Sonic 4 Episode 2
Game play - 7
Presentation - 9
Story / Creativity - 6.5
Lifespan - 7
Fun but short.
A Fun game to play Good multiplayer mode Tails makes everything that much better Can be a bit tricky at times. Not long enough.
The game is set out very similar to the first episode but this time round tails has been added into the mix.
Throughout the game you will need Tails to assist you by flying and swimming through tricky parts of the levels. There is also a double spin attack-move which is a required to smash through containers and snow.
There is not really a story line. The game starts off with both sonic and tails landing in their plane and they get out into the first act, and this starts the game.
The atmosphere in the game is very much the same as episode 1 although there is a slight different feel to the overall game play. In some areas of the game, especially the boss stages there are a few tricky obstacles darted around and can take a few attempts to get past. It can be a bit stressful the number of times you die before getting through.
At times it can be hard to tell if this is down to bad game design or if it has been added intentionally. For example on the snow level there is an underwater part and if you don’t destroy the enemy when you get the chance, you end up running out of air and dying. This was really frustrating and took a good few mins to figure it out
The platform element of sonic 4 episode 2 is not as creative or as in-depth as it was in Sonic Generations or the first 3 platform games and lacks originality. A lot of the obstacles you face have been seen already in the other games.
With that said the last Zone is very much like the one in Sonic 2 and even though it looks very much the same as Sky Fortress, in episode 2 has to be the best zone in the game. You are in a plane in all three acts of this zone, and the boss is the hardest and most challenging out of all of the zones.
The presentation is a lot better this time round than it was in episode 1. The animation of sonic looks smoother and the background has a lot more detail and takes on a more 3D look, as the first one was more 2D.
The same famous sound FX are used which should always be kept this way.
The thing that lets this game down in my opinion is the music. When I think of classic sonic games I think of great levels with great catchy music which played a massive part in giving the game that sense of fantasy and adventure and will never be forgotten.
The music in this game however is very repetitive and the music in each act repeats after 30-40 secs and in no way stands out. This really lets the game down as a whole and makes me feel like there was not as much time spent on it, and it gives it an arcade sounding vibe and this is not what I was hoping for.
I do understand that the game is part 2 and the first part also used similar sounding music and for them to do something else would ruin the flow of the 2 parts.
I however did play a few levels again with the music off and it made a massive difference and I did like the game a bit more.
With sonic 4 episode 1 I was not sure if I liked the game, because with sonic I tend to have my own ideas on how Sonic games should be and it was no way near my vision. Once I got used to the game the way it is though, I did get used to it, so It could be the same with episode 2.
The game took me just over 2 hours to complete and is slightly longer than the first one. There is a multi player mode which is something I wanted in Sonic Generations so I am happy they have got on board with that and added it to episode 2. Multi player is a co op mode which can be played local or online where one player is sonic and the other is tails and you work together to get through the level in the fastest time.
On the Xbox live arcade edition there are 12 achievements to unlock. This will keep you busy for a few days with one achievement requiring you to get all chaos emeralds to unlock super sonic and then beat levels with him. There is also a time attack mode and an additional game that can only be unlocked if you have both sonic 4 episode 1 and 2.
If you’re a sonic fan I do suggest you still get the game and try it for yourself since this is only my opinion and you might think otherwise. The reason for my score is that I think it falls short from fully delivering the goods and after the big improvements from Sonic Colours and Generations, Sonic 4 episode 2 takes a step back.
This game seems more aimed at the new younger generations of sonic fans and could be a hit or miss with us older fans.