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Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut (ソニックアドベンチャー デラックス Sonikkuadobenchā derakkusu?, lit. "Sonic Adventure Deluxe") is the enhanced port of the Dreamcast video game Sonic Adventure. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube on June 2003 and for the PC on 2003 in Japan and 2004 elsewhere. This version of Sonic Adventure contains several exclusive features alongside with several changes.

Plot

Main article: Sonic Adventure#Plot

Gameplay

New features

  • Metal Sonic becomes a playable character in Trial mode, as a reward for collecting all of the Emblems.
  • Cream the Rabbit makes several cameo appearances during the main game and Mission Mode. She can be seen flying around Station Square.

Missions

Main article: Mission Mode

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut features sixty missions spread across the six playable characters, where special tasks must be completed in the game's Adventure Fields and Action Stages.

Unlockable games

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut features many unlockable games previously available on the Game Gear. If the start button of the second controller is pressed, the game screen will split, and two games will play at the same time. Additionally, Gear-to-Gear cable emulation is present, enabling the games that have two-player modes to be played if both players access the proper options within the game. These games were to be included in the Dreamcast version of Sonic Adventure, but were scrapped due to time constraints. A new Game Gear game is unlocked for every 20 Emblems the player gets, up until 100, then every 10 after that, or by completing 20 more of the 60 missions. This is the first time Sonic Drift and Tails' Skypatrol were released in the US and Europe

The following is a list of the unlockable games:

  1. Sonic the Hedgehog (8-bit)
  2. Sonic Drift
  3. Sonic Chaos
  4. Sonic Labyrinth
  5. Sonic Spinball
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (8-bit)
  7. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (8-bit)
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
  9. Sonic Drift 2
  10. Tails' Skypatrol
  11. Sonic Blast
  12. Tails Adventure

Changes from the original versions

Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut includes some of the changes made to Sonic Adventure International, however it appears to mostly be based on the first US edition, showing many regressions upon International such as reverting fixed bugs and removing newly-added content. Changes include:

Graphical changes and additions

  • Sonic in the Dreamcast version.
  • Sonic in the GameCube version.
  • Tails in the Dreamcast version.
  • Tails in the GameCube version.
  • Knuckles in the Dreamcast version.
  • Knuckles in the GameCube version.
  • Amy in the Dreamcast version.
  • Amy in the GameCube version.
  • Gamma in the Dreamcast version.
  • Gamma in the GameCube version.
  • Big in the Dreamcast version.
  • Big in the GameCube version.
  • Super Sonic in the Dreamcast version.
  • Super Sonic in the GameCube version.
  • The main characters (with the exception of E-102 Gamma) were redesigned with higher polygon counts and shading technology was also implemented for effects such as rippling water (shading effects were not present in the PC version, however). The textures were also redone from scratch, replacing the old cloth-like look with a more lustrous appearance.
  • The original 60 FPS framerate was restored. Unfortunately, due to hardware limitation, the game frequently skipped frames, usually in an uneven pattern (causing noticeable choppiness), even in places where few objects were displayed, and/or where the Dreamcast version did not slow down (however, some effects that caused slowdown before do not affect the framerate in the GameCube version). Cutscenes ran at a lower framerate, but this seemed to have been intended, for cinematic purposes.
  • Some sound effects, such as when collecting rings and emblems, were lower in pitch, while the losing rings sound effect was higher in pitch.
  • A Camera option was added to the pause menu, allowing the user to select either the original Auto Camera or the newly added Free Camera, which is usually closer to the character. In Auto Camera mode, the C-Stick can be used to get a first person view of the environment. In Free Camera mode, it rotates the camera around the player.
  • Changes (mostly minor) were made within the levels themselves in an effort to help solve some of the game's problems concerning collision detection. However, many glitches were not fixed, and some new ones were actually added. Some have to do with inconsistency in the port (for example, some windows still reflect the original Dreamcast graphics).
  • The Dreamcast's lighting system was completely replaced for the GameCube version; each stage is lit very differently compared to its Dreamcast counterpart, including the character lighting and stage fog.
  • The HUD was re-positioned slightly and made bigger in the GameCube version. However, this also made the HUD somewhat blurred.
  • The "Now Saving" icon that appears in the upper right corner of the screen doubles as a progress bar that gradually fills as the save/load progresses in the Dreamcast version. In the GameCube version, the text is located in the bottom-right or top-right corner of the screen, in a generic white font. It also does not double as a progress bar. The GameCube version also includes a "Now Loading" variant.
  • Transparency issues for the Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Big life box icons were fixed in the Gamecube version.
  • The names on the character select wheel are slightly transparent in the Dreamcast version, but are opaque in the Gamecube version.
  • The original game's textures have slightly lost some quality in this version, with many having more artifacts present than their equivalents in the Dreamcast version.
  • The aliasing problems that were present in the Dreamcast version have been fixed in the Gamecube version.

