WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Sonic Adventure
I’ll be among the first to admit that Sonic’s first 3D outing has not aged well. However, I have too much nostalgia for the game to care. As one of the games that acted as my gateway into the franchise, I have a lot of fond memories playing Sonic Adventure and I still enjoy playing it to this day. If I had to pick an all-time favourite moment from it, though, it’d probably have to be the final boss fight.
Station Square – the hub world that you frequent so often and potentially have grown to know and love – is in ruins. In the middle of this destruction stands Perfect Chaos, having finally achieved his most powerful form. This thing has been teased and hyped up throughout the entire game as being unbeatable. Nowadays, he doesn’t look as threatening due to the graphics but, as a kid, I felt intimidated when he showed up.
What followed was, of course, a cheesy as all hell scene where all of Sonic’s friends get together to give him the Chaos Emeralds so he can use their “positive energy” to transform into Super Sonic, complete with an invisible crowd chanting Sonic’s name – a scene that teenager me thought was one of the most epic things ever.
In fact, I think that was my first exposure to Super Sonic, at least in the games. I knew of his existence but I had never played as him, so seeing this golden, red-eyed, bad-ass looking version of Sonic, complete with a radiating aura of power further cemented this moment into my memory. To me, it was the equivalent of seeing Goku go Super Saiyan for the first time in Dragon Ball Z.
The boss fight itself is awesome too, having Super Sonic blast through the ruined city, slamming into Perfect Chaos multiple times, all while the game’s main theme, Open Your Heart, plays. It was an overall satisfying climax to the game.
I’m sure some fans would argue that there are better final bosses in the series (and I’d probably agree with that now) but, if you couldn’t tell already, this one has a very special place in my heart. Hell, I might just go replay it right now and re-live my childhood again.