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Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode III
Sonic 4 ep 3
Developer(s)
Sonic Team
Artist(s)
Pikatwig
Publisher(s)
SEGA
Platform(s)
Xbox 360, Playstation 3, 3DS
Genre(s)
Action, 2.5D Platformer
Release Date(s)
Jaguar European September 22nd, 2012

Jaguar american June 20th, 2012
Jaguar flagen June 20th, 2012

Jaguar Australian September 22nd, 2012
Rating(s)
ESRB: E (Everyone)

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode III is the third/fourth installment of the Sonic 4 series. The game received positive reviews.

Summary

After the Little Planet's escape from the Death Egg Mark II, Sonic and Tails arrive back at Speedstar Island. Then they are told they need to head for Angel Island, saying that Knuckles needs help.

The Master Emerald is stolen, leaving Sonic, Tails and Knuckles with only 24 hours to get to Robotnik's HQ and stop the World Roboticizer from enslaving the entire world.

Save Files

Like all Sonic games you have a save file, but this one will allow the player to play as Sonic, Tails or Knuckles. All three must be played in order to go to the final area of the game.

Gameplay

Sonic

Sonic is the fastest one in the game, he has his Spin Dash, Figure Eight Peel Out, Homing Attack and Sonic Wind techniques.

To use the Spin Dash, the player has to push the down button and press the A/X Button to charge up power.

To do the Peel Out, the player must do the same as the Spin Dash, but the player must alternate using the up and down buttons.

To use the Homing Attack the player must have the lock-on symbol on the screen and then press the A/X button.

To use the Sonic Wind, the player must push the all four buttons along with the left and right buttons.

Tails

Tails is slightly slower then Sonic, but makes up for it, with the ability to swim and fly and he can also Spin Dash and use the Homing Attack.

When pressing any directional button or the analog stick along with the A button, Tails can fly while above water. While underwater he can swim and can conserve air.

To use the Spin Dash, the player has to push the down button and press the A/X Button to charge up power.

To use the Homing Attack the player must have the lock-on symbol on the screen and then press the A/X button.

Knuckles

Knuckles is the slowest in the game he also can't use the Homing Attack, but makes up for strength, the ability to climb, dig underground and glide.

When the player presses the A button while jumping he can glide. Also while pressing the glide button near a wall, he can climb.

To use the Spin Dash, the player has to push the down button and press the A/X Button to charge up power.

While pressing the A/X button and pressing the left and right button Knuckles can charge power and drill underground.

If they player presses the A and Y/Triangle and Square buttons along with the left/right button he can break down walls and open new paths.

Stages

Sonic Stages

Stage Name Acts (including boss) Boss
Green Rush Zone 4 Rush Blaster
Underground Mine Zone 4 Sewage Striker
Star Town Zone 4 Flashlight Strike
Sushi Town Zone 4 Sushi Bomb
Air Wave Zone 4 Cyclone Max Bot
Fall Town Zone 7 Sonic Bot
Rollercoaster Rush Zone 8 Roller Blaster
Egg Elevator Zone 1 No Boss

Tails Stages

Stage Name Acts (including boss) Boss
Emerald Green Zone 4 Emerald Blaster
Underground Town Zone 4 Town Destroyer
Star Mine Zone 4 Star Bomb
Candy Town Zone 4 Candy Bomb
Air Wave Zone 4 Cyclone Max Bot
Winter Town Zone 7 Tails Bot
Casino Rush Zone 8 Casino Blaster
Egg Elevator Zone 1 No Boss

Knuckles Stages

Stage Name Acts (including boss) Boss
Angel Green Zone 8 Emerald Heaven
Underground Sky Zone 8 Sky Blaster
Mine Zone 8 Bomb
Fruit Town Zone 8 Fruit Bomb
Air Wave Zone 4 Cyclone Max Bot
Summer Town Zone 7 Tails Bot
Ocean Rush Zone 8 Ocean Blaster
Egg Elevator Zone 1 No Boss

Final Level

After the player beats all three character's storylines, Sonic, Tails and Knuckles arrive at the New Death Egg Zone to battle Team Metal Sonic and beat them.

Robotnik readies a distraction so the World Roboticizer, but all three use their Super forms and they manage to stop the World Roboticizer and save the world, along with retrieving the Master Emerald.

Reception

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode III
Aggregate Scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 94/100
Gamerankings 84.08%
Review Scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 8/10
Game Trailers 8.8/10
Gamespot 8.0/10
IGN 10/10
Nintendo Power 10/10
X-Visual 8.5/10
Destructoid 7.5/10
1Up.com A+

Sonic 4 Episode III topped all the other Sonic 4 games in positive remarks. Nintendo Power said the game is amazing even without the 3D on, they said 3D just added to the beauty of the game. IGN said it has so much replay value, with Ranks, secret paths, Red Star Rings and playing as all three characters, along with getting all the Chaos Emeralds.

Destructoid said they game's good, but the Special Stages got annoying real quick and Knuckles' Stages were rather hard.

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