Sonic 4 Episode 1 was a pleasant surprise when it came out. Does Episode 2 live up to the expectations set by the first? Not exactly.
It’s not entirely bad however, the gameplay refinements are nicely done, it does feel a lot more like Sonic 2 in terms of the momentum and feel. The graphics are appealing, nothing too fancy, but it’s nice. The tag team moves are fun, destroying stuff rolling in a ball was sweet, swimming and flying were alright, definitely makes it easier to navigate. Some of the boss battles start off by making you believe they are just rehashed old battles, but then reveal something entirely new, which was a cool touch. The chaos emeralds make a return to the classic half pipe style, Sonic 2 special stages. Honestly, these are the only good parts of the game I have to talk about, let’s move on to why I think the game is not great.