Summary: We all know that the Sonic series has been a touch hit and miss in recent years, with plenty of epic misses in particular as Sega sought to reinvigorate the franchise, but in the last couple of years we’ve finally started to see a genuine improvement in the quality of releases from Sega’s Sonic...
Conclusion: Sonic 4 is an utter mess of a game, cobbled together in a manner that puts the entire franchise to shame. It feels sluggish, broken and lazy, but at least it only lasts a couple of hours! This is exactly the opposite of what we were hoping for, and not worthy of its name.
Review: Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Sony PS3)
25 February 2011
Summary: Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 was designed to be a love song to longtime fans of the series, and in most respects, it succeeds on that level. While there’s very little new or original material here, it shows that a good Sonic game that lives up to the legacy of its predecessors is not the...
Conclusion: As a nostalgic throwback to Sonic's early days, Sonic 4 provides enough fan service, but as a true sequel it falls short thanks to some uncooperative physics and stark price tag for what is little content.
Summary: Don't call it a comeback. Though the blue blur delivers more misses than hits, he churns out more releases than anyone but Mario and crew. Will this finally be the game that erases all the heartache, or another groaner that makes us question why we keep coming back like abused hedgehog wives?
Pros: Prettified throwback levels, Surprise modernized moments, A trip down memory lane
Cons: Awkward physics, Cheap tricks, Not much bang for your buck
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is It has been hard the past couple of years being a Sonic fan. The quality of Sonic games coming out from SEGA were mediocre at best and they continued to swarm us regardless.
Excerpt: Sonic 4’s first episode has you controlling Sonic through four stages with a three act structure, ala Sonic 1, each has a boss battle occurring right after the third act is saved, instead of happening right at the end of the level - presumably so top scores and ring counts on leaderboards could be...
Excerpt: From the moment the SEGA logo sings “Sayyy-gahhh!” nostalgia will set in, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 does a great job of recapturing the feeling of the original 16-bit games (though sometimes too well).