Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Another must-buy game for your virtual library.
  2. Find a comfy armchair, arm yourself with fizzy sweets and pretend you're eight again. [Issue 26, p.116]
  3. Still fresh 15 years on - and just as much fun. [Christmas 2007, p.107]
  4. Despite its age, Sonic 2’s gameplay holds up pretty well, with a lot of adversaries to avoid or dispatch.
  5. The quintessential Sonic experience is made even better thanks to the inclusion of achievements and a strong, competitive multiplayer component.
  6. As a whole, this game is a complete classic that never really seems to bore.
  7. 79
    Holds up as not only one of the best games available on Sega's memorable 16-bit machine, but also a worthy addition to any XBLA library.
  8. For longtime gamers and those who can stomach the blocky graphics and touchy controls, it's great retro fun. [Dec 2007, p.78]
  9. A timeless classic, but one we've played to death before. Still, 400 points isn't bad value. [Dec 2007, p.96]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 18, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 3, 2013
    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! Full Review »
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    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. Full Review »