TITLE: SONIC HEROES (DEMO)
DATE RELEASED: 2003
When I first saw this I was quite surprised that Sega had released a game on the Xbox. I was aware that they where going to release some titles on the Xbox but I though that they where concentration on the Gamecube until 2004. Anyway lets get into the review.
The game system isnít new but its not overly common on next generation consoles. You play as Sonic, Tale and Knuckles changing characters to suit different obsticals in the game. For example if you need to break blocks then you select Knuckles or if you need to reach a high place you can use Tales to fly up there. The gameplay is very simplistic. A is used for jumping and X is used for using a particular characters skill such as smashing or flying. Buttons Y and B are used to change members of your party. The controls arenít overly simplistic but like any good sonic game they wonít take you an age to get to grips with.
The demo comes with two levels selectable by difficulty. Easy gives you a beach/island level and Hard gives you a rail level which you grind your way through. I prefer even though its easy the island level, thereís so many more things to do as opposed to balancing on a rail. Enemy AI is basic, they will shoot lasers at you but thatís about it. You can decide to fight head on or just run past. The level isnít over complicated, you can more or less complete it by running forwards.
Graphics are vivid and colourful and a nice feature to the game. The green trees, blue Sonic, red Knuckles and yellow sand go well together but its not so ďin your faceĒ to give you a migraine.
Sound is good, you get the pleasure of listening to a nice Japanese band while youíre dashing through the levels. Sound effects such as jumping and smashing are nice but not a great aspect of the game.
Overall the game (Demo) was enjoyable. A game (Demo) that you can just pick up and play away on. However I imagine that after a few levels it would get boring and repetitive, if its anything like the games on the Gamecube this may be the case. The difficulty option is a nice feature to the game but doesnít make it any harder, just changes the level. I recommend playing the demo before you buy. Itís a nice game but not something I would recommend to buy due to its lacking replay value. I can see people with kids buying this game as the controls would be suited to a child. Get the demo before you get the game.
A good fun game but I predict lacking replay value and repetitive levels which makes this more of a quick enjoyable demo rather than a must have title.