Weekly Game Music: Escape from the City (Sonic Adventures 2)

New week, new music.  Since last week was an onslaught of indie games, let’s go with a more main stream and more well-known song this time.  Here’s Escape from the City, composed by Jun Senoue and sung by Ted Poley and Tony Harnell.  It’s a speed-inducing music played during the first not-that-bad-3D-Sonic-game, Sonic Adventures 2.

Sonic Adventures 2 tells a story told from the good guys and bad guys perspective: the bad guys — Shadow, Dr. Robotnik, Rouge (sort-of-bad-girl?) — attempts to prepare a planet-sized laser gun (and even successfully obliterates the moon) while the good guys — Sonic, Tails, Knuckles — are wrongly accused of threatening the good citizens and tries to find the culprits.  Mixed in with talk of ancient technologies, lots of furballs, and a bad guys who is just misunderstood (and have amnesia to boot), and you’ve got one camp story.

Sonic Adventures 2 is a platformer with 3 different objectives and controls, represented by one of the six characters.  Sonic and Shadow both play as a generic platformer: find the goal by jumping a lot and attacking enemies.  Tails and Dr. Robotnik plays as a bipedal tank game where both fires their guns via a target-detecting laser system.  Finally Knuckles and Rouge also plays like a generic platformer with a different mission: searching for 3 chaos emeralds scattered in each stage.

Sonic Adventures 2 was released on the Dreamcast in 2001.  It was later ported to the GameCube, PlayStation 3 (via PSN), and Xbox 360 (via XBLA).
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