Product Type: Sega PS2 games
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Where speed doesn't mean fun
Sonic Riders (PS2)
Member Name: Thebaker50
Sonic Riders (PS2)
Disadvantages: not a good game
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.
Summary: get burnout instead
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