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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

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Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is searching for the Chaos Emeralds to fuel his new Death Egg engine. One afternoon, he launches a full-scale attack on the island where the Chaos Emeralds are buried, imprisoning all of the helpless animals living there and turning them into mindless worker drones.

Fortunately, Sonic is determined to thwart the Doctor's plans at all costs. This time he isn't alone, as Tails decides to aid him in the battle. Together they must locate the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Eggman does, and put an end to his diabolical scheme!

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Posted by Damien McFerran

Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is searching for the Chaos Emeralds to fuel his new Death Egg engine.

Any gamer worth his or her salt will remember the day Sonic 2 was released. Cheekily dubbed 'Sonic Twos-Day' (it was released worldwide on a Tuesday, you see) it became a massive seller for Sega and cemented Sonic's position as one of the most popular...

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Kevin

#1

Kevin said:

I so cannot wait for this to be released. When I got my Genesis years ago, this game came with it and its one of the best genesis games out there.

__Mart

#2

Mart said:

Great news, i left the original alone as i've been holding out for this one. Can't come soon enough.

Mendez

#3

Mendez said:

Possibly the best Sonic game ever, this one took the brilliance of the first one, and made it better! I would be downloading it if it were not for the fact I already have it on Mega Collection.
If you've never played it before, download it NOW! (or when it comes out :p)

Kelvin

#4

Kelvin said:

I remember playing this in the shop all day on Sonic Twosday (1992/11/24...remember that, it may come in useful...). They had a Mega Drive set up in an arcade cabinet, and myself and a mate hogged it for the whole day!

Popular opinion has it that Sonic 3 & Knuckles is the best of the Sonic series, but popular opinion is often wrong. This is by far the best Sonic game, and although I own the original cart, and an emulated version, I'm still getting this one. Great, great game.

__mario/zelda_fan

#5

mario/zelda_fan said:

Well I'm just starting to get into Sonic games so I would download the first one first and if the games good, then ( and only then ) I'll get Sonic 2.

Kelvin

#6

Kelvin said:

mario/zelda, get this one anyway. The first is good, but this is fantastic, and I'd hate for you to miss out if you didn't like the first one.

Another advantage this has over the first Sonic is that it is fast. Even on 50hz, this thing rattles along, especially in the first few levels. I remember the Mega Drive struggling to keep up on the Chemical Plant Zone levels with those big long ramps.

__mario/zelda_fan

#7

mario/zelda_fan said:

Oh well thanks kelvingreen I'm gonna get this one now. But I'm still gonna get the first one. ( maybe right now..... yep right now! )

RMA

#8

RMA said:

Another good advancement this one had over it's predecessor was the inclusion of the Sonic Spin Attack. Also...looooved that casino level. First time I played it I became ridiculously addicted to the fruit machine type game on there.

Kelvin

#10

Kelvin said:

Sonic 2 is brighter, bigger and much, much faster. And it's two-player. :)

BJ1

#11

BJ1 said:

I know, even if one has Sonic Mega Collection, it will only let you save Sonic 3 data, so in a way, it is worth buying both 1 and 2.

Kelvin

#12

Kelvin said:

Well, Sonic 3 was the first of the series to let you save, so in that sense Mega Collection is being true to the original, but yeah, on VC, you'll be able to save your progress in any of the games.

__Ryan

#13

Ryan said:

I've played this on the mega collection. Its great and alot easier than number one. But that only makes it better.

__Zach

#15

Zach said:

The perfect sequel to an amazing classic. This is even BETTER then the origional (way better, imho). I only wish that every Sonic sequel could have kept getting better and better.

__TheReaFONZ

#16

TheReaFONZ said:

NAH.... not as good as 3. 3 had more depth, more levels and (I think) better bonus rounds
I'd call this game a stepping stone from 1-3
but still an excellent game:)

BJ1

#17

BJ1 said:

Did Sonic 2 (as well as 3 and Knuckles) also challenged Super Mario World, or was it just Sonic 1?

__TheReaFONZ

#18

TheReaFONZ said:

Hay anyone know if they will release sonic 3 and sonic and knuckles sepratly, or toghether as origanly planned in development?

