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  • Summary: In Sonic's most exciting adventure yet, you maneuver a team of three Sonic characters through massive levels to overcome the ultimate evil! You guessed it, Dr. Eggman is on the loose once again, but this time he'll have to take on three powerful characters at once! Whether he's trying toIn Sonic's most exciting adventure yet, you maneuver a team of three Sonic characters through massive levels to overcome the ultimate evil! You guessed it, Dr. Eggman is on the loose once again, but this time he'll have to take on three powerful characters at once! Whether he's trying to outrun Sonic, or dodge Knuckles punches, he'll have plenty to contend with. All twelve characters have unique strengths that you'll take full advantage of to get your team through the course at full speed. Whether you choose Team Sonic, Team Dark, Team Rose, or Team Chaotix, you'll be off on a wild journey filled with challenging missions unique to each team. In this groundbreaking title that brings the Sonic series to PlayStation 2 and Xbox for the first time, Sonic Heroes marks the next evolution in Sonic's gaming career. [Sega] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. A great game and I think it is safe to say that the long wait for a new Sonic game is finally over, and it was well worth the wait!
  2. 75
    It's way too easy to dash off a cliff into an instant death, which seems totally out of place these days.
  3. Gamers who haven't exactly stuck by Sonic's blurry blue side over the years will have to work a little harder to get to the fun, spastic heart of Sonic Heroes, but those who know what to expect in terms of mechanics and sheer kinetic insanity will feel right at home.
  4. The game is just a mess at most times (besides the graphics and sound), the gameplay has bugs and there are a couple misleading times in the many levels. The game is also sometimes so fast paced that it's impossible to get some vital powerups and items.
  5. As with the previous two 3D Sonic outings, Sonic Heroes is a solid platformer that could've been a lot better if the developers had spent more time balancing the levels and tweaking the unbelievably frustrating camera. [Feb 2004, p.108]
  6. It's also the closest the series has been to its roots in well over a decade.
  7. 30
    Its tricks are old and it offers no challenge but for the irksome nuisances of its design. [JPN Import]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. ChrisL.
    Feb 1, 2004
    10
    When sega came out with sonic way back in the day, i dont think they knew that it would get as big as it did. however, some people did not When sega came out with sonic way back in the day, i dont think they knew that it would get as big as it did. however, some people did not give sonic a chance and didnt take the time to understand what it was all about. When Sega came out with the Sega Dreamcast nobody gave it good reviews. This system was the best system of it's time because it was released before PS2 or Game Cube or Xbox and it had as good if not better graphics then all those systems did. Along with great graphics it had unique ideas like having VMU's. VMU's (visual memory units) were the Dreamcast's memory cards. These memory cards were systems in themselves. There were games you could download onto these VMU's and play without even having the system, and you could hook 2 VMU's together and battle with other people in certain games. No other games had features like this, and still none do to this day. The first Sonic game for this system (Sonic Adventure) was the best game ever made. It had a great plot and was entertaining as well as challenging. It also had many different characters that had different abilities and such. Like I said this was the best game ever made, until Sega came out with Sonic Adventure 2. Sonic Adventure 2 had all the awesome qualities of of the first Sonic Adventure, and then there was more. You could play on the dark side or the hero side, doing evil challenges or do-gooder challenges. This game had different characters and a different plot, and was now the #1 game in the world in my eyes. Sega also came out with many many other extremely incredible games. Now, this game, Sonic Heroes, has done the impossible by being even greater then the Sonic Adventure games. So now, there is a new game that will be the best game in the world but will get not even half the credit it deserves, and get bad reviews by the people in this country that dont even take the time to see this game for what it really is... amazing. Nintendo can just go play by themselves in a small corner with their insignificant plot lacking boring games and leave Sega alone to make even better systems in the future and please the world with more of their unique thinking and creative game ideas. So I gave this game a perfect 10 for how great this game really is, and in memory of Genesis, Dreamcast, classic Sonic, and all of what Sega was... Expand
  2. Steven
    Mar 16, 2004
    10
    See the game for what it is. and see sega for what they really are.
  3. Jul 18, 2012
    10
    Honestly The Best Game Of 2004!
    Very Underated! I'm Not Sure Why All The Bad Reviews This Game Is Amazing!
  4. May 17, 2013
    8
    It does have annoyances, but it's a great game.
