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Oct 21, 2010
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It was a good time to be a gamer back in the early 90s. You didn’t need to concern yourself with buying fancy HD and 3DTVs, you didn’t have to deal with the hassles of online multiplayer. [firstpara] You didn’t need motion controllers, and the Sonic games were awesome.

Today is a very special time for all of us who once played the Sonic game:Sonic the Hedgehog 4 has just been released.

Unlike many of the Sonic games in the past decade, this one’s actually fun to play.

The game takes the series back to its roots: fast, frenetic 2D side-scrolling fun, and frankly, we can say that that’s all we ever wanted from the series.

Sonic games in 3D, including the solid Sonic Adventure and its sequel Sonic Adventure 2 just never were able to capture the pure joy of seeing Sonic speed through from left to right.

Sonic 4, which is partly a remake, and a sequel, proves just that. The moment we had Sonic speeding through the colorful levels, it’s like we instantly forgot all the terrible games he’s had in the past decade. Sonic 4 captures that certain magic, and charm of a true Sonic game.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is structured in the classic Sonic way. There are areas, levels, boss battles, and special stages. This game has four areas, all of which were greatly inspired by the ones in the first game of the series.

Each area is divided into levels, and in the final level, you get to meet Sonic’s old pal, Dr. Eggman riding whatever evil anti-Sonic machine he invented. The visuals in every area, the subtle animations, and the lush, vibrant vibe of the colors used make it a joy to go through the levels. The levels along with the boss battles aren’t particularly challenging though, which is okay because extreme challenges were never the point of Sonic games.

As for gameplay, Sonic 4 doesn’t offer much innovation, with the biggest change being the lock-on targeting system to defeat your foes. Sonic still just runs and jumps, and uses the same power-ups in the older games like the invincibility power-up, the speed shoes, and the bubble shield. But as we said, this was the Sonic that gaming veterans loved, and any significant change would have been unwelcome. Essentially, this is an old-school side-scrolling game (albeit a very fast one) dressed in modern visuals.

We’ve missed Sonic, and hopefully, Sonic 4 is a sign that the blue blur is back in style.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is now available for download for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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