Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings
Oct 3, 2012Sonic Adventure 2 is possibly known best for it's outstanding music and fun Chao Garden. With both great things in hand it greats an amazingSonic Adventure 2 is possibly known best for it's outstanding music and fun Chao Garden. With both great things in hand it greats an amazing feeling that'll get people to come back for more. From fast gameplay to slow, Sonic Adventure 2 mixes up The feel of the game to make sure you're getting more for your buck. Sonic Adventure 2 is still as great as it was long ago… Full Review »
Nov 21, 2012Sonic Adventure 2 is simply amazing. It's arguably one of the best sonic games ever. It's not something brand new, but many old fans thatSonic Adventure 2 is simply amazing. It's arguably one of the best sonic games ever. It's not something brand new, but many old fans that played it on the gamecube may be interested in the nostalgia factor. Also the music in this game is great. Go pick it up off of steam; it's only 10 bucks!… Full Review »
Nov 21, 2016Sonic Adventure 2. Oh boy, this game is something. People say all the time that "this is the best Sonic game ever made". Just scroll up if youSonic Adventure 2. Oh boy, this game is something. People say all the time that "this is the best Sonic game ever made". Just scroll up if you want evidence. But is it that good. Well...no. But it isn't terrible either. I'll go over it in a list below.
Story: SA2s story is surprisingly dark for a Sonic game. Robotnik (I refuse to call him Eggman, and I don't care if that's his original name) begins the story by breaking into a secret G.U.N (yes, seriously) research facility to awaken "The Ultimate Lifeform" who turns out to be newcomer Shadow the Hedgehog. As thanks for releasing him, Shadow tells Robotnik he will aid him with his plans, those plans involving the destruction of the world. Shadow is mistaken for Sonic (somehow), leading the Blue Blur to be arrested. For the sake of the character limit, I'll stop here. SA2s story, while much darker in tone than would expect, isn't nearly as much of a cluster**** as the story of this game's predecessor. It also benefits from the games streamlined structure (more on that later). The end result of this is that characters don't constantly have to stop and explain the plot to the player, as was the case in the previous game. The story isn't brilliant, and a few plotholes start to crop up in the late game, but overall it's entertaining enough and never left me confused as to what was happening.
Characters and Dialogue: Because characters don't have to explain everything anymore, they're free to show off their personalities a bit more. The characters are mostly entertaining, and the dialogue has a surprising amount of levity. The voice acting is miles better than SA1 (except for Tails). On the subject of cutscenes, although the animations are, again, better than SA1, the English voices still aren't synced up correctly and the sound mixing is just awful. Try turning off the subtitles and see if you can understand Robotnik or Shadow (you can't).
Structure: Sonic Adventure had six characters that made the story a ****ing mess and a bland, barren and overly large overworld that bogged down the game and brought the pace to a screaming halt. Taking this into account, SA2 leaves the player with just two stories (Hero or Dark) that are three characters apiece. It also removes the overworld entirely. The player is taken from one stage directly to the next, with only cutscenes and boss fights interrupting the flow. I don't really need to say it, but this is a massive improvement over the first game.
Gameplay: Okay, time for the big one. SA2 is split into three different gameplay styles: Speed sections (Sonic/Shadow), Mech sections (Tails/Eggman) and Treasure Hunting sections (Knuckles/Rouge). During Speed stages, you must rush through a linear platforming stage to get to the Goal Ring. During Mech stages you control a mech capable of targeting and shooting multiple enemies. You must guide your character through the stage, combo-ing as many enemies as possible for the highest score. Finally, the Treasure Hunting stages drop you onto an open area and tell you to find three items (usually Emerald Shards). The Speed sections are great fun and while the Mechs can feel a bit clumsy at times, I don't usually have any problems. The Treasure Hunting stages, on the other hand, have some issues. The biggest being the neutered radar, which can only detect one item at a time. Which item is that? Good question. No answer. And since items are randomly generated each time you start/restart/die in a stage, and the Hint Boxes are worthless and lower your score anyway, getting a good score on these stages is entirely luck-based. If you want to A-Rank every stage, you will have to pray to RNGesus for these levels. The kicker is that if you don't care about score, these stages are actually quite fun. On the whole the gameplay is fun...if you don't care about your end of stage Rank. Start chasing those high scores and you can expect to start seeing red at some of the ridiculous **** you need to pull to get the highest Rank.
Also, there's the Chao Garden (which I never touch but I'm told is great if you're into Tamagochi-style games) and an entirely worthless Kart Racing minigame (just play Mariokart).
Presentation: As Dreamcast games go, SA2 looks pretty good and runs at a smooth 60FPS. The soundtrack is the stuff of legends as well. However, the aforementioned sound issues in cutscenes, and the occasional animation goof (such as one notable cutscene in the Pyramid area where Amy suffers from Rigor Mortis) prevent me from giving it a gold star. Still better than SA1s seizure faces.
Multiplayer: The multiplayer might be the best thing about this game, especially if you have the Battle DLC. Additional characters for each game mode, fun takes on the single player gameplay, the works.
Overall, this game isn't flawless. It's not the best Sonic game of all time (Sonic CD). It's not even the best 3D Sonic game (Sonic Colours). But it's still a good game, and worth the $10 you'll pay for it.… Full Review »