Review by supamane_x

Reviewed: 02/06/07

Not as good as the 360 version, but fun nonetheless

Sonic fans rejoice on Sonic's foray into the next generation of gaming consoles. Is this the big game everyone's been waiting for? The answer is yes, and no.

Story- 8/10

Just like the other Sonic Adventure series, the story in this game is quite deep. The story revolves around the near future, which is a desolate wasteland filled with flames. The cause is traced back 200 years to the actions of a certain blue hedgehog we all know and love. This introduces a new character, called Silver. He travels back into the past to attempt to change his bleak future. However the story takes some major turns near the end. I won't spoil it for you, but it will be worth your time to check it out.

Graphics- 9/10

Probably the best aspect about this game are the graphics. Sonic and his friends have never looked better. The human models, including Dr. Eggman look very realistic too. The levels are also beautifully detailed as well. On top of that you will noticed more physics in the game too. Such as how a robot you just hit flies backwards into a bunch of crates, and you see planks of wood fly out.

Game Play- 7/10

For those familiar with the Sonic Adventure games, it might take you awhile to get used to this new game. The control scheme isn't bad at all, everything maps up nicely to the controller. However there are little things that make a big difference.

First of all the speed is moderated. Sonic and friends play a lot slower than they did in previous games, which is a shame, however it seems to make his motions a little more fluent. There are glitches too. They might trip you up when you start playing, but when you've become accustomed to them they aren't that big of a deal. One noticeable one is if you start running though a loop, you might miss the booster ramp at the end and fall into the water. I'll tell you I've lost more lives in this game then in any other Sonic game! But practice makes perfect.

Another noticeable difference is how the characters handle. Sonic still has his spindash and homing attack, however they have been slowed down too. Shadow is similar to Sonic, however he can use vehicles. The vehicles don't play that much of a role in the game, but nonetheless they are fun to play with. The new character Silver is definitely unique. He has telekinesis, so he can pick up crates, shovels, missiles, etc. and shoot them back at his enemies. Overall I think they did a good job introducing this new character, and he fits in nicely.

Also a neat feature is the ability to switch to other "helper" characters during a level. For example in the first Sonic level you a chased by a killer whale (a homage to the original Sonic Adventure), and Sonic jumps off and grabs the whale's fin. The control switches over the Tails, where you have to quickly find the gate switch to prevent the whale from carrying Sonic out to sea. There are 6 additional friends you can play as, 2 for each of the main hedgehogs. They did a good job making the friends playable, because they're not just tacked on extras. However just like Sonic, their control scheme is slower and takes some getting used to.

Sounds and Music- 9/10

Just like all the Sonic games, this soundtrack is one that you won't be able to get out of your head. Some of the tunes are very catchy, and fit the mood of the level nicely. My only complaint here is that the band Crush 40 (who did the main themes for Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 and Heroes) didn't have a song in the game. It's not that big of a deal though, because the character themes are still decent. The voice acting isn't half bad either. For the most part it sounds pretty good, except for a few parts. Also a little nitpick too is that in some scenes the voices don't match the subtitles. It's really minuscule though.

Replay Value- 9/10

After you beat the game, you can still go back and strive for perfection. Plus there are many side missions and quest to do. If you're dedicated, then this game will keep you busy for a long time.

Overall- 8/10 (6 because the PS3 version is worse)

Sonic the Hedgehog is a good game in its own right. However the biggest feat is to get aquatinted with the new game play mechanics (compared to the control of the Adventure games). Despite that it still has a very "Sonicy" feel to it, and I bet most people will have fun with it.

Rating:   3.0 - Fair

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