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A Flawed Return To Form For The Blue Blur 2

Even the promotional material oozes nostalgia In a lot of ways, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 reminds me of Mirror's Edge. Not the most obvious comparison to draw, you might think, but after a couple of hours playing the latest iteration in the Sonic franchise, the similarities were strikingly clear to me. Both games seem to offer the promise of free-flowing, momentum-driven platforming - the latter through acrobatic parkour, and the former through sheer sense of speed. Both games deliver ...

11 out of 12 found this review helpful.

Sonic 4 isn't terrible, but it's not amazing either. 1

   A familiar sight, indeed.   Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Yes, the fourth Sonic The Hedgehog game, at last. There have been no others. Ever.) comes at a strange and somewhat appropriate time in games history. In the past couple of years, there’s been a strong nineties resurgence with titles like Street Fighter 4, Megaman 9 and 10, New Super Mario Bros, and the upcoming Mortal Kombat game, all hearkening back to their early-90s ancestry. Sonic The Hedgehog continues this trend with So...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Sonic's deforestation project 0

 As the 26th Sonic game released, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 aims to numerically confuse the world. It also aims to address just about any and every complaint levied at the series since the existence of polygons. There is no beastiality love story. There is no ridonkulous plot. Sonic doesn’t transform into a wolf form and have crappy combat sequences. (Though I’ll confess to being weirdly curious about Sonic Unleashed at the moment. Maybe for the wrong reasons.) There is not an ounce of dialogu...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

...But damn it if they didn't try. 1

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is an unusual and misshapen fever-dream. As the title screen will proudly inform you, it is the fourth Sonic the Hedgehog game, placing it chronologically after the supposed pinnacle of the series, Sonic 3. What the big-ass "FOUR" in the title doesn't tell you is that rather than a genuine sequel, Sonic 4 feels like an HD Remix of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and 3's essential concepts.  There are transparent bats with light bulbs on their tail-ends. There are crabs that ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A Fan's Perspective. 2

It’s easy to get caught up in the zeitgeist surrounding Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. For close to a decade now, there has been a dedicated segment of the gaming community who has pounded their fists in demand for a game that plays just like the early-90′s Sega Genesis classics. By all means, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 should have been the game everybody has waited so long for. Excitement was replaced by embarrassment, however, as many discovered the game was less “sequel to Sonic 3” and had ...

8 out of 10 found this review helpful.

This is the real Sonic 0

Forget anything that has come out since the mid 90's.  Except for maybe a couple competent GB titles and a DS one or two I never played, Sonic had strayed from his core 2D gameplay to confusing badly controlled 3D versions that never really captured the true Sonic feel.  Sonic 4, now released 16 years after the 3rd, follows directly in evolution of the series as if nothing has come out since, never mind the million color HD graphics.  I'd get into more detail, but it may be moot if you have neve...

5 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Sonic's Back! 0

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for XBox Live ArcadeSonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is a great addition to any Sonic or old-school game fan's collection. It's a game that's a ton of fun to play and quite pretty to look at once you slow down enough to notice.Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has some of the most amazing 2D graphics I have ever seen. It's quite a shame that you miss most of those graphics during the speed-heavy game. The graphics are very reminiscent of the first Sonic the Hedgehog ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Sonic's back! I wish i could say it was with a Vengeance... 0

Robotnik (I’m going to call him that until the day i die) is back stealing animals and Sonic is back to stop him. There’s no plot, there’s no voice work, there are no annoying sidekicks, this is pure unadulterated Sonic fun… mostly.Developed by Dimps, this latest Sonic game harkens back to the simple 2D Side-Scrolling platformers of the original 3.5 Sonic games. Every level is a throwback to levels from those previous games, with only one exception.There’s a Green Hill type Zone, a Casino type, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Slow-mo the Hedgehog 0

