Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Xbox Live Arcade review

The sultan of speed makes a quick return

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Classic Sonic gameplay

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    Classic Sonic visuals

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    Multiplayer support


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    No online co-op

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    Frequent bottomless pits

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    Smoothed graphics

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Sept 17, 2007

Sonic the Hedgehog threw the videogame world for a loop when the game was released in 1991. It was really the first time another mascot game stood toe-to-toe with Nintendo’s mustachioed plumber. Sega kept the pressure on by releasing Sonic 2 a year later. Sonic’s second outing was faster, contained all-new worlds to explore, and was the debut of the now-standard spin-dash move. It was also the first time the world got to meet Sonic’s little sidekick fox, Miles “Tails” Prower. Fifteen years later, this 16-bit masterpiece holds up surprisingly well on the Xbox 360 - especially considering the asking price.

More info

DescriptionAnother must-buy game for your virtual library - this time starring a blue-haired speedster and classic 2D platform marathoning gameplay.
Franchise nameSonic the Hedgehog
UK franchise nameSonic the Hedgehog
Platform"Xbox 360"
US censor rating"Everyone"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)