• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2006
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 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: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. 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
  3. LatoyaS.
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    I love this game! It has much replay value. You get to collect cards and use them to get speciasl stuff. This is my favorite Sonic game of all time!
  4. 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
  5. Nov 8, 2011
    8
    It is a simple game. Race against the other main Sonic characters and try to beat them in the end. It has a lot of replay value, but it isIt is a simple game. Race against the other main Sonic characters and try to beat them in the end. It has a lot of replay value, but it is repetitive for the most part. Expand
  6. RafaelS.
    Jan 3, 2007
    8
    The game is really fun and multiplayer is spectacular but can be annoying at times.
  7. Dec 15, 2016
    6
    Sonic Rivals is Ok, but I feel like it could've been better with the PSP. It honestly feels like it could've been a DS title, rather thanSonic Rivals is Ok, but I feel like it could've been better with the PSP. It honestly feels like it could've been a DS title, rather than being on a more power system. It plays well enough, and the idea of having a rival even in the boss battles was a cool idea. Overall, there's much better Sonic games, but this one's Ok. Expand

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