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Sonic Rivals 2 is a racing video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that was developed by Backbone Entertainment under the supervision of Sega Studio USA. It is the sequel to Sonic Rivals. The game was released exclusively for the PlayStation Portable handheld video game console in North America on 13 November 2007 and in Europe and Australia in the following month and like its prequel, the game was not released in Japan.

The game was then re-released as a digital downloadable game from the PlayStation Store on October 2009 in North America, August 2010 in Europe and October 2010 in Australia. The digital version is also compatible with the PlayStation Vita.

Plot

Storylines

Sonic and Tails

Sonic the Hedgehog meets up with Miles "Tails" Prower, who recently told Sonic that he had something important to tell him: a huge amount of Chao have gone missing. Tails believes that Dr. Eggman is behind the disappearances and that he is currently located on Blue Coast Zone, the island where Sonic and Tails are. Sonic agrees to go after him, but wonders why he would want Chao.

During their search, Sonic comes across Knuckles the Echidna and Rouge the Bat, who have teamed up to hunt down the Master Emerald. Sonic jokingly enquires if they are on a date. Knuckles, telling Sonic to knock it off, asks if he has seen Eggman. Sonic seems peeved by Knuckles trying to pry into his business, at which point Knuckles awkwardly admits to Sonic that the Master Emerald has gone missing again. Sonic is not surprised by this but insists that he must talk to Eggman before Knuckles does. Knuckles angrily shouts after him to wait up but to no avail. Upset that Sonic wants to get to Eggman first, Knuckles tries to race him there. Afterward, Knuckles suggests they engage in some physical combat instead of racing each other. Sonic thinks that means Knuckles is getting worn out, which only makes Knuckles angrier and causes him to fight Sonic.

Meanwhile, Tails speaks to Rouge, who tells him she is "looking for treasure", meaning the Master Emerald. Like Knuckles, she wonders if Tails knows where Eggman is. Tails tells her he is on the island, and that he and Sonic were about to go and search for him, but before he can finish, Rouge leaves, saying her thanks and assuring Tails she will tell Eggman they're looking for him. A distraught Tails tells her she cannot do that, or they'll never find him. He begs her to wait up, but it's too late.

After Sonic beats Knuckles, he runs into Eggman, who has been told by Rouge that he is looking for him. Sonic affirms this, then asks what he has done with the Chao. Eggman claims he has done nothing, but Sonic does not buy it and swears he knows he kidnapped them and wants to know what he is up to. Eggman plays miffed and calls Sonic's behavior "rude" that he'd assume like that. Then, he asks Sonic if he'd like to talk about it with his new robot, the Egg Liner, when Knuckles shows up again, claiming he and Rouge want to talk to Eggman as well.

However, after the battle, Sonic and Tails lost track of Eggman in Sunset Forest Zone. On top of that, they are lost. Suddenly, Tails notices something on the ground. It turns out to be a page from a book that Eggman dropped in his flight, reading "The all powerful Ifrit." Sonic, confused, suggests to Tails that they get out of the forest. Tails agrees, wondering if the Ifrit has anything to do with the missing Chao. However, Espio the Chameleon was spying on them and noticed what they'd found. He shows concern, then says he had better report what he saw. He notices that his friend, Silver the Hedgehog is following Sonic, so he surmises that he should follow Tails. However, it isn't long before Sonic realizes someone's behind him. At this point, Silver makes himself known and tells Sonic to "move aside." Sonic, on the other hand, greets him cordially and asks if he is looking for Eggman as well. However, Silver is persistent and again tells Sonic to move. Sonic comments that Silver never changes, then says he will have to find Eggman before him, as well. After fighting (and defeating) Silver, Sonic remarks that it was fun, but that he does not have time for games. Silver replies that he does not either, then suggests that they finish their fight now. Sonic agrees.

While that is going on, Tails, who had fallen behind Sonic earlier, suddenly feels like someone is following him. Espio comments on Tails' observance, then goes ahead and makes himself known. He asks if he is searching for something and if something is wrong. This catches Tails off-guard, but he quickly recovers and explains to Espio that he and Sonic are looking for Eggman while "trying to figure out what's up with the Chao disappearances." Espio seems surprised by this (unbeknownst to Tails, Espio is searching for the missing Chao too), and asks if Tails has any leads. Tails apologizes, claiming he cannot tell Espio anything and that he has to catch up to Sonic, then leaves. Espio calls for him to wait, and that he still has questions. Realizing Tails is too far away, he decides he still needs to follow Tails.

After Tails caught up with Sonic, they, along with Espio and Silver, find Eggman. Eggman comments on how persistent Sonic and Tails are and Sonic points out that if Eggman does not have anything to do with the missing Chao, why is he running? Tails shows him the page he dropped earlier and starts to ask him what it means, when Eggman becomes alarmed, asking where he got it. Suddenly, Silver butts in, saying there's no more time for small talk, and tries to get Eggman to listen to him. Sonic gets annoyed by this, telling Silver to "chill." However, Eggman simply snatches the paper away from Tails and pits them against his robot, the Egg Crawler.

