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Sonic Heroes
North American cover art
North American cover art
Developer(s) Sega Studio USA
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Takashi Iizuka (Director/Level Designer)
Artist(s) Kazuyuki Hoshino (Art Director)
Hiroshi Nishiyama (Field Art Director)
Writer(s) Shiroh Maekawa (also Main Game Design)
Composer(s) Jun Senoue (Sound Director)
Engine RenderWare[1]
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) GameCube
JP December 30, 2003
NA January 5, 2004
PAL February 6, 2004
PlayStation 2
JP December 30, 2003
NA January 27, 2004
PAL February 6, 2004
JP December 30, 2003
NA January 27, 2004
PAL February 6, 2004
NA November 17, 2004
PAL November 26, 2004
JP December 9, 2004
Genre(s) Adventure, Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: All ages
PEGI: 3+
Media (CD x1), (DVD x2), GameCube Optical Disc
System requirements PC: Pentium III 866 MHz CPU, 16 MB Direct3D-compatible graphics card, DirectX-compatible sound card, 12x CD-ROM drive, 0.8 GB hard disk space, Microsoft Windows 98SE or better, DirectX 9.0b
Input methods PC: Keyboard or analog joypad
Consoles: Game controller

Sonic Heroes is a platforming video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, developed by Sonic Team USA and released in 2003 and 2004 for multiple platforms. The game follows four teams of three characters, each of which has a unique subplot, and as Doctor Eggman begins another attempt at global domination, each team follows a separate path to stop him. This game differs from other Sonic games by allowing the player to take control of each of three characters of a particular team, each member of which has a unique ability, that of speed, power, or flight.

The title received mixed to good reviews, according to games aggregates websites. Positive points noted include a gameplay style similar to the series' 2D roots, and the game's vibrant environments and graphics; negative points raised include the camera system, some level design issues, and the game's voice acting. Nevertheless, the game sold well, and entered the "best-sellers" series for each of the three consoles Xbox, GameCube, PS2 and the PC.



PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Heroes.

The game introduces several new gameplay elements. Unlike most Sonic games, where players control one character, three characters are available at any time to choose from, as the player may switch the party's leader freely, whilst the other two characters follow.[2] Each character has an individual ability — speed for fast stages, power for breaking objects, or flight for reaching high platforms — and the player must use these abilities to traverse the fourteen stages.[2] Each ability is also represented in the interface by color; blue for speed, yellow for flight, and red for power.[3] By acquiring certain items or reaching checkpoints, characters can level up, increasing their efficiency when used against enemies. Each team also has a Team Blast skill, which can be performed when the Team Blast meter becomes full, and this can be achieved by performing such actions as destroying enemies or collecting rings.[2]


Sonic Heroes initially sees Sonic off running around the world looking for adventure. Joining up with his friends Tails and Knuckles, who give him a message from Dr. Eggman stating that he will take over the world in three days, Team Sonic is formed and the classic trio head off to stop Eggman's latest plan. But they are not alone on this endeavor, as other characters from the series form their own teams to find Eggman first. The Chaotix detective agency has been hired by an unknown client to find the Doctor, and they take on the name Team Chaotix. Rouge finds Shadow (who was presumably dead) and awakes Omega unknowningly; after a short fight, Rouge decides they should team up to find Eggman and become Team Dark. Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit, and Big the Cat team up to find Cream's Chao Chocola, Big's Froggy, and Sonic, believing this all to be connected with Eggman. The player must control their chosen team to complete each stage, defeat Eggman's robots, and complete boss battles against Eggman himself, as well as defeat the other teams that have formed and stand in their way of finding Eggman first.

As each team reaches the final stage and defeat Eggman, they finally meet together and discover that the enemy they have been chasing is not Eggman, but is actually Metal Sonic (named Neo Metal Sonic because of his new transformed body), disguised as Eggman; the Doctor himself has been locked away, and Team Chaotix discovers that Eggman was their mysterious client. The teams come together to battle Neo Metal Sonic in its large, robotic form (called Metal Madness first, and later Metal Overlord when his transformation is complete), before Team Sonic transforms into its members' Super Forms and defeat Neo Metal Sonic (as Metal Overlord), who returns to his original form. In the aftermath, Team Chaotix chases after Eggman, who is attempting to sneak away in order to avoid paying Team Chaotix their reward. Sonic and Tails leave, and Amy chases them. Rouge says she will look for someone else's treasure, while Knuckles chases after her. Shadow and Omega pick up the body of Metal Sonic, and in the end, Team Sonic goes off on their next adventure.


