Experience two unique adventures featuring both long-time heroes and new and returning villains as they battle for the fate of the world!
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Release Date: Nov 19, 2012

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In the fight between heroes and villains, will you choose to save the world or conquer it?


The hunt for the Chaos Emeralds is on and battle lines have been drawn between Hero and Dark. Experience two unique adventures featuring both long-time heroes and new and returning villains as they battle for the fate of the world!


Save the day as heroes Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles or cause chaos as Shadow, Dr. Eggman, and Rouge, utilizing each of their unique skills and abilities!


Take a break from the main story and challenge a friend in two-player across kart racing and other competitive modes!


Raise your own pet Chao, improve their statistics, and compete with them in unique mini-games!


Challenge yourself to complete over 150 unique missions across 30 action filled stages!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/Win7
    • Processor:Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz/Athlon 64 3000+ or Equivalent & above
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8600/AT Radeon HD3650) & above
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.4 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & above
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce GTS250/ATI Radeon HD 4850) & above
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
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Sonic the Hedgehog
( 26.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Ok this is my first review to anything so... yeah

Anyway, this game was one of the last games for me that was good before Sonic went downhill, this game was great in the respect that there were two storys and both fitted into place really well. Sonic Adventure 2 was so good I bought it on every platform Gamecube, Dreamcast and PC. To think that Sonic could get a game where he finally has a rival to compete with.

Another thing about this game is you couldn't choose you character so you get all the action while playing as all the characters on both the Hero and the Dark storys, also there is a multiplayer mode in which you can choose your character and mode. Me and my buddy play this all the time and never regret turning that console on just to play this game. Also the gliches give the game a bit more adventure. its a good reason to exploit the games physics.
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leg men are a rare species
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
dont act like im gonna sit here and praise this game just ♥♥♥♥ing buy it for the chao garden
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KushLord
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Eh. This game is classic, but it really didn't age well.

Worth the price.
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Calico_Starfish
( 36.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
1/3 of this game is actually good
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CrazyRiverOtter
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
The Sonic/Shadow stages are nice and fast, but are also linear to the point where exploration is forbidden. The Tails/Eggman stages are also pretty linear and they drag on, but at least make it fun to blow stuff up. The Knuckles/Rouge stages are a travesty. You have to search for hidden emerald shards with a radar that does a downright awful job of telling you where to look while hint monitors flat-out lie to you.

Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog and kids will probably enjoy it a fair amount, but otherwise it's just kind of underwhelming.

That said, it is fun to hack it and play as Doctor Eggman in City Escape.
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CoolGuyRift
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
ITS MY CHILDHOOD ON STEAM!


The game works well with a controller (as well as the original did at least).
Runs smooth, at least for me.


I have experienced a few crashes, where the game will just freeze, but the audio will continue on (its halted, but music and whatever sound was made when it crashed will play normally). It's happened twice, but that's the only problem I've had.

It's one of the better Sonic games out there, so if this wasn't a part of your childhood but you like Sonic, get it.
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McLovin
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
gutta geuw fest_xxx
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ItzMLG
( 36.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
BEST SONIC GAME EVER. But really glitchy.
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ۜBart simson™ [☭RUS☭]
( 58.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Great gameplay and soundtrack
Full review: youtube. com/watch?v=Qzb87qir7Cs
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
If you've played this game before, then dropping a few dollars on it could be worth it. But if you haven't and you're interested in Dreamcast-era Sonic, then prepare yourself.

Some of the cons of the game include cheap enemy placement, a handful of crappy levels with questionable designs (particulary Pyramid Cave, Crazy Gadget, the car levels, Mad Space, and Final Chase), RNG, terrible camera angles, audio mixing, and the strain required to get A-ranks sometimes (especially for perfectionists). You'll open a door, immediately get hit by one of those Chaos ♥♥♥♥ers, and lose all your rings; you'll get screwed over by dumb mechanics like manipulating gravity and trying to traverse poorly designed half-pipes in Green Forest; you'll have to navigate a treasure hunting level that's a lot bigger than it should be and have a hit-or-miss attempt in doing well in general due to random emerald placement; you'll barely see what you're doing sometimes; and you'll be more than frustrated when you can't get the best rank for a level and have to play over it again. Note emphasis on using "you'll" alot, because all these things do happen. You will get angry playing this game at least once.

