Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode II
The Sonic 4 Saga continues in Episode II with the return of a beloved side kick and fan-favorite villains! Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic has returned to form an alliance with Dr. Eggman! To face this new evil, Sonic will have to call upon an old friend to help him save the day!
User reviews: Very Positive (330 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2012

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About This Game

The Sonic 4 Saga continues in Episode II with the return of a beloved side kick and fan-favorite villains!

Following the events of Episode I, Metal Sonic has returned to form an alliance with Dr. Eggman! To face this new evil, Sonic will have to call upon an old friend to help him save the day! Now joined by Tails, race across four new Zones and take down fearsome new badniks with deadly combination moves in order to put an end to this dastardly duo’s plans!

Experience the Sonic 4 saga as never before with the addition of a brand new engine; bringing you gameplay with updated physics and zones in stunning HD graphics! Also new to Episode II is the addition of online/local collaborative play where players can team up with a friend to take control of Sonic and Tails as they battle against Dr. Eggman!

BONUS! Owners of both Episode I & Episode II will unlock Episode Metal! Play as Sonic’s greatest rival in this exclusive zone and experience the untold story behind Metal Sonic’s revival!

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)
    • Graphics: 256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8600/AT Radeon HD3650) & above
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9c
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.4 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & above
    • Memory: 2 GB+
    • Graphics: 512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 3800) & above
    • DirectX®: DirectX 11
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB Free
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
For those that missed the first episode of Sonic 4, this is a 2D platforming game staring everyone's favorite blue hedgehog. The plot is the same as its always been, but with a twist. Dr. Robotnik, the evil antagonist of most every Sonic game has now teamed up with Metal Sonic! The dude with 90s attitude isn't alone though, he now has Tails to go with him. With Tails, come new mechanics, such as jumping into the air, and calling Tails to lift Sonic like a helicopter. If you're on the ground and use the tag button, it summons Tails to combine the two for a super fast attack. If you need to use the helicopter ability, the game will have a little billboard to tell you. This game feels more a kin to the Game Boy Advance games than the original Genesis games which the first episode clearly drew inspiration from.

In Episode 2, you have four zones with three acts each followed by a boss fight as a fourth act. Not just that, but later into the four hour game, you unlock a playable Metal Sonic with four zones and one act each. These zones use assets from the first episode. So in all, there are 16+ levels for you to master. These levels feel a lot longer than the first episode and the Genesis games as a whole. Some levels feel like six minute marathons with no end in sight.

The levels are big and offer many paths to the exit. You'll have to avoid an array of enemies, spikes, and even death traps. You'll collect rings everywhere and these rings aren't just because dullards love shinny things, but as long as Sonic has at least one ring, he can take another hit. Even if you have 100 rings and get hit, only 30 will spray out of Sonic. When you get hit with no rings, it means death for the fuzzy blue guy. There are plenty of check points in each level if you die. A game over simply means that you'll need to start the level again. If you collect 100 rings in a level, you get an extra life. If you have 50+ rings at the end of the level, a giant ring will appear that will take you to a special bonus stage.

These bonus stages are updated versions of the old Sonic 2 bonus stages. You'll follow Sonic running down a 3D half pipe. You can boost and jump. There are a few check points that need X amount of rings to get past. So as Sonic, you'll solemn down the tube moving left and right, collecting rings and dodging obstacles that will lose you rings. At the end you'll find a chaos emerald.... that somehow isn't green. Whatever. Collect all seven to unlock a yellow Super Sonic.

New to the Sonic 4 series is local co-op and even online co-op, but since the game came out in 2011, good luck trying to find a partner. There are online leader boards for time attacks. It adds to the replayability I guess, but more than that, the game has a red star ring on each level to collect. These rings are either tough to find or tough to get. Its an extra challenge for veterans.Sonic and Metal Sonic play the same. Left and right to move, with a single button to jump. Hold down to duck and hit the jump button to start a spin dash to get momentum to go up slopes. You still need to charge it which takes time. That's why the airborne dart attack is not only a much better way to gain speed instantly, but you can also lock in on targets accurately hit them no matter what the angle. Episode 2 didn't make as much use of the homing attack as the first episode, but it does make travel easier, darting for an enemy or a springboard. The only difference between Metal Sonic and the ordinary version is lack of an ally. No helicoptering around or bowling through enemies.

