Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a platform video game developed by Sonic Team, with assistance from Sega Technical Institute, and published by Sega initially for the Sega Genesis console in 1992. It is the sequel game to the original Sonic the Hedgehog game.
Why It Rocks
- Greater stage variety than the first game.
- Cooperative gameplay between Sonic and Tails.
- The game is much longer than its predecessor, more than double than the previous game.
- The game features new special stages, in which the player has to collect rings in order to obtain a Chaos Emerald. These stages are presented in 3D, and use the halfpipe structure which will become a standard for many future Sonic games with special stages.
- Miles "Tails" Prower makes his debut as a playable character in this game.
- Special stages are now accessible from checkpoints, which gives you more chances to get the emeralds.
- Awesome soundtrack, composed once again by Masato Nakamura.
- The Chaos Emeralds return with seven emeralds this time.
- Unlike the previous game, collecting all emeralds doesn't just unlock a 2nd ending, but it also gives you the ability to transform into Super Sonic.
- The game introduces a new move, the "Spin Dash", by which the player curls in a ball and spins while stationary, resulting in a speed boost.
- The game also has a competitive mode, where two players compete against each other to the finish line, as either Sonic or Tails.
- In the 2013 remake, if you fall in the "pit of doom" in Mystic Cave Zone - Act 2., the spikes are gone, and you go to an unused zone that was hidden in the console game's files called Hidden Palace Zone, with a new exclusive enemy and a boss.
- Once again, Debug Mode is included with a special cheat code.
- Just like its predecessor, there are no save files, resulting in you having to beat the whole game in one sitting (fortunately this was fixed in modern re-releases and compilations).
- Jumping with 50 rings automatically transform Sonic into Super Sonic and you can't return to normal, forcing you to lose your rings if you don't want to transform.
- In all versions beside the 2013 Remake, if you fall into the infamous "pit of doom" in Mystic Cave - Act 2, while transformed into Super Sonic, you have to wait for your rings to reach zero to die.
- While the final boss, the Death Egg Robot, is epic, you don't get any rings in Death Egg Zone and the fight is rather long.
- Tails is very slow in special stages, which usually leads to him falling on spikes and losing rings.
- This game was rushed in development by Mark Cerny.
- The 2013 remake has always-online DRM, unlike the first game's remake.
- The Switch version suffers from extremely slow emulation to the point where Sega actually had to apologize for it!
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was a critical and commercial success. It has sold over six million copies, making it the second-best-selling Genesis game behind the original Sonic the Hedgehog. It has since been released in several compilations and downloads for various platforms, which were also generally positively received. Some consider this to be the greatest Sonic game of all time.
- This game's international release date, November 24, 1992, is known as Sonic 2sday, and its date can be entered as a cheat code on the hidden Stage Select screen to enable Debug Mode.
- Glitchedblood is working on a grounds up HD rerelease of the game, codenamed "Project Prower." It will feature all of the scrapped Zones that the original game had, as well as adding features from Sonic Mania. It will also feature Knuckles as a playable character, Tails with his flying ability from Sonic 3, bug fixes, widescreen support, as well as the original level layouts and unused animations from the Nick Arcade prototype as an optional unlockable.