By Sam Coles:
Sonic the Hedgehog made his debut in 1990 on the 16 bit system known as the Sega Megadrive or Genesis if you are from the US. It was different to what we have seen compared to Nes at the time because the Snes wasn’t out at the time. Sonic had attitude and could speed around the level with his lightning fast running through the colourful worlds. It’s sequel in 1992 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 added a sidekick called Tails the two tailed fox.
Like all the Sonic games you are trying to stop Doctor Robotnik from taking over the world and turning all the animals into robots of war. You’ll traverse lots of worlds and zones as you collect rings and chaos emeralds.
What I love immediately with this game are the graphics they’re really beautiful and considering that this game came out 22 years ago it still holds up today with the colourful plains Emeralds Hill zone to the flashing lights of Casino Night zone. The levels are all varied and it never gets boring when you’re playing through the game because it’s different in each zone with new obstacles.
Through out your sprint through the levels you’ll be collecting rings, like Mario when you get 100 you’ll gain an extra life, but unlike Mario it doesn’t reset to zero because you need a certain amount to access the bonus stages at the checkpoints. Bonus stages will transport you in a 3D style view from behind Sonic and Tails where you have several rounds to collect rings and if you are successful you’ll collect a chaos emerald which if you collect them all you can turn into “Super Sonic” where you turn yellow and you can run at ridiculous speeds.
The only problem that I have with this game is the boss battles with Robotnik because they’re not very exciting because he is very predictable with his attacks and you’ll get the pattern in about a second.
Overall Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a fun game and will give you something to do if you want to burn sometime very quickly. This game is very cheap today and is very easy to find on the Sega Megadrive, The Sonic Mega Collection on PS2 and the Megadrive collection Xbox 360 and PS3.