Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Old Review)

So a whole year later and Sega has released a sequel to Sonic The
Hedgehog and after listening to what could be improved they got right
ahead and improved it, as you should, but what have Sega improved,
well let’s see.

Dr Robotnik (still Robotnik) is kidnapping animals again, builds a big space station named death egg (George Lucas, there’s copyright infringement right in front of your eyes). Sonic and his new friend Tails try to stop him again.

Same controls as before except you now get a spin dash. Yay. There are more levels and they consist of two acts each instead of three (Metropolis has three).

Bosses are more varied instead of Dr Robotnik sitting on his lazy ass attaching something deadly at the bottom of his flying chair every act 3s in the first game and call it a day. Instead he puts more effort to his machines, even though Sonic is still able to destroy them.

In addition to the one player mode there is now a two player mode where you can race through 4 levels in a split screen race from a to b, but unfortunately the frame rate drops every time you go too fast or hit an enemy, I mean the single player game has no frame rate issues so why did the two player mode had to suffer, it’s fun but it does get repetitive just for the fact that there are only four levels to race instead of all of them, which would be more varied.

Speaking of the special stages, if you collect 50 rings and stop at a lamp post it now sparkles, jump on it and you’re sent to the special stage. This isn’t so trippy anymore just amazing. It’s a pseudo-3D stage where you have to collect enough rings to go to the next level of the stage, do it two more times and you collect a chaos emerald.

It’s a massive improvement from the first game’s trippy special stages as you have more of a chance at getting a chaos emerald than being rotated around the place and ending up exiting before you could get the chaos emerald, I assume people’s jaw dropped when they saw this (and this is why so many people might have wanted a game like that).

Another big improvement is the water level, or Aquatic Zone, yes you go underwater again but it’s not as frustrating or as long as the first game, as a child I was able to complete act 1 and 2 of these levels first time without any problems.

But this review cannot be complete without mentioning Miles ‘Tails’ Prower (a pun of Miles Per Hour), who is most of the time useless in this game, he’ll either kill you or he’ll die himself from incompetence and rarely helps you with anything.

This is a large improvement from the first one, it has more levels, better bosses, better special stages, better and colourful graphics, great music and is…no…feels faster than it’s predecessor, not much maze like levels anymore where you have to stop to a halt to time a jump all the time, this game just flows by and only sometimes becomes a maze but it doesn’t annoy you this time around as it doesn’t break the flow like the first game. It’s just as challenging as the first one when you get to near the end of the game later. What else can I say but Sega made a huge improvement which fans deem a classic.

You can get it on the Sega Mega Drive or Genesis, PlayStation 2 and 3, GameCube, Wii, PSP, DS, iOS and Android.

Rating: 4/5



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