Eric writes, "Yes, SEGA hears the ravenous Sonic fanboy rants. A retro-styled 2D Sonic game has been in high demand ever since the blue blur made his 3D debut on the Dreamcast back in 1999. Before that, even, as many fans were disappointed with Sonic 3D Blast for the Genesis. With the release of Sonic 4, SEGA hopes to silence at least some of these forum sirens. As the first SEGA Sonic title to revisit the run-real-fast-from-left-to-rig ht model, Sonic 4 will undoubtedly be put under the microscope. Even more skepticism will likely surround the title because of its episodic release structure. So, what’s the verdict of episode one?"