Excerpt: "Falling from grace" is putting it lightly when it comes to Sonic The Hedgehog . After a glorious run in the 90s, the blue blur's gaming expeditions have ranged from mediocre to downright awful—they were sort of like the San Francisco 49ers of video games.
Pros: The feeling of being almost out of control when being flung through a level.
Summary: " Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 " is a fine addition to the Sonic franchise, returning the games to their 2D spiritual roots in style. Its enjoyable but remains a Sonic game, with all the flaws of the old Megadrive titles, the last of which is now 16 years old.
Excerpt: Sonic returns on the XBox 360. What ? Oh that’s right, unfortunately there is no SEGA console but Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is classic Sonic all the way to its core. Featuring all those colourful Sonic characters, this game is truly a homage to 16-bit gaming but even though it’s missing that...
Conclusion: With a toe-tapping soundtrack, glitzy presentation and obvious accessibility, Sonic 4 Episode 1 has much to be proud of. Gamers who recall the early nineties and yearn for a simpler time when true 3d was restricted to bad sci-fi movies should lap this title up, but there’s definitely a sense that it...
Excerpt: We’ve had, amongst others, the Adventure and Rush series, Sonic Heroes, the Sonic Rush series, Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic and the Black Knight, the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog reboot and Sonic Unleashed, but we haven’t had a proper numbered sequel until now.
Summary: Sonic 4 Episode 1 is brilliant but it borrows too much from Sonic 1 and 2 to reinvent itself. It feels more of a trip down memory lane than a new entry in the series, but at least it’s gone back to its roots.
Conclusion: There are enough good moments in Sonic 4 to demonstrate that an update of the classic Sonic games has the potential to be great. But this is not that great game. Sonic fans hoping for a worthy tribute to the early days of the blue blur will have to keep waiting, and those who aren't familiar with...
Pros: Visuals faithfully re-create the look of the original Sonic games, The homing attack is a fun and effective addition to Sonic's repertoire, Some fun level design lets you put Sonic's speed to great use.
Cons: Poor boss fights range from dull and easy to dull and frustrating, Some bad level design brings things to a standstill, Overly ruthless about chaos emeralds, Encourages you to play one stage again and again to get extra lives.