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  • Summary: In the fight between heroes and villains, will you choose to save the world or conquer it? The hunt for the Chaos Emeralds is on and battle lines have been drawn between Hero and Dark. Experience two unique adventures featuring both long-time heroes and new and returning villains as theyIn the fight between heroes and villains, will you choose to save the world or conquer it? The hunt for the Chaos Emeralds is on and battle lines have been drawn between Hero and Dark. Experience two unique adventures featuring both long-time heroes and new and returning villains as they battle for the fate of the world! Sonic Adventure 2 makes its return on Xbox LIVE Arcade with a full cast of playable heroes and villains, exciting two-player competitive modes, Chao Gardens, and more than 30 action-packed stages, all remastered in HD! Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Oct 10, 2012
    91
    Sonic Adventure 2 is for true Sonic fans that want to relive a time when the series was still fun to play. Despite the terrible camera and some audio hiccups, it's a great experience for old and new players alike. The Chao Garden and great price only add to the overall package making this one a sure fire bet!
  2. Oct 16, 2012
    80
    Sonic Adventure 2 offers the same thrills as its Dreamcast and GameCube predecessors without sacrificing too much. The online features from the Dreamcast title are unfortunately stripped, and the GameCube extras are only available as paid DLC – making this PSN download worth skipping if you already own either of the original titles. But for those who haven't yet experienced the fast paced adventure, this is a stellar port of an old classic.
  3. Oct 9, 2012
    70
    Sonic Adventure 2 has aged well. Nevertheless its purchase should be considered carefully, because of defects that already penalized the original version.
  4. Play UK
    Nov 30, 2012
    69
    Sharp when played in short bursts. [Issue#225, p.83]
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    The only real reason to purchase this port is if the prospect of scouting out a Dreamcast and a copy of the game seems a bit pricey. [Holiday 2012, p.81]
  6. Oct 9, 2012
    40
    Sonic Adventure 2 didn't really get an unanimously enthusiastic reception when it came out in 2001, and this "HD" remastering won't either. Even though the fans will be able to enjoy this game in full widescreen / 720P resolution, nothing else has been upgraded, and it's not even the best version to date (the GameCube one) that's been used for this. Worst of all, SEGA asks for an extra DLC purchase to upgrade it to the Battle version.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Jul 21, 2018
    10
    Admittedly, this isn't as good as the earlier consoles. The story is still the best we've gotten out of any Sonic game. The game play is stillAdmittedly, this isn't as good as the earlier consoles. The story is still the best we've gotten out of any Sonic game. The game play is still solid with a fantastic variety to play as, add in the countless amounts of replay value creates a ton of fun that never ends. This may be nitpicking, but the multiplayer characters, and the menu screen skins for DLC was all really unnecessary. Maybe just because it was free in the dreamcast and gamecube versions of the game, and I'm just old. Besides that, it's still amazing, and it has aged perfectly. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2022
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is amazing. The controlls are great, the missions are Fun, and...BOTHER..the chao garden is super Fun and relaxing. Not to mention the gameplay. (spoiler alert: its great and Fun) sega really overcame themselfs back in 2012. Sonic adveture 2 10/10 Expand
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    10
    i lyk plin a sanic i tink itas fun rolling in ball and runn fast through stages and i clear every act gam is in hd high definitnietion you cani lyk plin a sanic i tink itas fun rolling in ball and runn fast through stages and i clear every act gam is in hd high definitnietion you can see the graphifcs sonic is blue angd he get the rings i give this gam 10 sanic hegehouds out of 10 for ggbeing good game very fun yes thbank you bye Expand
  4. Oct 5, 2012
    8
    Can't say too much about it. Still a awesome game, but with the same issue of bugs it has in SA1 for PSN/XBLA, Shadow NA voice acting stillCan't say too much about it. Still a awesome game, but with the same issue of bugs it has in SA1 for PSN/XBLA, Shadow NA voice acting still terrible and from the rest of NA voice acting as well (rather the JP VA but still not so good because I can't hear anything they say when the BG Music is too loud). There's probably some people would to kill my but I hate the Escape from the City music *die*. I prefer Live 'n Learn *uses phoenix down*. I think nowadays I like Sonic because his character, not from his games anymore. Sorry, but it's true. Anyway, go have fun and play it. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2021
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sonic Adventure 2 is the second (proper) 3D sonic game, it came out about little over 20 years ago (at the time of this review) for the Sega Dreamcast And I personally I think its a solid but flawed game. The game follows a level by level structure and has 3 main gameplay styles: Fast paced Speed levels where you play as Sonic or Shadow, Mech Shooting where you play as Tails or Eggman, and Treasure Hunting where you play as Knuckles or Rouge.

    The Speed levels are ton of fun and highly replayable. Its the standard sonic gameplay loop of running through mostly linear levels from point A to point B collecting rings which let you take hits. The sonic and shadow feel good to control and the controls are pretty responsive. The only issue with the speed levels is the fact that most of the moves and abilities you can do in this game such as the spindash, light speed dash, summersalt, and bounce attack are all mapped to the same button which can lead to accidental deaths. Other than that the speed levels are pretty much awesome. I'd give this gameplay Style a 9/10.