And answering your question BJ I would say that any sonic game in the 16 bit era was completly in competion to any mario game out there including SMW

dualj

#19

dualj said:

Personally, I liked sonic 3 the best of any sonic game. Sonic 3 & Knuckles was good too, but some of those levels from sonic and knuckles were annoying.

Mendez

#20

Mendez said:

Definitely the best one in the series. I'm gonna have to restrain myself from downloading while reminding myself about Mega Collection!

__Charli3

#21

Charli3 said:

The chemical plant zone music is worth the money alone, Sonic 3 was a bit too complicated for my liking, and the level design just wasnt up there with sonic 2. Full agreement with you damo....... for once

__SVD

#23

SVD said:

Do you know if you'll be able to get Knuckles in this like you could if you linked Sonic & Knuckles with Sonic 2?

BJ1

#24

BJ1 said:

Thank you, TheRealFONZ. You answered my question, now I'll answer yours.

Well, releasing Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles "sepreately" is most likely going to happen. Releasing them together though, either they would do it or it'll likely be a special cheat code to link them together. Either way, Sonic and Knuckles will have to come out first in order for them to happen.

__William

#25

William said:

I have played it before, but I never owned the Sega Geneis console in my life. SH 2 is a great game! I have played all 3 series though... but not enough play time to do all of them, but some are fun. :)

William

#26

William said:

I read Gamesmaster now, and am writing in a letter to it promoting this site! Oh, and google seach video game pianist, he plays the chemical plant music

__Shiyo

#27

Shiyo said:

I used to play this game at my uncle's house when I was little. That, and Moonwalker and Afterburner. Good times. I bought Sonic 1, so I'll surely be getting this one, too.

__patrick

#28

patrick said:

I love this game. Its on my sonic mega collection disc so I don't need it, but its deffinitely the sonic game to get.

JD1

#29

JD1 said:

I already have three versions of this game but it won't stop me from downloading it!

fac_ownage

#30

fac_ownage said:

best sonic game ever made for any system. i liked sonic for game gear 2nd best...dont ask me why

Ryu-mithril

#31

Ryu-mithril said:

have the mega collection and the original...played with my sister for years when first came out because of the two player function and now i laugh at watching my kids master it :)

Bass_X0

#32

Bass_X0 said:

I agree fac attack about this being the best Sonic game made for any system. I haven't played any Game Gear Sonic games at all.

__Steve

#33

Steve said:

*Well, releasing Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles "sepreately" is most likely going to happen. Releasing them together though, either they would do it or it'll likely be a special cheat code to link them together. Either way, Sonic and Knuckles will have to come out first in order for them to happen.*

I disagree with that statement.

First off, the original Sonic & Knuckles came out after Sonic 2 and 3, and still managed to support using Knuckles in both games (IIRC, the only reason Sonic 1 wasn't supported was due to using an incompatible palette) The cartridge passthru allowed S&K to access the level data from the inserted cart, and in much the same way the VC could allow S&K to access the level data from the games that have already been downloaded.

Secondly, even if Sonic 2 & 3 needed to support it for some reason, Nintendo has already shown they have the ability to release updates to VC titles.

On a completely unrelated note, I was playing Sonic 2 today, and had earned 2 of the emeralds. I was having trouble beating the 3rd bonus stage, mainly because Tails kept losing our rings for us >_

__Alec

#34

Alec said:

Tails was rather dim on those bonus levels. I awlays found the best way to do them, was to use one hand on the D-pad on controller one, and then use the other hand for the second D-pad, and control Tails yourself.

Took a few tries, but eventually I got used to it, and even managed to do the final bonus stage without losing any rings.

__Steve

#35

Steve said:

Seems my last post got cutoff becaues I'm really long-winded. Hah.

Anyway, the question I had was, I had reset the console to disable Tails, and when I started a new game (Sonic only), the first bonus level that played was the 3rd level (the one I was having a hard time beating). Not only that, but after beating it (without Tails it was EASY), it revealed that I had earned three emeralds. It's like it kept the two I had gotten even though I had reset the VC. Is this a bug or a feature? Just out of curiosity

__ben

#36

ben said:

has anyone been having trouble with the frame rate in America? i notice that the frame rate really slows when you lose alot of rings while underwater?

