to start this battle. Shadow is 
    easiest to hit with homing Spin Attacks, but he often sees you attack him, and
    has time to launch a Spin Attack of his own, making the attack end in deadlock,
    with neither of you getting a hit in. The way to avoid this is to attack Shadow
    from behind. It may be dishonourable, but it's the way to go, since it 
    practically guarantees a successful attack, unless Shadow unexpectedly runs out
    of your way. Three easy hits and Shadow is down, but not out...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    BOSS:- KING BOOM BOO (HP 4)
    
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    Maybe the toughest boss in the game, but still not too worrying. IMO, this boss
    reminds me of Pac Man quite a lot, in the chasing aspect.
    
    Firstly, pick up a ring, then run in a circular fashion away from Boo. Keep at
    a fair distance, but you get too far ahead of him, he'll turn around and attack
    you from the other direction! When you've run a complete "lap" without any 
    interuptions, Boo will start chucking big blue energy balls at you. These are
    very easy to dodge, and should prove no problem. At the end of the "lap", you 
    will find a smaller ghost with some kind of hourglass/switch. Hit it, and a 
    cut-scene will show a ceiling panel open to turn the tables on Boo. Looks like
    he forgot the sun block:)
    
    When he becomes a shadow, he will move around randomly on the ground. Dig where
    the shadow is to pull him out of the ground. Chase after him, and give him a 
    punch. I think it is possible to hit him more than once, but he speeds up 
    massively after the first hit. Anyway, after a few seconds, the ceiling panel
    will close (this whole section is under a time limit) and things wil start 
    again.
    
    On subsequent hits, the battle will change a little. Boo becomes more fond of 
    switching directions, and his movements as a shadow will change, moving to the
    wall after being hit once, then moving between the wall and floor, and finally,
    still alternating, but moving faster. When you learn how to hit him though, 
    this boss becomes very easy.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- EGG GOLEM - THE GOLEM (HP 5)
    
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    Firstly, remember that falling off the platform is not the end of the world, 
    nor Sonic. Constantly jump to pull Sonic out of the sand. Also note that there
    are many Super Ring monitors scattered around the area down here. Useful for
    protection. If you want to get back up, use the crane hooks.
    
    When you start the battle, the Golem will punch one of the platforms near you,
    but it won't actually hit you, so don't move. Then, after it hits a platform, 
    move to that platform. It will never hit the same platform twice in a row, so
    you'll be safe. Then, run around the platforms until you're behind the Golem.
    Climb up the first three platforms on it's back (they move in slowly, pushing
    you off, so do it quickly and carefully) then Homing Jump onto the final three,
    giving you enough height to home onto it's head. Repeat this.
    
    After you've hit him twice, he will spin his arms around, trying to hurt you
    and knock you off the platform. Either jump his arms, or stand on a platform 
    which the Golem has already knocked downwards, which is too low for his reach.
    He will stand still for a little after this attack, so run behind him and hit 
    him.
    
    After he's taken three hits, the Golem will use a massive headbutt attack,
    constantly. When he's about to use it, just start running around the arena, and
    climb his back to hit him the final two times.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Knuckles)
    
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    BOSS:- ROUGE (HP 4)
    
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    Obviously, pick up a ring. At the begining of this battle, punching Rouge 
    allows you to get easy hits, and you should be able to at least get a couple of
    HP off her gadge.
    
    Soon, the roof of the space base will open, blowing you both into the air. You
    can't attack or defend very well while floating, so land on a ledge as soon as 
    you can. If you're on a ledge while Rouge is floating, she can't defend, so do
    so. If you're both on a ledge, then fight normally. If you're a long way away 
    from Rouge (too far for her normal attacks to have a chance of hitting you), 
    then she may summon some kind of magic to hit you, which she will announce in a
    voice sample. Glide in a straight direction to avoid this attack.
    