Unfortunately, Eggman manages to get away again, this time headed for Neon Palace Zone. Luckily, Tails spots some more pages from Eggman's book that have fallen out. They read, "The Ifrit had the power of destruction, and the power to bind one's soul." Sonic notices that that sounds really powerful, and that "it cannot be good." Just then, he sees Shadow the Hedgehog, who is with Metal Sonic, and asks what he is doing there. Shadow says he does not have time to talk, then commands Metal to follow him. Sonic is shocked to see Metal again, working with Shadow. Sonic tells Tails he has a bad feeling because trouble seems to follow Metal everywhere. Tails agrees and says they should follow them. Sonic says he will catch up with Shadow, and Tails agrees to hunt down Metal. After getting to Shadow, Sonic asks him what's going on. Shadow tells him bluntly that he is looking for Knuckles and Rouge, then tells him to get out of his way. However, Sonic isn't finished asking questions, and wants to know what he wants with them, and why he is with Metal. Shadow claims he has no time to explain, so he will have to knock Sonic out. Sonic accepts his challenge. After the skirmish, Sonic manages to find Eggman once more and asks him what he is trying to hide. Eggman claims it does not concern him, then shows him another robot, the Egg Dealer. Shadow, whom Sonic and Tails managed to catch up to, prepares to fight it, as well. Sonic bets that he and Tails can destroy it before Shadow can.

However, Eggman escapes for the fourth time, so Sonic and Tails track him down to Frontier Canyon Zone. Tails finds yet another page from his book. This one reads, "The Ifrit destroyed the entire..." Sonic solidly feels like the Ifrit has something to do with the Chao. Just then, Knuckles and Rouge appear, and Rouge asks them how they've been doing. Tails asks what they're doing there. Rouge states that they're still looking for the Master Emerald, "that someone carelessly left unguarded." Knuckles gets mad at this remark, but Rouge ignores him and continues that they have an Emerald Detector, but that they need Rings to keep it powered up. She asks if they can help her. Sonic agrees, then instructs Tails to come with him and find some Rings. However, while Sonic is hunting for some Rings, Espio is spying on him. He says that he and Silver need Rings also, but that he can catch up to Sonic. Meanwhile, Tails is having a hard time finding many Rings; he wonders how Sonic's coming along. Unfortunately, Espio appears before Sonic and says he need his Rings. This startles Sonic, and Espio uses the opportunity to nab them. However, Sonic isn't having it and demands for them back, and a fight ensues. Thankfully, Tails ends up collecting enough Rings for both Knuckles and Rouge. Not so thankfully, Silver appears and takes them. After grouping back up, Sonic and Tails go on the hunt for Espio and Silver, but they cannot find them. Eggman overhears them, so Sonic is happy they've found him yet again. Sonic asks, if he is not responsible for the missing Chao, then what is he doing. Eggman quips if he told him, it would "ruin the surprise.", but he makes a deal: if he defeats the Egg Bull, he will give him a clue. However, Silver reappears, instructing Sonic and Tails to "step aside," so he and Espio can talk to him first. However, Sonic does not listen. After the battle, Sonic asks Eggman for the clue. Eggman breaks down and tells him that "the Ifrit is about to be released," that there is a mysterious mansion containing a portal to their dimension, "And the Ifrit must be stopped..." then leaves. Sonic mentions he should go after Eggman some more. Tails reminds him that the mansion should be nearby and that they should hurry.

After arriving in Mystic Haunt Zone, Sonic and Tails split up to look for the portal. Sonic remarks on the creepiness of the old house, wondering where the portal is. Suddenly, he hears a strange noise, only for a ghostly version of himself to appear, cackling evilly. Sonic freaks out, realizing the resemblance between himself and the ghost. The ghost laughs some more, prompting Sonic to try and leave. However, the ghost simply chases him around. Meanwhile, Tails is regretting having suggested they split up, afraid that the mansion truly is haunted. Unfortunately, Tails comes across a ghost doppelganger as well. Sonic cannot seem to get rid of the ghost. Suddenly, it changes it's appearance to that of Tails. Sonic decides that he will have to fight the ghost to get rid of it. After doing so, he finds Eggman. However, Tails notices that he looks slightly different. Suddenly, their ghost selves come back. Sonic observes that Eggman appears to be possessed by a ghost, "too." Sonic accepts that they'll have to fight him and his Eggmobile, which is disguised as a spirit and called the Egg Phantom. However, Eggman escapes a final time into the Chaotic Inferno Zone.

Exploring the mansion some more, Tails finds a secret room where hundreds of Chao are sealed away. Sonic's suspicions proved right, he instructs Tails to get the Chao to a safe place. Sonic finds another strange door and wonders if it leads to the portal. Tails deduces that Eggman used it to escape, but the door begins closing. Determined not to let Eggman get away again, they jump through. Pressed for time, Sonic who has split up from Tails, rushes to find Eggman before the door shuts. Tails tries to find Eggman on his own for Sonic. After searching for a bit, they come across the Ifrit, who Sonic realizes was trying to be awoken by Eggman all along, rising up. Suddenly, the Ifrit begins controlling Tails' mind to defeat Sonic. While Tails wasn't entirely under the Ifrit's mind control, Sonic knew he'd have to fight them both.

