Sonic Adventure screenshot
Sonic Adventure screenshot

I originally forgave Sonic Adventure's (many) faults on the basis that I loved the character and the graphics were incredible; an eye candy diversion to make up for the fact it was blatantly nowhere near as good as Mario 64. A decade on, and a digital port to XBLA and PSN later, and suddenly those flaws are more apparent than ever. The hub overworld is dire. There are far too many substandard levels. Big the Cat.

Or any of the tiresome 'friends' levels, to be honest. Seriously, try playing through Knuckles' 'hide and seek' collecting quests without harbouring a genuine desire to punch someone from Sonic Team in the face. If they were released today – which they sort of are, if you think about it – then most of these so-called adventures would be substandard mini-games on a Wii compilation disc from a Z-list developer.

Rose-tinted nostalgia aside, the common (but wrong) belief is that Sonic Adventure marked the beginning of the end for the series, but Sonic was already running with a stitch when this came out in 1999. It had been five years (and the whole SEGA Saturn) since Sonic & Knuckles, and the likes of Mario 64 and the entire Crash Bandicoot series had already arrived on the scene. Platforming had picked up a whole new dimension since Sonic had been away, and developer Sonic Team was struggling to play catch up.

But, then, there was that bit with the whale. The bit with the whale! I remember it well; a local indie games shop imported a Dreamcast from Japan and I used to go there after school to get a chance of playing their copy of Sonic Adventure. It's those little nuggets of nostalgia this port is trying to evoke and, to its credit, it does a fairly good job at that. So does watching a video of the game's main theme (Open Your Heart by Crush 40) on YouTube, though, and that way you don't have to actually play the game. Which is better.

For your 800 Microsoft monies or £6.29 on PSN, you get a trimmed port of the rejiggered Sonic Adventure DX (originally released on GameCube and PC) with the aptly titled trials and Metal Sonic skin cut out – though these can be unlocked for another 400 points. But I wouldn't bother, to be honest, and this is coming from someone who struggled to do most of them a few years ago on the GameCube.

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Jamin

Thunder, rain, and lightning
Danger, water rising
Clamour, sirens wailing
It's such a bad sign

Shadows of dark creatures
Steel clouds floating in the air
People run for shelter
What's gonna happen to us!?

All the steps we take, all the moves we make, all the pain at stake
I see the chaos for everyone who are we what can we do
You and i are same in the way that we have our own styles that we won't change
Yours is filled with evil and mine's not there is no way i can lose

Can't hold on much longer - but i will never let go
I know it's a one way track - tell me now how long this'll last
I'm not gonna think this way - nor will i count on others
Close my eyes and feel it burn - now i see what i've gotta do

Open your heart, it's gonna be allright

...

That is all.
Posted 13:58 on 23 September 2010
Ghost_Dog's Avatar

Ghost_Dog

Ouch!
Posted 13:02 on 23 September 2010
mikejosh1978's Avatar

mikejosh1978

sega should fund alpha protocol 2 not rehash their past. sick of them milking nostalgia now.
Posted 12:44 on 23 September 2010
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IndoorHeroes

"It had been five years (and the whole SEGA Saturn) since Sonic & Knuckles"

Don't forget Sonic R on the Saturn. That was badass.

Edit: Just finished the review. Its all true, but I still love you Sonic Adventure. I still love you.
Posted 12:28 on 23 September 2010

Game Stats

Sonic Adventure
5
Out of 10
Sonic Adventure - No boxshot available.
  • It's Sonic!
  • Should have stayed in the past
  • It's a 3D Sonic
  • Poor controls
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Release Date: 15/09/2010
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360
Publisher: Sega Europe
Genre: Platformer
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 11,631 6820
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