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Sonic the Hedgehog 4

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Making a long-awaited sequel to the beloved series in an episodic format with little love or care is a bad idea.
Genre: Platformer
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
iOS
Android
Windows Phone
Nintendo Wii (Episode II port cancelled)
Ouya
Release Date: October 7, 2010 (Episode I)
May 15, 2012 (Episode II, Wii port cancelled)
Developer: Dimps
Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Franchise: Sonic The Hedgehog
Previous Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles (chronologically)
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (release date)
Next Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode III (cancelled, chronologically)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (release date)

Do not remove Episode II from this page; it may be better received by Episode I, but is still considered below average by many.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is a 2D side-scrolling game series for iOS, PC, PlayStation 3Xbox 360, Android and more. It is the sequel to Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, and like that game, being divided into two episodes.

Why It Sucks

General

  1. Terrible physics. This is because Dimps basically reused the same engine from Sonic Rush, which had a boost feature, whereas this game doesn't have anything of the sort, making the physics completely broken.
  2. Forgettable and easy level design. The worst part is that the game sometimes plays itself, with lots of speed boosters and springs everywhere for no reason, even when it's something as basic as running to the right.
  3. Despite being composed by longtime Sonic composer Jun Senoue, the music doesn't sound very good. They have a Genesis-style sound to them, which doesn't sound great for the most part.
    • Due to some unusual choices for the synths in the soundtrack, it is commonly said that some songs in it "sound like cats" and that Act 2 of Oil Desert Zone "sounds like dying ducks".
  4. Barely any hidden areas or secrets, the level design just consists of autopilot sections, linear straightforward pathways, and dull platforming with constant use of Homing Attack chains, just like recent games of the series.
  5. The Homing Attack is pointless since the only reason why it was added in the 3D games (starting with Sonic Adventure) was that defeating enemies by jumping into them was much harder in a 3D space, yet this game is in 2D, so there's no point.
  6. This game started SEGA'S terrible habit of nostalgia pandering: Both episodes reuse level themes and parts of their names from the Genesis titles, which is extremely lazy and unoriginal. (Green Hill being Splash Hill, and Sky Chase being Sky Fortress)
    • Episode I has nothing but the bosses from the older titles but with pinch modes!
    • Before the final boss, like in Sonic Advance 2, you must fight all of these bosses again in a tedious boss rush.
  7. The episodic format not only makes the development more complicated, but it's also a pointless addition, not to mention that plans for a third episode have so far been abandoned.
  8. The Special Stages are mediocre. Episode I has easy Special Stages that are really tedious and are recycled from Sonic 1. Episode II's Special Stages recycle the halfpipe structure from Sonic 2, and are incredibly difficult, especially the seventh Special Stage. Not helping is that the halfpipe structure was overused in several Sonic games before it.
    • Adding on to the special stages, in the Wii version of Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode I, you control the special stage by tilting the Wii remote similar to tilting the iOS or Android to control the special stages.
    • Also, you access the Special Stages in the exact same way as Sonic 1 and Sonic CD, which is collecting fifty rings and heading to the Goal.
  9. The Ouya version has even worse graphics then the Wii version and contains frame rate drops.
  10. The mobile (iOS, Android) port is terrible, for example, some sounds are low pitched, like the ring sound effect is similar to Sonic Adventure, even worse, Sonic lacks model lighting!
  11. This game is a gigantic insult to Classic Sonic fans who grew up with the Sonic games.

Episode I

  1. Horrible cel-shaded look, making it look rather odd, like a cheap and soulless mobile game.
  2. Sonic runs extremely slow, which is crazy since this was supposed to capture the spirit of the classics, and of course, Sonic‘s main trait is that he runs fast.
  3. One of the bosses has Sonic run in a Sonic Advance 2 style boss fight vs. Dr. Eggman on a flying vehicle. The problem with this stage is the background, which consists of orange panels with thin silver pillars, which can be hard to look at and would also cause seizures due to it constantly moving with Sonic and the camera. Later in the boss fight the pillars start moving up to reveal a silver cage background.
  4. Out of all of the levels to bring back from the Genesis games, they brought back Labyrinth Zone.
  5. There's a horrible 24-hit slog of a final boss, which is just the Death Egg Robot, again, but even worse.
  6. Thanks to Nintendo's decision of adding a 40 MB limit size on WiiWare, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I had to have audio compressed and some downgrades from the other ports, and Episode II wasn't even released for the Wii due to said limitations.

