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Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Sega (Game Gear)

Platform : Sega Game Gear
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Platform: Sega Game Gear
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00004R9G7
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2.5 x 15.2 cm ; 227 g
  • Release Date: 28 Jan. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,916 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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South Island has been peaceful since Dr. Robotnik's defeat. Sonic, bored, decides to go on a journey in search of other adventures. Upon his return, he is shocked to find the island nearly abandoned. The only clue as to where all his friends might have disappeared to is a single note, written by his two-tailed fox buddy, Miles "Tails" Prower. In the note, Tails explains that he's been kidnapped by Dr. Robotnik and is being held in a place called Crystal Egg. The price for Tails' safe return are the 6 Chaos Emeralds, to be delivered to 6 new boss robots. Thus, Sonic goes on a quest to find the Chaos Emeralds and rescue Tails.

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Apart from the occasional music piece change, as well as the benefits of playing it on a handheld gaming device on the go, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the SEGA Game Gear is pretty much the same as the Master System version, which I have written a review for in greater detail. So I'll try and keep this one short.

A quick recap of the story: Dr.Robotnik has taken Sonic's fox friend Tails prisoner, and it's up to the spikey blue wonder to save him as well as the day. The adventure sees Sonic spin, dash and ring grab through six zones (three acts each), as he looks to take out the badniks and grab the chaos emeralds. Success with both will unlock a seventh zone and a chance to confront Robotnik.

From the danger threatening cart rides in the Underground Zone, to the sluggish watery environment of the Aqua Lake Zone, to the dizzy pipe maze known as the Scrambled Egg Zone, Sonic 2 is a game that gives the player a fun ride with loveable levels and great music to go with them. It's a game that's easy to delve into on the spur of the moment with its short but active gameplay, and the catchy tunes are worth the gaming price of admission on their own.

The "good ending" music here is different from the Master System version, which is a bit of a shame because that one was a corker and you actually have to sacrifice Tails' freedom (bad ending) in order to hear it here. Also the camera is positioned a little too close to Sonic, making it a shade difficult to see the action up ahead and on occasions forcing you to take certain areas slowly. However, on the whole Sonic 2 is a 2D platform classic; a cartridge that should well and truly be glued into your Game Gear...or placed onto your 3DS memory stick (from the Nintendo eShop) in download form. Either way, play it!

Final Score: 9/10
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I remember the old Game Gear that I received one Christmas when I was young. Oh yeah I certainly remember that predaccessor to the great PSP I do. Of course back then us gamers were perfectly satisfied what with the old side scrolling characters and backdrops along with hardly any voiceovers. Still we had the subtitles occasionally crop up on screen to give us the parts of dialogue instead. Now they can not only do all the above but they can make proper 3D games that look almost lifelike along with voice overs etc.

Anyway, when I got my Game Gear I, like any other youth, desperately wanted to play as many 'Sonic The Hedgehog' games as possible. This is of course 'Sonic 2' the sequel to the 1991 smash hit that made Sega become arch rivals with Nintendo. This version is the Game Gear version of the superior Mega Drive one, not to say this one isn't good though. What is good about it is that it's fast and judging by the opening level you get the impression that the game designers wanted to make it a little darker.

Where it is inferior though is that this is supposed to be the story that introduces Tails, Sonic's sidekick hence allowing multiplayer like the Mega Drive one but no it doesn't. Also it is flippin' difficult! I have never been able to get past the first Robotnik/Eggman boss myself.