After successfully defeating the Ifrit, thus releasing Tails from its mind control, Tails explains that the Ifrit was originally from Chaos Inferno. However, Sonic was unable to completely take the Ifrit down, prompting Sonic to warn Tails to run away. Tails is shocked at the idea of the Ifrit still being alive, but Sonic pleads Tails to get back to the door before it recovers, saying he will handle it. Unfortunately, before Sonic can get the whole sentence out of his mouth, the Ifrit begins controlling his mind against Tails. Tails then had to fight the Ifrit and Sonic single-handedly. Thankfully, Tails won and got Sonic back, Sonic remarking that the Ifrit wasn't as strong as once thought. However, Tails suggests that it wasn't fully revived when they encountered it. Sonic tells Tails not to worry about it, then suggests they head back to the Chao Garden to relax. However, Tails wonders if they shouldn't be looking for Eggman, but Sonic points out that they destroyed the Ifrit and saved the Chao, so why should they look for Eggman? Tails realizes he is right, only for Sonic to run off.

Knuckles and Rouge

Knuckles the Echidna is frustratingly looking for the missing Master Emerald. He wonders if Dr. Eggman has taken it. Rouge the Bat appears, and Knuckles asks her if she has seen it. She has not, but she offers to help him find it. Knuckles claims he does not need her help and points out her notorious way of helping people only if she gets something out of it. Rouge replies, saying she wants to find the Chaos Emeralds for herself and could use some help. Knuckles figured this, but Rouge also offers to show him where Eggman is. Knuckles gives it up, having no other choice.

Later, they run into Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower in Blue Coast Zone. Sonic jokingly enquires if they are on a date. Knuckles, telling Sonic to knock it off, asks if he has seen Eggman. Sonic seems peeved by Knuckles trying to pry into his business, at which point Knuckles awkwardly admits to Sonic that the Master Emerald has gone missing again. Sonic is not surprised by this but insists that he must talk to Eggman before Knuckles does. Knuckles angrily shouts after him to wait up but to no avail. Upset that Sonic wants to get to Eggman first, Knuckles tries to race him there. Afterward, Knuckles suggests they engage in some physical combat instead of racing each other. Sonic thinks that means Knuckles is getting worn out, which only makes Knuckles angrier and causes him to fight Sonic.

Meanwhile, Tails speaks to Rouge, who tells him she is "looking for treasure", meaning the Master Emerald. Like Knuckles, she wonders if Tails knows where Eggman is. Tails tells her he is on the island, and that he and Sonic were about to go and search for him, but before he can finish, Rouge leaves, saying her thanks and assuring Tails she will tell Eggman they're looking for him. A distraught Tails tells her she cannot do that, or they'll never find him. He begs her to wait up, but it's too late.

After beating Sonic, Knuckles enquire of Eggman where the Master Emerald is located. Eggman claims he does not know what he is talking about, then whines about always being the first person blamed when something goes missing. Rouge sympathizes with him. Eggman pits them against his robot, the Egg Liner. Sonic challenges them to see which team can defeat the robot first.

Unfortunately, after the fight, Eggman escapes into the Sunset Forest Zone. Rouge tells Knuckles to "take it easy" and points out that Eggman probably has some sort of Emerald Detector. Knuckles agrees. However, Shadow the Hedgehog spots them and points them out to Metal Sonic, telling him they need to get the Emeralds before they do. He instructs Metal to follow Rouge, and he will personally go after Knuckles. Knuckles is shocked to see Shadow, who asks him what he is doing in the forest. Knuckles tells him about the missing Master Emerald. Shadow points out how difficult it will be to find it in the forest. Knuckles explains they are going to use Eggman's Emerald Detector. Shadow seems surprised that an Emerald Detector even exists, but quickly tells Knuckles that he and Metal cannot let him get the Emeralds, triggering Knuckles into fighting him. Afterward, Knuckles asks why Shadow why he is trying to get in his way. Shadow assures Knuckles that he does not need to know anything and that he and Metal won't be around the area much longer, anyway. Knuckles seems confused by this, but Shadow proposes to knock him out.

Meanwhile, Rouge is grumbling about Knuckles running off and leaving her. Suddenly, Metal Sonic appears. Rouge angrily tells him to stop stalking her. After fighting him, she meets back up with Knuckles, and they find Eggman. Rouge enquires about his Emerald Detector. Eggman does not know where she got that information, but he does indeed have one. Rouge expresses her desire for it, but Eggman won't let her have it so easily. However, Knuckles, who is getting impatient, demands he hand it over immediately. This only causes Eggman to throw another robot at them, the Egg Crawler. Meanwhile, Shadow tells Metal Sonic that they must beat Knuckles and Rouge to the Master Emerald.

Afterward, in Neon Palace Zone, Rouge compliments Knuckles on helping her find the Emerald Detector. Knuckles mutters a "thanks," but then the Detector begins to beep. Knuckles hopes it's the Master Emerald, but Rouge says it's going off because of all the surrounding Chao. However, Knuckles tells her to ignore them and search nearby. Unbeknownst to them, Espio the Chameleon and Silver the Hedgehog are watching them. Espio tells Silver that Knuckles and Rouge found two of the Chao, and asks if they should follow them. Silver thinks so and tells Espio that he will obtain the Chao from Knuckles, while Espio distracts Rouge. While Knuckles realizes the Emerald Detector is low on fuel and needs more Rings, Silver appears. He demands to have the Chao. Knuckles willingly gives him the Chao, as he is more focused on collecting Rings. Silver thanks him. Curious, Knuckles asks him about the Chao. Silver tells him that he has to to save Knuckles' world, or else his will be destroyed as well. Knuckles thinks he is crazy for thinking the Chao can help. This causes Silver to get miffed and fight him. Knuckles readily accepts it.