The player initially selects one of the four teams available at the beginning of the game, comprising three members, each capable of one of the three aforementioned skills. Each team follows their own storyline, but all four plots are intertwined.[2] The teams also have their own unique Team Blast skill. The teams are: Team Rose, Team Sonic, Team Dark and Team Chaotix.

Team Sonic

Team Sonic is the title team of Sonic Heroes. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles receive a letter from Doctor Eggman telling them of a new ultimate weapon that will be ready within three days, challenging them to stop him. Having had the most experience in defeating Eggman's plans, the three heroes band together once again to foil Eggman's plans. This team and associated levels are designed to be of medium difficulty, and contain high-speed sections.[4]

Team Dark

Rouge sneaks into one of Eggman's bases after hearing that Doctor Eggman is accumulating valuable treasures. Instead, she finds Shadow the Hedgehog, thought to be dead, encased in a capsule and without memory of who he is. Also locked in the same chamber is a robot, E-123 Omega, who, angered on his confinement, is bent on destroying Eggman's robots to prove his power. Realizing that all their problems lead to Eggman, the three antiheroes team up. This team and associated levels are designed to be of hard difficulty, requiring skill and concentration to endure heavy battle. The Team Dark versions of stages are also noticably longer than those of either Team Sonic or Team Chaotix, and drastically longer than those of Team Rose, as well as featuring many more enemies and a reduced number of shortcuts.[5]

Team Rose

Each character of Team Rose is trying to find someone important to them; Amy searches for Sonic and hopes that defeating Eggman herself will impress him. Big is searching for his amphibian friend, Froggy (continued from Sonic Adventure), and Cream is seeking out Cheese's lost brother, Chocola. With a picture in the newspaper of Froggy and Chocola being carried off by whom they believe to be Sonic as their only clue, the three join up to find their lost companions. This team and associated levels are designed for younger players, with shorter missions.[6]

Team Chaotix

Team Chaotix is composed of quiet, ninja-like, and disciplined Espio the Chameleon; their headstrong, music-loving leader Vector the Crocodile; and the flying ace Charmy Bee. They run their own detective agency, and receive a mysterious package with a walkie-talkie in it. A stranger gives the team instructions through this device and claims that if the job he has for them is completed, the Chaotix will be "rewarded handsomely". Espio is wary of the job, but Vector sees the opportunity to make money, and reminds him that they "never turn down work that pays". This team and associated levels provide a different experience, as most are mission-based, and are only complete when the mission target is met.[7] Unique to this team, when Espio uses his Tornado Spin, he becomes invisible to enemies, required for some missions.

Team Super Sonic

  • Speed: Super Sonic
  • Flight: Semi-Super Tails
  • Power: Semi-Super Knuckles

Team Super Sonic is accessed only in the last story of the game. All the teams realize that Eggman was not the villain but in fact Neo Metal Sonic, who uses the data he absorbed from Team Sonic, Team Dark, and the data of Chaos absorved from Chocola and Froggy, to transform into the Metal Overlord. The teams happen to have all 7 Chaos Emeralds, which Sonic used to transform into Super Sonic, transferring some of his superpower onto Tails and Knuckles in the process. This gives them superpowers and a light gold shield. Team Super Sonic is essentially the same as Team Sonic, but the entire teams' powers have been boosted to make them more powerful. When their Team Blast meter is full, they can perform a Super Team Blast, which is the only way to defeat the Metal Overlord.


GameCube version of Sonic Heroes.

Sonic Heroes was developed to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog.[8] The game's director, Takashi Iizuka, stated that he did not want to make Sonic Heroes a continuation of the Sonic Adventure series, as he was worried only core gamers would buy the title, and instead decided to create a game that more casual players could adapt to.[9]

Unlike the two previous main series games, Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes uses the RenderWare engine so that the game could be programmed and ported easily to the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Microsoft Windows.[1][10] Despite being able to port some textures and character models from the Sonic Adventure titles, most work on the title was started anew.[10] Despite the use of cross-platform middleware, Sonic Heroes was Sega's first multi-platform title, and the development team found additional challenges in working with the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, platforms that they had very little experience with.[11]


Jun Senoue once again returned to provide music for the game, along with the two songs by his band Crush 40. Replacing the individual character songs, playable teams now have team theme songs. The game features once again returning vocal talents Johnny Gioeli, Tony Harnell and Ted Poley, as well as new musicians Kay Hanley, Gunnar Nelson and rock band Julien-K.