Episode II

  1. While there are Red Star Rings like in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, collecting all of them does absolutely nothing except for giving you an achievement.
  2. Episode Metal, the bonus episode you get if you own both episodes, is a lazy excuse for paid DLC. All it is basically is a few levels from Episode I made to be harder with more Badniks, bottomless pits and spikes but you play as Metal Sonic who is just a Sonic reskin. Also, this is just an excuse to tie the game into the events of Sonic CD, which was only there because the Sonic CD remake was released a year before.
    • And speaking of Sonic CD, Amy Rose isn't mentioned, and doesn't even make a cameo appearance in Episode II.
  3. The "good" ending when you get all the Chaos Emeralds is just the screen panning onto a picture of the world, and then "Presented by Sega" before abruptly cutting back to the main menu after the end credits, ending Sonic 4 on a sour note, with the Death Egg Mk. II still standing and Little Planet still being trapped inside.
  4. Episode II cannot be locked on to Episode I properly to have both Sonic & Tails playable in the latter's stages.
  5. Recently, an update for the Android version was made for Episode Metal, which completely ruins act 3 of Electric Road due to the background accidentally being removed, causing, this.

Redeeming Qualities

General

  1. Super Sonic makes his first playable appearance in levels in years, and he is still broken fun to play as.
  2. The game does have some nice call back to the original Sega Genesis/Mega Drive games.
  3. The composition for most of the tracks (and some tracks in general) are decent, but the odd synth notes let them down.
  4. Smooth controls.

Episode I

  1. The Special Stages in Episode I are easier to control than the stages in Sonic 1, as now you can control the screen instead of Sonic while the level moved automatically.
  2. Despite the bosses being rehashed from the classics, they have a second phase, which makes some of them a bit harder.

Episode II

  1. Episode II made some big improvements, like the addition of Tails, the attempt of creating new zones by mixing two zones together (ex.: Sylvania Castle, which resembles both Aquatic Ruin from Sonic 2 and Marble Garden from Sonic 3) and improved graphics and physics from Episode I.
  2. The bosses are somewhat original, especially the final boss.
  3. It is free to play on Google Play as of 2018, it also features Episode Metal as an in-game, quite lengthening the game.

Videos

Trivia

  • There was an unused "To be continued" that can be seen in the ending of Episode II after getting all seven Chaos Emeralds, this hints that the developers were intended on making an Episode 3. However, Iizuka has said that Sega was not planning on releasing further episodes of Sonic 4. Later, in 2015, it was revealed that Sonic 4 was originally conceptualized as a trilogy, but it was considered a duology because plans to develop Episode III were abandoned for undisclosed reasons.
  • It spawned the "Splash Hill Goes with Everything" meme.
  • The boss theme for Episode 1 was taken from two early prototypes of Sonic 3D Blast, which were replaced due to Jon Burton not liking them; hilariously, demo tapes refer to it as "Eggman's Gay Circus" (gay, here meaning happy).

Comments


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Mr. Dready

14 months ago
Score 3
Was this game developed by the same Dimps who made Dragon Ball Z: Budokai?
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SpazJR61

14 months ago
Score 2
Also, Sonic Rush.
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Mr. Dready

14 months ago
Score 1
And also, The co-developer for Mario & Sonic games.
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Mr. Dready

14 months ago
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My mistake Dimps didn't co-developed Mario & Sonic, Spike did, who also developed the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi games.
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HammerBro101

12 months ago
Score 2
Dimps also made the Sonic Advance trilogy.
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Glitchedblood

8 months ago
Score 4
Dimps also made Sonic Pocket Adventure (as part of SNK's development team)
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DarkMatterMan4500

6 months ago
Score 2
Dimps even helped with Kirby & The Amazing Mirror.
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

4 months ago
Score 1
Dimps also made Sonic Rush Adventure, the Wii/PS2 versions of Sonic Unleashed, and the handheld versions of Sonic Colors and Sonic Lost World.
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Voxelvillager

3 months ago
Score 0
Same developers of Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter X Tekken.
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
Score 0
Didn't Dimps have a page here, but then it got deleted?
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Bradyreino

20 days ago
Score 0
The game received negative reception from Sonic fans much like Sonic '06.
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Url8

11 months ago
Score 1
Is it weird that I liked the music and the game itself? This was actually one of the first games I ever played and the reason I like Sonic games! This and Sonic Adventure were the first Sonic games I played, I guess that's why I have lower quality standards.
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DiamondWarrior52

10 months ago
Score 4

Sonic Adventure is a good game. It was the game that solidified the storytelling elements that Sonic games have now.

