I know a lot of Sonic fanboys are gonna get extremely butthurt about this, but I don'r like Sonuc Adventure 2 at all (for the most part). This game use to be fun back in the day of the Dreamcast and the Nintendo GameCube days. Now that I've gotton older, I have noticed so MANY FLAWS with this game it's unreal.
Lemme list some positives first though
+Fantastic Soundtrack (One of the best in the series)
+2 Player Battle mode is pretty fun
+Now it's in Widescreen HD
+Big the Cat is gone!
+The levels are pretty damn memorable (unless you don't play the game a lot)
+Chao Garden is much better than the first
Well that seems like good things right? Eh... not really. There's many problems I just can't stand about this game.
I loved the story in Sonic Adventure DX! But in this game...... not so much. I do like the introduction of Shadow and Rouge, but Shadow is just a simple clone of him. He controls almost exactly the same as Sonic, and I just feel like I'm playing some re-skin fanmade game of Sonic. Oh and Rouge? Same thing! She controls exactly like Knuckles to! And Tails? My GOD REALLY SEGA? He's the same as Omega! The "Dark" characters are basically the same. They just feel like re-skins. I get that's what SEGA was going for, but it feels SO LAZY.
Anyway Sonic and Shadow have the speedy platforming parts of the game
Knuckles and Rouge have the Treasure Finding parts of the game.
Tails and Omega have the "SHOOT EVERYTHING BECAUSE I HAVE A ROBOT THAT IMMA FIRIN MA LAZAR" parts of the game.
Well here's the problem. If I only wanted to play as Sonic, I could just play as Sonic. In this game I'm FORCED to play as the other characters just to complete the Hero or Dark story. Really? In Sonic Adventure DX, I wasn't forced to play as anyone I didn't want to! All I played as was Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy. I wasn't forced to play as Omega (but I did anyway) or Big the Cat. Why change that? Like honestly? SEGA, tell me why?
Another major problem with this game is the trasure hunting stages. It may be "minor", but it's FRUSTRATING AS ♥♥♥♥! In SADX, the blinker would indicate whenever your near a Piece of the Master Emerald right? Well it does it in SA2, but ONLY IF IT'S IN ORDER. WHY?! I'll be right next to a god damn Piece and it won't blink? Wanna know why? Because it's not in order. What the hell SEGA? Another thing is Tails and Omega. They both use to be fun! Now they're not! Instead of doing basic platforming with Tails, he's now gone Super Mega Death Christ mode and now shoots the ♥♥♥♥ out of everything like Omega did in SADX. I'm sorry. But that only worked for Omega and NOT Tails.
The only fun playable characters in the game is Sonic and Shadow. SEGA really screwed over the other characters which I'm REALLY angry about. Also why is 2 player Battlemode DLC if you can't even play it online? The Nintendo GameCube came with it for free in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. So why not this game?
It's mainly like every generic sonic Story. Stop Eggman done. Oh by the way, Shadow exists now. GG no RE.
City Escape and Metal Harbor are the only fun and memorable stages in the game for me. Every other stage is forgettable, because the other stages have extremely terrible enemy placement and unfair platforming sections. Absolutely disgusting.
While it's not the best, it's... decent. It has full controller support, runs at 60 FPS with no slowdowns, and looks pretty decent for the HD remake. Only problem is the game crashes when I play in my Fullscreen Native resolution. Why does it do that? I'll never know. It's not optimized that great to say the least. Also if you press any key on your keyboard while in controller mode, it'll switch back to the keyboard like in Sonic Generations and you can't switch back unles you restart the game.
Final Verdict / TL;DR
Sonic Adventure 2 is an overrated piece of ♥♥♥♥ that didn't help make the Sonic Adventure series better. Poor enemy placement, unfair platofmorming sections, boring treasure hunting and robot shooting gameplay, and a not-so-good- PC port. The soundtrack is amazing and Sonic is a blast to play as, but the rest is trash and unenjoyable for me. Save your money and go buy Sonic 3 and Knuckes, Sonic Generations, or better yet the ORIGINAL Sonic Adventure. Keep in mind, this is coming from a long time Sonic fan! I've been playing Sonic games for all my life and this is one of the most disappointing games in the franchise! Yes you can argue all you want about Sonic 06 and Sonic Boom, but that still doesn't change my opinion that I don't like this game!
Final Rating 4/10