Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Review

 

So for the last few days I've been stuck on one game from my past that I can't seem to put down and that game is Sonic The Hedgehog 2. In a lot of people's opinions it is probably the best 2D Sonic game around and it shows as Sonic 2 was the best selling game on the Genesis. Six million copies of the game have been sold since it was released on the Genesis and back in the 90s that was pretty good for a game. Today that legacy is still held up as the game has also seen numerous releases on other consoles, but in my review I'll be talking about the Genesis version only. Now as with my other reviews, I'll break the review down in four categories: story, graphics, sound, and gameplay and control. Let's start with the most basic of any game, the story.

Story: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was made back in the 90s and there wasn't much of a story to the game, but I'll try my best to explain it. After the events of Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic thinks that he's heard the last from Dr. Robotnik and decides to go take a vacation on South Island, it's a mysterious place and Sonic doesn't know much about the place. He arrives via his plane the Tornado and picks a nice peaceful spot on the beach to relax, but unknown to him Dr. Robotnik has followed him and discovers a secret about this island, according to what Robotnik has discovered there are seven mysterious gems called the Chaos Emeralds that are hidden on the island and contain an unlimited source of power, Robotnik thinks these gems are perfect to power his new Death Egg and he sets about searching the island for them. Meanwhile Sonic is enjoying his vacation when he spots a two tailed fox looking over his plane, curious Sonic asks the little guy what his name is and he says it's Miles Prower. For some reason Sonic takes a liking to the two tailed fox named Miles and gives him the nickname Tails. He seems to like it and tells Sonic of what Robotnik is doing, Sonic seems rather surprised by Robotink following him, but more surprised when Tails tells him about the Chaos Emeralds, Sonic not wanting the emeralds to fall into Robotnik's hands sets out to once again thwart his with Tails in tow as the both of them race across the island in an effort to find the emeralds before Robotink. There's really nothing wrong with the story so I can't really nitpick at it since the games really never established a continuation and most of the story comes from what fans know. Moving on let's talk about graphics.

Graphics: Ah yes the Sega Genesis, it was quite the capable machine, but it wasn't as powerful as the Super Nintendo in terms of power. It didn't stop Sega for adverting the game as it used what was called Blast Processing, even to this day I don't even know what it meant, but from what I gathered it was a special type of process that Sega invented specifically for Sonic 2 to showcase what the Genesis was capable of. It relied more on the processing speed of the Genesis to achieve a fast scrolling effect which in turned worked out pretty well for the Genesis. I really can't complain about the graphics, everything looks very colorful and the stages themselves have a sense of uniqueness to them. This time around Sonic looks little updated from Sonic The Hedgehog, but it's only minor and for Tails debut he looks pretty good himself. The only time the graphics tend to get choppy is when you're playing the two player versus mode. You can tell the split screen is pushing what the Genesis can do and at times the game will slowdown to a crawl or possibility even freeze up, but these are minor annoyances and don't take anyway from the main game. Next let's talk about sound.

Sound: Now this is definitely where Sonic The Hedgehog 2 scores some high marks. The music in the game is probably some of the best you'll hear out of the 16 bit era. Each stage has its own unique theme and some of them are quite catchy, I found myself humming the boss theme from Sonic 2 a few times and I'll even got as far as to say that I have some of the music from Sonic 2 on my iPod. It shows how much of an influence the music has on a game and if do correctly it can enhance the game quite a lot. The rest of the sounds are somewhat recycled from the first game like the invincible theme, some of the jingles, and various other little sound effects, but that's being nit-picky, overall sound in Sonic 2 isn't a problem and does the game justice. Last but not least is gameplay and controls.

Gameplay and Controls: Let's start off with gameplay, now for Sonic 2 you can't get much simpler than this, pretty much it boils down to you run from the beginning of the stage to the end of the stage and at the end of stage two on each level you face off against Robotnik and one of his various machines he drives. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 isn't the longest game around so expect to finish it off within at least an hour or so, but for those who are looking for a challenge there's the Chaos Emeralds to collect. At first it isn't hard to collect them, but once you get up to the fifth emerald that's where they turn up the difficulty and having Tails with you can prove an exercise in patience as he'll run into bombs making you lose your hard collected rings forcing you to recollect the said emerald again. This little problem can be easily avoided if you make it to where Sonic is on his own. Once you collect all seven emeralds Sonic will transform in Super Sonic, meaning he'll be more difficult to control, but if your good enough you'll have not problem controlling him. Playing the two player mode can provide some added gameplay length to Sonic 2 and there's nothing like making your friend or sibling mad when you make them lose their rings or switch places with them via the monitors. For it's worth Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is an enjoyable experience while it lasts, but it's not for everyone do in part to it's short length and sometimes frustrating stages, but for me it's not that much of an annoyance.

Finally controls, now what can I say about the controls. They're probably some of the easiest controls to remember, pretty much any button you push makes Sonic jump and the control pad makes him move in any direction. Additionally new to Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the addition of the spin dash which is performed by having Sonic stand in place and pushing down on the control pad and any of the buttons makes Sonic curl up into a tight ball and he starts spinning in place. Once released he spins depending on how long you kept the action going. It's a nice addition to the series and helps when you don't have enough speed. Overall controls are simple and easy enough not to trouble new comers.

