Written by  :  Gary Smith (65)
Written on  :  Dec 11, 2004
Platform  :  Dreamcast
Rating  :  3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
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The best Sonic game since S&K.

The Good

Most of the Sonic levels are great, have a lot of running about, but also plenty of platform-jumping as well. There are original ideas, such as the stone snake and the mirrors in Lost World. The graphics are amazing, and there are some first-rate pieces of music. The Sonic levels have great replay value.

The Bad

The Knuckles levels become tedious (wandering about looking for pieces of an emerald, helped only by a less-than-useful tracking device). And as for the 'Big the Cat' levels. A fishing simulator? What on Earth were the makers of this game thinking of? Big himself is a pretty uninteresting character. The voices in this game are worse than abominable - Sonic and friends sound like spoilt brats - and the jokes are unfunny. Cut-scenes which could have been atmospheric are ruined by the terrible voice-overs. This game somehow fails to be greater than the sum of its parts.

The Bottom Line

Sonic and friends are once more called into action when the nutritionally challenged Dr Robotnik brings into being a liquid monster which he plans to use in his latest attempt to rule the world. This is a fully 3-D, multi-role platform adventure in which you must guide Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, etc through the various levels completing whatever tasks they are required to complete. Robotnik and his creation will turn up now and again, providing boss sequences, and there are times when you will need to explore the landscape in order to find entrances to further levels. All in all, the best Sonic game since Sonic 3/Sonic and Knuckles, but I still think those Genesis 2-D scrollers were the best Sonic games.