Despite the five-star polish of his signature speed rush, the whole thing is dragged down hard by the other half-baked game varieties. Anyone who paid for a Sonic title will be racing hedgehogs only 33 percent of the time, and that just isn’t enough. The shooter levels are fun, but not very original, and once fans are done rationalizing, they’ll admit that the treasure hunts are practically void of entertainment value. Since all of this is part of the main game, you must fight through the bad to enjoy the good, which saps a lot of joy out of playing. It’s a shame, especially because Adventure 2 is gorgeous. Also, the chao raising is very engrossing, and prudently kept completely separate from the rest of the action. Overall, Sonic is presented as a top-tier GameCube title, and in many aspects it is, but when you boil down the fun vs. disappointment ratio, it ends up only slightly ahead of the curve.