Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is one of those "single sitting" games but that doesn't change the fact that it is still one of the greatest titles the Sonic Team has ever made. To this day, there are still MANY people who play the game and are in love with it. Even now, in 2011, I still play it once in a while. It's graphics are crisp. It's music is one of the most recognized in the industry, and the gameplay is just simply addicting. Graphically the game is outranked by many games these days, but the game holds more to it than just graphics. All games these days are too focused on graphics and forget about the roots of gaming altogether, its hooking gameplay. Nothing will beat a nostalgic runthrough of Emerald Hill Zone for me.Storyline 8/10:
Simplistic storyline. In a nutshell, Sonic's Flicky friends have been captured by Dr. Robotnik (Eggman) and are being forced into robots to serve in his army. Sonic is to chase down Robotnik and avoid being attacked by his Badniks to defeat him and free a capsule full of Flickys. Robotnik is trying to take over the world my making it his slave. It is your job to stop him and defeat him quickly before he can use his DeathEgg.Gameplay 10/10:
Case simple, platforming, timing, and SPEED. You need to control Sonic as he blasts through Acts dodging Badniks, jumps off spring bumpers, dashes around loops, and busts through walls to reach his goal of catching and defeating Robotnik! The game handles perfectly with the added bonus of the "Spin Dash" over Sonic the Hedgehog's first installment, gives you more control over running up those walls to reach new heights!Graphics 10/10:
The spriting in the game we like no other for its age in its generation during the early 90's. To this day it still looks incredible. The bright, vibrant colors rushing past in Emerald Hill and Hill Top Zone, down to the dark and dank look in Chemical Plant and Mystic Cave Zone, and to the mechanical, factory feel given in Metropolis Zone. This game made you feel like you were right there with Sonic rushing through the stage to catch Robotnik. The level design made it easy to lose yourself in game, making this game still up there with the graphics of some games today.Music 10/10:
Okay, so. The music of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 can be explained in 1 word. AMAZING.
This game had the most memorable music of the decade. You'd be sitting in school writing a test only to have Emerald Hill Zone's theme pop into your head, or you'd be getting ready to fall asleep only to have the Invincibility theme stick in your mind. No matter what you did, for quite a while after playing this game you'd have the music stuck there.Concept 9/10:
The concept of Sonic was always, jump on your enemies, or just ram through them, depending on if they had a defense on top or side. Pretty simplistic, but Sonic 2 added the ability to spin dash through your enemies a lot easier than having to time running towards them and press Down on your control pad to hopefully dash through them in time for their guard to still be down. For it's decade, the concept was fairly new and caught on fairly quick!
Replay Value 7/10:
The game replay value is purely nostalgic. There isn't a whole lot making you want to replay it other than the visuals, music, collecting the Chaos Emeralds in the Special Zones or just wanting to try different paths through the levels as there are about 20+ different paths you can take per zone!Final Decision:
All in all, if you haven't tried Sonic the Hedgehog 2 yet, you are REALLY missing out of this huge piece of gaming history. A must have for all classic gamers.Overall rating: 9/10