The sequel fans have waited 16 years for is finally here - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I! Featuring enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash, and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles™ left off. Dr.
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Release Date: Jan 19, 2012

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The sequel fans have waited 16 years for is finally here - Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I! Featuring enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash, and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles™ left off. Dr. Eggman’s back, and in an effort to finally rid himself of Sonic, he revisits – and improves – the very best of his creations. Get ready for the next chapter in an all new epic 2D saga built for old and new fans alike.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/Win7
    • Processor:Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz/Athlon 64 3000+ or Equivalent & above
    • Memory:1 GB (2 GB on Vista) GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 7600/AT Radeon X1300) & above
    • DirectX®:dx90a
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows XP/Vista/Win7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.4 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & above
    • Memory:2 GB+ GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 3800) & above
    • DirectX®:dx50
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
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「VELVET FEZ」
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
The second you start controlling Sonic, you know something is wrong. To make it short, it just doesn't have that fluidity and tight physics as previous Sonic games did. The visuals look alright, but this isn't an ideal look for a 2D game. Everything feels so slow in this game. And the boss battles and music are very underwhelming You're better off getting the amazing Sonic CD or other 2D Sonic games or maybe even waiting for Sonic Mania.
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MugetsuKurosaki™
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Product received for free
a game's soundtrack has never made my ears bleed until this night
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tony_cannoli
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
torch puzzle act 2 lost labyrinth zone is the stupidest thing I've ever seen in a sonic game avoid this at all costs
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Rhakyr
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
I don't know how you manage to make a new Sonic game feel slower and look worse than Sonic 3 on the Genesis. Maybe these modern CPUs just don't have the blast processing we need to make a good sonic game
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Substance
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
The controls are stiff and unresponsive. The joy you feel when controlling Sonic from the previous games is gone. From the recent Sonic games, Sonic Generations nailed the controls and feel of Sonic. Hopefully the upcoming Sonic Mania & Project 2017 will have better things for the blue blur. I bought Sonic 4 on a low price but I don't recommend it at all, you'll be put off by the controls. Avoid.
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carlosrossi
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
I was sure I would see another Sonic "so-fast-I-can't-follow-it" game, but, playing the first Green Hill-like zone, I was delighted with some minutes of a remastered Sonic. If they couldn't match the classics one (which, for me, stopped at Sonic the Hedgehog 2, for Genesis), they sure made an effort to stay close and pay the honors. Although I'm writting this with just one regular and one bonus zone cleared, I have a feeling my opinion will remain at the end of the game. I just don't see the point in breaking it on two episodes (besides the financial one). However, since I've bought them both, I'm sure I'll enjoy them!
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Wilhelm Ryan
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 22
Seriously just can't get into this game. The physics are just so off that it gets frustrating way too fast. I can still pick up the older sonic games today and blast through them in a few hours and have a great time, but every time I try to get into this one I just get frustrated and don't want to play the lame level rehashes.
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DontBlink +_- UrDead
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
Horrible. Abssolutley rubbish.

Whoever made this game should be let go from the team, harsh? This is an abomination. This game makes Sonic feels like everything he is not. Slow, dumb and dull.

WAIT for Sonic Mania to release in early 2017. Skip this crap. As a Sonic fan growing up, this is one of the most horrible Sonic games out there. I'm saving you from the pain. You're welcome.
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Sonic_RocketPotatoL62
10.6 hrs
Posted: August 16
Honestly, the sonic fanbase has to give this game some slack. I went into this game with low expectations.. and then I realised, this game is actualy great!

However. it does not accomplish what it set out to do, and that is to throwback to the legacy of the classic series, except of the bosses of the past, this game actualy feels like I'm playing sonic rush rather than a classic. it's actualy pretty decent. however, it only has 4 zones, the level design is actualy pretty good, Idk what people talk about.. sonic's level design was always like this to me, could be better though.

the physics? again, nothing like the classics, and more like rush. doesn't mean it's bad though.. Someone told me this was actualy made by dimps, who was also behind sonic advance and sonic rush.

So yeah, if you want to replay or relive the classics,this game isn't what you're looking for. I believe sonic mania will fufill that. if this wasn't called sonic 4, it probebly would have gotten better reception just like that.

I don't understand the nitpicks, this game is decent, and I hear that episode 2 was better, I have yet to play that one though.

7/10, a bit mediocre but still brings in the feeling of sonic.
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Slash
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 14
first level felt forever
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Horrible. Abssolutley rubbish.

Whoever made this game should be let go from the team, harsh? This is an abomination. This game makes Sonic feels like everything he is not. Slow, dumb and dull.

WAIT for Sonic Mania to release in early 2017. Skip this crap. As a Sonic fan growing up, this is one of the most horrible Sonic games out there. I'm saving you from the pain. You're welcome.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Sonic 4 - Episode 1 is fun on its own, but very dissapointing as a follow-up to the Mega Drive/Genesis classics. The level design is littered with cheap deaths and speed boosts that kill a lot of the depth, and the mechanics don't have the same pinball-ish charm that the originals had, so the difficulty comes from memorizing the levels rather than learning to pull off tricks by manipulating Sonic's momentum and inertia. The levels don't have the same charm, either, all being rehashes of older levels in the series. Scoring those levels is the music that's composed well, but the instruments chosen all sound like an imitation of the Genesis soundchip by someone who hates the Genesis soundchip.

