Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
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Ironic isn't it? Sega and Nintendo had been going at it
for years..the classic struggle between Sonic vs Mario.
In fact, Sonic was created to stop Mario and make everyone
forget about Nintendo. Times have changed and since the
failure of the Sega Dreamcast, Sega decided to go all out
by making themselves a multi-platform software company.
And what better way of showing off their skills than to
re-release a game that was once on their old console that
sold quite alot. Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Team's latest
game, has been released with a new name, Sonic Adventure
Why is it named Sonic Adventure 2 Battle? Simple, unlike
the Dreamcast version, SA2B has more options for its 2 Player
mode. In this game's 2 Player Mode, you have the option
of Racing, Treasure Hunting, Shooting, Kart Race, Chao Race,
and Chao Karate. In Racing, you can choose between Sonic
and Amy Rose or Shadow and Metal Sonic. In Treasure Hunting,
you can choose between Knuckles and Tikal or Rouge and Chaos
0. Shooting allows you to choose from Tails and Chao Walker
or Dr. Eggman and Dark Chao Walker. Kart Race allows you
to Kart race as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Dr. Eggman, Shadow,
or Rouge. As you progress in the game, you'll unlock new
karts, RoboEggman and a Chao in a kart.
Chao Racing allows you to use your raised Chao in a race
against your opponent's Chao. Chao Karate is a new addition
to Sonic Adventure 2. Basically you take your raised Chao
and battle it against your opponent's raised Chao (like
you would do in Pokemon). It's not as involved as Pokemon,
but here's the jist of it. You're Chao will fight until
it's Zeal runs out. When it does, you must press A repeatedly
to rise it back up to keep fighting. All of it's stats effect
how it preforms in battle.
Now if you're wondering if that's all that's been done,
then I have to say no it isn't. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle's
1 Player Mode got an upgrade too. All of the levels got
some graphical changes, the Chao Gardens were fixed up so
you can check your Chao's stats without having to swap it
into the GameBoy Advance (which I'll get into later), and
because of the GameCube's great ability of showing off nice
graphics, the game runs just as smooth as the Dreamcast
version with alot of graphical fixes. Circles look more
like circles (such as the Rings), and Sonic and Shadow's
quills are rounded out more.
Now about the control. The controls are basic. A is to
Jump and B is to Attack while the Analog stick controls
your character. The L and R buttons control the direction
you move the camera. The one problem I have with the controls
is the camera. The camera tends to move around either alot
or not where you want it to go. If you were to jump to one
position, the camera will pull a 180 and confuse you if
you're not used to your surroundings. Or there will be times
when it gets stuck behind a wall.But once you get used to
it, the camera won't bother you much.
Now as for the sound..I have to say Sonic Team picks the
best and worst voice actors I've heard for a video game.
What do I mean? Well, Sonic Team of Japan did an excellent
job of making sure everyone's voice fit their character.
But..of course, when it comes to translating it for America,
that's where it hurts. Sonic Team of America did just as
bad a job as they did in Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast.
Shadow doesn't have that bad ass voice he has in the Japanese
version..Knuckles sounds horrendous..more like a 34-year
old man who doesn't care for what he's doing. Most of the
time they don't get the feel of the character and make the
expression in the voice sound unfitting. Thank god that
you can switch the audio to Japanese. As for music..Sonic
Team once again wows me by treating me to beautiful sounding
music. From Escape from the City to Live and Learn, I was
making sure no one who came into room spoke so I could hear
Now what else does Sonic Adventure 2 Battle allow? Well,
if you happen to own a GameBoy Advance, Sonic Advance, and
a GameBoy Advance/GameCube link, you could transfer your
Chao between the GBA and the GC or vice versa. Not only
can you transfer Chao, but you can bring rare Chao Eggs
that you can't obtain from SA2B from Sonic Advance. The
game may not have Internet Access like the Dreamcast version
did, but you now have access to the Chao Black Market. What
does this do? Well everytime you beat a level, the rings
you collected are added to a sort of bank. When you goto
the Black Market, you can purchase Chao Eggs, food, accessories
for Chao or voice menu themes for the Menu when you start
up the game.
Pros: There's alot to do in SA2B that you can't
get bored easily.
- Cons: People who hate Chao probably will get bored
if they finish the game and don't play with other
Pros: The Japanese voices and the music is where
- Cons: The English voices are horrible, I've seen
better voice acting in English dubbed Godzilla movies.
The music is what gave it the higher rating.
Pros: There's alot to do. You can try and earn A
rankings to unlock secrets. Try earning all 180
Emblems to unlock the Secret Stage, Green Hill.
Raising Chao and playing against another player
make this game very much worth buying.
- Cons: None
Pros: The controls are simplistic. Analog stick
moves your character, A is for Jumping, and B is
- Cons: The camera tends to get abit annoying at
Pros: The game runs at an excellent 60 frames-per-second
and looks better than the Dreamcast version.
- Cons: None
(not an average)
Adventure 2 Battle is worth playing and buying.
Some may say that it's not worth getting if you
already own the Dreamcast version. I believe it's
not true since I own both and it's fun playing the
game over and over again. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
is a game that'll keep you coming back to try earning
better rankings, raising your Chao, and seeing which
person can play the game better with 2 Player mode.