E3 opened today in sunny Los Angeles, California and if you've never been to the event the sheer scale is absolutely dumbfounding. There are people in costume everywhere, someone passing you a free energy drink on every corner, and the booths that the big players of the video game world have set up are beyond amazing.

The first appointment we had today was with Sega who gave us a hands on of their upcoming game Sonic 4 for the iPhone. The release is still TBA beyond "late 2010", as Sega seems very concerned with getting the game right instead of just throwing it out there like other recent Sonic games which have all been fairly mediocre going all the way back to Dreamcast Sonic games. Sonic 4 actually was a lot of fun to play, and as you can see from the video, shares quite a bit of the look and feel of classic Sonic games:

With both tilt and touch controls as well as the same amount of content found in the game on other consoles, Sonic 4 is really working up to be something special. I was cautiously optimistic when Sega announced the delay of the game, and it really seems like they're taking their time to make a game that anyone who looks back to the days of classic 16 bit fast-paced platformers will enjoy.

  • Jim

    I see hand zits! Also, I can't wait to be disappointed by Sega once again. :D

  • http://www.teamphobic.com Jonas

    Glad they added in tilt controls!

  • Bosconian

    People will hate me for this, but it's true...

    Sonic doesn't belong on a platform without a real dpad.

  • HistorySchol

    How do the touch controls look and feel? Definitely staying away from that tilting nonsense.

    • seearees

      have you tried Bounce On by chance? I found the tilt controls to work quite awesomely with that game

  • Brandon

    I wonder... do you think this is using that engine the other guy came up with? I mean maybe they said.. "instead of doing sonic CD let's do something better!"

  • esfrost

    I myself a really big sonic fan, and if that thing just half as good as it looks on the video, im sold.

  • http://toxicmda.tumblr.com Toxic

    Superb!

  • Shibuya_109

    Frame rate looks low from the video. This had better be a rock solid 60fps.

  • rob

    this game is emulated from genesis or native iphone app?

    • Diab

      Sonic 4 is a new game, it's not emulated, in fact it's not out for any platform yet as they are still making it.

  • Mike

    Looks great - really excitied for this one.

  • http://icesky-calvin.blogspot.com IceSky22AIZ

    This looks awesome. Sega did a good move by reverting Sonic back to the good old 2D platformer we all know and love.

  • psv

    In fairness, the 2D sonic games for the GBA and DS were significantly better offerings than the more hyped 3D games for the last two generations of consoles. I especially enjoyed the GBA titles, though admittedly they didn't capture the magic of the 16-bit era.

    As someone mentioned before, gameplay looked a little choppy. I can only imagine that was a 3GS. Any more details on this title?

  • agemon

    the tilt control look like crap. fortunately there is the d-pad.

  • MrMuesli

    No doubt about it, I felt absolutely screwed over after buying Sega's craptastic first Sonic outing on the iDevice. They were clearly testing the iDevice's waters, however unfortunately people like myself had to be the guinea pigs didn't they. Well, despite all that this does look promising, and I will be keeping my beady eyes on this one.