Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II cover
Developers
Dimps
Sonic Team
Publishers
Sega
Release dates
Windows May 15, 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II at Wikipedia
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic CD (1996) 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
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Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic 3D Blast (2010) 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017

Key points

High frame rate (more than 60 FPS) breaks the game speed.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Steam
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Config\[Note 1]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Sonic_save.dat[Note 1]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/203650/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Change FOV with hex edit[citation needed]
  1. Download Sonic 4 Episode 2 Adjustable FOV.
  2. Extract D3DX9_43.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Open D3DX9_43.dll with a hex editor such as HxD.
  4. Go to offset 0x1B057A and replace the bytes 00 00 80 3F with bytes representing your float value multiplier (the default multiplier is 1.0). Remember to invert the byte order to Little Endian.

Notes

There's also a Cheat Engine table to change the game's FOV anytime while running (requires D3DX9_43.dll).

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Force SGSSAA[1]
  1. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Create new profile and add Sonic.exe.
  3. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x000012C1.
  4. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  5. Set Antialiasing Setting to 8x Multisampling or your desired level of MSAA.
  6. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling or your desired level of SGSSAA.
  7. Apply changes and run the game in fullscreen mode.

Input settings[edit]

Launcher keyboard mapping menu.
Launcher keyboard mapping menu.
Launcher controller mapping menu.
Launcher controller mapping menu.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
To assign Space to an action, hold down Space and press another key.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Spanish
French
German
Italian
Japanese

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows 8 compatibility problems[edit]

Apply compatibility modes[2]
  1. Go to the properties for Sonic_vis.exe.
  2. On the Compatibility tab, choose Run this program in compatibility mode for: and choose Windows 7.
  3. Choose Run as administrator.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.
  5. Run the game in windowed mode.
  6. After exiting the game you may need to manually kill Sonic_vis.exe from the Task Manager.

Game runs too fast[edit]

Game may run at a very high speed.[3] Use one of the following methods.
Lock frame rate at 60 FPS (resolutions higher than 60 Hz)[citation needed]

See Frame rate capping to lock frame rate to 60 FPS.

Force Vsync (60 Hz resolutions only)[citation needed]

Force Vsync in the graphics card control panel for this game only.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode is limited to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Download Special K.
  2. Copy SpecialK32.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Rename SpecialK32.dll to d3d9.dll.
  4. Start the game and exit.
  5. Open d3d9.ini in the installation folder.
  6. Change TargetFPS=0.0 to TargetFPS=60.0.
  7. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (2 GB on Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600
ATI Radeon HD3650
256 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/203650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (203650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References