Sonic Adventure - Sega Dreamcast

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Sega's beloved blue mascot has been given the full 3D treatment in Sonic Adventure, the first game featuring
Sonic the Hedgehog on the 128-bit Dreamcast console. Sonic has retained his classic moves from previous games in the
series, so players will be able to dash at high speeds, perform spins to defeat enemies and jump into the air to reach
suspended platforms. Sonic has also learned how to pick up, throw, and even shake items in his grasp! In addition, the
spin attack has been refined: once Sonic is in mid-air, pressing a button will have the hedgehog automatically blast
toward an enemy like a homing missile. The main game is the Adventure Mode, where you'll be able to explore two areas
forming each level: the Adventure Field and Action Stage. The three Adventure Fields (Station Square, Mystic Ruins and
Egg Carrier) serve as gateways to the ten stages in the game. Sonic will find himself on a busy street, on a beach
resort next to a train station, inside a jungle, and various other settings filled with people to talk to and objects to
manipulate. Once Sonic is ready to embark on an Action Stage, he can leave the Adventure Field at any time to travel to
a new destination. The Action Stage requires the "Blue Blur" to complete a specific objective as fast as possible, such
as finding his young friend Tails or retrieving one of the seven Chaos Emeralds in the game. These Chaos Emeralds must
be found at all costs -- the evil Dr. Robotnik is planning on feeding them to a strange creature named Chaos. The
problem? The water-based alien grows larger and more powerful with every emerald it consumes! Besides confronting Chaos
and Dr. Robotnik, Sonic will also have to deal with various robotic creations designed to impede his progress; take them
out with his patented whirl and free the helpless animals trapped inside!


After several years in video game retirement, Sonic the Hedgehog returns as the star of a graphically
stunning 3-D adventure game that blows away every other game in the genre. Sonic is joined by five of his friends in a
massive quest that spans over 50 game levels filled with remarkable visuals and a pulsating soundtrack. Taking full
advantage of the unprecedented processing power of the Dreamcast, Sega's development crew, Sonic Team, has designed
several gravity-defying game levels that will keep gamers hooked.

Our favorite level is Windy Valley, which requires you to survive the stormy perils of a tremendous tornado. This
tyrant of nature chases you relentlessly before ultimately sucking you into the air and up through its eye. During the
chase, the tornado manages to tear up just about everything on the screen. This dizzying visual spectacle moves so fast
that you will literally hold on to the game controller for dear life.

Assuming you survive the tornado, there are several more challenging areas to conquer, including a level that requires
you to snowboard directly in the path of a fast-approaching avalanche. During the Emerald Coast level, you will race
across a precarious dock as a killer whale attacks from below, destroying the wood planks underneath your feet while you
attempt to outrun the crazed creature.

We also liked the numerous mini-games scattered throughout this title. When you least expect it, Sonic Adventure tosses
in some old-fashioned arcade action, such as pinball or bumper car racing. In between, you can raise virtual pets, known
in the game as "Chao." These characters, which are saved using the optional Visual Memory Unit (VMU), can be combined
with other Chao characters exchanged between friends or downloaded via the Internet.

Gamers looking to show off the strong processing power of the 128-bit Dreamcast will definitely want to pick up this
title. Simply put, Sonic Adventure's graphics surpass those of any other game currently available on any home video game
system. Let the Sonic assault begin. --Brett Atwood


* Strong replay value
* Stunning graphics
* Bonus virtual pet game
* Six different game characters

* May be too fast-moving for some players
* Awkward camera angles can inhibit gameplay in some areas

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