Excerpt: The Sonic the Hedgehog series has lost its way a bit in the decades since its start on the Sega Genesis. The blazing, split-second decision-making of the original 2-D adventures gave way to unnecessary RPG elements and slow, hard-to-control gameplay in the more recent 3-D incarnations. Luckily, Sonic Rush Adventure discards most of the detritus that has accumulated on the series over the years and brings back the focus on frenetic speed and thrill-ride atmosphere.
Excerpt: Sonic the Hedgehog, standard bearer of Japanese game publisher/developer SEGA, has his white-gloved fingers dipped in all sorts of pies nowadays. From roughing it up in Super Smash Brothers Brawl to taking to the track in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, the blue-haired speedster certainly puts himself about, so much so that it's easy to forget that his bread and butter is supersonic ring-collecting 2D platforming perfection.
Conclusion: Apart from these few grips we are happy to see the rest of the game exhibit a slightly improved experience from the last DS Sonic game. As we said at the top of the review, that in itself was a sleeper hit, so another chance to enjoy Sonic Team's return to form cannot be sneezed at. Overall if you haven't played the previous game then this could be a great time to return to the Sonic franchise.
Summary: Sonic Rush Adventure seamlessly utilize both screens of the Nintendo DS to navigate the high seas in search of pirate treasure, delivering Sonic's classic high-speed 2D gameplay in the ultimate Sonic handheld experience.
Excerpt: The original Sonic Rush Sonic The
story starts out simply enough. One day, Tails’ radar picks up a
strange energy signature, so he and Sonic take to the skies in their
biplane, the Tornado, and decide to investigate. What they find is a
giant cyclone out at sea, and before you know it, our two heroes have
been sucked into the storm.
Excerpt: Sonic Rush Adventure is the follow-up to the 2005 Nintendo DS title Sonic Rush. Sonic Rush brought the Sonic Advance series to Nintendo's dual screen handheld and gave the platform a much better Sonic experience than any of the "big screen consoles." Sonic Rush Adventure continues the excellent tradition of handheld Sonic and delivers a solid experience.