- Platform: GameCube
- ESRB Rating: Everyone
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Right out of the gate, players have the option of choosing Hero (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles) or Dark (Dr. Eggman, Shadow, and Rouge) quests, which are completely different. Sonic and his dark counterpart Shadow traverse levels at warp speed colleting coins and power-ups while fighting enemies in the game's most exhilarating moments. Unfortunately, the other characters are nowhere near as fun to play. Dr. Eggman and Tails fight through levels that require little more than constant button-mashing to shoot an endless procession of enemies, and Knuckles and Rouge participate in seemingly endless levels that require searching for a variety of objects.
Graphically, the game is a bit of a letdown considering the processing muscle of GameCube. Models are fairly simplistic, and level textures are sometimes bland. Game Boy Advance owners can use a link cable to download Chao from the game and train them on the go, but the rewards for doing so are minor considering the time investment involved. The main feature this game offers over its Dreamcast predecessor is the variety of multiplayer modes, which are fun but offer none of the depth or replayability of standalone multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros. Melee. Still, they are nice additions--especially the racing games--and round out a flawed single-player component. Sonic addicts who missed this game the first time around on the Dreamcast will definitely want to check it out, but the finicky camera, tedious non-Sonic/Shadow levels in single-player mode, and surprisingly shallow multiplayer components (especially the Chao games) turn what could have been a great game into a mere good one. --T. Byrl Baker
Gameplay - awesome controls, plays a lot like the older games but obviously a little better considering it's a lot newer and on a better system.
Graphics - great graphics, good detail on the characters and the levels are awesome.
Stages - each character has their own special stages, Sonic/Shadow are on their feet doing adventure modes, Tails/Eggman are in machines while Knuckles/Rouge have to find three emerald pieces. This game even has 2 racing stages. The best part is, after you beat a level, you can replay it as much as you want and you keep playing until you receive the letter A. Once you beat the level, a new "challenge" appears such as collect 100 coins, find the lost chao, time mode and hard mode. The stages also get gradually harder which is expected.
Characters - old and new characters appear here, of course Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are back to fight off the evil Dr. Eggman but this time he's brought along Rouge the bat and Shadow, a Sonic look-a-like which is supposedly the "secret weapon".
Options - not only does this game have the different challenges for each level, it also contains a 2 player mode where you can play with a friend on some of the stages. Other two player games include the racing, chao race and a shooting battle.
Chao Garden - the Chao Garden is an amazing feature, it's awesome raising chao and in this game you get 3 gardens though 2 have to be earned. The Hero Garden is a garden for the good chao (chaos that should only be raised by Sonic, Tails and Knuckles). It's a beautiful sunny garden with a nice heavenly waterfall/pool. The Dark Garden is for evil chaos (for Shadow, Eggman and Rouge). It is complete with a red pool and dying, Halloween looking trees. The chaos can die but if you treated them well, they will leave an egg and after 2 or 3 times they will become an immortal Angel or Devil chao and will actually look quite different (IF you follow the directions). There is chao races in the normal garden (for good, evil or neutral chao) and chao karate. Once you beat all the races and karate, you will receive gifts.
Other - the game is great, it features similar levels to the old Sonic, he still has the loops and everything. I like the idea that you can be good or evil and the storyline is excellent. It's the kind of game you will want to play over and over again, especially since it's actually REALLY hard to get a level A in some of the levels. A fun overall game and definitely worth the price.
Now, someone did complain about the voices. The voices aren't really that bad. The graphics are great and so is the music. Read more