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:
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