Saturday, 12 January 2013

User Review of the Week: Sonic The Hedgehog 2


We're starting up a new regular feature on the blog this year. Each week we'll look through the last 7 days submissions and choose the best review written by you guys that gets published on our site, then share it here for the world to see.

What's in it for you? Well if your review gets chosen you'll receive an extra helping of credit to your account. Whether that's $5, €5 or £5 depends on your account's currency.

Our inaugural review is by CrimsonWizard (now $5 richer!) on the classic Sonic the Hedgehog 2:

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After the first Sonic's success, Sega quickly capitalized on his popularity and crafted Sonic the Hedgehog 2.  It's a classic platformer that introduced several new locations to the series such as Casino Night Zone, and gave Sonic a steadfast ally in Tails, who also allowed for co-operative play.

Graphically the game looks a bit nicer than it's predecessor with an updated look for Sonic and some sharper sprites for you and the enemies.  They also do a fantastic job of painting the backdrop of all the new locales Sonic is forced to run through such as Chemical Plant Zone which managed to bring a lot of color to a place that's basically a factory level.

Gameplay is relatively the same, run around to the end of the level, collect rings to protect yourself, and get to the special stages (now in goal posts) to get the Chaos Emeralds.  Though with the addition of Tails, you can have another (basically invincible) character run around to help you collect rings or fight the enemies.  You'll likely want another person's help too since without it, Tails has an AI that is prone to temporary suicide and little help to you during the Special Stages.  The most important part about the game though is speed which the game accomplishes even better than the first title.  Along with the ability to stop and spin to quickly roll, Sonic's pace is improved, allowing you to zip through a stage if you feel like it (or wish to speed run).

Honestly, there isn't much more to say.  The music is really good with some especially memorable tracks in Chemical Plant Zone and the Final Boss tune, it offers more environments to play through than the first game, and the final boss feels like a legitimate threat rather than just Dr. Robotnik dipping up and down in a piston machine.  The ability for two players on the same screen was a great way to include more on the fun, and you still have everything that made the original a good game.  StH2 is well worth a play-through if you enjoy platforming games, and holds up well against it's modern competition.

Can't wait to see future reviews that come in! This is a real good look a classic in a much-loved franchise.

Want to write your own review? Just find the game on our site, and scroll to the bottom of the game's page and start writing! Bear in mind reviews are checked manually so there may be some time before (and even if) it goes live.

-James
Now $5 poorer.