Sonic the Hedgehog is a Sega classic. I was a huge Sega fan back when I was young and Sonic for the Sega was like Mario for the Nintendo. After Sega went to making games for other consoles, I thought Sonic would die, but fortunately, I was wrong! Sonic lives on the Gamecube in 'Sonic the Hedgehog DX: Directors Cut’. Is the remake of the Dreamcast enough to keep Sonic fans happy? Or is it just some quickly made game ported to make Sonic live just a little longer? Read on for the answer!
The Gamecube's updated version of Sonic the Hedgehog DX: Directors Cut is the best I have seen Sonic, Tails, and Robotnik look! The GC does a very good job of enhancing the Sonic and I was hard pressed to find a moment in the game when lag due to a lot of action on the screen occurred. I was probably most impressed with the cut scenes and intro. The cutscenes are well done and fit seamlessly into the gameplay. Sonic's world is alive with vibrant color and for all you wondering, it does look better on the GC than the Dreamcast! I believe people that have played Sonic on the DC will notice a difference in the game, I know I did!
I love the music in Sonic. The hard rock beat of the music is enough to keep the adrenaline flowing the entire game! This is one of the few games where I have actually turned off the radio to hear the music in a game. Aside from the hard rockin’ beat of the music, the sounds in the game will be very familiar to Sonic fans, especially the collecting of rings! I have to say I was a little surprised with some of the sounds in Sonic, as they seem to be from back in the Master System days. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The jump sound, for instance, took me back to the days of old. The only real problem I had with the sounds was the voice acting. I thought this could have been implemented a little better, and if you want to hear Sonic and friends talk, you might want to turn down the music volume. As they speak, they also have the words across the bottom of the screen, so my suggestion would be to turn down the voice-over and listen to the music.
Even though I have played Sonic on the Dreamcast, I must say the GC version is highly addictive (especially addictive to my wife as she beat it before I did!). As you first load up Sonic DX, you get to watch a movie introducing you to your situation. Now you get to choose your character, which includes Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and a few more but I won’t ruin the surprise. I must note that different characters have different attributes. Sonic has his spin and Tails flies with his tail.
So even if you go through the game with one it is quite different with another. Now the game starts and you are in a conversation with your arch nemesis, Dr. Robotnik! After he tells you his evil plan, you get to fight Chaos. This will give you basic controls of the game and after you conquer Chaos you are free to roam around the world. There are a lot of places for Sonic to explore; of course some of these cannot be accessed until you accomplish certain things. For example, there is a casino around; however, it cannot be accessed until night time.
As your world expands, you might get a little lost as to what you are supposed to be doing, but luckily there is always a red spark around to give you hints as to what you are supposed to be doing. Running around the world exploring is fun, but most of your time will be spent in action phases. These are the classic things that make Sonic so much fun! Your first action phase will take place on the beach. Action phases are courses that sonic must run through attempting to get the chaos emerald and therefore keeping Robotnik away from them. During action phases, you will speed through different courses collecting rings, chaos and eventually your chaos emerald. Action phases are by far the most fun. Speeding, twisting and turning, flying high in the air and avoiding a killer whale as it crushes the docks right behind you. There are even carnival action phases which require you to do these things while in a roller coaster or bumper cars! And doing the action phases just once does by no means mean that that one is over with. You can do it over again and with different missions each time, assuming you completed the previous challenges. This is pretty much how Sonic is played throughout, however, there are some other things you can do. One of which is raising chao’s, and racing them. You will acquire these during action phases by bouncing on your enemies. Chao's range from frogs to bunnies. After you have one or more, you take them to a chao garden where they can be raised. You can feed them, play with them, buy them things, and race them for prizes! Another nice addition to the GC version is, if you have a GBA and the link cable, you can play with your chao's on your GBA. As I mentioned, you can go through the action stages more than once, so if you want you will only need to go through them once but, if you do not want to just go straight through and beat the game, it will keep you busy for a while.
Although Sonic the Hedgehog DX: Directors cut has a few flaws like the voice acting and some of the annoying glitches, like falling through a wall or jumping to a platform to only fall through the floor, Sonic is a very addictive game! For us more mature gamers Sonic is a reminder of the good old days when your parents bought your games and you spent hours entranced playing it. Despite minor issues above, Sonic is a fun game.
Even if you have played Sonic on the Dreamcast, it is at the very least worth the rental fee. Is it a quickly ported game just to keep the old hedgehog alive? Or is it enough to keep fans of sonic happy? My answer would have to be.................although not perfect, it is enough to keep Sonic fans happy and busy until the next release of the speedy hedgehog!