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->''"Can God create a game so bizarre, that even He could not play it? Y/N"''[[note]]Answer: It depends on whether you need to specifically believe in a classical Judeo-Christian ideal of omnipotence for this corny paradox to even work. Don't waste my time with this Philosophy 101 crap.[[/note]]''
-->-- '''Mystic Cave Zone Boss'''

Some people remember [[KnucklesChaotix the only Sonic game]] to appear on {{Sega}}'s 32X console. Far fewer remember this [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] game that ''almost'' appeared on the doomed console.

''Sonic 2: Special Edition'' was originally conceived as an UpdatedRerelease of the extremely successful ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', but this was complicated when Sonic Team decided to take advantage of the capabilities of the 32X by adding a ton of new content, to the degree that many of the later levels bore only a passing resemblance to those in the original game. By 1996, the game was a few months away from its release date, and the ballooning project had barely avoided collapsing under its own weight then Sega's decision to cease supporting the 32X [[{{Vaporware}} caused the project to be canned altogether]]. The legend of this game persisted for years afterwards, as copies of the beta (and a rumored handful of finished games, manufactured but never sold) were highly sought after by hardcore collectors, but none ever turned up...

Then in 2007, on the SomethingAwful forum, docfuture (aka Robotnik DDS) revealed that he had a copy of ''Sonic 2: Special Edition'', given to him as a present by his uncle (a Nintendo employee who pulled a few strings to get the game... or maybe he just bought it from Chinese bootleggers--it's not clear). Further, he decided to start a LetsPlay thread to share this weird piece of Sonic history with the entire world.

From watching the LP, [[FromACertainPointOfView it's clear that]], had ''Sonic 2: Special Edition'' been released, it would've been the [[BileFascination greatest]] [[SoCoolItsAwesome game ever made]]. While rough at some points, it is clear that [[WhatWereYouThinking if development continued]], it would have been a [[SnarkBait classic]] that would have [[GenreKiller influenced]] games to this day.

What's that? You doubt that this game actually exists? Oh, so ''you're'' the one [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve responsible for the shoddy graphics]]...

As may be gathered from [[StylisticSuck the tropes below]], ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition'' is an [[{{Mockumentary}} elaborate hoax LP]] by docfuture, spanning everything from the surreal to the horrific. docfuture's LP can be watched [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Sonic%202%20SE/ here]] on the Let's Play Archive, or [[http://www.archive.org/details/LP_Sonic_2_SE here]] on the Internet Archive.

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!!This game provides examples of:
* ACappella: The Mystic Cave Zone, Act 1 music, as well as the end cutscene music.
* AllJustADream: Several people are shown waking up at the end of some cutscenes, although the game continues as "normal" from there.
* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Sonic%202%20SE/manual/ Here.]]
* AndIMustScream: Failure Cresh, a man with a monitor for a head, lives on even when [[spoiler:his head is cut off]].
* AnticlimaxBoss / ZeroEffortBoss: [[invoked]] ''Sonic 2''[='s=] original endgame is nerfed for some reason. The Wing Fortress boss is the same, but you fight it as Super Sonic. In Death Egg Zone, Silver Sonic doesn't fight at all, and just directs you to the location of the final boss...who goes down after a single hit.
* AntiPoopsocking:
-->'''Tails''': Protip Why don't you go out and meet some girls instead of staying shut in all day?
* ArtificialBrilliance: Tails' AI in this game is much smarter than in the original, and he alters his behavior based on how you treat him.
* ArtShift: Halfway through Act 1 of Aquatic Ruin Zone, the level turns into [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogPocketAdventure Aquatic Relix]] with an act clear screen from ''VideoGame/SonicBlast''. In Mystic Cave Zone, the graphics switch to hand-drawn art. Cutscenes feature a random mix of in-game sprites, anime [=FMVs=], computer-animated [=FMVs=], live-action [=FMVs=], and puppetry.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: The Casino Night Zone boss fight. Robotnik's in [[Series/TheOfficeUS Jim's]] mind, acting as his self-doubt, and you must force him out.
