Sonic Heroes PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2004
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
Buy On
  1. 45
    Long stretches of each stage can be severely frustrating and annoying, but when they're not, it's still pretty fun -- and getting "in the zone" to complete an especially hard part in one try is always satisfying.
  2. This game feels like nothing short of a chore to play.
  3. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    40
    A giant mess on the whole. For starters, you encounter plenty of nice little glitches throughout the game, including random spots where characters just fall through solid objects because of some lame collision detection. [Feb 2004, p.98]
  4. 30
    Its tricks are old and it offers no challenge but for the irksome nuisances of its design. [JPN Import]

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#49 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 6 out of 39
  1. Apr 15, 2013
    6
    Sonic Heroes was one of my favorite childhood games for PS2. I had a blast with this game growing up. The theme song is one song that isSonic Heroes was one of my favorite childhood games for PS2. I had a blast with this game growing up. The theme song is one song that is forever stuck in my head.

    Now then, gameplay wise, Sonic Heroes isn't "that" bad. It's still somewhat enjoyable. As a kid, I just played. I didn't focus on the right and wrongs. I just had fun. Now, I see that the camera is completely terrible. Literally, barley any control. The Speed, Power, and Fly sections of the game were ok. Not great, but good. The flight meter on the flying characters is too short. It goes out in a heartbeat. The only thing I actually enjoyed was being the Speed type. I just loved running through it, not caring about what was happening.

    Overall, Sonic Heroes is (like I said) not all that bad. It's still a game. Not the best, but still.

    6/10
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  2. Dec 1, 2012
    8
    This game is Amazing,it gets a lot of crap due to its glitches,bad story,textures/graphics and most of all the voice acting but the gameThis game is Amazing,it gets a lot of crap due to its glitches,bad story,textures/graphics and most of all the voice acting but the game doesn't deserve that for all the bad,the good in the game over-weighs it,and in my opinion,the graphics aren't to bad,the textures are solid,I found no glitches,I found the voice acting ok in a funny way and the story is fun so everything all the critics say is crap.Now the gameplay is amazing,I found the three teams of three a good idea that worked well and the music is F*****G awesome.The two player mode is cool for a quick go and the only downfalls are rogues voice and Omochoa. Full Review »
  3. Feb 14, 2015
    8
    Sonic Heroes is arguably one of the most underrated Sonic games out there. Many put the game down for certain reasons that can beSonic Heroes is arguably one of the most underrated Sonic games out there. Many put the game down for certain reasons that can be understandable, and some not so much. But allow me to explain why I love this game.

    The gameplay sports a nice variety of characters who sport gameplay styles that are familiar, yet fresh to the gameplay and can really change the way you play certain levels, like with Espio's ability to turn invisible and such. And not just in that aspect does the gameplay and replay value arise, levels themselves harbour a lot of goodies off the beaten path and branching pathways that can vary up how you play a level. Each level also sports a new level gimmick to it, from one minute you're on the seaside, the next you're at an ocean palace, an upside-down haunted house to cursed mansion and so on! Each level loves varying things us with its wide variety of unique concepts that, while it can be a turn off for some, adds a nice refreshing pace to the gameplay. The only downside is the movement control, moving characters is a tad too responsive and acceleration is pretty heavy, though not impossible to get used to, can be hard to grip for some. It's smooth, yet sharp, and very creative and unique.

    Visually, the game does basically everything a Sonic game should do aesthetically. The visuals have a nice variety of bright and very lively-awake levels that serve to excite you and prepare you for adventure, to darker, toned down ambient visuals that give a foreboding and partially intimidating presence. The game stops at nothing to impress you with its visuals that still hold up even today, with action and CGI that certainly delivers, especially in the levels themselves. Levels know how to immerse you and give you a good sense of action an adventure as previously mentioned, set pieces really stick out and give you a run for your money with great creativity.

    The music is possibly the most underrated aspect in the game, it presents you with some fair variety usually giving you a lot of peppy and catchy tunes to enjoy as you go through each stage. Pumping you up and making you feel hyperactive, even. Even the haunted creepy stages have some awesome catchiness to them, alongside the awesome exhilarating egg fleets and so on. Definitely check this out if you're curious.

    The story is rather short and simple, but thankfully doesn't interrupt the gameplay. If you're not going to make an amazing story, keep it short and relative but in tame enough so that it doesn't affect the gameplay experience or waste time with filler. But I digress. The story can be summed up as the villain, Eggman, plans to take over the world and the heroes must stop him. However there are more character teams with their own stories, Team Dark characters all have goals of their own, Team Rose all want to find someone they care about and Team Chaotix need to pay rent. All the while throughout your adventure, you find out that Eggman isn't really the mastermind behind all this, but I won't delve that far into spoilers. The writing isn't out of character, though can be a bit cheesy at times, and the characters are remain as likable as they did.

    Overall, Sonic Heroes still remains and underrated game. I can see why some people don't like it, but at the same time I do think it is well underrated and overhated. I would recommend trying this game if available and fairly cheap, it's not a masterpiece, but it's not terrible either. It's worth a try, and worth considering.
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