Review: Sonic Adventure DX (GCN)

Many hardcore Nintendo fans were very skeptical of the entire Sonic the Hedgehog series, mainly because of console wars way back in 1991 (20 years ago), and the fact that no Sonic game was on a Nintendo system at the time.  Although Sonic Advance on the Gameboy Advance came out first in 2001, there was never really a Sonic game to grace a Nintendo Console.  That was all before Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut came to the Gamecube in 2003.  Continue reading for the review! - Greg Boe (admin)

Gameplay

The play-style in Sonic Adventure DX was like no Sonic game before.  This game had two different types of gameplay: Action Stages and Adventure Fields.  In Action Stages,  you control Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big the Cat, and E-102 Gamma in action-packed levels with a specific objective, and Adventure Fields are hub worlds with simple puzzles to solve to progress in the game.  With Sonic, Tails, and Amy, you play through levels that involve overcoming obstacles to get to the end of the stage as quickly as possible.  With Knuckles, you search for the hidden shards of the Master Emerald that are placed all over the level.  As E-102 Gamma, you race against the clock in shooting levels, where at the end, you have to defeat (or destroy) your objective.  After you beat each character’s story mode (they all are separate) you will unlock the Final Story, which I won’t spoil for you, but it’s pretty epic.

Stages

Sonic Adventure DX had some great Stages, some even the best in the series.  Here are all 11 stages: Emerald Coast, Casinopolis, Twinkle Park, Speed Highway, Lost World, Final Egg, Windy Valley, Ice Cap, Red Mountain, Sky Deck, and Hot Shelter.  These stages are full of variety, and each stage plays at least slightly differently for each character.

Conclusion

Sonic Adventure DX really graphically improved the original Sonic Adventure for Sega Dreamcast in 1999, and is among one of my favorite Sonic the Hedgehog games to date.  There are a few annoying bits about the game, like the fact that Sega hadn’t yet perfected facial expressions, and Sonic is seen making some pretty strange faces in the game, mainly because 3D animation was still being perfected.  My only big gripe about the game is Big the Cat.  He really slows down the game, especially since you have to beat all of his slow-paced fishing stages to complete the game, but this story is relatively short, thank-goodness.  If you like fast-paced action games, Sonic Adventure DX should definitely be in your Gamecube collection.

Rating

9.0

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About Greg Boe

I'm the founder and administrator of Nintendo Charged. I've dedicated the past three years to keeping our readers in the loop with the imaginative world of Nintendo. My biggest gaming interest at the time is the Nintendo Wii U and it's upcoming games, but I've been a close follower of the 3DS since launch in 2011. My favorite game as of now is The World Ends With You on DS. If you have any questions, or just want someone to play online with, leave a comment! I hope you enjoy your visit at Nintendo Charged.

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