When Sonic the Hedgehog launched on the Sega Mega Drive in 1991, a gaming legend was born. There were plenty of platform games available (dominated by the immensely popular Mario games) but never before had there been a platformer with the speed and excitement that the original Sonic the Hedgehog had. Needless to say, it was a massive success, propelling the Mega Drive forward as the console of choice at that time.
Its inevitable sequel was released in November 1992 and improved on the original in every single way. The graphics were improved, there were more zones of greater length (even bearing in mind that most of the zones in Sonic 2 only had 2 acts rather than the 3 found in the original) and the game was even faster! Because of this, Sonic 2 saw the debut of Sonic’s famous Spin Dash Attack which allows sonic to spin along the ground at high speed. There was also a greater variety in the zones too. It has the obligatory Green opening in Emerald Hill, the water zone in Aquatic Ruin, the first casino zone (Casino Night), the industrious zones of Oil Ocean and Metropolis (the only zone with 3 acts), plus the exciting finale on Dr. Robotnik’s aerial fortress over the Sky Chase, Wing Fortress and Death Egg Zones. The game also introduced a new semi-3D half pipe special stage in which Sonic had to collect a certain number of rings to pass three checkpoints and get the Chaos Emerald. Last and by no means least, Sonic 2 also saw the introduction of everyone’s favourite fox – Miles “Tails” Prower. You could play the single player game as Sonic, Tails or both together with a second player able to control Tails single player game. You can also play as Tails in Sonic 2’s two-player mode, a race through the single player’s Emerald Hill, Casino Night and Mystic Cave Zones, as well as a battle to collect the most rings in a selection of Special Stages.
Sonic 2 introduced many of the elements that are seen in modern Sonic games, and is seen by many as the series’ peak. There is no doubt that Sonic 2 is one of the greatest Sega games of all time and deserves its place as the third RadioSEGA Game Of The Month!
Even better, there are so many ways you can enjoy Sonic 2 right now. You can play the original on your Mega Drive, in Sonic Jam on the Saturn, in Sonic Mega Collection for any of the last-gen consoles, in the Sega Mega Drive Collection on the PSP, on the Wii Virtual Console and now on Xbox Live Arcade with achievements and versus mode over Xbox Live. There really is no excuse not to reacquaint yourself!
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