    When the space base roof closes again, go back to punching and diving to beat
    her. No problem.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Tails)
    
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    BOSS:- DR. EGGMAN [II] (HP 7)
    
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    I hate this battle, not because it's particularly difficult, but because it's 
    near impossible for either of you to dodge each others' attacks, making the 
    winner almost randomly determined. However, if you stay well away from 
    Robotnik, and keep shooting, you'll have a much better chance. His best attack,
    (exactly the same as Vargas' Power Drive in Powerstone) can take about 50% of
    your HP off, and is near impossible to dodge, so pray he doesn't use it. You 
    can dodge it if you're far away from him though. Otherwise, just keep blasting,
    and hope for the best.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Sonic)
    
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    BOSS:- SHADOW [II] (HP 5)
    
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    You might expect the last boss to be tough? He's not.
    
    Firstly, although rings aren't a problem here, you must keep running, as the 
    platform behind you are falling. 
    
    At the begining of the battle, hitting Shadow with Spin Attacks and Spin Dashes
    is very effective, but as the fight continues, Shadow can dodge them more 
    easily. His own Spin Attacks are easy to dodge, but he has two other attacks; 
    Chaos Spear, which is a rarely used lightning attack, with a cut-scene to warn 
    you, can be dodged by just running forwards at top speed. Chaos Control is used
    often by Shadow, if you overtake him or knock him off the edge of the arena. 
    He says "this is the ultimate!" and teleports some distance in front of you.
    If he teleports into a row of rings, you can Light Dash into him, getting a 
    sure hit, and this is probably the only thing that will work late in the battle
    when he dodges any other attacks.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    BOSS:- B-3x HOT SHOT - Heavy Armed combat walkers (HP 3)
    
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    Firstly a major tip for almost every boss stage. Only ever pick up one ring at
    a time. If you pick up several, then get hit, the chances are that you'll lose
    them all and have no protection. If you only picked up one, then there are 
    plenty left to offer protection to you if you get hit, as in boss stages it can
    be very difficult to recollect rings you dropped after a hit. This tip 
    obviously doesn't apply to Tails/Eggman bosses, as collecting rings hardly 
    increases their health at all.
    
    This is almost exactly like Big Foot, but with one extra attack, though I'll
    repeat the strategies for those who haven't yet played Hero.
    
    Begin by picking up a ring, for protection, then run away from the Hot Shot as 
    it will move around the arena, firing lasers directly underneath it. It's 
    pretty slow, so make sure you don't overtake it, and run into the fire! Note 
    that during this time, Hot Shot is invunerable from Shadow's attacks.
    
    After it performs this pathetic manoever twice, it will slow down and prepare 
    to land. This is your chance! As soon as it lands, hit the underneath of the
    cockpit, and it will lose a third of it's health and take off again. However,
    if you leave it too late, Hot Shot will have the chance to fire off several 
    difficult to avoid homing missiles. If they hit you, not only will you lose
    your rings, but the impact will mean that you almost certainly lose your chance
    to attack. Hit it before it can let the missiles loose! After you hit it, it 
    will try to lock-on to you with a homing laser. Just race around the arena, 
    away from the red targeting sensor to avoid the laser.
    
    Either if you hit it or not, Hot Shot will now take off, and start it's attack
    pattern all over again. Three hits will see it off. Easy. However, be warned 
    that when it drops to one HP, it will use the homing laser attack three times 
    in a row.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    BOSS:- TAILS [I] (HP 5)
    
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    Quite easy, though not as much of a walkover as EGGMAN [I]. Circle Tails, 
    constantly firing the Volkan Cannon, keeping a long distance, and none of his
    attacks will hit, provided you keep moving. However, you can quite easily shoot
    him. After five hits, it's over.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    BOSS:- R-1/A FLYING DOG - Multirole Attacker (HP 5)
    
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    Looks just like the Big Foot/Hot Shot, but you have to fight it completely
    differently, because it never land! After the usual two rounds of laser fire, 
    which you can avoid by running, like Sonic or Shadow, or more easily, just 
    climb up onto a wall, where the lasers can't hit you, and you can collect 
    rings, it will hover, and release it's homing missiles. This is how to hit it;
    
    Glide off the wall, and Drill Dive when over the Flying Dog's cockpit to hit 
    it. It's quite hard to aim at first, but practice and it's easy. Thankfully,
    it's very unlikely that the missiles will hit you, as you're moving fast and in
    the air.
    
