• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2006
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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

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  • Summary: Sonic Rivals is a head-to-head competition between Sonic and his top rivals, where the gloves are off and winner takes all. Built from the ground-up, the engine allows gamers to rip through tracks in some high-spirited single player and wireless multiplayer action against friends as SonicSonic Rivals is a head-to-head competition between Sonic and his top rivals, where the gloves are off and winner takes all. Built from the ground-up, the engine allows gamers to rip through tracks in some high-spirited single player and wireless multiplayer action against friends as Sonic returns in a whole new racing-platformer with classic 2D gameplay in true 3D environments for gamers on the go. What starts as a friendly competition between Sonic and Knuckles quickly intensifies as Shadow and other rivals jump into the action. Sonic Rivals allows gamers to utilize boost moves and power-ups to trip, shove, and vault over each other while hurtling towards the finish line at breakneck speeds. Players will negotiate wildly twisting 3D tracks while avoiding the insidious Dr. Eggman and his myriad of hazardous traps and contraptions. In Sonic Rivals, gamers can play as one of four different characters from the Sonic Universe, each with separate fast and winding storylines. In addition, the extensive rewards system, which is based on collecting trading cards, allows players to customize their favorite characters. Connect via wireless to race against a friend, and put trading cards on the line for even more multiplayer challenges. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Pure Magazine UK
    80
    Fast-paced action and plenty of challenge make for a really fun title. [Jan 2007, p.72]
  2. Sonic Rivals runs a fairly solid race, but it’s running in circles around a limited amount of content.
  3. 70
    Sonic Rivals feels a little like a mini-game to a bigger game. We expected more content than this. The cards are utterly useless in their attempt to milk replay out of the title, and seemed thrown in at the last minute.
  4. Sonic Rivals keeps it simple and offers plenty of high-speed thrills, though it also has its share of frustrating moments.
  5. PSM3 Magazine UK
    65
    Often good fun, but the fudged Rivals idea kicks the purity of standard Sonic quare in the onions. [Christmas 2006, p.91]
  6. PSM Magazine
    60
    It's a blast in short bursts with buddies, but otherwise gets old fast. [Jan. 2007, p.86]
  7. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    30
    Welcome to Sonic Hell, where it feels like you're stuck in Rome and some gladiator prisoner that is being forced to compete mercilessly non-stop with other combatants. [Jan. 2007, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jul 30, 2012
    10
    The game is insanely fun it makes me play this more than 5 hrs! The fastest time to ever complete this game is about 14 hrs possible! TheThe game is insanely fun it makes me play this more than 5 hrs! The fastest time to ever complete this game is about 14 hrs possible! The worlds longest PSP game ever! Multiplayer adds more entertainment, trading and swapping cards with your friends', and more! Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2014
    10
    This is My favorite sonic game EVER!!!
    I'm pretty sure some people won't like but it's there opinions but this is my number 1 Sonic game
    The
    This is My favorite sonic game EVER!!!
    I'm pretty sure some people won't like but it's there opinions but this is my number 1 Sonic game
    The graphics are pretty good but it is a PSP game. The gameplay is fun I like how face all the character
    The game is pretty easy if you know what your doing Sonic Rivals is great game I give it a 8/10 Pretty good game for me.
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  3. Jun 23, 2016
    10
    sonic rivals is best psp game, it features power ups, metal sonic as playable in all modes except story mode, you can race against your rivalsonic rivals is best psp game, it features power ups, metal sonic as playable in all modes except story mode, you can race against your rival to win the race battle bosses, get sonic rivals. Expand
  4. RafaelS.
    Jan 3, 2007
    8
    The game is really fun and multiplayer is spectacular but can be annoying at times.
  5. Aug 4, 2016
    8
    Sonic Rivals is a great game but does run slow and get repetitive and a bit tedious at a lot of moments. Sonic Rivals has good gameplay,Sonic Rivals is a great game but does run slow and get repetitive and a bit tedious at a lot of moments. Sonic Rivals has good gameplay, addicting as well, and great multiplayer. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2016
    8
    This is GREAT . Wonderdul game . Normal graphics for PSP game , interesting conversations , good Racing and Platformer game . In this game canThis is GREAT . Wonderdul game . Normal graphics for PSP game , interesting conversations , good Racing and Platformer game . In this game can play behind Sonic , Silver , Shadow and Knuckles . When you will pass this game behind Sonic , Shadow , Knuckles and Silver opens Metal Sonic . Good storyline behind Sonic , Shadow , Knuckles and Silver . Wonderful game . 8/10 . Expand
  7. Jul 5, 2020
    3
    Играется нудно. Из очевидного: слишком близкая камера и то что игра хочет чтобы я проходил ее 4 раза.Играется нудно. Из очевидного: слишком близкая камера и то что игра хочет чтобы я проходил ее 4 раза.

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#16 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
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#57 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006