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Review of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood by BioWare

The first Sonic game to trade in speed for RPG mechanics. But even without the insanely fast loop-de-loops, does this game still stack up to be a quality entry in the Sonic series? Read on to find out!

Presentation: Okay graphics, but nothing too special. A fair amount of different locales to play in, though. Presentation: 7/10

Sound: This game has some really peculiar music, but overall the soundtrack is pretty good. Sound: 7.5/10

Gameplay: The gameplay is classic, RPG styled gameplay, with the occasional stylus command and irritating puzzle thrown in. Sonic and each of his teammates all have their special attacks, but overall the game just doesn’t deliver the fun factor most other Sonic games have. The character variety is nice, though. Gameplay: 7.5/10

Multiplayer: N/A

Length: The game has a short story mode, and once that’s over the game just repeats the story over and over and over again. For me, the game lasted only about 6 hours. Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with the lack of replay value. Length: 4/10

The average score for this game is a 5.2/10, with a title of weak. This game provides a handful of fun moments, but overall it’s just a big mess of pathetic battle sequences, maddening puzzles, and extremely easy bosses. Sega and BioWare need to make some serious improvements to this game if they ever intend on making a sequel.

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Review of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle for Gamecube

This’ll be a review of “Sonic Adventure 2: Battle” for the Nintendo Gamecube.

Sound: Good music. Upbeat, catchy melodies that go along really well with whatever level you’re playing. The voice actors are great as well, portraying each character perfectly. Sound: 8.5/10

Presentation: The graphics aren’t too impressive from a technical viewpoint, but the wide variety of environments that range from lush forests to colossal space stations make up for any graphical shortcomings in the game. Presentation: 9/10

Gameplay: A wide variety of gameplay styles. With Sonic and Shadow, you get the fast paced, loop-de-loop speed levels you expect. With Eggman and Tails, you battle your way through hordes of enemies in bulky robot battle-armor. And with Knuckles and Rouge, you get treasure hunting levels. Overall, the variety is nice, but the Sonic and Shadow levels are still by far the most fun. All modes have solid controls, and good camera angles. Gameplay: 8/10

Multiplayer: It’s okay. It has a bigger range of playable characters, and exclusive two-player levels, but overall it’s just not as fun as the single-player story mode. Multiplayer: 7/10

Length: This game has two very lengthy (but still fun) story modes. And once both the hero and dark story modes are completed, you unlock the final story which combines both in an epic array of final bosses. On top of that, there’s a bonus mode where you can raise your own Chao, which is shockingly addictive. Length: 9.5/10

Overall: This game gets an 8.4/10! A great game with loads of depth, variety and fun gameplay. I highly recommend it to any gamer.