Jazzem

#37

Jazzem said:

Steve, that was on the original release too. Resetting the console seemed to keep how many emeralds you had gathered. I used it once or twice to have Super Sonic throughout the game ^_^

chiefeagle02

#38

chiefeagle02 said:

It's great to see it on the VC, but I already own it on the "Genesis Classics Collection." Regardless, this game is worth its weight in salt to be own in some way, shape, or form.

__will

#39

will said:

sonic mega collection had the mega drive games where the mega collection plus had the master system titles as well as the mega drive games.

__Swinyard

#40

Swinyard said:

I got an emulator of this and its still one of my favourites. Although there was no save feature on this so once you got so far and so few Chaos Emeralds you'd have to start from scratch but the Wii saves the place you paused or hit the Home button on the Wii remote so you CAN get all 7 Chaos Emeralds and release Super Sonic!
Sonic 3 (& Knuckles bit aswel) are on my list to-get if they become downloadable! Don't listen to bad feedback on this, Sonic 2 is a classic and a top title!

Pj1

#41

Pj1 said:

Even if you had this for the MD and bought the collection on GC this is worth a down load, it's the best Sonic game ever. Can't wait until we get this in the UK (EU) great graphics, plays like a dream. Tails gets a tad annoying but you can choose not to have him with Sonic. Down load this now!

BJ1

#42

BJ1 said:

I like it better when Tails is with him. It reminds me of playing the Donkey Kong Country games.

JD1

#43

JD1 said:

My favourite one of the series, I can't wait for it to come to Europe.

Mendez

#44

Mendez said:

I've owned the cart for this, and my brother has Mega Collection, but I'll probably still download this one anyway. I can't remember a lot of it, but it's certainly the best game in the Sonic series, and well worth a download from anyone.

Jazzem

#45

Jazzem said:

Downloaded it not a moment or two later after 12pm, and finished it now (I should really get some sleep!)

What a game. Love it, my favourite Mega Drive game, one of my favourite 16-bit games, my favourite Sonic game, and one of my favourite platformers. And to top it off, one of my favourite nostalgia games! This was one of my 'ultimate' childhood games. As such, I had to have it via my Wii =P

Heck, I'll probably go through it again this weekend! I need to do a seven chaos emerald run through...

__Anne Droyd

#46

Anne Droyd said:

I absolutely love this game, my favourite on the Mega Drive! :)

I don't remember it having thin blue borders on the top and bottom of the screen
while playing though... Is it supposed to be like that?

diablos79

#48

diablos79 said:

gota say i agree with sean on this one, sonic 2 was great but sonic cd was even better, loved that game. hope they release it for v.c

BJ1

#49

BJ1 said:

You never know, diablos79. Maybe they will. Maybe Sega will add in Sega CD games for the VC. Maybe even 32X, Saturn, and/or Dreamcast.

__iunder

#50

iunder said:

I say avoid this if you're in a PAL region. Not only is it annoyingly sluggish and has the usual borders, there's also a distracting wrap-around of a couple of lines at the bottom of the screen. Really disappointed. Should have just gone back to Sonic Rush!

__Graydon

#51

Graydon said:

When I got my Sega-megadrive this was the game that came with it, and it was a simply amazing game. With its amazing graphics and fast gameplay, it was definitely my favorite game of all time starting there.

Shortay

#52

Shortay said:

So, better than the first one?
I really want to download a Megadrive/Genisis and I'm not sure how to pick between the two...

__Andy

#53

Andy said:

Does any know if the level select cheat works or not i can't seem to get it to work

__Mii be you

#54

Mii be you said:

This game's awesome! Which is better? The first or the second?
I'd say the second game's better.
But my brother says the First is better.

BJ1

#55

BJ1 said:

I'd say the second is better, because it has Tails, better graphics, more levels, and better music.
My brother says this first one is better, which is weird because Tails is his favorite character.
I like it better when Sonic and Tails team up rather than Sonic being by himself. Two heads are better than one, I always say.

__andreas

#56

andreas said:

Second is better since you can play two player. But the game can't save which is bad.

