Product Type: Sega PS2 games
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Sonic Heroes PS2
Sonic Heroes (PS2)
Member Name: cath_del
Sonic Heroes (PS2)
Advantages: Both modes good and interesting, 3D not dissapointing as expected
Disadvantages: Controls may be harder for younger audiences to master
I bought Sonic Heroes after enjoying it on other consoles and in need of a multiplayer game to keep myself and my sister entertained through winter, this was the first one I picked up on in GAME after we had bought our PS2. This game has now been developed into 3D from the previous 2D, and I thought it might ruin the game like others had when they changed into 3D, but it didn't.
Sonic Heroes is rated at 3 plus due to the fact that it has pretty easy controls and everyone can enjoy it. It clearly is a family game, as everyone can play and enjoy, yet still be challenged. It was around £30 when it first came out and I bought it on Platinum, but now you can buy it cheaper for around £8 on Amazon like most PS2 games.
The main aim of the game is pretty simple still, you play as a team who try to reach the end of the race before the others usually to beat a time limit to and you can change the characters to make them complete the race by taking advantage of their different abilities. Each team has 3 members, each with their own power, Strength, Speed and Flight. Generally the levels will consist of you completing the levels and fighting a boss at the end.
There are four teams available for people to play with and they each have different levels of difficulties, so everyone can enjoy the game. The beginners team is Team Rose (Amy Rose the Hedgehog, Big The Cat and Cream The Rabbit), with levels that are easier complete so they're perfect if your new to Sonic or for younger kids. The next team up from that is Team Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles and Tails), who could be classed as medium difficulty and they're the most normal team to play with. I usually play this if I want casual gameplay as it's not too difficult yet still provides some challenge.
Then, there is Team Dark (Shadow the Hedgehog, Omega the Robot and Rogue The Bat) who are the third up in difficulty, and therefore would suit a player who has played Sonic before and is looking for more of a challenge than just casual game play. They have more things to do in their races usually, and they tend to include more enemies to fight which can make progressing more difficult than previous teams. Last but not least, there is Team Chaotix (Espio Chameleon, Vector the Crocodile and Charmy Bee) and instead of racing to get to the end of the level, you have to complete small little missions using their abilities. This was my favourite of the teams as it was different from just racing round the track like I'd done with the other teams.
The controls were pretty simple to me, but my sister found them much more difficult, however she was quite young at this time. You simply use the analog stick to control the characters and then change through the characters by using the R1 button, yet for younger gamers this may be difficult and a bit complicated to do all at once. I think once you've played for a while you do get the hang of the controls, and they become much more easier to use.
I love the layout of the racetracks as they are always so bright and colourful and have so many things to collect around them. They really engage the audience as they keep you wanting to play as they just look so great. I thought it wouldn't be as good as they usually were as the characters have been changed into 3D, but it really surprised me and they look better than ever. These graphics are combined with a great soundtrack and it sounds pretty arcade style but fun and engaging at the same time.
However, I did buy this game mainly for the multiplayer aspect and it definitely did not disappoint. Myself and my sister must have played this game for hours once she mastered the controls as we got really into competing against each other and trying to get more points than the other. It does have you get really into it as at some points you're just so close you don't know who's going to win.
Overall, I thought that this was a great game as I enjoyed both the single and multiplayer modes. The singleplayer has enough difficulty modes to keep your interest high while the multiplayer has enough of a competitive edge to keep you competing with your friends. The graphics and sounds really go well together, making for a visually pleasing game that doesn't fault and is very impressive.
Summary: Sonic Heroes doesn't dissapoint in any aspect of the game, well worth buying