The Sonic the Hedgehog 4 project was an attempt to return to form. After years of 3D games of declining quality and handheld 2D games which garnered mixed reception, Sega was determined to release a new installment which called to mind the franchise's glory days in order to get back on the fanbase's good side.Sonic 4 would not be the project that succeeded.Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (henceforth, Sonic 4 E1) is a sloppy attempt at appealing to nostalgia while bringing in nothing new but head...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A disgrace to the franchise 0

Sorry, but this is true. There are several flaws to this title that make it undeserving of its "4" in the the title.    For one, the camera is too close to Sonic. Isn't this the same problem that plagued the Game Boy Advance version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog? Besides the fact that I cannot see what is ahead of me in a decent manner, the camera being so close just does not feel right. I want to see the whole world Sonic is in, not just a close up of Sonic. But alas, Dimps does not agree....

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

I really wanted to like this game 0

 It is difficult to look at a new Sonic game and ignore all the terrible 3D efforts they made previously. Although if you choose to ignore all these 3D games it does not look too bad. All of the 2D GBA and DS game's have been pretty good. Sega has finally realised this and made a brand new 2D console game for downloadable platforms. This game is back to basics with a retro action and feel. No idiotic stories or uninspirational support cast. Just Sonic doing what he is best of. Running fast and c...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

As refreshing as a dive into a pit of spikes. 0

  Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. Just saying the full name of the game has a weird feeling to it. Sonic games have been getting churned out yearly, with quality ranging from mediocre to abysmal. Dimps, the folks behind the portable Sonic games, have tried to bring back that sense of fun that people had with the original series. They fail. Instead they give a game that not only fails at bringing something new, but also manages to taint your memories of the original games. Lets ge...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

It's about time we get a Sonic the Hedgehog 4. 0

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was a game that Sonic fans waited a long time for and being a Sonic fan myself, I was pretty excited for this game. Sonic 4 is the first game in the original series since 1994's Sonic & Knuckles. People have thought Sonic & Knuckles was Sonic 4, but it was more like Sonic 3.5, since that and Sonic 3 were originally supposed to be one game. Sonic 4 is doing the same kind of thing, which is why "Episode 1" is in the subtitle.You play as Sonic, who is the only playable ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Sonic 4 Worth Buying! 0

Sonic 4 Artwork   If you say to someone have you ever played original Sonic the Hedgehog games, 90% of people are most likely to say they have.   If you tell people that the next Sonic the Hedgehog game is out, Sonic the Hedge 4, Episode 1, then not as many people will have played that.   Sonic 4 which I’m shortening it to for this review has recently been released and the downloads were coming quick and fast.   People shelled out about a tenner for the latest game in the sonic franchise.   ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Shaky Return To Form For The Hedgehog... 0

     It has been tough times for Sonic The Hedgehog as he can never catch a break being in a good game these days. In the past decade, Sega and Sonic Team have struggled to make Sonic feel relevant by putting out disappointment after disappointment with the 3D games from the Adventure titles to recently, Unleashed with the Werehog gimmick. While they continue to figure out what it takes to Sonic feel like his true self in 3D, Sega finally decided to go back to his 2D roots with a proper sequel t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Best Sonic Game Since Sonic & Knuckles. Overpriced Though 0

YES!!! Finally a proper new Sonic game that’s actually, genuinely brilliant. It doesn’t start off very well, to start with it feels dodgy. Its difficult to explain but it just doesn’t feel “right” somehow. I also thought the camera was a bit too close & Sonic was a bit too big. But just a few acts later it id gotten used to it & it had completely won me over. This is definitely the classic Sonic 1 – Sonic 3 & Knuckles gameplay at its best. The levels have been expertly designed wi...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Press Y to be mediocre! 0

It us no big secret that the Sonic franchise has fallen from the graces of the gaming community and has become some sort of blue, fast running joke. What use to be universal acclaim and applause has become disinterested eye-rolls and dismissive wanking motions. So, after over a decade of dropping the ball, Sega came up with an enlightened idea. The same idea that fans have been yelling at them all along. "Say, why don't we make another 2-D platformer and just give it better graphics?" It makes s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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