    The mech shooting levels are linear point A to B levels where you blow up every enemy that shows up on screen. These levels in don't break the pace of game and keep the focus on action and skill oriented gameplay. The mechs are kind of slow and clunky but once you get used to the controls there's not really that many issues. I did find that tails level had cheap enemy placements where you get attacked by an enemy you couldn't possibly see coming on a first playthrough especially in the level Eternal Engine. Eggman definitely gets the better levels in particular the level Cosmic Wall being a really fun level due to the low gravity leads to some really platforming sequences. So i would rank the mech shooting stages as a 7/10, it has its issues and a little bit of a learning curve to it but it can still be be fun.

    Next up is treasure hunting and I don't enjoy it that much. Basically in these levels you explore these big mostly non-linear levels in search of emeralds or keys. The emeralds or keys are always in randomly generated locations which makes these level kind of annoying if your trying to get an A rank. But the real issue is I feel that the treasure hunting just breaks the pace of the game too much especially in the second half of both campaigns when the levels become really big and more complex. That said it can still be enjoyable but its not for me. I give this gameplay style a 5/10, it passable but slows the games pacing to a crawl.

    The Boss fights are a mixed bag. The rival fights are mostly kind of basic and uninteresting, with the exception of Sonic vs Shadow towards the end of the campaigns, this fight is actually pretty fun. The gun robot fights are ok but forgettable. And the boss fights against the ghost king, egg golem, Biolizard, and final-hazard (THIS FINAL BOSS FIGHT IS SO COOL) are great.

    The music is a 10/10. One of my favorite pieces being City Escape, Supporting me, Pumpkin Hill, For a True Story, Pyramid Cave, E.G.G.M.A.N and of Course LIVE AND LEARN

    My opinion the story is that its stupid and campy but its of a lot fun and has a lot of charm. There's actually stakes and character development for some of the cast. I'll give the story a 6/10

    If your looking for a solid 3D platformer and don't mind some jank I recommend this game as its one of better 3D sonic games and a genuinely fun game.
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  6. Oct 4, 2014
    6
    Sonic Adventure 2 can be a rather fun game when playing as Sonic or Shadow. But the other character sections sour the game for me.

    Let's
    Sonic Adventure 2 can be a rather fun game when playing as Sonic or Shadow. But the other character sections sour the game for me.

    Let's start with the story. I can enjoyed the dark story, as it gave some good character interactions and a backstory for Shadow. The hero story I found confusing if you played it first over the dark story and the characters are much more annoying. The sound editing is horrific as most of the time you cannot hear what the characters are saying over the loud music(while is sometimes very catchy and other times just forgettable/dated)

    Sonic and Shadow's stages are extremely fun to play. They are get to the goal speed sections with good ol homing actions and light speed dashes. I find these levels to be very well-designed until the space-themed levels. They use the gimmicks of gravity switches and rails and this can be a huge pain.

    Knuckles and Rouge's treasure hunting sections I actually didn't mind too much. It was actually fun to glide around and search for treasure. Only problem is the radar is all messed up. It will only go after one treasure at a time, which can make you glide right past treasures countless times. Also these levels can either be really short or really really long. Depends on where the treasure is. These levels are just okay.

    Then there is the shooting sections with Tails and Eggman. These are not to my liking at all. The control in these sections are very clunky as both characters seemed very weighed down with not much floating abilities. Also the biggest problem in this section(as well in some Sonic stages) is that enemies COME OUT OF NOWHERE. They just pop right down from the sky and land on you! That's not fair! The shooting sections are extremely repetitive. Just shoot shoot shoot.

    Only 10 out of the 30+ stages are Sonic and Shadow stages and that is really upsetting. If it was balanced more, this may be a better game. Also for the other modes (Chao garden, multiplayer, etc), they are good time wasters. Except kart race that is just awful. Actually I should give multiplayer more credit. It is extremely fun to play with friends, especially if you have the battle version of this game.

    The Good
    + Sonic/Shadow stages
    + Some hunting stages
    + Multiplayer/Chao Garden
    + Live and Learn

    The Bad
    - Tails/Eggman stages
    - The other hunting stages
    - Terrible voice editing
    - Pathetic boss battles
    - ENEMIES OUT OF NOWHERE

    Score: 6/10 Fun game with some major annoyances that bring down the whole experience
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  7. Apr 20, 2020
    1
    I really want to give this game a 0, but I can't do it. Despite this, I absolutely DESPISE this game. This is the most frustrating Sonic gameI really want to give this game a 0, but I can't do it. Despite this, I absolutely DESPISE this game. This is the most frustrating Sonic game I've ever played. There are only two levels that I genuinely enjoy playing (City Escape (duh) and Metal Harbor), and they're two of the first four levels in the entire game. Sonic has no good levels after Metal Harbor. Shadow's levels are really boring and don't have any life to them. Tails/Eggman's levels control horribly and the lock-on sound gives me PTSD. The Knuckles/Rouge levels make me contemplate genocide on the Chao in the Chao Garden (which is an overrated pet simulator that I could give less of a f*** about). The story? A complete mess with more holes than a block of swiss cheese. The music? Hit or miss. The graphics? Not great, but this game is from 2001 so I'll let that slide. Also, I hope that whomever did the sound for the cutscenes was fired. It's really infuriating to see people praise this game because the entire Sonic fandom looks at it through rose-tinted glasses.

    Really should've given it a 0 out of 10.
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