Gameplay difference

  • The Internet connection feature was removed. Very few of the downloadable content from the Dreamcast version, such as the Chao Garden's black market, additional voice packs and holiday-themed modifications, were included in the GameCube port. However, unlike the sequel, most of the online features were not incorporated into the GameCube game and remained exclusive.
  • Many changes to the Chao System were made, such as more interaction with the Chao, the ability to see their stats, as well as changes to the appearance of the Chao. The Chao Adventure VMU minigame was removed (instead replaced with a Game Boy Advance connection feature). The Chao System was overall very similar to the one in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle..
  • The ability to skip cutscenes by pushing Start was added.
  • A map, found on the pause menu while in Adventure Fields, was added. This is especially useful when navigating the Mystic Ruins jungle.
  • The train used to transport from Station Square to Mystic Ruins is now blue instead of red as in the Dreamcast version.
  • Some voice effects were changed like when Tails begins to fly or when Amy swings her hammer.
  • The characters' mouth movements match up with their lines in each respective language. However, this seems to cause more graphical glitches (such as Tails sliding along the ground in Super Sonic's story in English). In the Dreamcast version, the lip-syncing did not match either language.
  • Loading times are significantly shorter than in the Dreamcast version.
  • In the opening title sequence, Tails has his mouth open when he flies by the shattering windows. His mouth is closed in the Dreamcast version.
  • Knuckles' purple eyes are more prominent like in his official artwork.
  • Amy's boots are more rounded in the front, unlike the Dreamcast version where they were square-tipped.
  • E-102 Gamma's adventure mode is no longer permanently stuck at night after completing his story.
  • In both the PC and GameCube versions, Sonic and Amy's eyelids are the same color as their fur unlike the Dreamcast version where they are the same color as their skin.
  • In the original, their hands were one solid object with lines in them, while in the port, their fingers are separated from each other.
  • The PC version does not include a variant of the Tiny Chao Garden, and instead has a generic Chao transporter.
  • Japanese language settings are set as the default in the Japanese region, which was not the case in Sonic Adventure International.
  • The Chaos Emeralds found during in some of Sonic and Tails' Action Stages have shining effects in the Dreamcast version. This was removed in the Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut port.
  • In the Dreamcast version, the player could remove the overlay from the Pause screen by holding X Button Dreamcast and Y Button Dreamcast. This was removed in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.