If you are a hardcore Sonic fan then you might want to get it as it is more than likely going to be increadibly cheap but rare now, just don't expect it to be as good as the Mega Drive one, which rocked.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97a8c864) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97aaa408) out of 5 stars A very cool game 9 April 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I remember when I had the sega Genesis. I loved it, and I ecspecially loved the sonic games! I remember, however, that I was really jealous of my cousin's game gear. So for a long time I wanted a Game Gear..... I never got one, because I couldn't afford one! But last December I ordered my first game gear from Amazon.com for just [price] and I love it! I mainly bought it because of the Sonic games, and although the sonic games for genesis are better, the one's for game gear are still real good.
Sonic 2 for game gear is a real fun game with cool levels. The first level is pretty hard but its real fun!A cave to start things off? The first boss is way to hard to beat for only the first level! I figured out an effective way to beat him though... what you need to do is, stay near the little monster thing. When those very annoying bouncy balls start coming down the slope( the high bouncy balls)stay near the little monster until the ball is close. Then, jump a little towards the monster, and then away from it. With practice you'll get the hang of it!
The second level is also real cool! Here's a tip.... On the first act of the second level, get 100 rings and then you'll get a life. Then go near the handglider, but do not jump on it. Jump over it... yep.. down where the spikes are and move over to the left. You should find a life box. Jump on it and then commit suicide by spiking yourself to death. Repeat the process over and over again! ( note: when you do this make sure that you get the invincibility box first.) I think that riding the hanglider is pretty fun! The secong act is kinda hard though, but once you learn to gain complete control of the hanglider(which does take practice) then everything will be ok. The boss for this level is pretty cool... one of my favorite bosses! A huge Bird! First jump on the little birdies and then you fight their momma! Jump on her head right after she has fired a fire ball at you, and repeat the process.
The third level- an underwater act is pretty cool but its extremely frustrsting( act 2 is) One Huge relief, however, is that this boss is the easiest in the game! jUST JUMP ON THAT BALL THAT IS on his head!( only jump when it's on its head!)
The fourth level- "Green Hills Zone" is great and very fun. It is very easy to get many lives here! ( I can't beat the 3rd act though, because I always end up falling on spikes!
However, with the use of codes I have played the other levels a little bit. I really enjoy the battle with siver sonic! He's cool, but he's extremely easy! I just hope that I can fingure out a way to beat the last act of Green Hills Zone.....
So all in all this is a great game!It's just a little bit hard, that's all!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97aaa84c) out of 5 stars This Game is Downright Difficult! Even for Sonic. 16 Mar. 2011
By SoniCool7 - Published on Amazon.com
I used to play this when I was a child back in the day...then I sold my Game Gear (big mistake!) And now I have it back.

It was hard then...and is still hard now. Probably the hardest Sonic game ever! The main reason: No rings at the boss levels. Sonic has only one chance to beat each boss or dies. On level I REALLY hate in this game is "Scrambled Egg Zone: Act 2" I literally spent at least 40 times (thanks to an abundance of extra lives) trying to figure out how to get past that level. Navigating the "Tubes of Doom" as I call them can be downright frustrating. So is searching for all the Chaos Emeralds and accessing the Crystal Egg Zone. Green Hill Zone: Act 3 is just as frustrating. It's all about memorization and mapping out the level's layout in order to succeed. (Remember, Act 3 has NO rings).

I would only recommend "Sonic Experts" to play this game. Good luck earning the "real" ending (obtaining all six chaos emeralds). Even i'm not that good. And i've been playing Sonic since it first came out in '91.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97aaa93c) out of 5 stars Major improvement over the first 19 Nov. 2010
By Ryan Sil. (Gamer & freelance PC/Android indie dev) - Published on Amazon.com
While Sonic 1 for Game Gear was a good game, it didn't have much of the high-speed action we expected. Sonic 2, on the other hand, contains that.

Sonic 2 for Game Gear is not what you expect to be if you had played the Genesis version: It has a completely different storyline and zones. Tails is kidnapped by Robotnik and Sonic must save him. Isn't Tails supposed to be the sidekick?

Anyways, the gameplay is identical to the Genesis games, which is great. The music and sounds were still well-developed. What is kind of a letdown is that there are no Special Stages. You gotta find the Chaos Emeralds in the zones themselves. There's your challenge for ya.

