Rank A for this game, no, even further beyond Rank S. This Is not just a good Sonic game, it'sa great game in general. The characters are sooooo Well writing and full of personality, and they interaction are so natural and vivid, the Story is one of the best in the series. The soundtrack ( 10/10) the levels are well crafted with good level designs, the extra modes like: 2P mode and Chao Garden are super fun, the controls are fine, okay that are a little things on this title that are bad: like the stiff characters models on the Cutscenes, the audio sometimes is not so good, sometimes controls are kinda junky ( nothing broken or too much bad that will ruin your experience) and some story convenientions. But overall the bad parts can't even scratch the good ones , this my friends is a 10/10 material that is a " must play".
This is my favorite Sonic and it is one of the best GCN games, I seriously don't understand why the bad reviews, it's extremely underrated. Story is deep with great characters, nice controls, no camera issues, amazing soundtrack and graphics and interesting puzzles in some missions. Chao Garden mode is incredible funny, there's nothing like starting with a new born chao and upgrading it, getting it food, competing, etc. This is how a 3D sonic should be. Thank you Sega for this masterpiece. Live and learn!
An improvement and a backstep from its predecessor in many ways. It removed many of the bad gameplay styles, but somehow made the ones which remained (speed, mech and hunting) worse. A classic story nonetheless.
This might be a very unpopular opinion, but I really don't like this game, and I'll tell you why:
I'm not really gonna cover story elements here, instead let's focus on the gameplay itself.
The game is split into 3 types of gameplay: Speed, shooting and hunting. The speed levels are about what the series does best; high speed action with some platforming thrown into the mix. The shooting stages are about, well, shooting things on a big mech, they're like Gamma's stages in Sonic Adventure 1 but MUCH, MUCH worse, and I'll tell you why in a second. And last, but not least, the hunting stages, which have you hunting for either pieces of the Master Emerald, keys, or just plain ol' Chaos Emeralds.
First, the speed stages, which Sonic and Shadow participate in... Admittedly, they're actually pretty damn fun, like I said before, they do what the series does best, and that is high speed action. Sadly, it just goes downhill from there.
The shooting stages, on the other hand, they're garbage, there's no way around it. These stages are taken by Tails and Dr. Eggman, and it seems that they're worse with Tails, because of the crappy level design, and then there's the enemy placement, oh boy, the enemy placement is complete trash, there are many times where I'm just going through the level, when suddenly, an enemy jumps down, right in front of me, attacking ne, giving me absolutely zero time to react to it. Also, the controls are clunky as all hell, yes, I understand that it's supposed to be like that, because they're in a mech, but these levels more often than not make you go through platforming sections which, due to how the mech controls, are incredibly hard to traverse to.
Then there's the hunting stages, taken by Knuckles and Rouge. These levels have received a MASSIVE downgrade from their Adventure 1 counterparts, in that game, if you were close to an emerald piece, no matter which one it was, the radar would let you know, in SA2, the radar only detects one emerald piece at a time, and this is where I raise the question: Who the hell thought that this was a good idea? Have you ever heard of the phrase: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", Sonic Team? All this does is extend the time spent in these levels tremendously, making them more tedious in the process, and to top it all off, most of these levels are so goddamn massive! So some of them might take you forever to beat. One of the levels who are extremely guilty of this is Rouge's Mad Space, I swear, this is the worst level I've played in a game, period, the idiotic anti-gravity mechanics, the overall massiveness of it, the fact that you can only search for one emerald piece at a time, and also that the hints are in reverse! So, if you reach this level, good luck, because this level is just garbage.
Another thing that I want to point out which affects all of the characters is the camera, there are way too many times where an object obstructing my view, which often results in me getting hurt or falling to my death.
One of the few highlights of this game for me (apart from the Sonic and Shadow stages) is the Chao Garden, it's quite a nice way to relax between stages, and raising Chao is pretty fun, to be perfectly honest.
Overall, this is not a very good game in my eyes. Do I think this the worst that the blue hedgehog has to offer? Of course not, there are definitely worse games out there. Is this one of Sonic's best games for me? Hell no.
SummaryIn 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 ...