Sonic 4: Episode 2 Review + Episode Metal

Sega had two big things last year going for them, and those were Sonic 4 Episode 1 and Sonic Generations. Both games brought back what we loved about the original Sonic games. Sonic Generations had old-school and current Sonic and had bosses from previous Sonic games. Sonic 4 Episode 1 has current Sonic in classic Sonic stages. He was able to use his homing attack and transform into Super Sonic if you collected all 7 Chaos Emeralds.

10 months have passed, and Sonic 4 Episode 2 is now available for the PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox Live Arcade. Upgrades and changes were made, including Tails becoming a useful character in solo mode. In the original Sonic 2, he was only helpful in 2 player mode.

Episode 2 is a remake and an updated version of Sonic 2, with a lot more action. Eggman and Metal sonic have plans on making things harder for Sonic and Tails. Familiar stages have gone through some changes with the 2.5D style. Eggman’s arsenal has also improved, which will require players a little big of practice to defeat him.

As I mentioned before, Tails is more useful now in Sonic 4 Episode 2 solo mode. Although you don’t control his movements, you can control his actions with double team techniques. Tails flying ability is back, and it’s easy as having Sonic jump and pressing the action button. From then on you can control where Tails takes you until he gets tired. With the submarine, it allows Tails to drive Sonic around underwater. My favorite move is the tag team ball attack, where Sonic and Tails unite to form a giant invincible wheel (sans pitfalls and spikes) that helps them shoot through stages at fast speeds and break down obstacles.

In Sonic Episode 1, your goal was to get the Chaos Emeralds in the labyrinth within a certain limit, just like in Sonic 1. The bonus stage in Sonic 2 is back, as you get to race to collect rings while dodging obstacles in your way. Bombs will cause you to drop rings, and the new thunder obstacles will shock and freeze you, costing you time. The best change for me is that Tails will no longer lose his rings if he gets hit by a bomb, since if it did happen, you could miss getting the emerald. To make things still challenging, the final emeralds have rings that are harder to get.

Sonic 4 episode 2 delivers a good sequel. The addition of new techniques, Tails being better, and updated stages lets you relive the classic stages with a fresh new look. The soundtrack, however, has got to be one of the worst in any Sonic game to date. The music really doesn’t suit the game, and at other times just isn’t too appealing for me. Sonic Episode 1 remixed most of the original music and was an awesome listening experience, which left me thinking, “What happened?” At least you can get the super Sonic theme. Overall, the game is great for new and old fans alike.

Sonic 4 features online multiplayer (so you can take on the game with a partner) and leaderboards to upload your Score attack and time attack scores to see how you stack up against others.

If you have both Episode 1 and 2, you can unlock “Episode Metal.” This story bridges the gap between Sonic 1 and 2, aka Sonic CD. Metal Sonic will compete in 4 stages from Sonic Episode 1 with harder difficulty. Everything’s the same except he’s faced with more enemies and traps. You get to learn how Metal Sonic unlocks the mysterious purple energy he uses in his boss fight, but unfortunately, you can’t use it yourself in the game. Episode Metal could of bit a bit longer, and he could have used more abilities, but overall Episode 2 and Episode Metal are fun.

Sonic Episode 2 may be the last game, but honestly I wouldn’t mind a Sonic Episode 3 with Knuckles. Let’s do it, SEGA!

Grade: B-

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.