Review by Egore

Reviewed: 01/11/04

Sonic Heroes, while not perfect, is an improvement on previous 3D Sonic games.

Sonic the Hedgehog has had a hard time going from 2D to 3D. No matter what his games are like, Sonic Team can never please every Sonic fan. However, Sonic Heroes keeps enough of the Sonic Adventure/Sonic Adventure 2 elements that make fans of the later games happy while bringing back many ideas from the classic Sonic games. Sonic Heroes, by far, is the best 3D Sonic the Hedgehog.

While not the best graphics, they are an improvement. During gameplay the graphics are okay, but during the cutscenes they are amazing and there are plenty of them.

The gameplay of Sonic Heroes improves vastly on that of Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2. There are no longer any emerald hunting, shooting levels, or adventure fields. Emeralds can now be obtained through [fun] Special Stages, close to the ones found in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Teams consist of three members: Speed, Power, and Flight. Switching between them is flawless and easy to learn. The levels are fun, fast, and exciting. However, they do have their problems. The camera can become troublesome, causing countless, unneeded, and frustrating deaths. Also, like the Adventure series, you can still fall through the floor and get stuck in walls. This can be especially frustrating because the levels are longer and when you die, you lose all of your points, eliminating your chance of an A rank. An addition of special attacks was included. Normally I would be against this, but in this case I'm glad it was added. Using your speed characters B attack usually only leads to you falling off of a ledge, but the homing attack is very useful and is needed often. The Flight character throws other team members and is best at knocking down enemies in flight. They also have a flight meter that tells you how long you can stay in the air. Technically, it measures how far you go and not how long you're airborne. The most fun comes with the Power characters. Depending on the team, your Power character will get slightly different attacks. Knuckles and Omega (Teams Sonic and Dark) can attack while running or jump and continually throw their teammates in a fireball for a devastating blow. Vector and Big (Teams Chaotix and Rose) can also attack while running and have a slam attack that sends them back up into the air after they hit the ground.

Sonic Team still doesn't get it. The level music is bad and repetitive and the horrible rock music is still included. To top it all off, the dialogue needs improvement. It seems that every game that goes by, Tails's voice gets worse and worse.

The control is very easy to understand. Switching between leaders is easy. The only time when you may encounter problems is when switching in the air. You have to land in order to switch, which can be annoying at times. Controlling your Flight character on land can be a little awkward at times, but you won't need to that often.

Overall Experience-8
If you enjoyed the Adventure Series, you'll love this game. While it can be frustrating at times, Sonic Heroes is hours of fun.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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