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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] With his new Super Spin Dash and "Tails" the Fox, Sonic is back and better than ever in Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Defy gravity in hair-raising loop-de-loops, bounce like a pinball and race like lightning. Play against friends at home or against others over Xbox Live in this classic game. Enhanced graphics and sound: The game stays true to the original, but takes full advantage of high-definition graphics, with enhanced sound effects. Achievements and leaderboards: Take on the challenge of new achievements to conquer, and use the leaderboards to compare scores among friends and the rest of the Xbox LIVE world. Play with a friend at home, or go online and play Sonic and Tails with the world at large. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Another must-buy game for your virtual library.
  2. Despite its age, Sonic 2’s gameplay holds up pretty well, with a lot of adversaries to avoid or dispatch.
  3. The quintessential Sonic experience is made even better thanks to the inclusion of achievements and a strong, competitive multiplayer component.
  4. As a whole, this game is a complete classic that never really seems to bore.
  5. A timeless classic, but one we've played to death before. Still, 400 points isn't bad value. [Dec 2007, p.96]

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  1. Oct 18, 2011
    10
    One of my favourite games of all time, a timeless classic that never gets old. The gameplay, the level design, the amazing level music, this is not just a retro masterpiece, it is a gaming masterpiece, which I own on megadrive already but still purchased here as it is that brilliant! Still amazingly fun to play on xbox, the only things which could have improved it were an online level time leaderboard, and fixing the online multiplayer as it was waaaaayyyyyy to laggy, The low price point is also a great bonus! 10/10 Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2013
    10
    What can i say that hasn't already been said about this unbelievable game? Just in case you don't know Sonic 2 was one of those games that was great in every way; The best graphics of the era, an iconic soundtrack and some of the most perfect gameplay there has ever been. Even after all these years this provides one of computer games greatest rushes. The title of "classic" is given out to far too many games but if anything deserves it this does! Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2011
    10
    This is, for me, the best Sonic game and one of the best games that ever existed. For 400 points? What are you waiting for? Just go and get it, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2011
    10
    I'm not going into detail, but I'll say this: you're an absolute idiot who plays nothing but this lame crap that they call 'Call Of Duty' all day and has no social life or sense of challenge if you don't have the slightest bit of love for this incredible game. Long live Sonic 2 and all of the amazing classic games, for that matter. Expand
  5. Jan 21, 2011
    9
    If you are looking for classic side scrolling action on XBLA this is the best thing available this side of Mario World. A really solid game, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is what most fans think of when they look back on the Genesis. It really was the peak of the franchises 2D roots and a real blast to play. Nothing has changed. The Leader boards and achievements add enough replay value for the hardcore fan and the the nostalgic gamer to get a kick out of and the $5.00 price tag doesn't hurt either. If you are a fan of Sonic you owe it to yourself to pick this title up. Expand
  6. Feb 18, 2013
    8
    A spot on port of an amazing genesis title. Everything that made the genesis title so great is present here, but even better, in HD! The graphics are crisp and clean, the music and sound effects are amazing and are ported perfectly, the game still controls great, and the game overall has aged really well. when you dont feel like dragging out the genesis, or pulling out sonics UGC, this download is definitely the way to go. Every bit as wonderful and fun as the original. Expand

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