There is still plenty that we do not know about Sega's upcoming Sonic the Hedeghog 4 for Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Apple iPhone. How many acts are in each zone? How many zones are in each episode? When exactly will the game be available? Those are all sensible questions. Dig deep into the realm of obsessed fans, however, and you'll likely to hear questions about how Sonic's jumping animation compares to Sonic the Hedgehog 2's take on leaping and whether or not Sonic's top speed surpasses the limits set by Sonic the Hedgehog 3. GamesRadar splits the difference and provides answers to both kinds of questions in this extensive Q&A session.
Ghassan Abunura: I know that Sonic's the only playable character. But are there any familiar characters other than Sonic and Eggman?
Yes - but only in terms of the Badniks. Moto-bug is back, as are the jumping 'Chopper' fish, and Newtron makes a slightly revised appearance too, appearing from nowhere and then disappearing again like he always used to. The buzz-bombers are more like the hornet Badniks from Sonic 2 - and they're in. There's also Bubbles, a fish-like robot first seen in Sonic 3.
Dean Milbanke: Will little animals pop out when you kill something?
Yes! Little blue rabbits and light blue Flickies! But I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a squirrel.
The Flickies are back? Nitpicking the jump animations be damned; this game has the right idea at heart. There's plenty of new information buried between the stupid questions ("Is Jack Bauer in it?" has to be the dumbest inquiry of them all), so be sure to wade through to the end for every last useful answer.