Fast Paced,Action Packed Return Of The 100mph Hedgehog.
Sonic Rush Adventure has the blue haired streak of lightning doing what he does best,going fast,jumping around and not feeling too much like Mario.This game gives you a real sense of achievement for finishing one of the levels,while not being too difficult for new comers who bought the game just to see what all the fuss was about.
STORY:The plot is very generic,Sonic and Thicko ahem...Tails,crash on an island inhabited by a young raccoon Marine and her chums.So the three rodents start exploring the islands around the one they are on, collect...umm...stuff,build hovercrafts and let a Pirate escape several times to drag the story out even longer.Its a good thing you don't have to pay attention to the plot,because you can skip every cutscene.It's only when Blaze the Cat appears that things start becoming interesting.It is geared for a younger audience,and won't appeal much to hardcore gamers such as myself.But,if you can accept the many minutes of dull speech,and know you will be rewarded with old school side-scrolling game-play,you have quite a game on your hands.
GAMEPLAY:Fantastic.There is a lot of variation between levels and enemies,and when you die you actually find yourself chuckling to yourself,after you ran off a cliff and didn't have time to see the tiny platforms hovering in the air.Boss fights are suitably epic,mostly based around making an ass out of the Boss after he got his weak spot too close to your blazing body,shortly before you were beaten' de bejeazes out of him.There are quite a few 3-D bits,9 out of 10 being cruising along the ocean on either a waterbike,sailboat,hovercraft or submarine.These parts are handled very well,but they feel like a completely different game.You also get the option to play as Blaze the Cat,who feels much different than her blue counterpart.There are barely any flaws,and when you do find them they are very small.There are 100 Side-missions to do,but you only have to do 7,but the missions do pretty up your island,which is shown on the top screen when you are on it.There are a lot of characters stationed around various parts of the island,and when you talk to them they can give you information (for a price)or send you on missions.Very enjoyable game play.
GRAPHICS:Animations are top notch,backgrounds are detailed,the ROFLcopter is going SOI SOI SOI,everything is good.3-D graphics aren't exactly the DS's forte, so you will see reused textures and blocky characters in cut scenes.That basically covers it all.
SOUND:By the end of the game the sound effects will be in all your dreams,and the sound track will be in your worst nightmares.As the other review for this game said,''The soundtrack is the same Super Funky music from the original Sonic Rush''.Oh well.
LASTING APPEAL:The main story will only take a few hours,but exploring every part of the sea will take much longer.I would have to put a big RENTAL sticker on this game.When you finish it,you may play it once or twice more,but could you really see this being in your DS for months?
CLOSING COMMENTS:Sonic Rush Adventure is a super fast,super fun addition to the B(lue) B(all) of B(lur)'s solid roster.If only he could play tennis as well as he runs...8 out of 10.
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