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Action Stage on this continent, Skyscraper Scamper.
A melting pot of diverse folk and ideas. All who come here dream of making it big. — Description,
Sonic Unleashed 
Empire City ( is a エンパイアシティ Enpaiashiti ) ? Town Stage that appears in the Xbox 360/ PlayStation 3 version of . It is an urban metropolis and a melting pot of diverse folk and ideas, where those who dream of making it big gather. Sonic Unleashed Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip visited Empire City during their quest to restore the planet following Dark Gaia's awakening.
Empire City is a high-rise metropolis based off the hustling and bustling city of
New York City. It also retaining features from other famous cities in the U.S. such as the fountain that bears a resemblance to the Buckingham Fountain in Chicago. Endless highways, mile-high skyscrapers, and urban surroundings characterize Empire City, with bridges similar to the George Washington Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and the Verrazano Bridge, as well as tunnels similar to the Lincoln Tunnel.
During the beginning of
, Empire City's continent was torn away from the Sonic Unleashed Earth's mantle when Dr. Eggman awoke Dark Gaia, resulting in the planet shattering into pieces.
During this crisis, Empire City was threatened to be overrun by
Dark Gaia's Minions. Amidst this chaos, however, Sonic the Werehog arrived in Empire City with Chip and cleared out Dark Gaia's Minions in Skyscraper Scamper which forced the monsters to retreat. A while later, Eggman decided to have his robot army invade Empire City. Fortunately, once hearing reports about the attack, Sonic and Chip returned to Empire City and drove off the invading forces, saving Empire City once more.
Some time later, Empire City and its continent were returned to their proper place when Sonic and Chip used the
Gaia Temple in Shamar and the Chaos Emeralds to restore their fragment of the planet.
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In other media
Empire City is mentioned in the
Archie Comics' comic series and spin-offs. In this media, it is a Sonic the Hedgehog Human/ Overlander settlement in Eurish and a city-state of the United Federation.
Following the events of
Worlds Collide, the city became virtually indistinguishable from its game counterpart. It hosts Casino Park, and is inhabited by Breezie the Hedgehog, the S6 Squad, and Honey the Cat.
Empire City appears to be based on different cities in the U.S like Chicago, Seattle and New York City, especially considering the fact that New York City is nicknamed "The Empire City" after New York State's nickname of "The Empire State." Also, the flag looks much like the United States' flag, except the current U.S. flag has fifty stars while the one for Empire City has only twelve, the U.S. flag has thirteen stripes while the Empire City flag has seventeen and the blue area covers an entire side of the Empire City flag while the U.S. flag only has a corner covered by blue.
Sonic never has to visit this city if he collects enough Sun Medals to enter Adabat.
This is the only location in Sonic Unleashed to not appear in the Wii/PS2 version.
Due to the design of Empire City's flag originating from the United States' flag, one could speculate that Empire City is part of the United Federation.
Empire City is one of the two locations in Sonic Unleashed, which does not have a Gaia Temple, the other being Apotos.
Empire City bears a close resemblance to Crisis City, a stage in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), although it is not destroyed. If you look very carefully at the billboards, they are exactly the same as the ones seen in Crisis City, not to mention similar architecture.
If the player looks at the news stand in Empire City closely enough, they can see a picture of the cover of on a newsletter. This picture is also visible when looking over the shoulder of someone reading the newspaper in the background.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) Empire City is also a fictional city in the Steven Universe and infamous franchises. Whether any one was inspired by another is unknown. It is more likely that they were all fictional variants of New York City, and Empire City was a public domain name available for use.
Empire City - Day
Empire City - Night
↑ Sonic Team (19 December 2008). Sonic Unleashed. PlayStation 3. Sega. Area/Level: World Map.