Calling Tails just feels slow. Tails automatically zips right back to Sonic wherever he is, unless he just died, but it just halts the game to wait. The Sky Fortress kicks off with an airplane mission that has Sonic atop Tail's plane that gives you full control to move the plane left, right, up and down. Complete with Sonic able to jump and attack. Under normal circumstances, I'd think it diversifies gameplay having a plane dodge enemies and twirl through barricades to destroy them. This felt like a slow auto scrolling level (act). There was still a part where the 2D platforming returned, but then it was just back to being on top of a plane. It felt dull, slow and boring. Then having to fight the boss on the plane was unfun.

The real snag that I have for this game is how long and dull the boss battles are. They take traditional, classic boss battles and completely twist them around into mega bosses. See I like the twists and fighting giant bosses, I just don't like how tedious every boss was. Having to damage each boss for three minutes before the final phase of the boss fight left me clueless and dead ate up most of my 4 hours in the game. These 3 minutes on each attempt felt like 10 and I was never in any real danger. It wasn't a challenge surviving the 3 minutes, it was just a delay for the real challenge. At least the game takes full advantage of having Metal Sonic as an enemy. You get three boss fights against him.

The game has other down sides too, like a timed race against sand flooding an area. Sonic needs to go up, breaking through barriers, then down. This would separate the casual players from the hardcore. It ate up two dozen lives and was quite the difficulty spike. Then on the final two levels, when Sonic went down hill or uphill, the entire screen would shift so Sonic wasn't running downhill, he was on a horizontal plane. It was disorienting, and might cause someone motion sickness.

Water areas feel better in this game than they have in the past. Sonic jumps higher and Tails can carry him, so you have more maneuverability. Under water still slows down Sonic and he can't swim. If you're underwater too long, Sonic will need to get oxygen from big air bubbles that drift their way up.
The soundtrack feels Genesis in a good way. Percussion and synth horns. Its all upbeat happy game music. The graphics are bright and vibrant. There is a good color pallet here. A dusty yellow castle with an aquatic greenish blue moat. A winter wonderland theme park, lit up for a holiday with blue ice water. A metallic sandy red oil rig in a yellow desert. A yellow sky fortress with fans to propel Sonic into the air. Dr. Robotnik's gray and purple metal lair. As each zone progressed, the acts would change their color pallets so you'll see day turn to dusk. It all adds to making each of the three acts feel different. Having Metal Sonic's 4 different zones with 1 act each adds a lot of diversity, even if 3 acts each would have been nicer.

Even with all the bad, its still a good game. Better than most other 2D platforms out there for $15. I enjoyed the first episode better, but it felt like they took the gameplay a step in the right direction. If its on sale, take a risk.
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26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Have you ever thought maybe sonic the hedgehog goes so fast because he's running away from his feelings...........
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
I honestly don't know why Metacritic gave this game poor reviews. It's a vast improvement over episode 1, the only complaint I have is that it was too short and I want more!
If you're a sonic fan, you'll absolutely love this since Metal Sonic makes his much desired come back. Even if you're not into sonic games this is still great for platformer fans. I'm glad that steam users gave this game positive reviews because it certainly deserves. The game is totally worth the price and I hope some day Sega decides to make more episodes.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
This game is very fun,i had it on xbox and me and my brothers had so much fun! I would also reccomend purchasing episode 1 to play as metal sonic in "Episode Metal" on episode 2!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Huge improvement over the last game. Improved Graphics, Sonic feels fast this time, and music didnt feel so repetitive like before. The game introduced some tag team abilites that were interesting and worked well. Got to the first boss and i thought they were gonna rehash the totem boss with the arrows but it quickly switched switched to a more creative boss. They were probably poking fun at how the bosses were in the last one. Metacritic's score is questionable. Games pretty good overall.

4/5
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Way better than episode 1, this game is more like a Sonic game should be, still lacks a little in the music, but its is a fun game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
It was ok. You'll like it if you're a Sonic fan, but it's not a good sidescrolling platformer. Episode 1 was far better. Buy this game on sale if you must.

The backgrounds and graphics were absolutely stunning. I liked the fact you had Tails tag team abilities. When you do the spinny thing with tails it looks like they're doing a 69 which is pretty funny. Makes you realize why Sonic always runs away from Amy and spends so much time with Tails...

The platforming itself was quite lackluster. Most of the levels were just so easy it was rather boring. I really hate the handholding where the game tells you where every bottomless pit is and when you need to use Tails' tag team ability. The music is mediocre until it becomes grating because it's so repetitive.

