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

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    • 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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Zen Rain
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Sonic 4 is the punishment of a hateful god on a population which has enraged him.

It is what Kratos would create to give to his worst enemies. It is the final puzzle in a Saw movie. Threats of playing this game are what Kim Jong Un uses to keep the people of North Korea in line, and those people don't even understand what a videogame is.

If you read the credits of the game backwards, Cthulhu will destroy the world... but only if you do so after beating the game.
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JamesGecko
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
This is a bad game. I'll enumerate.

1. Bad physics. Sonic loses all momentum immediately as soon as you release a directional key. Ducking into a roll decelerates instead instead of uncapping your max velocity.

2. Broken physics. Sonic clips through springs. He also won't ride moving platforms downward; he is in mid air as soon as the platform begins it's descent.

3. Inconsistent application of the rules. In the last zone Sonic can walk on giant gears to move them, but he falls off as soon as he revs on them. Sometimes the lock on system just won't lock on.

4. Art design. It's occasionally difficult to tell if something is a platform or just a decorative doodad in the foreground. It's kinda ugly, too; there isn't even any AA.

5. Level design. One level has pistons that slam upward into spikes. They have a longish cycle no indication that they're about to activate. If you see them, you have to slam to a stop and wait for them to activate before proceding. Another level sees Sonic speeding along in pitch darkness, carrying a torch that illuminates the ground three feet in front of him. I haven't even mentioned the puzzles. Why are there puzzles in a Sonic game?

Avoid avoid avoid.
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AWotKing
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
It is if SEGA created some platformer and decided to put Sonic in it.

Rating: 6.5/10 "A platform game staring Sonic"
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yo no lo conozco señor
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I really expected Genesys Sonic 4. But I bought this piece of ♥♥♥♥.
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molegato
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
Pretty bad, actually. While an more-or-less-OK game, it looks more like a bad fangame than an official sonic game. Also, the special stages and some small parts of the main game are complete ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. Playing as supersonic is nice, though. Got it in a bundle, probably not worth it otherwise, even if you're a hardcore sonic fan.
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andyf247
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
After buying Sonic Generations and loving it, I jumped at the chance to try Sonic 4. A 2d based game that trys to capture the spirit of the original Genesis games? What could possibly go wrong?

Turns out a lot of things. Whilst it's true that the games are 2D and that we play as Sonic, this doesn't feel like a Sonic game. The physics are unnatural in comparison to the originals or to Generations. It handles poorly and the implementation of the homing attack causes more problems than benefits created. The music is rather dull and very repetitive. It doesn't help that out of frustation I just alt tabbed out of the game and closed the game via my taskbar and that the music didn't stop playing despite the gaming having been closed. Map design is also sketchy. On one map in particular, I have just died three times in a row due to the necessity of using the homing attack on carefully placed opponents to pass a giant gap in which a fall will instantly kill you. This is all fine and dandy except for the bit of the end platform being far away from the final monster in which you dash in to.

Simply put, I'm not having any fun playing this and if this were a modern players first experience with any Sonic game then they are going to be left with a poor taste in their mouth.
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HowDoUAim
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
TL;DR I would never pay full price, but for what I paid ($10 Humble Bundle for almost every Sonic game) I feel it was a fun and frustrating few hours spent. But this recommendation barely gets a thumbs up even at that price, which I will explain below.

First and foremost, the options and settings are a joke. The resolutions don't go above 1600x1200, and you have to manually change an option just to use a controller, otherwise it simply won't work. There is no way to remap what few buttons you need to play the game, which still would have been nice. In addition to that, this feels more like a remastered version of the first Sonic game, rather than it's own standalone sequel.

There are a few improvements however. They have included the targetting system which is a nice addition over the Genesis counterparts. I personally felt the graphics were quite nice as well. Also as in the original, the Casino levels are by far my favorite levels in almost any side-scroller.

However, this game gave me a frustration that I haven't felt since I was a child playing SNES/Genesis games. Sonic is nearly invincible as long as you keep a few rings handy. As in almost every Sonic game, they counter this by adding many one-hit kill traps and pitfalls that feel really cheap when you first come across them. In addition to this, you have to be completely still to do a dash, otherwise you'll jump like an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ all over the place. Also, the final version of Eggman took me about 20 lives in trial-and-error before I was able to take him down. But overall it was satisfying to play and beat, and it felt frustrating just like the old-school games. However the Chaos Emerald levels are more luck than skill, and I won't be bothering to complete them.

All in all, it's worth a few bucks, but at full price, I'd stay away.
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ShepherdMonk
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
The first video game I ever owned was Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I was five and horrible at it, yet could not be happier. Through practice and wonder I started a lifelong journey of gaming.