__jeremy

#57

jeremy said:

man i wont that game i done care if i can get it on sega. matta fact they dont even sell sega's no more. if any body who read this gotta sega an wanna get rid of it let me no . man i still no the code to select the level an get super sonic i jus wanna play sonic the hedgehog 2 not 1 cuz 1 was boring, it didnt even have tails in it but any ways ill holla. ....CHI-TOWN BALLa

__tank2tank

#58

tank2tank said:

Is the EU version as fast as the US version? And if not... how much slower is it?

BJ1

#59

BJ1 said:

I agree, 1 was a little boring but to me it was still good. Sure Sonic 2 can't hold a candle to Super Mario World, but when you combine the power of 1, 2, 3, and Knuckles" together they stand a chance.

jackaroo

#60

jackaroo said:

This is my favourite game of all time. Ive said it countless times and im not about to change my opinion. This game is a classic and out does all of todays modern games by miles. I have finished this game SOOOOO many times (Im not lying when i say its well over 150 or even 200) and i still downloaded this game again recently and can play it without getting bored. And amazingly after finishing this game again i discovered a secret are i NEVER knew about in Chemical Plant Act 2 which lets you skip the entire water part and go straight to the boss. To find out what this secret is then go to my account at youtube (Sonicjackaroo). I done a video for it there. This should be the first game you get on the VC. Dont miss this game.

sashaboo

#61

sashaboo said:

This was only a small improvment over sonic1 in my eyes but still i consider it to be the best out of the 3 sonic games.

alvieao

#62

alvieao said:

I owned the Genesis that came with the first two Sonic games (and later Sonic Mega Collection for GameCube). Faster gameplay and balanced difficulty. I can't forget playing as Super Sonic either, though I did used the code to play him (A Dragon Ball Z tribute or parody is anyone's guess). I can't say it's better than the first, because Sonic 2 focused more on speed. At least until you hit an enemy, which is a recurring problem. Regardless, this game is still a blast.

TwinCross

#63

TwinCross said:

My only problem with this is that certain levels will demand speed, then shove an enemy in your face without giving you time to react. Apart from that, The special stages are awesome, super sonic is kick-*ss, and the levels have brilliant themes and a huge nostalgia factor.

__Mii be you

#64

Mii be you said:

My list of my favorite Sonic games
#5 Sonic 3(MD/GEN)
#4 Sonic and the Secret rings(Wii)
#3 Sonic 1(MD/GEN)
#2 Sonic Heroes(GCN,PS2 & XBOX)
#1 Sonic 2(MD/GEN)
(I never played Sonic CD)

Link_O_Fett

#65

Link_O_Fett said:

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is my favorite Sonic game ever and also my favorite Genesis game. If you don't have the game already for Mega Collection on the Gamecube like I do, it's definitely worth the 800 points. The graphics are still colorful and the music is still awesome, one of my all time favorite game soundtracks. The game has a decent length and provides a good challenge (although the final boss is an absolute pain) and having a buddy play as Tails also adds to the fun. A must have for any Wii owner.

Beau_Skunk

#66

Beau_Skunk said:

Best... 2D Sonic game... Ever! My onley gripes would be the later bonus stages (where you obtain the chaos emeralds) are to frustrating. Still, I never tire of playing this game over & over again. The levels are some of the best designed in the Sonic series. Plus it has some cool secret codes, (Including a fun debug mode) look them up on the internet if you have this game.

Clayfrd

#67

Clayfrd said:

I love Sonic 2. It is hands down the best Sonic out there. The graphics are clean, but more importantly, the gameplay is enough to keep you playing all the way through in one sitting. Download this and Mario World or Mario 64, and you've got a rivalry filled points card well spent. I think this has way more charm than sonic 3, but pretty much every 2d sonic is good. Give this one a download as soon as possible, though.

Paperfox

#68

Paperfox said:

Unfortunately, I don't remember the day it was released, due to not yet being born (or even a fetus, for that matter, which I became nearly a year later). I'll download the game, though, as I enjoyed a flash sonic game (that was very accurate to the original games in gameplay) I played online before...

The_shoemaker

#69

The_shoemaker said:

Boy this is just one great game. It's fun coming back to from time to time, way better than #1 and the music is fantastic

Mixer152

#70

Mixer152 said:

I loved this game alot as a kid and was really proud when I beat it (being that there aint no save states or nothing) And I never beat the first game without using the cheat.
I prefer Sonic 3 & Knuckles (the true Sonic 3!) over this and this is a tough game to top.
Easily 5 stars.