* BonusBoss: Knuckles in Aquatic Ruin Zone Act 1. Losing to him lets you play as him in the next act.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Tails.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the manual]], to play the game, you need to attach "a [[LightGun Sega Menacer]] [[XtremeKoolLetterz Xtreme]], [[DeepImmersionGaming Phillips Scuba VR Visor]], [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem Mattel Power Glove]], [[Sega32X 32X]] [[BrickJoke Keyboard]], Genesis TV Tuner, and Vibra-Luxe [[BrickJoke Dildonics]] Ultra-Rod.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: If you mistreat Tails, he ''will'' resent you. Not the in-game character, you the player.
-->'''Tails''': ...Because if you fuck with Sega, then Sega fucks with you.
** Some of his "protips", in fact, seem to be aimed not even at the player, but at [[spoiler:[[UpToEleven those watching the game]]]].
-->'''Tails''': [[spoiler:[[ParanoiaFuel GET OUT OF THIS THREAD WHILE YOU STILL CAN.]]]]
* CaptainObvious: The in-game hint messages contain very important information. Such as "To collect rings, simply touch them," or "Each directional pad button corresponds with movement for your character."
* ChekhovsGunman: The [[spoiler:Mystic Caves boss]], who [[spoiler:shows up near the end of the game to release Tails from his brainwashing.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve / YourMindMakesItReal: The game itself begins to degrade if there aren't enough people who believe in it. This is even accompanied by an excerpt from ''PeterPan''.
-->'''docfuture''': Okay guys, well, truthfully that was pretty fucking weak. I should have really told you guys this game runs on a belief-based engine. And apparently not enough of you watching this video actually believe that this game could exist.
* CloneDegeneration: After [[spoiler:Amy]] is cloned back to life, she suddenly talks like a SassyBlackWoman. "Can a sista get some child support?"
* ColonyDrop: The Casino's "self-destruct".
* CookingDuel: Or rather, a dancing duel at the end of Casino Night Zone 2B.
-->'''Knuckles:''' I won't let you have the unlimited power of the Stamford branch!\\
'''Robotnik:''' There's only one way to settle this!\\
'''Knuckles:''' ''DANCE-OFF!''\\
'''''Super Sonic Dance Attack!'''''
* CovertPervert: Knuckles' apparent lust for Amy Rose's booty.
* CrypticConversation: Robotnik and Silver Sonic hold a conversation midway through Chemicals Zone Act 2. Although the music drowns some of its volume out, they were actually just speaking backwards and saying inane things.
* DummiedOut / EasterEgg:
-->'''Anonymous Sonic Team Member''': We added a sh*[=tload=] of secrets into this thing. Seriously. You thought [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Hidden Palace]] was bad? This thing is gonna be like [[WhoShotJFK g]]*[[WhoShotJFK ddamn JFK]].
* EmbeddedPrecursor: The entirety of ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic 1]]: Special Edition'' can be unlocked with a cheat code.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Subverted.
-->'''Mystic Cave Zone Boss:''' You may have received messages about the universe being destroyed or some nonsense. These are lies of a bored child. They are meant to amuse you.
* EvolutionaryLevels: "[[{{Pokemon}} What? Your AMY ROSE is evolving! Congratulations! Your AMY ROSE evolved into]] [[{{Kirby}} KIRBY]]!"
* ExpositionFairy: Years before [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Tikal]], [[Videogame/SonicAdventure2 Omochao]], [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed Chip]], and [[SonicAndTheSecretRings Shahra]], there was the Hint Mode in this game. It varies between a setup that's oddly similar to ''Franchise/MetalGear''[='s=] radio conversations, and one where Tails gives you hints via real-time voiceovers. Both tend to be more irritating than helpful.
* FailOSuckyname: Failure Cresh.
* {{Fetish}}: Failure Cresh was lucky that Pepper Irish had a fetish for men with [[{{FLCL}} monitors for heads]].
** "Sometimes I wonder if a black man can [[RaceFetish have a fetish for black chicks...]]"
** Apparently Knuckles [[ChubbyChaser has a fetish for fat chicks]] and [[BuxomIsBetter unreasonably large boobs]].
* FissionMailed:
** When you beat Hilltop Zone, you get a Game Over screen anyway and get sent back to the pre-level cutscene. After the third fakeout Game Over, the game sends you back to the pre-title screen credits and then proclaims "You've Unlocked Your Fate", indicating that you beat the level after all. (These may, however, be caused by [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment Tails getting back at the player]].)
