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Sonic Riders

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox
60
5.0
GameCube
53
4.4
Windows
53
3.2

User Reviews

As a racing game it's pretty decent, but as a sonic game it's a PURE insult. GameCube sonicteamUSA (46)
Skill building and fun! GameCube Cinos the hedgehog (2)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
GameCube 5 4.4
PlayStation 2 5 3.9
Windows 5 3.2
Xbox 1 5.0
Combined MobyScore 16 3.9


The Press Says

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82
XboxWorth Playing
Would you play a fighting game without learning how the game works, or finding out how to execute each character's special techniques? How about Gran Turismo without learning how each specific car handles? Would you take on a new game by playing it exactly like one that is distantly related to it at best? If you found out that if the game didn't truly play that way, wouldn't you do your best to research?
80
GameCubeThe Next Level
Simply put, Sonic Riders is a fun, fast paced racer that will challenge the best of us while leaving others exhausted and swearing off games in its wake. It's a bit on the short side, but with such solid difficulty and so many extras to uncover, it should keep us busy until the next great arcade-style twitch racer comes our way.
80
PlayStation 2AceGamez
Sonic Riders is an enjoyable little title with surprisingly good gameplay, and the multiplayer is a must try if you do end up getting hold of a copy. Although the game is a little on the difficult side, I've haven't had this much satisfaction from winning a race since winning Wipeout races on the ole PSOne. Sonic Riders doesn't boast too many tracks, nor does it have an online mode, which is a shame, but a bit of unique futuristic racing with familiar faces is what I'm after these days, and Sonic Riders delivers on that front hands down. I bet Nintendo wish they'd have thought of this first!
77
GameCubeNintendojo
Riders does contain some glaring flaws, mostly in the way of menu bog-down and an inconsiderate lack of multiplayer options. It's a shame that a game with so much going for it is so hindered by such simple oversights. Setbacks aside, this is an enjoyable, rewarding racer for Sonic fans or anyone taking the time to invest in its unorthodox concept. Surprisingly, Sonic Riders feels more like a classic Sonic game of yore than most recent installments. It's all about speeding through courses as fast as possible. New courses must be learned for success, their pitfalls avoided, straightaways exploited. Eggman should really learn to center his plots around something Sonic isn't as good at.
75
WindowsGamigo
Sonic Riders von Sega ist ein klassischer Fun-Arcade-Racer von dem es nicht allzu viele auf dem PC gibt. Gerade wer schnelle Rennen in ungewöhnlichen Umgebungen liebt kann hier seinen Spaß haben, zumal das Spiel auch gerade mal mit rund 29 Euro zu Buche schlägt. Insgesamt ist Sonic Riders auf dem PC ein schönes Rennspiel das nicht unbedingt leicht zu meistern ist, aber dem hartnäckigem Arcaderacer-Fan ohne Angst ein Rennen mehr als einmal zu fahren ein paar vergnügliche Stunden bereiten kann.
72
XboxXBox Front
Wer sich in der Spielgeschichte auskennt weiß: Für die einen gab es Sonic für die Anderen gab es Mario. Schon damals hat sich abgezeichnet, dass die beiden Spiele und deren Spieler verschiedene Wege gehen werden. Was nicht heißt, dass eine der Spielfiguren als Verlierer dasteht. Beide Figuren haben es geschafft sich in der Spielgemeinschaft zu etablieren. Zum ersten Mal in der Konsolenwelt bekommt Sonic nun mit Sonic Riders auch ein eigenes Rennspiel. Bei Sonic ging es schon immer um Geschwindigkeit in jeder Hinsicht. Er ist in seinem Universum eindeutig der schnellste zu Fuß. Doch jetzt ist alles anders, zum ersten Mal werden Sonics Gegner genauso schnell sein wie er. Sonic Riders versetzt das Spiel in eine neue Geschwindigkeitsdimension.
71
GameCubeGamesmania
Auf dem Papier hört sich der Titel eigentlich perfekt an. Leider hält er nicht ganz das was er verspricht. Sind Geschwindigkeit, Abwechslungsreichtum und das typische Sonic-Feeling zweifellos vorhanden, kränkelt es diesmal leider ein wenig in Sachen Gameplay. Zu viele Anzeigen, zu undurchsichtige Levels, schwer kontrollierbare Airboards und ein bissiger Schwierigkeitsgrad lassen den kessen Igel leider über sein Ziel hinausschießen. So reiht sich Sonic Riders leider nur zu den guten aber nicht herausragenden Racern ein – Schade, ich hätte dem Kulthelden mehr gegönnt.
