[top]Overview

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Players: 1
Online Trophies: Contender (Submitting to Leaderboards)
Cheat Codes Affect Trophies: N/A
Estimated Time to 100%: 5-6 Hours
100% Difficulty: 4/10
Minimum Playthroughs: 2 (Every level on Score Attack Mode and another for Time Attack Mode.
Collectible Trophies: The First Chaos Emerald Super Sonic Genesis Immortal
Missable Trophies: None (Stage Select)
Glitched Trophies: None


[top]Introduction

Sonic the Hedgehog 4 is set shortly after its predecessor Sonic & Knuckles; released in 1994, 16 years earlier than Sonic 4. After parting with Tails and Knuckles, he sets off to explore new territories alone; however, unknown to him, his nemesis Dr. Eggman has survived their last encounter, and has revisited and rehashed some of his "very best" robotic creations in another attempt to defeat Sonic. Sonic must travel through a variety of zones to defeat Dr. Eggman once again. The game features similar levels and bosses to those of the older games on the Sega Genesis. Features 4 zones with 3 acts and 1 boss, plus an additional boss for a total of 17 levels + 7 Special Stages. The game is a 2D side-scrolling platformer, with surprising graphics and 1080p HD support on the PS3. The game is available on the Playstation Network Store for $14.99 / 9.99 / 12.99 / AU$19.95.


[top]Tips & Strategies

  • Save some of the earlier stages from the Splash Hill Zone and Casino Street Zone for the later Chaos Emeralds. As you progress the Special Stages get harder from 1-7, so it makes sense to save some easier and quicker levels for the harder Special Stages.
  • Always pay attention and try to observe what might be a small fall, or an endless pit. Whenever you fall in one, keep note of it in your head as to not fall in it again.
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
  • A nice little tidbit here: You can play music from your XMB while playing the game, it helps get the repetitive music from the actual game less annoying.
  • I'll post some bosses guides below the All Stages Cleared! trophy to help you get through them.


[top]Roadmap

This is a pretty self-explanatory way to get the trophies and since you are supposed to have fun playing the game, this would be the best order to do things without hating the game until you're finished.
  • 1) Have a playthrough just for fun, ignoring the unessential trophies.
    This is a playthrough to help understand the game and just overall enjoy it. With this playthrough, you will for surely get The Story Begins Crush Dr. Eggman and All Stages Cleared! and maybe The First Chaos Emerald.
    To make it quicker for later, I also recommend destroying as many enemies and collecting as many lives as you can in this playthrough. (If you do want the first chaos emerald, as I recommended above, do it on a later level, maybe in the Lost Labyrinth or Mad Gear Zone).
  • 2) Get the remaining Chaos Emeralds and 99 lives.
    This shouldn't be to hard or long if you saved some earlier levels in the Splash Hill and Casino Street Zone for the Special Stages. Refer to Super Sonic Genesis below for extra tips and help with the Special Stages. Then you need to get 99 lives, which shouldn't be difficult and I actually recommend doing this before the final boss. It will be a really big help in that final fight.
  • 3) Clear every act as Super Sonic and leaderboards.
    Now it's time to finish every act as Super Sonic. All you have to do is cross the finish line as him, you don't have to be as him very long. I recommend doing his levels in Time Attack Mode as for you would've finished all Score Attack doing your first playthrough. Then take Sonic through the Bosses and special stages in Time Attack Mode.
  • 4) Clean up the miscellaneous trophies.
    By now you should almost be done just need to finish up the 'miscellaneous' stuff. Super Sonic should make Speed's My Game a joke and having already cleared all the special stages should have given you some experience to make Ring Collector a bit easier. You also should have Enemy Hunter by now, so that leaves the beast of them all... Untouchable!!! This will be the hardest, but with some persistence, luck and help from the guide you should have this 100% soon enough.



[top]Trophies

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The Story Begins
Clear SPLASH HILL ZONE, ACT 1.

Story Related
You will earn this after completing then first act.

Refer below to Speed's My Game for a more in depth guide to this act.

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Crush Dr. Eggman
Defeat a boss for the first time.

