Summary: If you didn’t like Sonic Adventure the first time around, this high-definition downloadable will do nothing to change your mind. This title is actually the Director’s Cut version released in 2003, so there is a fair share of updates made from the Dreamcast effort, but players will have to pay a nominal fee to take full advantage of the DX expansion content.
Excerpt: As a front-runner in Sega’s Dreamcast launch lineup, it’s only reasonable that Sonic Adventure would be the first Dreamcast game that Sega would port to Xbox Live Arcade. Serving as something of a tech demo for the fledgling console, the visuals stood above any game on competing consoles at the time.
Conclusion: Bad: -Annoying voice acting. -A few glitches. -They don't make games like this anymore. Overall I think this game is a blast and will bring back many fond memories for those who played this in 1998. I give the game overall score of 8.5/10. In fact I still have the original game and the Dreamcast and it still works.
Excerpt: I originally forgave Sonic Adventure's (many) faults on the basis that I loved the character and the graphics were incredible; an eye candy diversion to make up for the fact it was blatantly nowhere near as good as Mario 64. A decade on, and a digital port to XBLA and PSN later, and suddenly those flaws are more apparent than ever. The hub overworld is dire. There are far too many substandard levels. Big the Cat. Or any of the tiresome 'friends' levels, to be honest.
Excerpt: It seems that some people are never happy. The 3D Sonic Unleashed did its best to try and capture the spirit of 2D Sonic games, although its normal Sonic levels were criticised by some for being too fast. Sonic’s greatest success in 3D for many has seemingly been both the Sonic Adventure games, and the original game has now leapt from the Dreamcast to the GameCube and is now available for digital download on Xbox Live Arcade and PSN.
Excerpt: He’s blue, got red shoes, runs super fast, and he’s as brash as he is brittle; it’s that animal you never knew existed before this series – it’s Sonic the Hedgehog and he’s back in Sonic Adventure . His Dreamcast debut, which sold more than any other title for the sixth-generation console , has just came crashing to a halt on both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live and is awaiting your download.
Conclusion: Sonic Adventure is by no means a perfect game. It has its flaws, but it also has its high points. The game originally came out in 1999 and it is a testament to its art design that it doesn’t look too bad today. Visually the game is slightly sharper today thanks to some clever upscaling and filtering. Sonic Adventure also has a great sense of speed, which is essential in a Sonic game. The controls are also slightly more responsive than the Dreamcast original.
Summary: A fun 3D platformer struggles to rise above its various bugs and camera problems, and due to both its enjoyable content and low price point it succeeds. Nonetheless, Sonic Adventure is merely competent when it should have been a classic.