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Sonic Heroes is a 3D action-platformer in which the player takes control of a team of 3 characters, each with a special ability - speed, fly and power. The objective of the game is to race through levels as quickly as possible whilst defeating enemies and collecting rings. Your time, rings and enemies defeated make up a point system, and more points mean a higher rank on the level. There are 4 teams of characters each with their own changes to the gameplay:
  • Team Sonic is the intermediate difficulty featuring Sonic (speed), Tails (fly) and Knuckles (power).
  • Team Shadow is the hard difficulty featuring Shadow (speed), Rogue (fly) and E-123 Omega (power).
  • Team Rose is the easy difficulty featuring Amy (speed), Cream (fly) and Big (power).
  • Team Chaotix features new mission-based objectives with Espio (speed), Charmy (fly) and Vector (power).
The game features 4 modes:
  • Story Mode, giving players the opportunity to play through levels as the story progresses.
  • Challenge Mode, giving players the opportunity to replay levels that they have previously cleared in Story Mode
  • Battle Mode, a multiplayer mode where players can race or battle each other
  • Tutorial Mode, teaching players the basics of playing the game.


Sonic Heroes GameCube Rain Frog
Sonic Heroes Windows Seaside Hill in 2P Battle Mode
Sonic Heroes Xbox Mission Clear!
Sonic Heroes Xbox Seaside Hill Zone

Promo Images

Sonic Heroes Screenshot
Sonic Heroes Screenshot
Sonic Heroes Screenshot
Sonic Heroes Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "索尼克英雄" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ソニックヒーローズ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "소닉히어로즈" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Far better then many give it credit ... GameCube Kartanym (12738)
A New Day Brings New Adventure GameCube Rachael Blenkin (2)
Horrid, half-assed, failed attempt at resurrecting a dying breed of game. GameCube AG Wolf (277)
Sonics PS2 debut - and it's not bad! PlayStation 2 pottyboy (73)
Not the best but fun GameCube Sonicfanx (10)
Easily-pleased youngsters or Sonic fans might like this. Otherwise.... PlayStation 2 Gary Smith (65)
4 teams and 12 high speed characters! GameCube knuckles-rox (11)
Why? Seriously? WHY?! Windows AaronGamer (45)
Not bad 3D platformer, but has some lacks Windows M R (12)
Sonic in 2D = good. Sonic in 3D? Disappointment! PlayStation 2 Reborn_Demon (136)

Critic Reviews

Power Sonic PlayStation 2 Feb 28, 2015 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Xbox Jan 26, 2004 4 out of 5 80
IGN GameCube Jan 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot GameCube Jan 06, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 23, 2004 75 out of 100 75
X-Power Xbox Feb 15, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Bright Hub GameCube Dec 08, 2008 3 out of 5 60 (UK) GameCube Feb 13, 2004 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Jan 31, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide PlayStation 2 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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A New Day Begins New Adventure 84 DJP Mom (11376)
Aug 24, 2007



This was the first Sonic game to be released on multiple platforms (Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox) simultaneously.

Team Chaotix

Team Chaotix is made up of three of the main characters from Knuckles' Chaotix.

PlayStation 2 version

The PlayStation 2 version is infamous for being poorly optimised and performing badly due to the weaker nature of the PS2's hardware when compared to the Xbox or GameCube. The PS2 version runs in 30fps with additional frame drops as opposed to the GameCube and Xbox's 60fps. The PS2 version also suffers from a lower draw distance and longer loading times. Another oddity exclusive to the American PS2 version is that, on menu screens, O acts as the primary "enter" button and X acts as the back button, similarly to how Japanese PlayStation games are controlled; the European version uses the correct button layout.

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