** In the particularly {{Mind Screw}}y final levels, a fake ending cutscene is followed by another level... underwater, with no air bubbles. Sonic drowns. Then the credits start rolling, and get interrupted by a RecordNeedleScratch and another cutscene. Then the ''real'' final levels happen.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Metropolis Zone, there is a split second shot of the text "[[spoiler:You cannot trust Tails to take you to the Wing Fortress!]]"
* FreezeFrameBonus: Try pausing while docfuture fast forwards through a cutscene he's already watched to see [[MindScrew various curiosities]].
** Some of the protips aren't spoken and don't appear on-screen for long, and furthermore aren't written in the white text. [[spoiler:The last one says "You are all guilty and will face my wrath."]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The background is frequently replaced with various FMVs.
* FunWithSubtitles: The ''[[ToeJamAndEarl ToeJam & Earl]]: Panic on Funkotron'' commercial in the middle of Aquatic Ruin Zone.
-->"Sometimes I wonder if it's possible for a black man to have a fetish for black chicks."
* {{Game Breaking Bug}}s: A fair number, all justified due to the game being [[{{Vaporware}} unfinished]]. The most showstopping bug freezes the game when you try to play Carnival Night Zone, a bug that docfuture only got past by [[MagicalComputer merging the level file and opening cutscene]].
* GenreDeconstruction: Basically takes apart the very concept of LetsPlay.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Robotnik as the final boss? Nah, the final boss is [[spoiler:logic]].
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Used during the ending, when [[spoiler:Tails comments on how Sonic shouldn't be floating in the sky]].
* GuideDangIt: You must perform a complicated series of button combinations to beat Robotnik in "Super Sonic Dance Attack" in Carnival Night Zone 2B.
* GivingUpOnLogic: You, the player, are forced to do this by [[spoiler:defeating logic in the final fight]].
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Failure Cresh.
* InherentlyFunnyWords; 'Dildonics' and 'Reginald'.
* InSeriesNickname: 'Uncle Chuck' for Silver Sonic.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: Sonic randomly transforms into several PlatformGame protagonists, such as ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', in Metropolis Zone.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The biggest offender in the franchise. Notable for featuring characters from [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM the ABC cartoon]] along with characters and character designs that were recycled in future games after this one was shelved.
-->'''Commercial announcer:''' With the most playable characters of any videogame created throughout the history of mankind!
* [[MacGuffinGirl Mac Guffin Boy]]: Inside Failure Cresh's head were ten golden rings, which when absorbed had the ability to protect against harm. [[WeHaveReserves The military was willing to take advantage of this.]]
* MadeOfExplodium: In the submarine level, depleting Sonic's OxygenMeter inexplicably causes Sonic to explode.
* {{Metafiction}}: Due to the copious use of AllJustADream and ShowWithinAShow.
-->'''docfuture:''' For some reason, this game is really big on metacommentary.
* MindScrew: The whole game is so illogical that [[spoiler:"the last piece of logic"]] is literally the final boss.
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The boss of the [[strike:Mystic Cave]] This Thing Zone is a robot. His head is [[strike:M. Bison]] [[strike:Balrog]] [[StreetFighter the Boxer]], his hands are Amy Rose and the ''{{Vectorman}}'' box art, and he attacks by asking you questions.
* [[MissionControlIsOffItsMeds Mission Control Is Tripping Balls]]
* MisterSeahorse: Maybe. In the end, Sonic and Tails are married with five daughters. It's not explained whether this tropes is in effect, or if they just adopted.
* MoodWhiplash: The viewer witnesses the death of Failure Cresh, a man they've spent the last five minutes getting to know rather well... and then the LP continues right along as if nothing ever happened.
* MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler:Your mistreatment of Tails causes him to resent you, then unexplained brainwashing turns this resentment into outright attempts on your life.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In No Blood For Oil Zone, docfuture destroys a 10-ring monitor, blissfully unaware that he's actually killing ({{Mercy Kill}}ing?) Failure Cresh.
** In Sky Chase Zone, when Sonic destroys badniks and frees the animals inside, said animals simply fall off the bottom of the screen. Docfuture wonders where the animals are falling to. Cut to [[{{Film/Armageddon}} New York City, where the animals are landing and completely destroying buildings upon impact]].
