13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great fun, but flawed,
This review is from: Sonic Heroes (PS2) (Video Game)
Let's face it, comparing the new generation of Sonic games to those that over-heated our Master Systems and Mega Drives when we were kids is a little pointless. With the transition to 3D, the whole onus of the Sonic games has changed, though the concept remains the same; get from A to B as quickly and stylishly as you can.
The most important thing is that the 3D Sonic games are fun, though there's no denying that the camera and controls are flawed. Numerous times you will be spun and propelled off springs, and when doing so you will continually have to rotate the analogue stick to prevent Sonic running directly into the sea upon landing. Also you may sometimes find the camera zoomed in on your characters too closely to see the enemies around, so you'll end up running straight into them. It's a little frustrating that such remedial issues such as the camera haven't been dealt with since Sonic Adventure. At least the voice acting - which sounded so forced in Sonic Adventure that you have to wonder if the actors were embarrassed at their roles - has been greatly improved in this game. Apart from Big the Cat, who's "I'm so stooopid voice" is a real drain.
The Team system is a superb twist and really makes for some exciting game-play, particularly when fighting. Changing between characters is easily done with the Triangle and Circle buttons, though sometimes it will skip past the character you want to use. Chalk that on up to the sensitivity of the PS2 pad.
Despite it's flaws, Sonic Heroes is a fantastic game. It's just solid good fun, with plenty of replay value (four teams, time trials, even a two player mode!) and in all honesty that's all that really matters in the end. It's enjoyable, and surprisingly quite challenging. The levels are gorgeous to look at (though the Casino is an epileptic fit waiting to happen) and pretty lengthy. Goodness knows that I have trouble getting the Keys to the end of the level, which is essential to get to the Special Stages. This challenge just adds to the replay value, as you learn all the levels by heart and improve your skills.
So whilst it has it's niggling problems, but it's an incredibly well thought-through and fleshed-out game with that's incredibly entertaining throughout. Well worth buying.