Action Stages

  • Part of Emerald Coast in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Emerald Coast in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Windy Valley in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Windy Valley in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Windy Valley in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Windy Valley in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Casinopolis in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Icecap in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Icecap in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Icecap in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Icecap in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Icecap in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Icecap in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Icecap in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Icecap in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Twinkle Park in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Red Mountain in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Red Mountain in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Red Mountain in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Red Mountain in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Sky Deck in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Lost World in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Lost World in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Lost World in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Lost World in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Lost World in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Lost World in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Lost World in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Lost World in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Lost World in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Lost World in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Final Egg in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Final Egg in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Final Egg in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Final Egg in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Final Egg in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Final Egg in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Hot Shelter in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Hot Shelter in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Hot Shelter in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Hot Shelter in the GameCube version.
  • Sand Hill in the Dreamcast version.
  • Sand Hill in the GameCube version.
  • Sky Deck 1 in the Dreamcast version.
  • Sky Deck 1 in the GameCube version.
  • Sky Deck 2 in the Dreamcast version.
  • Sky Deck 2 in the GameCube version.
  • The start of Twinkle Circuit in the Dreamcast version.
  • The start of Twinkle Circuit in the GameCube version.
  • In Emerald Coast:
    • The skybox is now correctly centered around the player in the GameCube version.
    • In the Dreamcast version, the water is attached to the skybox and moves with it. In the GameCube version, the water is rendered as fixed squares.
    • The Action Stage has the same 'shaded areas' effect as Station Square in the GameCube version.
    • The palm trees with Kikis on were made shorter in the GameCube version.
  • In Windy Valley:
    • A number of textures in the first section were made slightly darker in the GameCube version.
    • The paths are not darkened in the GameCube version, but the grass was, leaving some odd cutoff when the two meet.
    • The fog present when the tornado appears was significantly reduced in the GameCube version.
    • Some wall textures in the first section were changed in the GameCube version.
    • A Rhinotank that spawns under the floor can be found in the GameCube version in the section after the tornado.
  • In Casinopolis:
    • The textures in the walls of the main area and the shower room were changed in the GameCube version.
    • The "SHOWER ROOM" sign is thicker and uses a texture instead of reflective letters in the GameCube version.
    • The lights around the lion sign now glow more than the Dreamcast version.
    • In the Dreamcast version, the ring vault contains a slope. This was changed into three large steps in the GameCube version.
    • The fog in the main area was reduced in the GameCube version.
    • Invisible walls were added to the top of the pinball entrances to prevent Sonic from Spin Dashing into Knuckles' area in the GameCube version.
    • The walls in the upper half of the main hall were given collision when playing as Sonic in the GameCube version.
    • The textures of the walls in Dilapidated Way were changed. Additionally, the trash piles were made greener and the map was given a blue fog in the GameCube version.
    • The water in Dilapidated Way is no longer green in the GameCube version.
    • Some of the walls on the 777 Slots Pinball table were changed in the GameCube version.
    • Sonic is no longer pinball-colored in neither the 777 Slots Pinball table or Card & Pinball table in the GameCube version.
    • The textures on the borders of the Card & Pinball table were changed in the GameCube version.
  • In Icecap:
    • In the Dreamcast version, the Action Stage's textures are mainly blue and brown. This was changed to white and gray in the GameCube version.
    • The lighting on the player is much brighter than in the Dreamcast version.
    • An invisible wall was added around the bridge in the second section to prevent Sonic from clipping through the bridge easily in the GameCube version.
    • The second section was given a slight gray fog in the GameCube version.
    • The weakened collision at the beginning of the third section makes it possible to skip the snowboarding section in the GameCube version.
    • Big's section in the Dreamcast version is set at night. In the GameCube version, it is set during the day.
  • In Twinkle Park:
    • The textures in the first section were given a major redesign. The track was given a blue theme rather than a red one in the GameCube version.
    • The beginning and the end of the first section were given transparent ceilings in the GameCube version.
    • The tunnels on the cart track glow in the Dreamcast version. In the GameCube version, only a certain number of parts of them glow.
    • The second section was given a brighter appearance and details, such as paths and red carpets, were added in the GameCube version.
    • A column was added to the large pool area of the second section in the GameCube version.
    • The fog in the second section was reduced in the GameCube version.
  • In Red Mountain:
    • The amount of color in most textures was reduced in the GameCube version, including the grass and crates.
    • The second section was given more fog and is overall less shiny than in the Dreamcast version.
    • The eyes on the lava platforms in the second section do not glow in the GameCube version.
  • In Sky Deck:
    • Many platforms had their textures changed from yellow to blue in the GameCube version.
    • The lighting does not change when the clouds get darker in the GameCube version.
    • The clouds that pass through Sky Deck are stationary in the GameCube version.
    • A thin gray fog was added in the third section in the GameCube version.
  • In Final Egg:
    • An Egg Keeper at the beginning of Final Egg was removed in the GameCube version (though it would be restored in the HD ports later).
    • The Dreamcast version of Final Egg has many yellow elements in the first and third section, but the GameCube version replaces it with darker elements.
    • A Capsule sitting out of bounds was removed in the GameCube version.
    • The ceiling in the large vertical area in the second section was made entirely black in the GameCube version.
    • An invisible wall was removed behind the entrance to the second section, making it possible to Spin Dash out of bounds.
  • In Hot Shelter:
    • The water in the first section was made brighter and less green in the GameCube version.
    • The lighting was made brighter in the GameCube version.
    • The center of the drainage room was given a border texture in the GameCube version.
    • Some red elements in the second section were changed to blue in the GameCube version.
  • In Sand Hill:
    • Shadows are present along the Action Stage's walls in the GameCube version.
  • In Sky Chase:
    • Due to the lack of Z-layering in the GameCube version, the Egg Carrier is not visible until it enters the Skybox in Act 1.
    • There is more of a shadow underneath the Egg Carrier in the GameCube version.
    • The lighting in the second section is brighter.
  • In Twinkle Circuit:
    • The stage was redesigned mainly with green colors. The now unused DLC courses were not updated for the GameCube version.
    • The lighting was modified significantly in a similar way to Twinkle Park's track of this version of the game.
  • Speed Highway's entrance has different textures:
    • In the GameCube version, the searchlights are visible from farther distances.
    • In the "Goin' Down" section, the Dreamcast version included two circles of Rings at the bottom of the section. Those were removed from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, presumably because it is practically impossible to obtain any of them.
      • In the Dreamcast version, all background sounds stop after Sonic reaches the bottom. In Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the sounds keep playing.
      • The potted plants received a minor visual upgrade for Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut and the lightening is slightly brighter.
  • Lost World's entrance on the Dreamcast version has more foliage, some of which grew on the walls and ceiling. This was reduced in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, along with the shade of the grass.
    • The entrance to the next area was changed from a square entrance to a rounded arch in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
    • Most of the area's textures are slightly different.
    • The walls of the rivulet are thicker in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
    • In the entrance to the Snake Room, the fog color was changed from a blinding white in the Dreamcast version to a more subdued dark gray in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
      • The textures are slightly different, especially on the central circular structure. It is slightly more colorful in Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
    • The fog color was changed noticeably; from a somewhat-blinding white in the Dreamcast version to a more subdued dark gray in the GameCube version.
    • The textures on the walls of various parts of the stage and the Lit Panel room in the second section were changed in the GameCube version.
    • The Dreamcast version maps a ground texture to bottomless pits, while the GameCube version uses a fog texture.