* NonStandardGameOver: Just try to [[spoiler:kill Silver Sonic]] in Hill Top Zone.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Knuckles, who explicitly can't jump as high as Sonic in ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', can jump high enough to leave the atmosphere from Aquatic Ruin Zone in this game.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The game uses a lot of music from Music/OverClockedRemix, particularly their Sonic 2 album Hedgehog Heaven.
* {{Robosexual}}:
-->'''Tails''': Protip Memorize Silver Sonic's attack patterns, because he is one sexy robot.
* SerialEscalation: It gets weirder and weirder and weirder.
* ShootTheMoney:
-->'''Anonymous Sonic Team Member''': Problem is, we had like 500,000 yen left over. So we decided to add in these cool 3D effects for no reason at all.
* ShoutOut: The level select code in this game is [[{{Lost}} 4-8-15-16-23-42]]. Entering it lets you go to stages with names such as [[PowerpuffGirls Chemical X]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]].
** The code to unlock ''Sonic 1: Special Edition'' is [[TommyTutone 8-6-7-5-3-0-9]].
* ShowWithinAShow: Multiple layers, to the extent that it becomes impossible to tell what within the game is "real" and what's "fictional".
* TheStinger: If you beat ''Sonic 1: Special Edition'' without collecting all the Chaos Emeralds, then after the credits roll, there's a shot of Robotnik juggling the Chaos Emeralds over text reading ''[[TupacShakur TUPAC]] LIVES''
* TakeAThirdOption: The proper answer to the Mystic Cave Zone boss' question is neither yes nor no, but [[spoiler:"It depends on whether you need to specifically believe in a classical Judeo-Christian ideal of omnipotence for this corny paradox to even work. Don't waste my time with this Philosophy 101 crap."]]
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Normal ''Sonic''-style platforming, ''[[KnucklesChaotix Chaotix]]''-style two-character platforming, BeatEmUp action, logic puzzles, ''VideoGame/MarbleMadness'', FightingGame-style special stages, a [[UnexpectedShmupLevel side-scrolling]] ShootEmUp [[UnexpectedShmupLevel finale]], and even dance competitions.
* UpdatedRerelease
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: See ArtificialBrilliance and BreakingTheFourthWall, above. If you mistreat Tails (by, say, abandoning him in Casino Night Zone), his "hints" are replaced by passive-aggressive mockery, and he eventually tries to kill you in Wing Fortress Zone.
* {{Vaporware}}
* VisualPun: Sky Chase Zone's background is initially sprites of clouds. By the end of the level, it's sprites of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]].
* WeCanRebuildHim: In the Casino Night Zone opening cutscene, [[spoiler:Amy is accidentally killed, so Knuckles and Tails have her cloned back to life, and older to boot... which handily explains her change in appearance between ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'']].
* [[WhatMeasureIsAMook What Measure Is A]] [[strike:[[WhatMeasureIsAMook Mook]]]] PowerUp: Poor 10-Ring monitor Failure Cresh.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: [[ShoutOut Modeled after]] the one from ''AnimalHouse''.
** Knuckles the Echidna became a professional beekeeper.
** Mikhail Gorbachev became the mascot of Fruity Pebbles.
** Silver Sonic is a judge with attitude who don't take no crap.
** Melissa Joan Hart became the first woman to walk on the moon.
** Disney's Aladdin is currently serving time in Guantanamo Bay.
** Dr. Robotnik is so fat that he stepped on a rainbow and made Skittles.
** Amy Rose built the world's first solar-powered buffalo.
** Sonic and Tails are married with five daughters.
** Ray the Squirrel holds the world record for least employed squirrel.
** Failure Cresh was reincarnated as John Belushi.
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!!docfuture's LetsPlay provides examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Both of the entire ''Sonic'' franchise, and of the LetsPlay phenomenon.
* AlternateUniverse: "I'm still quite high from that ''{{Firefly}}'' season opener, man. Season 5, it's gonna be the last one."
* BackToFront: The Metropolis Zone video is chopped into segments and in reverse order, ''Film/{{Memento}}''-style, for no reason whatsoever.
* BilingualBonus (possibly): The first half-minute or so of the Mystic Cave video is done in Spanish, and the title and description are also written in Spanish in order to sell it.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Sort of? The rap song that plays during the Clap Your Hands If You Believe segment has a few completely uncensored profanities, but the subtitles during the song employ some very {{Unusual Euphemism}}s.