71
XboxGamesmania
Auf dem Papier hört sich der Titel eigentlich perfekt an. Leider hält er nicht ganz das was er verspricht. Sind Geschwindigkeit, Abwechslungsreichtum und das typische Sonic-Feeling zweifellos vorhanden, kränkelt es diesmal leider ein wenig in Sachen Gameplay. Zu viele Anzeigen, zu undurchsichtige Levels, schwer kontrollierbare Airboards und ein bissiger Schwierigkeitsgrad lassen den kessen Igel leider über sein Ziel hinausschießen. So reiht sich Sonic Riders leider nur zu den guten aber nicht herausragenden Racern ein – Schade, ich hätte dem Kulthelden mehr gegönnt.
71
PlayStation 2Gamesmania
Auf dem Papier hört sich der Titel eigentlich perfekt an. Leider hält er nicht ganz das was er verspricht. Sind Geschwindigkeit, Abwechslungsreichtum und das typische Sonic-Feeling zweifellos vorhanden, kränkelt es diesmal leider ein wenig in Sachen Gameplay. Zu viele Anzeigen, zu undurchsichtige Levels, schwer kontrollierbare Airboards und ein bissiger Schwierigkeitsgrad lassen den kessen Igel leider über sein Ziel hinausschießen. So reiht sich Sonic Riders leider nur zu den guten aber nicht herausragenden Racern ein – Schade, ich hätte dem Kulthelden mehr gegönnt.
70
GameCubeN-Zone
Kaum aus dem Winterschlaf erwacht, steht Segas Säuger schon wieder auf dem Airboard, um sich mit 15 gegnerischen Fahrern in einem etwas zu simpel gestrickten Rennspiel zu messen. Der adrenalinfördernde Temporausch basiert auf dem Erfolgsrezept von Sonics 3D-Abenteuern: Sonic Riders ist leicht zugänglich, sieht sauber aus und macht auch zu viert ordentlich Laune. Der Steuerung hätte man dagegen ruhig einige Feinheiten mehr spendieren können. So ist doch recht schnell die Luft raus.
70
XboxTeamXbox
There comes a time in the life cycle of every platforming character, where they wake up one morning and take a long look at their life. They aren’t releasing games like they used too, and now the fans that made them big are starting to move on to “mature” games, with “violent” themes. Thus, our cute and warm characters are left with but two options. The first is to hijack a cab and go do some pimp slapping and killin', or, to star in their very own kart racing title. The best of the genre have ventured into this racing world, with varied results. Mario, Crash Bandicoot, and even little Diddy from Donkey Kong have made the transition from leaping platforms, to collecting brightly colored fruit on a race track. The newest mascot putting his license to the test? Sonic, in the aptly named Sonic Riders.
70
PlayStation 2GameZone
It's not everyday that the world's most famous blue hedgehog trades in his running shoes for an air board. Sonic is known for his unstoppable footwork; his ability to collect rings at NASCAR speeds while running rings around his goofy adversaries. He's the king of organic environments, traversing corkscrews faster than two-wheeler from Extreme-G. The animal kingdom regards him as their savior – instead of spending their lives trapped in circular tanks, birds, squirrels and other woodland creatures can roam freely thanks to Sonic, who graciously took a minute away from his busy schedule to press the release button on top.
67
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Сборник стандартных идей с наклейкой «про Соника», вряд ли заинтересует любителей традиционных гонок, реалистичной физики или роскошных авто. Ее аудитория — почитатели веселых аркадных «догонялок», ищущие, чем бы занять себя на пару вечеров. Большего из Sonic Riders не выжать при всем желании. Даже мультиплеер — и тот стеснен скромным «сплит-скрином».
66
XboxSegaFan.com
Haciendo un paralelismo con las carreras de monoplazas tan en boga hoy en día, se podría decir que este título tiene un chasis eficiente al que no acompaña un propulsor potente. La sólida estructura de Sonic Riders, su abanico de modos y opciones, se ven diluidos por los problemas con la base jugable, frustrante en ocasiones, soportable en otras y ni carne ni pescado las restantes. La serie debería de haber debutado con mejor pie.