    After being hit, the Flying Dog will return to firing lasers as it swoops 
    around the arena. (Actually, you can Drill Dive the cockpit as it flies, but
    aiming at it is extremely difficult, so don't bother, just climb the wall). 
    Hit it again when it stops to release homing missiles.
    
    After it takes it's second hit, the Flying Dog's strategy will change 
    completely; it will start charging up an easy to avoid homing laser, just like
    the Hot Shot. You could dodgethe laser, but it's better to use this oppertunity
    to Drill Dive the cockpit, since it has to stay still as it charges the laser.
    It will constantly use this attack now, so keep Drill Diving and you will win
    with ease!
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    BOSS:- SONIC [I] (HP 3)
    
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    As usual, pick up a ring for protection, to start this battle. Sonic is 
    easiest to hit with homing Spin Attacks, but he often sees you attack him, and
    has time to launch a Spin Attack of his own, making the attack end in deadlock,
    with neither of you getting a hit in. The way to avoid this is to attack Sonic
    from behind. It may be dishonourable, but it's the way to go, since it 
    practically guarantees a successful attack, unless Sonic unexpectedly runs out
    of your way. Three easy hits and Sonic is down, but not out...
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    BOSS:- EGG GOLEM - THE GOLEM (HP Indeterminate)
    
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    Unlike with Sonic, if Eggman falls off the platform, he'll probably die, since
    landing in quicksand spells instant death for him. If you do fall though, try
    to hover and manouvoer your way on to a crane hook to take you back up.
    
    When you start the battle, the Golem will punch one of the platforms near you,
    but it won't actually hit you, so don't move. Then, after it hits a platform, 
    move to that platform. It will never hit the same platform twice in a row, so
    you'll be safe. During this time the Golem is spazzing around, constatly shoot
    the Golem's body with the Volkan Cannon. After it takes a bit of damage, some
    of the skin on his chest will peel off, revealing a metallic "nipple". Lock-on
    to the nipple to cause severe damage to him. Like Scaramanga in The Man With
    The Golden Gun, the Egg Golem has three nipples, revealed one by one as you
    shoot the Volkan Cannon at him. After you've fired a lock-on missile at each
    nipple twice, the Golem will collapse.
    
    However, after taking significant damage, the Golem will use a massive headbutt 
    attack, constantly. When he's about to use it, just start running around the 
    arena, away from it, and keep shooting.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Rouge)
    
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    BOSS:- KNUCKLES (HP 4)
    
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    Obviously, pick up a ring. At the begining of this battle, kicking Knuckles
    allows you to get easy hits, and you should be able to at least get a couple of
    HP off his gadge.
    
    Soon, the roof of the space base will open, blowing you both into the air. You
    can't attack or defend very well while floating, so land on a ledge as soon as 
    you can. If you're on a ledge while Knux is floating, he can't defend, so do
    so. If you're both on a ledge, then fight normally. If you're a long way away 
    from Knuckles (too far for his normal attacks to have a chance of hitting you), 
    then he may summon some red lightning to hit you, which he will announce in a
    voice sample. Glide in a straight direction to avoid this attack.
    
    When the space base roof closes again, go back to kicking and diving to beat
    him. No problem.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Eggman)
    
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    BOSS:- TAILS [II] (HP 7)
    
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    I hate this battle, not because it's particularly difficult, but because it's 
    near impossible for either of you to dodge each others' attacks, making the 
    winner almost randomly determined. However, if you stay well away from 
    Tails, and keep shooting, you'll have a much better chance. His best attack,
    (exactly the same as Vargas' Power Drive in Powerstone) can take about 50% of
    your HP off, and is near impossible to dodge, so pray he doesn't use it. You 
    can dodge it if you're far away from him though. Otherwise, just keep blasting,
    and hope for the best.
    
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    (Player control shifts to Shadow)
    
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    BOSS:- SONIC [II] (HP 5)
    
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    You might expect the last boss to be tough? He's not.
    
