A Game That is Underrated
Sonic Adventure Battle 2, one of the most underrated games I’ve ever played. SAB2 is one of my favorite games and in my opinion hands down the best Sonic game out there, which I know isn’t saying much as of late. That said, this is one of the most content heavy, replayable games of it’s time. That’s why it’s so baffling that it received a 6.9 from IGN and a 73% from metacritic. Admittedly there are elements of the game that could be…. Better. Such as the dialogue, it’s both cheesy and atrocious, seriously you might want to mute it when they talk. The rest of the game makes up for it, it has two story arcs, one side being the heroes and the other being dark. Both of these stories overlap but each have their own set of levels. Towards the last portion of the game the arcs are completely intertwined and you play as both alternating, playing on the same levels, I always thought this process was very well executed.
One of the biggest draws for me was the levels, each level can be played in five different ways. The first way everything is normal, just get through the stage, the second way is collect 100 rings. Both of these sound simple enough but at the end of the level the game gives you a grade, which is very addicting. The grade is determined by how long it took you to accomplish your task, how many rings were you able to collect and still have at the end, etc. High grades were challenging enough for the first two, the third part of a stage was to collect the Chao which was hidden within the level, fourth was accomplish the level in certain time limit and then the fifth dreaded challenge was complete level on hard mode. The last mode was the most fascinating, the game really shines as hard mode actually takes certain things out and puts other challenging elements in the level, essentially changing and manipulating the stage altogether.
I could talk about this game for hours, it is pure fun and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. It even has a chao feature which are little cute creatures that change depending on how you take care of them and what you offer them. They have their own cute fighting arena where you get collectibles if you win, this part of the game alone will provide hours and hours of addicting fun. If you have never played this game I truly can’t recommend it enough, especially in today’s video game world where a good 3D sonic game is almost impossible to find.
What game do you consider to be vastly underrated? Let me know in the comments below I’d love to hear about it!