Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut (GameCube) Preview

By Liam 19.04.2003

Review for Sonic Adventure DX Director

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle on the GameCube was a surprisingly huge hit, ported straight from the DreamCast. Now, SEGA are set to bring the first Sonic Adventure title over to the Cube, and its due for release in Japan on June 19. The DX in the title stands for Deluxe, so you can be expecting slicker graphics, a smooth 60 fps running speed and improved sound. There will also be around 50 extra missions set throughout the levels, meaning more of those Emblems to look for, Could you really want much more?

The main story features Eggman trying to collect all 6 chaos emeralds in order to make chao become indestructible and take over the world. Bet he wasn't expecting the spiky blue hedgehog to get in the way of his master-plans! However, this time Sonic has company, and a host of six characters will be at your disposable, each with their own little stories. Sonic is trying to stop Eggman from getting all the chaos emeralds, so he is racing to get them first. Tails is basically Sonic's sidekick, so he is also trying to help get all the chaos emeralds out there. Knuckle is basically trying to find his life story but he is also looking for Chaos emerald pieces to get to the floating island. Amy is helping a bird find his family, while trying to stay out of trouble. Big is trying to protect his friend Froggy by fishing or picking him up. Finally, there is E102 Gamma, who is trying to help all the animals Eggman has imprisoned.Sounds like a varied bunch of characters then. You will be expected to race around the various levels looking for Emblems and Chaos Emeralds that all serve to prevent Eggman from creating the horrendous Chaos, a big watery monster with an appetite for destruction. Unfortunately for Sonic, the Emeralds he finds always end up getting stolen and fed to Chaos, which causes him to grow, so by the end of the game you'll have to face off against a massive Chaos in what should be a pretty awesome battle.

Screenshot for Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut on GameCube

It seems there will be a range of levels, and you can look forward to one of the best opening levels ever, massive leafy glades to race through, a casino to explore, and much, much more! Most of the levels should fly by in a blur, as you pick up speed, grabbing rings and collecting Emblems. One of the major gripes with 3D Sonic games has been the lousy camera, and it seems this problem has been transferred over to the GameCube version. Those that managed to overlook the problem in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle should have no problem with this game.

Screenshot for Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut on GameCube

The graphics aren't all that bad. Some of the cinema scenes are extremely pretty to look at. You can see every leaf on palm tree, you can see peoples shadows and big tall buildings in the background and each main character is chiselled/detailed to perfect. You can even see every single one of Big's whiskers. The levels are very detailed and in one level you can even see little rocks fall off cliffs! With the GameCube version promising updated graphics, could things possibly get much better?

Screenshot for Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut on GameCube

The catchy tunes seem to be remaining, which is great for fans of the music in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. There isn't too much information on the voice acting, but I'm sure we can expect the classic 'cheesy' American voice acting for Sonic and pals. With the sound being worked on for the GameCube version, we may be getting some new tracks for certain levels, and you can definitely expect the sound to be improved from the DreamCast version.

Screenshot for Sonic Adventure DX Director's Cut on GameCube

Final Thoughts

Nothing too new, which is great for Sonic fans. Hopefully the slow paced levels that were found in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle will be ditched, and it will be high-speed racing all the way! A must for fans of the blue hedgehog, and this game is definitely one to keep a close eye on. Sonic is speeding onto the GameCube, and he's looking better than ever!


Sonic Team




3D Platformer



C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (4 Votes)

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