Sonic Heroes

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Sonic Heroes
Game: Sonic Heroes
Platform: PS2
Studio: Sega
Rating: 7/10

Game Company’s Description: In Sonic’s most exciting adventure yet, you maneuver a team of three Sonic characters through massive levels to overcome the ultimate evil! You guessed it, Dr. Eggman is on the loose once again, but this time he’ll have to take on three powerful characters at once! Whether he’s trying to outrun Sonic, or dodge Knuckles punches, he’ll have plenty to contend with. All twelve characters have unique strengths that you’ll take full advantage of to get your team through the course at full speed. Whether you choose Team Sonic, Team Dark, Team Rose, or Team Chaotix, you’ll be off on a wild journey filled with challenging missions unique to each team. In this groundbreaking title that brings the Sonic series to PlayStation 2 and Xbox for the first time, Sonic Heroes marks the next evolution in Sonic’s gaming career. Each team boasts multiple specialized stages with unique missions and CG movies driving each “team” story forward. Experiment with the team formations to learn the best way to defeat enemies, solve puzzles, and navigate the huge environments.Each stage contains multiple paths and missions for tons of gameplay hours.

Look: This is the sonic we all remember. It looks familiar and feels like home. The colors are bright and lush. The runways are back and Sonic still looks lovely. It rolls at a good 60 FPS in 3D. Impressive. The water effects are strong and it looks realistic. This might be one of the better looking games on the market.

Feel: Sonic is a team environment. You can have different partners and that makes for an interesting interaction. A tutorial will get you started and allow you to learn on the job.

Once you pick a team you control each-all with their own special skills and abilities. The controls aren’t impossible and once you get used to them you’ll find them to be very free flowing.

There are many different moves that can be completed by each team member. Remember team work is a must. Don’t get locked down trying to do it with just one character because you’ll need each to complete certain tasks. Even better is when you have to use all of your team to fly and link as one.

Hear: Bad soundtrack that reminds me of the first Sonics. The sound effects are crips-again they aren’t really all that fantastic. Maybe they just sound better because of how bad the soundtrack is.

Frankly: After the previous Sonic releases there was no hope that Sonic could come back out of the flamed franchise. Sonic Heroes gives renewed hope that the franchise can be saved.

+ Ralphie Wright

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