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  • Summary: For the first time ever in a SEGA game, full-motion body control will allow you to twist and turn your way through a range of visually stunning courses in an action-packed Sonic experience unlike any other! Kinect's unique motion sensor means Sonic Free Riders will see family and friendsFor the first time ever in a SEGA game, full-motion body control will allow you to twist and turn your way through a range of visually stunning courses in an action-packed Sonic experience unlike any other! Kinect's unique motion sensor means Sonic Free Riders will see family and friends controlling their fully customizable hover board or bike by twisting, turning and jumping in an exhilarating race to be the first to cross the finish line! Choosing from one of your favorite Sonic characters, or your own Avatar, you can reach out and grab a variety of pickups along the course. By throwing, shaking, or swinging your arms to launch your items, you can gain the competitive edge over your rivals in high octane single or multiplayer races. Expand
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  • Developer: Sega
  • Genre(s): Sports, Racing, Alternative, Arcade, Individual, Other, Other, Automobile
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  • Rating: E
  • Special Controllers: Kinect Compatible , Kinect Required
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 52
  2. Negative: 27 out of 52
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    82
    Sonic Free Riders is certainly a hit, with some of the best Sonic-themed racing action since the hedgehog grabbed his first hoverboard. The menu system is unnecessarily clunky and there is a bit of a learning curve to playing the game, but once you figure it all out, there is no end to the fun you and your family and friends will have playing this game.
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    66
    I was both impressed and discouraged with Sonic Free Riders. On one hand, it's a more interesting and deeper game than I expected with some great courses and gameplay elements. On the other hand, the darn controls are too finicky to make this a consistently enjoyable game.
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    60
    The track design is superb and there really is an amazing game buried underneath the problematic controls. It is a shame that most people will never be able to experience it due to frustration.
  4. Jan 7, 2011
    46
    Until they manage to learn how (something other developers seemed to have understood rather quickly), SEGA isn't allowed to put another Kinect game on the market...but we all know that's not how it works, am I right?
  5. Jan 6, 2011
    40
    Sonic Free Riders has some interesting ideas, but fails with its horrible controls. And what use is a racing games with sloppy controls?
  6. Games Master UK
    Dec 29, 2010
    39
    Tragically, it doesn't actually seem to work. [Jan 2011]
  7. Dec 22, 2010
    16
    But all of the good in the world is a moot point if your game doesn't actually seem to work correctly, and that's definitely the case that I ran into here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 20 out of 31
  1. Jan 25, 2017
    10
    SFR(Sonic free riders) Is a good game in my opinion. The damn song is catchy. Yeah sure the menu is a piece of **** but still. It wont workSFR(Sonic free riders) Is a good game in my opinion. The damn song is catchy. Yeah sure the menu is a piece of **** but still. It wont work if your kinect is old or a piece of garbage. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2010
    9
    You shouldn't rate a game because somebody else said so or because you just flat out hate Sonic, you should rate a game based on if you playedYou shouldn't rate a game because somebody else said so or because you just flat out hate Sonic, you should rate a game based on if you played it or not unlike Flesh and Thumper17 who are idiots who never played the game. I played the game and it works fairly well, but for different people some might like it some may not but try it out first before you bash it. Expand
  3. May 14, 2016
    8
    Good Game . Good Exclusive for Xbox 360 . This game for Kinect . In this game very good graphics and good storyline about tournament byGood Game . Good Exclusive for Xbox 360 . This game for Kinect . In this game very good graphics and good storyline about tournament by airboarding . This is not one of the worst game in Sonic Series . This game even better than Sonic Heroes and Sonic Riders . 8/10 Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2016
    3
    Even for kinect game, there is no excuse for a game to be completely rushed and unfinished. Sonic free riders has a boat load of issues fromEven for kinect game, there is no excuse for a game to be completely rushed and unfinished. Sonic free riders has a boat load of issues from the gameplay up to the menu. The motion detection is very sluggish and when you have to move in the direction of where your back is, it's sort of strainful. They have you go through a faustraing and far out boring questionably needed toturial. The menu as I mentioned before is also a hugh problem, simply because it has you select what you what to do in an aggarvating way. You have to take your hand, move it to the icon you what and drag the icon into an accept icon. It wouldn't be a problem if the the meinu didn't move so much while you're doing it. You should use the voice activation instead. Playing with your friends is a joke, you have to hold hands while moving, and you might bump heads while doing so. Sonic Free Riders offers a great and fun interesting concept, but is totally ruined by broken gameplay, flawed motion controls, terrible voice acting, a flawed menu and annoying mutiplayer. Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    1
    This game is about has fun as castrating yourself with a toffee hammer. The controls don't work! The controls make you slam into a wall!This game is about has fun as castrating yourself with a toffee hammer. The controls don't work! The controls make you slam into a wall! The music is loud, blaring, and incredibly annoying! The graphics are sub par, not that you'll be able to make out much between the high speed and waves of naseua playing this game instills. Avoid at all costs... even if you're a fan of Kinect. Expand
  6. Jan 23, 2015
    0
    **** you sega. for allowing this to happen. this game sucks. worst sonic ever. terrible graphics. awful soundtrack and menu. crappy controls.**** you sega. for allowing this to happen. this game sucks. worst sonic ever. terrible graphics. awful soundtrack and menu. crappy controls. MULTIPLAYER IS DEAD. DESIGN = DEAD END.

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    IF I HAD THE ABILLITY TO GIVE THIS GAME A -1/10 I WOULD.
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  7. Mar 16, 2011
    0
    I am an active Sonic fan, playing nearly every one of SEGA's Sonic games. I have always liked the Sonic Riders series for bringing originalityI am an active Sonic fan, playing nearly every one of SEGA's Sonic games. I have always liked the Sonic Riders series for bringing originality to hoverboard racing games and keeping a great amount of re-playability. NEVER have I been this disappointed with a Sonic game, especially in the Riders series. I was anxious to see how Kinect could perform with racing games, as all other motion sensing games Kinect has respond very well. After playing it, I regret asking myself that question. At the start of the game there are even problems. The menu's controls are pure ass, requiring you to slide back to turn a wheel to get to the next option. Half the time, it directed me to the PREVIOUS option instead of the next. Adding to the problem, it requires you to drag the button down instead of hold your hand over the option. There are voice commands but would ANYONE want to remember the names of these buttons? Moving on to the gameplay, all characters play like complete ass. Turning your body either doesn't respond or sends your character FLYING ACROSS THE DAMN SCREEN(my Kinect is fully calibrated just so you know). Jumping will tire you the most, as the requirement of it is so frequent, as well as how you must turn to get a good ranking on the jump. On one of the maps, you need to jump off a ramp and start swimming by flapping your arms to get up to the surface. A jump, now horrible and unresponsive swimming? How much worse does it get? The unresponsive controls get worse too, as this game makes you reach out and grab rings. You will constantly find your characters arm reaching out and going back to their body, requiring you to reach your arm out AGAIN. It is a struggle to get anything above last place and after a few races you will be begging not to play again. Anyone with a sane mind should avoid spending even a cent on this piece of garbage. This game looks as if it was meant for a controller with the menus and everything, it looks like a regular 360 game ported to Kinect. If SEGA wanted to release a Kinect game, they should've added controller use too. AVOID PLAYING THIS GAME AT ALL COSTS. Expand

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