When Sonic Heroes hit consoles about this
time last year, it improved a bit upon the little blue hedgehog’s previous 3D
outings by incorporating some nice multiplayer features and the ability to play
many different characters from the Sonic universe. However, the game had some
pretty major problems that brought the gameplay down a few notches, like lousy
camera angles and clunky gameplay. Unfortunately, even though a year has gone
by, Sonic Heroes on the PC still has all of the same problems as the console
Sonic Heroes involves four different yet
connecting storylines, each featuring a different team. There’s Team Sonic, Team
Dark, Team Rose and Team Chaotix, each featuring three characters from previous
Sonic games. The teams must fight to defeat Dr. Eggman’s evil forces while
progressing through their own story arcs and exploring the game’s 14 stages.
The main focus of Sonic Heroes is teamwork,
meaning that it is imperative that you utilize each member of your team to their
fullest potential, using their skills and strengths to get you through the games
puzzles and challenges. Doing this is not terribly difficult, as the game is
pretty simple when it comes to these puzzles and never presents too much of a
challenge for any gamer regardless of skill level.
Each character is separated into one of
three categories, Speed, Power and Flight. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to
know what each of these categories entail, as each one will use them whenever
necessary, as in you need to use your “Flight” teammate to carry your team to
higher ground or your “Power” teammate to knock down a brick wall.
The game does improve upon other 3D Sonic
games by offering huge levels to explore that are fun and creative. The stages
are a blast, presenting a variety of environments, like the Casino World,
Seaside Hill and many more diverse and entertaining levels.
However, there are some pretty glaring
problems in Sonic Heroes. The stages aren’t very challenging and feel pretty
simplistic, requiring you to run from point A to point B with little deviation
in game plan otherwise. This may bore gamers looking for more of a challenge and
not just some fast-moving eye candy. Also the camera is a chore, often getting
caught at some horrible angle where you can’t see the action at all.
Another huge problem unique to the PC
version is the almost complete lack of conversion. The game was straight ported
to the PC without any effort to acquaint PC gamers to the control scheme. The
HUD still shows the button-commands from the XBox version of the game, and since
there is no manual included with the game to help you get oriented, this is very
The graphics are bright and
colorful, very much the high point of the game. The character models are nice
and smoothly animated, a noted mark up from their Dreamcast incarnations. The
large environments are also great looking, full of action and vibrant colors.
The game also trucks along at a pretty decent framerate, keeping the game smooth
The sound is stock fare for a Sonic
game, or most Sega games for that matter. Expect to hear a lot of wailing rock
guitars and campy voice acting.
With new features and teamwork-based
gameplay, Sonic Heroes is a marked improvement over other 3D Sonic titles.
However, the game still falls victim to a host of problems, making it ultimately
not as good as it could’ve been.
Sonic Heroes has
some cool gameplay features, like huge environments and team-based play.
However, the game suffers from lousy camera problems, simplistic and easy
gameplay, making it not as good as other offerings in the genre.
The graphics are
bright and colorful, with nice character models and animations and huge vibrant
stages. The framerate is also pretty smooth, keeping the action fast.
sound effects, meaning cheesy spandex guitar riffs and goofy voice acting.
A step in the
right direction for the series, but disappointing when compared to others in the
genre. The PC version also suffers from being a straight port with no real
attempt to convert it fully to the PC.
Sonic Heroes has some
cool two-player features, like a bunch of mini-games that you can play with a
friend, but nothing that will hold your attention for too long.
Heroes is a step in the right direction, adding a nice teamwork element to the
game. However, it is ultimately mediocre at best, given its fair share of
problems, including bad camera issues and overly simplistic gameplay. Plus, the
PC version suffers from a lack of conversion, meaning that PC gamers expecting a
unique (or consistent) experience will be left in the dark.