Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

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Why are Sonic's eyes green in Sonic Adventure, the franchise's first serious crack at a fully 3D polygonal platformer? It turns out there's a lovely little story behind that. Ristar creator Yuji Uekawa was the man tasked with revamping Sega's mascot for his debut on Dreamcast. Some of his decisions were practical: shrinking Sonic's enormous, swept-back skull and elongating his limbs, for instance, so that he doesn't look like a fuzzy joystick when viewed from the rear. Others were a touch more poetic. "He is always seeing these green pastures around him, like in Green Hill Zone," Uekawa explains in an interview conducted for Sega's 25th anniversary artbook. "I thought it would be nice to reflect that in his eyes."

Mobile Games Roundup

Mobile Games Roundup

Agent! Tower! Continuity! Angry! Zombies! Sonic! geoDefense!

It would probably get boring for you lot if every week was filled with top-rated games. In fact, I know that a lot of you kind of glaze over at some of the scores, and some outright moan that mobile games get routinely over-rated ("9/10? Better than Halo? ROFL")

Like any platform, it's important to judge mobile games in context. An inventive 9/10 puzzle game costing 59p can never be the same as a 9/10 epic action game on a home console. But nor would you necessarily want it to be.

Trying to somehow read something definitive into what a score 'means' is, a slippery subject, and yet we all debate them endlessly. But at the same time, as long as you're always dealing with like-for-like comparisons, you're on safer ground.

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WP7 gets Sonic, Angry Birds, more

"Six weeks of hits" announced.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Episode 1, tower defense classic Plants vs Zombies and ubiquitous feather-flinger Angry Birds are among the grandstanding titles heading to Windows Phone 7 this Spring in a big new games push just announced by Microsoft.

Sonic 4's physics deliberately different

Producer dodges momentum question.

SEGA's Takashi Iizuka has said that Sonic the Hedgehog 4's physics were deliberately altered from those of the Mega Drive/Genesis originals for gameplay reasons.

Report: XBLA revenues continue to soar

DR2: Case Zero, Sonic 4 lead the way.

Microsoft's Xbox Live service has enjoyed another record breaking month, according to a study carried out by market research firm Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE).

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

Who can remember when this was all just fields? Shiny, stripy, bright green fields, lying under fluffy white clouds and skies bluer than the liquid in an Always ad. All right, it wasn't all just fields; there were neon-lit casinos, crumbling ancient temples and cities in the clouds, too.

Yes, there were also giant industrial complexes so huge their purpose was probably something to do with chemical warfare and Iran. But these were fun to explore, so long as you could keep from drowning in the rivers of toxic waste.

And who inhabited these wondrous worlds? Not zombies, Nazis, mutants or drug dealers. Just a blue hedgehog, some small furry animals trapped inside robots and a fat man in a space helicopter. Good times.

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Sonic 4: Episode 1 two weeks away

UPDATE: dated and priced on all formats.

Update: SEGA has dated and priced all versions of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. The iPhone and iPod Touch versions will arrive first on 7th October; PSN and XBLA versions on 13th October; and the Wii version on 15th October.

SEGA defends 3D Sonic games

"It's hard to make everybody happy."

Sonic Team's Takashi Iizuka has told of the difficulty SEGA's experienced trying to please veteran Sonic fans with new Sonic games.

Sonic 4 delayed until late 2010

iPhone version revealed.

SEGA has decided to "extend the development of" Sonic the Hedghehog 4: Episode 1. The download game will now be released in "late 2010" instead of this summer.

You can imagine the scene. A high-powered SEGA meeting, somewhere in a Tokyo high-rise. The brass is gathered, and PR and marketing representatives for each territory shuffle notes and try not to look each other in the eye. They're here for the internal announcement of a new Sonic title. Hopes are not particularly high.

Sonic 4 details emerge via ESRB listing

Sonic 4 details emerge via ESRB listing

Rings! Robots! Bosses! Comic mischief!

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has outlined what you can expect from Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - and the news is it's pretty much what you would expect.

"This is a side-scrolling adventure game in which players zoom through themed levels, collect gold rings and jump on tiny robot enemies," reads the ESRB listing.

"Players earn points for collecting "power-ups" and freeing tiny animals that are trapped in the robots. During boss battles at the end of levels, players may encounter an arch nemesis in a mechanical device that gets charred and emits some flames when damaged."

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Sonic Team not making Sonic 4

Sonic Rush studio Dimps at the wheel.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is not being made Sonic Team or any internal SEGA studio, it's been revealed. The downloadable return to the series' 2D roots is instead being developed by Dimps, which made the Sonic Advance and Sonic Rush games.

SEGA announces Sonic the Hedgehog 4

SEGA announces Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Project Needlemouse takes shape.

SEGA has announced Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for release on PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 this summer as a downloadable title.

Sonic 4 is the official name for "Project Needlemouse", SEGA's attempt to reboot the series with a new high-definition 2D platform adventure.

According to SEGA's Ken Balough, speaking to GameSpot, the game is set after Megadrive title Sonic & Knuckles and sees Sonic equipped with a homing attack in addition to spin dash, power sneakers and other familiar abilities.

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Sonic runs solo in Project Needlemouse

Hedgehog is the only playable character.

SEGA's Project Needlemouse cast reveal has ruled out every one of Sonic's extended family of anthropomorphic friends, leaving the blue hedgehog as the only playable character in the 2D series reboot.