As far as game icons go, you don't get much bigger than Sonic. For all the talk of "next generation" gaming, photo realistic graphics, hyper real facial animations and movie quality voice acting, if you stop your average punter on the street and ask him or her to name three video game characters, one of them is guaranteed to be Sonic the Hedgehog. And Sega, which is fully aware of the continuing popularity of its blue-skinned hero, is still happy to pump out game after game featuring the quick-witted little speedster over 15 years after he first exploded onto the scene.
So, is the PSP exclusive Sonic Rivals 2 a worthy addition to the Sonic the Hedgehog game compendium, or is it a pile of steaming cow dung? Read on.