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Sonic 4 to be a trilogy, features detailed

March 22, 2010

As Sonic 4‘s scheduled summer release nears, more is becoming known about the title throwing the blue hedgehog back to the classic gameplay that made him famous.

NGamer Magazine gave a preview of the title in their latest issue, and while most of the details about the title are things that have circulated the Internet, a few new facts have surfaced, giving players a better idea of what to expect.

“The sound effects are pulled straight from the 16-bit days, and both the loading screen and the extra life icons rip their sprites straight from the heart of the nearest Mega Drive”

“The bonus stages, activated by finishing a level with over 50 rings, resemble the mazes from the very first Sonic the Hedgehog, but with a modern twist. Now, instead of reacting to the spin of the maze, the player controls it by titlting the Wii remote. A Chaos Emerald is still the prize, but now Sonic has to fight for his right to even be in the same room as the gem – doors blocking off access have t be removed by collecting a set number of rings.”

Sonic 4 will be split into three episodes, each containing four zones of three acts (and a boss) apiece.”

“Act 3 of Splash Hill Zone is the only act to take place at sunset.”

The motion controls on the special stages will likely be translated over to the PlayStation 3 by way of the SIXAXIS. The big reveal though is that Sonic 4 will contain a total of 12 three-act stages for a total of 36 stages. This is also on top of word that the second episode of Sonic 4 will bring more characters along.

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 is set to release this summer on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and WiiWare with a fourth platform to be named, though rumored to be Apple’s iPhone.

So far, the title seems to be on track to bringing the blue blur back from a long stream of mediocrity and failure. Excited about Sonic 4 or are you expecting more of the same? Let us know in the comments.

[Thanks to Sonic Stadium for the heads up!]

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