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.
User reviews: Mixed (447 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 19, 2012

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Includes 17 items: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic 3D Blast™, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine™, Sonic Spinball™, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Generations - Casino Nights DLC, Sonic CD, Sonic Generations, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode I, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode II, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Sonic Adventure 2, SONIC ADVENTURE 2: BATTLE, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed: Metal Sonic & Outrun DLC

 

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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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Ever since this game released i was wondering why was it so panned, i can understand weird phisics but all the gameplay looked good enough... and then i played today and now i realize why

Green Hill zone is the only area that had gameplay shown of, this... This game has angered me more than any other game, not because it's hard, but because of how frustrating the levels become once you hit the casino zone... I made it to the next area only to run into an even more frustrating puzzle...

This was... Bad, really bad, after getting stuck in that puzzle I can tell you i'm done with this game, this was advertised as a sequel for the classic sonic games, yet this game brought elements that only slow sonic down, the 10 minute time limit is insulting considering how unfair some of the obstacles are

I'm a fan of hard games, I played and beat super meat boy WITH KEYBOARD, but this? this game is just cheap difficulty, I'm glad this was part of the Sonic Collection bundle, if i had grabbed this individually? I would have felt ripped off...

Just avoid this game... I can only summarize it in one word: ANNOYING
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
This Game is Cool. Way past cool. I dont get why everybody says the game sucks or it doesnt work or the physics suck or that this was worst than Sonic 06 (seriously ive seen people say that). To me the physics are OK and the gamplay is fun. Overall a good expirience.
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Music is very very bad, not much content, bad graphics, bad level design, bad physics.

The music is so bad I want to turn off the volume..
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Не покупайте это ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥о. Купите лучше Sonic CD, например.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is an insult to the classic sonic franchise.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 - Episode 1,
Sigh. . . i Wish i could like this game.

It said to be a sequal to Sonic 3 And Knuckles (one of the best sonic games in the series)
This game as a whole could of been great but then there were lots of Faults

So Back in 2010 this game was titled Project Needlemouse (Sonic's Original Name!) and there was a huge list of what characters were going to be in it, like Sonic,Tails,Big Even Tikal from Sonic Adventure!

a few weeks later we were treated to the announcment of Sonic 4 Episode 1 where it showed all 3 Sonic games (Sonic 1 2 3&K and at the end it showed the logo and that was all i can remember


Sonic in this game has Bad Phsyics and he looks like somthing a girl would do on her first time on instagram

The music is okay but short and loops waaaay to much

Stages are rehased from old sonic games

and the Bosses Suck to.


Because im a sonic Fan i will reccomend this. if it wasnt for this game being bad but not to bad
i wouldnt of gone to Summer of Sonic :D
Posted: October 21
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0.6 hrs on record
Oh you bought this game? You love the old school sonic franchise? Good. Cling to those memories and uninstall this game as fast as you can. GO! Stop reading this review of a terrible game and Uninstall! If you're reading this, burn your computer. It's too late.
Posted: October 10
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5.5 hrs on record
Nice :D
Posted: September 26
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8.8 hrs on record
This game is a frankenstein abomination of different Sonic games and really has no business being called Sonic 4. If you're looking for a good Sonic game to play or a new 2D platformer, skip this one and head straight for Episode 2. That is a much better game. If you're looking for a good nostalgia trip, grab Sonic Generations. If you're still on the fence about this one, read on.

Sonic 4 Episode 1 is the first part of an episodic approach to returning to Sonic the Hedgehog's roots, riding the 2D revival bandwagon started by games like New Super Mario Bros. There is nothing wrong with the idea, but Sega put absolutely no effort into preserving their most important mascot's heritage. Sonic 4 was outsourced to Dimps, which makes its complete failure even more baffling, as Dimps has made several decent to good handheld Sonic games over the years. They must have let the janitorial staff take over for this project, because it's clear no one understood what makes a good game, let alone a good Sonic game.

The graphics are garish with a prerendered art style that isn't evocative of any Sonic game except maybe 3D Blast (which no one wanted to be reminded of). The music sounds like it's coming out of a bootleg Genesis/Megadrive; the compositions aren't necessarily bad, but the sound is very unappealing. The level design is bottom-tier Sonic but still modeled after actual Sonic games, but the borked physics result in bizarre situations like Sonic moonwalking in slowmotion on a ceiling, or just stopping on a dime.

