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What a review is supposed to be.

“Breathe easy, Sonic fans. SEGA got this one right.”

This is a quote from IGN’s review of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. An interesting statement considering there’s a pretty large portion of the fan base that would beg to disagree. I myself held my breath for the most part until the game was finally released and I didn’t feel like “SEGA got this one right” personally. Then comes one of my favorite gaming blogs online: Joystiq.

Joystiq took a different approach reviewing the game compared to IGN or 1up. That approach of course is being objective and properly criticizing the game while acknowledging what few things may make it enjoyable. I highly recommend reading the full review to get a nice understanding of what Sonic 4 is actually like to play. Writer Ludwig Kietzmann goes over some very interesting criticism of the game including the infamous physics (or lack-thereof) and inconsistencies in level design. At the same time, they praise Sonic Team (and Dimps) for attempting some colorful originality in parts of the levels and the fact that they aren’t quite as “hold right to win” as some previous Sonic outings. Though, they are careful to note they don’t quite hold up to the complexity as levels like Oil Ocean Zone from Sonic 2.

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1up chats about Sonic prototypes.

The popular gaming news site 1up recently decided to take a dive into Sonic projects that never came to be. Of course, they just HAD to make mention of Retro within the same article and I thought it would be suiting to return the favor. This article, written by Frank Cifaldi, takes a look at some of the most interesting projects to come up over the years. These include Sonic Crackers, Sonic Edusoft, and of course Sonic X-Treme among other things. So what are you doing reading our blog! Get over to 1up and read that article! Then follow the link back here.

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Project Needlemouse a Downloadable Title

Information on Sega’s upcoming new Sonic title dubbed, “Project Needlemouse” has been rather scarce since a video released online teased the game, sending fans into a murmur.

SEGA’s Constantine Hantzopoulos confirmed to the folks over at the 4Guys1Up podcast at that Project Needlemouse will be a downloadable title. However, he didn’t mention which platforms the title will be hitting. Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network were name-dropped later in the cast, though in a slightly unrelated context.

1up: I think that’s why a lot of people are excited about needlemouse too, because it seems like SEGA aren’t trying to make it as mass market

Hantzopoulos: that’s right, thats right. I’ve been playing a lot of XBLA and PSN games lately. Shadow Complex is great.

Hantzopoulos also mentioned this will be a smaller title, but didn’t clarify as to what that exactly meant.

Sonic Retro will keep you up to date as information trickles in.

Source: 4Guys1Up: 01/01/2010