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Sonic Adventure 2 is an enhanced digital port of the original game for the Dreamcast that was released on Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network and on Microsoft Windows via Steam on October 2012.

The PlayStation 3 version was also available to be streamed on the PlayStation 4 and PC via the PS Now subscription service, with PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Sony Bravia Smart TV (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 models), Sony Blu-Ray players and Samsung Smart TV support for the service being dropped in 2017, while the Xbox 360 version was made backwards compatible on the Xbox One on December 2017.[2]

Development

It was announced at Sonic Boom 2012 that the game was being re-released on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in October 2012. This was a part of the SEGA Heritage Collection alongside Jet Set Radio and NiGHTS into dreams....

Plot

Gameplay

New features

  • An online leaderboard feature has been added, allowing players to see where they rank in terms of their high scores in each Action Stage.
  • The player has the option to purchase the Sonic Adventure 2: Battle DLC which upgrades the game to Sonic Adventure 2: Battle and includes all features in the GameCube port.

Changes

  • The game has been remastered with a display aspect ratio of 16:9 HD at 720p using the GameCube version's assets (some of the cutscenes, including CG cutscenes, remain in their original 4:3 SD format however).
  • Almost all of Big the Cat's cameos return in the port, except for his appearance in Wild Canyon due to a programming oversight.
  • "Battle Mode" DLC - This downloadable content features the following:
    • The opening and title screen is changed to "'Sonic Adventure 2 Battle"
    • Adds Chao Karate game in single player and multiplayer
    • Automatically adds Amy, Metal Sonic, Tikal, Chaos 0, Chao Walker, and Dark Chao Walker to the two-player character roster.
    • Adds several stages to multiplayer that were only available in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle.
    • Adds the "Theme" item in the Options Menu.
  • The game itself costs $10.00/£6.49, while the DLC costs $3.00/£1.79.
  • All of the billboards with Soap advertising on them have been removed and replaced with other Sonic Team billboard assets (this is most likely due to licensing issues).
    • However, they have not been removed altogether - on the PC version, if the player removes the objtex_stg13.pak file from the PRS folder where the game is saved, the Soap advertisements are restored.
  • Some of the character's life count sprites have been changed. For example, Sonic's sprite resembles the side view of him compared to the original icon. Also, the Ring sprites resemble the Sonic Generations models.
  • Treasure Hunting stages have more hint monitors than they did in previous versions.
  • On the first day of the Xbox 360 version's release in Xbox Live Arcade, many players were not able to download the game or the trial from their Xbox 360 console. However, this could be circumvented by logging onto Xbox.com and selecting the game download from the website.
  • Omochao appears in the loading screen giving hints and tips (a Sonic Generations model of Omochao is used). This only occurs in the Xbox 360 and PC version; the PlayStation 3 version skips that screen.
  • On the PC (if a gaming controller is used) and the Xbox 360 versions, like the Dreamcast and Gamecube versions, Omochao will eventually speak on how to do an action with a button if the hint is used. On the PlayStation 3 version and on the PC version if using the keyboard, he remains silent (except on any hints that does not display any DualShock 3 controller or keyboard buttons).
  • The cross on the Health Packs has replaced with the Letter "H", presumably because the Red Cross symbol is no longer allowed to be used in video games. [3]
  • The GBA in the Chao Garden that was used to transfer Chao has been changed to a machine shaped like a Chao's head, with the only function to release Chao. This is similar to the PC port of Sonic Adventure DX.
  • The Xbox 360 version has a few more glitches, one of which concerns the Hero Garden. If a Chao is fed a fruit from a Hero Garden tree, every time the fruit is eaten, it will raise the Chao's Stamina Stat up 2 to 3 bars instead of the usual 1. This can be used to raise the Stamina Stat very quickly. However, it only applies to the fruit from the trees; taking a fruit in from elsewhere (such as a Chao Fruit from the Black Market) will raise Stamina normally. Other glitches include activating the test level and errors in widescreen cutscenes.
  • The "tutorial" section inside the "Help & Options" sections has been changed to "How To Play" which includes a digital manual instead of Omochao. However, the manual is in the original 4:3 SD format.
  • The "Help & Options" includes a bonus video and a credits section.
  • The sound when losing Rings has been slightly changed to match the modern Sonic games' version.
  • When Super Sonic transitions to Super Shadow in the Finalhazard boss, the lives icon changes as well. In the original, the lives icon will keep Sonic's face even when playing as Super Shadow.
  • Shield Hunters with the number "01" have been brought back to Crazy Gadget, although their shields are redesigned to match their equivalents in other stages.

