Sonic Free Riders
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Developer: Sonic Team
Content Rating: Everyone
Become your favourite character as you jump on your board and get ready to compete in exhilarating, adrenaline-fueled races against tough competition. For the first time use full-motion body control to twist and turn your way through a range of visually stunning courses. Hi –octane fun for ‘riders’ of all ages, Sonic Free Riders brings extreme lightning-paced boarding action in a main event you won’t want to miss!
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Unfortunately, all of the good elements in Sonic Free Riders are overshadowed by the aggravating controls. They're simply not responsive enough for the fast action, which makes this game consistently aggravating even after sinking hours into learning how everything works. Not even the multiplayer (neither online nor offline) can save this frustrating racer since the controls put up a bigger challenge than your opponents. It's doubly disappointing considering how good the other aspects are.
The result is the equivalent of patting your head while rubbing your stomach while riding a unicycle. At best it's clumsy and frustrating, at worst you'll simply end up screeching to a halt unintentionally. This will happen, or you'll hit something, and the computer-controlled racers will go zipping by, blissfully unhindered by the same control scheme as you. Lucky devils.
Sonic Free Riders never really had a chance. On the one hand it's a Sonic game, and Sega has demonstrated many times over the last decade that they have no interest in making quality Sonic games. Those titles will sell the same number of copies no matter what. Free Riders does nothing to break that tradition. Moreover, this game is a racing game on a brand-new system that clearly was not designed with racing games in mind.