Friday, May 22, 2015

Sega's Sonic 2 Review


Hello Gamers!!! Gaming QUEEN here! Guess what today is?!? *the answer is above you* Yup, it's FLASHBACK Friday!!! Today, you will be whisked off to the fabulous year of 1992. *Ah, the 90's*
My RETRO minion has a special review for you today:

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Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Developed by Sonic Team. Published by *singsong style* SEGA. It also happens to be the second best selling game on the Genesis at over SIX million copies!

Sonic 2 Review

      Sonic the Hedgehog has grown to become a gaming ICON.  He has graced dozens of games, shirts, cartoon shows, toy lines, et al.  He has become a force in the gaming world just like the rotund Italian plumber he was created to compete against.  Sonic's first foray into gaming came on the Sega Master System to little fanfare.  Eventually, this game was ported to the brand new Sega Mega Drive or Genesis in North America.  Sonic 2 helped place Sega as the top video game company in the world for a while and created a huge demand for more games like Sonic.


In late 1992, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 released in all regions.  It was received with great praise and excitement.  Many were happy to see the game come to market as a sequel, that did little to change the wonderful gameplay that the first title was known for.  In this iteration, Sonic is still trying to stop the evil Robotnik from stealing Chaos Emeralds.  This time around though, he has help from his little, brilliant fox friend, Miles “Tails” Prower.  In gameplay, Tails tags along behind Sonic whilst running and jumping through the stages.  The game even allows for two player fun with the second player having command of the young fox.

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This is a very colorful game with nice backgrounds, and the nice animations for Sonic and Tails look amazing for a 16-bit system.  The sound quality is great and matches each stage, setting a mood appropriate to the level content.  As usual, this game is fast and almost feels, at times, that the player has little to no control over the game once Sonic gets to top speeds.  The game is reasonably difficult as the fast pace makes it hard to see enemies one comes up on whilst running and jumping.  Sonic has to collect rings throughout the level to ensure his health.  Every time he touches an enemy, a huge cloud of rings bursts forth from him.  The player must try to recollect these rings, but it never fails that they are mostly all lost.  As long as Sonic has just one ring in his possession, he is safe from the dreaded GAME OVER!!! That is SO frustrating!!! X__X


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sold well over 6 million copies and became a great piece of ammunition for Sega in the 16-bit wars against Nintendo's Super NES and NEC's TurboGRafx 16.  Obviously, since the nineties, Sonic has gone on to be a household name in gaming.  Though he no longer has a home console, he has been ported to countless other systems, even Nintendo machines!  Sonic 2 is a must play for retro gaming fans and for lovers of 16-bit beauty!

We give this game 9/10 ROCKIN' STARS!!!!!

As the saying goes, GET TO GAMING!!!! 

Friday, May 1, 2015


Hello Gamers!! Gaming Queen here with another segment of FLASHBACK FRIDAY! Today, my minion from Front Porch Gaming has a special treat for you! This game brings out my innner BEASTMODE!!! Here it is, without further adieu, GALAGA!!!

    Competition.  The term evokes images of sports and the competitive athletes who strive to be the best and take out the opposing team or rival.  These images can extend to the world of video games as well.  My family and I have a long running competition trying to one-up each other over today's flashback game.  This game is the sequel to the very successful 1979 arcade classic, Galaxian.  Released in 1981, Galaga improves on Galaxian in every way.  Galaga turned out to be a very successful arcade game as well.  Galaga has also been ported to several consoles all over the world.  There have also been great remakes and spin offs, such as Galaga '88 for the TurboGrafx 16 system.  This is a game that just breeds competition amongst friends, family, and strangers.

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     The premise of the game is to shoot down aliens that fly in to create a formation before every wave.  Once the aliens get lined up, they start coming down and attacking in formations and singles.  They shoot rather large bombs that kill the players ship in one hit.  Collisions with any of the aliens also kills the player's ship.  The player shoots up at the invaders and can move back and forth across the bottom of the screen.  Unlike its predecessor, Galaxian, the player's ship can shoot more than one bullet at a time. Every third stage, there is a challenging stage where the aliens fly in tight formations and the player is tasked with shooting as many as possible as the formations fly through the screen. The points pile up while shooting away at screen after screen of these alien ships.  Herein lies the competition factor.

      This game is very easy and very hard at the same time.  It's easy to get the gameplay mechanic down, but the difficulty is very steep and only gets harder as the stages progress.  The replay value of this game is very high because of this.  The game is very colorful and has great sound effects for a game of this era.
    Currently my wife has the household record for Galaga, but her days are numbered.  This is one of those classic games that brings out the competitive spirit in everyone.  I highly recommend this game to any style of gamer.  Pick up a copy for the Nintendo Entertainment System, because an arcade cabinet will set you back quite a bit. Enjoy and game on!


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