Sonic Adventure 2

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Sonic Adventure 2

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Live & Learn!
Genre: Action
Platform
Platforms: Dreamcast
GameCube
Microsoft Windows (Steam)
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release Date: June 19, 2001 (DC)
February 12, 2002 (GC)
October 2, 2012 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog
Previous Game: Sonic Adventure
Next Game: Sonic Heroes


Sonic Adventure 2 is a 2001 platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega for the Dreamcast to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was the last Sonic game released on a Sega console before the company decided to leave the console hardware business.

It was later ported to the Nintendo GameCube as Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. In 2012, it received a downloadable HD port for Steam, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with the Battle additions and changes available as DLC.

Why It Rocks

  1. The amount of play styles is reduced to three, eliminating the more filler ones from the first game. The returning play styles are improved and more refined (with one exception.).
  2. It's the first game in the series to introduce the Rank System, which rates you on how well you performed per level with 'A' being the highest and 'E' being the lowest. This adds in a lot of challenge and replayability to the levels in order to get better ranks than before.
  3. Great soundtrack with lots of theme songs having actual lyrics. All of Knuckles' stages have rap music.
  4. Much more detailed graphics that hold up well for their time, the most noticeable being the sunlight shining on the ocean which can be covered by clouds, the virtual footprints in Meteor Herd, etc.
  5. It is more story-driven than other games in the series, featuring two different stories: One with the protagonists and one with the antagonists.
    • This is also the first non-spin off Sonic the Hedgehog video game where Dr. Eggman is playable.
  6. Shadow the Hedgehog and Rouge the Bat are introduced as major characters in later games.
  7. Many camera issues from the first game have been fixed.
  8. Tight controls.
  9. Levels offer a big variety of themes, such as cities, jungles, desert pyramids, and even outer space.
  10. Great boss fights.
  11. The player can raise Chao as virtual pets, each with a different attribute (Swim, Fly, Run, Power, and Stamina). Depending on how you raise your Chao, they will transform into a Hero or Dark Chao.
  12. It has 180 emblems, compared to 120 from Sonic Adventure which can be earned by completing a variety of tasks.
  13. The game features several two-player modes. The Battle port has everything unlocked from the start.
  14. If you collect all 180 emblems and get an A Rank in all stages, you unlock Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
  15. You can play as Amy, Metal Sonic, Chao Walker, Dark Chao Walker, Tikal, and Chaos 0 in the multiplayer stages.
  16. If Omochao annoys you, you can throw him or use him as a projectile to defeat enemies.
  17. The GameCube and the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Steam versions support widescreen, as well as a smoother framerate.
  18. Amazing and (mostly) masterfully well-written story.
  19. This could've been an excellent way to end the series (As Originally Intended).

