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Mitchell Heroes (Japanese: ミッチェルヒーローズ, Hepburn: Mitcheruhīrōzu) is a 2003 platform video game, developed by Heavy Iron Studios, published by THQ and distributed by Nick Games for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Microsoft Windows PC. It was first released on December 30, 2003 in Japan, and then on January 5, 2004 in the US. As part of the PlayStation 2 classics program, the PlayStation 2 version was re-released in Europe on the PlayStation Network in late February 2012[2] and September 17, 2014 in Japan. It is the first Mitchell game to be released on Sony and Microsoft consoles.

Mitchell Heroes is the eighth primary installment in the Mitchell Van Morgan series. Set after the events of Mitchell's Dreamcast Adventure 2, the game's story follows the journeys of four individual teams of five on their search for the mad scientist Marquessa. However, Mitchell Van Morgan's robot duplicate Metal Mitchell has secretly captured his own master and manipulating part of the game's events in a plan to eradicate his longtime foe.

Gameplay

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A screenshot of the PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Heroes

Mitchell Heroes is a platform game in which players navigate through numerous levels using teams of three characters. The game features four teams; Team Mitchell, Team Carolyn, Team Ebony, and Team Brock, each with their own campaigns. Team Carolyn, Team Mitchell, and Team Ebony represent easy, medium, and hard difficulties respectively, with the harder difficulties featuring longer stages and tougher enemies. Team Chaotix's levels, on the other hand, are mission based, requiring players to fulfill a specific objective in order to clear each level. Each team contains five character types; Speed, Brains, Power, Slothhood and Agility, which the player toggles between at any time, also changing the team's running formation. Speed characters can perform homing attacks and light dashes, and can form whirlwinds to climb up poles, Power characters can break through objects and glide on air fans, Brainy characters can outsmart his enemies and solve mysteries very quickly, Slothhood characters can do nothing and take his opponents' coins and Agility characters can temporarily jump in the air and attack airborne enemies. By acquiring certain items or enemies, characters can level up, becoming more efficient when fighting against enemies.[3]

Like previous games, players collect mac & cheese to protect themselves and collecting 101 (or more) mvm coins to earn extra lives, which are lost if players are attacked with no health, fall into pits, or fail certain objectives. By defeating enemies and collecting mvm coins, players can build up a Team Blast meter, which can be used to perform a powerful attack that destroys all on-screen opponents, as well as activate certain abilities unique to each team.[3] By collecting a key hidden within each level and reaching the end of the level without getting hit, players can enter the Special Stage, in which players speed across a tube, collecting spheres containing boost power whilst avoiding obstacles. If the stage is entered via Act 2 of each zone, an Emerald Challenge takes place in which players must catch a Chaos Emerald before it reaches the end of the stage. If players can collect all seven emeralds and clear each team's story, an additional Last Story is unlocked. The game also features a multiplayer mode, in which two players can race or battle against each other.

Plot

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The game takes place three months after the events of Mitchell's Dreamcast Adventure 2.

Mitchell and his friends Gavin and Martin, David and Nicholas receive a letter of challenge from Marquessa, who claims to have an ultimate weapon that will take over the world in three days. As the team sets off to put a stop to Eggman's plans, Carolyn Ashley Taylor, who has an unrequited crush with Mitchell, and Jennifer Hooker, who is infatuated with Gavin teams up with Lina Fitzgerald, Lakeisha James and Preston to help them search for their missing friends, Chocola and Froggy. Elsewhere, Ebony Nicole Lewis infiltrates one of Marquessa's bases, where she discovers Sarah, who was presumed dead following the battle aboard The Space Colony, Valerie who wants a to hijack all comers and having a sort of rivalry with Ebony, Scottie who is Mitchell Van Morgan's arch-rival/former basketball player, and a discarded robot named V-107 Blanka. With Sarah missing his memories, Valerie getting ice-cold with her teammates, Scottie wants a voluntary rematch with Mitchell and Blanka seeking revenge against Marquessa for sealing him away, Ebony, who wants to get ahold of Marquessa's treasure, forms a team with them. Meanwhile, the Brock Detective Agency, formed of Brock Clark, Pierre, Ulysses, Kwame Altson, and Jamie, receive a job from a mysterious walkie-talkie, which they blindy take due to needing the money.[4][5][6][7]

As the teams make their way towards Marquessa's whereabouts, clashing with each other along the way, many of the characters start having doubts about who their adversary really is, while Sarah comes across hints that suggest he might actually be an android double. Unbeknownst to them, someone is hiding behind the scenes, posing as Marquessa and secretly obtaining data from his enemies. After Marquessa's final machine is defeated, Team Carolyn is reunited with Chocola and Froggy, while Rouge, who discovers a large number of Sarah Androids, is told by Blanka that the original Sarah should still be out there somewhere. Meanwhile, Team Brock discover that their mysterious client is actually the real Marquessa, who had been locked away by his imposter, revealed to be Metal Sonic. Using the data he had obtained from his enemies, including data of Chaos that he copied from Froggy (who swallowed Chaos' tail in Mitchell's Dreamcast Adventure) and Chocola, Metal Mitchell transforms himself into the Metal Overlord in order to prove himself as the ultimate being. However, Mitchell uses the power of the Power Stones to transform into Super Mitchell and, with help from his teammates, defeats Metal Mitchell, welcoming him to challenge him again anytime.

