Sonic Adventure 2 Battle is a port of the Dreamcast sequel to Sonic Adventure. It introduces new characters in Shadow the Hedgehog, a clone of Sonic, and Rouge the Bat, a spy for the government.
In this game, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are trying to stop Eggman's plans to use the Eclipse Cannon on the space colony, ARK. Meanwhile, as Eggman plans to use the cannon for domination, Rouge and Shadow search for the Chaos Emeralds in order to power the cannon. Shadow, however, is haunted by a mysterious past involving an incident on the Space Colony ARK 50 years ago. Can Sonic stop Eggman's ploy before he destroys the world?
The game features multiple different playing styles: Sonic and Shadow's platforming stages, Knuckles and Rouge's treasure-hunting stages, and Tails and Eggman's shooting stages. It also features a kart racing minigame and Chao-related activities.
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Sonic is arrested for crimes committed by the mysterious Shadow the Sonic clone-- err, Shadow the Hedgehog, freed by Doctor Eggman, who is aided by Rouge the Bat. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles set off to stop Eggman's evil plans, while Shadow seeks to find out more about his past.
The graphics are passable. All of the in-game levels look pretty average. You'd think they might improve the graphics a little, but they're fine as is anyway, with everything looking smooth. The cutscenes feature some awkward animations, particularly of the mouth.
Sonic's strongest suit has always been its music. The tunes on this disc are very easy to listen to, even if some are cheesy and, in Knuckles' case, silly. (THIS IS KNUCKLES AND I'M BACK etc etc etc). Voice acting is OK, although there are times when it sounds bad. (Shadow in particular.)
Sonic and Shadow's thrilling high-speed levels are a stark contrast to Knuckles and Rouge's treasure levels (which get very boring at times) and Tails and Eggman's shooting levels, which are also slow but can be somewhat entertaining. All of them suffer from slight glitchiness.
In the end, how much you'll enjoy Sonic Adventure 2 Battle depends on your tolerance of the story and various play styles. If you don't mind the slower pace of the characters not named Sonic and Shadow, then Sonic Adventure 2 Battle doesn't disappointed.