This game is pretty much my childhood. And with the recent announcement for Sonic Generations, i thought i'd whip out a Gamecube controller and play this game again. When i was a kid, i struggled through this game. Thinking back on it it was kinda funny. I think my playtime was at like 40 Hours. (Then again, i did play with my Chao a lot.) So, after playing it again i thought i'd do a small review on the game. And, well here it is.
|SA2B Cast. (Including 2P Mode Characters)|
This game took what Sonic Adventure did and made it better. Basically, instead of having multiple characters with an individual story, Adventure 2/Battle has 2 Main stories. Hero and Dark. The Hero story follows Sonic, Tails and Knuckles and the Dark story following Shadow, Eggman and Rouge.
|Also introduced in this game was Shadow The Hedgehog.|
Another note about the gameplay in this game...THE CAMERA. It's unresponsive and by far the worst part about this game. Most of my death's weren't from poor gameplay, but Poor Camera control. It would often get stuck behind a wall or object so that you were unable to see the character until you move. Often accidentally moving to death.
I think the graphics in this game were superb for their time. 2001, port from Dreamcast to Gamecube and a launch title. I found the environments were very well Detailed and the character models looked nice. They looked much nicer then Sonic Adventure DX' graphics.
What was probably one of the best things about this game was the music. The entire music track is great. The Character themes of course stand out above the others. I'm sure the only reason so many people are okay with Robotniks name change to Eggman was because of his theme song, E.G.G.M.A.N. The stages also had great music. Whether it didn't have vocals; Such as Shadow's Radical Highway stage or did such as in Sonic's City Escape stage there was always good music playing, which really added to the game i thought.
Now for the plot. Both the Hero and Dark sides follow the same basic plot, but each of them see it and start it differently.
The Hero plot starts out with Sonic escaping arrest, being confused for a Hedgehog that apparently looks like him and stole a Chaos Emerald. Soon after it is revealed that Eggman has aboarded a Space Colony called "ARK" and has the power to destroy the world if they don't make him the world leader.
The Dark plot starts with Eggman releasing "Project Shadow", the Ultimate Life form created by his grandfather. It turns out to be a hedgehog by the name of "Shadow". Shadow thanks him for releasing him and reveals to him about the ARK.
It starts out like that, and from there follows Eggman's attempts to gather the Chaos Emeralds; Told through Shadow, Eggman and Rouge and Sonic's attempts to stop Eggman; Told though Sonic, Tails and Knuckles.
Much like Adventure, this game featured a final story, this time simply titled "FINAL". Or maybe it was "LAST". i can't remember. Well, This was only playable once both the Hero and Dark stories were finished, and has all of the characters, including Super Sonic and Super Shadow playable.
This game is a pretty damn good Sonic game. I Wish they would go back to the dreamcast era style of sonic games at least once more, as i think they were some of the best Sonic games to exist. Sonic Heroes comes after this game, and i might play it soon. If i do, i might just bring a review for that too.