Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
SEGA Reveal Project Needlemouse as Sonic the Hedgehog 4
Written Thursday, February 04, 2010 By Richard Walker
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When SEGA announced 'Project Needlemouse' last September, we already knew that the codename alluded to a new 2D Sonic game of some description, but we didn't think it would actually be the first fully fledged sequel in nearly sixteen years.

Turns out that the secret title is actually Sonic the Hedgehog 4, a true sequel that returns to the series' original 2D roots with 3D graphics. What's more, the game will be a downloadable episodic adventure on PSN.

Sonic will be the only playable character in the new 2D speed-a-thon, which is supposedly due this summer.

Players will also be able to compare speed runs on the game's leaderboards. Sounds like it'll satisfy even the most die-hard of Sonic fans.

[Via GameSpot]


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Comment #1 by Kwhitlock
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 04:44:16 AM
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been waiting for this since mega man 9..... wow best news ive heard for a while loved the old 2d sonics definite buy

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Comment #2 by Brrnout
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 04:49:28 AM
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You know thier desperate when they have to resort to returning to 2D lmao. I pity SEGA. But I really think its about time that the sonic fanchise when to bed... and I think I would say that goes for mario as well... Developers have to stop following old patterns. MAKE A NEW GAME PEOPLE!

Cheers, Brrnout

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Comment #3 by johnnyhotrocks
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 05:07:21 AM
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sonic is a classic and if it's true to its mega drive roots this will be a winner.

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Comment #4 by Davros989
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 05:17:10 AM
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Its one of their few remaining brands that still sells, the last lot of 3d versions have been terrible, not because 3d sonic is bad, the dreamcast game was ok, classic sonic 3d was fun, but because they were badly made, full of bugs and had rubbish controls to name but a few faults. If they go grass roots, full HD and keep it fun without the gimicks, Im sold. Whilst were on the subject of sega and PSN, how about an episodic shining force hd? hrm? I know your listening sega, do it.

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Comment #5 by SimplySupreme
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 06:20:00 AM
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Gotta laugh at them trying to build up the suspense by delaying the annoucement......then they reveal another, and inevitably shitty, Sonic outing.

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Comment #6 by mjc0961
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 07:06:41 AM
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I'm not going to repeat the entire comment I made on the sister site. I'll just sum it up.

Calling this turd (and it will be a turd, it's developed by SEGA) Sonic 4 is an insult to the Genesis games which were some of the best games around at that time. And episodic releases are shit. Fuck SEGA.

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Comment #7 by SAS_Smithy_1986
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 08:13:41 AM
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brilliant SONIC IS CLASSIC and its about time that they made it go back to its old routes like back in the day. though most of you wouldnt be happy about this new i for one am its not all about HD GAMING. if classics can be made and play on the PS3 then its awesome i just cant wait roll on SONIC 4

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Comment #8 by rhd
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 08:15:53 AM
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This could be the best thing for Sonic, or THE WORSE thing EVER.

I bet that in the next few days they will be like:

Hey meet that fugly bubbly new friend of Sonic!
Sonic should shoot his friends, expect for Tails, Knuckles and maybe Amy.

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Comment #9 by Donkey-er
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 08:58:38 AM
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cool, old school sonic!
and I love that they are making episodes, this way I can play a little at a time and it isn't a lot of money at once (if they are going to cost around 10 bucks...)

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Comment #10 by raz_lintu
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 11:28:41 AM
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WEWT, I love the original Sonic games and I still play them now, would be awesome to get a new one after all this time ^_^

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Comment #11 by Ranemoraken
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 12:25:12 PM
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I'm not a sonic fan, but this decision makes sense. It's nearly impossible for them to screw this up - with just a little effort.

I also still have faith in Sega, they have a few winners here and there to keep them in action.

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Comment #12 by drkrZEN
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 01:33:30 PM
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Awesome. I totally called it being 2.5D and won a bet to boot, heh. At any rate, there hasn't been a good Sonic game (barring Sonic Unleashed's day levels and the Rush games) in this post-Sonic 3 world, so here's hoping the long overdue Sonic the Hedgehog 4 delivers.

I kind of don't like the fact that its episodic, though... why not just release a nice full Sonic title in one go, instead of milking it?

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Comment #13 by EdEN
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 01:57:44 PM
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Ok, none of those hating on the game have PLAYED IT. It has just been revealed. Play the Demo in 3 months and THEN, if you don't like it, start bitchin...

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Comment #14 by acerazer1
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 04:12:14 PM
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Wow, surprising, but good news

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Comment #15 by hyousai
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 07:05:31 PM
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I'm cautiously optimistic.

On the one hand, it's Sonic, and he's usually crap these days. On the other hand, it's 2D Sonic, and that's usually good (except for the GBA games, but we don't talk about those in polite company). Episodic release is stupid as hell, so I'll probably just wait until the bundle the whole game together, like with Siren: Blood Curse.

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Comment #16 by Tranquilbez
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 01:49:22 AM
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At Last SEGA have pulled their heads from their arses and listened to their fans for once

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Comment #17 by swordman623
Saturday, February 06, 2010 @ 09:42:07 PM
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They have a sort of teaser trailer with a little bit of gameplay in it on youtube if you guys haven't seen it yet. its called Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Teaser Trailer

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US October 12, 2010
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