With that in mind, do not try to compare. Sonic 4 means well, and in fact has a fantastic soundtrack, but its design is slightly off even for a Sonic game. The purpose of Sonic is fast (thus the catchphrase), and this game tries to throw in other conventional platforming design that really runs down on your propulsion. You find yourself being stopped and jumping far more often than other Sonic games.

On top of all that, the bosses are absolutely horrible. None are interesting until late game, and for some reason to me the final boss was 10 times harder than all others. Even with great sound, they decided to make the music for bosses really abysmal and dull.

I enjoyed this game for what it was, and would even recommend it for free play, but it truly is slow, boring, and unsatisfying.
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mossymole
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Good old school sonic, short but fun
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_v3
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Don't buy this game,
Because it is poo.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game feels...derivative at best. It's essentially a fan-created flash game by someone who played Sonic on the Game Gear...once...and then suffered major brain damage and tried to recreate their experience.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I'm just glad I got this for cheap on a Humble bundle. It all just feels kinda wrong, and controlls really weird. It's essentially a mobile ported game to PC. I was really hoping for more from this, but sadly am dissapointed.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This was just a huge disappointment from Sonic 3. The levels are all re-hashed versions of previous Sonic games. Even the bosses are re-used from previous games. This does not feel like a new version of the game, it is more like a remastered compilation of prevous games.

The only innovation I saw was in the Labrynth zone where you can use your torch to light the explosives. The music was just very short loops that became annoying, especially at the end levels.

The only way you should buy/play this game is if it is on sale. I picked mine up at HumbleBundle so at least somebody is getting my money for a good cause.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Man, I wasn't expecting Sonic 4 to be this horrible. The graphics look like Sonic 3D Blast, the music is not that good, and the first two levels are obviously recreations of Green Hill and Casino Night (renamed Splash Hill and Casino Street...). The controls and physics are weird, letting go of the move stick in mid air just stops all of your momentum dead where you stand (or float I say), the spin dash is usually slower than just running, and Sonic's running animation just looks plain unnatural. I rage-quitted on Mad Gear act 1 because Sonic's slow acceleration made it impossible for me to outrun the crushing platforms near the end.

Honestly, I'm just glad I got this in the 25th Anniversary Humble Bundle instead of spending $10, so I'm not even mad because I also received the classics Sonic 1, 2, 3, and CD.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It looks and plays like a bad fan remake. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Remember that lightning fast game you played as a kid? Well, this isn't it.

This is more akin to a slow painful bowel movment during which you're forced to listen to terrible music.

Avoid.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Garbage, absoutly garbage. This game punishes you for moving fast, take a moment to think about that. It is frustrating, not fun, skip it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I wanted to go fast and all I got was gimmicks that kept slowing me down and terrible stage design. Also, Sonic feels slow, has a slower start up to running than past games and feels clunky. Target dash does not belong in this game and they need to stop relying on it as a fix to their poor design. Making us leap of faith into enemies 50% of the time is really annoying as well. Maybe one day they'll make a good game again. All I could think of is that free sneak king game burger king gave away for xbox and how it was actually better than this. Sad.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Where do I even begin? I won't talk about the physics, it is a HUGE problem, but I think that's been covered pretty well in other reviews and whatnot. It sure is ugly though. Some of the environment and water effects look nice, but that's about it. The levels are ugly and way too shiny. Sonic himself is ugly and in contrast with the overly shiny levels, actually looks pretty dull. All of his character animations are ugly and uninteresting to look at.

The soundtrack is downright awful. It's boring and uninspired. It tries to emulate the classic Genesis sound and fails miserably. None of these tunes are memorable at all.

Just like the music, the level themes and designs are also boring, uninspired, and forgettable. They don't try anything new, and the game suffers for it. I can forgive Splash Hill Zone, every Sonic game starts out with a Green Hill Zone esq level and it's a tradition I like. What I can't forgive is the rehash of Casino Night Zone, (it has its own name but I already forgot it) and the painfully generic levels that come after.

TL;DR this game is a soulless attempt at a cash-grab on older fans' nostalgia. Avoid this, at the very least, don't pay full retail for this monstrosity.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
This may very well be one of the only positive reviews on steam for this game, and I leave it shamelessly. I just got done with the task of collecting all 7 choas emeralds, and was filled with a sweet frustration I have not experienced since I was a tiny boy of 8 years old playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2, trying and succeeding in beating all those special stages. The sense of nostalgia is undeniable. I can't believe the entitlement that the gaming community has sometimes, especially Sonic the Hedgehog "fans". If you want the old games, go ahead and just play those. If you want a love letter from Sonic Team, as they try to give fans a familiar but fresh experience, at least give this a shot.

Thanks Sonic Team, I appreciate the feels ^.^
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