I have little to no reason to replay levels as there's a save system. Although, special stages are required to obtain the chaos emeralds. If you've been to a special stage once and failed. You can retry it from the menu system. The game was also rather short, it took me 3 hours to get through all 4 stages and Metal Sonic stages.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Sonic 4 EP II is compared to EP I a hell lot of better. The movement is finally working and doesn't feel weird anymore. The soundtrack is still great and the game does not feel anymore like a rip-off. It's fast and the highlit of the game are the boss enemies, because you haven't seen those boss fights in previous sonic games. It feels so more fresh and more like a unique game. Summed up you can say: Average Levels and Awesome boss fights.

Rating: 7/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
The Sequel to the one of the worst sonic games out there.
this is actually a solid game, and way better than the first sonic four episode.
The graphics are more sharp and it has a more sonic vibe to it.
The music is alot better this time around. ( same with the sound effects)
The gameplay is pretty fun, the platforming is fast, the momentum (while still a little wonky) is much more responsive, but The homing attack is still here and can be overpowering, also there are these little tag-team things that can get annoying at times. the levels are well made and are fun to play.
The bosses are a mixed bag but all-in-all they are really fun (some of them are based off of older games bosses).
The Metal sonic segments are awesome, so much fun to play.
The story doesn't really go anywhere, not like the older games.
Verdict: it's suprisingly not awful. 6/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
This game is much better than Episode I; the graphics and controls are better, the environments and bosses are more unique, and the music more memorable. Not saying it's a perfect game, though; I'd say that the inclusion of Metal Sonic was unnecessary, and I wouldn't go so far as to say it's worthy of being called a direct sequel to Sonic 3 & Knuckles. However, it's an enjoyable Sonic game, and for that, it's worth the recommendation.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
A great improvement over Episode I but still retains some of its mistakes. The main difference in this game is the addition of Tails and "tag actions" which, in my opinion, was both good and bad for the gameplay. It added some new fun mechanics but also made the game much easier (almost every time you fall or mess up, you can use the "flying tag action" to save yourself).
Pros:
+Better level design and fun platforming (GREAT compared to Episode I)
+Bosses and enemies are mostly new and feel more Sonic like
+Improved physics
+Nice new mechanics
+Addition of multiplayer and Red Rings to keep you playing
Cons:
-Game is too easy
-Still uses some recycled material
-Special stages may become irritating
-Why can't I choose to play as Tails in single player!!!??? >:0
Should you buy this game? Yeah, even if you're not a Sonic fan you will probably enjoy it :)
Still... $15 is a little too expenisve so buy it on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Isso sim que é SONIC! Não falaram, mas esse jogo POSSUI SIM o ONLINE CO-OP! Muito show, principalmente quem é fã das antigas. SUPER recomendo.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Does everything Episode I did, but better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
i couldnt go fast enough :/ :/ :/ :/ :/
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Tails killed me by stealing my air bubble. Too much water in the starting levels. 7.8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Just like my Favorite SEGA Genesis game that I ever played: Sonic the Hedgehog 2! Sonic the Hedgehog 4: EP2 is a great Single/Co-Op Player in Sonic the Hedgehog History! You not only get to play as Sonic but also as Tails! Get this game along with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: EP1 & you'll be able to play the Episode Metal Lock-On! Both Sonic 4: EP2 & Episode Metal are awesome whether if you're playing the PC, XBOX LIVE or PSN Versions!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
This game is as good as the first one, and that's awesome.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Sanic go rel fst in gamm he go sped acros lvl and fly fst go sanic go.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Sonic 4: Episode II is a brilliant sequel to it's not so brilliant predeccesor, Sonic 4: Episode I.

Pros:
+ Level design is unique and fun to play
+ Music is good to listen to and some are very catchy (Can't get Metal Sonic's theme out of my head)
+ The psyhics for the game are fixed and no longer includes the ability to stand on walls
+ For around 500MB its a very good looking game
+ You get to play Episode Metal if you brought this and Episode 1

Cons:
- The co-op side of the game (the tag moves) can really put a weight down the fast-paced action
- Just like Sonic 4: Episode I, there are only 5 zones
- Some stages can be a bit tedious at times

The ability to play this game with a friend can add on a number of hours to your playtime and you'll be playing this game for around 10-20 hours. Even longer if you're looking for the Red Rings.

8/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
63.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Probably one of the best modern 2D platformer ever made!

The only real complain I have is that it's pretty short... You can complete it pretty fast.
And also, there aren't really so many mods for it at all...

Anyway, it's a really good game worth buying! Also, the multiplayer is pretty awesome as well.

I would give this game 8/10
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