Overall, it's another great Sonic game....that was eclipsed by the more well-known Genesis version.
HASH(0x97aaa888) out of 5 stars Recommended Overall 6 July 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Although there are quite a few improvements from Sonic 1 (Game Gear), the game also has its cons. Whatever you do, don't listen to the product information. You can't play 2-player, and you certainly can't play as Tails. Sonic has to rescue Tails. I think the plot is very poor, but that's probably because Tails is my favorite Sonic character (other then Metal Sonic and Omega) and I think it's absurd that Tails would have to get rescued because Eggman took him from his home. The Genesis version's plot is much better-it has 2-player battle and cooperation, and Tails makes a great first impression on Sonic by helping him get to the Death Egg.

1-Sonic has a better color palette then in Sonic 1. Although he isn't his original cobalt blue, he's still a brighter shade of blue other then Sonic 1's faded sky blue shade.
2-The locations are pretty fun, and I don't think it's a problem that they don't relate to the Genesis version. It provides more of a variety and shows that Sonic Team is creative with Sonic's exploring grounds.
3-The different activities (riding in a mine cart, hang-gliding) make the different locations stand out from the others and make them more unique, especially how the activities relate to the locations.
4-The graphics have improved, and they don't have the blurry feel there was in Sonic 1. The scenery relates more to Sonic rather than looking poorer than Sonic himself.
5-The bosses are more challenging than Sonic 1's easy to beat bosses (ex: Eggman hovering around pointlessly). They're also more creative like the bosses in Sonic Chaos.

1-Tails isn't playable, so it's kind of like an extension to Sonic 1 just with a different plot. Mostly, it's nothing new.
2-The plot is exactly the same as Sonic 1 just this time he saves the animals of Westside Island instead of South Island and Tails is thrown in there.
3-Some of the zones are fun and challenging, while others are just long and hard. It depends mostly on how you look at them.
4-The badniks don't have much of a new design and most of them are kind of boring. They just disappear in a cloud unlike how animals/seeds usually come out. Some badniks have a special stragety for defeating them, so that's okay.

That's all the pros/cons I have. Overall, I recommend it if you can get it for a price under $10. Just be warned though-Tails IS NOT playable.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97aaabdc) out of 5 stars Probably the worst sonic game, but a good game 6 May 2005
By TearsOfNightfall - Published on Amazon.com
What I said above pretty much sums up my feelings about this game. I have played practicaly EVERY sonic game in excistance, with only but a very few exceptions, and am a HUGE Sonic fan. of all the games, I have had the least amount of fun with this one, why? Mainly because the difficulty curve went beserk and would make you think such a thing as a "difficulty curve" was just a figment of your imagination and never existed in the first place. I was un-able to even get passed the first zone because of the "dodgeball" boss, dodging has never been my strong suit in gaming. This boss however has gone done in history as what many people would call the hardest boss in Sonic history. And guess what? I used a level select code (which I would put here if I still remembered it) to get myself to the last level, the one you could only get to if you had all the Chaos Emeralds. And I beat the final boss, hands down, with little to no difficulty once so ever!! Losing too many times to count on the very FIRST boss, and not even losing one life to LAST boss? That's like, mayjorly messed up! Also Tails (my fav character) wasn't playable, instead you had to rescue him from Robotnik, (that's pretty much the whole plot, though with the way the Chaos Emeralds are hidden, I dought that hardly any one who plays this will be able to acomplish this, even if they beat Metal Sonic). I'd don't get it, the Genisis version is like SOOOOO much better! But if you have a Game Gear it might be worth a buy, it's dirt cheap (I've seen it for sale for 1 penny before!), and is better than most other Game Gear titles, though not as good as all the other Sonic titles on the system (such as Tails Adventures and Sonic Triple Trouble). Bottom line: It's not really that bad and is still fun, if you're a hardcore Sonic fan you probably should get it, and if you're looking for more Game Gear games you probably should get it, every one else get the Genisis version instead!
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