• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jun 18, 2001
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  • Summary: The world can be a confusing and dangerous place, especially when there are two of you! Sonic must face the new, villainous Shadow but you choose how the story unfolds - you can be a hero, or make friends with the dark-side! In the most thrilling Sonic Adventure ever created there are 6The world can be a confusing and dangerous place, especially when there are two of you! Sonic must face the new, villainous Shadow but you choose how the story unfolds - you can be a hero, or make friends with the dark-side! In the most thrilling Sonic Adventure ever created there are 6 playable characters, new moves to master, over 30 challenging stages and 3 different 2 player games - will you save the world or conquer it? Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. 100
    You could easily be playing this game for 60-70 hours. That’s absolutely insane for a platform game – but every single hour’s a fun one. If you own a Dreamcast, SA2 is one of the system’s essential titles.
  2. A fantastic game with an at-times atrocious camera system. Nevertheless, an incredible amount of extra features are more than enough to keep Sega's latest in the 'A' range.
  3. 94
    If this is the last Sonic game in these declining Dreamcast years, it's satisfying to know that the DC didn't go out with a bang, but with a sonic boom.
  4. While SA2 offers a wealth of gameplay styles, the freshness and depth which made Sonic Adventure so remarkable has hardly been improved upon.
  5. It's simple, robust gaming at its best.
  6. A brilliant game but as you know, no game is perfect. Sadly in the case of Sonic Adventure 2, there’s frequently the feeling of ‘Ugh what a set up!’; if you know what I mean.
  7. It doesn't have the "wow" factor that the first game had and is somewhat forgettable after you have played it through.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 125
  2. Negative: 14 out of 125
  1. AndrewP.
    Dec 15, 2006
    10
    Best 3D Sonic game I've ever played. Dreamcast rules, I still have mine! Fabio and Jugon Dream are morons, this game is excellent.
  2. Jul 24, 2019
    10
    An absolutely BRILLIANT game! It takes all that was good in Sonic Adventure 1, and expands on it even further! The game is split up into 2An absolutely BRILLIANT game! It takes all that was good in Sonic Adventure 1, and expands on it even further! The game is split up into 2 stories- Hero and Dark. In the Hero story, you must save the world from Eggman's dastardly doings, as you usually would. You can be Sonic, Tails or Knuckles, each controlling differently and have different goals for each stage they play. In Dark mode, you can be Shadow, Eggman and Rouge and you need to destroy the planet? Yes, this is the only Sonic game where you have the option to be the villain! Each story is fun, entertaining, and sometimes quite emotional. They all control very well, but Tails and Eggman's mech controls could be improved, but it isn't that big a deal. Then, as a little side plot, there's the Chao garden. Oh boy... the Chao garden is the most useless yet addictive side game of all time! By finding a Chao key in the stage you just beat, you get the option to visit the Chao World, where... you guessed it... chao live. (If you've been to the Chao World once before, you can then select it on the world map at any time.) You begin with 2 eggs, both of which will hatch in a few seconds and you get your first 2 Chao. Look after them by petting them and feeding them, and it'll change colour from blue to white or black, depending on the character you use. The more white or black your chao gets, the stronger it will be in their races. Races, I hear you ask? Yes, you can indeed race your chao in this game. But not the dreadful chao races from SA1, oh, no-no-no. These races are a fun test of your chao's skill and ability, and every time your chao wins, it gets happier and healthier, so it's a great way to get your chao stronger. You can even save your Chao to your VMU to train it on the go! There's so much more the Chao garden has to offer, but I'll leave that for you to find out. That's about it for the masterpiece that is Sonic Adventure 2, and do I recommend it? Yes! It's absolutely brilliant, and is pretty long, so it'll keep you occupied for months!So much fun, and I am still patiently awaiting that Sonic Adventure 3, SEGA... Expand
  3. Jun 28, 2020
    10
    This is one of the best Sonic games not to say, the best, Gameplay is the most characteristic of this game, the animations, physics, movementsThis is one of the best Sonic games not to say, the best, Gameplay is the most characteristic of this game, the animations, physics, movements ... all of that. What's more, it is the Sonic game with the best gameplay. Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2011
    10
    Great wonderful splendid gameplay!!! I love this game because it perfectly shows how good sonic can be in 3d if done right!!!! Great job withGreat wonderful splendid gameplay!!! I love this game because it perfectly shows how good sonic can be in 3d if done right!!!! Great job with this one SEGA! Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2019
    9
    How many years was it? 18? And yet this Game still holds up amazingly. Is it the best Sonic Game ever? No, i think that title goes to theHow many years was it? 18? And yet this Game still holds up amazingly. Is it the best Sonic Game ever? No, i think that title goes to the first Sonic Adventure, but SA2 is still an amazing experience. Of course, people are currently hating on this Game as much as they can, but it's unnecessary and most of them haven't even played this masterpiece.
    Amazing story, decent cutscenes, awesome Gameplay, decent graphics, good level design and good soundtrack.
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  6. Mar 15, 2017
    8
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    This might just be one of the best looking games on the Dreamcast, boasting good character models and decent texturing that
    Presentation:
    This might just be one of the best looking games on the Dreamcast, boasting good character models and decent texturing that still holds up to this day.

    As for the music, do I even have to say anything. From the moment you hear city escape all the way to live and Learn, this game will make you bob your head and tap your feet to it's OST.

    Gameplay:
    Sonic and Shadow are the classic 3d stages from the original sonic adventure, and really, you can't go wrong here. A game that rewards you with going fast rather than just giving it to you, and level specific gimmicks that are executed really well.

    Tails and Eggman use the formula that Gamma had in the original sonic adventure; and even though I prefer those stages, Tails' and Eggman's stages are a decent attempt, unfortunately hindered by some clunky controls that haven't aged too well. Mediocre at WORST.

    However, I can't say that I enjoyed Knuckles and Rouges levels, with Mad Space possibly being the worst part in the entire game. I enjoyed Knuckles' stages from SA1 because they were small spaces. Not only did SA2 decide to make the levels bigger, but make the radar only pick up one emerald signal at a time. These stages are why I have never beaten this game 100%, but they don't ruin the entire experience, an is worth getting through to play the other game modes.

    Chao:
    Have you heard of a game called duck life? well that's basically a clone of the chao garden. The Dreamcast also has a chao mini-game for the VMU. Unfortunately the original version doesn't have a menu pop up to show you chao's stats, so you just have to trial and error your way through the challenges. Still more fun than it has any right to be as fun as it is for a little thing on the side of the sonic game.

    In general, I would say that Sonic adventure for it's time is an amazing game, and looking back at it now, it's defiantly stood the test of time rather well, but there are better versions of the game out there.
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  7. JohnV.
    Apr 12, 2007
    0
    Sonic/Shadow: Hold up and jump occasionally. . .or grind and do nothing. Uninspired level design exasperates things. Tails/Robotnik: do the Sonic/Shadow: Hold up and jump occasionally. . .or grind and do nothing. Uninspired level design exasperates things. Tails/Robotnik: do the same with spotty jumping and gliding controls. Worry about time limit and chaining enemies with crappy A.I. Knuckles/ Rouge: Get lost in large levels with timed switches that demand percision. Wouldn't be so bad if not for horrible music and boring levels. It defines the word tedious. The only good thing would be the Boss fights. But they're too little too late. Worst. . .Game. . .IN FRANCHISE. Expand

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