The graphics are in full 3D while providing a traditional 2D platforming perspective. Occasional parts of the stages will be in 3D, while the boss battles are entirely in 3D. Characters on the menu screens are entirely in 3D and resemble the designs from Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut.
The game mostly plays like a traditional Sonic platformer. However, occasional 3D elements are provided in various stages. The boss battles are entirely 3D. Voices have been added to the characters. The player now has the ability to choose between Blaze and Sonic.