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Review by: BlackSun
are that when you buy yourself a Dreamcast the first game you will consider
getting will be Sonic Adventure. In all honesty Iím not a huge fan of
platform games. Maybe I have a problem with the almost juvenile aspects
of those games, thinking Iím far to mature for a cute and cuddly title
like that. Jam-packed with rainbows, flowers and all manner of child attracting
devises. Well, Iím also willing to admit that Iíve been with video games
since the beginning and recognize Sonic as being far more than an adorable
little rodent. He is a staple of everything that Sega has come to represent
in the gaming world. He has earned a place in our popular culture along
with other famous game characters like Mario, Link and maybe even the
likes of newcomers like Crash Bandicoot.
Regardless of everything I have stated, I think Sonic Adventure is one
of those games that canít be ignored. It is leaps and bounds above anything
you have ever played. I had seen many pictures of this game before I first
played it, and didnít think it looked much better than Mario64 and a lot
of other Nintendo games. Boy was I wrong! I put the game into my Dreamcast
and I could feel how excited I was getting. Honestly, I was almost giddy.
The Dreamcast logo came and went, and Sonic Adventure began. My senses
were invaded immediately, the incredibly crystal clear sights, the awesome
sound and music. I was hooked, and this was only the games CG opening
sequence, I hadnít even started playing it yet!
far as Sonic Adventure goes, the plot is fairly simple. Get the 7 Chaos
Emeralds before EggHead does, otherwise his plan to turn the aquatic Creature
named Chaos into the ultimate weapon will be realized. With the help of
6 playable characters, including old friends like Tails and Knuckles you
work your way through the games many awe-inspiring levels. The game has
a lot of what you have come to love about the Sonic titles. Lighting fast
speed, loop de loops and rings of plenty. Where the similarities begin,
the differences flourish. Sonic Adventure also includes a lot of other
twists and mini-games. There is a high altitude attack on a huge air ship,
while flying a biplane with Tails. There are bumper cars. There is also
a tense, high speed run down a hill on a snowboard, with an avalanche
giving chase. With all these little extras Sonic Adventure keeps you entertained
and wondering what will be next. Another nice touch is that the game is
not simply one level after another. There is a story that is played out,
people to talk to, and places to visit. This game simply redefines the
In the graphics department I wasnít expecting too much. As I mentioned
above, I didnít think they looked much better than the N64. Well, I changed
my mind pretty quickly there. On the first stage I was being chased by
a killer whale that was destroying a bridge as I was crossing it. Stage
2, I was sucked into, then was fighting my way though the eye of a tornado.
These were 2 scenes in the game that grab the attention of anyone watching.
They are simply amazing, and that is only the beginning! All the graphics
are clear, crisp, and pixel free. Expect for minor pop-ups, it a sight
to behold. I think to myself that games which have a more realistic theme
are gonna be breath taking if something like Sonic can be so impressive.
I can hardly wait to see the improvement once I get an S-Video cable.
is a factor in games that I find to be very important. Itís sets the mood
and atmosphere as well as anything you see on screen. I think it goes
without saying that a title like Sonic Adventure isnít gonna be a musical
masterpiece. Still, the music serves itís purpose and gets the job done.
The music is neither repetitive nor annoying. In fact the opening CG intro
contained some rather heavy guitars licks, complete with lyric I found
enjoyable and captivating. If there is any way you can hook your DC into
a stereo I recommend you do it. Gaming sound and music used to be nothing
more than beeps and blips, well times have changed, now itís another part
of the gaming experience.
Sonic Adventures gameplay is just great. With the mini-games and other
variation itís a title that keeps you from boredom pretty well. Aside
for the fact that I havenít gotten used to the controller yet it controls
wonderfully. I think all the bad press the controller has received is
a little unjustified. Admittedly it will take me some time to adjust to
not holding the PSX Dual Shock.
in the end Iím very happy with not only the Dreamcast, but with Sonic
Adventure as well. They have both met and exceeded all my expectations.
I wish I could say I wasnít totally ignorant to the horrid camera problems
and graphical glitches that plagued the Japanese version, but in the North
American version I noticed nothing that really warranted any heavy complaints.
I know Sega has a lot of people worried considering their rather disappointing
past, but I truly believe that Sega has their act together for what is
essentially a do or die situation. More power to them.
My bottom line, Sonic Adventure deserves a...
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