ReviOUYA Review #32 – Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 is part 2 to the Sonic 4 Series.  Made by Sega, you play as both Sonic and Tails going on their second adventure trying to defeat the ever persistent Dr. Eggman from destroying the lands and creating his Robotnik City.  What more, Dr. Eggman has brought back some help from a previous Sonic game.

Graphics: 9.5/10

Everything in this game is absolutely stunning.  the landscapes are fully 3D including a large percentage of the backgrounds.  There are even some well placed lighting effects in some of the levels such as in Sylvania Castle.  Act 3 of Sylvania castle is placed in the night and also looks fantastic.  The other levels are quite beautiful to look at as well, everything well placed, dynamic, and simply stunning.  The only issue had is there is the odd framerate drop in a small area both in Sylvania Castle Zone and White Park Zone.  Otherwise, the game runs smoothly, and looks beautiful.  Even the special stages are fantastic to look at.  The characters themselves, including Eggman, the machines and the animals are all smoothed out and looking slick.

Butter couldn’t look smoother.

Sounds: 10/10

This game has some of the most defining music out of the Sonic 4 series of games.  One of the most memorable possibly being the Metal Sonic boss theme as it adds dramatic tension, as well as gives the feeling of an undefeated enemy.  Each Act in every zone has its own track, each distinctively different from the last, but not different enough to think that it is a different zone.  The sound effects are crystal clear as well, including having the quite-satisfying enemy hit noise, whenever sonic makes a direct hit on a badnik.

Gameplay: 10/10

This game has really well-designed levels, everything flows very well from beginning to end, while still adding traps to prevent a streamlined run across the stage to the finish line.  Using the Sonic & Tails moves also add onto the gameplay dynamic, allowing finding hidden, faster routes.  On top of that, and the dynamically different Zones, there is also tons of replayability.  This consists of not only the Special Stages, but also finding the secret red rings, hidden somewhere in each level.  Not only that, but owning Episode 1 of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 unlocks more content, allowing to play as Metal Sonic in the Sonic 4 Episode 1 stages, basically a prequel to the actual game.

Overall:

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is not only a dynamic game, but a wild ride from beginning to end.  Going from each stage, and facing each boss is a constant fun time.  The Final Boss is also phenomenally done.  Certainly one of the better platformers on the OUYA.  Highly recommended to all who are in the mood for a speedy platformer.

Graphics: 9.5/10
Sounds: 10/10
Gameplay: 10/10

Overall: 9.8/10

Push Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 on to your OUYA now! Free to Try, Price $2.99

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