Review by mega_cool_guy

Reviewed: 10/20/08

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is a pretty good game.

Sonic the hedgehog is the fastest thing alive and is one of the gaming world’s most recognizable hero. He has been Sega’s mascot for over seventeen years and has appeared in games as the protagonist in over fifteen titles. Now the blue hedgehog has dashed into the RPG world of gaming.

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is what this game is called and it is a good RPG, but it still has its problems. But the game is still good and fun to play.

Story: 7/10
The plot maybe isn’t as great as a Final Fantasy game would have, but the more you play
the more interesting it gets.

It starts out with Sonic’s and his friends’ last encounter with Eggman. After they destroyed his ship while he was inside, everybody presumed that he didn't survive. A few years later, Tails calls Sonic and tells him that Knuckles is kidnapped by the Marauders, a mysterious group of enemies. While searching for Knuckles they find Eggman’s robots. Believing that Marauders are using the robots, they continue.
But is that really the truth?
Are the Marauders using the robots?
And is Eggman really dead?

The story is simple and enjoyable for all ages

Graphics: 8/10
The environment is beautifully made. And the cut scenes were well made.
But the characters and enemies could need some work.
They didn’t make a good job with the eyes.

Music & Sound: 3.5/10
The music was mostly ok,
nothing memorable. It could even get repetitive sometimes.

The sounds are the worst part of the game. They sound like they were meant to be for a Game Boy game. When your team members get hit by an enemy they will often make a weird noise. And the enemies often make a weird kind of growl when they spot you.

Controls & Game play: 8/10
The game is pretty much easy to beat. In the start your team will miss their attacks in battles more often then later.
The game is completely stylus controlled (if you don’t count the shoulder buttons, which were used to do certain things faster) and it works just fine through out the game.

The battle system works great and is a lot of fun to play, especially when you use a POW-move. POW-moves are preformed by tapping and dragging the icons without missing too many times. The same goes for enemies when they are using POW-moves. If you are good at Elite Beat Agents, then you would master this quickly. When you escape or the enemies escape you will have to run from or chase them by jumping over obstacles. This can be kind of annoying when your weakened high leveled enemies are escaping.

There is not a lot explore on the map. You can collect rings, chao eggs and talk to people and help them.
Sometimes you will have to use a certain character to overcome some obstacles. Like for example: Sonic can dash through certain areas, Tails can fly over some gaps, Amy can smash crates and Knuckles can climb some walls. That part I found unnecessary, because sometimes it gets really annoying going back and forth to change your team so you just can overcome a specific obstacles.

There are ten characters (if you don’t count Sonic) to choose between and forty different chaos to collect. Every character has their special POW-moves and it was fun to unlock them all and see them in action. The chao part was creative and enjoyable. You can equip different chaos for your characters to make them stronger

Play time & Replay value: 6/10
The game is very short. You can beat the game in less than ten hours.

There is not much replay value other than collecting all the different chaos and all the rings. You can level up your characters further after you beat the game and start over.

Overall: 8/10
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is not a bad game and is definitely worth a try. If you don’t count the sound, the game was pretty much great, but was still little too short. Even if it wasn’t the best Sonic game ever it was still his first RPG.

Is it worth buying this game?
That depends, if you are a Sonic fan or a RPG lover then yes. But the game is very short and doesn’t have a lot of replay value. If you just want to try it out or beat it once than just borrow or rent it.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

Product Release: Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (EU, 09/26/08)

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