Sonic Adventure Reviews

  • RavendwyrRavendwyr42,098
    16 Sep 2010 16 Sep 2010
    24 5 4
    Sonic Adventure was the first game I bought for my Sega Dreamcast (may it rest in peace) and in my opinion is the best of Sonic's 3D outings.

    Story
    Doctor Robotnik is an evil genius and Sonic the Hedgehog's arch nemesis.

    He has discovered a prophecy engraved into some stone tablets which tells of an aqueous creature, known as "Chaos", who was sealed inside the Master Emerald of Angel Island long ago. Chaos grows in strength when it consumes a Chaos Emerald and ultimately becomes the perfect monster when it has consumed all seven. So, like any other evil genius would, Doctor Robotnik shatters the Master Emerald, releasing Chaos from his prison and causing Angel Island to fall into the ocean which in turn causes a massive tidal wave.

    In short, a lot of bad stuff is about to happen and it's up to Sonic and five of his friends to stop it.

    The Game
    You play as one of six characters: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, Big the Cat, and E-102 Gamma. At the start, only Sonic is available to play as but as progress through the story you will unlock the other characters.

    The characters' stories will often intertwine as you progress through them so you will get a lot of "I know what happens next!" moments. People who suffer from or can't stand deja vu will probably not appreciate that.

    The universe of Sonic Adventure is comprised of three "Adventure Fields" and 11 different mission levels. You will be visiting the Adventure Fields a lot as you run around looking for where the next mission or boss fight starts. If you get stuck find a floating pink wisp thing and it will guild you to where you need to go next.

    At several points during the game the adventure fields switch from daytime to dusk and eventually to night-time and the adventure fields take on a new ambience as a result. Some areas are only open during certain times of the day. This day/night cycle is not dependant on your locality or console clock and occur as you progress through the story.

    The mission levels differ depending on which character you choose:

    Sonic's Missions
    Sonic is a speed freak and adrenaline junkie.

    In the spirit of traditional Sonic games, Sonic's levels simply have you bombing from one end of a mission field to the other in the shortest time possible, collecting golden rings and defeating the local baddies on the way.

    Tails' Missions
    Tails is an orange fox with two tails which allow him to fly for short distances. He is Sonic's closest friend and most trusted ally.

    Tails' missions are very similar to Sonic's except you race against Sonic to reach the end first. This can be tricky but fortunately for you there are plenty of "speed rings" for you to run (or fly!) through for a much needed speed increase.

    Knuckles' Missions
    Knuckles is a red echidna with bad-ass dreadlocks and a chip on his shoulder. He is the guardian of Angel Island and protects the Master Emerald at all costs.

    But the Master Emerald gets shattered into pieces while Knuckles is taking a quick nap and therefore Knuckles' missions have you searching for the scattered fragments. You use a meter at the bottom of the screen which pings when you get close. The harder and faster the ping, the closer you are to the fragment.

    Amy's Missions
    Amy Rose is a pink hedgehog who loves Sonic more than anything else. Sadly for her, Sonic does not return her affections.

    During the game Amy befriends a blue bird who is being chased by a nasty robot named Zero. Amy's missions have you running away from Zero while trying to reach the balloon at the end. She has a large "piko piko" hammer which she uses to smash up baddies and stun Zero for a time.

    Big's Missions
    Big is an incredibly rotund purple cat who seems to have a short attention span. His best friend is a frog who has swallowed one of the seven Chaos Emeralds and has gone insane as a result. Big isn't much of a fighter but is a master fisherman and his missions will have you fishing this frog out of various bodies of water.

    E-102's Missions
    E-102 Gamma is a prototype robot built by Doctor Robotnik. He specialises in shooting stuff from far away by locking onto targets and releasing a volley of bullets. His missions will have you shoot as much stuff as possible before you reach the end.

    Other Comments
    The game has suffered somewhat during the transition from Dreamcast to XBLA and a lot of the sound can seem muffled, especially the voice of the pink wisps you see around the adventure fields. Hopefully this can be solved in a title update.

    The Chao Gardens are back! Chao are cute little creatures which hatch from large white eggs and live in special gardens. Each adventure field has one garden hidden away somewhere. You can feed and look after the Chao and they'll eventually "evolve" into a different type, similar to the Tamagotchi of old. The Chao grow differently depending on which fruit you feed it and which animals you let it play with. Animals are gained in missions and burst out of a baddie when you defeat it. Sadly though, the Chao Gardens are designed on the Sonic Adventure DX gardens which are nowhere near as nice as the gardens from the original Dreamcast release.

    Sonic Adventure has 12 achievements totalling 200 GamerScore without DLC. If you download the Director's Cut add-on you can earn 3 extra achievements worth a bonus 50 GamerScore. Earning all of the achievements will take a lot of time as you will need to complete every character's story, every Chao race and finding every hidden Emblem scattered around the adventure fields.

