Look, screenshots are all well and nice. Certainly better than an endless stream of concept art that doesn’t clue us in to what the final product will actually look like. But ever since Sega revealed that Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 was being developed, there has been one main request: to see how it looks in motion.
Well, just as was foretold, today Gamespot.com officially unveiled the first gameplay trailer to Sonic 4: Episode 2. How does it look? Well, judge for yourself.
That is certainly more than three seconds of gameplay footage!
So from what can be seen, the main focus of this trailer is on what is presumably the first two levels in the game, revealed by Famitsu to be called Sylvania Castle (the Aquatic Ruin/Marble Garden Hybrid) and White Park (the carnival snow wonderland) in all its glory. We get to see the avalanche in motion. We can finally see just what the heck that Sonic/”Tails” move is all about (oh, it breaks walls. Hopefully that translates into alternate paths). We even get to see Sonic’s new running animation full on, which certainly does look better than what we got in Episode 1.
The trailer also makes a very big point on showing us that, yes, Sonic now stays curled up in a ball when he is launched off a slope. Don’t know if any of you remember that, but it was a point of contention for some people in the last episode. But now Sonic can careen into the unknown without worry or fear, able to bounce on enemies instead of just smacking into them and dying. Also sneaking its way into Episode 2 are the warning signs from Sonic Generations, signalling the arrival of a bottomless pit. Let’s just hope half of each level is covered in them!
Of course, there can always be room for complaint depending on how specific you want to get. The homing attack is still there (though to be honest, no one should be surprised by that), Sonic still curls up immediately when hitting a boost panel, and the whole “run through walls real fast” feature from Rush is present. But on the whole, it definitely looks to be a step in the right direction from the game’s last outing. Of course, now that we’ve seen it in motion, the next step is to play it. Then we can get super excited, instead of just normal excited.