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The Next Level In Gaming

Back last September, you may remember my partner in crime Leon unveiling a new Sega project in the works, dubbed project needle mouse this exciting new project had us sonic fans hoping that sonic will be returning to his true and original 2D form.

Well gamers and Sega fans of the world. I suggest you sit down because the sequel to Sonic 3 has been announced. Project Needle Mouse is non other than, SONIC 4!

The full name Sonic 4: Episode 1 will be using the same visuals as we are used to from the likes of Street Fighter IV. Meaning there will be 3D models used on a 2D playing field. So it is safe to say that out Blue spiky friend is back to his 2D form, just.

From the teaser trailer that Gamespot had showed just this morning, some of the original 2D features will be making a come back, such as the classic loop the loops from sonic 2 and the double screen loops from sonic 3.

Image From Gamespot.com

So what are we expecting from Sonic 4′s story? Well when Gamespot asked Ken Balough, the sonic 4 brand manager he said, “While the game is a brand-new adventure, it will definitely pick up after Sonic & Knuckles. However, what you are looking at is the beginning of a new story arc,” a direct follow on sixteen years after the 1994 release of Sonic And Knuckles. Well it took them long enough.

Keen then went on to say, “We’re going to deliver a Genesis-era Sonic game as if it were created today that goes to the core of what classic Sonic fans desire. This means [the fan] gets to judge us on our work each step of the way, and we plan on delivering that goal in a big way.” This all sounds pretty exciting, but wait, there is more.

It seems as though the sonic team are taking the “going back to the roots of sonic” to heart. As you can tell from the title this will be an episodic outing for Sonic. It has been stressed that Sonic 3 and Knuckes were in effect two parts of the same game. So with Sonic 4 Sega are planning to use that feature more, meaning the Lock On technology we had with Sonic and Knuckles may come back in a some what different way.

As for controlling Sonic, the classic 2D moves we have known and loved have come back, such as the spin dash and the super speed sneakers power up.  But later Sonic titles have utalisd a homing attack, and it has been announced that this homing attack will feature in Sonic 4.

This is all sounding to be a pretty sweet game. As it is an episodic title I will imagine that this game will be available for download, as opposed to a disc release. It will be available across all platforms (Wii, PlayStation 3 and X Box 360) and, for me at least, this is a welcome come back for the retro Sonic most gamers of my generation have grown up with.

Garv

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Garvaos On February - 4 - 2010

2 Responses so far.

  1. Leon says:

    I’m just hoping the episodic content means that we’ll be getting multiple Sonic titles, but all under the “Sonic 4″ name, rather than creating Sonic 4, 5, 6 etc. Assuming each episode is as long as a classic Sonic game, it will be great. If not, well, we’ll see.

  2. markB0SS says:

    CAN NOT WAIT! well I say that, but Im abit iffy on episodic content :/ but hey a step in the right direction, none the less.

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