Reviews for Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [Playfire]
Why Would a Mad Scientist Need to Gamble?CrimsonWizard | Jan. 9, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
After the first Sonic's success, Sega quickly capitalized on his popularity and crafted Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It's a classic platformer that introduced several new locations to the series such as Casino Night Zone, and gave Sonic a steadfast ally in Tails, who also allowed for co-operative play.
Graphically the game looks a bit nicer than it's predecessor with an updated look for Sonic and some sharper sprites for you and the enemies. They also do a fantastic job of painting the backdrop of all the new locales Sonic is forced to run through such as Chemical Plant Zone which managed to bring a lot of color to a place that's basically a factory level.
Gameplay is relatively the same, run around to the end of the level, collect rings to protect yourself, and get to the special stages (now in goal posts) to get the Chaos Emeralds. Though with the addition of Tails, you can have another (basically invincible) character run around to help you collect rings or fight the enemies. You'll likely want another person's help too since without it, Tails has an AI that is prone to temporary suicide and little help to you during the Special Stages. The most important part about the game though is speed which the game accomplishes even better than the first title. Along with the ability to stop and spin to quickly roll, Sonic's pace is improved, allowing you to zip through a stage if you feel like it (or wish to speed run).
Honestly, there isn't much more to say. The music is really good with some especially memorable tracks in Chemical Plant Zone and the Final Boss tune, it offers more environments to play through than the first game, and the final boss feels like a legitimate threat rather than just Dr. Robotnik dipping up and down in a piston machine. The ability for two players on the same screen was a great way to include more on the fun, and you still have everything that made the original a good game. StH2 is well worth a play-through if you enjoy platforming games, and holds up well against it's modern competition.
More nostalgiaMicepudding | Dec. 27, 2012 | See all Micepudding's reviews »
The addition of Tails allowed local co-op, something I loved in classic Sega games. It's more awkward on the PC, and online gaming has overtaken local gaming for many PC users. Still, this is a good game, not great, but enjoyable for reto gamers. You won't miss much by skipping it, either, though.
Still greatsweetcuppincake | Sept. 28, 2012 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »
This game showed that Sonic wasn't just a gimmick. It improved on Sonic 1 all around. The level design is great, the music is fantasic, and Tails will drive you nuts when he constantly screws things up for you. Still plays well after all this time.
Better and bigger than the first Sonicpanz3r88 | Aug. 4, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »
Sonic 2 is a good platform game . It's the usal classic 2D platform game dedicated to the blue hedgehog. There are not many difference with respect the first Sonic. The new element is the presence of Tails, Sonic friends that can assist him during the level. If you are a Sonic fan this is a must buy, because there are many levels that many players still remember today, like chemical plant and death egg
Fond MemoriesEndyo | June 12, 2012 | See all Endyo's reviews »
This was one of the first games I owned when I got it for my Sega Genesis seemingly a thousand years ago. Playing it again was like a slingshot right into the glorious gaming days of yore. Dashing around at blinding speeds with Tails often trailing far behind.
This game is an excellent example of why Sonic has continued to be a prominent fixture in the platforming world amongst the greats like Mario. The game's level design made every path you take entertaining and challenging. Bosses were diverse even when the methods for defeating them were relatively slim. The music is absolutely timeless and recognizable no matter how long you've been away from the game. I'd definitely recommend this to any Sonic fan or any platformer fan.
Fantastic!Babelfish343 | Oct. 25, 2011 | See all Babelfish343's reviews »
Sonic 2 was one of my childhood memories and the Megadrive was the very first console I ever played. Knowing this, Sonic 2 is still a fantastic game and one I value right to this day. The game greatly improves upon Sonic 1 in many ways. The graphics are upgraded and look absolutely stunning for that era, and levels like the Casino Night Zone really stand out. The music is catchy as always and I will remember the Green Hill Zone theme until the day I die :P Gameplay is great, with sonic being a breeze to control, even using a keyboard. Level design is great with multiple paths to proceed through the levels. Some boss fights are tricky, and you will find yourself trying a few times until you get it right. However, you do have limited lives so if you do run out its game over, right back to the first level for you! The addition of your buddy Tails makes the game even more interesting as Tails helps defeat some enemies, but usually ends up dying many times (with no effect to Sonic) which can sometimes be quite funny, for example watching Tails run straight off a cliff! Sonic 2 is a true classic of the platforming genre along with Mario, and one that will always be close to my heart.
Still good after all this timepauljebe | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all pauljebe's reviews »
With this, the second title for Sega’s mascot during the 16bit console wars, they figured out that if Sonic’s advantage over Mario was that he was fast they should actually let you go fast. While the first game had very few open stretches Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s levels are filled with long open looping expanses that are still fun to sprint through today. Reaching the end of the game is obtainable, but finding all of the hidden gems to get the true ending of the game will keep completionists very busy.
This is classic platforming at its best, and the added ability to save your game state means you no longer have to beat the game in a single sitting. Older players looking to revisit the past or new gamers looking for light weight action will both be pleased.
Another Great Classic!etnies | Aug. 7, 2011 | See all etnies's reviews »
Sonic The Hedgehog 2, is another title in the sonic series. The game provides you with the same fun the first one did. The game provides an alright challenge and will keep you entertained. Even though the game is old now don't let that stop you from getting this because it is still a great game full of action, and lots of speedy running. Recommended for everyone!
A classicFreeMan85 | July 21, 2011 | See all FreeMan85's reviews »
Sonic 2 The Hedgehog was the first to my SEGa console back in the '90s. I really liked it, it was fun. Various type of levels and your not alone, Tails is always follow, even if he's die a few times. A friend also can play with Tails on split screen. Just spin and get those rings! and save the cute little animals from the evil Dr. Robotnik!
