• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2010
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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: 9 out of 40
  2. Negative: 26 out of 40
  1. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    This is the best in the Sonic Riders series! The controls are improved the fun factor is really high and the graphics are Awesome! the storyThis is the best in the Sonic Riders series! The controls are improved the fun factor is really high and the graphics are Awesome! the story is decent but atleast they changed the voice cast! if your a sonic fan, you should definitely pick this up! 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. Nov 11, 2011
    5
    I missed playing Sonic Riders Zero Gravity, but this game appears to be a step backward from Sonic Riders because the Kinect motion is tooI missed playing Sonic Riders Zero Gravity, but this game appears to be a step backward from Sonic Riders because the Kinect motion is too stiff and makes it difficult to play. They should have released this game without motion controls. It would have been significantly better. Expand
  4. Sep 2, 2018
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. You know this game wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't for the ****ing Kinect. Expand
  5. Apr 26, 2018
    1
    The Xbox 360 Kinect Is Such A Piece Of Garbage. And So Is Sonic Free Riders, Which Ruined The Sonic Riders Series!
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    0
    This game is unplayable. Its more broken then Boom. I auctually broke my back. Gonna play Riders Zero Gravity instead
  7. Jan 13, 2015
    0
    I'm just writing this review to compensate for the idiots who know nothing about game design and give this game a 10/10. If the menus in yourI'm just writing this review to compensate for the idiots who know nothing about game design and give this game a 10/10. If the menus in your game don't even work properly, then you should probably think about choosing another career to pursue. Expand

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