For a game called Sonic 4, it takes several steps back and uses its predecessors as crutches. As such, its truncated level selection gives us such wonderful, original zones as Emerald Splash Hill Zone, Casino Night Street Zone, Lost Labyrinth Zone, Metropolis Mad Gear Zone, and Death EGG Station Zone. So to sum it up, we have an inferior rehash with half the content of a typical Sonic game due to its episodic nature. Someone at Sega must have wised up because Episode 2 is such a big step up over this and I can't recommend someone put up with it when you can get far better Sonic experiences on Steam.
Posted: September 29
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4.3 hrs on record
get the game during a sale its not bad but not the best game
Posted: September 29
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0.1 hrs on record
Run, save yourself,, save yourself from the true awfulness of this game. Run.
Posted: September 29
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1.2 hrs on record
oh what could have been, sonic the hedgehog 4 does everything right on the surface, but unfortunately lacks the spark of sonic the hedgehog 1-3&knux. the level design is not as tight, the game feels slower than it should, the graphics are kinda ugly to be honest...
it just stinks of corporate desperation, sadly. if you want a good sonic game, buy one of the sega collection packs, or sonic CD- steer clear of this soulless husk.
Posted: October 2
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0.4 hrs on record
Horribly recycled. Same bosses and badniks from previous games. Tile set lifted off of old levels. To make matters worse the momentum system is all messed up. If you arent pressing a direction you will drop like a sack of brikes. They also added a holming attack which does nothting to enjoy,
Posted: October 12
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0.4 hrs on record
This game is terrible, everything about it makes me cringe

9/11
Posted: October 11
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4.1 hrs on record
Sonic The Hedgehog 4. Does it deserve it's title? In my opinion, no. But it still gets the job done. I had a enjoyable time playing thorugh this game. It's not the best game iv'e played, but it's still a good purchase. If you don't like repititve gameplay, do not get this. But for everyone else, you might find some good enjoyment out of this title. But for me, it wasn't very exciting. I still had a good time, though. Sonic 4 gets a 73/100, a C.
Posted: October 17
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
I liked this game *Wave of downvotes*. All I have to say is : "You like 90's Sonic Games ? You should try it. You like Modern Sonic games? You should try it." The difficulty is perfectly balanced but it suddenly become "Sofa King Hard" during the final boss act.

→ 77/100
Posted: July 7
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32 of 52 people (62%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
In this game you pleh as Sanic the hodgeheg, as he runs accross "Sega" inspired levels with his trademark ability’s to jump and collect rings to avoid Amy.

The game is a sequel to sanic 3 and knipples, the game that introduced everyone’s favourite Australian marsupial, Lyall.

Highly recomended 10/10
Posted: June 19
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Ugly, lazy, barely any content. The content that's there is either boring or terrible. Sonic controls like Megaman to the point where if you don't hold a direction while being launched out of a cannon or minecart you'll drop like a rock. The music tries to sound like a Genesis and succeeds in all the worst ways. An all-around unpleasant experience, really.
Posted: May 6
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Welcome to Sonic 4! Continuing where Sonic 3 and Knuckles left off on the Sega Genesis many many years ago, it reveals what happens next in Dr. Robotniks evil scheme, and you're in control of Sonic to stop it.

The first episode has five levels that you can play in, each with three acts. Sadly, none of these stages are memorable at all.

At all.

The level design, however, is nice. It's nothing special, or memorable. One thing I'm upset about and several others are as well, is the abundance of speed boosters. The physics are also very strange as well.

The music is... ok. However, the sound kit they used to construct seems like it would be a mediocre disco kit from the 90's. The sound effects are nice, though.

A problem many have with this game is not that it's a bad game, but that it's title is Sonic 4. And I too have this problem. I would only recommend this title to Sonic fans. If you're just looking for a fun platformer to pick up and play, this is not the game that you are looking for. All in all, this game is ok. I give it a 7/10.
Posted: April 28
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Huh, so Steam has reviews? Okay, why not try my hand at it.
So Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode I seemed to be SEGA's way of returning Sonic to his roots for people to enjoy.
Does it do a good job? Eh. It's fun. Could of used better physics than the Sonic Rush engine. Personally, I prefer the Wii version of the game, as Sonic isn't as shiny, the music sounds closer to an actual SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive, and the controls are much more simplistic (not to mention I had to get a button mapping program because -while my controller had enough buttons- it wasn't an Xbox 360 controller, so it decided not to have compatiblity) The only reason why I recomend getting this on anything besides a Wii is for Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II's "Episode Metal" which requires both games on the same memory, and Episode II never saw a Nintendo port. But even though I do recommend getting for the reason just mentioned, wait for it to go on sale. The game isn't worth it's current price tag.
Posted: May 14
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