Sonic Adventure

Critic Score User Score
Dreamcast
87
4.0
PlayStation 3
...
4.2
Xbox 360
59
3.7
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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.

Screenshots

Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Loop
Sonic Adventure Dreamcast High in the Air
Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Title Screen
Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Steep ramp

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! Dreamcast Classic Nigel (150)
Simply an amazing "killer app". Dreamcast A O (71)
The First Adventure ... Begins Dreamcast Rouge (7)
Without a doubt, the best game I ever played! Dreamcast M.Allen (76)
Could have been great, but... Dreamcast optrirominiluikus (112)
The best Sonic game since S&K. Dreamcast Gary Smith (65)
A classical title, that I will always remember. Dreamcast Kluke (8)

Critic Reviews

Electric Playground Dreamcast Jan 18, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
Video Games Dreamcast Sep, 1999 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot Dreamcast Dec 31, 1998 9.2 out of 10 92
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Oct 03, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Futuregamez.net Dreamcast Jul 31, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Gaming Target Dreamcast Aug 08, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
The Next Level Dreamcast Nov 04, 1999 B+ 83
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Sep 24, 1999 B+ 83
All Game Guide Dreamcast 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Le Geek Dreamcast Dec, 2003 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Wallpapers

Pop the GD-ROM into your computer's CD drive and find Sonic & Co. desktop wallpapers in Extra directory.
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