AR: I’m a life-long Sonic fan. Sure, I’ve had a rough relationship with the series since the turn of the millennium, but I still love the series deep down. I just tend to be a harsh critic of it. Sonic 4 Episode II is my latest title to criticize. This is the latest 2.5D revival of Sonic, featuring 3D graphics, but gameplay on an entirely-two-dimensional plane. Sonic is partnered with Tails, which allows him to fly briefly through the levels, along with other new abilities. The levels are new designs based on themes inspired by the classic Sonic games. In particular, Sonic 2 has a telling influence on the levels in this game.