Excerpt: After a lifetime as the flagship character of his own slew of systems our favorite little blue rodent from video games past is now on Xbox. Sonic makes his Xbox debut with Sonic Heroes, Segas latest installment to the Sonic license. So does Sonic show any signs of aging, or slowing down for that matter? Will Sonic be welcome on his new black and green home? Or is it going to be another case of a "Retro" game charecter on his last leg?
Excerpt: The Sonic legacy began as a series of 2D platformers on the Genesis. Once the series moved into 3D, it took a decidedly different turn in terms of gameplay with more emphasis on adventure elements, though still containing some of the classic 'speed' action of the original. Sonic Heroes is an attempt at a total return to the classic style of gameplay.
Excerpt: Sonic has been a strong franchise since the Sega Genesis in the early 90Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. The transformation from 2D to 3D has been more than rough for the Sonic series. While its competitorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ franchises, such as Mario, have faired well, Sonic has fuzzed over the past few years. Sonic Heroes is truly a make or break for SegaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flailing series, if it canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do well now, it will most likely spell doom for the franchise.
Excerpt: Any fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog series will tell you that the key element of the entire franchise has been the speed of the gameplay. Heck, during the 16-bit console wars Sega even invented a term called "Blast Processing" that they claimed gave the blue blur his speed. Unfortunately, with Sonic's arrival into the 3-D realm, that speed wasn't anywhere to be seen.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Sega has made sure that the latest instalment of its greatest intellectual property of all does not disappoint. Fans will almost certainly love it and newcomers can't fail to adore it. This is a full power Sonic game with everything you expect it to have, and despite its shortcomings, delivers that spiky blue love by the bucketload. Toot, toot, Sonic Mofo Warrior!
Conclusion: Overall, Sonic Heroes is not your average Sonic game. Gameplay is a lot different, visuals are a lot better, and replay is more than just running through the levels again. As said before, people will either hate this game or they will love it. Renting this title first would be a very wise decision. This game really does deserve a try. Who knows, you may end up loving every minute of it.
Summary: Sonic Heroes is a pretty good game for fans of the series. The biggest problem is changing between characters during levels - it breaks the pace of the game. Still this is one game worth considering - I certainly enjoyed it.