66
GameCubeGameSpot
Like most popular platformer franchises, the Sonic series has dabbled in the racing genre in the past with games like Sonic R for the Saturn. Despite the fact that Sonic's already-speedy nature might seem like a perfect fit for a racing title of some sort, the results of these attempts have been disappointing thus far. Sonic Riders is the latest attempt to get Sonic back on the race track, though this one eschews the typical kart- and foot-racing brands of racing one would usually find in a racer starring popular platformer heroes. Instead, Riders gives Sonic and pals their very own Back to the Future II-style hoverboards, which they can use to dart and dash around wacky tracks of varying levels of difficulty. Unfortunately, Sonic Riders isn't really all that much better than any of Sega's previous attempts to make Sonic a racing hero, simply because it can't quite manage to keep its diverse and chaotic racing mechanics together into one cohesive package.
66
XboxGameSpot
Like most popular platformer franchises, the Sonic series has dabbled in the racing genre in the past with games like Sonic R for the Saturn. Despite the fact that Sonic's already-speedy nature might seem like a perfect fit for a racing title of some sort, the results of these attempts have been disappointing thus far. Sonic Riders is the latest attempt to get Sonic back on the race track, though this one eschews the typical kart- and foot-racing brands of racing one would usually find in a racer starring popular platformer heroes. Instead, Riders gives Sonic and pals their very own Back to the Future II-style hoverboards, which they can use to dart and dash around wacky tracks of varying levels of difficulty. Unfortunately, Sonic Riders isn't really all that much better than any of Sega's previous attempts to make Sonic a racing hero, simply because it can't quite manage to keep its diverse and chaotic racing mechanics together into one cohesive package.
66
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Like most popular platformer franchises, the Sonic series has dabbled in the racing genre in the past with games like Sonic R for the Saturn. Despite the fact that Sonic's already-speedy nature might seem like a perfect fit for a racing title of some sort, the results of these attempts have been disappointing thus far. Sonic Riders is the latest attempt to get Sonic back on the race track, though this one eschews the typical kart- and foot-racing brands of racing one would usually find in a racer starring popular platformer heroes. Instead, Riders gives Sonic and pals their very own Back to the Future II-style hoverboards, which they can use to dart and dash around wacky tracks of varying levels of difficulty. Unfortunately, Sonic Riders isn't really all that much better than any of Sega's previous attempts to make Sonic a racing hero, simply because it can't quite manage to keep its diverse and chaotic racing mechanics together into one cohesive package.
64
PlayStation 2Play.tm
What Sonic Riders boils down to is a fairly predictable F-Zero-alike which is a few racing classes below. There's a competent multiplayer, squillions of unlockables and a mission mode to boot, but despite a couple of new ideas, playing Sonic Riders is more about frustration and white knuckled perseverance rather than fast-paced enjoyment. At any rate, it's not as bad as Shadow the Hedgehog (thank god) and is hopefully a step in the right direction for a character that continues to be stuck in a bit of a rut.
62
WindowsGameSpot
Sonic Riders can occasionally be quite entertaining, but too many of those entertaining moments are overridden by bouts of frustration and weak mechanics.
62
GameCubeIGN
Someone at Sonic Team has really got to lay off the Marketing for Dummies books. Undoubtedly discovering that players sometimes gravitate toward games with guns, the pioneering Japanese studio last year created Shadow the Hedgehog, which was more or less Sonic Adventure with weapons. The added shooting mechanics were arguably the weakest additions to the formula. Now comes the racer Sonic Riders, a concept that initially seems to make sense for SEGA's speedy mascots. After all, Sonic R for the defunct Saturn console had potential and the best bits about recent hedgehog games have been the frenzied, rollercoaster areas. Unfortunately, the developer once again opened up its marketing book, took a look at the success of EA's SSX franchise, and decided that its blazing fast characters would be better served on snowboards.
62
XboxIGN
Someone at Sonic Team has really got to lay off the Marketing for Dummies books. Undoubtedly discovering that players sometimes gravitate toward games with guns, the pioneering Japanese studio last year created Shadow the Hedgehog, which was more or less Sonic Adventure with weapons. The added shooting mechanics were arguably the weakest additions to the formula. Now comes the racer Sonic Riders, a concept that initially seems to make sense for SEGA's speedy mascots. After all, Sonic R for the defunct Saturn console had potential and the best bits about recent hedgehog games have been the frenzied, rollercoaster areas.
