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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[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
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. As a whole, this game is a complete classic that never really seems to bore.
  5. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    60
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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 thatWhat 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
  2. 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, thisOne 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
  3. ChrisB.
    Sep 15, 2007
    10
    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 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. Expand
  4. Aug 20, 2017
    9
    This Game Is Amazing i Love Gameplay, The Graphics, The Level Design, If you hadn't play this game PLAY IT RIGHT NOW This Game Is Worth YourThis Game Is Amazing i Love Gameplay, The Graphics, The Level Design, If you hadn't play this game PLAY IT RIGHT NOW This Game Is Worth Your Time Than Stupid Call of Duty Expand
  5. V1L3
    Nov 29, 2007
    9
    "I noticed that this version of the game is slightly faster than the origonal one on the Sega Megadrive." That'll be the fact that this "I noticed that this version of the game is slightly faster than the origonal one on the Sega Megadrive." That'll be the fact that this version runs in 60hz, and the Mega Drive version was at 50hz, which makes this the more accurate version, and also better than the Virtual Console offering (also locked at 50hz on PAL systems). An all-time classic game that never gets old. I played it to death when I was 12, and now, years later, my 4-year-old can't get enough of it. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2021
    8
    This game is a great follow-up from the first game, it fixes, improves and adds more elements to the game, like having a spin-dash, having aThis game is a great follow-up from the first game, it fixes, improves and adds more elements to the game, like having a spin-dash, having a bigger array of zones and having Tails, you can even control Tails if having the second controller, but flaws like unfair deaths, out-dated game design and badnicks that can be placed in a unfair place, overall it's a very good sequel. Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2021
    5
    This port has some weird little quirks I don't run into on the Genesis version, or Gamecube port. There are times when you'll just kinda clipThis port has some weird little quirks I don't run into on the Genesis version, or Gamecube port. There are times when you'll just kinda clip through the level geometry and fall to your death, dropped rings fall through the floor more often, and you can also just fall through the last boss when you hit him, which, iirc, was previously only a problem in the "& Knuckles" version of the game. It gets a 5/10 because it's Sonic 2 and if it's the only way you can get this game it's worth it, but if you have a Gamecube, 3DS, or PC, they all have better versions of Sonic 2 where you can access the actual game menus rather than the weird Xbox 360 UI they put it in. I would buy it over the mobile release because Sonic on mobile is nooo goooood Expand

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