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  • Summary: Sonic and company are back and better than ever in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. Dr. Eggman is causing trouble once again, and it's up to Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles to stop him. Experience faster action, all-new two-player games, and a branching storyline that lets you choose to save theSonic and company are back and better than ever in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. Dr. Eggman is causing trouble once again, and it's up to Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles to stop him. Experience faster action, all-new two-player games, and a branching storyline that lets you choose to save the world as the Hero side, or conquer it as the Dark side. In the single-player mode, you'll go through more than 30 unique stages, which include a forgotten pyramid, an abandoned military base, and a giant space station. And then there's the expanded two-player mode, which features 12 playable characters competing in new head-to-head games. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. The way the Advance interacts with the Cube is flawless, and if you have Sonic Advance (and we recommend you pick it up), it's a nice touch, with lots of promise for future games.
  2. 87
    If you’ve played or owned the Dreamcast version though, there isn’t much new to do.
  3. 84
    Blazes across your screen with incredible graphics, addictive gameplay, and deep play options. Sure, it's not flawless, but it's definitely worth playing.
  4. Unfortunately Knuckles/Rogue gameplay, camera problems, some sound problems and limited replay value hurt the game in the long run.
  5. 69
    I'm more annoyed by the gameplay mechanics and head-spinning level design than I am satisfied.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    Offers a glimpse of brilliance...but lacks the magic that made the original Genesis classic a Mario-worthy masterpiece. [15 March 2002, p.79]
  7. 40
    Although the two-player mode is entertaining, there's not enough variety to keep you going for long, and the quibbles with the camera and the music are the icing on an unsatisfying cake. Avoid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 66
  2. Negative: 5 out of 66
  1. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    Sonic and his friends are back, but now they must stop Eggman and his new team of baddies. Sonic meets his clone, Shadow the Hedgehog, whoSonic and his friends are back, but now they must stop Eggman and his new team of baddies. Sonic meets his clone, Shadow the Hedgehog, who teams up with Eggman and Rouge the Bat to achieve world domnination. It is mostly the same gameplay as its predecessor, but it is still the great Sonic we all love to play Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2014
    10
    The best Sonic game. Buy it buy it buy it buy it buy buy it buy buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy buyThe best Sonic game. Buy it buy it buy it buy it buy buy it buy buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buy buy it buy it buy it buy it bu Expand
  3. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    I found this game in a box in the attic and thought that I would try it out as the last time I played it way about 6 years ago. This game isI found this game in a box in the attic and thought that I would try it out as the last time I played it way about 6 years ago. This game is the best sonic I have ever played and I have played my fair share. Its a really fun game for the younger the older generations so I would buy it if you can with a 2nd hand gamecube because it is worth it at the end of the day. Expand
  4. Aug 2, 2016
    9
    its good buy it if you dont have it
    Gameplay: 9/10
    Story 9.5/10 Graphics:9.5/10 Soundtrack: 10/10 Replay: 10/10 Fun 9.5/10 this review
    its good buy it if you dont have it
    Gameplay: 9/10
    Story 9.5/10
    Graphics:9.5/10
    Soundtrack: 10/10
    Replay: 10/10
    Fun 9.5/10
    this review must be over 150 characters long, this sentence helps buy SA2, SA1 is slightly better, however I would highly reccomend this game to any1 who wants to try out a Sonic game for the first time, or to any people who want to get into video games
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  5. Apr 1, 2018
    8
    Unlike SADX, SA2B actively improves upon the original. Barring the inferior lighting, everything has been improved, from major revisions toUnlike SADX, SA2B actively improves upon the original. Barring the inferior lighting, everything has been improved, from major revisions to the multiplayer to minor yet appreciated QOL improvements. A must-have platformer for every GCN owner. Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2012
    7
    Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was the first Sonic game to be released on a Nintendo console, and with it comes added and improved multiplayerSonic Adventure 2: Battle was the first Sonic game to be released on a Nintendo console, and with it comes added and improved multiplayer features which needed to be unlocked first on the original Dreamcast version (hence the "Battle" subtitle). The game itself is a 3D platformer, much like its predecessor, Sonic Adventure. Unlike Adventure 1, however, are the gameplay styles. SA2 focuses on three, rather than SA1's six. These three are: the high-speed platforming of Sonic and Shadow, the shooter sections of Tails and Eggman, and treasure hunting levels, handled by Knuckles and Rouge. The shooting levels in this game are, in my opinion, greatly improved over E-102 Gamma's shooting-based levels in Adventure 1, which are what these new stages owe their existence to. The treasure hunting stages are the opposite. This time around, they're HUGE, and with a neutered radar, what should be a 2-3 minute level can sometimes be 6-8 minutes long if you're unfamiliar with the level. They're my least favorite part of the game; I don't groan nearly as much when playing SA1's Knuckles stages. The fast platforming stages are, well, fast platforming. Sonic Adventure was more like the classic Genesis games but in 3D: multiple pathways that rewarded you for your outside-the-box thinking, basically. SA2's levels really only have one way to go, which either makes or breaks the game for most people. I'm in between. I can see how they wanted to add more thrill, rather than actual platforming, but until it ended with Sonic Colors, this trend was in every 3D Sonic game afterwards. As for the story, I think it does a great job of balancing serious and cartoon. It bigger, better and badder than Sonic Adventure's, which is what they were going for in the first place. There are inconsistencies and illogical actions, but the overall tone of the plot is great. The soundtrack has a lot of electric guitar in it, but the songs themselves are great. The electric guitar alienates a lot of people, but if you give the soundtrack a fair listen, you should see that it's really not bad. I think this game as a whole is a good game, with this version being the best. The new Xbox Live/PSN/Steam versions have terrible audio mixing. Actually, I have a confession to make: this was my first Sonic game, and because of that, I get huge nostalgia bursts when playing any version of this game. I could reenact any cutscene, if you wanted me to. This is my favorite game of all time. When it comes to being fair, however, I play fair. I could easily give this game a 10, no problem, but I want to be fair. This game deserves a 6-7. It's overrated. It's not the best game ever, it's a great Dreamcast game that has lost its charm due to age. No matter what anyone says, this will always have a special place in my heart, and that's all that matters to me. This is a finished game, and I'm glad I can play what the developers intended me to play, unlike unfinished Sonic 06. Expand
  7. Jun 19, 2015
    0
    Sigh. Remember this is just my opinion. this game is ... lets start with the game play. sonic/shadow stages are just hallways thatSigh. Remember this is just my opinion. this game is ... lets start with the game play. sonic/shadow stages are just hallways that occasionally turn.with some enemies and rings because yeah.its okay but not the best levels to go though.eggman/tails stages are go forward and hold and release the button. really boring and that the stages make you want it to end.KNUCKLES AND ROUGES STAGES ARE THE WORST THINGS IVE EVER PLAYED IN A VIDEO GAME.1. YOUR RADAR ONLY PICKS UP ONE PIECE AT A TIME.2.IT DOESN'T ACT LIKE A REAL RADAR BECAUSE IT DOESN'T BEEP FASTER UNLESS YOUR COLOR CHANGES.3 THE HINTS ARE MEAN AND FIRST TIME PLAYERS (you know the people who want to use the hints)WILL NOT KNOW WHERE THEY ARE.4.THE LEVELS ARE **** HUGE AND TAKE SOOOO LONG TO BEAT .sorry and next the music and graphics. its okay i dont mind them but the voice acting and sound mixing are bad.and lastly the story.filled with plot holes and the writing isn't really that good.sorry but i just dont like this game.its a boring ,frustrating ,unpolished MESS! I could only recommend this game to a sonic fan. buy with cation Expand

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