Sonic 4 - Emulated on a PC

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  1. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    PC gaming doesn't really get as much attention as it used to, so here is a post for any PC gamers out there. You can play the console exclusive Sonic 4 on your PC, in HD right now.

    Here are a couple of screen shots / videos I made of Sonic 4 running on my PC, the sound on the first one appears to have got slightly out of sync when uploading to YouTube, however you can see it works pretty well.

    sonic 4 (1).png sonic 4 (2).png sonic 4 (6).png
    sonic 4 (7).png sonic 4 (8).png sonic 4 (9).png

    Videos can be watched in 720p.

    [video=youtube;-sYwqlAYsrg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sYwqlAYsrg[/video]

    [video=youtube;nRF7lFKVAvI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRF7lFKVAvI[/video]


    How can I do this?

    To do this you will need the GameCube / Will Emulator, Dolphin.

    You can download version 2.0 of the emulator for 32 or 64bit Windows and Linux from here: Dolphin, the Gamecube and Wii emulator - Downloads: Dolphin v2.0

    If you have a 64bit OS, use the 64bit version as it will perform better than the 32bit one.

    To get the game you will either have to download it on your Wii or obtain it from else where, Digiex can not host a download for it.

    The game should work pretty well on a PC with a 3ghz Dual Core processor or faster and a mid range graphics card. The faster the processor the better. The game runs at 60fps on my PC, however does drop as low as 30 in some action scenes, however it is still more than playable.

    My System Specs:
    Core2Duo E4500 @ 2.93Ghz
    Geforce 8800GT 256MB
    4gigs Ram
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
     
  2. U.Nazo

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    can i run it with my epic failed PC?
    AMD athlon 3200+( superclocked to 2.4 ghz)
    Power color ATI HD 3650 512 ram
    512 of ram
    Win XP sp3
     
  3. Dark Scyth

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    Oh man righteous. I didn't realise that game had hit Wiis, and I also tend not to realise I'm able to emulate a wii. I'll HAVE to try this.

    Edit: Well, after completing Sonic 4 this way. I feel pretty satisfied, I didn't notice right away, but be sure to set your aspect ratio to the correct one under the settings. Doing that for me sped the game up considerably, although I did get slowdown quite a bit throughout though, not massively reduced, but say, 90% speed. For those curious; I'm running a Core 2 Duo E6600(x64) with a nvidia 8800GTS.
     
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    Trebor Dolphin Fan

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    Hmmmm may have to check this out. My PC can handle most GC and Wii games on the Dolphin emulator. Thanks for the post InsaneNutter!
     
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    Dang...I really need a new laptop... :D
     
  7. Dark Scyth

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    Even with a new laptop you'd still have quite some trouble running this emulator. Even if you could get full speeds on a laptop it would more then likely overheat to the point where the laptop will shut itself off.
     
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    Yeah, I know, but still my old laptop is half-dead, so I have another reason to look at the performance of new laptops ;)
     
  9. SonicTheHedgehog

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    Does it Work on my PC?


    AMD Athlon (tm) 64 X2 Dual Core processor 5200+ (2CPUS ), ~2.7 GHz
    Nvidia Geforce 6150SE Nforce 430 258MB
    5GB RAM
    Windows 7 Extreme 32 bits
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    Your processor and graphics might be a little weak, try it and see how it plays for you.
     
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    It Worked with 64/65% speed with a litte lag on the homing attack

    now i'll try to play sonic colors ^^
     
  12. Rockman

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    The gameplay physics of Sonic 4 are terrible, with Sonic Generations available on PC, there's no reason for a horribly flawed game like Sonic 4 to exist.

    Sonic Generations = Back to the Roots!
     
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    Could i play it?

    Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
    2GB RAM
    AMD (Phenom) 9500 Quad Core Processor 2.2GHz
    NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT
     
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    Probably not at full speed, a 2.2Ghz processor is a bit weak for Dolphin, you really need 3ghz+ for a smooth experience.
     
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    I've been playing it on my laptop for a while... the speed isn't perfect and i've had to turn the sound off when i play it, but other than that, I've had no trouble with emulation.
     
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    Sonic 4 has been released on the PC for anyone still wanting to play it, you can buy it on Steam: Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - EP I on Steam

    Should run better on older PC's than it does on Dolphin.

    System Requirements:

    Minimum:

    OS:Windows XP/Vista/Win7
    Processor:Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz/Athlon 64 3000+ or Equivalent & above
    Memory:1 GB (2 GB on Vista) GB RAM
    Graphics:256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 7600/AT Radeon X1300) & above
    DirectX®:Dx90a
    Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Sound:DirectX Compatible

    Recommended:

    OS:Windows XP/Vista/Win7
    Processor:Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.4 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 4200+ & above
    Memory:2 GB+ GB RAM
    Graphics:512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 3800) & above
    DirectX®:Dx50
    Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Sound:DirectX Compatible
     

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