During this, Espio startles Rouge. He enquires about the Chao she has. She does not want it, but Espio realizes that since the Detector was going off, the Chao must be sitting on top of an Emerald. Espio takes it, prompting Rouge to race him.

Afterward, Knuckles and Rouge track down Eggman again. Knuckles isn't happy with the less-than-desirable results that they had with his Detector, and he thinks Eggman already knows where the Master Emerald is located. Eggman gives him a vague response that ticks Knuckles off. Silver steps in, saying he needs to speak with Eggman and to leave. Rouge chides Silver for trying to boss them around when they're so much older than he is (even though he is actually quite close in age to Knuckles). Angry, Eggman gives them all a robot to battle: the Egg Dealer.

After the battle with Eggman, Knuckles and Rouge head to Frontier Canyon Zone to keep looking for the Master Emerald. However, Knuckles is upset that Eggman got away, in addition to the fact that the Detector still isn't picking up anything. He instructs Rouge to try looking for it by a cactus, however, Rouge responds by telling him not to bother her so she can concentrate. Knuckles reflects on what Silver told him about using the Chao to save the world and suggests that his ESP has made him off in the head, and Rouge agrees. Suddenly, the Detector begins beeping wildly, which makes Rouge think there are not one, but two Emeralds nearby. Knuckles asks about the Master Emerald, then notices Shadow and Metal again. He asks Metal what he is doing there, and when he gets no response, he tells Metal that if he is looking for the Master Emerald, he is looking in the wrong place. Suddenly, Eggman begins trying to speak through Metal's communication device. However, the transmission is bad, and all Knuckles could make out was "grave danger," then Metal began to leave. He tries to catch up but fails. He begins to look for some more Rings for the detector when he notices Metal come back with a new mission: collect Rings. Knuckles realizes he will have to beat him.

Meanwhile, Rouge runs into Shadow. Shadow hints at the Emeralds she has found with the Detector, and he cannot tell her why, but he needs to know how many Emeralds she has found, stressing that it's important. Rouge argues that if it's that important, he can tell her. Shadow caves in and he tells her that the Ifrit is going to be unleashed in their dimension. The key to opening the portal between the dimensions is the Seven Chaos Emeralds. However, Rouge says that the "person who hired her to find the Emeralds" would guard them fiercely. Shadow asks who hired her, and she says it's confidential, then leaves. Shadow goes after her. He catches up to her, and Rouge comments on his speed. Shadow still demands to know who hired her, but she insists she cannot tell, then proceeds to trip Shadow. After Shadow complains, Rouge jokes that he is clumsy.

After fighting him, Rouge meets back up with Knuckles, who tells her something strange is going on. Rouge agrees, then tells him about the Ifrit. However, Rouge suggests that if it gets through, it might go after the Master Emerald. She then begins to say that Shadow is looking for the Chaos Emeralds, but before she can finish, Knuckles interrupts her, thinking that Shadow is looking for the Master Emerald. He then suggests they go find Shadow. Eggman appears, and Knuckles says he knew Eggman was involved. However, Eggman says it has nothing to do with him, and that he needs him out of the way. Then Shadow appears, telling them that Eggman is his.

After Knuckles and Rouge battle Eggman's Egg Bull, they continue to the Mystic Haunt Zone. When Knuckles asks why they're in such a spooky place, Rouge replies that her "client" told her to go there. Knuckles asks about her client, to which Rouge hastily suggests that Eggman must be hiding in the old house. However, Espio and Silver spot them, and Espio asks Silver what they should do. Silver suggests they follow them. This time, Silver advises that Espio go after Knuckles, while he goes after Rouge.

After Knuckles enters the mansion, Espio startles him, as he didn't notice Espio come in. Espio simply states it's because of his chameleon abilities. Knuckles asks if he has seen Shadow or Eggman. Espio says he has not, and wonders why Knuckles wants to know. He explains that he thinks one of them has the Master Emerald. Espio asks why he should care, then tells Knuckles to go away. Knuckles throws off on his help, then goes off to find some more Rings for the detector.

Meanwhile, Rouge meets Silver and makes fun of him for collecting the Chao. Silver simply replies yes, and that someday she will thank him for saving her planet. However, Rouge still laughs at him. Silver just wants her to tell him where they are, but she won't without payment in the form of some Emeralds. Silver tries to explain that it's vitally important that she show him where the Chao are or the Emeralds won't matter, but she won't listen. Silver asks if she will help him, to which she replies no, then leaves, only for Silver to go after her.

During all this, Metal finds Knuckles, who wants to beat him up, thinking it will lead him to Eggman, which it does. Shadow notifies Eggman that Knuckles and Rouge are following him, bringing all but one Emerald with them. He and Metal are searching for the remaining Emerald, and Eggman can do the rest. Eggman congratulates Shadow. Not too long after Shadow arrives, Knuckles appears, grateful that he has finally found them. He demands to know where the Master Emerald is. Eggman laughs, then says he has no Emerald. He then instructs Rouge to hand over the Chaos Emeralds. Rouge is surprised to find out that Eggman was her client all along. However, she changes her mind, insisting that the Emeralds stay with her. Suddenly Silver appears, prompting Knuckles to get fed up with everyone.

