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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)

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Written by  :  Feem (45)
Written on  :  Apr 21, 2005
Platform  :  Genesis
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Summary

Probably the best Genesis game

The Good

The music is some of the best in all of videogamedom. I downloaded a winamp plugin and ripped the music to mp3s to play on my i-pod. Each level offers something new - new music, new obstacles, new environs, new bosses. It's a rather lengthy game, and there is so much to do, making it very rewarding to beat.

The Bad

Metropolis Zone didn't really need to have 3 Acts. After playing Sonic 3 and being able to save one's game, it makes one wish that Sonic 2 would allow such opportunities.

The Bottom Line

It's a fast-paced, side-scrolling platform game. You play as a blue hedgehog named Sonic, for his ability to run fast, and in this game, ball up on the ground and dash forward by spinning. At times you feel like sonic is just a free-moving pinball in a vast pinball world (hence why Sega came out with Sonic Spinball), but the game is so well constructed, Sonic never goes out of control. You must learn to use the speed and the unique mechanics of the game to your advantage, especially in the boss fights, which are always a good fun challenge without being aggravating. When one tries to think of an old 2D platform game that sort of defines the genre, Sonic 2 (even more than the other Sonic games) is conjured by far the most.