Fun PlatformerHarjyot | June 27, 2011 | See all Harjyot's reviews »
Sonic 2 is a fun platformer with a great sense of speed, unlike a lot of modern Sonic titles. The game is a varied and exciting experience the first time through, and it can also be challenging. The game is a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and as such it is a game still worth re-visiting, even in 2011. The feeling of speed and rush one feels as Sonic is second to none. A platformer that is truly timeless.
Bigger and betterniniendowarrior | June 13, 2011 | See all niniendowarrior's reviews »
With the success of the first Sonic game, it's obvious to see that Sega had struck gold with a unique formula for the platformer. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 takes the formula and expands on it, giving a richer and better experience than the first game.
Perhaps the biggest addition to the sequel is the addition of the invulnerable companion Tails that a second player can use to assist Sonic in his quest to stop Dr. Robotnik who once again had turned animals into robots. With the addition of Tails, Sonic 2 gives a cooperative dynamic to the game and it's certainly breathes new life into the formula. Sonic gains a few new tricks in the sequel upgrade but they are merely fine tunes to the successful formula of the game.
Much of Sonic 2 is structured similarly to the first game. There are more stages in this game and all of them are split up into acts. Each stage has diverse designs and really catchy tunes that suits the games style. Also returning is the collection of Chaos Emeralds although this time, players are given an added incentive to complete it as it allows players to access the invulnerable Super Sonic. Fortunately gone is the pinball game levels and in its stead are half-pipe stages that Sonic blitzes through to collect coins and take the Chaos Emerald.
Sonic 2 in essence follows the bigger is better mantra. It takes the first game and gives the graphics a slight upgrade, adds more stages, and expands the gameplay department. For the most part, it works but it's also tough as nails. If you loved Sonic 1, Sonic 2 is where you should put your next investment. If Sonic wasn't your cup of tea however, Sonic 2 won't convince you otherwise.
Still a blast!Aladar | May 24, 2011 | See all Aladar's reviews »
I've always seen Sonic 2 as probably the best game in the series, and even years after it's original release, it STILL delivers! The fast, loop-full, exciting gameplay and it's charming 16bit graphics are still amazing today, even if you weren't around in his "glory days"! It has absolutely everything you could ever want from a good platformer, AND it is brilliantly challenging without being unnecesarilly frustrating. Great for those moments when you just want to kill some time and you aren't looking for any form of "highly intellectual" entertainment. A real gem!
Return of the little blue speedsterTruegamer | April 9, 2011 | See all Truegamer's reviews »
If you have read my review for the first sonic the hedgehog game you will know that i am a fan of the scroll along series, as a child i always struggled to get past the 1st level of this game, being about four years old and not quite understanding the concept of alternating buttons in unison to get across a canyon was well beyond my young mind, however now i have matured some what and games have become far more sophisticated i have more than grassped the concept and can truly see the potential behind this game, this offers more of the first games sense of fun, simplisity and challenge but just even more of it, but this time there includes the option to play along with a friend, and we all know tales is awesome right? or atleast gaming with a friend is alot more fun atleast, if you are a fan of the first game and want to see what else this has to offer id totally try it out, don't let dated graphics get you down, this is fun for a very reasonable price, good work sega!
Adventure of SonicComros | April 9, 2011 | See all Comros's reviews »
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is one of the few old, a good game for our blue hedgehog. In this part of the fight with Dr. Robotnik. Compared to the previous reads the game has changed little. Added a few new graphical effects, and also includes several elements to improve the game. For fans Sonic'a a must.
Blast processing bonanza!GAMERamble | April 8, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the sequel to the smash hit Sonic The Hedgehog. All round bad egg, the evil Dr. Robotnik is yet again up to no good and has yet again enslaved all the cute and cuddly creatures. It's again up to Sonic to free his friends and defeat the crazy doctor. So far so familiar. This time round though you have some help in the form of Miles "Tails" Powers. This is a little fox that has two tails and follows you around the whole time. There's even a two player mode now where each player takes control of a character and can play together via a split screen. This is a very worthy addition.
The graphics in the game is almost the same as part one and apart from a few new frames of animation or a bit more colour you won't really notice any major differences. There are still some nice parallax backgrounds and the level layout is still as chaotic as ever. Levels range from hills and caves to giant pinball machines and large mechanical cities. Each level is packed with enemies and powerups and those used to playing a platform game where you simply walk from left to right is in for a surprise. You'll be all over the place in this game and there are a whole bunch of jumps, loops, platforms, lifts, slides and other obstacles between you and the exit. You don't have a power bar, but instead collect gold coins that you lose when you're hit. Fortunately you can pick these up again before they all disappear, but when you're hit while carrying no coins it's back to the last restart point.
You're controls are the same as part one. Keypad for moving around and A,B or C for jumping. You can still crouch and look up, but by holding down and pressing jump you can spin on one spot and pick up some speed. The game follows the same formula as it's prequel and there are still some underwater levels and lots of loops and ramps. There is one stage where you're flying on top of a small airplane flown by Tails, but this plays virtually the same as the platform levels. Each mothership is also still Dr. Robotnic except for the second last one which is a robot version of Sonic. The game is tricky in some places, but with some perseverance you'll soon be able to complete it. It's still one of the best platform games of the 16-bit era and fans of Sonic won't be disappointed. If you overlook the few annoying parts and the lack of real innovation you'll find a good solid platform game.