After battling, Rouge laments how she never came that close to having all seven Emeralds before. Knuckles hears a strange noise, then notices the portal opening. Rouge is surprised, due to the fact that the portal requires all seven Emeralds to open. Knuckles says it does not matter, they just have to stop it from opening any further to keep the Ifrit from escaping. Rouge protests, but Knuckles insists they go in, grabbing Rouge and taking her with him.

Upon arriving in the Chaotic Inferno Zone, Knuckles admits that he probably should have thought of a better plan before rushing through the portal. However, he cannot find Rouge anywhere, and the area he is in is unstable, so he decides he should leave as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Rouge believed Knuckles ditched her, so she sets out to find him, promising he will pay for what he did to her.

Soon, Knuckles stumbles across the Ifrit, believing Eggman to have stolen the Master Emerald to revive it. Just then, Rouge appeared, prompting Knuckles to complain about her quietness. However, the Ifrit mind-controls Rouge against Knuckles. Even though Rouge is not fully subjected to the mind control, Knuckles has no choice but to fight the both of them to get the Master Emerald back.

After fighting Rouge and the Ifrit, though, there is still no Master Emerald to be seen. Rouge suspects that Eggman still has it. Then, to her dismay, she realizes that the Emerald Detector got damaged. However, it turns out that the Master Emerald was inside the Detector the whole time! Rouge simply comments on how Knuckles never changes, and remarks that he was "pretty dashing and daring this time around." This causes Knuckles to act bashful, only for Rouge to use this opportunity to nab the broken Detector (still containing the Master Emerald) and leave, Knuckles right behind her.

Shadow and Metal Sonic

Shadow the Hedgehog has the notion someone is behind him, and demands they show themself. Dr. Eggman then reveals himself, speaking through Metal Sonic's communication system, and explains that he needs Shadow's help. Shadow questions why Eggman needs his help, and he explains that if he does not help him, the world will be destroyed. Shadow seems surprised by this, then Eggman directs his attention to Espio the Chameleon and Silver the Hedgehog. Eggman instructs Shadow to take Metal with him and go after them. Shadow gives in, but orders Eggman to tell him what he knows afterward. Shadow then tells Metal to go after Espio, and he will find Silver.

Silver notices Shadow approaching him and wonders what he wants. Shadow insists he ask the questions, and enquires why Silver is there and what he is up to. Silver assures him that it does not concern him, and to just get out of his way. However, Shadow refuses.

Meanwhile, Espio is accidentally spotted by Metal. Espio wonders if that means Eggman is wrapped up in this as well. However, he does not have time to deal with Metal because he has to find Silver. Unfortunately, Metal isn't about to let Espio out of his sight.

After Shadow races Silver, Silver insists that he stop following him. Shadow claims he cannot do that unless Silver tells him what he wants to know. Silver chooses to fight him instead. After beating Silver, Shadow and Metal run into Eggman. Shadow is shocked to see Eggman there, but the Eggman speaking through Metal warns Shadow not to trust that Eggman, as it's actually Eggman Nega. Nega questions if Eggman is stuck inside of Metal. Shadow surmises that Nega is behind everything. Silver tells Shadow that Nega is his, only for Nega to pit them against his robot, the Egg Liner.

However, after the battle, Nega escaped into the Sunset Forest Zone. Shadow asks Metal if he is okay. Metal cannot speak on his own, so after a couple of seconds of silence, Shadow assumes he said yes. He then wonders what Nega is up to. Eggman then comes through Metal's communication device again, apologizing for not speaking earlier due to interference in the area. Eggman explains that Nega needs the Chaos Emeralds for his plan to work. He instructs Shadow to get them first. Shadow asks what his plan even is, but the signal drops again. Shadow wonders if the signal will work in the jungle.

Later, Shadow spots Knuckles the Echidna and Rouge the Bat and points them out to Metal Sonic, telling him they need to get the Emeralds before they do. He instructs Metal to follow Rouge, and he will personally go after Knuckles. Knuckles is shocked to see Shadow, who asks him what he is doing in the forest. Knuckles tells him about the missing Master Emerald. Shadow points out how difficult it will be to find it in the forest. Knuckles explains they are going to use Eggman's Emerald Detector. Shadow seems surprised that an Emerald Detector even exists, but quickly tells Knuckles that he and Metal cannot let him get the Emeralds, triggering Knuckles into fighting him. Afterward, Knuckles asks why Shadow why he is trying to get in his way. Shadow assures Knuckles that he does not need to know anything and that he and Metal won't be around the area much longer, anyway. Knuckles seems confused by this, but Shadow proposes to knock him out.

Meanwhile, Rouge is grumbling about Knuckles running off and leaving her. Suddenly, Metal Sonic appears. Rouge angrily tells him to stop stalking her. Afterward, Shadow and Metal reunite only to find Nega. This makes Shadow confused, as he wonders if it's Eggman or Eggman Nega. Unfortunately, the signal dropped again, so Shadow was left wondering. However, Knuckles (who was still with Shadow), who is getting impatient, demands he hand it over immediately. This only causes Eggman to throw another robot at them, the Egg Crawler. Meanwhile, Shadow tells Metal Sonic that they must beat Knuckles and Rouge to the Master Emerald.

