Thanks to DVD Smith for sending us the quotes and the scan (check the update at the bottom).
British gaming magazine, NGamer, just sent out their latest issue in the mail and within its many pages lies a preview of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. Most of what is detailed within the preview was described to us back when a community member playtested the game a month ago. A lot of people decided to blow off what he said as “fake” or “a bunch of bullshit,” so it wasn’t “truly” confirmed (that’s par for the course when materials are leaked, I guess). Now, we can say that more details that he described have been verified, including a few new ones, like how many episodes will make up Sonic 4!
Here are a few key points in NGamer’s preview:
“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.”
UPDATE: DVD Smith has sent us a low-quality scan of the preview. Check it below (click for larger size):
UPDATE 2: Sonic Retro member, Wolf Rogers, has better scans of the screenshots included in the preview. Check out the gallery below: