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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Games Played 05/16/2009

Neverwinter Nights 2 - PC


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:


Sonic Advance 2 (2002)
Developer: Sonic Team/Dimps
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Purchase Date: 03/28/2003

The only good blue hedgehog is a 2D blue hedgehog.

While things can only get from bad to worse continuously for the series' foray into 3D, Sonic games on the Game Boy Advance are consistently brilliant. Though not as polished as the first Sonic Advance, this sequel still plays like the good old Sonic games on the Genesis. None of the Sonic games I have played can be called "difficult" per se but I consider this title the trickiest of the bunch because it has a lot of death drops. Like the other 2D Sonic games, sometimes you won't be able to know if you are going to land on a platform if you miss a jump while travelling at high speed but here, you are almost always greeted by death when that happens. The graphics are colorful and the rotation effects on the characters' sprites look pretty cool. There is a mini pet simulation game on the cartridge that can be linked to Sonic Adventure 2: Battle on the GameCube. The one problem I have with Sonic Advance 2 is the Dr. Eggman bosses - there is a blatant abuse of the "chase battle" where you are running after Dr. Eggman, avoiding his attacks while getting yourself close enough to damage him. The game would have been perfect if not for that repetitive and lazy design.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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