Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II HD

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Sonic the Hedgehoc 4

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 episode II HD is resurrected on the Ouya!

You may have thought Sonic the Hedgehog was long buried and gone.  With the power of Ouya, Sonic and Tails have stood up and shook the dust off.  Stuffed their pockets full of rings, and prepared for battle once again.  Dr. Robotnic’s lab has sprung back to life.  Creaks, groans, and the blinding light of welding torches can be seen and heard again, as his robotic hordes are brought back to life.  Reminds me of myself getting ready for the soccer field :)

Now they are back and in bright crisp 1080p High Definition!

You can burn your way straight through a level and beat it in no time.  But if you go through it again and concentrate on getting all the rings, Sonic’s version of coins, you find the levels to be very vast.  You can speed into an area and literally skip over the water and be done with it.

Or you could get adventurous, go down below the surface, and fight off under water creatures.  Collecting more rings as you explore the whole level. Sonic and Tails don’t have gills. That unfortunate circumstance forces you to pop to the surface for a breath every now and then.  Better yet inhale one of the bubbles that erupt from cracks in the bottom of the depths.

Sonic and Tails can perform a number of moves.  You can crouch and go into a sonic (excuse the pun) spin building up momentum with each push of the button.  Once the stick and all that energy are released, you are sent rocketing forward through loops, and corkscrews.  That move can also be used to spin blue wheels clearing obstacles, or lowering ledges for you as well.

You can also team up with your gal Tails. Well it would be more accurate to say, get her help since she does most of the work in these maneuvers.  You two fly for short periods, being carried by Tails and that remarkable tail of her.  Each press of the button, will send you soaring higher and higher until Tails is popped.  Which doesn’t take all that long, at which point that remarkable tail will auto gyro you safely back to earth.  A similar maneuver can be pulled off under water.

In Sonic, speed is definitely the name of the game.  There are plenty of ways to propel you at Sonic speeds.  The more boring way is to use one of Sonic and Tails patented moves. The more fun way is to use one of the pitching machine contraptions that send you out the other side like you came out of the barrel of a gun. If only that was possible in real life ;)

Attacking is easily performed by pressing a button while in the air sending you and tails into your foes, the many spring pads, or both like a balled up laser guided hedgehog missile.

Rating

Tom
Graphics
8.0
Sound
8.0
Fun
7.0
Concept
7.0
Long-term fun
6.0
Overall
7.0
Tim
Graphics
7.0
Sound
8.0
Fun
7.0
Concept
7.0
Long-term fun
7.0
Overall
7.1
Joel Davis
Graphics
8.0
Sound
7.0
Fun
8.0
Concept
8.0
Long-term fun
8.0
Overall
7.9

Conclusion

Not really knowing what to expect I was pleasantly surprised. I now know why the franchise is so long lived and successful.

The games is fast paced, the controls are intuitive and easy to master.  The levels offer a wide variety of very good looking obstacles and scenery.  Often sending you behind very realistic looking waterfalls as you loop, spin, roll, and corkscrew your way through the levels, usually at sonic speeds.

This is a very good platformer, and I personally had a lot of fun.  I will be buying the full version, though I may go back and buy the earlier version first.  Just for the sake of playing them in order.  Look for that review as well.

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About Joel Davis

It all started with the Apple II and those big floppy disks, the original Oregon trail to be precise. That started a life long love of gadgets & gaming. From Frogger on the Atari 2600 to the original Leisure suit Larry on the HP 486 computer my grandfather bought me to do "school work" on. I was the go to guy in my army unit for technological items, and the only man in my unit to volunteer for the new SINCGARS radio class. It has never stopped, hand held GPS devices, blackberrys, all gaming systems released to date up to the Ouya (with the exception of PlayStation :). If it has buttons and a screen I'm your man!

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