    Firstly, although rings aren't a problem here, you must keep running, as the 
    platform behind you are falling. 
    
    At the begining of the battle, hitting Sonic with Spin Attacks and Spin Dashes
    is very effective, but as the fight continues, Sonic can dodge them more 
    easily. His own Spin Attacks are easy to dodge, but he has two other attacks; 
    Sonic Wind, which is a rarely used lightning attack, with a cut-scene to warn 
    you, can be dodged by just running forwards at top speed. Chaos Control is used
    often by Sonic, if you overtake him or knock him off the edge of the arena. 
    He says "this is the ultimate!" and teleports some distance in front of you.
    If he teleports into a row of rings, you can Light Dash into him, getting a 
    sure hit, and this is probably the only thing that will work late in the battle
    when he dodges any other attacks.
    
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    BOSS:- BIOLIZARD - The Prototype of the Ultimate Life (HP 5)
    
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    Firstly a word of warning about the design of the arena. This fight is a little
    like the battle against Boom Boo, in that you're running into the screen, away
    from Biolizard most of the time. However, there are two gaps of orange liquid 
    in the edge of the arena, which may wash you away, killing you if you fall in
    them. The solution to this problem is to quite slowly (although fast enough to
    keep ahead of Biolizard), so that you can see where the floor changes colour
    to brown, allowing you to anticipate and jump the liquid. Running relatively
    slowly also gives the advantage that Biolizard won't change the direction of
    his attack as he will if you run too fast.
    
    When you start, pick up a ring, and run away from Biolizard's head or tail. 
    After it has chased you for a few seconds, it holds it's head still, and starts
    breathing heavily; this is your chance to attack! Grind along the pipe on the 
    left, outside of the 'lizard's neck (you hardly need any momentum), and when 
    you get near the big flashing blob on it's back, homing jump it to damage him.
    (As you fall after hitting him, move yourself out of the way of the orange 
    liquid so you don't hit it when you land; use the other liquid pool on the 
    other side of the arena, which is always opposite, to judge where it is, so you 
    can land on the ground).
    
    Again, run away from the 'lizard, but when it stops for the second time it will
    begin shooting black balls of energy at you. Jump the low ones and Somersault
    under the high ones; the low ones seem to have a very large detection area, so
    give them a wide berth, but the high ones are very easy to avoid. If you get
    him, Biolizard stops for a moment to give you time to collect your rings, so 
    don't worry about that. After he stops firing energy balls, grind and hit him 
    again.
    
    After three hits, the Biolizard will chase you, and fire it's energy balls, 
    but rather than holding it's head still to be hit again, it summons dozens of
    floating pink eggs which it tries to fire at you. The way to hit it now is to
    homing jump on the eggs, and use them as stepping stones to reach the weak 
    point on it's back, to spin attack it.
    
    Immediately after taking it's fourth hit, the Biolizard will cause you to rise
    into the air with the eggs. While Shadow floats, bring him in towards 
    Biolizard's weak point, without hitting the eggs, and land him on the metal
    platform around the weak point. Homing jump onto his weak point from here to
    take him down. "Get out of here, you ugly prototype!"
    
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    (Player control shifts to Super Sonic/Super Shadow)
    
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    FINAL BOSS:- THE FINALHAZARD - The Prototype of the Ultimate Life (HP 6)
    
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    Controls:-
    
    Analogue Stick:- Move forwards (into the screen), backwards (out of the screen), 
    left and right.
    
    A:- Move upwards.
    
    X:- Move downwards.
    
    B:- Move downwards.
    
    This is not very difficult (IMO Biolizard is much tougher), but it sure is fun,
    especially with the rocking soundtrack!
    
