New details about ‘Sonic 4 : Episodes I & II’
If your a fan of Tails and Knuckles, you should be pleased with Sonic 4 : Episode II
Episode I is a prologue
Spin dash, rolling attack, homing attack and a new move (probably the peel-out move from Sonic CD)
“I wanted the user to enjoy an easy-to-play feeling by the attack sequence that this [homing attack] allows, and find the fun routes in the air.”
Classic special stages
Classic Sonic Gameplay, classic Sonic speed, no floaty gameplay, Says Izuka.
Not 3-D, but all CG pre-render.
Gamers will get classic “try again” ending if not successful when attempting to collect all the chaos emeralds. If you get all emeralds, you’ll get the cliffhanger ending for Episode II.
“If Sonic 4’s return to form is the Sonic experience you have been waiting 16 years for, then we strongly encourage you to try this.”
While Sonic 4 will have shields, Episode 1 will only include the one hit shield. Just enough to help get your rings to the end of the stage
Izuka says the reason they went episodic is that the game is too big to smaller hard drives (Wii and iPhone likely?) to fit in all at once and he didn’t see players paying $60 for a 2-D Sonic game on disc. (Hellllooo. New Super Mario Bros Wii anyone?!!)