Screen Critics Robert takes a step back in time, looking at the classic SEGA outing Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Was it any good?
With the success of SEGA’s Sonic Mania, many eyes are back on the Sonic franchise. With so much focus on what made the series so great originally, I wanted to take some time out to talk about the one Sonic game that got me into the series. That would be Sonic The Hedgehog 2.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the predecessor from the first Sonic game. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was released on November 21, 1992, for the Sega Genesis. Sonic 2 introduces a new character Tails to the series. Tails is a young smart fox who becomes Sonic’s best friend throughout the series.
There really isn’t a story in Sonic 2. It’s pretty much the same thing from the first game. Sonic and Tails must stop Dr. Robotnik and his evil plan.
The gameplay is still the same 2D speed platformer from the original, now with some new features. Sonic now has the famous spin dash ability. Sonic curls into a ball having great speed dashing forward and destroying a lot of enemies. Another feature is that the player has the option to have Sonic playing alongside with his buddy Tails or play alone as Sonic or Tails. Tails will follow Sonic in each level and it can sometimes come in handy especially when facing Dr. Robotnik because Tails can land a hit as well.
There are times though when Tails can be annoying, in particular in the new special stages. In the first Sonic game when Sonic had a certain amount of rings he jumps into a giant ring and goes into the special stage. In Sonic 2 if the player has 50 or more rings when going through a checkpoint he can warp to the special stage to get a chaos emerald. The special stages are 3D half-pipe levels that require the player to have a certain number of rings to get the chaos emerald. Players will have to avoid the bombs while collecting rings. If the bomb hits the player they’ll lose rings and might mess up your chance to get the chaos emerald. Most of the time that can be due to Tails because sometimes he’ll get hit by the bombs and ruins your chance.
Just like in the first game there are seven chaos emeralds and if you get the seven chaos emeralds you’ll be able to turn into Super Sonic. Players can turn into Super Sonic when they have 50 or more coins. Super Sonic has incredible speed and is invincible. The number of rings slowly decrease while you’re Super Sonic and once the number of rings reach zero the player will revert back to Sonic.
In Sonic 2 Instead of three acts there are two. The first act is normal level and the second act has Dr. Robotnik as a boss at the end of each level.
The zones in Sonic are a lot of fun. Emerald Hill Zone is like a remixed level of Green Hill Zone. Casino Night Zone is a lot fun because you can play the lottery and win lots of rings but you can also lose rings as well.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 features competitive mode where two players can go at it on split screen. The player can play as either Sonic or Tails and must compete against each other. They’ll be ranked on their score, time, rings towards the end, total rings collected and number of items broken. There are also special stage competitive modes where players must collect the most rings.
In the end Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is a classic game. It’s also very challenging at the same time. This game got me into the series and it left a huge impact in my childhood. The gameplay is great and the music is just fantastic. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 has left a huge legacy in the gaming community and is still played to this day.