Reviews and Problems with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Sonic the Hedgehog is one of those franchises I enjoy playing. I remember playing Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 at E3 one year recently. I was very impressed with it. I have finally gotten around to purchasing it, and playing it. So my final step is to review it. This is a fantastic re-imagining of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega also put some twists into Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 that can trip up old school gamers.
Conclusion: That gripe aside, Sonic 4 is very much a return to form for the series. After so many years of watching poor Sonic put through the wringer time and again, it’s nice to finally see him back in two dimensions. Sonic 4 isn’t a perfect revival of the series’ old-school heritage, and not every gameplay element works perfectly—rolling a giant Indiana Jones-style boulder down a track and having to use pillar switches to solve minimal puzzles come to mind—but there’s enough...
Excerpt: Poor Dr. Robotnik. After nearly two decades of villainy, he’s gotten absolutely nowhere. The problem is that he never learns from his mistakes. That’s pretty sad, considering that he’s a genius. Think about it. The guy is an expert advanced robotics and manufacturing; he has a fleet of airships and an army of cyborgs under his command. Every industry known to mankind would kill for that kind technology.
Conclusion: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: episode 1 shows signs that Sonic could indeed be on his way back to the top. In order to keep this pace however, episode 2 needs to be cheaper and have more original ideas in it. Let's hope this series continues to accelerate without running into any speed-bumps.
Excerpt: The year was 1994, Mariah Carey had the number one hit single in ‘Without You’, ‘The Lion King’ left movie-goers amazed, Tonya Harding was caught out clubbing (literally) and Sonic fans enjoyed two of the blue blur's finest adventures in Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and its expansion/sequel Sonic & Knuckles.
Excerpt: It has been fifteen years since the last 2D Sonic the Hedgehog side-scrolling console game. For years Sega has spent their time on developing often underwhelming 3D Sonic games. Amazingly, they never returned to the old formula that worked so well. I am happy to report that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 does just that.
Excerpt: Since the release of Sonic Adventures for the Dreamcast, nearly every single game with the word “Sonic” in the title has been absolute rubbish. Mediocre at best. The once great name has been tarnished completely, and the only games featuring the hedgehog that weren’t poorly received weren’t made by Sonic Team. Still, Sega seemed to let them run wild with the series, adding in anime girls, werehogs, and anything else that seemed like it wouldn’t fit in a Sonic game.