Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 races to PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Sega's 2D blue blur revival hits download hub next to Dead Space Ignition; PSOne Classics welcome Arc the Lad, Alundra.

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Sony's virtual storefront this week expands with numerous new additions, including the newest entry in the Sonic series, a downloadable prequel to Dead Space 2, two new PSOne titles, three demos, and more.

Leading the charge is Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 ($15). The title is available today to download and casts players as the legendary blue blur, zipping, zooming, and collecting coins around all-new 2D environments. The title picks up right where Sonic and Knuckles left off and tasks players with defeating Dr. Eggman's most devious schemes. The title was first announced in 2009 as Project Needlemouse and was scheduled to arrive this summer before suffering a delay.

Sonic is even more of a blur in HD.

Also now available for the PS3 is Dead Space Ignition ($5). A prequel to Dead Space 2, Ignition follows tech wizard Franco Delisle in the hours before the space station known as The Sprawl is beset by a necromorph infestation. The game's story was penned by Antony Johnston, who previously told stories in the Dead Space universe with a six-issue comic series released in 2008.

Dead Space Ignition is composed of three hacking minigames: Hardware Crack, Trace Route, and System Override. The title will play out like a Choose Your Own Adventure story, where players determine their fate by choosing from various plotlines. There are four distinct endings players can reach, but they can play only as Delisle.

Gamers looking to the past for enjoyment can download two new PSOne Classics today, the first of which is Arc the Lad ($6). From G-Craft, the tactical role-playing game first published in 1995 casts players as Arc and tasks them with teaming up with allies and fighting through multiple dungeons.

The other PSOne Classic now available is Alundra ($6). From Matrix Software, the action adventure game was first released in 1997. The title thrusts players into the boots of Alundra, a warrior adventurer who explores dungeons, solves puzzles, and defeats monsters on his way to saving a doomed village.

Switching to the PSP storefront, Sony welcomes two new wares to its store today, the first of which is NBA 2K11 ($20). From 2K Sports, the basketball installment's main draw is its inclusion of legendary superstar Michael Jordan, who is a playable character.

Kaka, in the palm of your hands.

The other PSP title now available is FIFA Soccer 11 ($40). From EA Sports, the latest footie sim lets players take to the pitch with their favorite squad and pass, shoot, and score in arenas like the esteemed Old Trafford, the home of perennial powerhouse Manchester United.

On the demo front, Sony added three new samplers to its virtual storefront this week. They include trials for the already available Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and Dead Space Ignition, as well as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, which will be released on October 26.

One mini made its way to the virtual storefront today. The action role-playing game Zenonia ($6.99) is now available to download. The single-player role-playing game casts players as Regret, a man on a quest to learn why a demon killed his father. As is standard fare for role-playing games, Zenonia lets players choose a class at the onset of the game (paladin, warrior, or assassin) and equip their player with "hundreds" of possible weapon and armor combinations. Further, the title sports a full day/night cycle, as well as skill trees to round out its RPG elements.

For the music gamer, new tunes are now available in the Rock Band and Def Jam Rapstar stores. Rock Band welcomes Jimi Hendrix's entire Are You Experienced? album, which includes "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," a live version of "Hey Joe," and more. Def Jam Rapstar adds Luni's "I Got Five On It," The Pharcyde's "Passin' Me By," Chamillionaire's "Ridin," and New Boyz's "You're a Jerk."

A full list of the week's deals and new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, discounts, and add-on content, is available on the PlayStation Blog.

Discussion

33 comments
DaNubianPryns
DaNubianPryns

GameInformer for December had an article about 2 fans that made a "remix" version that looks just as good, if not better than Sonic 4. But, I don't think what they has done is exactly legal lol. Check it out at: sonicfanremix.com.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Don't let the fanboys trick you, sonic 4 is fail. He runs like he is 400 pounds and he moves like it, too. It is not the downloadable game of the year, not even close.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

take it from an xbox 360 owner who downloaded it at midnight. sonic 4 is the DOWNLOADABLE game of the year

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Woohoooo! for Alundra... glorious game if anyone hasn't played it ^ ^

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

sonic 4 is good, a bit stiff, but good. the difficulty spikes unfairly at times (right before the end of a stage), but you get over it. worth buying if you liked the genesis sonic titles.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

Steep price for an episode based sequel. I'll wait when the complete package is available at a discount.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I don't think so... at least, not yet. Given the 2.5D graphics, it might be harder to try and make them work on the PSP. I'm not saying its NOT possible, but it may lose a lot of the graphical intensity.

