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Video Game  Review:    Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for Game Cube

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The Sega mascot, Sonic the blue hedgehog, has come to Nintendo. This video game has been converted from the now defunct Dreamcast console system, and enhanced with more head-to-head battles for the Game Cube. 

Single player games feature two unique quests to choose from: children can play in either Hero or Dark modes. In Hero mode, kids play as Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails in an effort to save the world from the malicious Dr. Eggman (Robotnik). In Dark mode, kids can play as Shadow (who looks identical to Sonic, but appears in black instead of blue), Rouge, or the evil Dr. Eggman himself.

Plenty of high-speed action is in store for kids when they assume the identity of Sonic or Shadow. Playing as Sonic in City Escape, for example, means skateboarding and running at lightning speeds down hilly San Francisco-like streets, collecting rings, being chased by a monstrous truck, and more, in an attempt to get out of the city. Stage 6, Pumpkin Hill, is a haunted stage filled with ghosts and other spooks. 

The treasure hunts featuring Knuckles and Rouge are rather frustrating to play--the items players are searching for are in straightforward places, but getting to them can be challenging. 

The variety of play will please young gamers. They can collect and raise virtual pets called Chao, play against a friend in multi-player battles, and race through level after level in this time-consuming game. With a special cable, kids can connect the game to GameBoy Advance game, Sonic Advance, and raise and train their Chao on their handheld.

The music is rather chaotic throughout the game, and the controls are not always easy. The gameplay is awkward at times, and the modes that don't feature Sonic or Shadow are less appealing to play. The cutscenes are entirely entertaining for the under-12 crowd, and kids will spend a lot of time in Chao World, where they can buy items for their virtual pets and the lands they live in, and check up on their progress. The Chao aspect of the game is a nice feature--it allows kids to take a break from the main game when they are stuck or simply want to do something different. Kids can race their Chao against those of their friends or against the computer on a number of different courses; take part in Chao Karate matches; breed Chao, and trade them with friends (using memory cards from both systems). 

Note: The Chao are adorable "virtual pets", and they can "die"--younger, more sensitive children may easily become attached to these little creatures (we had tears flowing in our household when a Chao the kids were particularly fond of kicked the bucket, so to speak).

Although the game is not without its flaws, children 11 and under won't mind all that much.

For more information, user reviews, or to buy the game, follow this link:

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

 

Pros:
  • Variety of game-play; lots to do.
  • Virtual pets, Chao, provide extra entertainment.
  • Hours of enjoyment.

 

Cons:
  • Awkward and frustrating to play at times.
  • The camera makes the game puzzling at times.

 

 

For Nintendo Game Cube By: Sega   Released: 2002
 

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie  (VHS)

This is an older movie (1999) starring Sonic the Hedgehog for Sonic fans.

Our Rating:

B

To Buy this CD-ROM:

Buy Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for about $49.99 US at Amazon.com

 Reviewed April 2002                                                                                                 Comments? Email us.
 
 


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