Sonic Heroes is an exciting 3D action-adventure in which the player assumes control of a rag-tag group of 3 different characters, each with a unique power - flight, speed and electricity. The goal of the game is to advance through successive levels as fast as possible while collecting gold rings and defeating enemy robots along the way. Although it shares many aspects of its competitors in the Wii and Xbox generations, Sonic Heroes has a much more unique and interesting gameplay design. Here we take a look at one of its more enjoyable aspects: its unique online modes.
In the late part of the game, you'll find that you have a number of different tools available to you, which allow you to further your progress through both story missions and multiplayer games. These range from mini-games within the main game itself to time-based challenges that put you up against a variety of increasingly difficult stages (some of which are not so easy to beat!). For example, you may one day find yourself needing to defeat some nasty hedgehog enemies in order to progress to the next area. With a simple click of the left stick, you'll be able to move your hedgehog in any direction, allowing you to strategically take out their vulnerable nervous systems for maximum damage!
Sonic Heroes is clearly an effort by Sega to give their long-running series a real overhaul, with a focus on the type of gameplay mechanics that really makes a difference. Although the focus on story and multi-player may turn some people off, I found that it added a lot of freshness to an already addictive game and helped make it much more interesting to play. The level of challenge that Sonic Heroes offers is something that other, more traditional gaming titles have failed to provide, meaning that for fans of this genre, Sonic Heroes could prove to be quite a bit of fun. It's certainly not going to make the same impression as Sonic Adventure did, but it could end up being a solid game to play, especially if you enjoy the unique perspective provided by the hedgehog's newest big-screen adventure.