Sonic The Hedgehog 4™ Episode II Review
- Console-like visual quality and beautiful environments.
- Most levels retain a sense of flow thanks to a mix of speed and platforming sections.
- Lock-in Episode I for more content.
- Co-op available via Bluetooth.
- Control customization not available; no floating v-stick or sensitivity options.
- Inconsistent physics; sluggish and difficult to move, with Sonic speeding up almost without reason due to certain environment changes (ie. walking to sprinting on water).
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II isn't quite the blue hero we know him to be, but it's a step in the right direction and a decent platformer for fans of the series and those after a slick platformer.
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For many, Sonic The Hedgehog 4 is a return to form for SEGA's speedy blue mammal, but it hasn't been without its bumps and scrapes. Episode I remixed and built upon the classic platforming formula while also handling admirably via the touchscreen controls. Episode II goes even further by bringing back Tails, revisiting Sonic 2's bonus stage system and most exciting of all, introducing a 'lock-in' system for the iOS to unlock all-new content.
Lets get the bad out of the way first though - despite a new graphics and physics engine, and previous experience with Episode I, the controls still feel unreliable. This is in-part thanks to a combination of the physics feeling stiff and unyielding at times; no option for a floating virtual stick to make re-centering easier; and no option to adjust the tilt sensitivity. As such it's hard to feel comfortable with either touch or tilt controls, which is a shame considering they're so pivotal for making the new tag-team system work effectively.
It's also a shame because the levels themselves are incredibly well-paced, providing a mix up of speed and platforming sections as well as opportunities to tag-team with Tails to fly, swim or dash your way to harder-to-reach areas. Whether you're dashing through a snow-drift on the way to a carnival, fighting against fierce winds in a desert or attempting to survive deep underwater, the game retains its sense of flow, keeping you engaged in the moment.
The game is gorgeous as well with optimizations that give it console-quality polish on modern iDevices. If your friend isn't so lucky as to have the latest device you can show them how great the game looks as you play cooperatively via Bluetooth.
The content doesn't stop with the usual handful of zones, collectables and the obligatory bonus stages for Chaos Emeralds. If you happen to have Episode I installed you can 'lock-in' Episode II by multitasking from one to the other, enabling you to play as Metal Sonic, finding out just how he survived in Sonic CD.
As such, how much we recommend Episode II is dependent on whether you own the first episode and are willing to forgive the controls for being less than perfect. Sonic fans should still do themselves a favor and make this a purchase if they're not already playing on a larger console, but even if you're not a life-long fan you'll still get a kick out of Sonic's antics.
DescriptionThe Sonic 4 saga continues in Episode II with the return of a beloved sidekick and fan-favorite villains!
Metal Sonic has teamed up with Dr. Eggman, and the dubious duo are together on Little Planet, ready to build a new Death Egg, this time constructed around Little Planet. It’s up to Sonic and his trusty sidekick to foil Dr. Eggman’s plans and take down Death Egg mk.II. With a classic ‘Sonic feel,’ enhanced gameplay, five distinctive Zones, and a soundtrack composed by Jun Senoue, this speedy sequel that originally launched in May of 2012 does not disappoint.
This release of Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II also includes Episode Metal unlocked from the get-go. This bonus set of stages sees you playing as Metal Sonic across fiendishly difficult versions of Zones from Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode I. Complete them to discover the complete story behind Sonic The Hedgehog 4!
Like the rest of the SEGA Forever collection, Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II boasts added features such as leaderboards, cloud saves, and controller support. Each game in the collection is available to download for free from the App Store for iPhone and iPad.
Players who want to experience the games without ads can remove them for a one-time in-app purchase priced at $1.99/ €2.29 / £1.99.
- Five Zones and seven bosses to best as Sonic and Tails
- Play as Metal Sonic in Episode Metal, now unlocked from the start!
- Complete all the Special Stages to unlock Super Sonic!
- Work with Tails to perform the Rolling, Copter, and Submarine combos!
- Can you collect all the Red Star Rings?
SEGA FOREVER FEATURES
- PLAY FREE with ad-support or ad-free via In-App Purchase
- SAVE YOUR GAMES – save your progress at any point in the game.
- LEADERBOARDS – compete with the world for high scores
- CONTROLLER SUPPORT: MFi compatible controllers
SONIC 4: EPISODE II TRIVIA
- Sonic The Hedgehog 4's story takes place after the events of Sonic The Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
- The halfpipe Special Stages return from Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - don't worry though, they aren't quite as tough as before!
- Can you spot all the other references to Zones and features from the 16-bit Sonic series?
SONIC 4: EPISODE II HISTORY
- Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II was first released in May 2012
- Developed by Sonic Team and Dimps
- Lead Programmer: Koji Okugawa
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