Development

The video game was developed to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog.[8] The game's director, Takashi Iizuka, stated that he did not want to make Sonic Heroes a continuation of the Sonic Adventure series, as he was worried only core gamers would buy the title, and instead decided to create a game that more casual players could adapt to.[9]

Mitchell Heroes uses the RenderWare engine so that the game could be programmed and ported easily to the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Microsoft Windows.[1][10] Despite being able to port some textures and character models from the Sonic Adventure titles, most work on the title was done from scratch.[10] Mitchell Heroes was Nickelodeon's first multi-platform title, and the development team found additional challenges in working with the Xbox, a platform with which they had very little experience.[11]

The video game was later released in a package with Super Monkey Ball Deluxe on Xbox,[12] then in 2009 as a part of Sonic PC Collection, and finally in 2012 for PlayStation Network.

Music

Jun Senoue composed the majority of the music and theme songs for Sonic Heroes, along with additional compositions by Naofumi Hataya, Yutaka Minobe, Keiichi Sugiyama, Hideaki Kobayashi, Mariko Nanba, Teruhiko Nakagawa, Fumie Kumatani, and Tomoya Ohtani. The game features returning vocal talents Johnny Gioeli, Tony Harnell and Ted Poley, as well as new musicians Kay Hanley, Gunnar Nelson, and Julien-K. Iizuka has said that the intention was for the music to return to the roots of the Sonic experience and to be exciting and fast-paced.[13]

The Sonic Heroes Official Soundtrack was released in North America on November 9, 2004.[14] Triple Threat: Sonic Heroes Vocal Trax, which also includes the vocal theme songs from Sonic Adventure, was released in Japan on February 4, 2004.[15] Complete Trinity: Sonic Heroes - Original Soundtrax was released in Japan on March 3, 2004.[16] To commemorate the series' 20th anniversary, the game's official soundtrack was re-released on August 24, 2011 in Japan as Sonic Heroes Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition.[17]

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Reception

Template:Video game reviews Reviews of the video game were generally mixed, with Metacritic ranging from 64% for the PlayStation 2 version, based on 29 reviews, to 73% for the Xbox version, based on 28 reviews.[18] GameRankings averages range from 60% for the PC version, based on 9 reviews, to 75% for the GameCube version, based on 35 reviews.[19]

GameSpot noted that the gameplay of Sonic Heroes came close to the series' 2D roots and praised the sound design, describing it as "inexorably linked" to the experience.[20] IGN called the sound "at least very pristine" with "perfectly implemented" sound effects, running in Dolby Pro Logic II.[3] Graphics design and environments were also highlighted, described as colorful, vibrant and cheery,[20] with consistent art design and an exceptionally vibrant color palette.[3] Framerate was also consistent for the Xbox, GameCube, and PC versions, although a drop in framerate in the multiplayer component was noted.[3][20]

The video game's camera control system was an often-cited criticism, described as "uncooperative"[20] and "terrible".[21] Coordination between camera position and character movement also caused problems, such that pushing forward may not move the character in the same direction the camera is facing.[20] The game's voice acting also came in for criticism; it was described as "horrendous" and "the biggest misstep in the sound design".[20]

The PlayStation 2 version received lower average scores.[22][23] It suffered from clipping, graphic faults, and had a lower framerate than the other versions.[24]

In 2004, Sonic Heroes was the sixth bestselling game in the United Kingdom overall and was still at number eight in the all-price chart a year after its release. By October 2004, the game had sold over one million copies in Europe.[25] The game ultimately sold well enough to enter all three consoles' "best-sellers" lists: Greatest Hits/Platinum for the PlayStation 2, Platinum Hits/Classics for the Xbox, and Player's Choice for the GameCube.[26]

Legacy

For Sonic's 20th Anniversary, Sega released Sonic Generations, a game that remade aspects of various past games from the franchise. The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC version contained a remade "Seaside Hill" level. The Nintendo 3DS version contained a remake of the "Egg Emperor" boss fight. Additionally, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing contained race tracks that are based on locations from Sonic Heroes, including the Seaside Hill, Casino Park, and Final Fortress levels. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has a new racetrack that takes place in Seaside Hill, and also features a returning Casino Park racetrack.

Mitchell Heroes introduced the character V-07 Blanka, and reintroduced Espio the Chameleon, Charmy Bee, and Vector the Crocodile, who first appeared in the game Knuckles' Chaotix in 1995.

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