So I mentioned in my post the other day that I was planning on buying a few big games for this month, one of which was Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the 3DS, as a part of Sega’s 3D Classics program which sees various Genesis games remade with the help of the 3DS and Giga Drive. I have a few of them other than the game I’m talking about here and I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed them. These 2D old school games really do look great in 3D. Like I’ve said before, I can’t stand the “normal” 3DS games in 3D mode, at least not for long. It bothers my eyes way too much to be enjoyable. But these games, I assume since they’re not nearly as graphically challenging, never give me any problems, and yes, they truly are enhanced by the 3D. It doesn’t feel like a cheap gimmick, it really adds something to the game, something I never would have thought was great for these types of games until now. So with all that said, how do I feel about Sonic 2 specifically?
Well the game is great to play as always. The crispness of the game is very evident as well, whether played in 3D or not, this game looks great. It’s one of the best looking versions of this game I’ve ever played. I think only the smartphone version is about on par. The 3D boosts the entire game (I play with the pop-in option as opposed to the 3D popping out) and ESPECIALLY the Chaos Emerald challenge modes. You have no clue the massive difference 3D brings to that until you’ve seen it for yourself, it’s unreal. It can be a bit challenging to get used to at first but I have to say that it adds a lot more to that part of the game than I ever expected. It’s really something, Sega and M2 did a great job with the 3D effects in this game. Not only in the Chaos Emerald challenges of course but in the entire game. If you’re wanting an awesome old school game done with incredible 3D work then you’ve come to the right game.
The Ring Keep Mode is something I’m a major fan of too. It enables you to start off a level with 10 rings, then you add to the ring count as you usually do, and each time you’re hit you only lose half of your rings until it finally hits 0 (assuming you get hit that often). This isn’t hard to get but I’ll put it out there a bit more: say you have 100 rings. Get hit by a spike? 50 rings. Get hit by an enemy quickly afterwards? 25 rings. It goes on like that until you have nothing to lose. That’s only a small change, as far as new modes go, but it’s something I think this game should have always had in the first place, that’s how “right” it feels when you play the game. Plus you get to have 10 rings after you beat a Chaos Emerald challenge, so that’s helpful. The real question is do you get to start off the final level with 10 rings in this mode? If so I have to imagine that’ll make the final fights much easier since there will be room for error, as opposed to normal when you can’t be so much as breathed on before dying. Does it make the game too easy? Yes and no. Yes in that you don’t have half the worry you normally do since you don’t lose all of your rings in one hit like we’re used to. No in that the Emerald challenges are just as hard as ever and hasn’t been affected in any form from the new mode. I’m having a tough time getting that 6th Emerald all the way to the very end before I run out of chances, so challenge still definitely exists even in spite of how much easier this can make things. Otherwise the game is as much fun to play as it always has been, with great levels and music (not to mention bosses) all over the place! Very happy to revisit my first ever game again in this form.
So what is my rating for this game? EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED. I cannot recommend this game enough, especially for Sonic/Sega fans. If you never played the Genesis growing up and are curious then I’d recommend this game to you as well. On a final note, there is the ability to play with a friend if they have a copy of the game as well, one as Sonic and the other as Tails, but I don’t know anybody who has it, so I have to assume that works as well as it always has. The base game is a lot of fun and looks great, especially in 3D. I recommend you mess around with the 3D settings and find the ultimate look for you! And you can, right from the outset, choose to play any level you want to. That doesn’t appeal to me, but it may to you, so keep that in mind.