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Sonic ( Super Sonic, Sonic the Werehog) | Chip ( Gaia Colossus) | Tails | Amy | Dr. Eggman | Professor Pickle | Orbot | Dark Gaia ( Perfect Dark Gaia)
/ Town Stages Villages Apotos | Mazuri | Spagonia | Chun-nan | Holoska | Shamar | Empire City* | Adabat | Eggmanland
Action Stages /
Stages Windmill Isle | Savannah Citadel* | Rooftop Run | Dragon Road | Cool Edge | Arid Sands | Skyscraper Scamper* | Jungle Joyride | Eggmanland
Alexis | Anastasia | Eric | Gregorios | Hot Dog Vendor* | Ice Cream Vendor | Lambros | Lucas* | Milos* | Sandra
Aida* | Barbara | Ciccio | David | Denise | Dora | Elio* | Federica | Franco* | Gigi | Hot Dog Vendor* | Ippolita | Irma* | Josef | Lilli* | Lucia | Marcantonio* | Mauro | Natalia* | Otto | Professor Pickle | Professor Pickle's Assistant | Raimondo
Ana | Essie | Gwek | Hog Dog Vendor* | Kofi | Kwami | Kwod | Yawa | Yaya
Chun | Hot Dog Vendor* | Hualin | Jinlin* | Lin | Shuifon | Wang* | Yilin | Zonshen
Hot Dog Vendor* | Jari-Pekka | Jari-Thure | Marketa | Sarianna | Ursule
Ara | Dimah | Ehsan | Erhan | Hizir | Hot Dog Vendor* | Iman | Labib | Latif | Layla | Mufid | Musaid | Raniya | Sa'id | Sadiq | Safi | Samia | Sammar | Shadi | Utba | Yasmine
Boss* | Brenda* | Charles* | Def Big* | Elizabeth* | Hot Dog Vendor* | Li'l Kate* | Louie Montaine* | Robert*
Hot Dog Vendor* | Jamal | Kaeo | Nagi | Rudi | Teanchai
EF-DC1998* | EF-MD1991* | EF-XB2006* | Hot Dog Vendor*
Baker | Lah | Su* | Wentos* | Wu*
Aero-Cannon | Aero-Chaser | Egg Blizzard | Egg Burst | Egg Fighter | Egg Fighter: Knight ( Electric shield, Spring shield) | Egg Fighter: Shield ( Electric shield, Spring shield) | Egg Fighter: Sword* | Egg Flame | Egg Launcher (H) | Egg Launcher (H+V) | Egg Launcher (V) | Egg Shackle | Egg Shooter | Egg Typhoon | Gold Aero-Cannon | Interceptor | Little Fighter* | Mole Cannon | Spinner | Thunder Ball | Thunder Spinner
Dark Gaia's minions Big Mother | Cure Master* | Dark Bat | Dark Bat Sniper | Dark Eel* | Dark Fright | Dark Master** | Deep Nightmare | Evil Flower* | Fire Master | Fright Master | Killer Bee | Lightning Master | Little Rex | Nightmare | Power Master* | Red Fright | Red Killer Bee | Red Nightmare** | Red Deep Nightmare** | Red Rex | Red Titan** | Spike** | Thunder Bat | Titan
Egg Beetle | Egg Cauldron* | Egg Dragoon | Egg Devil Ray | Egg Lancer | Dark Gaia | Dark Gaia Phoenix | Dark Guardian | Dark Moray | Perfect Dark Gaia
Air Boost | Crouch | Foot Sweep* | Grind Step | Grinding | Homing Attack | Hop | Jump Dash | Light Speed Dash | Slide | Skydiving | Sonic Boost | Sonic Drift | Spin Jump | Stomp | Quick Step | Wall Jump
Dash | Double Jump | Grab | Guard | Unleashed Mode | Wall Shuffle
Boost | Drill Attack | Super Sonic Boost | Turbo Boost
attacks Donkey Kick Combo* | Double Axle Combo* | Double Kick Combo* | Feral Were-Hammer* | Knuckle Sandwich Combo* | Sho-Hog-Ken* | Unleashed Knuckle Sandwich* | Vertical Were-Hammer* | Were-Hammer* | Werewheel Rush*
attacks Earthshaker* | Egg Scrambler* | Feral Wild Whirl* | Rolling Kick Combo* | Sho-Claw-Ken* | Ultimate Wild Combo* | Unleashed Wild Combo* | Wereclap* | Wild Whirl* | Wild Whirl Were-Hammer*