Station Square

Station Square was overhauled for the GameCube version. Most of the buildings and features were redesigned or retextured, and were revamped with a much higher quality than the other areas of the game.

  • The Hotel District Entrance from the Central District has several changes:
    • Different textures can be seen on the building.
    • It is possible to see a bit further into the garage in the original version compared to this port.
    • The reflections on the doors are differently arranged, but they depict the original Dreamcast colors, even on the GameCube version.
    • The road was changed from dark blue to more realistic gray asphalt. Similarly, the yellowish sidewalk was changed to a duller gray.
Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
SA HotelFront SADX HotelFront
  • The Casino District has several differences in comparison to the Dreamcast version:
    • The walkway is more transparent in the original version, and has more arch supports.
    • The sign on the burger shop (the colorful building near the back) was changed in this version.
    • The reflections on the hotel doors (back) are darker in the this version.
    • A sign for "Ken's Play Room" was added next to the entrance to Casinopolis in the Gamecube version.
  • The train's station has different textures between the two versions in addition to the train itself being blue in Gamecube version instead of red like in the Dreamcast version.
Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
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SonicAdventure StationSquareCasino1 SonicAdventureDX StationSquareCasino1
SonicAdventure StationSquareCasino2 SonicAdventureDX StationSquareCasino2
  • In the City Hall District:
    • City Hall had a major redesign; its clock tower from the original version was replaced with a copy of the building's lower segment in this version.
    • The buildings around City Hall were also given redesigns.
Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
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SonicAdventure StationSquareCityHall2 SonicAdventureDX StationSquareCityHall2
  • In the Sewer:
    • The water uses a murky green texture rather than the clearer one from the Dreamcast version.
    • The large box in this area was retextured in the Gamecube version.
Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
SonicAdventure StationSquareSewer SonicAdventureDX StationSquareSewer
  • In the Hotel:
    • The Hotel's interior is no longer dark at night in the Gamecube version.
    • The Hotel's interior and exterior were re-textured for the Gamecube version.
Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
SonicAdventure StationSquareHotel1 SonicAdventureDX StationSquareHotel1
SonicAdventure StationSquareHotel2 SonicAdventureDX StationSquareHotel2
  • Twinkle Park's entrance has a more colorful design than in the Dreamcast version.
Sonic Adventure Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
SonicAdventure StationSquareTwinkle SonicAdventureDX StationSquareTwinkle

