SEGA has just released the second episode of their Sonic Origins ‘Speed Strats’ series, which is meant to get players up to speed on what’s included in this collection, and how they can squeeze the best performance out of Sonic and the gang.

These videos are very much a refresher for lapsed Sonic fans, or an intro point for franchise newcomers. If you’re a longtime Sonic fan, you definitely know all of the content covered in these videos. If you’re brand-new to Sonic games, here’s what’s discussed in today’s episode.

Rings - In-game players will come across rings (not to be confused with coins). If Sonic is holding at least one ring, players can take a hit from enemies or other dangerous obstacles. Once hit, rings will spill out and players will have the ability to retrieve them.

Lamppost - Lampposts save players’ progression, so be sure to spin them when spotted in-game.

Monitors - In-game, break monitors to gain rings, lives and a powerful shield that will protect Sonic from one hit.

Insta-Death - Even if players have rings or a shield, being crushed will result in an insta-death so be careful to always watch your step.

New Features - In Sonic Origins, players now can dash through the game as Tails and Knuckles. In-game Tails can fly whereas Knuckles can glide and climb. These heroes have the opportunity to use the Spin Dash ability in Classic Mode, while in Anniversary Mode, players will be able to find coins - the new currency in Sonic Origins. Players can also utilize Sonic’s new “Drop Dash” ability, first introduced in Sonic Mania.

Special Stages & Chaos Emeralds - There are six Chaos Emeralds to collect in Sonic Origins as opposed to the usual seven found in other Sonic titles. While playing, in order to enter a Special Stage, players must reach the goal with 50 rings or more and jump into the giant ring that appears on-screen to play through the non-stop revolving maze.

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