attacks Aerial Claw Slash* | Aerial Claw Slash and Spin* | Aerial Piledriver* | Crescent Moon Strike* | Diving Bodypress* | Flying Double-Punch* | Flying Double-Punch Crush* | Hurricane Combo* | Shooting Star Combo* | Typhoon Combo*
attacks Comet Punch* | Missile Punch* | Spinning Needle Attack* | Tricky Tornado Uppercut* | Triple Wild Claw* | Were-Claw Charge* | Were-Cyclone* | Were-Rush* | Were-Tornado* | Wild Werewhip*
Beatdown** | Claw Charge | Crescent Moon Strike** | Earthshaker** | Wereclap** | Were-Hammer** | Were-Claw** | Were-Wallop** | Wild Claw** | Wild Whirl**
Level up items Air Boost Shoes* | Light Speed Dash Shoes* | Stomping Shoes* | Wall Jump Shoes*
Art Book* | Audio System | Balloon | Blue Tea* | Blue spring | Bobsled | Bookshelf* | Bomb | Buggy** | Check Point | Chaos Emerald | Chaos Orb* | Chili dog | Container ( Explosive crate) | Conveyor Belt | Crane Lift | Crank | Crystal Ball* | Dark Energy Key** | Dark Gaia Force | Dash Panel | Dash Rail | Dash Ring | Door | Fountain | Gaia Key* | Giant spear** | Goal Ring | Gift* | Gramophone* | Green Tea* | Grind Rail | Hanging vine | Horizontal Bar | Hourglass* | Icicle | Item Capsules** | Jump Selector | Key Stone* | Laser Field Block | Lever | Lovely Ring* | Maiden Statue* | Miles Electric | Moon Tablet** | Movable box | Moving Crate | Old Necklace* | Planet Tablet** | Pick-Me-Up* | Pretty Bouquet* | Power Shield* | Rainbow Ring | Ramp | Record* | Red Tea* | Ring | Shield Charge* | Snowblower | Souvenir* | Spiked ball | Spikes | Springboard/Spring | Springpole | Sun and Moon Medals | Sun Tablet** | Sundae Supreme | Super Claw* | Super Ring | Switch | Thorn Spring | Tornado-1 | Trap Spring | Turquoise Tea* | TV* | Videotape* | Violet Tea* | White Tea* | Wide Spring | Yellow Tea* | Zip Line | 1UP
English voice actors
Jason Griffith ( | Sonic, Sonic the Werehog, Prof. Pickle's Assistant) Amy Palant ( | Tails) Lisa Ortiz ( | Amy) Anthony Salerno ( | Chip) Mike Pollock ( | Eggman, Zonshen) Christopher Collet ( | Orbot) Dan Green (
Ice Cream Vendor, Prof. Pickle)
Japanese voice actors
Jun'ichi Kanemaru ( | Sonic) Chikao Otsuka ( | Eggman) Chō ( | Prof. Pickle) Ryo Hirohashi ( | Tails) Taeko Kawata ( | Amy) Tomokazu Seki ( | Sonic the Werehog) Ryōko Shiraishi (
Planetary Pieces Endless Possibility | Dear My Friend
Auto Running | Boost Gauge | Boss Gate | Boost Gauge | Buoy | Chao* | Chaos Energy Cannon | Chun-nan's Treasure | Collection Room* | Combo | Critical Attack | Dark Energy Force Field** | Don Fachio* | Doctor Eggman's chair | Earth | Eggman Fleet | Egg Mobile | Entrance Stage* | Exorcisms | Experience Point | Freeze | Gaia Gate | Gaia Manuscripts | Gaia Temple | Gaia Temple guardian | Hallowmoon | Havok | Health Gauge | Hint Ring | Orb Result** | Real-Time Interaction | Ring Energy Gauge | Shield | Shield Gauge | Shop* ( Counter of Dreams 2, Eggshop, Flying Fish Beach Shop, Golden Trading Company, Josef's, Surfside Seagull Sundries, Traveling Salesman Wentos, Treeshade, Ursule's Trading Post, Wang's Emporium) | Shuttle loop | Sonic: Night of the Werehog | Sonic World Adventure (manga) | Spagonia University | SPD | Rank | Time of awakening | Tornado Defense* | Unleashed Gauge
"*" Exclusive to
PS3/ Xbox 360 version "**" Exclusive to PS2/ Wii version.