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  • Summary: The Sonic series takes to the track in the combat racing game, Sonic Riders. Dr. Eggman has challenged Sonic and friends to race in his World Grand Prix, and you can enter the event and try to unravel his mysterious plot. The races happen on floating boards and include tricks, fighting, andThe Sonic series takes to the track in the combat racing game, Sonic Riders. Dr. Eggman has challenged Sonic and friends to race in his World Grand Prix, and you can enter the event and try to unravel his mysterious plot. The races happen on floating boards and include tricks, fighting, and racing. You can customize your character with upgraded equipment as you race down 13 different tracks through a handful of game modes. You can also challenge three of your friends to multiplayer races. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Endure the few inevitable instances of frustration and your left with a solid sonic spin-off.
  4. Sonic Riders tries to do something new with racing but in the end doesn't deliver a polished package.
  5. Sonic fans may fill their need for speed here, but everyone else, please walk on.
  6. Sonic Riders tries to put some zesty racing action on the line here, but suffers due to inadequate gameplay and the kind of AI that makes you want to bash your controller into pieces with a hammer.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    20
    But this isn't so much a racing game as a slapdash splash of smeared color that never quite captures the feeling of hurtling down a track. [Jun 2006, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Feb 19, 2020
    10
    I first played this game on the ps2 when I was a child. Back then I found the game a bit difficult but I still had a blast playing it. I don'tI first played this game on the ps2 when I was a child. Back then I found the game a bit difficult but I still had a blast playing it. I don't remember completing the whole game as a child, but I replayed the game not long ago and even in 2020 this game is amazing. Mechanics are a bit weird but once you get used to it, it's so satisfying to hit those tight drifts and huge tricks combos on the jumps Expand
  2. TheRealSyko
    Jun 2, 2008
    10
    I am well aware that Sega's flagship franchise has been ailing of late, suffering from Video Game Leukaemia: turning out droves of I am well aware that Sega's flagship franchise has been ailing of late, suffering from Video Game Leukaemia: turning out droves of unfinished titles. This is one of the few exceptions. The concept of the game is refreshing, the gameplay is addictive, yet difficult enough to keep the length reasonable (unlike its sequel). One thing it lacked was substantial cutscenes, probably for the better: all the less of Jason Griffith's sneering Sonic voice and hoarse Jet voice to hear. Shadow (fangirl idol #1) is entirely absent from the story, and inserting Jet to supplant him, even if for one game, was probably not a good PR move. HOWEVER: All things considered, the graphics are well rendered for PS2 (just don't mention GT4 and FF12), the gameplay is insanely addictive when you get into it, and the unlocks tempt you to keep going back for more. WELL worth it. I borrowed it from a friend and was impressed enough to buy it. Expand
  3. Mar 16, 2021
    10
    This Game is quite Unique! This might be one of the best racing games out there! Many People hate the game because they say that the controlsThis Game is quite Unique! This might be one of the best racing games out there! Many People hate the game because they say that the controls are terrible for this game, cutscenes are terrible and what not!? They must be biased with some other game. That is why they are saying like that. First of all, the opening of this game is one of my favorite and I give props to those people who made this intro! This Game has beautiful CGI Cutscenes for a Gamecube Game. The thing why this game receives so much hate is it's gameplay. Many People say that the controls suck and the AI are cheaters. Many people say that the AI is so hard and take many shortcuts and win the game unfair. So they hate it. But what did I do? I followed the AI and learnt the game's unique gameplay from it. Some people even say that it is no mario kart and is not good as F-Zero and give it a bad rating! Man! Where do these people come from and what kind of logic do they use?!? The Gameplay is quite awesome! It gives you a futuristic feel. Even I admit, at first even I hated this game a bit because it was too hard. But as I played....as I mastered its controls.... I find it so fun! Many people don't even take the time to learn the gameplay. They expect it to be like some other kart racer.... Since they are bad at the game does not mean the game is bad! I played games like transformed, mario kart, and many more. But this one just feels so unique and this is the game I come back more since it has so much replay value! Multiplayer is 100 times more fun with this game! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to play unique and cool racing games. But if you are biased or expect it to be like some other normal kart racing games, then you won't feel the potential this game has, since you won't even take your time to learn its uniqueness. Also, if you liked this game then you might want to check out zero gravity. That is fun too. But never ever play free riders. Sonic riders game also has a mod now that enables us to play online! You might want to check that too! Now this game is 1000 times better! Literally 10/10! Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2020
    8
    It's rather short and not very beginner friendly, but once you get the hang of it, you'll have a lot of fun.
  6. Nov 18, 2013
    8
    Sonic Riders is not entirely a bad game. Though Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing/Transformed overshadow this one, I think it's still a good game,Sonic Riders is not entirely a bad game. Though Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing/Transformed overshadow this one, I think it's still a good game, the controls are decent once you get used to them and the music is once again great. Hell it's much better than Zero Gravity and Free Riders by a long mile. Expand
  7. BrianA.
    Apr 3, 2006
    0
    it is an embaresment to all sonic lovers everywhere.

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#2 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2006
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