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Sonic racing for completists only. Gary Smith (15) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (25 votes) 3.5


Critic Reviews

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93
Shin Force (Mar 16, 2003)
Simply put, Sonic R is one of the most visually impressive Saturn titles to date. Not to mention that it's an enjoyable racing game in its own right.
92
Hobby Consolas (Nov, 1997)
No es un juego de coches, ni de velocidad pura, pero como si lo fuera o fuese. Este original «Sonic R» es simplemente un juego trepidante y verdaderamente supersónico que se convierte en una sugerente propuesta no sólo para los fans del puercoespín, sino para cualquier usuario que busque sensaciones vertiginosas y un juego divertido sin complicaciones. Además, su aspecto gráfico es sensacional y los circuitos están plagados de detalles como plataformas, rutas alternativas, caminos secretos, items para recoger... formando en su conjunto un juego ineludible para los usuarios de SegaSaturn y uno de los mejores títulos de velocidad que hemos visto en una consola.
90
IMPLANTgames (Aug 19, 2009)
Overall, Sonic R is an outstanding achievement. The graphics push the Saturn to it’s limits and it never stumbles. The sound is great, even if you don’t like the cheesy music. The game play has the perfect mix of racing and exploring that really captures what it means to be a Sonic game. The only flaw in the Sonic R is the controls. Once you get past that, you are in for a treat. Sonic R is a must own!
90
The very first thing that someone will notice when they boot up Sonic R is how incredible the graphics are. The impressive "Sonic World" portion of Sonic Jam was thought to be a preview of the upcoming 3D Sonic Project. The truth is, that the graphics in Sonic R blow those in Sonic World away. In fact, I have not seen more impressive 3D on any Saturn game period. The textures look great, the frame work is amazing, and the pop-up has been extremely well masked by a "fading in" technique that works extremely well.
88
neXGam (2002)
Im Rennen selbst hat man völlige Bewegungsfreiheit, einfach fantastisch! Die Grafik ist für Saturn Verhältnisse sehr gut!!! Da man nicht an einen festen Kurs gebunden ist, findet man auch schnell einige Abkürzungen/Umwege. Zum Rennen dudelt eine wunderbare Musik die den ganzen Spaß noch abrundet.
85
Sonic R não decepciona nos quesitos diversão. É um jogo que primeiro estranha-se. Mas depois entranha-se! Especialmente se você conseguir liberar todos os personagens e o Super Sonic. Seus gráficos são bons, com belos backgrounds. Mas peca pela falta de expressão dos personagens. O Sonic comemorando ou decepcionado é exatamente o mesmo. O que muda é a posição do corpo. Falta expressão facial nos personagens e isso era possível sim num 32 bits. Os efeitos sonoros são um pouco fracos também, mas a bela trilha sonora compensa. As músicas são todas cantadas e muito boas. Dão muito clima para o jogo. A jogabilidade é variável de personagem a personagem, mas num aspecto geral é deficitária. O jogo não é só corrida, também tem elementos de ação. A diversão fica garantida com os novos personagens e com o modo de pega-pega, muito original e divertido.
80
Es más que obvio la ilusión que pusieron tanto los chicos de Traveller's Tales como Sega a la hora de desarrollar Sonic R. Es un juego divertido de jugar, con unos circuitos muy bien diseñados y ambientados, una banda sonora realmente preciosa y secretos pos descubrir. Por desgracia, fallos como su corta duración y su reducido número de circuitos y modos de juego, impiden que el juego despegue como merece. El modo multijugador consigue arreglar en cierto modo este pequeño escollo, pero aún así, Sonic R no deja de transmitir cierta sensación de que podría dar bastante más de sí. En cualquier caso, tanto si sois fans de Sonic como si no, Sonic R es un divertido juego de conducción arcade que merece la pena disfrutarlo. Hay quien dice que "lo bueno, si es breve, es dos veces bueno". Quién sabe...
