#226 Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Posted: 21st April 2016 by Jeroen in Games
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505th played so far


Genre: Platform
Platform: Mega Drive
Year of Release: 1992
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: SEGA

We’ve covered a few Sonic games before, including the original Sonic the Hedgehog. This is the first time, however, that we’re doing so on the Mega Drive, or even the original console for those games (thanks to ports and remakes)

As a sequel, the game is partially more of what we’ve seen before, but I believe it should offer some nice upgrades to the original game. We shall see!

Our Thoughts

Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as a sequel, is faster and larger. The former is to be expected and is pretty welcome. The latter makes the levels feel larger than they were before (although I haven’t fully checked this). It feels that bit better and smoother, more of what I think of a Sonic game being, and it’s great whenever we can run through.

The levels are varied as well, with a bunch of environmental hazards – as with most Sonic games, there aren’t many enemies (they’d slow you down just as often) and it’s as much about showing different ways of traveling through the levels. The boss fights are just as good, and again, it all feels better.

What we played with most, however, is the multiplayer mode. It’s split screen 1 vs 1, a bit laggy, but great fun trying to get ahead of each other, collect more rings and score the most points. It’s a gameplay mode we don’t see that often and it’s executed to perfection here.

Final Thoughts

This game is really a good improvement on an already nice game, Knuckles’ two player gameplay being a nice addition to add some variety and making for some compelling multiplayer. Even without considering that, the game plays well, is fast, and looks good for what it’s trying to do.