Content at a glance:
Computer Platform: Game Cube (Nintendo)
Produced by: Sonic Team
Price Range: $11-20
Learning curve time: 31-60 min.
Age level: All Ages
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Reviewed By: Josh
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
Genre: Adventure Platformer
Christian Rating: 4 of 5 (good)
Gameplay: 3 of 5 (average)
Violence: 4 of 5 (barely present)
Adult Content: 5 of 5 (none)
The “Sonic the Hedgehog” series is best known for serving up high-speed adventure games presented with flair that has enticed gamers for over the past decade. “Sonic” has long rivaled “Mario” in terms of popularity since its original release in 1991. In 1999, Sonic Team produced “Sonic Adventure,” which marked the series’ transition to 3D. While some criticized “Sonic Adventure,” others saw it as an evolution to the franchise.
One of the series’ more recent additions is “Sonic Heroes”, a three-dimensional platformer which takes the series back to its roots with familiar locales, familiar characters, and more high-speed action.
“Sonic Heroes” appeals to young and old fans of action games. Does “SH” preserve the spirit that made the franchise famous? And is this a game that’s suitable for all ages? Read on to find out more.
Sonic and Shadow seek to confront Dr. Eggman while the Phoenix Detective Agency does work for an unknown client. In the meantime, an old villain means to bring Sonic and his friends all together to crush them all in a single blow.
Graphics and Visuals:
“Sonic Heroes” looks good, but it does more than that. The developers’ art style is reminiscent of the old “Sonic” games, which were colorful and a joy to look at. On the technical side, SH contains modest textures and decent models, and it runs smoothly at sixty frames-per-second.
In SH, you control a team of three characters. Each character has a set of special abilities, and you will need to switch between characters to successfully navigate levels and defeat certain enemies. There are four teams to choose from, and each one has its own set of characters. All teams play through the same fourteen stages, but with some slight alteration in the story and difficulty level depending on which one you choose.
There is a blend of ‘80s rock, techno, and synth music in this game’s soundtrack. Most of it is forgettable, though. SH’s sound effects are interesting and varied, and they really add a lot to the “Sonic” experience.
While the controls are easy for players to pick up on, this game’s lack of precision often results in an untimely loss. For example, Sonic’s and Shadow’s homing attacks often send them falling over a ledge or into a pit. The camera is another control issue; sometimes it gets stuck at very bad angles.
The violence is very mild, and no one ever gets “killed.” Sonic and his acquaintances mostly fend off Dr. Eggman’s robot minions.
Amy Rose uses the Lord’s name in vain once. There is no other language in the game.
There are some mild fantasy elements such as Chaos Emeralds which grant supernatural power, mystical frogs that can summon rain, and spell-casting robots patrolling a haunted mansion.
As far as family-friendliness goes, SH goes a long way. This game is rated “E”, and it can entertain kids without exposing them to harmful content.
“Sonic Heroes” is a colorful, cheery game that can be enjoyed by almost anybody, and it remains true to the spirit of the original “Sonic.” With hours of fun to be had, “Sonic Heroes” would be a good game to add to your collection.
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Year of Release — 2004
[tags] 4 stars, Adventure, Platformer, Game Cube (Nintendo), E (Everyone), Sonic Team [/tags]
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