Overall: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is one of the best Sonic games around and all around a great platformer, I can recommend it to almost anyone and overall I couldn't see myself not giving the game lower than a 10 since it had a big impact on me as a kid, it's one of the first games I played, it introduced me to games in general and one cool blue hedgehog with an attitude.

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I can't believe this!

I found out just this morning that according to Yahoo! games that Super Mario Bros is no longer the best selling game of all time, but instead that title now goes Wii Sports. I'm a little sad by this because I grew up on Super Mario Bros and it was one of the first games I played and I never though in my lifetime I would see another game sell more then it, but I guess it did happen and I'm glad for Wii Sports, but someday another game will raise up and knock Wii Sports off as the top selling game of all time, but to me Super Mario Bros will always be the best selling game because it helped the gaming industry out a lot.
Here's a link to the article as well:
http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/wii-sports-is-best-selling-game-ever/1276855

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Sonic Unleashed Review

My review of Sonic Unleashed:

After playing the disaster that was Sonic The Hedgehog 06 I thought I would never see myself playing another new Sonic game, but I figured after seeing the screen shots and trailers for Sonic Unleashed I thought I would save my harshness for the game until I actually played it and to tell you the truth Sonic Unleashed isn't a half bad game, but still it has its problems, but at least the game is better than Sonic 06. First off the story is almost the same as most other Sonic, but this one has a twist to it. First it starts with Dr. Robotnik assembling a force of battleships to once again try and take over the Earth, but Sonic of course being the hero he is goes to stop Robotnik and make sure he doesn't succeed, but not all is good as Robotnik traps Sonic in a machine that drains the power of the emeralds and literally makes the planet messed up and it's up to Sonic to repair what damage Robotnik did. Now the game play tries to blend the original 2D Sonic with the 3D world which works, but sometimes it doesn't and the camera is still a problem in areas, but it's a lot better than what Sonic 06 had. Stages switch between the fast pace stages of normal Sonic and at night it switches to more of a fighting style type stage with the Werehog. Now the day time stages are what make Sonic Unleashed fun because it captures the high speed of the original Sonic games while still maintaining the 3D of the newer Sonic games. The night stages are a mixed bag sometimes they are fun, but sometimes they are downright annoying as the enemies will get the better of you sometimes and make you restart again and sometimes the stages can get a little to repetitive. Now I know Sega wanted to try something different with the Werehog and it works sometimes, but most of the fun to be had is with the day time stages. Now as far as the it's still the 4kids voice actors, but I have come to terms with them, but still they don't do a good job. Finally Sonic has a new partner that tags along with him called Chip who looks a lot like Snarf from Thundercats, but he supposedly lost his memory and Sonic tries to help him get it back. Now I know Sega wants to be helpful by giving advice on the game using Chip, but he is far more annoying than the robot from Sonic Adventure 2. He pops up at times and tells you things that are necessary, but sometimes it's just annoying. Granted that Sega learned their mistakes from Sonic 06 there are still a few like the frame rate will drop at certain points and the side missions you can do are annoying and not necessary, but all in all Sega has done some good with Sonic Unleashed if you can get over the annoyance of the camera at times and the repetitiveness of the Werehog stages then you're looking at a decent Sonic game.

Pros:
+ Much better Sonic game than Sonic 06.
+ Day stages are a blast to play and give you the sense of speed that was missing from the other Sonic games.
+ Sonic is the main character and game play focus on him.
+ Graphics are pretty good and show the Hedgehog engine is great
+ Improved camera works most of the time

Cons:
- English voice overs are still not that good
- Chip can get really annoying at times
- Night stages with Werehog can get repetitive at times
- Minor camera issues with Werehog stages sometimes
- Load times are still an issue sometimes
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Gaintbomb's Trivia Game

Gaintbomb seems to be improving with each day and the site just got better with the introduction of the Trivia game which is pretty cool. I like it because we get to test our knowledge of video games and see if we are actually knowledgeable in games and stuff. I'm doing pretty good right now in the trivia although a few of the questions got me, but who says you have to be perfect to know games.

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Sonic: Nazo Unleashed Series

As you can see I've haven't been posting as much as I should because of college and as you can see I uploaded a few pictures to Sonic and the Gang that doesn't seem to look like they belong to the games or the cartoons that's because the pictures are based on a flash animation called Sonic: Nazo Unleashed which I think is probably one of the best fan based Sonic movies I've seen and don't take my word for it see it for yourself at Newgrounds and I hate to say it, but the series is a lot better than Sonic X was.

Part 1:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/331288
Part 2:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/333858
Part 3:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/396530

P.S. The series was made by Chakra-X he is a very talented flash artist as well.

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Been busy lately

Well it's been a little while snice I made blog, but it's because I've been busy with school and all, but I have free time on the weekends to do stuff, but most of time I have free is spend working or having my dad bitch at me which sucks or I'm on Gamespot posting and keeping up with my officer duties, but I'm trying to keep myself here on Gaintbomb, but it's not all that fun here, but maybe it's because of the fact that I don't know as many people here as I do on Gamespot, but hopefully I'll meet more of my friends from Gamespot here on Gaintbomb. That's all for now.
FullMetal_Mac signing off for now.

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New to Gaintbomb

Hey guys it's me Macrules_640 from Gamespot since everyone on my friend's list on Gamespot was talking about it I had to check it out and see what it was like and so far this place is pretty cool I hope to see everyone I know from Gamespot on here.

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