After the skirmish, Shadow and Metal move on to the city, Neon Palace Zone, where there is a much better signal. Eggman comes through Metal's radio again, asking if Shadow can hear him. Shadow begins to ask Eggman a question, only to be interrupted by Sonic the Hedgehog, who asks what he is doing there. Shadow says he does not have time to talk, then commands Metal to follow him. Sonic is shocked to see Metal again, working with Shadow. Meanwhile, Eggman tries to communicate through Metal's radio, telling Shadow he needs help. Shadow asks what's wrong. Eggman explains Nega has taken over all his robots, and now they're destroying his base. He requests that Shadow destroy them for him, and Shadow agrees. He then commands Metal to go after Miles "Tails" Prower and Sonic. After getting to Shadow, Sonic asks him what's going on. Shadow tells him bluntly that he is looking for Knuckles and Rouge, then tells him to get out of his way. However, Sonic isn't finished asking questions, and wants to know what he wants with them, and why he is with Metal. Shadow claims he has no time to explain, so he will have to knock Sonic out. After beating Sonic, Eggman reveals that he found out who Nega was talking to. Shadow wonders who it is, when Nega himself appears. However, Sonic managed to catch up, but he thinks Nega is the real Eggman and asks him what he is trying to hide. Eggman claims it does not concern him, then shows him another robot, the Egg Dealer. Shadow prepares to fight it, as well. Sonic bets that he and Tails can destroy it before Shadow can.

Afterward, Shadow and Metal head to Frontier Canyon Zone. Now that they're in a safe location, Shadow asks Eggman to explain everything to him. Eggman apologizes for being vague, but he had to because of Nega's sneaky tendencies. He explains that Nega obtained some old files from his late grandfather, Professor Gerald Robotnik. They described an interdimensional beast called the Ifrit and Nega wants to release it into the world. However, the only way to opening the portal to where the Ifrit is is using the 7 Chaos Emeralds. Shadow asks Eggman how many emeralds Rouge and Knuckles have but Eggman notices the two coming. Shadow understands the situation and tells Metal Sonic to keep Knuckles occupied by collecting rings while he talks to Rouge. He tells her that he knows about the Emerald Detector that she and Knuckles have. Shadow wants to know how many emeralds they have and talks about the Ifrit to Rouge. Rouge believes that her client will protect the emeralds when she gives them to them. Shadow asks who's her client but she runs off, leading Shadow to follow her. After catching up with her, Shadow asks again on who Rouge's client is but she still refuses saying that "a professional never reveals their sources." After saying this, she actually trips Shadow and Rouge sarcastically claims that Shadow is clumsy, leaving Shadow peeved.

Meanwhile, Metal Sonic and Knuckles meet. Knuckles asks what Metal Sonic is doing in the location but the answer is mere silence. Knuckles simply accepts the answer of nothing and says that if they came for the Master Emerald, they're out of luck. However, Eggman starts talking through Metal Sonic but is hard to hear because of the large interference. Knuckles is surprised to hear Eggman coming from Metal Sonic. He is confused by the "grave danger" but Metal Sonic runs off. After losing Metal from his sight, Knuckles decides to collect more rings for his Emerald Detector. However, Metal Sonic starts collecting rings as well.

Silver and Espio

Silver returns to what he hopes is a happy future while Espio has to answer to an angry Vector, who had spent their client's advanced payment on late rental fees.

Characters

Image Character Biography
Rivals 2 Sonic.png Sonic the Hedgehog The world's fastest supersonic hedgehog, unrivalled in speed returns. His actions and attitude are legendary, and he possesses many high-speed offensive and defensive abilities. When Sonic hears that the Chao have gone missing, the race is on to catch up with his old nemesis, Dr. Eggman.[5]
Tails pose 30.png Miles "Tails" Prower Tails is Sonic's best friend and a master mechanic. This two-tailed fox excels at building robots and flying machines, but he can also be very naive and gullible, Tails has teamed up with Sonic to locate Dr. Eggman and get to the bottom of the missing Chao.[5]
Sonic Rivals 2 - Knuckles.png Knuckles the Echidna Knuckles, the steadfast echidna is known for his great strength and martial arts prowess. He often uses his rock-hard fists to his advantage to smash his enemies. Guardian of the Master Emerald, Knuckles is going to have to reluctantly team up with the sly Rouge to track down Eggman.[5]
Rouge Rivals 2.png Rouge the Bat Rouge is a professional treasure hunter, forever in search of the world's most precious stones, as well as a part-time government spy. Fearless, bewitching, and overflowing in feminine charm, Rouge is dedicated to her work and never leaves a task empty handed. In this adventure, she's looking for a certain kind of Emerald...[6]
Sonic-rivals-2--signature-render.png Shadow the Hedgehog Created as the ultimate life form in a lab by Professor Gerald Robotnik, Shadow believes Sonic to be his rival in all aspects of his life. Unlike Sonic, however, Shadow's speed comes from his Hover Shoes, which allow him to glide just above the surface. This time around Shadow answers the call of... Dr. Eggman?![6]
Metal Sonic 16.png Metal Sonic A robotic version of Sonic The Hedgehog, Metal is looking forward to proving he is the REAL hedgehog and not that "loathsome copy" of Sonic. A pawn of Eggman, this speedy robot is forced to do his master's bidding.[6]
Sonic Rivals 2 - Silver.png Silver the Hedgehog A mysterious young silver hedgehog, Silver is equipped with psychic powers that allow him confuse rivals with the power of his mind. All that is known about Silver is that he comes from the future. For unknown reasons, he also seems to be looking for Chao.[7]
Espio the Chameleon - Sonic Rivals 2.png Espio the Chameleon Espio is an opinionated and obsessive chameleon at the Chaotix Detective Agency. He has militaristic discipline despite being quiet and calm. Thanks to his extensive ninja training, he faces trouble head-on and uses his stealthy camouflage to render him invisible. Going deep undercover, Espio is trying to get to the bottom of the Chao disappearance.[7]