The Sonic Heroes Official Soundtrack was released in North America on November 9, 2004.[12] Triple Threat: Sonic Heroes Vocal Trax, which includes the original vocal theme songs from the Sonic Adventure game soundtrack, was released in Japan on February 4, 2004.[13]


Critical response

Review scores
Publication Score
GC PC PS2 Xbox
GameSpot 7.5/10[14] 6.2/10[15] 7.0/10[16]
IGN 8.0/10[17] 7.0/10[18] 6.9/10[19] 7.2/10[20]
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 72/100[21] 66/100[22] 64/100[23] 73/100[24]

Reviews of Sonic Heroes were mixed to positive, with Metacritic ranging from 64% for the PlayStation 2 version, based on 29 reviews, to 73% for the Xbox version, based on 28 reviews.[25] Game Rankings averages range from 60% for the PC version, based on 18 reviews, to 74.5% for the GameCube version, based on 95 reviews.[26]

Reviewers noted several positive aspects to the game. These included the gameplay style; whilst the transition to 3D has been noted as rough for the Sonic franchise,[3] Sonic Heroes came close to the series' 2D roots.[3] Sound design was also praised, described as "inexorably linked" to the experience[3] and "at least very pristine" with "perfectly implemented" sound effects, running in Dolby Pro Logic II.[2] Graphics design and environments were also highlighted, described as colorful, vibrant and cheery,[3] with consistent art design and an exceptionally vibrant color palette.[2] Framerate was also consistent for the Xbox, GameCube, and PC versions, although a drop in framerate in the multiplayer component was noted.[2][3]

It also attracted several negative criticisms. Often cited were the game's camera control system, described as "uncooperative"[3] and "terrible".[27] Camera control compounded an additional problem regarding the controls relative to the camera's position, such that pushing forward may or may not move the character in the same direction the camera is facing.[3] Falling from the level's platforms into the deep pits below was also criticized.[3][27] The game's voice acting also came in for criticism, described as "horrendous" and "the biggest misstep in the sound design".[3]

In addition, the PlayStation 2 version received lower average scores.[28][29] Clipping and graphic faults were cited, whilst the framerate was also lower than the other versions.[30]


In 2004, Sonic Heroes was the sixth bestselling game in the United Kingdom overall, and a full year after its release, was still at number eight in the all-price chart.[31] By October 2004, the game had sold over one million copies in Europe.[32] The game ultimately sold well enough to enter all three consoles' "best-sellers" lists: Greatest Hits/Platinum for the PlayStation 2, Platinum Hits for the Xbox, and Player's Choice for the GameCube.[33]


The game was also released in a package with Super Monkey Ball Deluxe on Xbox.[34] It was also re-released in 2009 as a part of Sonic PC Collection.


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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Sonic Heroes for GameCube Review". GameSpot. 2004-02-06. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  4. ^ Sega (2004). "Team Sonic". Sonic Heroes Manual. PC. Sega. pp. 4–5. 
  5. ^ Sega (2004). "Team Dark". Sonic Heroes Manual. PC. Sega. pp. 6–7. 
  6. ^ Sega (2004). "Team Rose". Sonic Heroes Manual. PC. Sega. pp. 8–9. 
  7. ^ Sega (2004). "Team Chaotix". Sonic Heroes Manual. PC. Sega. pp. 10–11. 
  8. ^ Barker, Ben (2003). "Sonic Heroes - An Interview with the Creators". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  9. ^ "INTERVIEW: Nights Watchman : Next Generation - Interactive Entertainment Today, Video Game and Industry News - Home of Edge Online". Next Generation Magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  10. ^ a b Bedigian, Louis (2004). "Video Game News - Sonic Heroes Zooms, Spins and Dashes To a Console Near You". GameZone. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  11. ^ Interview section. "Yuji Naka and Takashi Iizuka Speak on Sonic Heroes". Sega. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  12. ^ Goodnight, Lauren (2004-07-21). "Sonic Heroes Official Soundtrack -". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  13. ^ "Sonic Heroes Vocal Trax / Triple Threat". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  14. ^ Ryan Davis (2004-01-06). "Sonic Heroes for GameCube Review". Gamespot. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  15. ^ Ryan Davis (2004-01-27). "Sonic Heroes for PlayStation 2 Review". Gamespot. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  16. ^ Ryan Davis (2004-01-27). "Sonic Heroes for Xbox Review". Gamespot. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  17. ^ Matt Casamassin (2004-01-05). "IGN: Sonic Heroes Review (GameCube)". IGN. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  18. ^ Matt Casamassina, Ed Lewis (2004-12-10). "IGN: Sonic Heroes Review (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  19. ^ Matt Cassamassina, Ed Lewis (2004-01-23). "IGN: Sonic Heroes Review (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  20. ^ Matt Casamassina, Ed Lewis (2004-01-23). "IGN: Sonic Heroes Review (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
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  22. ^ "Sonic Heroes (pc: 2004): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
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  27. ^ a b "Sonic Heroes Review from". 1UP. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  28. ^ "Sonic Heroes (ps2: 2004): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  29. ^ "Sonic Heroes - PS2". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  30. ^ Lewis, Ed (2004-01-23). "IGN: Sonic Heroes Review (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  31. ^ "An Unlikely Hero". Edge. February 2005. "Sonic Heroes was the sixth best-selling game in the United Kingdom overall, outperforming big hitters like Burnout 3 and Spider-Man 2. Are you very surprised? How about this: The same game, a full year after its release, it is still at number eight in this week's all-price chart." 
  32. ^ Van Autrijve, Rainier (October 29, 2004). "Sonic Is Sega's Hero of Sales Figures". GameSpy. Retrieved January 11, 2009. 
  33. ^ Cook, Chris (2005-03-28). "Sonic Heroes Goes "Greatest Hits" On Home Consoles". Game Informer. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  34. ^ "Sonic Heroes/Monkey Ball - XBOX". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 

