Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Reviews

  • LockAndLukeLockAndLuke407,609
    27 May 2012 29 May 2012
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    Sonic 4: Episode 2 continues the Sonic 4 saga and sets off just as you'd imagine any other Sonic 2D platformer, so it's easy to pick up and enjoy just like Episode 1.

    Episode 2's plot begins with the resurrection of Metal Sonic, who we all know from Sonic CD, if you have Episode 1, you can unlock the additional Episode Metal, which gives you control over Metal Sonic and witness his revival and follows him into his role in Episode 2.
    Episode Metal hands you 4 stages to dash through, all of which are stages from Episode 1 with a few twists and turns along the way which are different to their Episode 1 variations:

    Act 1 - Metal Sonic Returns! - Mad Gadget Zone
    Act 2 - The Altar's Hidden Treasure - Lost Labyrinth Zone
    Act 3 - Electric Road - Casino Street Zone
    Act 4 - In Pursuit of Sonic... - Splash Hill Zone


    Upon completion of Act 4 you see how Metal Sonic then fits into Episode 2, now, onto the review!

    Episode 2 adds a number of new features, a small few of those being:

    - A new engine
    - Tails as a partner (Just like Sonic 2)
    - The Rolling Combo technique

    Dr. Eggman returns with the well known figure that is Metal Sonic and the all too famous Death Egg from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which has been re-designed and reconstructed since its defeat by Sonic and Tails in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which had then plummeted to earth, after which, during the events of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, the Death Egg was then destroyed, and now has been renamed as the Death Egg mk.II.
    Hearing that Little Planet has finally returned, we all know this from Sonic CD, Eggman jumps right back into the action, the next phase of his scheme will begin to unfold.

    In Episode 2 there are 4 zones just like Episode 1:

    Sonic and Tails are flying through the clouds on the world famous Tornado, when Sonic tells Tails to land, thus the journey beings.

    - Sylvania Castle Zone - Boss: Egg Serpantleaf
    - White Park Zone - Boss: Metal Sonic
    - Oil Desert Zone - Boss: Egg Scrap Mech
    - Sky Fortress Zone - Boss: Metal Sonic


    After playing through these stages Eggman and Metal Sonic escape into space toward the Death Egg mk.II which has metallised around Little Planet, Sonic and Tails jump into an escape pod and quickly chase after them.

    Death Egg mk.II Zone:
    Act 1 - Sub Boss - Metal Sonic
    Boss Act - Egg Heart


    Destroying the Egg Heart causes the Death Egg to start self destructing, Sonic and Tails quickly board 2 escape pods and escape the Death Egg in the nick of time.

    Gameplay
    Playing Episode 2 is a lot like Episode 1 to those who have already played the first, this time however, Sonic feels a lot less floaty and feels a lot more like Sonic should, fast and challenging.
    To those who have not played Episode 1, Episode 2 is by no means a let down, as a Sonic fan or just someone who enjoys platformers, you will find Episode 2 to be very challenging yet satisfying, the controls are simple and easy to pick up, whilst not being the easiest of Sonic games out there, it's definitely a step in the right direction.

    Graphics
    Even for an arcade game, Episode 2 looks fantastic, it looks a lot more slick than episode 1, and has more of a Sonic feel to it, not as shiny looking as Episode 1 and looks a lot more dedicated.

    Achievements
    I never usually have an achievement section as I never play games for the purpose of gaining them, however there are a lot of you out there who judge a game by its achievements, so here we go.
    The achievements for Episode 2 aren't all that bad for the majority, there are however certain achievements that will give you migraines and the urge to destroy anything and everything, even for the Sonic veteran like myself, an example of one of these is this:
    Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode IIA Golden WaveThe A Golden Wave achievement in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II worth 29 pointsDefeat all bosses as Super Sonic.

    Saying that though, the achievements for the game are far from impossible.

    Replay Value
    Though short like Episode 1, this game along with the first have high replay value, even when all the achievements have been obtained there's still tons of fun to be had replaying the stages alone or with friends, yes that's right, Episode 2 has a co-op feature, allowing you to play locally or on Xbox Live.