Egg Carrier

  • The exterior in the Dreamcast version.
  • The exterior in the GameCube version.
  • The Captain Room in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Captain Room in the GameCube version.
  • The Private Room entrance in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Private Room entrance in the GameCube version.
  • The Playroom in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Playroom in the GameCube version.
  • The Study in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Study in the GameCube version.
  • The pool area in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Pool in the GameCube version.
  • The Pool in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Pool in the GameCube version.
  • The Egg Carrier Hall in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Egg Carrier Hall in the GameCube version.
  • The Torture Chamber in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Torture Chamber in the GameCube version.
  • The minigame in the GameCube version.
  • The Prison Room in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Prison Room in the GameCube version.
  • The Arsenal in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Arsenal in the Gamecube version.
  • The Arsenal in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Arsenal in the Gamecube version.
  • The Water Tank in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Water Tank in the Gamecube version.
  • The Warp Hall in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Warp Hall in the Gamecube version.

In the Dreamcast version, the Egg Carrier has a prominent green tint. This is not present in the GameCube version since many of the green features (such as lights and glass) are replaced with blue ones.

  • The Exterior of the ship contains a number of changes:
    • The Monorail station has a scrolling icon of the Monorail on its lights in the Dreamcast version. This was removed in the GameCube version.
    • The color of the Monorail station's light on the exterior was changed from green to blue in the Gamecube version.
    • Fog was added to the exterior area in the GameCube version.
  • The Captain Room has parts of the chair inside of it that were removed in the GameCube version.
  • The Private Room has some minor texture differences; one of the textures on the wall in the entrance area is upside-down, three colors on the checkerboard texture on the rockets in the Study were changed from red to blue, and one of the textures on the ceiling of the Playroom was changed in the GameCube version.
  • Pool:
    • The lights on the wall around the pool area are more rounded in the GameCube version.
    • The textures on the walls in the pool area were changed slightly in the GameCube version.
  • The Main hall's Hint Boxes are no longer purple in the GameCube version.
  • Torture Chamber:
    • Parts of the Adventure Field version of the room were removed in the GameCube version.
    • The subgame version of the room has a number of incorrect textures in the GameCube version. This does not happen in the Dreamcast version of the subgame.
  • The Prison Room's lights above the cells were changed from green to blue in the Gamecube version.
  • E-102 Gamma's Arsenal and Water Tank rooms have noticably different lighting between the two versions.
  • The Warp Hall was given a number of texture changes in the Gamecube version.

