Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Genesis/1992)

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Story: 

Sonic the Hedgehog and his new buddy, Tails, battle Robotnik’s army and save their friends as they set out on a mission to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik whom plots to rob the Chaos Emeralds so that he can power up his Death Egg.

Graphics: 

Huge improvement over the original. There’s more variety in the enemies who are after you as opposed to the few categories that the first game provided. The characters and enemies all alike are more detailed, shiny, and sleeker. My only complaint is thebackgrounds, there’s simply not much detail paid attention to it – Aqua areas are navy blue, jungles have plain blue skies without clouds or anything else. The frame rate kinda sucks as well, so be careful when you’re moving fast – I know, such a contrary thing to say for a fast-paced game like this one, oh well, that’s Sega’s fault and not mine.

Controls: 

Sonic has the issues as he did previously in the last game (i.e. jumping and landing too quick and drastically). Also the response time is a bit delayed, for example, if you want Sonic to reverse, it’ll take about five seconds for him to respond. Surprisingly, none of this applies to Tails as he can be handled with no problem. Strange.

Gameplay: 

It has the same gameplay as the first “Sonic” game. This time, there’s much more stages to play through like mine zones and oil rig zones. I believe “Sonic 2” has about nine zones (each containing three levels, totaling at 27 altogether) whereas the first one had around six. The first one may have been a short game that could be won with ease, however, its sequel is much longer and can be a lot more challenging to win. Oh and thank God for being able to swim underwater this time around, at least for a limited time, whereas you would die in the last game once you even touched the water. Also, expect a much more strategic battle with the lead boss, Dr. Robotnik.

Overall: 

For the most part, “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” is a great sequel to its predecessor and adds on many interesting elements, images, levels, and features. Although it doesn’t follow through to the fullest extent with some of them, take the multiplayer for example – It sucks, the whole thing is one big race, this is not a racing game. However, the two player co-op is magnificent to play through and that is one of the few saving graces for this sequel.

Rating: ****

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