Sega has been on fire with classic Genesis releases on Xbox Live Arcade. The last few weeks there has been Ecco, Sonic and Streets of Rage. This week brings us the second in the classic Sonic Series. Let’s just say that 2-D speed still looks sweet.
For 400 points you can get one of the best of the sonic games on your 360. It, for the most part, is just like the original that was released back in November of 1992. This time thought you get to save your game and there is a graphical smoothing feature that makes the game look like smudged water paints. The sound has been translated well in this port, unlike the port of Streets of Rage 2, which had flaws in the sound effects. The colors are bright and vibrant on an HD set, but why can’t they just resize the screen instead of having borders. The controls handle like they did on the genesis version and all the animations are intact.
Another nice add-on that wasn’t in the original — for obvious reasons — is online multiplayer on the tunnel race sequences. This gives a bit more replay value in the game, but it could be an issue in the future finding a match to play with a random person.
Achievements are fairly easy minus a couple, as in beating the game in under an hour and collecting all the chaos emeralds, which if you play as the duo of Sonic and Tails is a problem as Tails tends to mess up in the bonus levels.
Sonic 2 is a must have for any 2-D fan and being 15 years old doesn’t hurt its enjoyable game play. Some younger gamers may not see the appeal but the older crowd should enjoy this classic.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: Wii.Powered by Sidelines