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Sonic Heroes
Box artwork for Sonic Heroes.
Developer(s) Sonic Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
System(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows
Players 1
ESRB: Everyone
Preceded by Sonic Battle
Followed by Sonic Advance 3
Series Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic Heroes is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is the first multi-platform game in the Sonic series. The game was developed on the Nintendo GameCube, then ported onto the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Windows. The phrase "Sonic Heroes" refers to the uniting of the protagonists of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

The game introduces several new gameplay elements. Unlike past Sonic games, which have all had a player controlling one character, players are able to control three characters at a time, switching the party's leader from speed, power and flight.

This game also marked the return of many characters from the Sonic universe: Chaotix, a group last seen in Knuckles Chaotix on the Sega 32X; Shadow the Hedgehog and Rouge the Bat from Sonic Adventure 2; Cream the Rabbit from Sonic Advance 2; Big the Cat from Sonic Adventure; Metal Sonic, who, prior to this game, had not played a major role in the series for years, the last having been in Knuckles Chaotix in 1995. The game also introduces a new character, E-123 Omega.

Although the plot for Sonic Heroes is somewhat sparse, a portion of it, particularly Team Dark's storyline, was a set-up for Shadow the Hedgehog released in 2005.

Table of Contents

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editSonic the Hedgehog series

Sonic the Hedgehog · Sonic the Hedgehog 2 · Sonic the Hedgehog CD · Sonic the Hedgehog 3 · Sonic and Knuckles · Sonic Adventure · Sonic Adventure 2 · Sonic Heroes · Shadow the Hedgehog · Sonic Rivals · Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) · Sonic Unleashed

Sonic and the Secret Rings · Sonic and the Black Knight

Sonic Chaos · Sonic Triple Trouble · Sonic Blast · Sonic Pocket Adventure · Sonic Advance · Sonic Advance 2 · Sonic Battle · Sonic Advance 3 · Sonic Rush · Sonic Rivals · Sonic Rush Adventure · Sonic Rivals 2

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine · Sonic Spinball · Sonic Compilation · Tails' Skypatrol · Tails Adventure · Sonic Labyrinth · Sonic the Fighters · Sonic R · Sonic Riders · Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity · Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis


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Sonic Heroes

Developer(s) SEGA
Publisher(s) SEGA
Release date
Genre 3D platformer
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
PEGI: 3+
Platform(s) Game Cube, PS2, X-Box
Media GameCube Optical Disk
Input Controller
System requirements 2 Memory card blocks
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Sonic Heroes is a 3D platform game released for the Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, and Microsoft X-Box.

Team Play

Players choose one of four teams, each of which have a speed character, flying character, and power character (listed in that order below).

Team Sonic: Consists of Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles 'Tails' Prower, and Knuckles the Echidna.

Team Rose: Consists of Amy Rose, Cream the Rabbit, and Big the Cat.

Team Dark: Consists of Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, and E-123 Omega.

Team Chaotix: Consists of Espio the Chameleon, Charmy Bee, and Vector the Crocodile.

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