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My 10th Review: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 (iOS)

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     Do you like Sonic games? Do you like platformers? Do you have $6.99 to spare? Well, if you answered yes to at least one of these questions, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 will probably be the game for you. With four brand new zones, special stages, Metal Sonic, Dr. Eggman (Also known as Dr. Robotnik.), and Tails, this is a game you do not want to miss. Read my review on Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 (iOS) to find out if this is a Sonic game you'd want or if it is a failure.

     Gameplay: As expected, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 is made of classic Sonic elements blended with some modern sprinkles to create fun gameplay. The levels in Sonic 4 Episode 2 are the clearest examples. The levels were crafted very nicely, executing challenges and fun in a smooth manner.  In addition, SEGA has included the classic red star rings and chaos emeralds (see third paragraph under the gameplay section) to the mix. When playing, you will notice that there are 5 words including the following: Sylvania Castle Zone, White Park Zone, Oil Desert Zone, Sky Fortress Zone, and Death Egg Mk.II Zone. Sylvania Castle Zone takes place on classic-like land and even underwater. White Park Zone is, basically, an amusement park where it has snowed. The levels in this zone take place in 3 places: a "snowy wonderland," on a roller coaster, and underwater in the freezing cold water. Oil Desert Zone takes place in, as the name implies, a place in the desert where people (or probably robots in this case) pump oil. Sky Fortress Zone is a zone that takes place in the sky. You start out by getting to Eggman's sky fortress using Tails's ship. Then, you will play inside the fortress and make your way to fight Eggman. Finally, in the Death Egg Mk.II Zone, you will fight the two bosses that you have been fighting throughout the whole game once and for all: Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman. With each of these zones including 4 acts (except for the Death Egg Mk.II Zone because that has 2 acts), Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 delivers an expansive amount of content for your money. If you also get Episode Metal, then expect a lot more content from that.

     Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has quite a few characters along with just enough boss battles to satisfy. As always, the main character in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 is Sonic, a hedgehog. In this game, Tails, Dr. Eggman, and Metal Sonic will also see the spotlight because they are included in the trifle character cast of only 4 people, the people I listed. Now, this is excluding the wide variety of enemies, ranging from flying, robotic turtles to polar bears. You should expect to see many enemies and many scratches from those enemies. Along with those enemies, what better way is there to kill Sonic than with bosses? Well, as you might have already suspected, Sonic 4 Episode 2 delivers those extraordinarily excellent boss battles. The boss battles are a bit limited when you consider the fact that Metal Sonic and Dr. Eggman are the only bosses in the game, but you will probably be very pleased with what is provided by SEGA. Also, when I say that they are the only bosses, I do not mean that you will be fighting the same thing multiple times. One minute, you will be fighting Metal Sonic while running in an amusement park and the next minute you will be in the air avoiding his attacks from his ship while attempting to hit him. In conclusion, there are bounties of enemies, a trifle of characters, and a handsome helping of bosses packed together in this one game.

     Just like many past Sonic games, chaos emeralds and red star rings have been rounded up and glued into the game. Each of these items serve different purposes and brings different ways of finding them. First of all, chaos emeralds are included in this game just like in episode 1. To find these emeralds, you must jump into a huge ring at the end of the level before the sign flips to Sonic. In episode 1, you were supposed to find them the same way, and you were supposed to use motion controls to tilt your way to the emerald. Well, in episode 2, you will not be using motion controls. Instead, you are going to do it the more classic way by moving Sonic to collect the rings while running in a speedway. In these special stages where you collect chaos emeralds, you must overcome barriers. When I say barriers, I mean you are supposed to collect, at the minimum, the amount of rings displayed on the screen. If you don't, you lose. Also, if you do beat the whole thing, it will be available for free play in the menu. While chaos emeralds are found at the end of the level, you will find red star rings somewhere in the level. Red star rings serve one purpose and one purpose only: to accomplish 100% completion. These red star rings add to the challenge and make it harder to complete the game, but they are a nice addition to an already astounding Sonic game.

     Graphics: The graphics are gorgeous! This is a beautiful Sonic game with bright, colorful visuals that appeal to the eyes. Backgrounds are layered very nicely and are brilliantly crafted while the visuals pop-out and speed right past the competition. In addition, future levels are layered into the background to make the game more realistic. For example, at act 1 in White Park Zone, in the background, you can see where act 2 will take place and where the boss battle will take place for White Park Zone. Anyways, if you are looking for a gorgeous, 3D, classic Sonic game, this is what you are looking for.

     Sound/Music: Classic, upbeat music with a dash of repetitiveness is what you will find in Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2. All you will hear is some excellent music, but it can get annoying listening to the same tune over and over again. I am not saying that the music is bad, but, after a while, it can get very repetitive. Personally, I think the music is very nice, but I don't think you would want to hear the same exact sound repeat over and over again. Anyways, you will enjoy the music in Sonic 4 Episode 2 but beware; it can get a bit annoying after a while, especially when you die a lot.

