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One of the best Sonic The Hedgehog games - and best 2D platformers ever - is currently available to download and keep forever. That's right kids, the iconic 1992 classic Sonic The Hedgehog 2 can be yours for the rest of time if you head on over to Steam right now. For the low price of nothing, it really is one of the better deals you'll find this year.
Why is Sonic's very first sequel currently free on Steam? I have absolutely no idea. It isn't celebrating a Birthday until November, so I guess SEGA was just feeling charitable? You'll hear no complaints from me. As I'm sure you've already gathered, I adore Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and currently own it on GameCube 3DS, and Nintendo Switch. Oh, and I've obviously just now added it to my Steam library.
If you've never played Sonic The Hedgehog 2, now is the time. It really is a classic of the genre, one of the blue blur's best games, and a seriously good time all around.
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Not only does it improve on the original game in every conceivable way with faster levels, brighter worlds, and more secret areas, it's also the game that introduced the world to Super Sonic. Finding all of the hidden Chaos Emeralds and blazing through levels at blistering speeds as a souped-up hog is easily one of gaming's coolest hidden rewards, and well worth it. Of course you can just put cheats in to unlock Super Sonic if you really want.
Oh, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 introduced us to Tails! Mercifully, it's also the game that had the good sense to stop at just one fluffy companion. If you were to assemble all of Sonic's friends in a room today it'd resemble a Furry convention. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was content to let us party with a hedgehog and his fox mate. Nice and simple.
If the classic 2D Sonic games aren't quite your cup of tea, however, SEGA has also drastically marked down some of the speedster's better 3D outings. While not free, the likes of Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle are less than £1 each, which is just silly. With rumours swirling that SEGA could announce Sonic Adventure 3 next year, you might as well revisit the originals, right?
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