Review by Psycho Penguin

"Puts all the other Genesis Sonics to shame"

Sonic the Hedgehog was a great game, that led to strong sales of the Sega Genesis. The fun and fast gameplay wowed many people, including me. But soon, it got boring. I needed a new challenge. Enter Sonic 2. Featuring a 2 player mode, more stages, and better graphics, this game rocked. This is by far the best Sonic game in the series. In fact, this is how I rank the games in the series.
1. Sonic 2 (Sega Genesis) score: 9.7
2. Sonic Adventure (Dream) score: 9.0
3. Sonic 1 (Sega Genesis) score: 7.3
4. Sonic 3 (Sega Genesis) score: 6.0
5. 3D Blast (Sega Genesis) score: 1.9 (yes i hated it that bad)

Graphics (8/10): The only area that Sonic 3 beats Sonic 2 is in the graphics department. But the graphics in Sonic 2 are very good. The backgrounds are very colorful, the enemies are designed very nicely, and overall the graphics are great. The graphics may have been outdone in Sonic 3, but were far better than the ones in Sonic 1.

Music/Sound (9.5/10): The songs are catchy and most are memorable. Some of the best music on the Sega Genesis. The sound effects are great as well. Overall great music and sound effects.

Control (10/10): Everything is so easy to do in the game, its wonderful. Pushing down and a button puts you into spin mode, then releasing the button shoots you through breakable walls. Great control.

Gameplay (10/10): The Sonic series is all about speed. Zoom through one stage, collecting rings and blasting enemies, and have lots of fun doing it. The only problem with the gameplay is that unlike the Mario games there are few secrets, because you end up zooming through the stages so quickly that you dont stop and look for secrets. Other than this small flaw, this game is fun, fast, and awesome.

Replay Value (7/10): Its fun and replayable, but the lack of secrets and the easy challenge factor could hamper you wanting to replay it.

Challenge (5/10): This game is pretty easy for advanced players, but beginners will have a fun and difficult time playing. The biggest challenge is keeping up with Sonic.

Fun Factor (10/10): Sonic 3 who??? THis game is the best Sonic Game ever. it is so much fun, sonic 3 could learn from this game. Pick it up today!!!

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 01/27/00, Updated 07/16/01

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