Some people like the story, others don't. The voice acting and lip-syncing can be bad from time to time too, but it's a Sonic game at the end of the day. Whether you care or not is up to you, but I don't think of them as a totally significant parts of the game unlike '06 and Unleashed.

As for pros, the game has some pretty good music, a fair bit of stages that are pretty fun (like all the Sonic and Shadow levels besides the ones mentioned above), an interesting story, presentation, and gameplay concept of hero versus dark, and gameplay value in terms of collecting rings to buy stuff for the Chao Garden and doing up to five missions per level out of the 31 in the game (though the fifth mission on each level makes you want to die). If you do like collecting in games, then SA2 does well to appease. I can definitely say that the pros outweigh the cons in a general sense, but it may not be so apparent sometimes.

And on a side note: you'll either like the Chao Garden or you just won't care at all. It's a virtual pet simulator.

The difficulty of the game comes from a few of the aforementioned cons like bad camera angles and RNG. As you play levels over and over, you'll get used to stuff like the timing of jumping off ramps, how enemies appear from literally nowhere, and overcoming the bad detection in light dashing and difficulty in making precise movements at times. So really, your first playthrough might not be that great. You just have to keep getting used to it and get in flow with the game, because it's definitely necessary to get all 180 A-ranks.

But really, Sonic and Shadow levels are either easy or annoying, Knuckles and Rouge levels can drag sometimes, and Tails and Eggman levels just require abusing the lock-on function to get get score bonuses. That's the basic gist of it.

So yeah, getting used to how this game works makes the mentioned pros all the more enjoyable. Being able to deal with how this game varies in quality often is the best way to experience it. There's not a Sonic game really like SA2 besides its predecessor in the series. If you haven't played this game before in your childhood or any other time like most people here, then be ready for something totally new. And if you have, prepare to relive the weird but charming mix of frustration and joy.

Oh, and this game pretty much requires the use of a gamepad too.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
NOTE: This made made with the BATTLE DLC

One of the best Sonic games of all time featuring 6 playable characters, 3 playable stories, an amazingly fun and adorable chao garden, and a great soundtrack. Sadly, this game doesn't fully support Intel HD graphics and causes the infamous "floating vehicle" glitch in City Escape. (It doesn't seem like SEGA will fix this anytime soon)

Rating: 9/10 "Escape from the City!"
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Great gameplay and soundtrack
Full review: youtube. com/watch?v=Qzb87qir7Cs
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
It's not Sonic Boom.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Nostalgia, Chao Garden, going fast, edgy hedgehogs, yosh, mad space literally makes me mad simulator.
But thats a good thing.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I'm going to be very clear, either you buy tthis game and your male genitalia triples in size.

Or you don't buy it and 34 chaos are sent in a forest to live "an happy life" >:(
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
264.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
200+ hours and I still haven't beaten Hero Story quick enough.

10/10 would waste 1 week of my life for speed again.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
every time it opens my computer freezes not allowing the use of task manager

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Review from my website: ollieplays.com

I guess it’s fair comment to say that a good sequel should in most cases improve on what the original game did well and fix or reduce those elements that were not so strong. Sonic Adventure 2 does exactly this - the exhilarating speeds achieved in the classic Sonic games are the best hallmark of the series, and that brings me nicely onto the structure of Adventure 2.

The main story is split into the Hero and Dark campaigns, each with unique levels and cutscenes. Hero mode follows Sonic, Knuckles and Tails as they attempt to destroy Eggman’s latest acquisition, the Eclipse Cannon invented by his grandfather, Gerald Robotnik, which contains the power to destroy an entire planet (haven’t heard that one before). Meanwhile, the Dark story sees the doctor awaken the ‘ultimate life form’, a black hedgehog named Shadow who wields the devastating ‘Chaos Control’ and rivals our hero Sonic in speed and power.

Sonic and Shadow’s stages are speed-based, encouraging racing through the level as quickly as possible, performing tricks and chaining enemy-rending combos as you go. These areas feel much more tightly designed than in Adventure, with multiple paths and shortcuts available. Enemy placement is also set up to make sequential homing attacks easy and there’s enormous fun to be had in trying to beat record times.

Treasure Hunt stages also return from the first game, featuring Knuckles the Echidna and Rouge the Bat, a silky-voiced jewel thief with mysterious motives. As before, you have a radar which bleeps the closer you get to pieces of the Master Emerald, but these levels are now segmented into very distinct areas which makes navigating them much simpler, and the provided clues easier to understand.

