• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2006
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: Developed by Sonic Teaem, Tokyo, Sonic Riders integrates Extreme sports, high-speed racing and head-to-head battles, offering a new racing experience with Sonic unlike any before in other racing games. In Sonic Riders, Dr. Eggman challenges Sonic and his friends to a Worldwide Grand Prix,Developed by Sonic Teaem, Tokyo, Sonic Riders integrates Extreme sports, high-speed racing and head-to-head battles, offering a new racing experience with Sonic unlike any before in other racing games. In Sonic Riders, Dr. Eggman challenges Sonic and his friends to a Worldwide Grand Prix, and the prize for coming out on top is an ultra-rare Chaos Emerald! Gliding on air boards – which are performance-oriented for each playable character – gamers experience a heightened sense of sports-style racing tension as Sonic and his pals perform tricks and stunts over treacherous wide-open terrain. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 41
  2. Negative: 9 out of 41
  1. The biggest problem is that there is no online gameplay. And for the more experienced and hardcore adult gamer, this game will get boring very quick[ly].
  2. Sonic Riders can occasionally be quite entertaining, but too many of those entertaining moments are overridden by bouts of frustration and weak mechanics.
  3. 55
    Sonic Riders is simply a weak attempt to cash in on the popular Sonic brand with a bare bones racer that simply does everything to the “average” degree.
  4. Sonic fans may fill their need for speed here, but everyone else, please walk on.
  5. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    50
    An undercooked cartoon racer that again blemishest eh once-great Sonic name. Only the sense of speed prevents total unplayability. [Apr 2006, p.106]
  6. 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: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Oct 20, 2019
    10
    Sonic riders is an innovative racing game with an awesome soundtrack. At first glance, it might look complicated, but you’ll quickly learn theSonic riders is an innovative racing game with an awesome soundtrack. At first glance, it might look complicated, but you’ll quickly learn the mechanics. It’s a good alternative to Mario kart with the same level of quality. Expand
  2. SamH.
    Mar 1, 2006
    10
    Okay, I just got the game and I'm a really big fan of Sonic and found this game so much fun and has amazing graphics. get this game, Okay, I just got the game and I'm a really big fan of Sonic and found this game so much fun and has amazing graphics. get this game, you'd be the happiest person alive. Expand
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    9
    This is similar to kart racers, but this futuristic racing style succeeds for the most part. The racing options and the story are very amusing fun.
  4. Sep 29, 2016
    7
    this is quite good although the fact you need air to ride is a bit annoying also it can get boring very quickly but still i got a far bit ofthis is quite good although the fact you need air to ride is a bit annoying also it can get boring very quickly but still i got a far bit of enjoyment out of it Expand
  5. Jun 19, 2017
    6
    Sonic Riders is a game that is stylish, with clean graphics, and a nice range of characters to choose from. However, it suffers from levelSonic Riders is a game that is stylish, with clean graphics, and a nice range of characters to choose from. However, it suffers from level design that is very unconventional for players, bad controls and disappointing game mechanics. Several levels are designed in a way that make them frustrating to navigate across, and the controls take time to be able to use them decently. The soundtrack is alright, nothing special. The turbulence system, as other users have said, makes you wonder if it was really necessary. Multiplayer mode can be enjoyable, though it also suffers from the aforementioned problems. Expand
  6. Apr 21, 2014
    6
    racing on hover boards sounds fun, and for the most part it is. the maps in the game are pretty boring and the story is there just for theracing on hover boards sounds fun, and for the most part it is. the maps in the game are pretty boring and the story is there just for the sake of having a story but this was pretty fun game and one of the better sonic games in recent years, not that that's saying much. it's no Mario kart, but its something different. Expand
  7. May 19, 2011
    4
    Even at "super Sonic" speed, Sonic Riders feels sluggish. Pros: Flashy visuals; glossy soundtrack; overall, it's a stylish racer that has someEven at "super Sonic" speed, Sonic Riders feels sluggish. Pros: Flashy visuals; glossy soundtrack; overall, it's a stylish racer that has some good ideas. Cons: The turbulence system frequently robs you of gameplay; wonky controls; poor track designs; frustrating mechanics and AI. Expand

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#34 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006