Sega Ages on Switch Reviews (Part 4)

Sega Ages on Switch Reviews (Part 4)

A couple top-notch sequels and G-LOC

A.J. Maciejewski

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The Sega Ages line-up of game ports has seen a fantastic collection of classics so far and here are 3 more titles to enjoy on your Switch.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review Switch ★★★★☆

Although Sonic the Hedgehog had a wonderful debut, this sequel really went above and beyond and it remains many fans' favourite.

Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 screenshot
Yes, you can play Knuckles in Sonic 2!

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is probably the most iconic and easily recognizable game in the long-running franchise. My favourite aspect of it is the amount of variety within the stages which feature many cool hazards, gimmicks, and fun boss fights. Plus, being able to spin dash is a huge improvement as it allows you to gain an extra boost whenever the situation calls for it. I also enjoy the special stages where you run down a half-pipe although I'm admittedly not very good at them. There's the 2 player versus mode, too, as well as some extra features such as Ring Keep Mode and a couple of challenges which is similar to the original Sonic the Hedgehog Sega Ages release. Although all of this is great, I wish there was more content, especially considering Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has been around for a long time.

Even if you own Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on a dozen consoles, playing it again on Switch is worth it for the few extras and portability.

Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 gameplay video → Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 manual →

Puyo Puyo 2 Review Switch ★★★★☆

It's awesome that the original Puyo Puyo games are finally being ported to modern consoles so here's the delightful sequel.

Sega Ages: Puyo Puyo 2 screenshot
Is there anything more satisfying than clearing your playfield?

Last year saw the release of the original Puyo Puyo which made me very happy as a huge fan of the series and this sequel is just as entertaining and charming. The most notable change is the fact that the gameplay is much more balanced and refined which makes competing against friends or the AI much more exciting. Believe it or not, one such refinement is the ability to cancel garbage puyos from materializing if you perform a good enough chain. Yes, that was new at the time and has become a series staple since. Anyway, you can challenge either local or online players in addition to the arcade and endurance modes where you face computer-controlled opponents. Again, I wish there were more extras but what we have here is a fantastic puzzler that's definitely a blast to play even today.

Puyo Puyo 2 refined the formula that its predecessor introduced in such clever ways that its gameplay persisted through the ages.

Sega Ages: Puyo Puyo 2 gameplay video → Sega Ages: Puyo Puyo 2 manual →

G-LOC: Air Battle Review Switch ★★★☆☆

As one of Sega's lesser-known titles, G-LOC: Air Battle is indeed an oddity to behold but is it fun to play in this day and age?

Sega Ages: G-LOC: Air Battle screenshot
I'm about to lose my consciousness but I don't think it's from the g-force...

G-LOC: Air Battle is a 1990 arcade game that I honestly haven't heard of even though I'm a classic arcade aficionado. You basically pilot a fighter plane in first-person while shooting and firing homing missiles at enemy planes. The goal is to shoot down a certain amount so you can move on to the next stage. Once you run out of time, it's game over which is a lot like Sega's iconic racer Out Run.

I'm glad that Sega is porting games like this and not just sticking to their well-known titles but it is kind of rough to thoroughly enjoy nowadays. In other words, its simple action-packed gameplay may have been exciting 30 years ago but now, the frustration factor hasn't aged well. Specifically, being able to make out exactly what you're looking at can be challenging and targeting foes with your vulcan is needlessly difficult. It's cool that you have the opportunity to evade incoming missiles, though, and it can be fun in short bursts.

Some classic arcade games haven't quite held up and although G-LOC: Air Battle is one such game; it still offers some short-lived fun.

Sega Ages: G-LOC: Air Battle gameplay video → Sega Ages: G-LOC: Air Battle manual →
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