    Super Sonic and Super Shadow are in all gameplay purposes the same character.
    The aim in this boss is to aim your character into the large red sore which 
    appears on a random location of The FinalHazard's body. Use the controls to
    make your character hit six sores to kill the boss. Each character has a time
    limit of fifty seconds to perform their hit (denoted in rings), dropping to
    forty for the final two hits. Every time you perform a successful him with one
    character, you tag to the other, who will start with their maximum number of
    rings. If you feel that you won't be able to hit the boss before you run out of 
    rings, you can tag with you partner by flying past The FinalHazard, either 
    above or below. However, the tagged in partner will begin with the number of
    rings they had remaining when they performed their last successful hit; you can 
    only recharge a character's rings when their partner performs a successful hit.
    In addition to this, you have an overall time limit of five seconds until the 
    ARK hits the Earth. 
    
    While The FinalHazard cannot directly damage our heros, it has a number of 
    attacks which slow then down or repel them, wasting time and rings, which vary,
    depending on how much HP the boss has remaining:-
    
    First round; A small barrier of homing eggs.
    
    Second round; One short laser beam fired five times, then a medium barrier of
    eggs.
    
    Third round; One long laser, then a large barrier of eggs.
    
    Fourth round; Two long lasers, then a large barrier of eggs.
    
    Fifth and sixth rounds; Two long lasers and a large barrier of eggs at the same
    time.
    
    ALL BOSSES COMPLETE!
    
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    Song Lyrics
    
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    Very cool music in SA2, and I decided to put some lyric listings up, especially
    since I often recieve loads of requests for lyrics lists in FAQs, sometimes 
    more than requests for help in the game!? Anyway, be warned than since the 
    lyrics are VERY unclear at some parts of the songs, this is very much my 
    "interpretation". Also, for this reason, I've decided to leave out lyric lists 
    for Knuckles and Shadow levels, which are near impossible to decipher. Finally,
    though most of the song titles are official, a few of them I had to make up 
    myself. Here we go!
    
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    Sonic Adventure 2 Main Theme - "Live and Learn" (Battle against FinalHazard)
    
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    Can you feel light?/
    Running through your mind?/
    Oh! Looks like it came back for more!/
    Yeah!
    
    Can you feel time?/
    Slipping down your spine?/
    Oh! You're trying hard to ignore?/
    Yeah!
    
    But you can hardly swallow/
    Your fears and pain/
    Well, you can help or follow!/
    We'll put you right back where you came!
    
    Live and Learn!/
    Hanging on the edge of tommorow/
    Live and Learn!/
    From the worst whatever may/
    Live and Learn!/
    Well if you'll beg or if you'll borrow/
    Live and Learn!/
    You may never find your way
    
    Woah!
    
    Can you feel life?/
    Tangle you up inside?/
    Yeah! Now you're face down on the floor!/
    Oh!
    
    But you can save your sorrow/
    Your pain is red/
    Well, you can help or follow!/
    We'll put you right back where you came!
    
    Live and Learn!/
    Hanging on the edge of tommorow/
    Live and Learn!/
    From the worst whatever may/
    Live and Learn!/
    Well if you'll beg or if you'll borrow/
    Live and Learn!/
    You may never find your way
    
    (Middle 8)
    
    Oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah!
    
    (Guitar Riff)
    
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!
    
    (More Riff, Middle 8 ends)
    
    There's a place worth searching far/
    Far and wide/
    There's a place where your dreams/
    You'll never find/
    Hold on until then!/
    Hold on until then!
    
    Live and Learn!/
    Hanging on the edge of tommorow/
    Live and Learn!/
    From the worst whatever may/
    Live and Learn!/
    Well if you'll beg or if you'll borrow/
    Live and Learn!/
    You may never find your way
    
    Live and Learn!/
    Hanging on the edge of tommorow/
    Live and Learn!/
    From the worst whatever may/
    Live and Learn!/
    Well if you'll beg or if you'll borrow/
    Live and Learn!/
    You may never find your way
    
    Way!
    
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    Theme of Sonic - "It Doesn't Matter"
    
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    Oh yeah!
    
    Alright!
    
    Well I don't show off, don't criticize/
    I'm just living by my own feelings/
    And I won't give in, won't compromise/
    'Cause I only have a steadfast heart of gold!
    
    I don't know why, I can't leave, though it might be tough/
    But I ain't out of control, just living by my word/
    Don't ask me why, I don't need a reason/
    I got my way, my own way!
    
