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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Mixed (786 reviews) - 52% of the 786 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 47 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Might as well start this off by saying that all the Sonic games for the Sega Mega Drive were the first videogames I ever played as a kid, and I played them over and over for years, so I've had quite a bit of experience when it comes to this type of Sonic game... Now.. Onto the review.

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 really really does not live up to the standards of the original Sonic games on the Megadrive/ Genesis. Quite a big letdown..

There's quite a few problems I noticed as soon as I started playing... The spindash is really really REALLY slow, even when rolling down hills and after using a speed booster, and many times Sonic just...stopped right in the middle of rolling, unrolling if you go over a ramp or an edge, which left me too slow to make a jump a few times. The physics just do not work well at all.

I only played Splash Hill zone til completion and some of Casino Street, and both just feel like a copy of Greenhill Zone and Emerald Hill Zone combined (but not as good) and Casino Night Zone from. The first boss battle is even the same as the end of Green Hill Zone with Dr Robotnik (now Eggman) in his Egg Mobile-H with the swinging ball.. There's too much rehashing old ideas, which the original games never really did.

For the fastest hedgehog, he sure has gotten slower.... Things just really don't feel so inspired. The levels look nice, sure, because graphics, but just.. C'mon, make some new levels and don't just heavily reference the old ones to the point they're almost-but-not-quite the same...

This isn't Sonic The Hedgehog Remastered, it's meant to be a continuation to Sonic and Knuckles. Just.... No.....
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Well...this IS a Sonic Game, and i marked it as not recommended but i wouldn't flat out say it's bad. It is, however, ABSOLUTELY frustrating. The game has got some cool levels, and it is fun overall, but why oh why, are the controls so damn SLUGGISH?!
NEVER has Sonic stopped cold in the middle of a jump when there's momentum, that's what momentum is there for, same with running. SO MANY cheap deaths because i was expecting to land ahead only to just fall. Also, when has the Spin Dash EVER slowed down on hills or steeps? It's unbelievable that having perfected the sonic formula, and made 2D sonic games for the best part of a decade, Sega would mess this up so badly? There are games with bad controls which manage to be good regardless, but a huge part of Sonic ARE the controls and physics! I pushed through and finished it, and yeah, i had fun, but...not all was sunshine and rainbows. Don't even get me STARTED on the Secret Maze cave thing, or it's boss battle. Do i recommend it? Well...to absolutely die-hard Sonic fans only, and with a price cut as i got it. Otherwise, skip to Part 2 which plays EXACTLY like Sonic should play.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Controls are cacapoopoodoodoo, physics need to go to school, graphics are straight outta Gameboy Advance era. You'd be better off donating $10 to Trump's campaign.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
bad mechanics. the pinball clicker is the worst. overall bad control. some stages don't belong in a sonic game and are more akin to mario jumping stages. not fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
This game is absolutely trash. Keeping and losing your momentum at seemingly random times is bad enough, but crippling you after every single homing attack by forcing you out of your attack ball is just pure nonsense.

It absoluutely boggles the mind who on earth worked on these controls and thought that this was acceptable. I was already questioning the quality of this game on the very first stage because of them. It never got better.
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