Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 [Download]

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Release date January 19, 2012
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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.

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Hard Drive:6 GB
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Additional Info:DirectX Compatible Sound

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The original Sonic series has always been considered to be Sega's best. During the 2000s, the series had nothing but a big line of clunkers and game collections, with a few exceptions (Sonic Unleashed, Colors, Adventure series, and the handheld games, to name a few). Then, instead of re-releasing the old Sonics again, Sega finally decided to make Sonic 4, a game that was meant to take the series back to its roots? Did it succeed? I'd say so.

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.
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I remember my brother and I playing the old Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic and Knuckles on the old Sega Genesis. Then, when my brother out grew it, me and my best friend would spend hours in front of the television playing it. I grew up and I didn't hear or see much about Sonic for a long time. Then I managed to find Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic and Knuckles for download here on Amazon. I was so psyched! Then, one day my cousin asked me, "Have you seen Sonic 4?" I was so excited that Sega had finally made a new Sonic game. My cousin allowed me to play it on his tablet, and I was hooked from the start! So I downloaded it for my computer.
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!
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You know, Sonic games are interesting. Whenever a new one is announced, people get really excited and hopeful, and then when they play it, they don't like it. Then a new one is announced, and the cycle continues. Well, Sega decided to go back to its roots on this one. It's an attempt to recreate the magic of early Sonic games.

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.
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After New Super Mario Bros brought Mario back to his 2D roots, SEGA thought that they should do the same thing with Sonic. Is this true? No, but it's the story I'm going with into how Sonic 4 (Episode 1) was made. If you're familiar with Sonic 1, 2, & 3, then you should have no problem getting adjusted to this game. Me, I love it! It definitely has a nice throwback feel to it. In fact, I loved it so much, I purchased this game for three different systems. It started for the Wii. Then, I bought it for my iPod touch. I kept waiting for Sonic 4 (Episode 2) to be released on the Wii, only to learn that it wasn't going to happen. That's my excuse for buying it on Steam. This game is fun for those who wanted Sonic to go back to his roots, but still be fresh and new.
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