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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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Critic Reviews

Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Oct 13, 2011 88 out of 100 88 PlayStation 3 Oct 14, 2010 83 out of 100 83 Xbox 360 Oct 27, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
Digital Chumps Xbox 360 Oct 13, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
App Spy iPhone Oct 07, 2010 4 out of 5 80
Gaming Age PlayStation 3 Oct 19, 2010 B 75 iPhone Oct 08, 2010 71 out of 100 71 Xbox 360 Oct 19, 2010 70 out of 100 70 Xbox 360 Oct 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution PlayStation 3 Oct 20, 2010 B- 67


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