80
Sonic R is only the third appearance of Sonic on the Saturn, and is, in my opinion, the best of the three. Traveller's Tales, who also did Sonic 3D Blast, have created an enjoyable, though short-lived racing game.
80
When all is said and done Sonic R an enjoyable but short racing game. Except for the secret routes you can enter once you have enough rings and the 4 challenges to unlock the secret characters I leave this game! wanting more interactivity and more levels. If Sega is ever to have a sequel to this game these two issues must be addressed.
80
Defunct Games (Dec 18, 2004)
Alright, if you’ve ever heard of Sonic R, you’re no doubt looking at my rating of 80% and thinking I’m out of my freaking mind. When I received it, people smiled and laughed, and told me that it was the worst game ever made.
75
OJGames (Oct 06, 2005)
"Sonic R" fue un juego con una calidad elevada, pero que desgraciadamente pasó algo desapercibido debido a la mala racha que había tenido Sega en los últimos años y al abandono de muchos de sus usuarios. Con el paso de los años, el juego fue conversionado a PC, y ahora acaba de aparecer en el recopilatorio “Sonic Gems Collection”. A pesar de sus fallos, es un buen juego que merece la pena ser jugado por cualquier fan de la mascota de Sega.
70
Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 11, 2011)
Malgré des qualités intrinsèques très enthousiasmantes comme ses superbes environnements ouverts ou sa bande-son légendaire, Sonic R ne parvient pas tout à fait à convaincre. Son gameplay, bien qu'original et bien rodé, donne lieu à des parties plaisantes, mais pas transcendantes. Bien moins fun qu'un Mario Kart et loin de la technicité demandée par une simulation automobile, le jeu se situe à mi-chemin de genres et ne s'adresse donc pas à un public bien précis. Mais plutôt qu'élargir le nombre d'intéressés, cette décision risque plutôt de limiter les joueurs potentiels aux fans du hérisson bleu de Sega. Au final, si chaque partie constitue une expérience de jeu intéressante par son originalité et grâce aux qualités techniques du soft, l'intérêt s'essouffle trop rapidement pour parler de réussite totale. Un jeu sympathique, mais pas indispensable donc.
68
Game Freaks 365 (Jul 04, 2005)
In the end it seems Sonic R is a neat racing game, and a great 3D start for Sonic. Be warned, it is a racing game and not a real Sonic game. It has no story, but it does keep up with the Sonic traditions. Like I said, there are no battles with Dr. Robotnik or any of his little minions. All you do is run. Sonic R is a good game, but it is very short, and you'll probably beat it your first day, like all too many Saturn games.
60
Retro Game Reviews (Mar 21, 2018)
Sonic R has some fantastic music and gorgeous graphics but Traveller's Tales messed up the controls so badly that it ruins pretty much the whole experience. The level design and anemic content could have used some extra development time too, and at the end of the day this racer doesn't hold a candle to Mario Kart (1997, N64).
60
Video Games (Nov, 1997)
Weder spielerisch noch technisch kann Sonic R überzeugen. Das Streckendesign ist wirr und teilweise recht ungeschickt ausgedacht. Das Spielprinzip wirkt recht dahingeschludert, Überraschungen, originelle Einfälle oder ungewöhnliche Situationen kommen leider echt selten zum Zug. Unterm Strich bleibt ein optisch aufwendiges Sonic-Rennspiel mit kleinen Geschicklichkeitsaufgaben übrig, das durch seinen chaotischen Spielablauf keine Langzeitmotivations-Garantie bietet. Auch der Zwei-Spieler-Modus in altbewährter Split-Screen-Darstellung rettet das Spiel nicht über die „Gut“-Hürde.