62
PlayStation 2IGN
Someone at Sonic Team has really got to lay off the Marketing for Dummies books. Undoubtedly discovering that players sometimes gravitate toward games with guns, the pioneering Japanese studio last year created Shadow the Hedgehog, which was more or less Sonic Adventure with weapons. The added shooting mechanics were arguably the weakest additions to the formula.
60
XboxX-Power
Het is duidelijk dat Sonic Team meer uit Sonic Racers had kunnen halen. Er zijn heel wat aspecten van het spel die goed zitten, maar ook een paar die de ervaring wat negatief kleuren. De controle over de verschillende boards kon strakker en de kunstmatige intelligentie van je tegenstanders is niet altijd perfect. De snelheid, visuele flair, de verschillende modi en het spectaculaire slipstream-racen maken dan weer wel veel goed.
60
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
"Sonic Riders" supostamente foi feito para ser um jogo de corrida cujo atrativo é a diversão simples e a velocidade supersônica habitual da turma do ouriço-terrestre, mas essa pretensão encontra obstáculos logo na primeira curva. Ainda sobra muito para explorar e se distrair, mas quando finalmente você conseguir dominar as curvas, talvez o jogo já não tenha mais nenhuma surpresa.
60
PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play
Sonic Riders is far from the worst example of a platformer-turned-racer we’ve seen (anyone remember Bomberman Fantasy Race?), and it’s definitely a better outing for the series than Shadow the Hedgehog. Just the same, this is a highly flawed game. There’s a lot to do and see here, but the gameplay and mechanics can be frustrating and annoying, the story mode is pointless, and the voice acting is truly bad.
58
GameCube4Players.de
Auch wenn die Idee von Sonic Riders keine schlechte ist, rasen Sonic und Co. dem Spielspaß auf ihren Hoverboards einfach zu oft hinterher. Die Geschwindigkeit stimmt, aber die Steuerung reagiert teils viel zu träge. Die Strecken sind hübsch und abgefahren, aber einfach zu unübersichtlich. Zudem wird der Spielfluss durch undynamische Boxenstopps gehemmt, während das primitive Tricksystem trotz nettem Luftstrom-Feature auf Dauer einfach zu wenig zu bieten hat. Dabei kann sich der Umfang durchaus sehen lasen. Der an den Haaren herbei gezogene Story-Modus oder die drögen Arenenwettkämpfe entlocken einem hingegen lediglich ein müdes Lächeln. Über sinnfreie Hintergrundgeschichten und spaßfreie Zusatzmodi kann man bei einem Rennspiel jedoch hinweg sehen, aber das unausgewogene Spielerlebnis lässt den Überschalligel einfach nicht aus dem Racer-Mittelmaß heraus schießen.
58
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een schizofreen Racegame ter ere van Sonics vijftiende verjaardag. SEGA's blauwe egel had een beter cadeau verdiend dan dit...
58
XboxUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
While Sonic Riders is quite colorful and features some of the gaming world's most beloved and cool characters, it leaves you puzzled as to why Sega would bother even advertising this stinker. Save your bucks, folks, and get a better game. You'll thank yourself later.
58
PlayStation 2MAN!AC
Wirres Leveldesign, ungenaue Steuerung und schlechte Spielballance vermiesen Sonics Raserei.
57
WindowsPC Powerplay
Irgendwie habe ich das Gefühl, dass Sonic auch ohne mich ins Ziel kommen würde. Abschnittweise zwängt mich die Airboard-Hatz regelrecht auf Schienen. Die Herausforderung besteht weniger in gekonnten Fahrmanövern oder spektakulären Stunts, sondern im vielmehr Auswendiglernen der wenigen Strecken. Wo gibt's Extras zu holen, wo Abkürzungen zu nehmen, wo kann ich mit Schanzen Abgründe überbrücken. Gut gefallen mir die wenigen, aber ebenso abwechslungsreichen wie quietschbunten Kurse, die mich durch Tunnels, über Brücken, auf Förderbänder, Loopings und Sprungrampen jagen. Mit etwas fordernderen Rennen und präziserer Steuerung hätte ich micht Sonic und seinen Kumpels bestimmt viel Spaß gehabt. So motiviert Sonic Riders nur für einen Nachmittag.
52
GameCubeElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
The majority of your gameplay time will involve trying and retrying the courses, feeling out the alternate routes. Sure, you've got to pull off a few tricks here and there to keep up your momentum, but SSX it ain't.
