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Oh, how I used to while away my days playing Sonic the Hedgehog on my SEGA Genesis back in the day. Between that and Street Fighter II, I don’t know how I got any homework done (actually, that explains a lot). Seriously, the Sonic series of games have a solid root on my heart, but recent versions have desecrated the name and turned it into a near worthless bit of IP.

But now there’s Sonic Dash, a reinvention of the concept for the mobile platform. It’s a runner, sure, but it’s also a different format for my favorite blue hedgehog entirely. Does it hold up to all of those childhood memories, or is it just another Sonic and the Black Knight? Let’s find out. (more…)

There’s a little blue hedgehog that’s been winning gamers’ hearts for over two decades, and he’s back again in Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II. We can’t get into Episode II’s pros and cons without touching on how it compares to Episode I, largely because Episode I was a bit of a disappointment for many long-time Sonic fans. When a video game character has a trademark play style that’s been around as long as our little ‘hog hero’s, finding the game’s physics have gone foul is not going to please fans.

If your hedgehog hero-worship is still faltering after Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I’s sluggish, slippery, slo-mo interpretation of Sonic, you’ll be very pleased to hear that Episode II gets it right, along with a substantial improvement in the graphics department with Retina display support. Now that we’ve eased those fears, let’s delve a little more deeply into what makes Episode II great — and what doesn’t. (more…)