Virus

#73

Virus said:

It's an early Sonic game; there's not much to say about it. Not as good as Sonic 3 or CD, but still good. It's a good game to get for practically everybody, obviously excluding those who are looking for gore or and just hate video games. Still, if you're going to get a VC Sonic game, get Sonic 3. Just its save feature makes it vastly better than this one.

8/10

Nigel

#75

Nigel said:

This is fun. I gave it four stars to be generous. To be honest, I never really got into Sonic. I just didn't get it. I downloaded it to give it another shot and I like it now, but I still suck at it. It's hard!

GameGod3008

#76

GameGod3008 said:

My favourite of the Original 4 games, followed by Sonic & Knuckles, then the original. This succeds where the others fail and does so magnificently. If you like Sonic then this is essential

cr00mz

#78

cr00mz said:

why do i get blue lines on the bottom and on the top of my screen when i play sonic 2 but when i play sonic 1 i dont get that

Duff_Man

#80

Duff_Man said:

This was the best game on MegaDrive and maybe of all 16-bit generation. Sonic the Hedgehog 1 was a Super Mario Bros. "copy & pasta", but this sequel set the series' rules with an extremely speed. This game has not been beated in Sonic series... well, maybe Sonic CD could be the only one which can be compaired. I didn't enjoy so much with Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knucles, the three Advance and the two Adventure...

BDPatVCR

#83

BDPatVCR said:

Easily one of Sega's best ... Even now it's one of the "fastest" characters around, no matter what system you play

waldojeffershead

#84

waldojeffershead said:

It's no Super Mario World, but at least this installment of Sonic the Hedgehog has a 2 player mode, something Sonic needed from the start. I have gotten fairly far in this game but I always seem to loose interest in the land of "black water". 1990s video games treated oil as serious business, my how the future pans out. Again, sonic doesn't hold a candle to any Super Nintendo Mario game. Even "Mario is Missing" owned compared to this game. Never the less this game is rather fun in moderation.

-Waldo

Bass_X0

#85

Bass_X0 said:

There have been poor Mario games - "Missing" and "Time Machine" to quickly name two. Sonic is easily more fun than either of them. I don't see how anybody can say otherwise. Unless you're still stuck in 1990s Nintendo fanboy mode.

Tannman42

#86

Tannman42 said:

My first videogame I ever played on a console.This is my favourite videogame of all time just because of the memories I had of it when I was a kid.

Tweek

#87

Tweek said:

My favorite of the Sonic Trilogy. I played this a lot at my cousins house as a kid, because i didn't own a Genesis. Who could forget that minigame?

Kreegs07

#88

Kreegs07 said:

One of my favorite games of all time. If you don't own it you NEED to buy it NOW!!!! :-) Chemical Plant Zone music is so groovy and you will be humming it all day.

slangman

#89

slangman said:

Completly flawless game. The level design in this game is clever and the music is the best out of all the sonic games due to the likes of Chemical Zone, and Metropolis Zone. The lack of a save feature is kind of annoying however but this is still one of the best Mega Drive games out there.

Tweek

#90

Tweek said:

To Slangman:

Yeah, its a bummer that there is no save feature, but there is a hidden Level Select Option so you can play any of the levels whenever you want. I don't remember what it is, but you can Google it or something.

slangman

#91

slangman said:

Yeah i heard theres cheats for level select but i would rather beat the game without cheating though. :)

pikmin95

#92

pikmin95 said:

4/5
Very fun, a little challenging, but a tad bit boring once you beat it.
Could use a save feature, though =]

Epyo

#93

Epyo said:

This game was light years ahead of its time.

The core design brilliance is in the controls. It is often said that the game is all about speed--this is only semi-true. Yes, the game is fast, sometimes, but the real interesting part is the momentum-based-gameplay. You run up walls. Awesome. You jump off of them and fly through the air. You gain momentum down slopes, and you lose it going up hills and walls. The more momentum you have, the farther you can jump, thus, the more obstacles you can avoid.