Bad Qualities

  1. SA2 Battle, while still a better port than the rushed job that was Sonic Adventure DX, suffers from graphical problems in the cutscenes such as the character models being darker.
  2. The radar in the treasure hunt stages only tracks one item at a time, so if you're close to an item on the radar it will not let you know because it's tracking a different one regardless of whichever one you find first, it was done to make the stages longer but it comes off as artificial difficulty. Though this doesn’t ruin most of the stages and the levels can still be beaten quickly.
    • Speaking of Which, Mad Space and Meteor Herd are a pain due to the mentioned problems.
  3. Speaking of Bad levels, Crazy Gadget has a dreadfully frequent gravity gimmick, unacceptable enemy placement, and a confusing layout. While, Eternal Engine suffers from a tedious length, and out of nowhere enemies.
  4. Despite being better than the previous game, the camera still has some issues. In SA2's case, after you manually turn the camera around to a different view (depending on the characters you play as), it resets to the fixed view as soon as the on-screen character moves. Strangely, this issue doesn't occur in the Chao Gardens.
  5. The English cutscenes are worse than the SA1’s: sometimes the characters have no lip movements and other times they interrupt each other’s lines, (this is due to the cutscenes being optimized for the Japanese voice acting rather than English), the voice acting is dull and unemotive and the translation is terrible.
    • Some examples of bad translation are “I’ll grant you one wish” instead of “I shall grant you your wish” and “The first Bernoulli spherical space colony called, ARK”.
  6. The game has very poor audio mixing: during cutscenes, the background music is often loud and drowns out the voices, when locking on to multiple targets in shooting stages you have to hear a continuous and painful high-pitched beep and rail grinding will easily get on your nerves when playing Final Rush.
    • The first issue was made worse in the GameCube and the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/Steam versions where the music was made even louder leaving the character voices almost inaudible, especially in the latter versions.
  7. There are some issues with some bosses:
    • The boss fights of Eggman II/Tails II are frustrating mostly because of no rings for extra health, and the constant spamming of their special attacks.
    • The Rouge/Knuckles boss fights suffer from annoying mechanics.
  8. There are some problems with the controls:
    • Speed character controls can be somewhat sensitive when running at full speed (though not as much compared to Sonic Heroes and Shadow The Hedgehog).
    • Too many actions are mapped to the same button in Speed stages, so there's always a chance that the button will do the wrong action and result in a cheap death.
    • Switching rails can be unresponsive and finicky at fast speeds though you don’t have to do it most of the time and when you have to, you aren’t at an incredibly high speed.
      • You have really precise in order to pick up an object or pull levers; if you’re facing even slightly away from them Sonic will roll away, making you lose time.
    • In Final Chase the controls and physics tend to mess up on the gravity barrels.
    • Compared to Gamma's playstyle from the previous game, Tails' and Eggman's mechs feel clunky to control.
  9. Shadow the Hedgehog, while still an awesome character, is underutilized, having only four levels in the entire game.
  10. The roll attack for Sonic and Shadow is a terrible addition: while it’s a decent combat move, it’s also hard to control because it has a set momentum and whenever you use it veers to the nearest enemy making you lose your trajectory.
  11. Despite what was mentioned in WIR#18, there are plenty of plot holes. for example: Why is G.U.N. fighting Rouge if she works for them? How did Gerald Robotnik managed to reprogram the Space Colony ARK and mess up Shadow's memories if he was supposedly imprisoned after G.U.N. raided the ARK? Also, how was Gerald able to record his speech from the G.U.N. HQ (or wherever he was imprisoned)?

Reception

The game was well-received by critics, fans, and gamers alike, it is still considered by many people as the best 3D Sonic game. However, the Battle and the HD versions weren’t as well-received as the Dreamcast original.

Tips

  1. In the Hard Mode versions of Knuckles/Rouge's segments, the Master Emerald Pieces are always in the exact same location, which can be quite helpful to get an easy A Rank.
  2. To get an A Rank. you must do the following.
    1. Don't lose a life.
    2. Defeat as many enemies as possible.
    3. Collect many Rings for points.
    4. Try to beat the stage really fast.
  3. In the Tails/Eggman segments, you can score more points if you lock onto more than one target.

Trivia

  • SnapCube's fandub of the game made it more popular than it was while introducing memes such as "What the fuck, is that Shadow's dick?", "Who posted my nudes on Twitter dot com?", "You fool, I have 70 alternative accounts!", "I'm going to kill you, and then kill you again.", and the most infamous one, "Eggman's announcement to piss on the moon".

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Comments


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ThisIsMorgan2

19 months ago
Score 5
WHO POSTED MY N**ES ON TWITTER DOT COM?
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Glitchedblood

18 months ago
Score 10
What the FUCK? Is that Shadow's dick?!?
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Seanbuscus2600

16 months ago
Score 5
"You fool, I have 70 ALTERNATIVE ACCOUNTS!"
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TheShinyLucarioMaster

13 months ago
Score 6
"What the actual sh*t?! What?!"
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Ragdoll Productions Fan 2005

17 months ago
Score 2
to get a rank on Cosmic Wall.you need to Lockon Everything and keep getting rigs and supplies
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SSJ2 Gohan

15 months ago
Score 0
Every Sonic Adventure 2 review: “Sonic Adventure 2 is only 1/3 and the only good parts are the Chao garden”.
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Anonymous user #1

14 months ago
Score 2 You

Yay! My favorite game is on there. Beat that Tyshawn because with

Sonic adventure 2 we will stand united as The Sonic Team!
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Mr. Dready