Achievements/Trophies

These are the achievements and trophies for the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam versions of Sonic Adventure 2.

Image Name Requirement Trophy Class Xbox Live Gamescore
SA2 HelloWorld Hello World Clear the first stage of either story. Bronze 20
SA2 Chao Chao! Name your Chao for the first time. Bronze 20
SA2 ChaoRaiser Chao Raiser Raise all 5 properties of any one Chao up to level 10. Bronze 20
SA2 HERO HERO! Clear HERO side in story mode. Bronze 20
SA2 DARK DARK! Clear DARK side in story mode. Bronze 20
SA2 BossAttack Boss Attack Clear all 3 modes in Boss Attack Mode. Bronze 20
SA2 MissionComplete Mission Complete Win all A RANKs (5 A RANKs) in any one stage in story mode. Bronze 20
SA2 HeavenOrHell Heaven or Hell Raise a HERO Chao and a DARK Chao with your hero and dark characters respectively. Silver 40
SA2 BeyondGoodAndEvil Beyond Good And Evil Clear LAST part in story mode. Silver 40
SA2 SpeedyRacer Speedy Racer Win NO.1 in expert level in kart race. Silver 40
SA2 EmblemCollector Emblem Collector Unlock 90 emblems. Silver 40
SA2 YouAreTheLegend You Are The Legend Win A RANK in all stages in story mode. Gold 100

DLC: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Upgrade

Image Name Requirement Trophy Class Xbox Live Gamescore
SA2 Level4 Level 4! Play all level 4 stages in Action Race, Treasure Hunter and Shooting Battle. Bronze 10
SA2 KarateMaster Karate Master Beat all your enemies in Super Level in Chao Karate 1P mode. Silver 30
SA2 EmblemMania Emblem Mania Unlock all 180 emblems. Gold 60

System Requirements (PC)

Minimum

OS Processor Memory Graphics DirectX® Hard Drive Sound
OSSNNONLY2 Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz/Athlon 64 3000+ or Equivalent & above 1 GB RAM (Windows 7 / Vista) 256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8600/AT Radeon HD3650) & above DirectX®:9 3 GB free hard drive space DirectX Compatible

Recommended

OS Processor Memory Graphics DirectX® Hard Drive Sound
Windows-7-logo Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.4 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & above Memory: 2 GB RAM 512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce GTS250/ATI Radeon HD 4850) & above DirectX®:11 6 GB HD space DirectX Compatible

Reception

Reviews to this port of Sonic Adventure 2 have ranged from mixed to significantly positive, with Metacritic aggregating scores of 60/100[4] and 65/100[5] to the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network versions respectively. Game Rankings gave the Playstation port 72% based on 7 reviews, and 66% to the XBLA port.[6][7] However, aside from the previous reviews that are based on smaller critics, Steam network has given it 9/10 based on reviews of 1925 user, praising that their favorite game is now in High Definition and Chao garden that is on the PC port.[8]

In October 2012, Sonic Adventure 2 became the second best-selling in the top twenty PSN games poll.[9] In the Xbox live arcade, it is ranked as the tenth top arcade platform.[10]

Trivia

  • Among the XBLA Sonic games, this game so far has the most amount of gamerscore given when unlocking all of the achievements (500G in total).
  • If the graphics that is used in the game very powerful or optioned in the Nvidia/AMD graphics cards as "High performance", the result will make the game very fast and uncontrollable.
  • The tutorial section that uses Omochao to give instructions still exist in the game files and can be reactivated through hacking.
    • Likewise, the GameCube Memory Card sprites still exist on the game files.

Videos

Sonic Adventure 2 HD - Japanese Trailer (XBLA, PSN & PC)

Sonic Adventure 2 HD - Japanese Trailer (XBLA, PSN & PC)


References



Main article | Gallery | Beta elements | Staff | Glitches | Re-releases (Battle | 2012)