Sonic 2 is the best Sonic game on the Genesis, outdoing the original in pretty much every way possible.
Lows: Hard to hold on to your rings, not so good multiplayer, emerald stages are tricky, weak AI partner.
Verdict: The Sonic game that puts the original and even the third game to shame.
At last, my first Sega Genesis game review! About time, huh? After the success of the first Sonic game, how would Sega be able to keep the success going? They went back to the drawing board and brought us our fully realized SEQUEL, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, released in 1992 for the Sega Genesis. In Sonic 2, you play as the ever-fast Sonic the Hedgehog, as he and his new furry companion Miles "Tails" Prowler, are on a mission to stop the evil Dr. Eggman from building the Death Egg - a space station powerful enough to take over the world. So, it looks like Sonic and Tails have a lot of cleaning up to do. Playing Sonic 2 is similar to the original, still as great as ever, so you should have no problem getting used to the controls, as they are still top notch like they were in the original. The level design is as good as the first game if not better, as there are more rings and more secrets like extra lives and such. The music is even more rock-n-roll than the first too. You also have the choice as playing as either Sonic or Tails, which is a pretty innovative feature. This game has such high replay value that you will want to come back after you've beaten the game. The boss battles are also fun and challenging, even though they are short. Sonic 2 is great, but there are problems. It's very tough to hold on to your rings when you have collected so many, as you can lose them easily if you aren't careful enough. The multiplayer isn't very good, as there are only 4 stages to choose from, the stages where you get the chaos emeralds are pretty tough too, as you are required to get a certain amount of rings to make it to the next challenge, and your AI partner is pretty weak as he just does whatever he wants to do. But overall, Sonic 2 is a great game. I enjoyed playing this more than the original and loved it way more than the third game. Even though Sonic 3 has the music done by Michael Jackson, it dosen't have the same personality or replay value as Sonic 2. Finding this game should be easy, as Genesis games are usually cheaper than SNES games. You can find it for a great price on Ebay or Amazon, even for one complete in the case too! It's also avaliable on Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and a million best of Genesis compilations too, like the Sonic Mega Collection for GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, which is where I first experienced this gem. This is a classic that shouldn't be overlooked, so play it sometime!