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Sonic Drift 2,[a] released in Europe as Sonic Drift Racing, is a kart racing game by Sega for the Game Gear. The game serves as a sequel to Sonic Drift, and was released in Japan and Europe in March 1995, and later in North America in November 1995. It added three characters: Knuckles, Fang the Sniper, and Metal Sonic, and marked the first time the last two were playable characters.

Sonic Drift 2
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Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Sega
Director(s)Katsuhiro Hasegawa
Composer(s)
SeriesSonic the Hedgehog
Platform(s)Game Gear
Release
Genre(s)Kart racing
Mode(s)Single-player

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GameplayEdit

 
The player as Metal Sonic in a race with Knuckles the Echidna, Fang the Sniper, and Dr. Eggman.

The gameplay is similar to Sonic Drift, but with minor changes.

In the game's Chaos GP mode, players are awarded with Chaos Emeralds should they come in 1st within a GP. Alongside Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Dr. Eggman, there are three additional playable characters: Metal Sonic, Fang, and Knuckles. Metal Sonic drives the Blue Devil, a convertible sports car with high speed and bad handling. His special ability is the High-Speed Dash, but unlike Sonic's High-Speed Dash, it requires 3 rings to use and is much more powerful. Fang drives the Marvelous Queen, a modified airbike with good speed and acceleration, but has poor handling. He also tosses Oil Balls that make opponents spin out after a while. Knuckles drives the Tempest, a car based on the Hummer H1 that has balanced stats. Unlike most characters, Knuckles has two abilities in the game. He can punch nearby racers to make them spin out and drop a ring, but if there aren't any nearby, he will jump.

ReceptionEdit

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the game a 19 out of 40.[3] GamePro's Sir Garnabus commented that, "Hairpin turns, bombs in the road, and competitors who never give up make Sonic Drift 2 Game Gear racing at its best." He also praised the detailed graphics, controls, and the use of a different musical piece for each track.[4]

In a review of the Sonic Gems Collection compilation, GameSpot described the game as "basically unplayable because of poor handling and a really short horizon".[5]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Japanese: ソニックドリフト2 (ツー) Hepburn: Sonikku Dorifuto Tsū?

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "[セガハード大百科] ゲームギア対応ソフトウェア(セガ発売)". Sega. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-04.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "Sonic Drift 2". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (68): 69. March 1995.
  3. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: ソニックドリフト2. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.327. Pg.41. 24 March 1995.
  4. ^ "ProReview: Sonic Drift 2". GamePro. No. 89. IDG. February 1996. p. 80.
  5. ^ "Sonic Gems Collection Review". GameSpot.

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