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Sonic riders is a 3rd person racing game that is quite unique. Rather than driving a car, you ride a board of some sort (a sort of hover board?), and you can play as a variety of characters from the sonic world (knuckles, sonic, tails etc).
Sadly though, this is a terrible game.
For starters, you mvoe at incredible speeds, but when you get to a corner, you can't see whats coming before you hit it (the camera change to let you see round corners is slower than your movement). And the computer characters can do all corners at max speed. Its just silly. It makes you automatically going to come last place, no matter what (or near last, I know this is the case with many other people as well, its not just that I am bad at this game).
The only way to get round the map in a time good enough to not come dead last is to know the map inside out, and make the turn before you get to it, at the right amount, and knowing what obstacles to avoid. Therefore to get any good at this game you need to put in a lot of effort. BUT, as you can create jet streams (at the expense of hit points) to go faster as well as to make a wall against opponents, the computer can just put a wall up, and block you, causing you to crash and fall all the way to last place, and there is nothing you can do, as by the time you see it, it is too late.
Furthermore, once I just did these jet streams constantly, on the fastest board (in a straight line) I could play, and still the computer was going faster, its just bizarre!
Overall then, this game is such a terrible game. Its just way too fast paced, you can't react to things even when you see them, and to get any good would take years of practice, mostly just learning the track. Even then I doubt you could win.
Granted that 2p does get over this a bit, but then its mostly just a race between you and how many other players they are (max of 4), and granted you will get last place. Also, the gameplay itself isn't that amazing, not compared to say burnout.
So in summary then, I give this 1/5 stars. Sadly its just too ridiculously fast, with mediocre gameplay at best. If you want a racing game, something like burnout is way better.
Sonic Riders (Ignore dooyoo's typo mistake) is basically as you can see from the name of the game is a racing type game with the sonic and co. characters in it. As of sonic he is that type of fast type of hedgehog, so in the game the same pattern follows with the cars actually zooming through the circuits. You can unlock the cars throughout your way through the game, but usually it is very hard to do so, as you will need to get top place for the whole game zone. However the tracks seem creepily weird and have no animation theme behind them what so ever, feeling you very dull. Many racing games don't have a story mode, maybe some have a little one, but this one is just completely a big waste of time. It starts with all the sonic and team getting together in a brawl to see you is the best racer out of all of them. That really does not seem fun to play, especially when it says those words right at the beginning of the game. You also need to make pit stops in the game which is annoying. Not also that but I don't really know any other game that does that feature, not even the Need for Speed series. The audio in the game is merely OK but does get frustrating at times. Same goes with the audio, I am sure it could be so much better. On the courses you will need to collect emeralds, and not who comes first, you can set the track mode whether if the person who gets the most emeralds win or simply the first place person wins. You can currently buy the game from Amazon UK at only £9.30 which is indeed quite cheap for a game. Overall I think it will only get a 7/10, which in the dooyoo rating is a 4 star.
Sonic Riders is a racing game for the Playstation 2 developed by Sega.
In his quest to become more like the loveable mascot Mario Sonic has decided to have his own racing game! The story of the game is a really simple one, Dr Eggman is holding a racing tournament with the prize being the chaos emeralds, Sonic and friends all enter the tournament in the hope to win all the chaos emeralds! Its paper thin stuff but it is more story than any of the Mario Kart titles offered!
In a Sonic game you might imagine that the characters just run and super speedy Sonic would dominate every race but sadly no, they all ride on hover boards, hover skates and air bikes though initially only the boards are available to you. In the game you must compete in a series of grand prix events and win them to progress through the games campaign.
To play the game you must manage your air meter, it decreases as you just go along and especially when you use the boost feature which you can use to attack other players if you are close enough or just to give you a big boost of speed. You can gain more air by performing tricks when you go over jumps and some of these can look quite cool. You can run out of air and then you will run along the course until you can find a pit stop to charge your meter up again which puts you at a serious dis advantage.
The racing action is really fast paced and satisfying, the controls can be a bit unwieldy and imprecise at times especially when trying to navigate tight turns it is very easy to end up in the wall but with some practice you will be pulling off cool tricks, avoiding obstacles and grinding on rails to take the win.
Graphics are clear and the animations are very good, the game also includes some CG story sequences which is very nice.
Sonic Riders is a pretty fun racing game and if you are like the character you should try it out.
This was a pretty poor racing game on the PS2, the controls were so unresponsive at one point and then super sensitive at other times it just descended into a frustrating game playing experience.
This is Sonic and his friends transferring over to the racing format from a platform past similar to Mario attempt at karting however in this case the racing takes place on hoover craft style machines.
Sonic and his compatriots are up against a team of rogues on racers known as the Babylon Rogues and the two teams compete in a series of races. The action is pretty fast paced, in fact a times it is too fast and you stuggle valiantly to have any sort of control over your vehicle.
On the plus side the tracks are really intricate with lots of tght turns, loops and ramps from which you can go for spectacular leaps. Overtaking is a lot of fun as you feel like a formula one driver as you get a sling shot effect from streamlining beind the car in front to get a drag effect.
The problem is that the neat graphics and special effects do not make up for the fact that the characters are too difficult to control as you need to go very fast in order to keep up with the competition which makes this a poor game overall.
Ignore the Dooyoo typo when they set up this category as this game is actually Sonic Riders and not Raiders if you do not believe me read the title in the picture.
Just as Mario did in the past so this sees Sonic moving into the racing format from its traditional platform play format. Instead of racing around in funky cars you get to race in funky hovercrafts which is a nice twist but does not really change the game play in any great way.
Sonic is a fast paced game whatever the format and the same applies to this racing format however at times it is just too fast and ends up a bit frustrating as you struggle to retain control of your vehicle when the only options are very fast, incredibly fast and where did I go fast.
The game has Sonic and friends up against the Babylon Rogues who are some sort of super thieves on hovercrafts and they have to battle it out across a series of races, the actual storyline is a bit involved however you do not have to worry about the detila just concentrate on winning the races.
The racing action is pretty good but can get annoying, you will need to use the boosts button a lot for extra speed however if you abuse it too much you will need to stop in the pits to regain energy which is very annoying and can kill off a race. What I do like is that you can utilise a drag effect just like F1 racing getting a sling shot effect by using the drag from racers in front of you and it also allows you to perform tricks while racing which provides an extra angle to the game.
All of the tracks are pretty complicated with lots of ramps, jumps and loops and a few short cuts thrown in and at times there is just too much going on, with flashing colours and moving camera angles that it becomes a bit overwhelming and does reduce the enjoyment of the game. Add to that a rather below standard control system which does not provide anywhere near the level of control the game requires and the overall package is a bit disappointing.
This is not a total dud of a game however I would not recommend buying, at best a rental might be worth considering but there are better racing games out there in my opinion and this one is too frustrating to play in my opinion.
The game is £11.97 at Amazon if you want to check it out.
Sonic the Hedgehog, Tails, Knuckles and a group of new characters return in a new racing game. Dr Robotnik has challenged racers from across the world to compete in his Worldwide Grand Prix, the prize being a Chaos Emerald. Sonic and his friends must compete get the Chaos Emerald before anyone else does.