Sonic The Hedgehog 2 CAP
Dr. Robotnik is back, and you can bet that Sonic is not far behind. This time, the bad doctor has created the ultimate weapon - the dreaded Death Egg. Sonic is not in this fight alone, however. He now has a pint-sized sidekick named Tails, the two-tailed fox with the ability to hover for a brief amount of time. He has also got a new move, the lightning fast Spin Dash, which allows him to blast through the mechanized Badnik hordes. The 3D Special Stages bring a whole new perspective to the Sonic SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis adventures, and the split-screen two-player mode allows you and a friend to see who is the fastest.
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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.