|Sonic Adventure 5: Windy City Showdown|
"Sonic the Hedgehog" series
Hedgehog Engine (Graphics)
Havok Engine (Physics)
July 12th 2019
Action-adventure, open world, platform, third-person shooter
PEGI: 12 (Europe)
Mouse and Keyboard
Sonic Adventure 5: Windy City Showdown, also abbreviated as SA5, is an open-world action/adventure video game developed by Sonic Team and Traveller’s Tales, and published by Sega. It is notable as the final game in the Sonic Adventure series.
The game is confirmed to take place across a ten month period in 2015, one year after the events of Sonic Adventure 4, starting in February and ending in November. The setting is the midwestern United Federation.
Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow and Silver all head to the midwestern United Federation to take care of different issues. Sonic and Tails arrive in Chicago after finding a mysterious message from Dr. Robotnik. Knuckles and Amy head to Cleveland to chase down an old enemy. Shadow is assigned by G.U.N. to deal with the heavily corrupt Chicago Police Department while Silver heads to Detroit to help bring the city up from its economic depression. All the while, their adventures intertwine and go along to uncover a major conspiracy within the governments of the region.
SA5's map consists of the four U.F. states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio along with three major cities: Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. In addition there are vast expanses of countryside, farmland, deserts/sand dunes, valleys, forests, and even a mountain and the Great Lakes.
Radio stations featuring licensed music return from the previous titles. Similar to Grand Theft Auto, there will be a DJ hosting each station along with humorous commercials for parodies of real life products. However, the songs will be censored like SA3. Words like “f**k,” “s**t,” “ni**a,” “bi**h,” and other vulgarities are censored, although mild ones like “d**n,” “h**l,” and “cr*p” may not. However, station introductions; dial numbers and jokes about the listeners, are still present, along with the DJ’s opinions in the world and particular story events at certain times, and all the commercials, songs, and song intros are played randomly.
As part of a contest run by Sega, ten people were chosen to voice the ten individual DJs for each station, being able to make their own introductions and characters to voice. A separate contest once a week was run for each of the ten stations and at the end of each week the DJ was announced by Sega.
A few months after the game's launch, an add-on pack known as Cosmo's Wicked Adventures was announced. It was released about a month later and focused on Cosmo in Boston during the events of Sonic Adventure 5.
- This is the second Sonic the Hedgehog game in the series to be rated T by the ESRB (the first being SA4), due to darker/mature themes mixed with drug and alcohol references present throughout the story and in the licensed songs.
- This is the first Sonic the Hedgehog game to take place in a real life city; in fact, every single area present in the game is a real-life place.
- This is the darkest game in the Sonic Adventure series, and one of the darkest games in the entire Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, given its themes of police brutality and corruption along with political undertones.
- This is the only Sonic the Hedgehog Open World game in which Tony Rubini does not make an appearance.