Excerpt: It seems a long way off now, but there was a time when news of a new Sonic the Hedgehog game was met with whispered excitement rather than a collective groan - and, perhaps in some eyes, the faintest glimmer of hope.
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.
Summary: On the surface, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II gives you pretty much everything you'd want in a followup, and a lot more than you've probably come to expect. New modes, a new character, cooperative play, revamped graphics, and plenty of new levels to run through build on the original game.
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.