    The game is an absolute bargain at 800MSP and highly recommended for completionists, Sonic fans and fans of the adventure genre in general.
    5.0
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    Good review, but it seemed that you only talked about the good things about the game. And didn't go into the horrible camera controls and glitches that are frequent within the game.
    Posted on 18 Sep 10 at 07:29
    FurianAvenger69yes...though not anywhere near unbearable it is annoying...ive played all 3 versions and this is by ar the glitchiest...i especially hate how ill be beasting the beach level and all the sudden i fall through the level into the water
    Posted by FurianAvenger69 on 15 Nov 10 at 23:29
    KienamaruA few achievements are broken. I have the DX but no DX achievements will unlock, even though I've done all of Metal Sonic's missions.
    Posted by Kienamaru on 23 Apr 12 at 15:27
  • KMetalmindKMetalmind193,767
    05 Oct 2010 06 Oct 2010
    9 2 5
    Sonic Adventure is a game which got released for the Dreamcast in 1999, and got a port for GameCube/PC in 2003, being named Sonic Adventure DX. First thing you should know is that this game is Sonic Adventure DX, not the original Sonic Adventure game, although it doesn´t have Mission Mode, Metal Sonic or Game Gear games. You can buy a 400 points DLC to get Mission Mode and Metal Sonic, but Game Gear games are nowhere to be found.

    GRAPHICS
    The game has the same graphics which originally had on GameCube and on PC at 480p. That´s right, the game is not on HD and you will get a border while playing the game. It´s not a big deal, but it´s a let down being able to put more resolution and 16:9 on the PC release. Some textures seems to be updated and the game runs smoothly at 60fps for the most part. In fact, is smoother than the GameCube release. There are some minor new glitches here, like not seeing character flying out of the Egg Carrier while you are watching the video. Anyway, it looks good enough, although not as good as it should be on Xbox360.
    7/10 (would have been higher if the port would have been better)

    MUSIC/SOUND
    The game has the same tracks and sounds from the DX version. Some people don´t like them, but I personally think they are pretty good.
    9/10

    GAMEPLAY
    Here the game has aged not so well as in the graphic or music parts of the game. It has many bugs and glitches, like getting the cammera stucked, falling through the ground, etc. It´s not by any means as broken as Sonic 06, but you should note you could see that kind of things from time to time. If you try to play the game as it´s meant to be, you won´t probably have so many problems, as the cammera tries always to be on the area you´re going next.

    Sonic levels (10) are fast and fun. Tails levels (5) involve racing against Sonic or Eggman, and are nearly the same, although shorter. Knuckles levels (5) are about finding some pieces with some clues. People find it boring, but these levels are actually easy and you can get easily all the pieces in 1 minute if you know how to play it properly. Amy levels (3) involves being chased by a robot (personally they are the hardest). Big levels (4) involves fishing. And Gamma levels (5) involves shooting (actually the most entertaining levels after Sonic, and best story IMO). Minigames are just good and bosses usually are too easy.
    6/10

    REPLAYABILITY
    The game is actually really replayable and if you manage to forget the (many) bad things it has, you can get between 30 and 100 hours of fun depending on how good are you and how fast you get the A ranks. These ranks are hard in some levels, and you need them for getting all the emblems, so don´t get this game if you don´t plan on replaying a lot everything.
    9/10

    FINAL SCORE: 7/10 (gameplay has more weight)

    FINAL NOTES
    This port could have been a lot better by just having 16:9 and true HD, and not screwing people up by splitting DX content into DLC with achievements (lame move), and without the Game Gear games which the original had. That could have made this the perfect port, but it´s actually a 'meh' one. If you like Sonic Adventure and you don´t already have it, get it. If you are a Sonic fan which wants to play the game on a console at 60fps, get it. If you are anything else and you don´t really like the demo, avoid this game completely (the demo is actually one of the best levels in the game).

    I personally got it just because Microsoft is giving 800 points for spending 2400 points and I can get Sonic Adventure + DLC for the 800 points it should cost from the beginning. Keep this offer in mind if you like the game, as you could get the DLC for free, only in October (and spending 1200 points more).
    4.0
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    6 4 3
    Sonic Adventure: DX Upgrade (Add-on) Review

    NOTE: Please only down-vote the review if you feel the quality is not up to par, not because you have a differing opinion.

    The DX upgrade features a total of 60 supplementary missions and an additional playable character, Metal Sonic.

    Sounds good to you, right? A wealth of additional content and a new playable character? Wrong. The DX upgrade is the embodiment of everything you don’t want in a Sonic game. Pointless and depressing fetch quests, an inflated original price point of 400 MSP (Battle Mode for SA2 was released at 240MSP), glitched and extremely unbalanced achievements that fail to unlock and an interesting but ultimately pointless cameo of Metal Sonic that plays almost exactly the same as the original.

