With the recent news about everyone’s favourite little blue hedgehog, I figured what better time would there be to revisit the first video game that I ever played, Sonic The Hedgehog 2. It was originally released on the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive for those of us in the UK) and it is a 2D platformer, much like the original Super Mario games. It was later re-released on PC and both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Marketplace for you to play on modern day machines.
The Story of Sonic
In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, players much race through various levels (called acts and stages) collecting as many gold rings as they can. These gold rings are effectively a life line for Sonic. If you are hit by an enemy when you have some, you drop all of them but do have the chance to recover a lot of them, however if you are hit when you don’t have any it’s game over for you. After every two stages there is a third one where players are involved in a boss battle with Dr. Robotnik ‘Eggman’
The game plays out as a side scrolling 2D platformer. You run and jump over obstacles all in aid of getting from point a to point b. Players have the option to play as one of two characters; Sonic who has the power to charge up in ball form for a super-speed boost and Tails who has the ability to fly over short distances but lacks the speed of Sonic. Each of them have their strengths as well as their weaknesses but I think it’s pretty obvious that most people played as Sonic, after all his name is in the title.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is still my favourite Sonic game. It may be due to it being the first game I ever played that it holds a special place in my heart but it is also just a really solid game which massively helped to build Sega’s brand and set a bit of a fire under Nintendo, forcing them to keep their foot on the gas as they now had competition.