    It doesn't matter/
    Now what happens/ 
    I will never/ 
    Give up the fight!
    
    'Long as the voice inside me drives me to run and fight/
    It doesn't matter who is wrong and who is right!
    
    Well, I don't look back, I don't need to/
    Time won't wait and I got so much to do!
    
    Where do I stop now, it's all a blur and so unclear/
    Well, I don't know, but I can't be wrong!
    
    It doesn't matter/
    Now what happens/ 
    I will never/ 
    Give up the fight!
    
    Place all your bets on the one you think is right!
    
    (Middle 8 - Guitar Riff)
    
    It doesn't matter/
    Now what happens/ 
    I will never/ 
    Give up the fight!
    
    'Long as the voice inside me drives me to run and fight/
    It doesn't matter who is wrong and who is right!
    
    No, no, no, no/
    It doesn't matter!
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    Theme of Tails - "Believe in Myself"
    
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    (Note; this is actually sung by a woman, for reasons best know to Tails on his
    weekends away...:)
    
    When all alone in my chair, I just go about wishing/
    Wanna be strong, I really wanna be trusted, aha/
    When all alone in my bed, I just go about yearning/
    I wanna be cool, I also wanna be like him/
    
    But that's not something/ 
    I can do so easily/
    This is not simply my way, my own style/
    Gotta get a hold of my life
    
    I wanna fly high/
    So I can reach the/ 
    Highest of all the heavens!/
    Somebody will be/ 
    Waiting for me so/
    I got to fly higher!
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    Theme of Knuckles - "Unknown from M.E."
    
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    (Incoherent rapping backing)
    
    (Main singer:-)
    
    Born on an island, in the heavens/
    The blood of my ancestors flows inside me/
    My duty is to save the flower/
    From evil deterioration!
    
    I will be the one to set your heart free
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    Theme of Shadow - "Open the Darkness" 
    
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    (Techno)
    
    (Rave-like shouting singer enters:-)
    
    Everybody tries to be strict/
    But things have somewhat changed/
    It's useless, to reverse things/
    Or everything will be wasted
    
    I go straight for your goal to kill me/
    The door to your goal is open/
    But your dream will never fade/
    No matter how long it takes
    
    (New, camp[er], singer:-)
    
    Open the darkness, the dark and the dusk/
    Throw it all away/
    Nobody can break you or tear you/
    You live an endless life forever/
    
    (Techno)
    
    Open the darkness, the dark and the dusk/
    Throw it all away/
    You see a light, wherever you go/
    You have to face that door again
    
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    Theme of Eggman - "I am the Eggman (I've got the Master Plan)" 
    
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    (Rock Beat)
    
    Woah!
    
    Oh yeah!
    
    (Scat Singing)
    
    The story begins/
    But who's going to to win?/
    You know when the dangers lie within
    
    A boy beyond/
    A genius at heart/
    And wanting to, one time, listen to life
    
    I am the Eggman!/
    That's what I am/
    I am the Eggman!/
    I've got the Master Plan
    
    I am the Eggman!/
    That's what I am/
    I am the Eggman!/
    I've got the Master Plan!
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    Theme of Rouge - "Mystery of the Night"
    
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    (Backing Singing)
    
    (Main Singer Enters:-)
    
    To the rhythm of love we go/
    To look for another goal/
    I am chained/
    To the Mystery of the Night
    
    When the rhythms are easy, yeah/
    And I lose my short-sighted way/
    Don't let me waste my time with you/
    Thinking, anymore
    
    He is/
    Not to be tamed/
    Watch me, I never will fall for you/
    I can go/
    By myself!
    
    I am afraid of/
    Time will slip away from me/
    What I'm looking for will be lost/
    What I'm looking for will be lost/
    Flying free/
    Yeah...
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    Theme of Amy - "My Sweet Passion"
    
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    (Backing Singers:-)
    
    Heart's on fire, on fire/
    Heart's on fire, on fire/
    Ah, la la/
    La la!
    