Gameplay

Sonic Rivals 2 includes the five characters featured in the prequel game, along with adding in three more. All characters utilize the Homing Attack and Spin Dash maneuvers along with each having a new "Signature Move", performed by collecting Rings, Boosting, or defeating enemies to fill the "Signature Meter".

Button formation[8] Movement
Analog stick/Controlpadds.png left/right Move
Analog stick/Controlpadds.png down Duck
PSXButton.png/PSObutton.png Homing Attack
Tap PSXButton.png + hold Controlpadds.png down >
release Controlpadds.png
Spin Dash
PSObutton.png Attack
PSObutton.png behind opponent Shove[9]
PSTriangleButton.png Use Power Up
PSXButton.png (icon on-screen) Air Boost
PSObutton.png (icon on-screen) Speed Boost
PSSquareButton.png (full Signature Meter) Signature Move
START Pause

Objects

Items

Gimmicks and obstacles

Characters

Playable characters

Non-playable characters

Enemies

Bosses

Zones

Each stage in Sonic Rivals 2 has three acts and a boss, instead of the original game's two.[10] Acts one and three are races, and act two is always a battle. The Zones are as follows:

  • Blue Coast Zone - A coastal zone set around white ruins.
  • Sunset Forest Zone - A forest zone with vines and cliffs, squared lands set at sunset. Similar to Forest Falls in Sonic Rivals.
  • Neon Palace Zone - A casino zone similar to that of Sky Park in Sonic Rivals. Contains number crates the characters can use to get a Bingo and win rings.
  • Frontier Canyon Zone - A desert wasteland based on the stereotypical "Wild West".
  • Mystic Haunt Zone - A haunted zone set around a supernatural mansion. It also appears to be home of other ghosts.
  • Chaotic Inferno Zone - A ruined city covered in flames and lava.

In the story mode, the races may be substituted with single character missions such as "Time Attack", "Collect X Rings", and other challenges. Certain stages can be skipped in the story, depending on the character chosen. An example is Act 2 of the Chaotic Inferno Zone, which is skipped by every character except for Shadow and Metal Sonic.

Game modes

Sonic Rivals 2 features multiple different game play styles, including the following:

  • Story Mode: Each zone has three acts and a boss, with the exception of the final zone. The characters are divided into four teams, with each of them featuring their own story line.
  • Free Play: In this single player mode, players can choose any one of the eight characters and play through the zones in traditional 2D Sonic fashion. They can also try Time Attacking, or finding the ten hidden Chao in the levels. There are no opponents for this mode. This is a first for many of the characters featured.
  • Cup Circuit: The player will go through a set of three acts which can be any act of any zone.
  • Single Event: Races and Battle can be customized in many aspects, and players can try to earn cards by completing challenges.

Battle

Battle Mode is the fighting aspect of Sonic Rivals 2, with six different types of competition. These modes are all played during the story, except for King of the Hill. This mode is used in second act of all zones except Chaotic Inferno Zone (In Chaotic Inferno Zone, only Shadow and Metal Sonic can play the second act). The lengths of the battles can be set through the selection menus in Single Event mode.

  • Knock Out: Players start with three rings. The goal is to knock all of the rings out of the rivals and then attack them when they don't have any rings to win that round. The first player to win a certain number of rounds wins.
  • Rings Battle: Players have a limited time to collect as many rings as possible. The player with the most rings at the end of the time limit wins.
  • Capture the Chao: A Sonic themed variation of "Capture the Flag." Players must steal a set number of Chao from their opponent's base and bring them back to their own base with their own Chao still there to win. Attacking your opponent while they're holding your Chao will cause them to drop it, and recollecting your Chao will return it to your base.
  • Laps Race: The first player to complete a set number of laps around the track wins.
  • King of the Hill: An Omochao moves around the arena while shining a beam of light. Players earn points by standing under it. The first player to the set number of points wins.
  • Tag: A Sonic themed cross between Hot Potato and Tag. Each player has a time limit that drops holding the bomb. Players pass the bomb by attacking the other player. The first player to have their time limit expire loses.

