Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Sonic is back! Available on the PSN and
XBox Live networks, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II continues the
adventures of our favourite blue hedgehog that combines classic elements
of the original series with 21st century gaming. Best of all, SEGA have
rectified some of the gaming physics from the previous episode that
makes this a much sturdier gaming experience, especially on the PS3.
the previous games, Sonic is joined by his colourful supporting cast
such as his sidekick Tails and of course, the nefarious Dr. Eggman,
Sonic's personal nemesis. Story wise, the game follows from the previous
episodes which once again requires our blue hedgehog to defeat the
villainous schemes of Eggman who teams up with another villain to make
Sonic's life rather difficult.
wise, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II mirrors the old 16-bit series
quite well with its fast paced arcade action as Sonic and co take on a
variety of enemies, collect bonuses and engage in various boss battles
which may create some gamer rage.
Although the gameplay of Sonic remains similar to the previous titles,
the developers have added some interesting special manoeuvres with Sonic
and his sidekick Tails called Tag Actions. My favourite of these news
combos is the "Copter Combo" which allows Sonic to fly short distances
thanks to Tails "tail" which used like helicopter blades. This
definitely helps the gamer reach some precariously places.
Next is the "Submarine Combo" which once again teams up the duo for some
underwater movements as you race through the water, collecting air
bubbles and avoiding underwater dangers.
Finally we have the "Rolling Combo" which creates this super Sonic dash
as both Sonic and Tails create this mini whirlwind. All three have their
particular uses in the game and unquestionably adds something unique to the classic
gameplay. Then you have all the obstacles and enemies in your way as you
make your way through this colourful world.
Although the standard enemies are easy to take out, boss battles on the
other hand require some thought and just like the retro Sonic games of
yesteryear, each boss has a particular weakness that must be exploited.
These range from easy to quite frustrating.
terms of completion time, it should take most experienced gamers around
4 to 5 hours to complete this which is definitely value for money. For
those purists who want to collect everything, another play is also on
Graphically, Episode II is an impressive looking title on the
PlayStation 3 with some great level designs and graphics that have this
real retro yet modern feel to them. Characters are well animated and
there's some whacky special effects employed with the gaming mechanics.
Episode II is quite a visual experience with its faux 3D graphics of 3D
characters merged with 2D backgrounds. Sound effects and music work well
with the gameplay and the soundtrack is definitely quite memorable. All
in all, graphics, audio and gameplay come together perfectly, although a
In the end, Sonic 4 Episode II is probably the best Sonic game in awhile
that combines retro gaming with 21st century next-gen console mechanics.
Although the title is a little on the repetitive side, there's enough
fun to keep most gamers going and just when things start to become
repetitive, the game fortunately ends in time. With that said and given the new combos in Episode II, Sonic
still relies a little too much on its origins which makes this a fun
game yet ultimately forgettable in the grand scheme of gaming.
of the Sonic franchise however will enjoy this race down memory lane,
modern gamers may find the title a little too repetitive and
uninspirational. Nonetheless, it's still a refreshing title and worth
checking if you want a break from all those big blockbuster titles.