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6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 77
  2. Negative: 19 out of 77

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  1. May 17, 2012
    4
    The game is simply awful and everything they had promised to fix from episode 1 to 2, except for the momentum, has had been a lie. Sonic 4 episode 2 feels more like a marketing gimmick than a game that could sell itself.
  2. May 17, 2012
    3
    Sonic 4 Episode 2 is no different from the first one. When it comes to bad physics, bad level designs, and just an overall poor presentation, this game is worth a 30%
  3. May 17, 2012
    1
    More of the same
    Sonic 4 Episode 2 continues Dimps proud tradition of filling levels with speed boosters and bottomless pits, the addition of Tails and the co-op flight move give Dimps the excuse to add even more bottomless and spike filled pits making the game fill like a bad Mario romhack. The 3 second animation that plays every time you activate a co-op move kills the fluid speedy flow
    that the Genesis games were famous for.

    Episode 2's physics are improved and have momentum but the level design never takes advantage of it making this improvement feel hollow. Level design is still laser focused on having the player homing attack everything and carrying the player along with speed boosters in any section that requires speed.

    Bosses are a long drawn out chores, in the Genesis games bosses could be defeated quickly if the player is skilled enough in Sonic 4 Episode 2 the player always was to wait until the boss exposes itself to damage it which leads to most fights lasting around 4 minutes

    Episode 1 composer Jun Senoue returns answering the request of few, the soundtrack is yet another mediocre Sonic 2 wannabee. Not even Sonic CD's famous Stardust Speedway Bad Future music is safe from being ruined by this overrated buffoon.

    The utter uncreativeness in one of the levels, White Park Act 2 is awe-inspiring on how boring it is, it's nothing but roller coaster rails and completely fails to take advantage of it's carnival setting for level mechanics like Sonic 3's Carnival Night Zone did.


    A product of misplaced praise by professional reviewers and blind fans Episode 2 barely tries to exceed it's predecessor.
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  4. May 20, 2012
    1
    Weak game. Graphics look ok but FAR worse than Generations, music as you might have heard is an absolute pain and the level design (the most important aspect of the game) is BLAND. Completely uninspired. Avoid it at all costs.
  5. May 19, 2012
    0
    Sonic The Hedgehog 4 is unsuccessful attempt to return to the origins of Sonic series, but is awful, the physics is poorly programmed, the level design is without of inspiration and so foreseeable, the soundtrack is poor, and the biggest mistake in this game is to take the name of Sonic 4. An insult to the Sonic series
  6. Jul 17, 2012
    0
    This game is for people who still remember playing the original sonic the hedgehog games back on the old master system and genesis. The game tries to bring back that classic sonic feel, which it does feel like a sonic games, it's just missing something. The game is short and should have been dlc for episode one like it was originally planned to be. They did add the metal sonic missions for people that have both episode one and two; which helps explain how metal sonic survived after sonic cd. Good game, worth a play if your a sonic fan. Expand
  7. Jan 11, 2013
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is horrible, slightly better than episode 1, but it doesn't mean so much. Poor physics, the music is nothing less than annoying and irritating. And the worst thing about the music is the awful remix of Stardust Speedway, it hurts my ears, talking about this track. The Co-op with Tails was a great idea, but very badly applied, sometimes is very frustrating the cheap deaths that can happen in some points, specially in Oil Desert, where you can't touch in ANYTHING or Tails will release Sonic and you'll lose a life. The graphics are OK, but nothing compared to Sonic Generations for example. The only good point i can mention about this game are the bosses, very creative and different form the usual Sonic games, specially the Metal Sonic's Stages and the final boss. But, the rest of the game is completely disappointing and frustrating. Expand
Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Dec 17, 2012
    50
    Ultimately, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is Sonic in name only. Rather than being a revival of classic gameplay, it feels more like a fan project that didn't quite get everything right. Rip away the Sonic sprites, and you're left with nothing more than an average platformer. If you have a hankering for old-school Sonic, snag Sonic Generations instead.
  2. Jun 25, 2012
    77
    Occasionally misguided, but not without some major wow moments and epic ideas. [August 2012, p.73]
  3. Jun 19, 2012
    60
    There's no denying the rodent's getting a little arthritic in his old age. [Issue#86, p.103]