No doubt some of you earlier today who have accounts on PSN were quick to snatch up Sonic Adventure 2 in its long-awaited optimization into high definition. At long last, fans can relive the exciting adventures of Sonic and friends going up against Dr. Eggman, the enigmatic Shadow the Hedgehog, and the too-subtle-for-Rated-T Rouge the Bat in the ultimate showdown between good and evil in glorious HD!
However, we happened to have gotten our hands on the game a little earlier by way of our inside tipster in Sega of America thanks to a press-exclusive review copy. Now that the non-disclosures are over, let’s show it off!
Cutely, it’s modeled after the original SA2 case released back in they mystical year of 2001, though we do wish they would have included a proper manual instead of a print out cover (the manual has been digitized to save the trees, as that’s the cool thing to do in the games industry these days.) That said, I happily grabbed the disc inserted in the case, curiously labeled “The Trial.” Upon inserting the disc into the PlayStation 3, it began installing the demo for Sonic Adventure 2. Well played. Fortunately, I was then prompted to go to the PS Store and get the requisite unlock key for free.
Soon enough, I was greeted by a familiar title screen with Live and Learn blaring in full force, beckoning me to press the Start Button to begin the greatest adventure of all time. Before I knew it, I was jumping out of helicopters, boarding down hills and being chased by giant killer trucks (sans rockets and buzzsaws) just like I was 11 years ago–in HD!
I don’t want to say much more about the game, but stay tuned as our own Guess_Who will be providing you with a review on how this remaster of SA2 stacks up in comparison to its Dreamcast original and Gamecube “Battle” upgrade. For now, enjoy this small gallery of off-screen photos. Unfortunately, I have no capture software so I cannot show you the true glory of this game in HD.
Won’t double cross us this time Mr. Ben Kalough!
I haven’t even played it yet (I’m waiting for the Steam release) but it seems like a REALLY half-assed port. I knew I was abusing myself by ever hoping for something like a Tiny Chao Garden/Chao Adventure for the PS Vita (cross-play with SA2) or social Chao play/racing, but the complete lack of online multiplayer for the so-called “battle upgrade,” in this year, the year twenty twelve, is absolutely inexcusable. Sega’s financial issues are like a big open wound, cashing in on minimal-effort ports and overpriced DLC. 2012 is the Year Of The Rehash for Sega.
Couldn’t help but notice the shoe error is back in screen 5 😛
Well he is playing Sonic Adventure 2, sans Battle!
It’s nice to see you pretend to care for the game Gene!
This has fake written all over it. Seriously, you could have tried a little harder. There is no full force evidence that this is real.
You could be putting a dreamcast demo disk in your PS3.. wow. Impressive.
Just giving this as much effort as was put into the port. 🙂
…If you watched the Heritage Collection livestream that some of the Retro guys did a week or two back, you’d know that they were playing “review copies” when they were actually playing the originals (besides JSR). When they got to SA2, they just put a ridiculous widescreen border around it and called it HD. Basically, it’s a joke.
What the hell, man?
What in the actual hell?
You put your PS3 on its side?!
Deal with it: B|
Is this a sarcastic Joke, cause I think the graphics improved a little.