Sonic the Hedgehog on the Psp

By: Sharudin Rahmat

Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game character and the hero of a video game series released by SEGA, as well as various spin-off comics, cartoons and books. Designer Hirokazu Yasuhara, artist Naoto ÅŒshima and programmer Yuji Naka are generally credited with the creation of the character, a blue, anthropomorphic hedgehog, whose ability to run faster than the speed of sound is a major part of game-play for this series.

Sonic Rivals is a head-to-head competition between Sonic and his top rivals, where the gloves are off and the winner takes all. What starts as a friendly competition between Sonic and Knuckles quickly intensifies as Shadow and other rivals jump into the action. "Sonic Rivals brings back the classic 2D platform game-play that started it all, and douses it with vibrant three-dimensional environments," says Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America Inc.

Sonic Rivals 2 was released for the PSP last month in North America, and it hit Europe and other PAL regions on December 7. The playable competitors of this sonic speed race are Espio the Chameleon, Knuckles the Echidna, hedgehogs Shadow, Silver and Sonic, Tails, Rogue the Bat and Metal Sonic.

The sequel has several new features including a revamped rival "jostling" game-play system, which allows for closer head-to-head competition. The sequel also includes upgraded power-ups and range weapons. Card trading and collection in Sonic Rivals 2 has also increased and will now include 150 collectible cards. The cards will enable players to customize characters' tracksuits, as well as unlock new PSP backgrounds and Cup Circuits.

SEGA has added a new multiplayer battle mode, which lets two players use the PSP's game-sharing functionality to compete in six different ad hoc races using a single copy of the game. The multiplayer battle modes are: Knockout, where players try desperately to knockout their opponent before the time runs out), Ring Battle (where gamers do anything to make sure that they have the most rings when the timer hits zero), Race (where the goal is to reach the finish line first), King of the Hill (where players have to stay in the safety zone for as long as possible before their time runs out), Capture the Chao (where gamers must capture and hold onto their opponents Chao), and Tag (players fight to stay alive in this intense game of avoiding the soon-to-explode bomb). A single-player free mode has also been added.

Twelve new ring-filled stages have been created for this intense head-to-head race, where the ultimate goal is to rescue the Chao and uncover who is responsible for some dastardly deeds.

Main character Sonic has changed quite a bit in appearance since his 1991 debut as a fresh-faced, stubby-legged thick-around-the-middle blue hedgehog. By the late '90s he was sporting a new look, with thicker quills, longer legs, green contacts, and an even sassier attitude. He's looking taller and thinner these days, and he's even got a slightly different quill coif.

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