    Most of these drawn-out 'missions' are essentially just ‘find a balloon hidden in a stage’ or ‘Collect all 3 flags in under 2 minutes’. These missions also have the added hindrance of highlighting and exacerbating the flaws of the hub concept from the original game, which you will be spending more time in as most mission objectives are based in the hub. The camera angles are choppy and clip into the landscape and the more clunky and poorly executed characters such as Amy and Big get fetch quests that completely contradict their play styles. There is a particular mission in the jungle of the Mystic Ruins which requires Big to find three flags in less than 3 minutes. Why this mission wasn’t given to Sonic or Tails I have no idea, so the game has you forced to search for flags in a jungle maze as a 200-pound cat who is the slowest character in the game. The whole point of Big’s original missions were that he was a lazy and laid-back cat that spends almost all of his time fishing. Giving the lard ball a timed flag-catching mission in a jungle maze DOES NOT WORK. Even the meat of the Gamecube’s additional content, the Game Gear games, which were an unlockable compilation of 12 of Sonic and Tails’ previous 2D adventures, are completely missing from the Xbox 360 version.

    To conclude, this is a fairly weak addition to the Sonic experience that shouldn’t be purchased by anybody, even the most hardcore of nostalgic Sonic fans. Despite the discounted price of 200MSP, almost all of the content feels tacked-on, empty and pointless, and it even harms the original game by focusing on the weaker aspects of Sonic Adventure that people generally try to avoid, such as the clunky hub exploration. The original game is a great game in itself and it already comes with enough content to keep most Sonic fans satisfied, and even if you haven’t had your fill of Sonic by the end of the game there’s the Sonic Adventure 2 sequel, Sonic Generations or even Sonic Unleashed if you’re more tolerant of a game’s flaws. Just avoid this unnecessary waste of HDD space.

    The final score for the Xbox 360 version of the DX upgrade comes in at a 3/10.
  • ryanlegend95ryanlegend95190,041
    01 Aug 2012 01 Aug 2012
    6 6 3
    I just like to say that I am 17 years old and I am a huge sonic fan in fact Sonic Adventure was one of the first games I have ever played. (back when it was on the Dreamcast of course).

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    Sonic adventure was the first ever 3d Sonic game to come out. The original was released on the Dreamcast in 1998 and has managed to make its appearance on the Gamecube and now the Xbox 360. Please note that the Gamecube version is a directors cut which means its been updated and more stuff.

    If you're thinking that this is the dreamcast version then your wrong. It's the Gamecube version. The Gamecube version didn't interfere with the original's gameplay. All it did was enhance the visuals and added more missions.

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    If you're worried that the Xbox version hasn't been updated. Then wipe those tears away my friend because it has. Slightly. The game has updated visuals and updated sound quality but unfortunately Sega have for some reason taken out the extra missions and the new playable character and put them into a separate downloadable content for 400 Microsoft points.
    This sort of means that you have half of the extra content from the Gamecube version. (you can tell that you have half the content cause you still get to see the Cream (The bunny rabbit) cameo. big deal).

    At least you still get to enjoy the game for what it is though.

    Lets do the review. Sort of feel honored for reviewing my first game.

    Graphics:
    For a game that was released on the Dreamcast, the graphics held up nicely. It does look old and you can tell but with it's updated look it actually looks a lot better than it once was. The textures look a lot better because they aren't blurry anymore. Although Dr. Eggman's Aircraft carrier still looks blurry from a distance but thats due to the poor draw distance. The character models look a lot more modern and animations still look good from 1998. Although I have noticed that Sonic has four elbows. weird. The frame rate is still smooth and the loading times go like lightning. All I can say is that the game is not in HD and for some reason there is a large blue border around the screen which is annoying and unfortunately you can't get rid of it.

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    I give the graphics a 7.5/10.

    Sound:
    The sound also holds up pretty well. Especially the cool soundtrack. The sound isn't as muffled as it once was but it still isn't crystal clear. The voice acting is decent but it sounds all cheesy and kiddie but the game was made for kids anyway so I think I'll let that one slide. The soundtrack is still as groovy as ever with a great bass line. Sound effects have aged poorly except from the Iconic ring sound.

    I give the sound score a 6.5/10

    Gameplay:
    The gameplay is left untouched. But do you really want to meddle with a timeless classic?

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    Ahh the memories.

    The game allows you to play as six characters. Play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big and E-102 Gamma. Each character have their own playing styles e.g. Sonic is more adventure and Tails is more racing.

    The game plays well but there are a lot more glitches than the previous versions such as clipping through a wall but that happens occasionally. Sega probably lost part of the source code when they were porting it but that always happens to ports. Silent Hill was ported and lost some of its source code.

    Since that it's still the same timeless classic that we all know and love. I'm going to give the gameplay score a 9/10. It also has quite a bit of content. More content = replay value.

    Storyline:
    Storyline is pretty cheesy but the concept about a mystical creature that's made out of water is pretty compelling. But at the end of the day it's just Dr. Eggman wanting to take over the world and Sonic and his pals have to stop him.

    I give the storyline a 6/10.

    Summary
    Good:
    -Untouched gameplay.
    -Nice visuals.
    -The memories.

    Bad:
    -Annoying voice acting.
    -A few glitches.
    -They don't make games like this anymore.

    Overall I think this game is a blast and will bring back many fond memories for those who played this in 1998. I give the game overall score of 8.5/10. In fact I still have the original game and the Dreamcast and it still works.smile
    5.0