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Sonic The Hedgehog 4, as the title indicates, is a direct sequel to the classical series of Sonic platformers on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis. The story continues after the events of Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, where Sonic and his friends spoiled the plans of Sonic's nemesis, Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik), once again by destroying his Death Egg and returning the stolen Master Emerald. The victory, however, is short-lived, as Eggman is up to revenge and rebuilds and improves his greatest creations for the sole purpose of destroying Sonic once and for all.

The game does not only return to the original series in terms of story and title, but also in terms of gameplay. Sonic 4 is a classical 2D sidescroller like its predecessors and also features the same game mechanics as the old games. There are some new additions, for example the "Homing Attack" which locks on Sonic's jump on enemies, jumping pads or breakable items. One major difference are the graphics, as Sonic 4 uses polygons for the Sonic characters and prerendered graphics for everything else, so does not recreate the looks of its predecessors, unlike, for example, Mega Man 9.


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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I HD" -- iPad title
  • "Project Needlemouse" -- Working Title

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Game Over Online Oct 22, 2010 82 out of 100 82 Oct 13, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RetroManiac Dec, 2010 4 out of 5 80
Gamers Daily News Oct 13, 2010 8 out of 10 80
IGN Oct 08, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Console Obsession Oct 20, 2010 7 out of 10 70 Oct 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution Oct 20, 2010 B- 67 Nov 12, 2010 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Feb 25, 2011 F 0


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Riemann80 (18708) added Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (Xbox 360) on Oct 08, 2010
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