52
XboxElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
The majority of your gameplay time will involve trying and retrying the courses, feeling out the alternate routes. Sure, you've got to pull off a few tricks here and there to keep up your momentum, but SSX it ain't.
52
PlayStation 2Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
The majority of your gameplay time will involve trying and retrying the courses, feeling out the alternate routes. Sure, you've got to pull off a few tricks here and there to keep up your momentum, but SSX it ain't.
50
XboxGame Freaks 365
SEGA is 0-for-2 on good Sonic games in the last few months. Aside from Sonic Rush on the Nintendo DS, they haven't put out a fantastic, or even acceptable, Sonic game for years. What's the deal? Is it really that hard to take such an iconic, impressive, and lovable character and make a good game out of his speed and intensity? Is it really a better idea to throw a hover board underneath him and his friends and take away any feeling of control? Seriously, what were they thinking? Sonic's creator Yuji Naka should be so ashamed. I really don't like being so harsh on a video game, but Sonic Riders isn't worth your money. It isn't worth your time, and it isn't worth having Sonic's name and image plastered on the cover. If you want to play a mean trick on your kids, buy them Sonic Riders - they might enjoy it just as much as Shadow the Hedgehog.
50
PlayStation 2Games TM
Sonic Riders is not without value, especially for the Sega hardcore. However, its balance is ultimately flawed and the inclusion of jet-boards feel almost arbitrary. It could have been a novel new twist on the character racer, but instead Sonic Riders falls flat.
50
GameCubeGame Freaks 365
I really don't like being so harsh on a video game, but Sonic Riders isn't worth your money. It isn't worth your time, and it isn't worth having Sonic's name and image plastered on the cover. If you want to play a mean trick on your kids, buy them Sonic Riders - they might enjoy it just as much as Shadow the Hedgehog.
50
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
The general feeling this game conveys is confusion and chaos, akin to being flushed down a jet-powered toilet. If that sounds fun to you, I say go for it.
50
XboxGame Informer Magazine
The general feeling this game conveys is confusion and chaos, akin to being flushed down a jet-powered toilet. If that sounds fun to you, I say go for it.
50
GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Sonic Riders a pour lui sa réalisation en plus de quelques idées intéressantes comme le système de turbulence et les figures à réaliser indispensables pour faire remonter sa jauge d'air, mais tout cela est en grande partie gâché par une jouabilité vraiment médiocre, par un nombre de circuits assez faiblard aux tracés mal pensés et par un niveau de difficulté trop élevé.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Sonic Riders a pour lui sa réalisation en plus de quelques idées intéressantes comme le système de turbulence et les figures à réaliser indispensables pour faire remonter sa jauge d'air, mais tout cela est en grande partie gâché par une jouabilité vraiment médiocre, par un nombre de circuits assez faiblard aux tracés mal pensés et par un niveau de difficulté trop élevé.
50
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
What’s that feeling? It’s strange…unfamiliar. Could it be…nostalgia for Sonic Heroes? As sad as it sounds, I think Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic Riders have finally made me look back with affection for a time when Sonic games at least managed to achieve mediocrity. Sonic Riders places the usual gang atop some sci-fi hoverboards and sends them through a series of races conceived by Eggman in service of some rather incomprehensible and silly plot points. I shan’t waste your time with the details.
50
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Sonic Riders a pour lui sa réalisation en plus de quelques idées intéressantes comme le système de turbulence et les figures à réaliser indispensables pour faire remonter sa jauge d'air, mais tout cela est en grande partie gâché par une jouabilité vraiment médiocre, par un nombre de circuits assez faiblard aux tracés mal pensés et par un niveau de difficulté trop élevé.
50
GameCubeAll Game Guide
As in traditional skateboard and snowboard titles, players can perform a number of grabs, spins, and other tricks, but the air boards have the added ability to create turbulence, which players can strategically use to draft behind their rivals. Another feature of the game is an air meter, which is filled by performing tricks and unleashing massive jumps. Players can use the stockpiled air at any time during the competition for more precise cornering, a speed boost, or to create a tornado to temporarily stun pursuing rivals. Up to four speed demons can compete in racing, battle, and tag modes, with the latter supporting cooperative play.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Sonic Riders a pour lui sa réalisation en plus de quelques idées intéressantes comme le système de turbulence et les figures à réaliser indispensables pour faire remonter sa jauge d'air, mais tout cela est en grande partie gâché par une jouabilité vraiment médiocre, par un nombre de circuits assez faiblard aux tracés mal pensés et par un niveau de difficulté trop élevé.
