Review by peach freak

"When Sonic started improving"

Well, Sonic 2 is an excellent sequel to the game that started the whole Sonic series, Sonic the Hedgehog 1. Sonic is back with his new buddy Tails and he is better than ever.

Here's how the story goes: After Sonic has defeated Doctor Robotnik in the first Sonic game, Robotnik captures the 6 Chaos Emeralds from the first game, and an additional 7th in this game. He then turns all the innocent harmless animals into Robots, all except for Tails. When Sonic arrived he saw Tails and no other animal in sight. Dr. Robotnik is now planning to use the 7 Chaos Emeralds to power up his Death Egg and take over the world, and now Sonic needs to stop him.

Graphics: 9/10
This is where the game starts to improve: the graphics. Now Sonic looks slightly more brighter and better, as so as the whole game. Tails looks well designed too, and many of the enemies have been designed quite well, and some do look a little realistic. The backgrounds in many of the levels are awesome. They go with the level in almost any level (such as the polluted rivers and skyscrapers in Chemical Plant), making it more realistic. Also some of the bosses look well designed, and some of the bosses did scare me when I was a kid. That's how nice they look.

This game is also quite easy to get used to. You should have no problems with the controls of this game, as they will always be the classic Sonic stuff, like jumping with A and moving around in the D-pad. The only thing that took me a while to get used to was the spin dashing, which is hard at first but it isn't that hard to get used to it. There are no problems with the controls in this game, they are easy to work around with.

Gameplay: 9/10
Now, the fun started to increase in this game too. There are 11 levels in this game, making it the most out of any Sonic game alone (without locking on Sonic and Knuckles to Sonic 3), and many of the levels are fun. The levels and bosses do start to get harder as you go on through the game, giving you moderate to high challenge. Then in this game Sonic learned a new move: the spin dash. You can use this to get through many of the places and it is very useful.

You can also choose if you want to go through the levels as Sonic and Tails together, Sonic alone, or Tails alone. Unless you are playing with another person I recommend playing as Sonic alone, Tails is a big pain and is annoying. He doesn't provide much help and having him together with Sonic increases the amount of rings you'll need to get on a special stage, and he'll occasionally blow it.

Now, if you have a sibling/friend and another controller with you, you can play Multiplayer. Now, you can go through all of the 11 levels as Sonic and Tails, with player 2 controlling Tails. But there are some downwards to this. First, the screen isn't split for Sonic and Tails so it's on one screen. Unless you are an expert at this special stages will be more hard with Tails because you'll need more rings. But in case Tails gets lost he will fly back onto the screen. He has unlimited lives.

Then you can also race in 3 of the 11 levels. This is really fun and my favorite part of this game. It is split screen so there will be no problem of Tails (or Sonic) keeping up, and the fun thing is that the item you get out an item box is random, like Tails could get an extra life for Sonic or they could get a teleporter, switching their locations. You also have a special stage you can race through, and whoever grabs the most coins is the winner. Fun if you know what you're doing.

Sounds: 7/10
There are really no changes to the sounds, they are just the average stuff out of a Sonic game. Many of them are just like the sound of collecting a ring, the "bloop" when you jump, or the sound of one of Robotnik being hit. But even though the sounds are average, there are a few cool ones too, such as a laser beam being fired or an emerald being collected. So the sounds are fairly normal for Sonic game, which is usual.

Music: 10/10
The music in this game is great. There is a lot of great music in this game, such as Chemical Plant, Aquatic Ruin, or when you are facing a boss at the end of the level. Even though the music from the first Sonic game was good, the music in Sonic games are improving and getting a lot better.

Replayability: 8/10
Only one bad part about the game's replayability. There are no save slots in this game, so if you turn the game off or something, you have to start from level 1 again out of the 11 levels. But even after you beat the game this game isn't boring to play it over again. You could go back and try to get all the emeralds, become a better player, or to have fun and mess around with stuff. You shouldn't get too tired of this game.

Rent or Buy?
Buy this game, it is fun and one of my favorite games out of the Sonic series. But if there are no Sega Genesis games being sold in your area you could go out and play this on Sonic Mega Collection if you have a PS2, Xbox, or a Gamecube. One of the best Sonic games ever.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 12/20/04

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