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

is it playable/available for download on PSP as well? since it is on the iphone/ipod touch im just asking.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@fetusfart18 That is EXACTLY what I was thinking when I played the demo! Also, he kept on popping out of spin attack everytime he rolled into the air! Which meant I kept hitting enemies without damaging them. And I dont like the fact that the homing attack is in there. It doesn't feel natural in 2D. I am genuinely disappointed in this game. I played the hell out of Sonics 1-3 but this just doesn't feel like any of them.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

man I sure would like to play sonic to bad they didn't release it on media disc maybe some time in future they'll release it when couple more episodes come out

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

I'll pick up Sonic when the 'Complete Pack' comes out on special. Patience is a virtue, after all.

Flint247
Flint247

This game is a must have if you are a Sonic fan! It's fun and fast! :D

benleslie5
benleslie5

How many episodes are there going to be on Sonic 4? Because I reckon once all episodes are released I'm guessing there could be a retail version of this game

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Sonic 4 is pretty good. The only complaint I have is that the controls feel a bit too stiff, like Sonic's standing in sludge.

Flint247
Flint247

So Sonic Team gives the fans what they want and they still whine? T.T Well, I learned my lesson: to appreciate what I am given in life.

dr_mindbender12
dr_mindbender12

Wow, Alundra for $6. If you're into adventure games and haven't played it I would recommend that you buy it. :P Definitely the best Zelda clone ever made, IMO.

toddx77
toddx77

OMG $15 that is such a waste of money lol, no whats a waste of money paying $20 for Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).

Realacide
Realacide

Got the game today I'm loving it so far. Best $15 I've ever spent on the PSN imo. Gotta get more time to play it!

hkymike
hkymike

Game looks amazing, I may get it for PS

KillerFetuss
KillerFetuss

I'd say Sonic is worth the 15 bucks to be honest. The levels are a hell of a lot longer than the old school ones, even though there's only 4 acts

WhitedogRT
WhitedogRT

Alrighty kids, time for a history lesson. $14.99 may appear to be a large amount of money for 4 divisions of 3 levels each + a final boss on Sonic. However, if you look back to the days of Sega Genesis, the Sonic games only had 8 divisions of 3 levels each + a final boss and each one launched at at least $59.99. So you're getting half the game for 1/4 the price. I don't see how this is a bad deal, especially since, having played through Sonic 4 and collected all the chaos emeralds, I can say it is without a doubt one of the most fun games in the last decade and there is ample content for replay value. And that's all I have to say about that.

Yo-gan
Yo-gan

Downloaded Sonic (went for the PS3 version because of the superior dpad) its pretty awesome, havnt completed it but it seems pretty short. And also i just relised Alundra is being released!? YES! I have been praying to be able to put alundra on my PSP for years now! But please tell me its not just on the american PSN? :?

azureblade89
azureblade89

Complain all you want about price and length, there's been a few people biting at the bit for some odd 16 years for a new sonic, and compared with the titles they've released recently "Sonic and the Black Knight" or " Sonic Unleashed" this is a very good game. I already got it for PSN was thinking about doing it again today for 360 for chievos and supporting sega..but idk if even I love the little blue blur that much.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

sonic is way to expensive for just over an hour or so worth of play, i will just wait till they have finished all the episodes and put them on a disk, then it will hopefully be worth the price....

Helghast82
Helghast82

$15.00 for half a game? No thanks. Don't care if it's the best sonic game ever...it's still just half a dlc game.

imblack14
imblack14

prolly better off just waiting til all the episodes come out on one disc

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@ Syphon_Filter2 Well, it's not like the original Sonic the Hedgehog is any longer. Plus, it has pretty good replay value. It's up to you, but honestly it's not the worst way to blow $15.

Syphon_Filter2
Syphon_Filter2

@Animatronic64 thanks for clearing this out. Sega can keep this garbage Sonic. So, we have to buy the rest of the game as DLC every week for 9.99 or more. I will not pay anything for this.

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@Syphon_Filter2 About 1-2 hours for the first play through.

Syphon_Filter2
Syphon_Filter2

So, 1 episode for 14.99? And how long is the episode?