50
GameCubeGame Revolution
Eventually, every gaming icon grows tired of saving the world/girl/humanity from harm. Over the years, Mario, Crash, Jak, and Mega Man have felt the need to develop some kind of new, interesting method to combat evil. Unfortunately, the bone they usually get tossed is shaped like a go-kart, and now one more is added to the list with Sonic Riders, where the world's fastest mammal tries to go faster, with mixed results.
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GameCubeGameDaily
Sonic's lost a little bit more of his zip here with the second failed Hedgehog title out of the Sonic Team camp in less than a year. Sonic Riders tries to put some zesty racing action on the line here, but suffers due to inadequate gameplay and the kind of AI that makes you want to bash your controller into pieces with a hammer. If you want frenetic racing action that's actually fun, I recommend Sonic R in the Sonic Gems Collection. Riders goes off the mark far too often to give you any kind of smooth ride.
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GameCubeGameSpy
Think back to the heyday of SSX, Tony Hawk and all things extreme. Talk about missed opportunities. Sega could've named this Sonikk Riderzz XXX. Cross-promotional tie-ins with Mountain Dew, Johnny Moseley and Jackass could have had all the kids in line to buy Sonic's madcap racer. If only someone had foresight, maybe we wouldn't be receiving a lukewarm, SSX clone-ish, Sonic racing game in the year 2006. Still, I didn't even see one Sonic Riders billboard during any of the snowboard events of this winter's Olympics…which causes me to question Sega's enthusiasm for its hero's latest exploits.
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XboxGamePro (US)
Sonic Riders' box touts the blue speed demon's fifteenth anniversary, but recent years have been unkind to his reputation. Between uneven adventures and a lousy gun-toting spin-off, one had to wonder if designers had lost sight of what made Sonic appealing.
50
XboxGameSpy
Think back to the heyday of SSX, Tony Hawk and all things extreme. Talk about missed opportunities. Sega could've named this Sonikk Riderzz XXX. Cross-promotional tie-ins with Mountain Dew, Johnny Moseley and Jackass could have had all the kids in line to buy Sonic's madcap racer. If only someone had foresight, maybe we wouldn't be receiving a lukewarm, SSX clone-ish, Sonic racing game in the year 2006. Still, I didn't even see one Sonic Riders billboard during any of the snowboard events of this winter's Olympics…which causes me to question Sega's enthusiasm for its hero's latest exploits.
50
PlayStation 2GameSpy
Think back to the heyday of SSX, Tony Hawk and all things extreme. Talk about missed opportunities. Sega could've named this Sonikk Riderzz XXX. Cross-promotional tie-ins with Mountain Dew, Johnny Moseley and Jackass could have had all the kids in line to buy Sonic's madcap racer. If only someone had foresight, maybe we wouldn't be receiving a lukewarm, SSX clone-ish, Sonic racing game in the year 2006. Still, I didn't even see one Sonic Riders billboard during any of the snowboard events of this winter's Olympics…which causes me to question Sega's enthusiasm for its hero's latest exploits.
48
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Sonic Riders ist ein Paradebeispiel dafür, wie man einen bekannten Namen totreitet. Selbst als bekennender Igel-Fan der ersten Stunde trete ich das Spiel sofort in die Tonne. Fahrverhalten, Gegner-KI, Schwierigkeitsgrad, Grafik und Sound - eigentlich alles in diesem Titel kommt nicht mal annähernd gegen die versammelte Rennspiel-Konkurrenz an. Da kann Sega noch so blau und dick "Sonic" auf die Packung schreiben.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
But, in the end, it's the gameplay that matters most. That's where Sonic Riders fails. Racing games are supposed to be games of skill, not chance. Sonic Riders, despite all of its shortcuts and power-up items, feels like a game of chance. What's more, it's also a real pain in the ass to play.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
The game does deserve props for its innovative approach towards drafting and the starting line, but the remainder of the content is a mangled mess of blue fur and something rank.
45
XboxGame Informer Magazine
The game does deserve props for its innovative approach towards drafting and the starting line, but the remainder of the content is a mangled mess of blue fur and something rank.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
The game does deserve props for its innovative approach towards drafting and the starting line, but the remainder of the content is a mangled mess of blue fur and something rank.