Sonic 4 on the other hand...it's...meh.
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MatthewThePrep

9 months ago
Score 1
I own the Wii port of the game.
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Lake's Wild World

7 months ago
Score 4
I thought Episode 2 was good. Episode 1 was horrible, though.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

7 months ago
Score 4
Sonic 4: EP II was originally on AGW but due to backlash or the game was mediocre, it moved on this wiki.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

7 months ago
Score 3
The deleted page still can be found here: [1]
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SpazJR61

6 months ago
Score 3
That guy named "Jeff35122" created that page but thankfully it was deleted.
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Lake's Wild World

6 months ago
Score 1
That's understandable.
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Μπέλα2006

7 months ago
Score 3
Note: Due to the decent reviews, it has to say BQ and GQ instead of WIS and RQ
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

7 months ago
Score 4
Originally, this page had a Bad Qualities section back then, but the game was terrible/mediocre afterall, also, the decent reviews from google's play store can be sometimes worthless, because there are people doesn't know to make a proper or a detailed review and there's a bunch of fake 5 star reviews there. many Sonic fans hate this game, and SEGA milked too far, also i beat the entire Episode II since the PS3 days and this game is forgettable. this game has 21 WIS. pointers and just 7 RQ. pointers, sorry.
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SpazJR61

6 months ago
Score 1
But the game being average is not depending to the reason numbers.
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Toad fan est. 2008

6 months ago
Score 2
This to me, is a terrible game
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Bradyreino

20 days ago
Score 1
Looks like the Sonic '06 meets Sonic Mania.
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

6 months ago
Score 2
To me, episode 1 was mediocre at best, but I actually really liked episode 2, I haven’t played episode 2 yet sadly but I do wanna play it soon.
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Ivan97Miraheze

6 months ago
Score 1
How can you say that you liked episode 2 if you haven't played it?
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

6 months ago
Score 1
Sonic 4 Episode II is for free on Android, so you can use a Android emulator (like BlueStacks), play with a keyboard to get the Google Play's achievements and it also features Episode Metal. but Episode I is not for free and costs 2.99$ for this utter garbage.
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

5 months ago
Score 1
Well I played Episode 2 now and it is pretty fun, I'm probably never gonna play Episode 1 anytime soon.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

6 months ago
Score 7

Sega just broke the entire EP Metal ACT 3's stage background in the mobile version thanks to the horrible patches and the addition of terrible to cringe-inducing ads. Sonic4EPII-EPMetal-BackgroundGlitch.png

Just why, Sega?!
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Ivan97Miraheze

5 months ago
Score 3

Why?

Because Sega hates you.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

5 months ago
Score 2
@Ivan97Miraheze, not just me, but everyone who plays this game.
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LouBlu08

27 days ago
Score 1
Reminds me of a Super Mario 3D World glitch.
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The7Guy

15 days ago
Score 1
this is seizure tastic, the image isn't even animated and it's still making me dizzy
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Robertoiglesias271

4 months ago
Score 1

Episode 1 was mediocre imo, but I thought episode 2 was decent.

Sucks that episode 3 won't be made. I wish it existed, as a way of making Sonic 4 a game that gets better with each episode.
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The Dunkman

3 months ago
Score 0
Both are great for me, it's just that the controls and physics and the Android port for Episode 2 are abysmal.
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ElliotFatcow62

3 months ago
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Ae someone who just got done with the misfortune of playing Episode 1, it makes me smile knowing that this horrid excuse for a Sonic game is on this wiki as it deserves nothing more as it's an insult to Sonic as a whole and especially the classic games. The fact that Sega had the nerve to call it Sonic 4 is just disgusting, it clearly was only called that to boost sales. Honestly I think Sonic 06 is better than this, at least Sonic 96 can be fun in spite of its many issues.
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Gabeeli448

3 months ago
Score 0
are we gonna ignore that there using modern sonic instead of classic
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PlayStationForever

3 months ago
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This is segas "fuck you" to classic fans
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OsmanY

2 months ago
Score 0
I used to listen to the OST a lot of times and I started to love it without complaining.
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Snuckles The Hedgechidna

one month ago
Score 0
Pretty sure that's stockholm syndrome
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Obi-Wan Skywalker86

2 months ago
Score 2
I think these games feels like a remake than the actual sequel of the first two parts.
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ItsNikiNow

18 days ago
Score 0
This is definitely the worst 2D Sonic game.
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Luckygamer77

12 days ago
Score 0
This game gets way too much hate. I consider it average at this point.
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ItsNikiNow

11 days ago
Score 0
This game is not average, far from it.

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