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- Release Date: January 19, 2012
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 [Download]
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The sequel fans have waited 16 years for is finally here - SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 Episode 1! Featuring enhanced gameplay elements, including the classic Sonic Spin Dash, and the versatile Homing Attack, Sonic 4 picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles left off. With Eggman finally defeated, Sonic runs off to explore new zones and uncharted lands. Dr. Eggman, furious at the destruction of the Death Egg and the failure of his plans, puts all of his most devious schemes into action. 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.
|Minimum Specifications:||Recommended Specifications:|
|OS:||Win 7, Vista and XP|
|Processor:||Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz/Athlon 64 3000+ or Equivalent & above||Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.4 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & above|
|RAM:||1 GB (2 GB on Vista)||2 GB +|
|Hard Drive:||6 GB|
|Video Card:||256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 7600/AT Radeon X1300) & above|
|Additional Info:||DirectX Compatible Sound|
|Supported OS:||Windows XP,Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows|
|Hard Disk:||none specified|
|Video Card:||none specified|
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Top Customer Reviews
Sonic 4 may happen to rehash of Sonic 1 & 2 elements, but the level design, leaderboards, music, homing attack and graphics are all-new (At least, to the original series). The basic gameplay holds up pretty well, and there are some really cool gimmicks added into this installment, such as running across a path of cards, riding in a mine cart, having to beat the special stages under time limits (and no jumping during the Special Stages), etc.
Of course, there have to be some flaws. First off, since this was built from ground-up, the physics are off and somewhat floaty. Another thing is that it was really easy compared to the previous Sonics. You won't have a hard time being able to collect 100 (or even 200) rings. Lastly, although this is minor, it could have been more fitting for Sega to use the classic design of Sonic for the game.
Those flaws aren't to say that the game is bad. The game itself is just as fun as its predecessors. In fact, while it does contain 4 zones compared to the other Sonics' 6+, certain levels themselves are pretty long. I timed it, and the game is actually just as lengthy as the old Sonics, if not longer. It could be a bit steep for a purchase, but it is totally worth it.
Overall, people can say it's a rehash, but in my perspective shown above, in which I think about what's beyond that, it's a new fun Sonic game. Just be sure to have the Steam service installed on your computer. Does it have a lot of flaws? Yeah, but they are pretty tolerable.
At first, I couldn't get Steam to work, but another cousin of mine, who knows computers even better than me, got it working and it's played great ever since! I like how Sonic has the new look, sort of like how he looked on the cartoon Sonic X. You also fight Dr. Eggman, who I always called Robotnik (they're actually the same person). I love how they incorporated many of the classic things like the spiral tracks in mid-air and the loops, but mixed it with a 3-D look and a few new things as well. One of my favorite features is you can go back and play the same levels over and over again and amass like 30 extra lives before playing the more challenging levels! It'll definitely be a game I play over and over again. I can't wait for Episode II!
If you're looking for a game that plays just like early Sonic games, then I think this game does a pretty good job. It's not perfect, but it's not bad, either.
As usual, the first world is bright, sunny, and green. Later levels include other Sonic staples like Casino and Mechanical themes. The controls are simple. You run, jump, and dash. You can also lock onto targets (which, if you ask me, is just about the only good feature from the 3D Sonic games). There are familiar features throughout, like loop-de-loops, springs, pinball flippers, and stupid robots that are always right in the way.
The game does a good job of taking what was great about Sonic 2 and 3 and combining it with 3D-rendered graphics. On that subject, the graphics aren't the best you'll ever see, but they work. I do think the controls could have been a little tighter, but they're not so bad as to ruin the game.
If you collect enough rings in the level, you'll play for a Chaos Emerald. These levels are like the rotating levels from Sonic 3, but you control the rotation. They are pretty easy at first, but get pretty tough later on. The hardest part is if you fail, you have to finish the level with 50 rings again to try again. (Side note: if you haven't collected any emeralds yet, I would recommend starting with the levels in world 3 or later. If you have no emeralds, the emerald level you play will be the same regardless of the regular level you play.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What else needs to be said? It's a 2D Sonic game, and Sonic is super slow and feels like he weighs a ton. Ruins the whole game.
. . . this isn't hard, Sega. Read more
this episode only includes sonic as the main player and is very fun to play for all ages and for all sonic the hedgehog fans.Published on February 8, 2014 by Tyrel
the game didn't work at all
I tried the game in two laptops and the game just not working at all
This sonic game is really bad. Like, the worst in the series.
I had high hopes for the game, since it is a sequel to a game I really liked, and played repeatedly, since... Read more
My son was never able to play it on the PC. I wasted 9.99 dollars and was not able to use the game.Published on December 19, 2013 by Aileen Milhets
inconsistent is a perfect way to describe this game. Man i started out the first and casino worlds loving this game. putting aside the fact that sonic moves sooo slow! Read morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Donovan J. Ortiz
I just recently played this game and got to Lost Labyrinth that should have stayed lost. The design is terrible from sonic having to balance on an over sized boulder to a level... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Timmy
This was just what my grandson wanted. I was very pleased with this purchase. I would recommend this for others.Published on May 22, 2013 by deb