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#5: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Platform
1992

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a special game for me. It was the first game I ever fell in love with (I actually played the original after). It was the game that showed me how amazing video games could be, and how much they could achieve. It turned me into a Sonic fan, and after that Sonic was my hero. But more than that, Sonic 2 is a brilliant game that hones the experience set by its predecessor. The added spin dash gives Sonic his signature move and it also introduces Miles "Tails" Prower (Get it? Miles Prower? Miles Per Hour? Genius!), Mecha Sonic, and the Death Egg, an awesome homage to Star Wars. The music is brilliant, the graphics pixel perfect, and the level design fast, frantic, and unforgettable. Sonic 2 represents my start into this crazy thing called the entertainment industry, and I'll be forever grateful.