Finally Tails and Dr Eggman have shooting stages to contend with, developed from E-102 Gamma’s levels in the first game. These are nicely different and encourage a slightly more conservative playstyle, as the walker mechs you pilot are rather slow, albeit with incredible firepower.

Item upgrades are present in most stages for each character, such as the Light Dash for Sonic and Shadow allowing them to rush through chains of rings at lightning speeds and the Air Necklace for treasure hunters, bestowing underwater breathing which can make later stages substantially more bearable. Stages each boast five different challenges for a total of five emblems per level, and you will need to make return trips to unlock every upgrade so keep your eye out!

Mercifully the Amy and Big the Cat type stages from Adventure are nowhere to be seen. Good riddance, I wouldn’t wish them on anybody.

Bosses are encountered throughout both stories, and completing both the Hero and Dark campaigns reveals the true story, and as much as I would love to go into it, that would be telling.
Both stories are very generic to the fullest extent of the word, with the slight caveat that to understand a lot of Shadow’s backstory for future games, Sonic Adventure 2 is really the place to the start - it’s the simplest way to get to grips with his motives and feelings, and it’s a good stepping stone to access Sonic Heroes or Shadow the Hedgehog if you’re feeling particularly brave.

In the modern Steam release (a PC port of the Gamecube Sonic 2 Battle version) the game looks perfect and scales perfectly to 16:9 resolutions. Graphics are sharp, there is no flickering and the soundtrack is kick-♥♥♥, with a mixture of driving rock for faster stages and more subdued melodies for levels that take a little longer - overall it feels extremely well balanced and performance should be great even on less powerful machines. Escape from the City is as good as it ever was and remains one of my favourite levels in any game ever due to its watertight design and amazing theme tune.

The voice acting was famously bad in the first game, and unfortunately this hasn’t been fixed in the second entry. There is a very noticeable problem with the lines of dialogue in cutscenes overlapping and running into one another - it’s honestly pretty bad and although this doesn’t bother me too much because I’ve played the game many times before, you should be aware of this as it seems to just be a marker of developer oversight as far as I can tell, which is really unexcusable in the means of story delivery.

Now I obviously have to give special kudos to the incredibly extensive chao breeding system - it’s been improved and refined from the first game and allows a great degree of customisation to breed themed chaos with the stats of your choice. Chaos drives and captured animals can be given to your chaos to change their appearance and characteristics, and rings collected during stages spent on food and items for them, or even rare chao eggs!

There are emblems available from the Chao Races and Karate challenges if you pick up the Battle DLC, so it’s definitely worth investing your time into. As I remarked in my Let’s Play of this title, I know several people that own the game purely for this subgame, which must say something as to the quality. Trying to raise Hero chaos, Dark chaos, Angel chaos, animal chaos, there’s so much to do and so much to unlock, it can get a little overwhelming. This is true of the game on the whole actually, and one area in which the developers almost tried to do too much.

There are 180 emblems in the game, which is a staggering amount, and obviously having more to do per dollar invested is a good thing. However this is achieved by attaching emblems to repetitive side-missions such as collecting 100 rings, finding a hidden Chao in each stage and completing missions in Hard Mode. Again in theory this sounds fantastic, but these objectives become extremely monotonous and I simply found myself replaying the standard level goals for which I already had the emblem rather than being hindered by somewhat abstract goals.

Searching carefully for a lost Chao, for example, totally takes the speed out of the runner levels, which is what they’re supposed to be about, and the same is true of collecting rings in the shooter stages, where you’re extremely easy to hit due to your large frames and rings can be pretty scarce in the stages anyway. Since you lose every single ring when you’re hit and only 20 are scattered around you, you may need to run through stages multiple times to achieve your goal.

Let’s face it, Sonic Adventure is a bit of a travesty to play nowadays - it looks and feels extremely dated and almost haphazard. The open hub worlds felt utterly pointless, and the less said about those awful fishing stages the better. Adventure 2 kept the good and chucked the crap, while improving on what made the interesting stages feel so exhilarating in the first place. The treasure hunt and shooting levels still pale in comparison to the runners, but what else do you expect from a true Sonic game? It’s a great entry in the series and perfect for newcomers as well as veterans - grab a copy today.
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