    Overall View
    Whilst a lot of people may call me biased as I'm a Sonic nut, this game though short, is fantastic, with a high replay value and a list of possible achievements, Episode 2 will keep you entertained for hours, a Sonic not to be missed.

    If you leave a negative vote please don't hesitate to leave a comment or a PM to me, I welcome all opinions, thank you very much smile
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    lifebringer23Great review man, coming from a sonic lover aswell this review is spot on!
    Posted by lifebringer23 on 28 May 12 at 09:09
    LockAndLukeI wanted to make an effort with this one as It's a series I can never get enough of, though I like writing reviews I don't actually write many, thanks a lot smile
    Posted by LockAndLuke on 28 May 12 at 11:36
    Mr Sim 6000I don't know why anyone would give this a negative vote, I thought it was well written!
    Posted by Mr Sim 6000 on 28 May 12 at 17:57
    LockAndLukeThank you very much smile
    I don't mind a negative vote here and there as long as someone has their reasons, I happy listen to criticism if it's constructive and helps my review.
    Posted by LockAndLuke on 28 May 12 at 18:06
    Hooded Claw 006In my opinion Episode 1 had better levels, episode 2 has better bosses though, not just recycled from previous Sonic games. I would give it a 3 out of 5 total, I just feel that with both games, too much of the environments are just recycled from previous Sonic games. When comparing to the classic Sonic games for Mega Drive, I just feel with this that some of that magic is missing.
    Posted by Hooded Claw 006 on 05 Jun 12 at 14:06
    LockAndLukeWell everyone has their own opinions of course, happy to hear feedback =]

    Personally I preferred the levels in Episode 2, Sylvania Castle seemed like my all time favourite level from any Sonic game, which was Aquatic Ruin from Sonic 2.
    The only levels I really enjoyed in Ep.1 were Splash Hill and Lost Labyrinth, didn't really like Mad Gear or Casino Street.
    Posted by LockAndLuke on 06 Jun 12 at 09:58
    CoolguystuffEven tho I had Sonic 4 Episode 1 on my HDD it didn't let me play the Metal Sonic episodes until after I had played Sylvania went back to my Dashboard and played it again a few hours later. This is well written, and a good review. You are obviously a big time Sonic fan but I feel ashamed I bought the game with Sega's crappy achievements, although it seems as if the physics have improved over the first one. I was glad to see the Sonic 2 special stages return over Sonic 1's garbage special stages, although I wish they were the Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles stages. Those were the only stages I was actually any good at and would have any chance to get the emeralds. And I am really getting tired of seeing any Casino style stages in any Sonic, it seems to be their most overused/rehashed stage period, aside from some type of Green Hill like zone.Considering some of the amazing stages in the original 3 Sonic's why would you need to rehash these 2 stages over and over again? It really is no wonder that Sega has gone so far down the drain
    Posted by Coolguystuff on 07 Sep 12 at 08:40
    LockAndLukeThank you =]
    Yeah I much prefer the Sonic 2 special stages, never did like the original stages, hated them since I was little, maybe if there's an episode 3 coming up we'll see the return of Blue Sphere!
    Posted by LockAndLuke on 07 Sep 12 at 09:40
    KMetalmindJust for those on the edge, I´m one of those people who clearly prefer classic Sonic over modern Sonic games. I hated Sonic 2006 to the point I didn´t even finish it (and so far it has been the only retail I´ve sold on Xbox360 and one of the few games I´ve started without finishing it, it´s that bad). Wasn´t a huge fan of Unleashed but I loved Generations. Sonic 4 Episode 1 was a huge dissappointment and I´ve barely replayed the game once after getting 200/200.

    But this is a lot better. It´s not as good as classic Sonic games, Generations or Adventures, but it´s fun to play and I think it´s a lot more replayable. I didn´t like the first playthrough that much, but after replaying it some times it´s starting to grow up on me. If you like to replay Sonic games, I recommend this one, specially on sale ;)
    Posted by KMetalmind on 08 Sep 12 at 19:37