Story Related
This is really easy and shouldn't prove any problem, just as clearing the 3 previous acts.

Refer below to All Stages Cleared! for a guide to all the bosses.

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The First Chaos Emerald
Acquire a Chaos Emerald.

To activate a special stage you need to collect 50 rings in a level. Then at the finish line there will be a giant ring, kind of looking like a hoop, and you need to jump through it to activate the special stage. In special stages you need to collect rings to open gates and avoid obstacles to make it to the finish where the chaos emerald is. When you hear a loud chime noise, that is an indicator that you have opened a ring gate. There are many elements to every special stage. First thing is the controls are not completely fluent. The turning is good, but the jumping is confusing and I found it did not help me at all. Avoid red exclamation marks, if you touch them, it automatically ends the stage. There are also kind of bumpers that bounce you around, either slowing you down or knocking you into red exclamation balls. If you pickup little balls that say +5 seconds, +10 seconds, etc. add time to the clock. The last thing there is are little diamonds, that take 1-4 hits to break.

Refer below to Super Sonic Genesis for help with the Special Stages.

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Enemy Hunter
Defeat 1,000 enemies.

You should easily get this by the time you have everything else. Just make sure you destroy all the enemies you see and you should get it without much trouble.

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Golden Flash
Clear all Acts as Super Sonic.

To get this, you first of all have to get all the Chaos Emeralds. To activate Super Sonic in act 1, 2 or 3 of a stage, you first have to collect 50 rings and then press square or triangle. So all you have to do is finish the level with him activated, doesn't matter how long or far in the level you activate it, just as long as you do activate it. You just need to complete Act 1, 2 and 3 of every stage, bosses and everything else do not count.

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All Stages Cleared!
Defeat the final boss and view the ending.

Story Related
To get this you have to beat all the acts and bosses including the E.G.G Station Zone Final boss. Below I'll post guides for every boss to the best detail I can provide. The acts are pretty self-explanatory and you shouldn't need much, if any help. If any of you wish, I can post a more in depth guide for the acts. The biggest tips I can provide are to remember the level and keep track of where important spots are. Endless pits, tough enemies, lives, shields, etc. are all important to remember.

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Contender
Upload your recorded scores and clear times for all stages.

For this one you will need an internet connection on your PS3. You will need to finish every single level, (as either Sonic or Super Sonic) on both Score Attack Mode and Time Attack Mode. This includes every act, every boss and the 7 Special Stages. You can refer to All Stages Cleared! for help with all bosses. And refer to Super Sonic Genesis for the Special stages. After you have completed every level you now have to submit your scores to the leaderboards for the trophy. Go to stage select and press then it will load up the leaderboards. Press to shift through levels and you can tell that it is submitting it if you see a little message box that says "Registering to Leaderboards". Go through all the levels then press to switch to Time Attack Mode and repeat. If you have the section under 'Sonic and Super Sonic' it will register scores and times by either sonic or super sonic. You can tell by at the top right of the overall ranking board that it shows a little icon of both sonic and super sonic.

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Ring Collector
Collect all the Rings in 'Special Stage 1' and Clear the stage.

Can't give very many tips here. I recommend doing this after you've done all the other special stages, so you get more of a feel and it's easier. Land in the middle of the rows of 6. Make sure you have all the rings before going through the transparent blocks. This will take a couple of tries, I'll post video below to help you more.

Video provided by FFKagami

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Immortal
Build up 99 or more extra lives.

The easiest way to do this is just keep playing Casino Street Zone Act 2 over and over again. The cards on this level flip and give you coins and lives, so this will come quickly thanks to this level.

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Super Sonic Genesis
Acquire all seven Chaos Emeralds.