Character Cups

Cup Trophy Zones
Sonic Sonic cup.png
Tails Tails cup.png
Knuckles Knucles cup.png
Rouge Rouge cup.png
Shadow Shadow cup.png
Metal Metal cup.png
Silver Silver cup.png
Espio Espio cup.png

Multiplayer

In Sonic Rivals 2, the multiplayer mode can be played using either game sharing or wireless play. Players can select a character and a stage to play. In multiplayer mode, the second act and the boss of each zone can be played.

Collectables

Card Collection

Sonic Rivals 2 features a card collecting system. There are a total number of 150 different cards to collect, and each is collected by completing an achievement. For example, getting an S Rank in Knockout Mode unlocks a card of Mephiles the Dark, and collecting two hundred rings in a race unlocks Tails Icon. The cards themselves contain art from various older Sonic games and can unlock things such as alternate suits for the characters. For example, the Blue World Ring card will unlock Rouge's race suit. Unlike the first game, only one card is needed to unlock a suit, and each character has four suits instead of the original three. The cards also unlock the Cup Circuits and Chao Detectors for the Zones. For instance, collecting Nebula card will unlock the first Zone's Chao detector.

Suits

Various Character Outfits that can be unlocked in the game by meeting select challenges. Each character has four unlockable skins, making a total of thirty two outfits that can be unlocked for all eight characters.

Unlike the first game, the player cannot choose one part of a costume and other parts of other costumes, only being able to select the complete set.

Gallery

Soundtrack

The main theme song for the game is "Race to Win" by Ted Poley and Tony Harnell, which also plays in Blue Coast Zone: Act 1. The rest of the game's music is composed by Chris Rezanson.

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 63.05%
Metacritic 60%[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
1Up.com C-
Eurogamer 7/10
GameSpot 5/10
GameSpy 3.5/5
GameZone 6/10
IGN 6.5/10

Sonic Rivals 2 received mixed reviews. GameRankings currently scores it 63.05%, and the game sits at a 60% on Metacritic.

Re-releases

Image Platform Description
SegaFunPack SR2SGC PSPBox.jpg PlayStation Portable Released in a compilation with Sega Genesis Collection in 2009.
Doublerivalsattackpack.jpg PlayStation Portable Released in a compilation with Sonic Rivals only in the U.S. in 2011.

Trivia

  • This marks Metal Sonic's first game appearance as a protagonist as opposed to an antagonist.
  • Metal Sonic Spin Dashes in this game as opposed to crouching and charging his rocket booster like in the prequel.
  • This is another game that Knuckles and Rouge are seen working together.
  • The card for Shahra is misspelled, "Shanhra."
  • Knuckles and Silver are the only main characters who do not smile in their artwork (not including Metal Sonic).
  • This is the first game where no one smiles on the box art.
  • This is the final Sonic game that was released for the PlayStation Portable.
  • Knuckles' gloves are different, as well in the first Sonic Rivals.
  • This shows Espio's second appearance without the Chaotix with him, the first being Sonic the Fighters.
  • This is the second Sonic game not to be released in Japan, the first being Sonic Rivals.
  • Rouge is the only playable female character in the game.
  • Espio and Vector are the only non-exclusive characters not to have been involved with the prequel's story in any way.
    • Amy is also the only character from the prequel's story to not be involved in this game's story.
  • This is the first time Espio and Vector have appeared on a game for a handheld console. However, only Espio is playable.
  • Eggman's nose is not pink in this game.
  • Metal Sonic 3.0 and the associated unlockable outfit greatly resemble his Leather outfit in the first game, which has been renamed as his Mach2.0 costume.
  • This is the first game where Metal Sonic stores a Chaos Emerald within his body.
  • Charmy is the only member of Team Chaotix to not appear in the story.
  • Rouge's "Stealth Suit" is very similar to her G.U.N. suit she wore in Sonic X (namely episodes 12 and 13).
  • Two bosses share names with another robot: Egg Liner and Egg Liner from Sonic the Hedgehog; Egg Dealer and Egg Dealer from Shadow the Hedgehog.
  • In the card gallery, Sonic's, Shadow's, and Silver's cards are 3D artwork from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
  • Like the first Rivals, Amy is the only hedgehog to not be playable in the game.
  • Sonic Rivals and Sonic Forces are so far the only Sonic the Hedgehog series games where the United States cover art does not depict Sonic with either a smile or a neutral expression on the box art (excluding international releases).

References

  1. Sonic Rivals 2. PlayStation.
  2. Sonic Rivals 2 on PS Vita, PSP (Official PlayStation Store US). Sony. Retrieved on 7 December 2017.
  3. Sonic Rivals 2 on PS Vita (Official PlayStation Store UK). Sony. Retrieved on 7 December 2017.
  4. SONIC RIVALS 2 on PS Vita (Official PlayStation Store Australia). Sony. Retrieved on 7 December 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sonic Rivals 2 (PlayStation Portable) United States instruction booklet, pg. 7.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sonic Rivals 2 (PlayStation Portable) United States instruction booklet, pg. 8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sonic Rivals 2 (PlayStation Portable) United States instruction booklet, pg. 9.
  8. Sonic Rivals 2 (PlayStation Portable) United States instruction booklet, pg. 4.
  9. Sonic Rivals 2 (PlayStation Portable) United States instruction booklet, pg. 16.
  10. Sega of America Sonic Rivals 2 Minisite. Retrieved on 19 July 2007.
  11. Sonic Rivals 2. Metacritic.

External links

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