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. 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. 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.
  5. Find a comfy armchair, arm yourself with fizzy sweets and pretend you're eight again. [Issue 26, p.116]
  6. Still fresh 15 years on - and just as much fun. [Christmas 2007, p.107]
  7. As a whole, this game is a complete classic that never really seems to bore.
  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 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. KeiranB.
    Dec 2, 2007
    One of the greatist games of all time and the best of its generation. The pinicle of platform gaming matched by none, a timeless classic
  2. ChrisB.
    Sep 15, 2007
    Just like the first game that came to Xbox Live Arcade everyone loved it at first sight, as do I also. It's good to see the old Sonic games coming back in fashion. Also with the second game you have the chance of getting to be Super Sonic if you get all the Chaos Emeralds which I find is alot of fun! If there is a bad point about the game then I would say it is the speed of gameplay. I noticed that this version of the game is slightly faster than the origonal one on the Sega Megadrive but that hardly takes any time at all to get over. Full Review »
  3. GrahamY.
    Sep 14, 2007
    Absolute Classic!