60
SEGA-Portal.de (Sep 20, 2009)
Ich steh auf den Soundtrack von Sonic R! :) Leider kann das Spiel selbst nicht so sonderlich begeistern. Fans des blauen Igels können das Spiel jedoch getrost einmal ansehen. Betrachtet man es als reines Jump´n Run mit Rennspieleinlagen, so ist es für 2 Tage recht unterhaltsam. Leider ist es für einen Racer [was es eigentlich sein will] viel zu kurz und auch der Mehrspieler Modus kann nicht fesseln, da man da die eh schon geringe Sichtweite, noch weiter reduziert hat. So geht´s ja nun nicht. Was bleibt ist Sonic und der ist Super Sonic Racing *sing* :)
60
Presque, car l'idée était bonne, un jeu de course utilisant l'univers si speed du hérisson, dans un jeu 3D d'une rare beauté, inventant de nouveaux personnages venus enrichir l'univers Sonic, malheureusement Traveller's Tales est retombé dans le principal travers qui caractérisait Sonic 3D, à savoir une maniabilité approximative et même rebutante, sans ajouter les éléments nécessaires pour procurer une certaine dose de fun. À défaut d'un hit, ce Sonic R en devient un jeu moyen et une fois de plus ou de trop, une nouvelle déception Sonic sur Saturn.
58
The Video Game Critic (Jun 27, 2000)
Unfortunately, the controls make it tough to stay in the middle of the narrow tracks, even with the analog controller. You often end up off the track or underwater, looking for a way to get back. I should also mention that there is some excellent R&B dance music that plays in the background of each stage, and two players can go head-to-head via a split-screen mode.
56
GameSpot (Dec 22, 1997)
Sonic R for the Saturn features all of the lovable characters from Sega's previous Sonic games in a 3D racing game. Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Sonic, and the rest of the Sonic team are all ready to burn rubber...shoe rubber that is.
55
Mega Fun (Nov, 1997)
Damit keine Mißverständnisse aufkommen: Ich mag Sonic wirklich, aber mit diesem obskuren Hybrid kann ich beim besten Willen nichts anfangen, da es weder Fisch noch Fleisch ist. Die grundlegende Schwäche ist die fehlende Streckenführung. Spätestens ab dem dritten Kurs wißt Ihr überhaupt nicht mehr, wo es lang geht, wenn Ihr einmal den Anschluß an die Konkurrenz verloren habt - völlig konfus. Außerdem läßt sich Sonic & Konsorten nur sehr schwer auf der Piste halten, zumal es keine Bremse gibt. Mich beschleicht das Gefühl, daß Traveller‘s Tales zu Technik-orientiert war, denn die Grafik ist allererste Sahne. Eine derart saubere und mit allerlei Effekten gespickte 3D-Engine (Transparenzen!) hat man noch nie zuvor auf dem 32-Bitter gesehen. Die Designer wären besser beraten gewesen, sich für ein anderes Genre zu entscheiden, denn dieser Brei dürfte nur für geduldige Sonic-Freaks halbwegs genießbar sein - schade, schade...
42
Game Revolution (Jun 06, 2004)
So, the goal of the game is a little different than normal racing games. We here at Game Revolution promote variation and love things that are different, just so long as they are fun. I found that I could not really sit down with this game because it is sooo different. I could never play the game long enough to find all the Choas Emeralds and stop Robotnik from ruling the world. Unless you think you can do better against his scheming ways, I don't recommend that you buy this game. Being a subject of an evil dictator isn't all bad; at least the trains run on time.
30
Saturn gamers were frankly scared when word came that Traveller's Tales was to produce the last Sonic game on the ailing Saturn. After all, this is the same team that produced piece of crap, Sonic 3D Blast. However, Traveller's Tales initially made that game for the Genesis and now had a fair chance to create a Sonic game just for the Saturn. The result is Sonic R, arguably the best looking 3D Sonic game ever. Racing is loaded with depth and courses large. Perhaps the best aspect of this game is its shortcuts. This way, players can plow their way through the course in a variety of different fashions - which forces creativity. It's a nice idea, but alas, the bad draw-in leads to confusion more than results.


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