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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
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  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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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    10
    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' allI'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. Expand
  2. 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
  3. Jul 28, 2014
    10
    Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is probably the best game for the Mega-Drive. So great gameplay wise, and I always love a good platformer 10/10 .
  4. 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
  5. Jul 13, 2019
    9
    This is one of the game's which is the reason I am here it is a fantastic classic with new great music and zones also introducing the newThis is one of the game's which is the reason I am here it is a fantastic classic with new great music and zones also introducing the new character tails sonic best friend and the spin dash. If you are getting into sonic games play this. Expand
  6. 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
  7. Oct 19, 2015
    6
    Sonic 2 is far from "The perfect game" everyone claims it is. Far from it. To say I got no enjoyment out of it would be a lie, but I can'tSonic 2 is far from "The perfect game" everyone claims it is. Far from it. To say I got no enjoyment out of it would be a lie, but I can't say it's a great game. There are good things about Sonic 2, including the soundtrack and presentation, but those are standard. The physics are perfect and the spindash is a nice edition, even though it often sends you flying into spikes. The screen crunch is awful, and I find myself to be constantly running into enemies, especially since the levels aren't that well designed. Yes, Sonic's about going fast, but the level design is orientated around speed and less platforming. The levels are just plain confusing because of it. You never know which path you're on, or how far you've progressed in the level, because the stages are super non-linear. Running into hazards, would not be so bad, if the special stages require 50 rings to enter. The pace of the game is broken once you start hunting down rings and checkpoints. The special stages themselves are just terrible. It isn't worth it, not even for Super Sonic. They are too dang hard. The control is slippery, the bomb placement id flat out unfair at times, there is almost no room for error, they are memorization based and are too hard until you've played them over and over, and when you get booted out, you lose all your rings, forcing you to find 50 more. Then the last two levels are just meant to waste your lives. Especially Death Egg zone. The final boss of the game (I won't spoil it) is one of the most unfair bosses I've ever played. To put the icing on the cake, there is no real save feature. Getting a game over, makes you have to restart the entire game and lose all of your Emeralds. There is no excuse for this flawed game design, especially since Super Mario World was already released on the SNES and that game had a save feature. This also means I can't replay the fun levels without using the level select code, which I consider cheating. However, the worst part about this game, are the fans who are still defending this game and calling it flawless or the best Sonic game. Let me tell you, it's far from it. This doesn't mean Sonic 2 is bad, I just find it to be the weakest classic Sonic game. Expand

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