Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut

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Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
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This version of a well received game could've been so much more.
Genre: Platforming
Action-adventure
Platforms: Nintendo GameCube
Microsoft Windows
Release Date: June 2003
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega


Sonic Adventure is a 1998 Dreamcast launch title and is the first Sonic game to make the jump to 3D in the main series. While the original game was well received, the DX version was met with mixed reception by critics and fans alike. The DX version served as the basis for every future port.

Bad Qualities

  1. Due to being rushed, Sonic Adventure DX is a lot more glitchier than the original Dreamcast version it came from.
    • Most notably, the walkway to the loop in Emerald Coast.
  2. The sound quality, again, due to poor porting, has significantly regressed, despite being 44.1 kHz in PC version.
  3. Due to relying on ambient lighting, the lighting and shading doesn't work properly, even giving some of the characters a cel-shaded appearance.
  4. Unlike the Dreamcast version, SADX has blander and more dull textures for some of the levels/HUB worlds in the game.
    • The texturing problem also carries out to the newer models, which, while higher in polygons and more faithful to Yuji Uekawa's art style, suffer from poor texturing.
  5. In the HD ports on XBLA/PSN/Steam, there is a distracting blue border, even in the Widescreen Steam version. For the console HD version, it remains in a 4:3 aspect ratio.
  6. The loading times can get way too long and drawn out. Not to the level of Sonic '06, but they are still unnecessarily longer than the Dreamcast version of the game.
  7. The XBLA/PSN versions sell the DX content separately as DLCs. They don't even have the Game Gear games in the HD ports.
  8. Metal Sonic is the only thing you get for collecting all 130 emblems in DX, and he doesn't even have his own unique animations or gameplay. He's just a Sonic re-skin only available in his levels, and "Metal Sonic" isn't even available in the Adventure mode.
  9. The concept of skipping the scenes of the game is interesting but it does not run very well, there are times when you have to press the Start button a lot or at a specific moment, sometimes if you skip a scene at the time wrong it sometimes crashes or freezes the game.
  10. Some voices are incorrect, as they are taken from an E3 demo build from 1999.
  11. While mission mode is a decent implementation of the game, there are some boring and repetitive missions, one example being where you have to move a statue to it's objective.

Good Qualities.

  1. The PC port allows players to mod the game back to its Dreamcast roots. These mods include, but are not limited to...
    • Dreamcast Conversion
    • Lantern Engine
    • Dreamcast Character Pack
    • Sound Overhaul
    • Mimic Dreamcast Textures (For the DX models.)
  2. A brand new mission mode has been introduced to this version.
  3. The Game Gear games are a nice inclusion, though they only appear in the GameCube and the original 2004 PC ports.
  4. Compared to the Dreamcast version, due to the hardware currently available, the game now runs at 60 FPS, instead of just 30 FPS.

Reception

The DX version was met with mixed reviews, though poor by some people, It also spawned the false narrative by toxic detractors that Sonic Adventure is a terrible game.

Trivia

  • The graphical downgrades got so bad that there's an entire site devoted to showing how many downgrades there are.

Video

Comments


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Pinky Malinky

23 months ago
Score 9
This port isn't that terrible, and I was going to put this on Neutral Games Wiki but unfortunately that wiki is inactive so that meant it had to go here.
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Bean64

10 days ago
Score 0
Didn't that get deleted?
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EnnardTrap1987

18 months ago
Score 2
HeY sOnIc
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Ragdoll Productions Fan 2005

11 months ago
Score 2
at least wee got better sadx for pc
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SSJ2 Gohan

11 months ago
Score 2
This should be renamed to Sonic Adventure DX
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SpazJR61

11 months ago
Score 2
Yup
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 2
Since we can't move pages let's ask an admin to do it.
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OpenRISC

8 months ago
Score 2
im gonna try this port out (aka getting a iso of it and loading it with nintendont)
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Mr. Dready

6 months ago
Score 2
I don’t really think this port is terrible, especially considering that this port was made for people who don’t have a dreamcast.
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Mr. Dready

6 months ago
Score 2
I actually thing the HD ports are worse, because i can remember that i got stuck after finishing the twinkle park level because the elevator wouldn’t go down, also it’s just a huge mess, that’s why i prefer the DX version over the HD versions.
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SSJ2 Gohan

6 months ago
Score 2
It’s much easier to fall through the floor in Emerald Coast in the HD ports.
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DarkMatterMan4500

4 months ago
Score 0
It's on par with the original, which is the Dreamcast version. So you're half-right and half-wrong for those reasons.
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

4 months ago
Score 0
I only played this version of the game on my GameCube, I actually really enjoy it TBH
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ItMeansNothing

2 months ago
Score 0
Since this is here, the GameCube port is my favorite way to play Sonic Adventure. The Dreamcast version is okay while the Xbox 360 port is kinda mediocre (though I beat the Xbox 360 port).
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ElliotFatcow62

23 days ago
Score 0
Honestly I don't think this is a bad port, it's my preferred way of playing Sonic Adventure 1. Although it being released after the Sonic Adventure 2 port made me assume it came out after and thus made me see it as a downgrade when I first played it as a kid but I grew to really like and appreciate it later on.
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Remely1000

23 days ago
Score 0
sOmE'tHiNg BuGgIn YoU?
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ChessPiece21

16 days ago
Score 0
This and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle were my childhood.

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