TVD Music Saturday: Sonic the Hedgehog 2


The site was down for an undetermined amount of time on what was then Friday, so here come's TVD Music Saturday this week. Doing so, lets take it back to the early 1990's. Nintendo and Sega are battling it out for console supremacy. Sega does what Nintendon't, right? Well, it doesn't matter this day and age, but there was one thing that can universally be agreed upon. Sonic the Hedgehog had some kick-ass music. Mario was in its own way just as cool, yet the game music that sticks with me to this day most is from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I kid you not when I say I can hum/sing or what have you -- every track from Sonic 2 in or out of order on a whim like the game just came out yesterday.

Forgetting the history of Sonic past Sonic 2, there's no mistaking the fact that I and many other's who grew up (us 80's/early 90's kids) with Sonic in their lives will never tire of the soundtrack of Sonic 2. Outside of the forgetful Aquatic Ruin track (hey, duds are even in Sonic 2) every track in that game is masterful. Saying "they don't make music like they used to" normally signal's that you're officially old and  that statement would be true in some terms. Yet, if being old (mind you I haven't hit 30 yet) means you can now appreciate the splendor of Sonic 2's music then bring on the old jokes kiddo's. The Mystic Cave Zone aided by the "Blast Processing" of the Genesis/Mega Drive with its Yamaha YM 2612 sound chip is what videogame audio dreams are made of. Who would have thought a videogame could actually have creepy music that gave you the illusion of being in a forest after an era of 1 pixel blocks were the mediums representations of humanoids prior?

Like many, the Chemical Plant Zone track is ingrained into the minds of gamers everywhere who played this game at its golden time in 1992 as a kid.