Sonic Riders GameCube

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
Buy On
  1. It's certainly not perfect, but it is definitely playable and enjoyable. Again, my biggest complaint is the pits...pitstop that is. At any rate it's a far site better than the recently released Shadow the Hedgehog game.
  2. AceGamez
    80
    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.
  3. Nintendo Power
    80
    Oftentimes games like this feel like a quick cash-in on a popular license, but Sonic Riders has the depth and good looks to succeed with or without the hedgehog. [May 2006, p.87]
  4. 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.
  5. An engaging arcade racing game that brings along a host of unique new gameplay twists and turns that distinguish it from the score of other similar titles.
  6. NGC Magazine UK
    75
    Fast, furious and frustrating, this Sonic is full of spectacle but sadly lacking in subtlety. [Apr 2006, p.24]

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 27, 2006
    4
    What could have been a fun, enjoyable racer is turned into tedium by an unnecessarily high difficulty level. SonicTeam seemed to think they What could have been a fun, enjoyable racer is turned into tedium by an unnecessarily high difficulty level. SonicTeam seemed to think they were making F-Zero instead of a Sonic spinoff. Unfortunately, this isn't nearly as good as F-Zero. Once you learn the controls, (which takes a while) the game provides some thrills and funny cutscenes, but overall, there's just no reason to play it. Full Review »
  2. FrankG.
    Apr 15, 2006
    10
    On the outside this may seem to be just another way to squeeze money out of Sonic's name, but once you play the game you may find, as I On the outside this may seem to be just another way to squeeze money out of Sonic's name, but once you play the game you may find, as I did, that this is one of the most refreshingly fun racers in a long time. This game is in a league of its own with its racing style that combines the best of surfing, biking, skating, and many other extreme sports. Full Review »
  3. Jul 3, 2016
    8
    Not the best spinoff but I do like the story but again it's a spinoff. The controls feel good the graphics are good. The courses are amazing.Not the best spinoff but I do like the story but again it's a spinoff. The controls feel good the graphics are good. The courses are amazing. Even though I like Zero Gravity a bit better this game is still good but not perfect. I don't know if I would recommend this game or not. Full Review »