Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to Day #11 of my Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews where I’ll be giving you reviews of some of my most nostalgic video games from my childhood. Today we have what I consider to be one of the best games ever and probably is my favourite game of all time, and that is Sonic the Hedgehog 2!
No words can truly describe my love for this game. It is my favourite Sonic game ever! Gameplay, graphics, audio, replay value, nostalgia, it works on all levels. This game I fell in love with when I was young and I never stopped talking about it since.
So Sonic 2 was released in 1992, just a year after the last game and was developed in America with some of the key Japanese developers from the game working with them. In this sequel you could do everything that you could in Sonic 1, except this time it was like 10x bigger and better! The premise for this game has Sonic once again heading off to defeat the evil Dr. Robotnik, except this time Robotnik wants the power of the Chaos Emeralds to the deadly Death Egg (an armoured space station). In order to stop Robotnik, Sonic alongside his new friend, Tails, must get through the levels, collect the emeralds and beat Robotnik.
In terms of gameplay most it remains unchanged. In levels you still run from left to left, collecting rings, using power-ups in monitors, defeating enemies and avoiding environmental hazards. Though there’s many changes and improvements made to the basic formula like:
- Sonic 2 has much bigger levels, faster gameplay and new move the “Super Dash Attack”, (or “Spin Dash”), this move allows Sonic or Tails to curl in a ball and spin while stationary, and when you release you get a speed boost.
- In Sonic 2 there are a total of eleven zones; the first seven zones have two acts each, while Metropolis, the eighth zone, has three acts, and the last three zones have one act each. At the end of the last act of most levels, Sonic confronts Dr. Robotnik.
- Star posts that are checkpoints now serve a greater purpose in Sonic 2. When you collected at least 50 rings, star posts can be run past for an optional Special Stage.
- You also have the choice playing as Sonic, Tails or both. When you pick both player 1 controls Sonic while Tails runs along beside him. A second player can join in at any time and control Tails separately, but the screen always stays centred on Sonic, frequently leaving Tails off-screen.
- Collecting all seven Chaos Emeralds in the Special Stages will allow you to turn into Super Sonic. After collecting 50 rings in any level Sonic will transform into a golden version of himself with his spikes turned upwards. As Super Sonic your speed and jump height is increased and you’re invincible, however you can still die by drowning, being crushed, falling into a pit or running out of time. Also while in this state you lose one ring per second. When you run out or reach the end of the act, Sonic reverts back to normal.
- The Special Stages in Sonic 2 introduce us to a 3D-like half-pipe course, where you need to collect a certain amount of rings in order to advance through checkpoints and eventually at the end collect a Chaos Emerald. Players had to collect rings and avoid bombs, bombs would make you lose rings and if you failed to collect enough rings then you left the Special Stage early.
- Sonic 2 also introduced multiplayer whereas Sonic and Tails you could race against each other through Emerald Hill, Casino Night, and Mystic Cave, or try your hand at the special stages.
And to be honest that’s just the basic outline of the changes and rectifications that was made with Sonic 2, there is so much more to the game than what I have mentioned here.
Back when I was young I played this game continuously, having both good and bad times. This game was way more accessible than Sonic 1 because the gameplay and level design was much better. I loved the Chemical Planet Zone, which was my favourite level, the music, level design and visuals of that levels was totally badass. The graphical quality of this game really astounded me when I was young and it still does. I used to play this game a lot on my own and with my sister as Tails. This game was my life. Though When I played I’d always get to a certain point and fail, then get really pissed off and then start hitting my Mega Drive and game cartridge. I was very violent and I am surprised my gaming stuff survived my beatings haha. I still go back to this game now and then on Sonic Jam and every time I play I feel the nostalgia hit me every time, it just feels so good. 😀
And obviously the legacy this game left behind was huge. Sonic 2 was obviously referenced heavily in Sonic Generations and it was the direct influence for Sonic 4: Episode 2 with the use of Tails and the visual level designs too.
In conclusion Sonic 2 was and still is the best Sonic game ever. Most Sonic fans feel the same way with the exception of those who love Sonic 3 more. But anyway this game had amazing graphics, gameplay, an amazing soundtrack and replay value. There’s a reason why it’s so highly praised by fans and critics and why it sold over 6 million copies. It is one of the king platforming games in existence and it is mandatory that everyone plays it. It is that good. 🙂
Well there’s my review of my favourite game ever, now come back tomorrow for my review of Sonic 3! 😀