42
PlayStation 2The A.V. Club
Like SSX on Pixie Stix, Sonic Riders is basically a tricked-out snowboarding game, but it's played over mixed terrain with "Extreme Gear," which is just a fancy way of describing the hoverboards from Back To The Future Part II. In story mode, the precious Chaos Emerald is swiped from Sonic and his buddies by the Babylon Rogues, a group of thieves with connections to the ancients. While Sonic and co. mope over their loss in Metal City Plaza, the diabolical Dr. Eggman announces an Extreme Gear event called the "Ex World Grand Prix," in which the first prize is a Chaos Emerald. Facing off against their nemeses from the Babylon Rogues, Sonic and friends alternate racing over various tracks in a no-holds-barred contest with jumping, drafting, shoving, and numerous shortcuts and bonus rings.
42
WindowsIGN
Sonic Riders for PC isn't mindless fun, it's just mindless. The game seems to run terribly on some systems, which for a game so dependent on speed is a stake to the heart. However, some rigs apparently don't suffer from such graphical obscenity, so it seems like a hit or miss affair. The gameplay is a sloppy mess, which is what truly drives this game into the ground. While quite a few modes of play are offered, none of them are really worth playing. Either way, there's no real reason to buy this game. Should you ever see it running on any PC, the quit command is Alt-F4.
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GameCubeGamereactor (Sweden)
Räkna med obligatoriskt gnabb med Dr Robotnik, gyllene lökringar som hårdvaluta och ett upplägg som trots Grand Canyon-stora brister åtminstone knäcker det ärkekonstiga Sonic R. Det verkar nästan som om Sega avsiktligt vill utrota all kvalitet som kan förknippas med deras maskot. Den där stora revanschen blir mer och mer avlägsen för varje Sonic-spel som släpps.
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WindowsEurogamer.de
Eine mittelmäßige Grafik, eine Musikuntermalung, bei der man sich wie in der Kinderdisko fühlt, und eine Steuerung, die am besten mit dem Wort „Seife“ in Verbindung zu bringen ist – solche Zutaten machen den schwer genießbaren Sonic Riders-Drink aus. Und dabei hätte man mit ein paar Kniffen den Spaßfaktor gewaltig anheben können. Aber Sega hat es wohl in einem halben Jahr nicht geschafft, die etwas zu starke KI und das unausbalancierte Luftfeature in den Griff zu kriegen. So bleibt der Arcarde-Racer nur ein weiterer unter vielen – auch wenn er für Sonic-Fans, die nichts gegen die hanebüchene Storys einzuwenden haben, sicherlich einen Blick wert sein dürfte.
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GameCubeYahoo! Games
On the surface, you see most of the elements needed for a successful title. Sonic lovers will find doses of blinding speed; you have a bevy of modes to choose from, both single- and multiplayer; it's not a bad looking game, and runs at a steady framerate; and you have plenty of courses, characters, and unlockables. It's when you actually pick up a controller and try to have fun that you realize these things are mere Scotch tape attempting to hold together the busted plate that is Sonic Riders' gameplay.
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GameCubePress Start Online
Let's not beat about the bush here; Sonic Riders is awful. It's the kind of game that copies from all sorts of other games without realising what made any of them any good - taking all the worst bits from superior titles like a pinch of SSX, a great wodge of F-Zero, and a few steals from Kirby's Air Ride.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Si aujourd'hui Sega ne produit plus de console de jeux, la firme reste toujours sous les feux de la rampe, en éditant ou en développant de nombreux titres, tel ce Sonic Riders, qui viente raviver le souvenir du glorieux passé de Sonic. Le terme passé est tout à fait approprié, car si une nouvelle aventure du hérisson bleu aurait tout à fait pu nous enchanter, le concept (qui n'a d'ailleurs rien de neuf ) des courses d'aéroglisseurs parait complètement hors de propos dans l'univers de notre héros survolté...
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GameCubeThe Video Game Critic
Five flashy courses wind through a city, factory, desert, river, and a jungle track that looks as if it was lifted from Sonic Adventure 2. Sonic Riders includes a four-player split screen mode, but based on what you're heard so far, would you really expect it to be any good? I had a Sonic fans over to give this game a good workout, but after a few minutes their eyes glazed over as they looked on in bewilderment. Sonic Riders is a complete mess. This hedgehog will require a complete overhaul if he's bound for the next generation of systems.