It should be noted that in many platformers of the time, if you run faster, you jump higher--(mario, kid chameleon, etc)--Sonic doesn't follow this silly physics fallacy. However, if you jump off a ramp, you'll go really high, or even just off a very small hill on the way up. Strategize with this element to reach rings, lives, high cliffs, or improve your times by skipping obstacles, which improves your level-end-score, which gives you more lives, which helps you later on.

Talk about gameplay depth. And this is just with a d-pad and a jump button. Simple as hell to learn, incredibly, incredibly deep.

The faster you fall onto and bounce off of baddies/boxes, the higher you are thrown into the air. So that's fun too.

The level design is even better. Take a look at one:

http://qntm.org/files/maps/chemicalplant2.png

That is nonlinearity at its finest. You always know you're going right, so you won't get lost, however, every time you play the game, it will be different. Indeed, the levels are very difficult to memorize as well. The plethora of secrets are a nice attribute. Here is another level:

http://qntm.org/files/maps/aquaticruin2.png (the bottom half is underwater, but you can't tell here)

In this level (and many others) the upper paths through the level are the fastest and easiest and most rewarding, however, they are designed to be difficult to stay on, especially with gravity pulling you down into the dangerous, slower lower paths.

Mario levels barely have height or multiple paths at all. The game is barely even 2-d, since the height dimension is mostly used for jumping, which is really just a tool the player uses as an attack or to pass pits. It's really mostly a 1.5 dimension game. (this paragraph is tongue in cheek and should be taken lightly)

In fact, come to think of it, mario levels rarely have slopes at all.

Anyway, so, the levels are works of art, and never get stale. Nor does the gameplay, since it is so versatile. Each bouncer gives you 10 options on where to land, or what to land on, or what to bounce off of next. Or you can skip a bouncer all together.

The music is some of the best in video game history.

The ring system needs a whole nother essay. As well as the special levels and chaos emeralds.

The graphics are beautiful. The parallax is exceptionally done and way ahead of it's time. Also, look at this screenshot:

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/media/11627/1/87.jpg

Specifically, look at the shadows under the grass. Other platformers of this time period have a distinct flat quality to them, however, little things like this shadow give the sonic levels a huge extra charm and depth.

I'm not trying to argue that Sonic is better than Mario, or any other platformer. However, it certainly isn't worse.

Oh, and watch this, at least the first level: http://youtube.com/watch?v=PtDl-0B5U-g

Wasn't that one of the most entertaining speedruns you've ever seen? TAS, I know, but it's mostly recreatable without tools. I got :19 on the first level with a similar route, and was able to do it 30% of the time after less than an hour of practice.

Anyway, if you don't have another copy of Sonic 2 around the house available for playing, I highly recommend this work of art, you'll want to start it up again and again and again. (the only flaw: metropolis)

Jazzem

#94

Jazzem said:

I can't agree enough Epyo. Sonic 2's level design is fantastic and paced perfectly, and is very replayable. And the emphasis on momentum really makes the game fun to play around with, as well as adding depth as you say.

But Metropolis a flaw? =O That's one of my favourite stages! Though those green enemies who threw blades were annoying, but what 2D platformer doesn't have annoying enemies? :P

Wooji

#95

Wooji said:

This game is such a classic! Metropolis was really hard for me, the furthest I have been in this game is to the Airplane stage. Great game but needs some type of save feature. Not the suspend play.

Mixer152

#96

Mixer152 said:

I'm really tempted to buy these Sonic games 1 by 1 one VC, even though I already have mega collection. The gamecube controller is just not cutting it.

I even bought that Hori thing for around £30 and the Dpad isnt all that, its like a bigger versions of the original GC one. I felt cheated.

Rawk_Hawk

#97

Rawk_Hawk said:

Christmas of 92 was the year I got Sonic 2 and Street of Rage 2 for presents. Its also the year I could quite being jealous of my friend's SNES games because these 2 games mentioned earlier raised the bar of 16-bit gaming on Sega's console. Sonic 2's visuals are easily on par with any SNES game. I do think Sonic 2 is better than 3, but Sonic 3 is an excellent game as well. I remember the first time I reached the Casino night level and being amazed at the games visuals.