    (Main Singer Enters:-)
    
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/
    There's no where to hide
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/ 
    Come on, settle our lives
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/
    I'll always be there for you
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/
    In the best and worst times
    
    You can be my sweetest honey for eternity!
    
    Yeah, yeah, yeah!
    
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/ 
    So many things I want
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/ 
    I wanna be a wonderful girl
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/ 
    I'm not simple - minded
    Sweet sweet you're so sweet!/ 
    And I won't be a pearl
    
    I honestly need you just as much as you need me!
    
    (Jazz Instrumental Section)
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    City Escape '1 - "Escape from the City" (City Escape Zone)
    
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    Rolling around at the speed of sound/
    Got places to go/
    Got to follow my way, boy!
    
    Can't stick around/
    Have to keep moving on/
    'Cause what lies ahead?/
    Only one way to find out!
    
    Must keep on moving ahead/
    No time for guessing 'bout what happened instead/
    Trust me with what you can't see/
    Change my beat/
    I'll set you free!
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Follow...
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Prove it to you!/
    Follow me!
    
    Oh yeah!
    
    Danger is lurking around every turn/
    Trust your feelings/
    Got to live and learn!
    
    I know it's certain that I'll make it through/
    Got no interuptions/
    Only one thing to do!
    
    I don't care what lies ahead/
    No time for guessing 'bout what happened instead/
    But something's changed, no matter what that may be/
    Change my beat/
    I'll set you free!
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Follow...
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Prove it to you!/
    Follow me!/
    Follow me!
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    (City Escape '1) - "Escape from the City Remix" (City Escape Zone)
    
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    Woah!
    
    Oh yeah!
    
    Rolling around at the speed of sound/
    Got places to go/
    Got to follow my way, boy!
    
    Can't stick around/
    Have to keep moving on/
    'Cause what lies ahead?/
    Only one way to find out!
    
    Must keep on moving ahead/
    No time for guessing 'bout what happened instead/
    Trust me with what you can't see/
    Change my beat/
    I'll set you free!
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Follow...
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Prove it to you!/
    Follow me!
    
    Oh yeah!
    
    Danger is lurking around every turn/
    Trust your feelings/
    Got to live and learn!
    
    I know it's certain that I'll make it through/
    Got no interuptions/
    Only one thing to do!
    
    I don't care what lies ahead/
    No time for guessing 'bout what happened instead/
    But something's changed, no matter what that may be/
    Change my beat/
    I'll set you free!
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Follow...
    
    Follow me!/
    Set me free!/
    Trust me, and we will Escape from the City!/
    I'll make it through/
    Prove it to you!/
    Follow me!/
    Follow me!
    
    (Loop back to start)
    
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    References
    
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    There a are a fair number of references to other games and films, etc in SA2,
    though less than I'd hoped, perhaps. Certainly, some Chu Chu Rocket references
    might have been nice:)
    
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    NiGHTS into Dreams
    
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    Yuji Naka's favourite Sonic Team franchise has a few references. A lot less 
    than the pinball table in SA 1 though:-
    
    * In Radical Highway, several of the skyscrapers in the close background have
    a NiGHTS head on their top.
    
    * In City Escape, the "Let's Fly!" posters scattered around the level have a
    green image of NiGHTS on them.
    
    * Chaos can be raised to look like NiGHTS. (Purple, with "horns"). At present,
    I don't know how this is done though.
    
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    Dragon Ball (Z)
    
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    Many people think that the transformation from Sonic/Shadow to Super Sonic/
    Super Shadow is a DBZ reference; though I'm no expert I'm aware that in the 
    anime, in desperate situations, the main characters can become Super Saiyans,
    multiplying their physical abilities and turning their hair blond, just like 
    Super Sonic.
    
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    Final Fantasy 6j (3 in the US)
    
    (This might contain FF6 SPOILERS)
    
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    IMO, the entire Shadow character in SA 2 is obviously based around the infamous 
    ninja from FF6, also named Shadow:-
    
    * Both are called Shadow (yes I do have better evidence than this:)
    
    * Both have twisted, ambiguous background stories...
    
