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GameSpy: Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Preview

GameSpy writes: "With no small amounts of wonder and trepidation, we saw the new Sonic the Hedgehog game at Nintendo's recent media summit. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is an RPG from BioWare, which had us excited, but it has been a long time since Sonic's days of glory. But while we didn't spend enough time with TDB to reach any final conclusion, our early impressions of its presentation, gameplay, and BioWare "style" are all positive.

The gameplay rotates around an overhead-view world map. Our introductory level was a reimagining of the traditional Sonic starter area, the Green Hill Zone. Sonic and up to three teammates move along the bottom screen, guided by your stylus, with various icons representing special actions. One might indicate that Knuckles can punch an object to splinters, another might indicate that only a high-speed loop will get you by. Some areas will only be reachable with different party members, rewarding returning to prior areas."

Spiffy:
-Beautiful hand-drawn graphics
-Classic turn-based combat
-Innovative combat twists
-World map exploration

Iffy:
-No real way to predict how the game will turn out

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