     Controls: The controls aren't the dandiest [controls] ever, but they work well for this version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. The controls are composed of 3 elements: joystick, tag button, and action button. As always, you use the joystick to move your character. In this case, you will either move Sonic or Tails. The action button is used for many things, each thing depending on using it in a different way. You can use it to make your character jump, spin dash, attack, and fly (Tails only). Some of these actions depend on how you use the joystick. For example, if you hold the joystick down, tap the action button, then release the joystick, you will do a spin dash. The brand new button, the tag button, allows you to join with Tails to perform a special action. When you are in the air and click the button, Sonic and Tails will join, allowing you two to fly up. Be aware that Tails will get tired after flying upwards a bit. When you are on the ground and click the button, you will make Sonic and Tails join to create a special spin dash in which both of them are together. Finally, when you are underwater, you can make Sonic and Tails join each other and be a "submarine" (it is the same thing as being able to fly except they can swim underwater better). The controls can get annoying at times, but, usually, they are good and won't give you any problems. If you think that the controls are bad in this game like most iOS adventure games, then think again. The controls are presented brilliant and respond perfectly. Actually, the controls are better than the usual controls that developers give you in adventure games on iOS. They can get you at times but that will not be frequent. If you have the option of getting this game on the XBOX 360 or the PlayStation 3, that would probably be a better option control-wise, but, if you are like me and only have a device running iOS, that is your best option.

     Game Center: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2, just like episode 1, is supported by Game Center. Sonic 4 Episode 2 has 25 leaderboards to climb up and 12 achievements to unlock to keep you busy for quite some time. Each level in Sonic 4 Episode 2, including the special stages, has its own leaderboard in which you can try and get to the top by getting a higher score in the level. Also, there is a leaderboard for "Total Time," a leaderboard that combines all of your times into one time and sees how you compare with the rest of the world. Also, the achievements available to unlock are excellent. The achievements range from clearing a level, to beating a boss, all the way down to collecting all of the chaos emeralds. Some of the achievements are bad because it requires something (not in the game) for you to do to unlock it, but most of the achievements for Sonic 4 Episode 2 are very nice and unlockable without a certain requirement. For example, to unlock the achievement "Tag Partner," you must complete one act in multiplayer mode. Anyways, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 contains some flabbergasting achievements along with some nice leaderboards that will keep you entertained.

     Save Spots: As you might have expected, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 saves after you complete a level. Usually, this is a bad thing, but it isn't with this game due to checkpoints. In each of the levels, checkpoints are frequent to find. Checkpoints save your progress during the levels, so, if you die, you start again at the checkpoint. In this game, if you exit the game before you finish a level but you still hit a checkpoint, your data will stay in tact (saved), and you are able to start playing from your last checkpoint. Plus, the game saves each level at a time (when you beat a level it saves), leaving your score safe and sound all the time. In addition, Sonic 4 Episode 2 backs-up all of your data to iCloud. That is a very good addition that keeps your data very safe. This means that if something happens to your idevice, all of your data is safe. For saving, Sonic 4 Episode 2 handles it very well and will keep your data safe.


     Replayability: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2's replayability isn't something to praise but it also isn't something to scoff at. Sonic 4 Episode 2 contains 12 acts, 4 boss battles, 4 special stages, and, if you have Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1, you can also play Episode Metal. That is quite a bit of content that will keep you busy for a while, but what about the replayability after you beat it all? Well, I am glad to inform you that Sonic 4 Episode 2 is replayable! It isn't highly replayable like a game like Super Mario Bros., but it is replayable. When you beat everything, you can go back and replay levels you have already beat in an attempt to surpass your previous high score. In addition, there is a time attack mode that can have you replay levels just so you can beat your time! If you are hunting a replayable game, then this might be the meat you are looking for, but, if you want something that is very, very highly replayable, this just might be a guppy.

Replayability: Moderate

     The Conclusion: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 is spectacular! It is excellent and is a solid, classic, platforming Sonic game that you will enjoy. It does have a few flaws, but they aren't major flaws or anything that should drive you away from buying this game. If you have $6.99 to spare and want a fun game, this is what you should get. I highly recommend this game.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 & 2 Official Website

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     Episode Metal: Unlike how extensive the main mode of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is, Episode Metal includes only 4 acts, but all of these acts are very fun. First of all, each and every one of these acts are difficult, which is a good thing. Act 1, in my opinion, would end up being the hardest of the four with traps and enemies galore. The controls don't do much justice in these acts when considering the fact that they hurt you in the more difficult situations. Second of all, playing with Metal Sonic couldn't be much better than this with creative courses and carefully-placed enemies. It felt weirder for me to play with Metal Sonic in the beginning after being used to using the tag button, but I got over it quickly. Finally, the story Episode Metal delivers is pretty good. I was left a little bit questioned in the end when the story trailed off after Metal Sonic took a rocket to fly after Sonic, who was flying on Tails's plane, but I enjoyed the rest of the story. What happens is Metal Sonic gets powered up by Dr. Eggman after being defeated in Sonic CD (see the App Store for more details on that game), and Dr. Eggman commands Metal Sonic to go after Sonic. Later on, Metal Sonic gets powered up even more by a energy ball, which helps him reach Sonic. In conclusion, Episode Metal is an excellent addition to an already excellent game. If you have Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, then go and unlock it right now. If you don't [have Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1], then go ahead and buy it. You'll get a fun game along with 4 extra acts for Episode 2. If you haven't already gotten Episode Metal, then I recommend that you do. You will definitely enjoy it along with Episode 1.

NOTE: Please note that I cannot review the multiplayer section because I don't have a friend with this game, so I am unable to try out that section. 

The device I used to play this game is an iPod Touch fourth generation running iOS software 5.1.1.

Comments
  • I approve this review. Nice one!!

  • The Sky Fortress Zone will make you take back any praise of the controls. Just watch.