Mystic Ruins

  • Part of the Station Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Station Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of the Station Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Station Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of the Station Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Station Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of the Angel Island Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Angel Island Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of the Angel Island Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Angel Island Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of the Angel Island Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Angel Island Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of the Jungle Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Jungle Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of the Jungle Area in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of the Jungle Area in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of Eggman's base in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Eggman's base in the Gamecube version.
  • Part of Eggman's base in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Eggman's base in the Gamecube version.
  • In the Mystic Ruins Station Area:
    • The main area was heavily redesigned in the GameCube version to have a lighter appearance than in the Dreamcast version. Curiously, these changes were not applied to the other parts of the adventure field.
    • The waterfall is different between the two versions.
  • In the Mystic Ruins Angel Island:
    • The walls in this area are lined with trees in the original version. These were removed in the GameCube version.
    • The top of the walls surrounding the area were more jagged in the Gamecube version.
  • In the Mystic Ruins Jungle Area:
    • The paths can be seen through the canopy of the jungle in the Gamecube version.
    • The color of the water is different in the GameCube version from the Dreamcast version.
    • In the Dreamcast version, fog will appear while roaming the jungle itself. The fog was removed in the GameCube version.
  • In Eggman's base:
    • The glass tubes containing the robotic Sonics are made brighter in the GameCube version.
    • The lower area received a slight redesign in the GameCube version.

Bosses

  • Chaos 0's battle in the Dreamcast version.
  • Chaos 0's battle in the GameCube version.
  • Chaos 2's battle in the Dreamcast version.
  • Chaos 2's battle in the GameCube version.
  • Chaos 4's battle in the Dreamcast version.
  • Chaos 4's battle in the GameCube version.
  • Chaos 6's battle in the Dreamcast version.
  • Chaos 6's battle in the GameCube version.
  • Perfect Chaos in the Dreamcast version.
  • Perfect Chaos in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Perfect Chaos's arena in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Perfect Chaos's arena in the GameCube version.
  • Part of Perfect Chaos's arena in the Dreamcast version.
  • Part of Perfect Chaos's arena in the GameCube version.
  • The Egg Hornet in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Egg Hornet in the GameCube version.
  • The Egg Walker in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Egg Walker in the GameCube version.
  • The Egg Viper in the Dreamcast version.
  • The Egg Viper in the GameCube version.
  • E-101 Beta's battle in the Dreamcast version.
  • E-101 Beta's battle in the GameCube version.
  • E-101 Mark II's battle in the Dreamcast version.
  • E-101 Mark II's battle in the GameCube version.
  • ZERO's battle in the Dreamcast version.
  • ZERO's battle in the GameCube version.
  • In Chaos 0 battle:
    • The map was updated to match the redesigned City Hall for the GameCube version.
  • In Chaos 2 battle:
    • Chaos 2 is darker
    • The glass around the perimeter of the boss arena is more opaque in the GameCube version, making it hard to see the city background behind it.
  • In Chaos 4 battle:
    • Many textures were changed for the GameCube version, including the walls and trees around the boss arena.
    • The pond's water is clearer and less green in the GameCube version.
    • The pond does not switches to a "purified" texture when Chaos 4 is not swimming in it in the GameCube version.
  • In Chaos 6 battle:
    • The fog is made thicker in the GameCube version.
    • Chaos 6 is more opaque in the GameCube version.
  • In Perfect Chaos battle:
    • The buildings around the boss arena were revamped heavily, receiving entirely different models and textures in the GameCube version.
    • Waterfalls were added to a number of buildings in the GameCube version.
    • A section of destroyed road at the starting point of the boss arena was removed from the GameCube version.
    • Perfect Chaos is considerably brighter in the GameCube version.
    • More fog was added in the GameCube version.
    • The road segments are darker in the GameCube version.
    • The water has a slightly dirtier color in the GameCube version.
  • In the Egg Hornet battle:
    • The map was updated to match the redesigned Mystic Ruins Station Area in the GameCube version.
    • The lighting is much brighter in the GameCube version.
    • Fog was added in the GameCube version.
  • In the Egg Walker battle:
    • The map was updated to match the redesigned Station Square in the GameCube version.
    • "The Man 3" billboard was changed to a "Chao in Space" billboard in the GameCube version.
    • Eggman is very brightly lit in the GameCube version.
    • The Hotel's doors are not present in the GameCube version.
  • In the Egg Viper battle:
  • The color scheme for the platforms and the walls of the arena appears to have swapped colors in the GameCube version.
  • In E-101 Beta battle:
    • The map was updated to match the redesigned base.
    • The green tint on the characters is removed in the GameCube version.
  • In the E-101 Mark II and ZERO battle:
    • The lighting is changed, and both bosses are noticeably shinier in the GameCube version.
    • Fog was added in the GameCube version.