13 months ago
Score 4
While it hasn't aged well, this is and always be my favorite sonic game, although i do a bit disagree with the final good quality since, i think the story for me feels a bit too inconsictent and way to complex to understand, and i need to agree the voice acting sounds dull.
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Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
Score 0 You
Well it is a little bit, you can watch the video about why the game’s story is great if you want
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Anonymous user #1

12 months ago
Score 2 You
Also I think the voice acting being dull is just a problem with the English voices, the Japanese voices don’t have this issue
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Stephenfisher2001

13 months ago
Score 10
Sonic Adventure 2 will always be my favorite Sonic game, ever! :D
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SpazJR61

12 months ago
Score 10
Better than the recent Sonic games.
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Kaiolauro06

9 months ago
Score 0
Agreed.
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Mr. Dready

12 months ago
Score 2

My favourite Sonic theme songs Endless Posibilities from Sonic Unleashed. Reach for the Stars from Sonic Colours. Sonic Speed Riders from Sonic Riders. 7 Rings in Hands from Sonic & the Secret Rings. Open you're Heart from Sonic Adventure.

& Live & Learn from Sonic Adventure 2.
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SSJ2 Gohan

11 months ago
Score 0
I have to agree
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Mr. Dready

8 months ago
Score 0
This is not just my favourite Sonic game, it even has my favourite soundtrack (along with the 1st adventure game) out of every Sonic game.
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SSJ2 Gohan

7 months ago
Score 0
Why is ProJared’s review on this page, that review was awful, it was full of false statements speaking for everybody, contradictions, poorly constructed arguments, misinformation, etc. The dude dies on the first level like an idiot and blames the game for it. There is an entire video going over why that review sucks. https://www....=6BrN4ABIJKQ
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 2
Best Sonic game ever! :D
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

7 months ago
Score 0
This is my favorite Sonic game of all time! And also my favorite game ever!
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
Score 2
It may not have aged well, it's one of my favorite Sonic games, the others being Sonic CD, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Heroes, and, of course, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, one of my all-time favorites.
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TheSwagSceptile

3 months ago
Score 2
Ok, what the heck is this doing in the decent games category?!!!
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score 0
Well it didn’t age the best and over the years the opinions have become polarised over the fanbase, though if you ask me it aged better than the first game.
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TheSwagSceptile

3 months ago
Score 0
I can definitely assure you now that everyone still loves Adventure 2 to this day! It’s only the original that didn’t age well! Also, it’s considered an important game which obviously if it changed video game history, it doesn’t belong in decent category!
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Mr. Dready

3 months ago
Score -2
What i'm saying is true, there are some people who say the game didn't age well.
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TheSwagSceptile

2 months ago
Score 0
If you were to look it up on Google, it states that 96% of people who played this game liked it, that’s only 1% lower than Undertale for crying out loud. Furthermore, I’ve seen people talk about it and reference it a lot, there were even references in later Sonic games (like Sonic 06 and Sonic Generations). Clearly, it aged very well.
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Master Chief

2 months ago
Score 0
Google reviews usually aren't very accurate, Big Rigs has a 36% instead of like 3%.
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TheSwagSceptile

one month ago
Score 0
36% is still very low
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JaguarByte Productions

one month ago
Score 0
although big rigs is so bad its good so I can see the 36%
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HammerBro101

3 months ago
Score 0
The Emerald Radar was probably nerfed to make stages longer and add challenge, but this change makes some stages frustrating, especially Meteor Herd and Mad Space, both of which are large stages.
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MarioFanatic69

one month ago
Score 0
LIVE AND LEARN
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LiamTheYoshi

24 days ago
Score 0

I'VE COME TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!


THIS GAME IS AMAZING! :D
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YoshiFreak2000

24 days ago
Score 0
God tier Sonic game.
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Creeper guy

16 days ago
Score 0
It would be awesome if Sega changes their mind about their unimaginative games and stick to the Sonic Adventure formula.
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Creeper guy

16 days ago
Score 0
Plus they can make a game where they ignore the events of Lost World and Forces meaning The Deadly Six and Infinite never existed at all. Would ya guys be super happy if that happened in their upcoming game Sonic Rift (I doubt that because they are Ignorant).
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SonicLover5

5 days ago
Score 0
One of the best Sonic games, played the shit out of it as a child, playing 100+ hours of it.

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