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Reviewed by Dyson Turner After the successful Sonic The Hedgehog there was no doubt in anyone's mind that a sequel was coming, and that it would be just as great or even surpass the original. It did surpass the original in my opinion, and improved on all the faults from the original. Now you have two characters to chose from, which are equally good. Sonic the Hedgehog & Miles "Tails" Prower, a two tailed fox who could fly. The stages have been updated, and the graphics seem a bit more refined, too. I'm not saying the original didn't have good graphics but in my opinion they look a bit better in this game. The special stage has been updated, and is leaps and bounds over the original. It was also a lot more fun and quite a challenge. My first impression of this game was Wow! This is way better than the original, the stages were better, the idea was better, and a new moves a new character some great music. This surely lived up to the name of Sonic the Hedgehog. This sold just as well, as he original did, and many were proclaiming that this was the best game out their period. For the time it came out in my opinion it was the best game you could get. No one could deny the success or all the popularity that this game achieved, it later went on to be a cable cartoon show after this game or its sequel was released. Story 10/10 Well, after the events of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic freeing all his animal friends, every one presumed that Robotnik was gone for good. That the rest of the world would live happily ever after, They were wrong. Robotnik managed to recover from the fall, and was at his own schemes again. This time he decided to re captures a lot of the furry animals, plus makes a doomsday machine where he would try to take over the world with. He had all the keys to do this with, the only thing he was lagging, was the Chaos Emeralds. It seemed the Cgaos Emeralds were the key to Robotnik's success in takign over the world. Without the Chaos Emerald's Robotnik could not have gone through with his plans. He knows Sonic is capable of getting them, so he will try and take them away from him at any chance he can get. Sonic was out numbered and it looked to be his biggest challenge yet. One of his friends, Tails decided that he would join Sonic on his quest to save the world. Tails was a two-tailed fox, a freak of nature that was orphaned as a baby. For 3 years birds raised him, as one of there owns, around the time he turned 4 or 5 he found Sonic. As Sonic was showing all his friends his moves, and his incredible speed, Tails decided to mimic him. He did a new move, which is available in the game. Sonic tried it, and he felt that tails proved himself enough to be taking along for the trip. There job together was to rid their world once and for all of Robotnik and his evil treachery. Well, that story is pretty cheesy when you think about it, but this game was geared towards youngsters, and they probably liked the story to some extent. Well, I was young too, and I liked it as well. Even though it did follow the same theme as the rest of the Sonic games. Graphics 10/10 These graphics were truly outstanding and some of the best that I ever seen on the Genesis at that time. I was still recovering from the graphics of the original when I laid eyes on this one. Although Sonic did appear to be a bit smaller in this version, but he was still fast, maybe even faster than before. Tails was pretty fast too, but not as fast as Sonic, even though these characters reached high speeds nothing could stop their quickness, and the game did not slow down what so ever. The backgrounds were gorgeous and had a lot of detail even more detail than the previous Sonic game. Some of the ones that truly stood out was he cave zone, and even the water zone which reminded me of how ancient Atlantis must look. Even though the first were good, these truly surpassed what they did. The enemies were highly detailed as well, and showed much detail and had nothing left to be desired. The many different suits of Robotnik were sensational as well, and the facial expressions he made, and Sonic and Tails made it feel like you were playing a cartoon. Then there was even last second details which you had to look close to notice them, some examples were the grass swaying in the breeze on the first Zone, the airplane when Sonic is on making his hair move and lots of other details. These may not have been much but they have been known to enhance over all enjoyment. Sound 10/10 The music was just slightly better than the original. Well at the time that this was made this was one of the only Genesis games, that had good music, well this the original and Streets of Rage. The music here was very good, and there was always that one stage that had outstanding music, that you would always remember and that would stay on your mind. The opening theme is just about the same as it was on the original, not too much of a difference here, maybe some beats were added and here and there. The sound effects got a little better, still drowned out by the music but not much though, you still can hear them clearly and vibrantly. The boss music where you face Robotnik at the end of each stage has improved by quite a bit, and is sounds more evil than it did