Chao Race

  • In this version, the Chao Race lobby is just a redesigned menu. Instead of an "Entry" button, this version has a walkway leading to some kind of monitor. The numbers on the walls were a bit more decorated and the arrows leading to each one were removed.
    • The menus themselves were redesigned further in this version.
  • The music for the Chao Race is different in this version. The Dreamcast version plays "Letz Get the Party Started"- the same track that plays in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle's Chao World lobby. The enhanced version plays a completely different, calmer track, which was also used on Sonic Adventure 2: Battle's Chao Race menu.

Reception

Reviews were generally less positive than those of its Dreamcast predecessor, scoring 57/100 from Metacritic based on 27 reviews[1] and 64.43% from GameRankings based on 49 reviews[2] for the GameCube version and the latter also scored the PC version 61.75% based on four reviews.[3]

The game's camera system, collision detection, framerate issues, dialogue and voice-acting of the game were the main points of criticism. IGN, who gave a 5/10, said that the game is "a very sloppy port of a game that has long been undeserving of its high praise".[4] GameSpot, who gave a 5.7/10, also noted those issues and summarized their review that "you're better off sticking with [the Dreamcast version] and not picking up the GameCube version of the game".[5]

Trivia

  • The model used to represent the unlockable Metal Sonic in Trial Mode is not the same model featured in Eggman's lab, which is considerably larger than the player models. Instead, a new model based on Metal Sonic's appearance in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was used. Unlike Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, Metal Sonic is a reskin of Sonic, and therefore plays identically to him, including the susceptibility to drowning. Metal Sonic's only unique feature, besides the stock voice clips reused from Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, is the change from running to flying when his acceleration increases. At top speed however, he strangely reverts to running the same way as Sonic does.
  • The increased polycount is not applied to any characters beyond the main playable characters, Tikal and Eggman, causing a noticeably gap in quality between the player characters and field NPCs. Strangely, E-102 Gamma and the rest of the E-series robots did not receive updated models or textures.
  • In the Mission Mode of Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, the player occasionally has to collect gold Sonic medals. Interestingly, these are the same gold Sonic medals from Sonic R.
  • The final picture after each character's ending credits still uses their Dreamcast designs, due to said pictures being originally created using the Dreamcast models.
  • Cream also makes cameo appearances in the same manner in the digital port of Sonic Adventure even without having the Sonic Adventure DX DLC installed.
  • In Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, when Amy is captured by Zero, she has her Dreamcast version design rather than her new design.
  • Underneath the ground near the waterfall in Mystic Ruins, there is a row of fifteen blocks exclusive to this build of the game which cannot be seen normally in gameplay.
  • There is a hidden Ring hidden behind the City Hall in Station Square that is exclusive to this build of the game.
  • This port of Sonic Adventure has many leftover files from the original Dreamcast version, including the title screen and the TV settings , Twinkle Circuit's additional courses and the Christmass tree from the Dreamcast's DLCs.
  • Some of the Principal, Transporter, Chao Garden tracks and Black Market files from Sonic Adventure 2: Battle exist in this port.
  • The demo's logo
  • Part of the Character select menu
  • Part of the Character select menu
  • Part of the Character select menu
  • Part of the Character select menu
  • Part of the Character select menu
  • Part of the Character select menu
  • Part of the Character select menu
  • Inside of Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut's game files, there exist some leftovers from the Demo version that were not deleted, like the logo and character select screen names.

References

  1. Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut - Gamecube. Metacritic. Retrieved on 7 February 2015.
  2. Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut - Gamecube. Gamerankings. Retrieved on 7 February 2015.
  3. Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut - PC. Gamerankings. Retrieved on 7 February 2015.
  4. Matt Casamassina (20 June 2003). Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut. IGN. Retrieved on 7 February 2015.
  5. Giancarlo Varanini (23 June 2003). Sonic Adventure DX Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on 7 February 2015.

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