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Game music of the day: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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July 9, 2010

Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Song: Aquatic Ruin Zone

Composer: Masato Nakamura

       
Above: Aquatic Ruin Zone from Sonic 2

Long before the Sonic series adopted shredding guitars and voiced character anthems, the original Genesis/Mega Drive games packed in dozens of legendary tracks that just about any gamer alive in the '90s will remember. We already covered Sonic 1 (way back in March), so today it's all about Sonic 2.

But which song to pick? As with so many games in the GMOTD archives, Sonic 2 has nothing but excellent music, but if I had to pick a favorite, it'd be Aquatic Ruin Zone. No particular reason why, I just love the sound of it, from the melody to the actual "instrument" choices made by Nakamura. Love listening to this one.

Oil Ocean, above, is possibly number two on my list. Again, the sounds used to build this song don't reek of typical Genesis music, making it a standout piece of music in a game that already looks, plays and sounds great. Love the Egyptian feel and all the percussion.

If you're digging Sonic 2 today, or just generally love Sonic music, be sure to check out the complete ReMix album, Hedgehog Heaven. That's 22 tracks of OverClocked goodness, all free. Get on it!

 



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26 comments

  • RobTheBuilder - July 12, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    I can still hum note for note almost every track of Sonic 1 and 2 (MD and GG)... Chemical Plant is my favourite from Sonic 2, followed by Aquatic Ruin. That said the music from S1 is so hard to beat, Marble Zone, SpringyardZone and Starlight Zone are awesome. The switch to guitar lost the tunes, very sadly. If sonic Colours and 4 should learn one lessons it should be to Megaman10 the music.
  • Genericide - July 11, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    It might be easier to just point out which songs from this game AREN'T awesome. Because out of all roughly 20 tracks I can only think of like two. Hell even the OPTIONS music is badass and catchy.
  • Tomsta666 - July 11, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    Sonic 2 is by far my favourite of the oldskool Sonic games, and by far has the best music of the series. Chemical Plant zone and Robotik's theme I have on my phone that I use as ringtones!!
  • shyfonzie - July 10, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Yeah Sonic music!
  • philipshaw - July 10, 2010 9:58 a.m.

    Good pick but for me Chemical Plant zone is the best sonic song out of any of the games. The song always gets me pumped
  • SexualTyrannosaurus - July 10, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    This is the first game I ever played around with a Sound Test in. Admittedly, it was originally so I could put in the level select code (19, 65, 9, 17), but I found myself hanging out on songs to really take in the music. Compared to most people, Chemical Plant Zone is one of my least favorites. As far as regular game music, I think the Final Boss is some of the catchiest boss music ever made while still being ominous. And the Sky Chase tune is so sparkly and groovy, it's my favorite zone music. But what really held my attention in the Sound Test was the music I didn't hear in single player. The unused Hidden Palace Zone music is a little repetitive but very mystical and dreamy. And I didn't get to play the 2-player Races much, but they each had FANTASTIC unique music. Emerald Hill, Aquatic Ruins, Casino Night, and Mystic Cave, all with (in my opinion) the best music in the game. Topped off with a RIDICULOUSLY catchy Race Results tune. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d48hVMZQjmU I would sit my 12-year-old self down and just listen to these songs loop over and over. If you never heard these, I can't recommend them enough. Perfect choice for Game Music of the Day.
  • Ded - July 10, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    Mystic Cave zone (one player, that is) is my personal fave from Sonic 2, but you're right, many good tracks :D
  • DarkTone - July 10, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    Instant Classsic! Chemical zone, Special zone and Super Sonic are the beasts of the game though.
  • goochbiscuit - July 9, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Chemical plant zone is so my favorite. To this day I still wake up with it stuck in my head for no reason at all.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 9, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    No Chemical Plant and all Oil Ocean makes Tortoise a dull boy. SERIOUSLY, WHERE THE F*** IS CHEMICAL PLANT ZONE?
  • Squander - July 9, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Chemical Plant Zone!!? Best Sonic Song ever!
  • verysneakysir - July 9, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    wow I remember this music! It's ingrained deep in my brain from when I was six years old...
  • Mechamorbo - July 9, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    I love Sonic music! It brings me back so much... I know there's probably better out there, but I made my house a Sonic house, so in my head it's still the best.
  • Edthefreak - July 9, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    Ah my favorite Sonic game with some of my favorite game music. I can't really pick ANY of the songs as my favorite. But when I was a kid and reached Hill Top Zone, that music has stuck with me ever since. I'll never be able to forget it. It's such a wacky but still good song. Also, I have the problem where I can't listen to the songs without hearing the Duane and Brando Sonic Rap over half of them. xD
  • Cleanser247 - July 9, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    Nice song choice : D This reminds me of the old Sonic commercials for kids about being safe back in TalkRadar 100. Funny as hell. Great song Brett! Keep up the awesome work!
  • FunkSoulBrother - July 9, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    Sorry spelled your name wrong two t's I'll remember that.
  • FunkSoulBrother - July 9, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    Sorry Bret always look at the pages but forget to post well about the musc two words FREAKING GOOD I getting this on my ipod asap. Of the three the hedgehog heaven was my favorite. And to go back a little the bully slingshot song is still stuck in my head. Great job once again can't wait till tomorrow to check out the new tunes
  • NdIGiTy - July 9, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    I always thought the music in Metropolis Zone was quite good.
  • Nocens - July 9, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    Chemical Plant Zone's music would be my favorite one from Sonic 2. I think I hated the water levels too much to ever enjoy their music.
  • Tenfey - July 9, 2010 9:01 p.m.

    Sonic 2 is still the most ballin.

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