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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About This Game

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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Make
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
this game made me want to kill myself.
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tylerjay816
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
New graphics with classic sonic feel.
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The Fool
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Ever thought, Hmmmmmmm I want a modern 2D Sonic game. But I want the same feeling I get from playing older sonic games.

Then this game might be for you. *WIthout the evil chemical plant zone!*

This game is the closest you will ever get to Sonic The Hedgehog being in 2D again!
Of course this game is split into 2 Episodes.


Story: Eggman is back at it again! He kidnapped the Flickies/animals of the land, and is using them to create a robotic army again. It's sonic job to stop him and collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds.

Gameplay: You get the basic combo pack with one new move. The Homing Attack! Yes the popular Homing Attack from the newer games. Don't forget new ways of using the environment to get to the end!
There is, Ziplines, Bolders, Cogs, And cards.
There even the *Annoying* pinball features!

Special Stage: This game got a similar but harder version of the Sonic The Hedgehog *1* Special Stages.
And for completing it you get a Chaos Emerald *I never got around to collecting the 7 Chaos Emeralds because I hate 100% Sonic games...* After gathering all 7 Chaos Emeralds you get the ability to transform into Super Sonic
I can't really speak too much about this. You also get another ending for gathering all seven emeralds

Visual/Graphics: This games look amazing compare to the Classic Games, But not really for this day and age.
It's look nice don't get me wrong but something about it don't feel right.
Still not enough to get me to stop playing this game.


Final Rating: Go Supa Sanic! 6.8/10
Yeah, I know how weird it sound considering I'm not going to 100% this.
I'm just not good at Mini-games in games. And this game is rather short, I beaten this in my first 3 hours.
If you a die hard sonic fan, This game may be for you.
I'm a fan don't get me wrong, But I don't think this is worth the completion for me.
I never encountered a game what's worth 100% completing for me, Maybe because I'm lazy but I really get unmotivated to complete a game 100%.
But I do replay games often if I like them.




Happy 25th Anniversary, See you in the next review.
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topsy
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It looks and plays like a bad fan remake. Avoid.
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|GNU| Wipomatic
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game does for 2D Sonic what Sonic 06 did for 3D Sonic.
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Dnosirrom
( 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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Gray
( 0.4 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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Mudkip
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is just.... Bad... I can see the potential it has, but I have never felt Sonic so slow. Every time I lose rings or hit a spike, I don't feel like I did something wrong, I feel like the game is just hiding things so I can die. The lock on system is a good concept, but half the time it actually doesn't lock and then Sonic does weird hops and face plants. I then decided to play Episode 2. Trust me, that game is better. Skip this one.
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Illegram
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
GOTTA GO SLOWER
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 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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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
MUCH better off playing the original games or the newer 'Sonic Generations' if you want some hedgepig in your life.

Apart from some of Sonics older fans who last got to play the previous insalment of this series (Sonic the Hedgehog 3, February 2nd, 1994) the little blue begger doesn't seem to have aged well.

Physics have worsened, Graphics are just... Bluergh. Music is more childish and less innovative and shorter. Although Doctor Robotnik did surprise me in the first battle. he came along with his massive balls and swung them about as usual and after you beat him normally he goes for one last massive overhead swing attack of ball crushing. Which was a nice twist. I guess.

I was 9 when I played the third game. I'm now 30... Either I should grow up or this timeline of sonic games should have tried to match me in some way. Probably the former, but I wouldn't complain about the latter.

The 30 year old in me is now going to go and get some work done. the inner nine year old is going be a little upset about his favourite hedgehog and the inner teen is probably going to be thinking about ♥♥♥♥.

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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
At least this game tried, and that's all I can say on the plus side for this monstrosity, sadly. The physics are garbage, the graphics are ugly, animations are wonky, as well as the controls. Nothing went right. What the ♥♥♥♥ is a Sonic?
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This game is garbage. As a Sonic fan I really tried to find something positive, but failed. But not as hard, as this game. Not even worth completion. Worst Sonic game I played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game is just.... Bad... I can see the potential it has, but I have never felt Sonic so slow. Every time I lose rings or hit a spike, I don't feel like I did something wrong, I feel like the game is just hiding things so I can die. The lock on system is a good concept, but half the time it actually doesn't lock and then Sonic does weird hops and face plants. I then decided to play Episode 2. Trust me, that game is better. Skip this one.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Pathetic. Absolutely no originality. Copycat zones, copycat bosses, ♥♥♥♥ the final boss is play all the previous ones and then we'll copy 1 new one!

Had some good music though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Sonic controls like an obese kangaroo stuck in a sea of marmite. Also the level design is all over the place. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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