Did you see that hedgehog?! Sonic fans, speed fanatics and Internet junkies will all be appeased once they get this hedgehog-driven action/adventure game up and running on their Sega Dreamcast. Sonic Adventure, the fastest 3-D platform game ever, is a non-stop adrenaline rush, taking gamers through vast worlds with a multitude of options--both online and off. Sonic and his pals must interact with characters throughout the game to obtain clues, get directions and solve puzzles. Gamers can choose to play as any one of six characters, including two brand-new characters. Sonic and his friends can now climb, fly, hover, snowboard, shoot and for the first time, talk--whatever it takes to stop his foe, Dr. Robotnik. Each character has their own special skills to manoeuvre through the levels, for example, Tails is able to fly, while Knuckles can glide and dig. Fastest game ever in its genre. Six different characters (including two brand new ones), six different styles of gameplay with six different endings, and five huge 3D worlds to explore. Immense storyline capacity allows players to see the story unfold from six different points of view. Extra objectives for added difficulty when replaying completed levels. All-new Sonic moves including the "Light Speed Dash". Numerous mini-games to expand the experience. Internet support: download special add-ons, post messages to bulletin boards, share tips and tricks with other Sonic gamers across the country and upload high scores and see rankings. Players can also get special information on players. Mini Games with Chao Characters: Using the adorable hidden "chao" creatures, gamers can explore an all new worlds using the Internet capabilities of the game. Create your own Chao creature. Upload and trade your Chaos: In the "Chao Daycare" area on the network, view Chaos crated by other gamers, send e-mail comments to them about their Chaos and even password protect your Chao so that only your friends can see it.
When you think of Sega, three words normally spring to mind: Blue, Spikey and Hedgehog. You've guessed it: Sonic
is Back. This time it's with the Sega Dreamcast and in full Technicolor. With a new lease of life, new friends and new baddies, Sonic has certainly got his work cut out for him--in a breezy, buzzing world that shows the transfer of an old game to a new console needn't be limp. Now we are granted shots of Sonic running at high speed, the calming ocean in the background and other graphical niceties. There are times when you have to be precise with the position of Sonic, and after bouncing your way through numerous trampolines this it can be annoying. Still, every time our little friend turns and waves everything just seems all right. This game ranks with other titles in the genre. If you're a Sonic fan, but never got around to getting this title for your collection then it certainly is a must. If however you are a slightly less devoted Sega fan, then perhaps other titles such as Rayman 2
that have moved the genre are most appropriate. This said, a Sega console
without Sonic the Hedgehog is like a fish without a bicycle. --Stuart Miles