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Our favorite level is Windy Valley, which requires you to survive the stormy perils of a tremendous tornado. This tyrant of nature chases you relentlessly before ultimately sucking you into the air and up through its eye. During the chase, the tornado manages to tear up just about everything on the screen. This dizzying visual spectacle moves so fast that you will literally hold on to the game controller for dear life.
Assuming you survive the tornado, there are several more challenging areas to conquer, including a level that requires you to snowboard directly in the path of a fast-approaching avalanche. During the Emerald Coast level, you will race across a precarious dock as a killer whale attacks from below, destroying the wood planks underneath your feet while you attempt to outrun the crazed creature.
We also liked the numerous mini-games scattered throughout this title. When you least expect it, Sonic Adventure tosses in some old-fashioned arcade action, such as pinball or bumper car racing. In between, you can raise virtual pets, known in the game as "Chao." These characters, which are saved using the optional Visual Memory Unit (VMU), can be combined with other Chao characters exchanged between friends or downloaded via the Internet.
Gamers looking to show off the strong processing power of the 128-bit Dreamcast will definitely want to pick up this title. Simply put, Sonic Adventure's graphics surpass those of any other game currently available on any home video game system. Let the Sonic assault begin. --Brett Atwood
- Strong replay value
- Stunning graphics
- Bonus virtual pet game
- Six different game characters
- May be too fast-moving for some players
- Awkward camera angles can inhibit gameplay in some areas
Top Customer Reviews
It is very playable, quite challenging and it really makes you want to come back for more. The story has been well thought-out, the graphics are excellent, the music is pretty cool and the level designs are nicely done and fun to explore.
Having said that, it can be hard to find your way around the game at some points, but there are plenty of characters to talk to which give hints, which usually point you in the right direction. Bear in mind, I said "usually." Sometimes I've spent around 20 minutes zooming around all the wrong areas of a level because of an obscure or misleading clue. For instance, "Wasn't there something shiny in the caves?" could mean almost anything. (This shouldn't give anything away, by the way!)
There are a lot of video sequences. Some seem gratuitous and add nothing to the game apart from an extra video sequence. It would have been nice to skip them if you'd seen them before. In fact, it would have been nice to be able to turn them off completely. The game is big and sophisticated enough to live without many of them and still make sense.
I found one or two of the levels to have traps which were extremely irritating, where you'd fall through something and die or get stuck without it being clear what had happened (particularly the Egg Carrier level). Generally they were extremely well-planned and very enjoyable to work through.
Almost everyone comments on the camera angles. They are a bit dodgy, to say the least. It isn't just a problem when you've died. Frequently the camera will get "stuck" behind a scenery item.Read more ›
I just couldn't leave out the minor problems to the game, though. I would have given Sonic five stars but some quirks here and there left the hedgehog not as hip and urban he should have been. First of all, the annoying camera can leave you frustrated some times. Also, pop-up occurs at times even if it doesn't affect gameplay. The cinemas contain too much talking and dialogue when all you want to do is get to playing. The overall appearance of the game also suffers from lame music that somewhat don't fit the mood for a few of the stages.
Despite such problems, Sonic Adventure is still destined to be the best Sonic game to date. It will definitely entertain 3D action/adventure fans and most of all, Sonic fans. After waiting for such a long time to play a worth while Sonic game, the fans deserve it.
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What can I say about Sonic?!? This game is a great game. Period point blank.Published 22 days ago by George
Been looking for my childhood game forever. Perfect! Would purchase a lot more from this seller. Thank you!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unable to complete the game because it freezes up at the same part for Tail's story. Now I can't finish the gamePublished 6 months ago by Derek A.
Best Sonic game for the Dreamcast. The graphics are not the best, but Overall what 3D ought look like. The VMU game is a plus, but takes up too much space on the VMU. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JJS
Just as the seller described. I got both the game and booklet. The game works great. Very satisfied.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer