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Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I announced

Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I announced

Sega had teased us for a few months now about a possible 2D Sonic game for home consoles, code named Project Needlemouse. Here it is now, named Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode I and to be released this summer on PSN, XBLA and Wiiware, with a first trailer.

Trailer

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Commented on 2010-02-04 13:19:29
"We'll just ignore 3d ever happened"

haha
Commented on 2010-02-04 13:45:18
Awesomeness, are Sega actually listening to its fans these days ?
Commented on 2010-02-04 13:47:54
Meh, i'm disappointed in Sega. These 2D platform games are ok for about 2 minutes (for nostalgia's sake), but after that I have no interest.

I had hoped they would have learned about what worked with Sonic in 3D (Sonic Adventure, parts of Sonic Unleashed) and created a decent new platformer. What this suggests is that Sega's mascot doesn't have a place for the present/future unless it's stripped back heavily, and I think that is misguided.

I know many will be pleased with this, but I am not.

Oh well.
Commented on 2010-02-04 14:10:08
Don't worry, they'll still find a way to mess this up.
Commented on 2010-02-04 14:15:58 In reply to MoonWalkinYiddo
Posted by MoonWalkinYiddo
I know many will be pleased with this, but I am not.
Hopefully this will end all the bitchin' about how good the old Sonic games were.

They were good at the time, yes. But play them today and you'll see that they haven't aged very well.

Although, I bet if people will be unpleased with Sonic 4 they'll blame Sega.
Commented on 2010-02-04 14:28:21
I think most of all, people will be surprised by how little substance there is to a 2D Sonic game. The Advance and Rush games work great because they're on a handheld, ready for a quick on-the-loo spin dash, but if you sit down in front of your fancypants telly, this'll be a slap and tickle.

I think that's why it's episodic actually.
Commented on 2010-02-04 15:06:52 In reply to SimonM7
Posted by SimonM7
I think most of all, people will be surprised by how little substance there is to a 2D Sonic game. The Advance and Rush games work great because they're on a handheld, ready for a quick on-the-loo spin dash, but if you sit down in front of your fancypants telly, this'll be a slap and tickle.

I think that's why it's episodic actually.
yeah, rush was decent because it was made for quick bursts, any time i tried to spend a lot of time with it i got bored very quickly, but i'm at least happy they're doing this instead of trying (and failing) at 3D AGAIN.

they need to sort out the leg animation tho. he looks like he's doing a slow jog rather then the crazy spinning action of the older games. makes it look weird as hell.
Commented on 2010-02-04 15:14:23
Sonic 4 could work if Sega bring it to a new level, not just re-hash the old games. Look at what Capcom did with Street Fighter IV. Still Street Fighter, but different and fresh. Heck, even a Sonic 1 remake with some added twists would do, think Bionic Rearmed. Like some other people already said here, just bringing nostalgia into the mix isn't going to cut it.

And don't F'up the music!
Commented on 2010-02-04 15:28:04
my fav was sonic adventure 1 on dreamcast
Commented on 2010-02-04 15:28:27 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
yeah, rush was decent because it was made for quick bursts, any time i tried to spend a lot of time with it i got bored very quickly, but i'm at least happy they're doing this instead of trying (and failing) at 3D AGAIN.

they need to sort out the leg animation tho. he looks like he's doing a slow jog rather then the crazy spinning action of the older games. makes it look weird as hell.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who was irritated by the legs...
Commented on 2010-02-04 15:32:14 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
...but i'm at least happy they're doing this instead of trying (and failing) at 3D AGAIN.
I really love Sonic Adventure though. Frankly, apart from the irratic camera and iffy framerate I still think it holds up. I'm super glad that's hitting XBLA/PSN soon, based on the "DX" version no less and with solid framerate. Because of how stars aligned, because it was a launch title and such a beautiful one et cetera, I have a really special place in my heart for that game. I think deep within I'd still - more than anything - would like a sequel to that. In its absence though I'll be happy to still just keep loving SA.
Posted by KORNdog
...they need to sort out the leg animation tho. he looks like he's doing a slow jog rather then the crazy spinning action of the older games. makes it look weird as hell.
Yeah absolutely. To be brutally honest, nothing even remotely looks good about this teaser/screenshot. Even the title screen looks rubbish. I'm all for what they're doing, conceptually, but this presentation - based on what we have to look at at this point - is horrible. Awkward animation, plasticy McDonalds toy looking rendered sprite Sonic speedwalking through playmobile landscapes. I really hope it's ultimately better than these bits of media make it out to be.
Commented on 2010-02-04 15:42:51
to paraphrase a Kevin Smith classic...

"The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about VIDEO GAMES and share pornography with one another. "
Commented on 2010-02-04 16:04:43
YEA!!!! FINALLY! Can't wait! The first 2D Sonic games is the best! :D

/Rechain
Commented on 2010-02-04 18:10:56
wonder what they'll be priced at.. and how much content you'll be getting with each episode. I think sonic 1 is only 400points for the whole game..and this looks just like a HD version of that - something that should of been included with sonic 1 in the first place.
Commented on 2010-02-04 19:10:54
Id rather have another sonic adventure game to be honest. Hopefully this one turns out decent.
Commented on 2010-02-04 19:23:14 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Posted by bleachedsmiles
...something that should of been included with sonic 1 in the first place.
Wait.. what? They should've included Sonic 4 with Sonic 1?
Commented on 2010-02-04 19:53:09
no... they should of included a HD facelift with it.. like the majority of past gen arcade games these days
Commented on 2010-02-04 20:17:49
Can't please some people, for years fans have been screaming out dump the 3D nonscene and bring us a true 2D sonic and now they do it everyones like "huh what the hell we don't want this shit"

I do agree that 2D Sonic games are quite lacking when you play them at length but thats more to do with the generation they were made in, back then we were happy to just dart around the screen killing stuff.

Of course there is nothing stopping Sega actually evoling 2D sonic maybe putting a branching story line in with unlockable levels etc, of course I'm asking for too much now.
Commented on 2010-02-04 22:44:01 In reply to Jollipop
Posted by Jollipop
Can't please some people, for years fans have been screaming out dump the 3D nonscene and bring us a true 2D sonic and now they do it everyones like "huh what the hell we don't want this shit"

I do agree that 2D Sonic games are quite lacking when you play them at length but thats more to do with the generation they were made in, back then we were happy to just dart around the screen killing stuff.
Well it actually seems as if you are part of the 'some people' that can't be pleased because you say that you aren't too fond at the idea of a 2D Sonic, and yet you are critical of those in this topic who also don't want it?
Commented on 2010-02-04 22:53:34
I was simply agreeing with how most if not all old school games lack depth, that has nothing to do with the idea of a "NEW" 2D game.
Commented on 2010-02-04 23:28:52
As much as i love 2D sonic, I have to say, Sonic Adventure on dreamcast was the best sonic game ever.
Commented on 2010-02-04 23:35:27 In reply to Jin187
Posted by Jin187
As much as i love 2D sonic, I have to say, Sonic Adventure on dreamcast was the best sonic game ever.
I'd agree, but we'd be on the run for the rest of our lives. :O
Commented on 2010-02-05 17:16:00
god i have missed parallax scrolling:)
Commented on 2010-02-06 03:28:27 In reply to yoscotty
Posted by yoscotty
my fav was sonic adventure 1 on dreamcast
Same here Sonic in 3D on Dreamcast was pure fun and awesome I don't understand why they can't bring the same magic to this gen consoles.
Commented on 2010-02-06 18:27:36
Sonic Adventure 3 prz
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