The first fully-3D adventure in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was released on this day in history.
Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999.
Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999. (Courtesy: Sega)
The game allows the player to play as one of six different characters in a storyline that crosses over and combines. Sonic and Tails feature traditional platforming across 3D stages, while other characters such as Amy Rose, Big the Cat and Knuckles feature other styles of gameplay.
In the game, the characters face Eggman, who has released a new monster named Chaos, who becomes stronger with each Chaos Emerald found.
There is also a virtual pet sub-game where the character raises unique creatures named Chao.
Sonic Adventure was the first fully 3D game in the Sonic franchise, after the limited levels included in the Saturn release, Sonic Jam. The game also featured a full voice cast for the first time, led by Ryan Drummond and also featuring Corey Bringas, Jennifer Douillard, and Michael McGaharn.
The game was a hit and received a good amount praise from fans and critics. Once the Dreamcast was discontinued, Sonic Adventure was enhanced and released for systems like the GameCube. It was later available for download on systems like Xbox 360.