#98

said:

Words cannot express how much I love the Genesis Sonic games. Sonic 2 is a masterpiece. <3

The music in this game has been stuck in my head since I was a child. I remember always trying to find the level of the "Hidden Palace" zone theme on the sound test. The theme was just haunting, and it always surprised me that Sega never put it to good use, especially in the area of the same name in Sonic & Knuckles.

If you haven't got Sonic Mega Collection already, stop being a fool and go do that. There will be no respect from me if you haven't played this game. Unless you were a kid at the time, you have no idea how awesome it was to see Super Sonic for the first time.

Super_Sonic

#99

Super_Sonic said:

I downloaded this game and this is a boatload of fun! It's too bad it was too easy! Still it kept me coming back. This is the first Sonic game. (Not counting Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.) I have ever played. I give this game a 4 thought because of a few glaring flaws. If you want to see my review go to www.video-game-info-com/forums, go to Classic System and check out my reviews! I'm planning more. I never gotten a Genesis so this is breataking. If your a Sonic fan get this game now!

Marvel_Maniac

#100

Marvel_Maniac said:

This game has brought me one of the most aggrivating moments my career of gaming:

When you collect tons and tons of rings? You know that feeling? And you've got like, over a hundred? And then some stupid random enemy just taps you? AAARRGGHH!!!!!

It's at moments like that, that I opt for Mario again. At least he gets to keep his golden trinkets!

soniczelda_dude

#101

soniczelda_dude said:

The best of the 2-d sonic games; mainly because of the spin dash, co-op gameplay, and a wider variety of stages. The game also has a more fast-paced feel than some of the other sonic games, which is pretty awesome. And the difficulty adds a bit of length to the game, while not becoming too frustating because of the ring system.

Plus, who doesn't love that good ol' Sonic 2 boss music? :D

CorbsAdmin

#102

Corbs said:

A fantastic sequel to a fantastic game. You just can't beat the good old 16-bit Sonic titles. They're still amazing, even today. :)

jeffo

#106

jeffo said:

I remember borrowing my friend's Genesis back in the day, he had this and Aladdin and a couple of other games. This one was phenomenal. I'm enjoying it best out of the three "Sonic the Hedgehog" titles for the Genesis at present, though I'm currently only at the casino (pinball) level.

GN0LAUM

#108

GN0LAUM said:

I had to give this 3 stars. I find the difficulty to be uneven and the fact that you have very little room or opportunity to actually get up to speed in most levels is a big turn off. What's the point of making him a "fast" character if every time he gets space to move, you put spikes on the group or a pit? I find Sonic 3 to be a little more enjoyable than this.

Cally

#109

Cally said:

^Haha. My sentiments exactly for Sonic in general. Sonic 2 is easier than the first game, except for the final bosses that suddenly decide to make sure you'll be playing this game all the way up to the end a zillion times. A really pretty game with nice music. 6/10

"It should be noted that in many platformers of the time, if you run faster, you jump higher--(mario, kid chameleon, etc)--Sonic doesn't follow this silly physics fallacy"

I'm going out on a limb, here, but is that really a physics fallacy? I'm picturing the Olympics . . .

The system of the rings--where you lose them all whether you have one or two hundred--I always feel is the dumbest platformer life-system ever. (That and the speed thing . . .) It's all not really aiming to be a thing of game-design perfection like Mario.

Digiki

#110

Digiki said:

Agree with the other two, 2D Sonic's are so overrated, I think the only reason Sonic got big was that Genesis owners needed something and Sonic fit the bill well enough.

I hate how Sonic controls aswell, but whatever I'd give this one 4 stars, although the others don't compare.

Shinnok

#111

Shinnok said:

The only reason these games are overrated is because they're incredible. Now Mario titles on the other hand, are overrated. I'd say only Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario 64 are worth owning.

SuperMarioFan1995

#115

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

The best Sonic in the series by far. It's way better than Sonic 3 IMO. Better graphics and more levels (total of 11 levels).

It would be good if I like to see this game in HD. Ah man, I only wish I had Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (AKA: Sega Megadrive Ultimate Collection) for the PS3. :(

SuperMarioFan1995

#116

SuperMarioFan1995 said:

Nevermind, I recently got Ultimate Collection for the PS3 earlier.

Sega has done a very good job on this game. 5/5 stars for sure. :)

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