To activate a special stage you need to collect 50 rings in a level. Then at the finish line there will be a giant ring, kind of looking like a hoop, and you need to jump through it to activate the special stage. In special stages you need to collect rings to open gates and avoid obstacles to make it to the finish where the chaos emerald is. When you hear a loud chime noise, that is an indicator that you have opened a ring gate. There are many elements to every special stage. First thing is the controls are not completely fluent. The turning is good, but the jumping is confusing and I found it did not help me at all. Avoid red exclamation marks, if you touch them, it automatically ends the stage. There are also kind of bumpers that bounce you around, either slowing you down or knocking you into red exclamation balls. If you pickup little balls that say +5 seconds, +10 seconds, etc. add time to the clock. The last thing there is are little diamonds, that take 1-4 hits to break.

The Chaos Emeralds are required to be able to play as Super Sonic. Once you acquire the last Chaos Emerald, you will get a notification on-screen that you can now play as Super Sonic.

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Speed's My Game
Clear SPLASH HILL ZONE ACT 1 in less than a minute.

This is very easy if you have Super Sonic. The best advice I can give is stick to the high route and like everything else in this game, practice. Can't give much tips for whats in the video. If you follow the video this should be pretty easy, especially with Super Sonic.

Video provided by SeitengrateZero

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Untouchable
Clear the E.G.G. STATION ZONE without taking any damage.

This boss consists of the 4 bosses you have already battled before and 1 new boss, which is harder. You need to beat all 5 bosses without getting hurt once, if you get hurt you'll have to pause and go to retry. The level is unlocked after you beat the boss of Mad Gear Zone and can select this level anytime from Stage Select. This will take practice and a few tries. I'll put this in 5 steps, 1 for each boss. I'll also provide a video guide.
  • The first boss is the same one you faced in Splash Hill Zone. Just jump on the platform on the left side of the screen and when he starts to move, hit him as quick as you can with the homing attack. You only need to hit him 4 times and should be able to destroy him before he does the attack where he spins and slams the ball on you.
  • The second boss is the same one you faced in Casino Street Zone. Get on one of the bumpers when he lowers to the middle. You can't hit him until he moves, once he does, immediately start hitting him as fast as you can while on the bumper, don't get caught by his claw, or he'll drop you on spikes. Once he moves up in the air, he'll start to put some electricity between his claws that will shock you and spikes pop out of the ground. Hit one of the bumpers at the top and hit him with the homing attack, just repeat this, home on him, bounce off bumper, home on him, etc. He only need 4 hits.
  • The third boss is the same boss you face in Lost Labyrinth Zone, except you don't have to run through the ruins. At the beginning get on the left or right side and when the pillars rise, hit Eggman. I can't tip much, but remember the pillars patterns so you don't get squished. You only need to hit him 4 times.
  • The fourth boss is the same boss you face in Mad Gear Zone, except the very beginning of the actual zone boss. This one is you running down the long path avoiding the balls and hitting him. Just be cautious and try and land directly in front of where the ball lands and it will jump over you. Use your homing attack to move forward faster and if he throws a spike jump over it. If you are farther back, make sure to watch the pattern. If it's a big ball go back to the far left and it'll bounce over you. You only need to hit him 4 times.
  • This last boss is the only one you haven't faced in a previous zone. The beginning is easy, jump on him and before you hit the ground home on him then bounce back. Keep doing this. He will sometimes fly up in the air, when he does there will be a green marker aimed on you, go to a corner of the level and before he lands, jump forward and then repeat the hitting process. If he shoots his hands at you, just run away. Repeat all of this till you hit him about 18 or 20 times. After that, he'll have a malfunction that helps him. He'll be electrifying and if you touch him, it hurts, so that's a bad idea. When it starts, back up, he'll stomp his foot. Make sure you are below the gap he has between the feet. and he jumps over you, then go to the corner opposite of him. When he flies up do the same as before, but run to the opposite side of the level. He'll then shoot his hand at you, when it lands, hit it three times and it will hit him. Jump and home twice and then repeat process. After 8 hits, he'll start shooting, not hard to avoid. He'll also start a laser beam that you can jump over before hitting his hand. Hit him another 4 times and you'll hear beeping and the aiming mechanism of his will be all over the place. Jump to the far right and then when he hits. the ground will start shaking. Run to him as fast as you can and hit him without getting squished and be fast or the ground will fall. Then the cut scene will start and you'll get your shiny gold.


Video provided by xF02

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