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Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast)

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Description

Yet again Sonic and friends find themselves wrapped up in the schemes of Dr. Robotnik. This time he plans to exploit the power of Chaos, a malevolent being that feeds upon the power of the Chaos Emeralds. In their own ways five heroes will do what they can to save Station Square and, perhaps, the entire world.

The player can select from which character to play after meeting them with Sonic, and each has their own unique version of each level. Sonic's levels involve racing through a level as quickly as possible, destroying any robots along the way. Tails can hover over distances, and his levels are similar to Sonic's except that he must beat an opponent to the finish line. Amy can't charge up ramps or run as quickly as Sonic and Tails, but she does have a giant hammer she can break obstacles with. The goal of her levels is to avoid being captured by a robot sent after her by Dr. Robotnik. E102 Gamma is a slow, difficult to maneuver robot, but it has guns and missiles that can lock on to several targets at once, chaining together attacks and earning a higher score and more time on the clock. The goal of its levels is to reach a boss enemy and destroy it before time runs out. The final character is Big the Cat, a fisherman searching for his lost frog. Big's levels are almost entirely devoid of action or fighting; he just fishes. Each character can find items that increase their abilities as the story progresses, such as a ring for Sonic that lets him home along lines of rings, or improved lures for Big. A final chapter wrapping up the story is unlocked after all other characters have been completed.

Additionally each of the characters can visit the Chao garden where they can raise baby Chaos. By petting, feeding, and showing animals found in levels to the Chaos they can grow stronger, and optionally be put into races against other Chaos. As well each level in the game has additional objectives that can be completed to acquire extra emblems, although the emblems don't do anything in this version of the game. Finally at one time it was possible to go online and download additional levels and bonuses in the game, such a Christmas theme for Station Square and a level sponsored by AT&T, but since SegaNet shut down this is no longer possible.

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Sonic Adventure Dreamcast A cut-scene
Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Title Screen
Sonic Adventure Dreamcast High in the Air
Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Loop

Alternate Titles

  • "索尼克大冒险" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Sonic Adventure International" -- Updated Edition title
  • "ソニック アドベンチャー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Sonic's Glorious Return! Classic Nigel (150) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Simply an amazing "killer app". A O (71) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Without a doubt, the best game I ever played! M.Allen (76) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
The First Adventure ... Begins Rouge (7) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Could have been great, but... optrirominiluikus (112) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
The best Sonic game since S&K. Gary Smith (65) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
A classical title, that I will always remember. Kluke (8) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars

The Press Says

Power Unlimited Mar, 1999 9.8 out of 10 98
Super Play Oct, 1999 95 out of 100 95
Meristation Sep 17, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 10, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
DC-UK Sep, 1999 90 out of 100 90
SEGA-Portal.de Sep 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus Oct, 1999 89 out of 100 89
IGN Sep 08, 1999 8.6 out of 10 86
GameGenie 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

Sonic X-Treme, an unfinished Sonic game in 3D, was originally to be released for the Sega Saturn in 1996. However, with so many delays, and without the help of Yuji Naka (was working on NiGHTS into Dreams at the time) the game got canned. Sonic X-Treme was originally going to be the first Sonic 3D game to come out. Instead, Sonic Adventure took the lead of that for the Dreamcast.
Grant McLellan (545) added Sonic Adventure (Dreamcast) on Mar 29, 2001
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