Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Xbox 360)

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Xbox 360)

Postby MoonMetropolis » January 1st, 2012, 6:36 am

I snatched up this game at the discounted price of 320 Microsoft Points.  While I certainly stay far away from the Sonic fandom (*shudder*), I have fond memories of playing Sonic.  And, as a huge fan of 2D platformers, how could I resist?  Sonic 4 aims to replicate the original 2D Sonic series with 2.5D graphics and the ability to use the homing attack, which makes a great addition to Sonic's 2D repertoire.  While one must admire the sincerity put into the game, it's a shame the programmers didn't put more effort into making it actually play like an original Sonic classic.  My biggest problem with this game is that it has virtually no sense of speed in many stages.  Some stages - like the excruciating Casino Climax - are incredibly slow and methodical (in the most frustrating way possible), filled with endless cheap deaths and obstacles you must narrowly avoid over and over again.  These stages simply aren't fun at all, and only serve as a sad reminder of what could have been.  At its best, Sonic 4: Episode 1 is a decent tribute to Sonic's past.  But, at its worst, it's a slap in the face of everyone who grew up playing Sonic games.  It isn't bad - certainly not as bad as the VGC said - but it could have been so much more.  Here's to hoping Episode 2 will be better and more faithful to the originals.

Michael Prymula

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Xbox 360)

Postby Michael Prymula » January 1st, 2012, 7:34 pm

I hope episodes 1 and 2 will get a retail release like the GTAIV DLC's did, as much fun as this game sounds, I really don't want to have to pay 60 bucks for a wireless adapter.


Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Xbox 360)

Postby porypowerhour » January 1st, 2012, 8:23 pm

I thought it was done fairly well, only with a few complaints:

1. Part 1 has been the only part released for like two years now
2. They should have just waited til every part was done, then release it as a full game
3. The final boss is like impossible haha


Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (Xbox 360)

Postby gilly » January 2nd, 2012, 12:34 am

As an old school 2d Sonic fan I find this game horrible. How is it that the old 16 bit titles had superior physics to this game? I'm not asking much out of episode 2 coming out this summer. I'm just asking for 20 year old physics!

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