  5. Jan 2, 2014
    8
    Would have been a 10/10 just because of nostalgia and awesomely designed stages IF it wasn't for the terrible controls and the annoying asWould have been a 10/10 just because of nostalgia and awesomely designed stages IF it wasn't for the terrible controls and the annoying as hell hit detection. Expand
  6. Jul 16, 2012
    5
    Sitting down to replay this game was bitter sweet, because as a kid, this was one of those games that I spend hours on and had som much stressSitting down to replay this game was bitter sweet, because as a kid, this was one of those games that I spend hours on and had som much stress over, and playing it again to review it didn't help me anymore, so I have come to the conclusion that Sonic Heroes sucks. It's no wonder the series took a downhill turn after this game. The plot is non exsistnent, the contorls constantly lead me into bottomless pits, but most of all, it just isn't fun. This game has to have the 2nd most dumbest plot in any sonic game next to Sonic R, so I won't go into it much because I have a limited amount of what I get to type, but it is so dumbed down compared to Sonic Adventure 2, a game that came out 2 years ago. I get it's a kids game, but this is just stupid. Immediatley as I start the game, I run into a problem because the menu button for select has been switch to the japanese version, so if you press X when you meant to select something, you're sent back to the title screen. Turns out you were supposed to press the O button. Thanks Sega. Thanks for making one of the most simplest things in a game stressful. There are 4 teams to select from: Team Sonic, Dark, Rose and Chaotix. The only difference between Team Sonic and Dark is that Team Dark is the Hardest. Team Rose has got to be one of the most easiest team...almost insultingly easy, then team cahotix has a mission based style gameplay. Team Sonic is what you would excpect from a 3D Sonic game...except it sucks. Control in this game is out of whack, and team sonic shows this to you full force. Everysingle formation has some sort of control issue. Sonic's control is so loose that sometimes, even landing on a platform below is enough to make sonic run off of it for no reason. And I'm only slightly touching to analog stick. Whenever I'm trying to get into a straight line, the control is so twitchy, it's almost uncontrollable. Sometimes, doing the light speed dash is enough to cause you to fall off a ledge. Shadow's control in Shadow the Hedgehog was better than this. Yeah, I said it. Shadow's control was someting you can get used to, but here, there are so many bottomless pits, I never get the time to! And for some reason, whenever I'm on a grind especially in rail canyon, I go slower, even though i am cleary holding down the button. Power formation suffers from the same problem: You will constantly fall down pits. Whenever ypou attack, the power character is propelled forward, so sometimes, I find it incredibally difficult to just get straight and attack the enemy I want to attack. And why is it that I need to press the attack button 4 time in a row to get the triangle dive working while I'm on a fan? Just wondering SEGA. Flight formation is a different story. Whenever you abruptly go to the flight formation, you will bounce up about 2 feet. Say that you really need to get to a ledge quickly, and you need to jump as high as you can before flying,but since you're already up in the air and you try to jump, you'll fly. You try to cross the ledge, but you don't have enough air time left to get to the other side, but you can't fly back either, so you might as well just kill yourself! The Thunder shoot is also hard to aim with sometimes. It's not to bad, but still, I need a targeting system. These problems are also prezsent in Team dark, except they're worse because the game is even harder. Team Rose and Chaotix are a different story. Since Amy Isn't going as fast and she has no Light speed dash, she controls much better than Sonic and Shadow. Big also is much better; since he isn't being constantly pro[elled forward everytime he attacks, It becomes easier to attack. All flight formations suffer from the same problem. The only problem with this team is that it is incredibly boring and easy and short. Playing as amy is more fun than playing as sonic...wow, that's just sad. Team Chaotix has mission base style gameplay, so you dont just go to the end and win. You have to complete a certain objective first. It's incredibly annoying when you miss one simple COMPUTER CHIP AND HAVE TO REPLAY THE WHOLE LEVEL JUST TO FIND IT! But it's not too bad. Better than Shadow the Hedgehog I'll tell you that. Team Chaotix is the best team. Sonic Heroes is a waste of a game. When a game makes navigating the menus annoying, you know somethings wrong. Irritating voice acting, forgettabe music, bad controls,(the graphics are okay...) BOTTOMLESS PITS, anoyingly long levels, (Bingo Highway will break you) Impossible to control special stages, (You will constantly be pulled to the bottom of the pipe and just randomly stop dead) amd cheap deaths galore, I can't bring myself to enjoy Sonic Heroes. If you can get past the controls and camera (BTW, if you press the right analog stick, you will go into a fist person view point and have to move to get out of), then Sonic Heroes may be decent, but you might as well not try. Do yourself a favor, and don't buy Sonic Heroes Expand
  7. JM
    Jan 2, 2004
    0
    This game rocks. It would have a ten if it wasn't so hard to dunk and rebound.

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