* GameBreaker: [[invoked]] Docfuture complains that Knuckles is cheap, and that his ability to glide, climb walls, jump high enough to bypass large portions of the levels, and call in [[StreetsOfRage artillery support against the bosses]], makes the game too easy.
* GratuitousSpanish: docfuture's OnceAnEpisode prayer in the Mystic Cave episode is entirely in Spanish.
* KissingCousins: Implied. During the Aquatic Ruin Zone video, docfuture starts reminiscing about the time he and his cousin played the game together. He says it was very hot in the room and she was wearing overalls. She leaned toward him... then docfuture cuts the story short because Sonic starts drowning.
* MST3KMantra:[[invoked]]
-->'''docfuture:''' Weren't you just up in the air a bit ago?\\
'''Tails:''' You're thinking too hard, that's your problem.
* OncePerEpisode: Every gameplay video starts with a prayer, which may or may not be spoken by docfuture. Except for the Metropolis Zone video, which is shown Back To Front, so it ''ends'' with a prayer instead.
* OrphanedPunchline: "...so he says to his wife, 'What's with all the dollar bills?' and she says, 'Not everyone's as cheap as you are.'"
* PerverseSexualLust: [[invoked]]Discussed by docfuture and Tails, who suspect this of Robotnik.
-->'''docfuture:''' Why would you put a living turtle [[AccidentalInnuendo inside a robotic turtle, riding another turtle?]]\\
'''Tails:''' Maybe he always had a crush on [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles April O'Neil]].
* RunningTheAsylum: [[invoked]] Commented on.
-->'''docfuture''': I know this game was half made by Sega, half made by weird bootleggers, but these days, Sega pretty much is a {{fanfic}} company anyway.
* SerialEscalation: The game just ''keeps getting weirder'' the further you get.
* ShownTheirWork: There's a surprising amount of obscure Sonic trivia hidden in the LP, including footage from the cancelled SonicSatAm game, as well as from the (equally cancelled) [[http://sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Sonic_Ride Sonic Ride]].
* StealthParody: If you haven't figured it out yet, ''Sonic 2: Special Edition'' doesn't exist and docfuture's LP is a joke. The Emerald Hill Zone video is actually a pretty convincing hoax[[note]]aside from misspelling the zone name at the start of act 2, using music from {{Overclocked ReMix}} and MachinaeSupremacy, and a brief BigLippedAlligatorMoment as Sonic approaches the boss...oh, and the opening screen has the game copyright 199'''1''', the year the ''first'' Sonic game came out[[/note]], but every subsequent video adds increasing amounts of random crap to clue in the viewers that it's a joke... and to hurt the brain of anyone who doesn't get the joke. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100903031213/http://www.topherflorence.com/?p=51 He was inspired by the development secrets]] of ''Sonic 2''.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Likely caused by a CurseCutShort after the first [[FissionMailed fake game-over]] in Hilltop Zone.
-->'''docfuture:''' ''(referring to Silver Sonic)'' Uncle Chuck- ''(GAME OVER)'' What the-?!
* TakeThat: In episode 1.
-->'''docfuture''': If you're used to new ''Sonic'' games, you might notice a few differences, as in, this doesn't suck.
* TheStinger: [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog "Hey! I just noticed! I'm a girl!"]]
* ThingOMeter: While calling upon his viewers to clap their hands and will the game back into existence, he uses a Clap-o-Meter to measure how much they're clapping.
* UnreliableNarrator: At times, what docfuture is saying doesn't match up with what's happening on screen.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Your first clue that this whole thing's a joke is the way docfuture treats the random changes in gameplay or graphics like they're perfectly normal, in some cases not even commenting on them at all. By the final level, [[spoiler:docfuture acknowledges that the game has gone completely bonkers, but he'd rather just take Evil Crazy Tails' advice and just not worry about it.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: [[invoked]] According to docfuture, No Blood For Oil Zone is supposed to be an allegory for the first Gulf War.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: [[invoked]]
-->'''docfuture''': Seriously, when you think about what's going on here, it's like a hedgehog running around an oil refinery, fighting robots. Pretty damn crazy. And you gotta wonder sometimes, where does the crazy start and stop?

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