The challenge is coming to an end now, and I still haven't talked about Super Smash Brothers Brawl, which I love. But I won't today either, despite the fact that the campaign mode which gives this blog its name has some excellent moments to contend here. No matter what SSBB did though, the end of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 blows every other contender away.
The final stage of Sonic 2 takes place on the Death Egg, the giant Death Star rip-off which has just flown up into orbit. So yes, the final battle takes place in space. Remember that.
Oh yes, and before we begin properly, this is obviously a MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT. It's not that big of a deal though, unless you really want to find out for yourself what happens at the end of Sonic 2.
You start the level with 0 rings, and there are no rings in the level. For those who have played the Sonic games, you will understand the significance of this. For those who haven't, basically, you can't take a single hit. Usually you can have just one ring and you can lose it and pick it up over and over again and be fine. For this level, you have no shield at all.
You face off against a metal version of yourself, which I find to be harder than the final boss itself, which is a giant robotic version of Dr Robotnik. The final battle, if you know what you're doing, isn't actually that hard, but it definitely takes a while and requires very precise timing.
Eventually you win, and the space station begins to explode. Sonic runs down a corridor with fire blazing behind him and then LEAPS OUT OF THE DEATH EGG!
Remember, this is in space. Sonic just leapt out into space. The epicness begins.
On the ground, Tails sees the Death Egg explode and rushes to his plane to find out what happened and to find Sonic. He gets in and takes off. In the meantime, Sonic has just been falling to the ground of Mobius. He freefalls for the entire time it takes for Tails to see the blast, get to his plane, take off, and head in his direction.
Ultimately, as Sonic falls towards the ground, presumably contemplating his fate and whether it was worth sacrificing his life to stop Robotnik, a passive determined expression on his face, suddenly he hears the sound of a plane engine. Tails flies underneath him and Sonic makes a perfect landing on the wing of a moving biplane. After falling from space.
Sonic is the most epic hero in the world because no one in the history of video games can compete with a feat that impressive. Oh, and to top it all off, in celebration of his victory he then JUMPS OFF OF THE PLANE AGAIN! Biggest badass in the world. Not even Kratos beats that.
Don't believe me? Here's the video. http://www.youtube.com/wat