Shame. I liked Sonic 4, but I wasn't looking forward to Episode II.
I liked Sonic 4. I guess. Especially since it was a $5 downloadable game for my iPod. But when this is the tagline for the new game:
Is where I have problems.
Sonic 4 was marketed as a sequel to Sonic 3 & Knuckles. And I don't know how Sonic 4 is a sequel to anything when the entire game is just a watered-down version of Sonic 1 and 2.
I know everyone wants to scream out about the physics but as a person who honestly didn't think too much about the physics when I played this game, I have to say I had completely different reasons for not liking Sonic 4. I mean, you have four zones in Sonic 1 and 2... the Splash Hill Zone which is basically Green Hill Zone from Sonic 1, Lost Labyrinth Zone which is basically the Labyrinth Zone from Sonic 1... Casino zone which is basically Casino Night Zone from Sonic 2... and then the Mad Gear Zone, which is basically the Metropolis Zone from Sonic 2.
All of the bosses are re-used from old games (except the Lost Labyrinth Zone... the only original boss in the whole game, not including the almost identical replica of the original chase scene in Sonic 1 in the third act of Lost Labyrinth), all of the badniks are re-used from old games... I'm not even sure what the storyline is. I hope it's not saving the animals like it was in Sonic 1. Cus even that'd be recycling. And I'd hope a sequel to Sonic 3&K would be something more epic than that.
Plus the game was really really easy. A "true" Sonic 4 to me would be brand new levels, Classic Sonic, an actually hard game, original bosses, and a story that expands upon Sonic 3&K. I beat Sonic 4 the first time with 141 lives. That's how easy it was.
Sonic 4 was a good game and all (like I said, I downloaded it to my iPod for $5... and later to my PS3 in a bundle pack with Sonic Adventure and Sonic 1 and 2 for $20)... but the thing I hate most about it is that it's called Sonic 4.
Actually, I have no idea why they even did Sonic 4 at all since they have been planning Sonic Generations since 2008. Because now it's just redundant. We got Classic Sonic, classic-style gameplay, GOOD classic style gameplay, and although the zones are re-used, for the most part we have original levels. Plus, everyone hated Sonic 4 (it gets way too much hate though, in my opinion... people seem forget it's a downloadable game and not a "real" one).
I would honestly just prefer if they re-booted Sonic 4 as a whole, and make an actual Sonic 4 game featuring Classic Sonic, Classic Tails, and Classic Knuckles kicking Robotnik ass. They could market it as what happened between Sonic 3&K and Sonic Adventure. I would like this game so much more if it was named "New Sonic the Hedgehog" or something... anything besides "Sonic the Hedgehog 4".
I honestly don't even see the point of Episode II. I was literally talking about it with a friend earlier today and I was telling him that the reasons above were the reasons why I didn't even think Episode II would be released. What a way to serve up some crow, Retro
Not trying to stir up trouble, just my opinion on Sonic 4. They should reboot it and take it a different direction.