I’ve spent some time talking about Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 off and on but it hit me earlier today: I never have done a review! So I figured I’d finally get around to doing it. I will review Sonic 4 Episode 1 at a later time, but I wanted to do this game first since it’s my favorite of the two. The first thing you’ll notice about this game is that, in spite of the fact that it’s still not quite as good as the original Sonic games on the Genesis, it plays very similarly to them and the physics are pretty good. They are a vast improvement over the other side of the Sonic 4 coin, so if you played the first episode and decided to stay away based on the physics you can rest assured that it’s better for the second game. Not perfect, but much better.
This game is also great at offering gameplay similar to the old games in that you can play as Sonic and Tails in the adventure. I think it’s even better than the older games in a way. Sonic or Tails can be the leader in the game, so it’s not all following Sonic and Tails is left by the wayside. Tails can easily be the leader when another person is playing with you, with Sonic being the follow character. It’s a great game for multiplayer, much more so than the older Sonic games, at least to me. The Chaos Emerald challenge is just like the challenges found in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, so it’s cool to see something familiar be used on this game since it references many things to that game. Tip: When you’re doing an emerald challenge, remember that if you’re not going to succeed you can pause and restart and give it as many shots as you’d like.
The game itself, away from the multiplayer and the better physics, is great in general. The levels look great, the music is solid, and the bosses are fun as well. The bosses are much better in this game than what they were in the first game, and the levels too. Sonic 4 Episode 1 wasn’t a bad game, but this game did everything it did better. It feels more like a unique game that does indeed reference past Sonic adventures as opposed to an almost carbon copy in a way. Look at the bosses in Sonic 4 Episode 1 and you’ll see what I mean. It makes sense for the story that they are very similar to past boss fights in the series, but I was much happier with the bosses in this episode. I think they did a much better job.
Likes: Good music, great levels, co-op is awesome, better physics.
Dislikes: I have to be picky here since I love this game, but I think the physics, while much better, still need a bit of work.
This game gets a 9/10! It’s not perfect but it’s close, definitely one of the best recent Sonic games that has come out lately or ever.