So Sonic 4: Episode 1 was a bit of a disappointment. Which should have surprised nobody, but hey, you can't rely on Sonic fans (which, really most of us are, deep down) for rational expectations of upcoming products.

So it's with trepidation, and not excitement, that we take a look at this gameplay footage from the upcoming Sonic 4: Episode 2. I mean, it looks very pretty! But we're one episode in and already there's a "friend". Keep mirroring the original series like this Sega and we'll be kissing humans and swinging swords by the end of this console generation.