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  • Summary: Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II will expand the Sonic 4 storyline with new areas to speed through and new challenges to face.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. May 16, 2012
    Except for the surprisingly annoying music and the rather short playtime Sonic shows off his best side: The levels are big and invite you to explore, the teamactions are entertaining. If you're into retro-gameplay, this is one for you.
  2. Jun 25, 2012
    Occasionally misguided, but not without some major wow moments and epic ideas. [August 2012, p.73]
  3. May 18, 2012
    The level design, gameplay and 3D bonus rounds will definitely feel right at home with long-time players, while the frustrating boss battles and terrible soundtrack leave you wondering where Sega could've slipped up in development.
  4. May 15, 2012
    It gets most of the mechanics right, and it certainly looks like Sonic, but this new episode doesn't have the heart or the imagination of the originals.
  5. Jun 19, 2012
    There's no denying the rodent's getting a little arthritic in his old age. [Issue#86, p.103]
  6. May 30, 2012
    This classic Sonic game gets very hard when played on your own, but as soon as a friend joins and plays as Tails, everything gets a bit too easy. This games misses gimmicky new features and the levels do not differ much, apart from the theme ofcourse. It's fun to run around with the super speedy Sonic, but unfortunately this game lacks innovation.
  7. May 22, 2012
    What we have now is a Sonic game that takes a step forward from Episode 1, but is still a step back from a game half a year old. Sonic 4: Episode 2 certainly isn't the worst game to grace the series over the years, but not even the most steadfast Sonic fans will fondly remember Episode 2 as one of their favorites, if it is remembered at all.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  1. Jun 2, 2012
    Sonic Team fixed the physics and added a few gimmicks w/ tales. I personally love this game and think classic sonic fan boys are being a bit to hard on it. Aside from the Christian Whitehead version of Sonic CD It's my favorite sonic game to play at the moment. Then again I still enjoy episode 1 in spite it's odd physics. I'm a real sucker for being able to replay any level whenever I want and Leader-boards keep me coming back. Being a speed run junkie, Sonic 4 is where I get my fix. Expand
  2. May 28, 2012
    This game wasn't the greatest game I have played however it was a very fun game. Music wasn't all that great but passable for now. Lets just hope Sega can do something good in future titles. I do love how the game is a huge throwback to the Sonic 2. Expand
  3. May 17, 2012
    Honestly people are so unwilling to give Sonic a chance. This game murders Episode 1, and exceeds in every way that Episode 1 did and didn't. Even though Im a fan Im NOT going to lie, of course the game isn't perfect, for example the music is really high pitched and jingly (sounds like a concoction of bells), and on boss fights there is an insanely amount of rings provided which kills all the difficulty the boss brings(even though you will appreciate this later when you get all the chaos emeralds hence Super Sonic )!! But the game gives you some nice trade-offs, in return you get superb graphics, great platforming, and lots of speed (not as fast as the Classic Sonic from Generations though)! I love this game because it introduces things I've never seen before in the series. It has some slight downfalls that keep it from being great, but it's a solid sequel this time around that I will play over and over, and in my opinion that's the definition of a good game... ;) Expand
  4. May 17, 2012
    A massive improvement on Sonic 4 Episode 1. Though the game goes for a modern aesthetic rather than using the classic design, it still manages to look brilliant by using models designed for this game, rather than the ripped sprites from Ep1. The bosses are well animated and Tails brings an interesting feature to the design of the game, capturing the feel of Sonic 2 despite not looking at all like it. Everything in this game is original, except the sound effects for good reason, and the levels are gorgeous, with brilliant depth effects in the background. Metal Sonic also provides some good boss fights and easily takes the spotlight from Robotnik. The physics are not perfect but are massively improved. Sonic no longer walks on walls or comes to a complete stop whenever you let go of right. Going into a ball no longer slows you down and going up a ramp while in a ball no longer uncurls you. The problems with the game come from the fact that the camera is too close to Sonic, giving you very little time to react to incoming hazards. Although the game is challenging in parts, there is far too much handholding. Whenever there is an obstacle that requires help from Tails, 9 times out of 10 there will be a screen in the background telling you what to do. Also, Tails' flying move can be a little cheap at times and the high five animation they make before each move can ruin the flow of the game. There are still too many speedboosts in unnecessary and inappropriate places, although there is a lot less than before and the game does give you the opportunity to explore. The absolute worst part of the game is the soundtrack. It's an awful, pseudo-retro mess that does not work with the games modern design and is an insult to the songs in the classic games, which pushed the limits of the hardware. Still a good game, worth playing, a lot of replay value thanks to non-linear stages with hidden goodies and a good, fun co-op mode. It's a shame that this game is getting worse results than the trainwreck that was Episode 1, I hope Sega doesn't think that it went in the wrong direction. Expand
  5. May 25, 2013
    Ever since Sonic Colors, Sonic has been back on top. Lately, his games have been doing better than what he did during the 2000s decade. Sonic 4 episode 1 was a good game. Sonic Colors is my personal favorite Sonic game. Sonic Generations did great blending in classic and modern stages. next up in the line is Sonic 4 episode 2. Sonic 4 episode 1 was great, but this sequel manages to improve big aspects of the game, while others get a bit worse. The story keeps it simple like the previous games. No subplots or anything else, just a hedgehog trying to stop a doctor. I'm glad SEGA has realized that Sonic games do better with simpler stories, so it fits right in with this game. The co-op system in Episode 2 works just fine. Tails can fly and swim just well, and the spin attack, while great for getting past obstacles, seems like a bit of a game breaker. The graphics are a HUGE upgrade from episode 1, and they look beautiful. Not as good as Sonic Generations, but still very well done for a downloadable title.The controls are a lot smoother thanks to the improved physics engine. rolling as much more useful and Sonic won't stop immediately like he did in episode 1. The soundtrack for the game is decent. Some tunes are pretty catchy, with the exception of the pinch music that constantly plays during eggman boss fights. Some things, however, get progressively worse as you go along. the boss battles in the game aren't too impressive. While they are a lot more original bosses than episode 1, they seem very bland. The zones also aren't that original. they look like the zones from Sonic 2, with the exception of white park zone, which is somewhat original. But the absolute worst part of the game is the special stages. as if it wasn't bad enough that Sega is using the same half pipe stages AGAIN, the stages, especially the last 3 ones, take a lot of memorization. if you screw up too many times, you will have to start them all over again thanks to the numerous things that can assure you a failure. Overall, Sonic 4 Episode 2 is a decent game that should be checked out if you're a fan of platformers. if you liked episode 1, you'll probably like episode 2. if you didn't like episode 1, this episode may be the one you're looking for. Expand
  6. May 17, 2012
    Although there was made improvements (Such as graphics and plot), Sonic 4 Episode Two shamefully brings more of the same disappointment brought by his antecessor. Not only with physics this time. About physics, they were fixed in some points, but later it was revealed that there are scripted speed occurring on the game, again getting to ruin your fun. Tails was another broken promise by SEGA, they didn't bring him back: they brought Tails as a game gimmick, the worst treatment a character on the Sonic series could ever receive. This is summed up with the horrendous music, the same style was brought back from Episode One. So, it turns out that the game has turned to a sad example of DIMPS' abilities and SEGA's incompetence. Expand
  7. May 19, 2012
    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 Expand

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