Summary: Parents need to know that this game is extremely confusing and difficult to play. Bad camera angles, quirky controls, difficult saving options, and meaningless side missions combine to make this a frustrating game. There is some fantasy violence in the form of throwing bombs, boulders, and other items.
Excerpt: Alex ‘Alaric’ Lemcovich reviews Sonic 4 Episode II for Mature-Gaming.com, with naughty language. All captured content (c)2012 SEGA And for those who still love reading the written word:- SEGA, you little cock tease! Am I going to have to wait for much longer before this game is released in a complete state? Fuck it, let’s review this thing. Episode II is here! Tails is back, Metal Sonic is up to no good and, once again, you’re tasked with saving the world from Dr.
Summary: " Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 " is a decent enough game. The physics are still off, the game is too cheap, and the level design could be better. When it works though, the game is bright, colourful, fast and fun. It’s a shame multiplayer took such a focus when it’s so poorly implemented. Hopefully, Episode 3 will finally fix things, because at times it really did feel like Sega was on the cusp of greatness.
Conclusion: The designs of the bosses are actually quite neat, from a series of concentric circles to a giant plant/robot monster. The graphics are also nice and clean, with lots of bright colours, and some nice vistas in the backgrounds of various acts. The soundtrack is all right, though nowhere near the legendary 16-bit games’ quality. The sound effects are identical and just as in Episode 1 everyone keeps their mouth shut.
Pros: Classic physics return, some visually interesting bosses and zones, return of Metal Sonic.
Cons: New abilities feel underutilized, not a lot of reason to come back once beaten, difficulty spikes in later special stages.
Conclusion: It's a shame that Sonic can't run fast enough to escape his past. Amidst segments that range from profoundly irritating to cautiously routine, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II features a handful of sequences that show a glimmer of hope, suggesting that if Sonic Team and Dimps were allowed to make a new 2D Sonic game without having to obey the demons of his past, we might have received a more clever and inventive episode.
Summary: A decent effort at improving on its predecessor’s shortcomings, Episode 2 should be fun for its target audience of 2D platforming fans. It won’t be the miracle that launches Sonic back into the spotlight, but it is still a fairly good game.
Excerpt: Two years ago, the announcement of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 brought joy to fans desperately clamoring for Sega to return Sonic to his Genesis day roots. When it came out, it was a mixed bag. The levels and music were solid, but many fans were up in arms over the (admittedly subpar) physics allowing for moments of goofiness, which did not at all feel like the Genesis Sonic titles. So, Sonic Team and Dimps returned to the drawing board, and now released Sonic 4 Episode 2 .