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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Probably the best Genesis game Feem (45) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Ohh! Blast Processing Classic Nigel (150) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A slicker, faster version of the original virtual high-speed chase Zach Waksman (2) unrated
The best Sega game ever produced! Tibes80 (1495) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A huge improvement over the original colm52 (122) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
It wasn't bad for a Genesis Game! Bob McNeal (4) unrated
The best game ever...? Spindash (90) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (166 votes) 4.2

The Press Says

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Gaming since 198x
Plus joli, plus rapide, plus fun, Sonic 2 place la barre encore plus haut. Le hérisson bleu a le vent en poupe et ce second épisode est une référence incontestable du jeu de plateformes moderne. Bravo, Maître Sega.
Sega Force
Jag själv har bara kommit igenom hälften men man kan lugnt säga att detta är ett av de bästa spelen på marknaden just nu. Den enda svackan är väl att banorna är rejält olika svåra, men vad gör det när dom flesta banor är mega-suvve.
The Video Game Critic
Besides six new zones, this Sonic sequel added a few new features to spice things up. Sonic can now do a super dash attack, an extremely useful move which allows him to rev up and dash from one spot (he doesn't need a running start). The bonus screens feature some extremely fun 3D action as Sonic runs and collects rings in a huge, winding half-pipe. Then we have the new character named Tails, a two-tailed fox. Tails can be played in two ways. You can challenge Sonic to some split-screen action, but this mode looks distorted (everything is half as tall). A second player can control Tails in the normal game, but most of the time he can't keep up and goes off of the screen. The new zones feature more hidden areas and corkscrews in addition to loops. I did encounter a bug in this game that caused me to get stuck in the scenery (was this rushed for Christmas?). But overall, Sonic 2 is just more of a good thing.
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Voilà 15 ans que je joue à Sonic, comme beaucoup d’entre vous sans doute, ses aventures m’ont apportés beaucoup de bonheur sur 16-bits, un peu moins après, et même si Sonic premier du nom a eu le mérite d’introduire le hérisson dans le monde du jeu-video, sa suite est pour moi la référence de la série sur Mega Drive, de par ses nouveautés et le fun qu’il procure aujourd‘hui encore. Se replonger dans Sonic 2, c’est revenu à l’époque de mes 14 ans (les boutons d’acné en moins), dans un rêve, un rêve bleu, le tête dans les loopings, et les piques au vent… ne me manque plus que la deuxième queue pour être au top, mais seul Tails pourrait nous dire si c’est vraiment utile…
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ends absolutely beautifully. There's a perfect, aesthetic catharsis here, to be felt when you watch the heroic pair wind through the figure-eight tubes in the Chemical Plant Zone, or when you go so fast that the checkerboard motifs start flying past in beautiful blurs. Sonic flips and rebounds, and when you see his adventure through to its inspiring conclusion, his stylish lines are forever traced into the backs of your eyes.
This is a timeless classic, which you need to get if you're a Sonic fan . If you don't already have this title, I highly recommend it. The good far outweighs the bad. If you want a real five star classic for your Genesis, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the way to go.
GameFan Magazine
I've been drooling for this one ever since part 1 and Sega came through! Sonic 2 is amazing, faster and nastier than ever, spinning through awesome new zones that will make your eyes bug out! Running so fast I thought my monitor would explode. The creativity and attention to detail is remarkable and to finish with all the chaos emeralds is a worthy challenge for even the best players. I won't even mention the BIG surprise...You'll see.
Ce qui ressort de Sonic 2, après en avoir fait le tour complet, est à quel point le jeu est bien équilibré. Il est mieux dosé que son prédécesseur et apporte tellement de choses en plus, sans perdre de vue ce qui fait de Sonic ce qu'il est. Jamais la plate-forme n'est convenue, des éléments sont toujours là pour induire de la vitesse, pour surprendre et séduire. Tout est mieux réparti, la difficulté autant que le reste. Il n'y a pas de passages à s'arracher les cheveux, des plates-formes bien placées nous évitent certains sorts désagréables. Sega se montre juste envers le joueur, ce qu'ils n'ont pas toujours été par le passé.
Les chiffres parlent pour nous : Sonic the Hedgehog 2 est le jeu le plus vendu sur la Megadrive. Les développeurs de chez SEGA ont su récupérer ce qui a fait le succès du premier volet (gameplay, level design) et ont ajouté une bonne dose de nouveautés. Un excellent jeu, qui encore aujourd’hui fait figure de référence en matière de jeu de plates-formes en 2D.
Game Informer Magazine
The game's level deisgn was near flawless, with countless hidden areas and rings. You could blow through them in under a minute, or take five times that exploring. Stages included a jungle, a pinball casino, and a futuristic, watery level. Gameplay was sublime, though Sonic's jumping could be messed up if he was on a hill. This blockbuster made the score Sega 2, Nintendo 1.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
It's better than the first game, not enough to induce an adrenaline overload, but more than enough to keep everyone happy! A fine game.
All Game Guide
This game was Sega's faster, hipper answer to Nintendo's popular Super Mario series. Released as a pack-in with the Genesis, Sonic the Hedgehog established the blue hedgehog with an attitude as Sega's mascot. He went on to appear in numerous sequels and spinoffs, including Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic Adventure and many more.
And believe me, the fun of this game is playing through all the stages and watching Sonic as he sprints across collapsing walkways, catapults up to distant ledges and defies gravity by sprinting up ramps at 90-degree angles. All those tricks and many more help set Sonic apart from the overpopulated world of platforming characters and ensure that taking his cause will seem more like a joyous experience than merely another game.
Power Play
Sonic hat im Lauf des Jahres nicht allzuviel dazugelernt: Wenn Knut von „dezenter Innovation“ spricht, dann ist das fast schon übertrieben. Richtig neu ist außer Tails und den High-Speed-Passagen eigentlich nichts: klar, daß sich Grafik, Level-Design und Bonusrunde in frischen Outfit präsentieren, ich hätte Sonic allerdings mehr Extras, zusätzliche Outfits und spektakuläre Feinde gewünscht. Immerhin wurden die einzelnen Levels gestrafft. Nervende Wiederholungen wie im ersten Teil findet man kaum noch. Wer Sonic liebte, wird vom zweiten Teil ebenfalls begeistert sein. Für sich alleine gesehen zählt das Modul mit Sicherheit zu den besten Neuerscheinungen des Jahres. Der erwartete Überhammer der Sonic-Serie läßt allerdings auf sich warten.
Game Zero
Sonic 2 amazed and disappointed me all at the same time. The game itself was awesome--much better than even the first. But, the programing was pretty poor. Slowdown and flicker problems plagued the two-player mode (split screen) incredibly--and the two-player "cooperative" was almost impossible for Tails. As one-player, errors were minimized, but still apparent. Other than these program faults, Sonic 2 is still an incredible success. No Genesis owner can live without this game. Even with slow down and flicker problems, two-player split screen is done up real nice. Very fun.
Wahre Freude kommt somit nur im Solobetrieb auf – dafür aber nicht zu knapp. Das multidirektionale Parallax-Scrolling klappt, wie es soll, nämlich rasant, soft und sauber. Die abwechslungsreichen Palmen-, Casino- oder Techno-Abschnitte überzeugen allesamt durch bunte Farben und nette Ideen wie Tauch- und Flugeinlagen oder witzige Flipper-Gags. Da die Musikbegleitung ebenfalls in Ordnung geht und die gute Steuerung vom Vorgänger übernommen wurde, ist und bleibt der stachelige Star ein fesselndes Geschöpf – nur hat es beim zweiten Streich halt nicht ganz zum Geniestreich gelangt...