That said, while it doesn't hold up as a classic Sonic game, the controls are at least tight enough to make transversing the levels at least someone fun, so it has that going for it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Product received for free
a game's soundtrack has never made my ears bleed until this night
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The controls are stiff and unresponsive. The joy you feel when controlling Sonic from the previous games is gone. From the recent Sonic games, Sonic Generations nailed the controls and feel of Sonic. Hopefully the upcoming Sonic Mania & Project 2017 will have better things for the blue blur. I bought Sonic 4 on a low price but I don't recommend it at all, you'll be put off by the controls. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I don't know how you manage to make a new Sonic game feel slower and look worse than Sonic 3 on the Genesis. Maybe these modern CPUs just don't have the blast processing we need to make a good sonic game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Can we just tap the brakes on the Sonic hate train for a second?

As someone who holds several of the highest speedrun scores (barring cheaters), I can say that the level design is well done and the speeds you acheive are hard earned. The new physics aren't the same as the old games. They're different. But different does not equate to bad. So don't go into the game expecting to replay Sonic 1. If you want to do that... go replay Sonic 1.

There are some grossly subpar Sonic games out there, but this is not one of them. It's an essential throwback to the original games, but to compare it as 1 to 1 with them is ridiculous. If the developers wanted to rehash the exact same Sonics 20+ year old games, that'd be all too easy. Instead, Sonic 4 - Episode 1 is a new spin on an old style, and it's good. And Episode 2 is even better.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
This game isn't that bad at first. The graphics look kind of stupid with Modern Sonic photoshopped onto the scenery, but it's not so horrible as to feeling like you'll puke looking at it. I don't get what the complaints of wonky physics are about, as the only thing I found to be off was the Homing Attack lock-ons (which get more convoluted every game) and card physics in Road of Cards.

In my opinion, the greatest problem of this game is that it's a nostalgia cashcow, except worse. The first level is Splash Hill, Sonic 2's first stage with Sonic 1's boss in 3D... except with one new move where Eggman tries to spin at you (!!! creative original wow shocking outstanding development). And it just goes on like that, really. Stages are throwbacks to old Sonic levels, bosses are classic Sonic bosses but with added twists over half-way through to make them "different". It's really not. Don't even get me started on the horrendous final boss which I hope never happens again.

Music is mediocre, Special Stages are kind of fun, level design starts pretty okay then just goes all over the place and becomes bad. The game is a snoozefest trying to call out to nostalgia♥♥♥♥ and getting little to nothing out of it. Impending Doom was amazing fun, if nothing else.

Just get this with the Sonic Bundle or for Episode Metal for Episode 2.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Nope.

Speed mechanics are all messed up. Sonic accelerates far too slowly and is capable of stopping on a dime in mid-air if you release the movement controls. One section of the game contains mine carts, a couple of which eject you at the end of the rail, and if you're not holding forward at the time (mind you, you don't need to be holding forward for the cart to be moving in the first place), Sonic gets launched about two feet, acts like he hit an invisible wall, and plumets like a rock. Once you lose your forward momentum, it takes far too long to get it back.

Every single level is a 'rip-off' of an earlier Sonic level as far as aesthetics go. The updated looks are actually pretty decent, but it's a bit boring to be seeing levels that appear identical to sonic 1-3 levels while pretending to be all new zones. Additionally, I don't think there's a single original enemy, at least not one I've encountered. Most enemies that appear come from the level that's being copied, though one in particular makes a very common appearance through the whole game (the floaty, spiky guys from Marble Garden Zone in 3).

The Emerald stages are based heavily on Sonic 1's, in which you're in a spinning maze and need to navigate your way to the Chaos Emerald. It's a bit different - there are gates in the way that you unlock by collecting rings along the way, and you have a time limit to reach the Emerald. You also control the spin of the maze. There are, of course, trap walls that eject you from the stage if you touch them, just like in 1. These are a little frustrating, but honestly not any more frustrating than Sonic 1's Emerald stages were.

Some of the music is decent, other tracks sound oddly out of place. The basic boss theme, for example, sounds really odd. It's a slow-paced, light-hearted little jingle. It picks up in pace when Eggman goes "berserk," but it still doesn't seem quite like it fits. A lot of the sound effects were ripped straight from Sonic 3.

Ultimately, I can't recommend it. I could probably finish playing it through if the controls weren't so stiff, I think that's the biggest offender.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Somehow this game manages to be even worse than the 3D Sonic games. I don't know how they did that, but they did!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Tenative reccomend. It's not the best Sonic, it's not even the best within the Sonic 4 series, ep 2 is better. But I still reccomend, because even with all those drawback s the game is moderately fun. Covering the classic zones, it channel's Sonic 2 for sure. Breaks in the action can sometimes be frustrating, but all in all it moves along at a Sonic like pace for the most part. Also its not hard but stuff like the final boss and second to final can eat through your lives pretty quickly.
All in all worth plaingf if you can find on sale
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