Summary: It’s hard to escape the trappings of convention, but Sonic 4: Episode 2 offers modest innovation for the series without overly relying on its past strength. The game keeps its own identity. I can ponder over whether the game manages to mimic its retro elders but this would ultimately be unhelpful.
Pros: Improved movement physics, Pleasant visual design
Conclusion: A good follow-up doesn't just add new content--it improves on the original. In that critical sense, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 disappoints. While the addition of cooperative play is a big step in the right direction, the core elements that made Episode 1 a tepid experience persist here:...
Pros: Entertaining cooperative gameplay with Tails, Fun "3D" bonus levels.
Cons: Tails isn't a distinct character, Boss battles are boring, Many levels lack a sense of speed.
Excerpt: Sonic is back! Available on the PSN and XBox Live networks, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II continues the adventures of our favourite blue hedgehog that combines classic elements of the original series with 21st century gaming.
Conclusion: Despite some sumptuous graphics and addictive tunes, Sonic 4: Episode II lacks the engaging gameplay which made his previous outings so much fun. The inclusion of Xperia Play controls is half-hearted, too
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II – The PS3 Attitude Review
29 May 2012
Conclusion: SEGA seems to have finally found a solid version of Sonic that fans can appreciate. While Sonic 4 still doesn’t quite capture the glory of his early days on the Genesis, it does manage to revitalize those aspects that made Sonic best.