    * ...which are told part by part in flashbacks which often disturb the subject.
    
    * Both are undoubtedly the coolest characters in their respective games.
    
    * Both are considered to die after performing a heroic act, but both are still 
    argued about.
    
    * Both wear black. 
    
    * Both only care for an old friend (Baram/G. Robotnik) and a young girl close 
    to them (Relm/Maria).
    
    * Both appear in their games after a long disappearance.
    
    * Both have ultimately unknown identities (Who is Shadow? Clyde or Baram?/Is 
    Shadow the ultimate lifeform?)
    
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    Samba de Amigo
    
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    Another Sonic Team game, so you almost expect references:-
    
    * In Radical Highway and Mission Street, some of the roads mentioned on signs
    are called things like "38 Amigo Left Lane". Coincidence? I think not.
    
    * Chao can learn to play the maracas, just like Samba! Coincidence? Er, maybe,
    but probably a SdA reference.
    
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    Lost in Space
    
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    Some cult American sci-fi series. Oh, and there was a film too. But anway, in
    SA 1, there were posters around the outside of the Casinopolis Zone, 
    advertising a film called "Chao in Space", in the same style as the LiS 
    billboards. However, it appears that in SA 2, there is a sequel, appropriately
    entitled "Chao in Space 2". Look out for ads for this year's hottest film (well
    in Station Square, anyway!) around areas like City Escape Zone. 
    
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    Soap
    
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    Well, I'd be suprised if you haven't spotted these. Anyway, see;
    
    * Billboards in City Escape, Route 101 and Route 280,
    
    * A Soap blimp in Radical Highway.
    
    That's off the top of my head, there are constant Soap references (read: ads:)
    scattered all through the more industrial and residential zones.
    
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    These are all the references I've yet found, but I don't doubt there are more
    lurking...
    
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    =X. Credits=
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    * Steve Towle and Dustin Cushman for the text viewing test.
    
    * Clement Chan Zhi Li for his tips on how to view .txt (text) documents.
    
    * TeamParadox2k for contributing.
    
    * EDeckar, I linked to his excellent Chao guide.
    
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    =XI. Contact=
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    Try CaptainSyrup@ignmail.com. You're not kiddies any more, so I won't run a 
    list of unacceptable e-mail. If it's rubbish I'll just delete it, simple as 
    that. I also have a website which may have more up to date information than
    this FAQ; http://www.geocities.com/captainsyrup/satwo.txt
    
    IMPORTANT! If you e-mail me a question and you don't want to be mentioned in 
    the FAQ, tell me in the e-mail!
    
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    =XII. Closing:(=
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    No point in writing closing yet, I've just begun! You can check my other FAQs 
    in the meantime if you want though; I know Dreamcast owners might be interested
    in my MSR guide...
    
    Most recent list of FAQs;
    
    Game;                   Format;               'Site;
    
    Rakuga Kids             (N64)                 My Site/GameFAQs/FBgames/Neoseekr
    
    Chrono Bike             (SNES)                My Site/Neoseeker
    
    Jurassic Park           (NES)                 My Site/GameFAQs/Neoseeker
    
    SimCity                 (SNES/PC/Mac/Amiga)   My Site/GameFAQs/Neoseeker
    
    Majora's Mask Archery   (N64)                 My Site/GameFAQs/Neoseeker
    
    Sonic; Ultimate FAQ     (Mega Drive/Sat/PC)   My Site/GameFAQs
    
    Metropolis Street Racer (Dreamcast)           My Site/GameFAQs
    
    (My Site = www.geocities.com/captainsyrup, GameFAQs = www.gamefaqs.com,
    FBgames = www.fbgames.com, Neoseeker = www.neoseeker.com)
    
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    Just enough time to squeeze the legal information in again:)
    
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    "A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend" - Willow Rosenberg:) So true, so true..
    unfortunately, I'm afraid to say that due to certain legal issues, I can't beat
    you to death with a shovel if you plagiarise this document. I may, however, 
    take legal action. See you in court:)
    
    This document is Copyright Captain Syrup 2001. All rights reserved. Use it at 
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