during the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Some sages could have used some improvement, but for the most part everything did sound good, and was sounding close to like the best music on Genesis. The sound effects went right along with it, and made the game sound even better. The sound department in general went quite well with the graphics in this game, and made the game overall more enjoyable. Game Play 10/10 This game is for one or two players. You now have more options and more ways to play than before. This time instead of just the regular game you could chose different methods, like if you had two players you could do the race. The race was the ability to play different part of the game with a friend, and se who could get through the fastest and gain the most points. Believe me this was tons of fun if you had a friend along and added more to the game once you beat it. Then you could either play as Tails, with Tails or your buddy could control Tails. It was also undeniable fun if you had a buddy along helping you in the adventure, unlike the sequel there was no way to make tails manually fly, which was a bummer. You also had a new move called the Sonic Spin Dash. This is where you charge your self up and you can burst like bolt lightening in a ball and go through a few badniks on the way. This was a very good move and one that I used through out the entire series since they all allowed you to do this here move. The special stage is different this time around and in most people's opinion even better than before. You are in what appears to be a tunnel you have to grab as many rings as the top of the screen tells you during the stage. When you do you have to pass 3 check points in each stage, when you do it you will be awarded with a Chaos Emerald. Unlike the original Sonic the Hedgehog when you get a Chaos Emerald it actually does something, collect them all and you are in for a good time. I won't tell you what happens when you get all the Chaos Emeralds I'll let you find out trust me you will like it. Anyway with this improved Special Stage this adds a lot more fun and variety to the game, which makes it an overall more enjoyable game. The difficulty on this was intermediate, although at some spots this game was way too tough for the younger players, which it was obviously geared towards. That's a fatal flaw that plagued the entire Genesis series, why make a game that was this tough, I mean if you want younger players to enjoy it then they can't. Also I feel, as though they should of put more in to the acts and zones in this one, they just seemed lagging, and incomplete. Where as the original had 3 acts for every zone, this has 2 except for the last zone. So at some spots they make it seem like its for the expert player and while at others they make it seem different and like it is not. There was also no save or pass word features, another feature missing which in the end hampered this game even more. Overall 10/10 Well, there were some internal problems that never seemed to have gotten fixed from the original version? I mean there still isn't any save or password feature, this game has even more Zones in it, which makes the game a lot tougher. Especially since this game is a lot harder than it was on the previous version. It is hard even trying to make it through this one, it would have been a lot easier for the less experienced player to make it through. Then there's the fact that Tails couldn't fly which hurt the game a lot too. Well, he could fly but the second player could not control it like they could in the sequel. This also in my opinion lowers the fun of the game considerably, and would have been much more enjoyable if you were allowed to do this. The replay value is quite a bit higher in this version considering the fact that you may actually want to get all the Chaos Emeralds, which was better than the original where there was no reason to get them. Also the Fun Factor in my opinion was pretty high as well this game was undeniable fun with a friend along you could play this again and again just because. You don't see that much nowadays, and this isn't a game once you beat you won't pick up again. This is one of those times fewer classics that are worth a tremendous amount of play through. There were some other problems with this game that many didn't noticed during initial play through. You won't really notice much of these little nit picky things until you play through many of times. Many felt that this was the best ever, or at least a close tie with the 3rd one. If you have the Sonic & Knuckles game, you can put this in it and relive the adventure. You can play as Knuckles and have all his moves available, even though with Sonic & Knuckles on top much didn't change but it did make the game more interesting. This is a timeless classic, which many will get and need to get. If you don't already have this title I highly suggest you purchase it because this was one of the games, that many considered one of the classics on Genesis. The good on this game definitely out weighs the small and not really all that bad. If you want a real five star classic for your old Genesis I would really advise this title for you or a young one. You can see why the one for Dream cast was that good.

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