Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Dimps Corporation, Sonic Team / SEGA of America, Inc. 2012

This is a direct episodic sequel to the classical series of Sonic platformers on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis. The story continues after the events of Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, where Sonic and his friends spoiled the plans of Sonic's nemesis, Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik), once again by destroying his Death Egg and returning the stolen Master Emerald. The victory, however, is short-lived, as Eggman is up to revenge and rebuilds and improves his greatest creations for the sole purpose of destroying Sonic once and for all. The game does not only return to the original series in terms of story and title, but also in terms of gameplay. Sonic 4 is a classical 2D sidescroller like its predecessors and also features the same game mechanics as the old games. There are some new additions, for example the "Homing Attack" which locks on Sonic's jump on enemies, jumping pads or breakable items. One major difference are the graphics, as Sonic 4 uses polygons for the Sonic characters and prerendered graphics for everything else, so does not recreate the looks of its predecessors, unlike, for example, Mega Man 9. Episode I (Jan 19) sees Sonic traveling through four main zones: Splash Hill, Casino Street, Lost Labyrinth and Mad Gear, facing against Dr. Eggman as he reuses and enhances some of his old creations and contraptions, culminating in a battle in his E.G.G. Station. If the game is finished with all seven Chaos Emeralds collected, a post-credits cutscene is shown, teasing the audience with the appearance of Metal Sonic as a character to appear in the next episode. Episode II (May 15) This primarily focuses on Sonic's rivalry with Metal Sonic, following their last encounter during the events of Sonic CD. Metal Sonic has returned to form an alliance with Dr. Eggman. To face this new evil, Sonic will have to call upon an old friend to help him save the day. Now joined by Tails, race across four new Zones and take down fearsome new badniks with deadly combination moves in order to put an end to this dastardly duo’s plans. Experience the Sonic 4 saga as never before with the addition of a brand new engine; bringing you gameplay with updated physics and zones in stunning HD graphics. Also new to Episode II is the addition of online/local collaborative play where players can team up with a friend to take control of Sonic and Tails as they battle against Dr. Eggman. Owners of both Episode I & Episode II will unlock Episode Metal. Play as Sonic’s greatest rival in this exclusive zone and experience the untold story behind Metal Sonic’s revival.
Episode II ISO Demo 532MB (uploaded by Egon68)
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Episode I - Full Demo 164MB (uploaded by scaryfun)

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