Summary: Sonic Free Riders is a extreme fast-paced boarding game that, for the first time ever in a SEGA game, will allow you to twist and turn your way through a range of visually stunning courses using Kinect's full-motion body control.
Excerpt: Sonic goes hand-in-hand with racing games as if it were the perfect romance, and it’s not difficult to see why the blue hedgehogs secondary soul mate is racing. It’s really quite simple, Sonic runs at impossible speeds, and racing is at its ultimate best when speed limits are smashed. Unsurprisingly the speedy one has appeared in racing games in the past (Sonic Drift and Sonic R) although this time around Sonic and company hop onto some unnecessary hover boards.
Excerpt: So our turbo charged little blue buddy is back, thats right Sonic the Hedgehog has returned. Not in his usual surroundings in this new outing by the folks at the Sonic Team, Sonic finds himself in a more Extreme situation. Accompanied by the usual cast of characters and a couple of new ones, Sonic Riders takes our speedy friend on a high-speed hover board adventure across some interesting tracks and obstacles.
Excerpt: Oh dear. SEGA seems to be at it again. If Shadow the Hedgehog wasn't bad enough, we now have Sonic Riders. As the title suggests, this is a hover board racing title set in the Sonic universe that features all the main Sonic characters. Sadly, this suffers from some of the worst controls in a racing game since Sonic R on the SEGA Saturn and looks barely good enough to appear on current-gen systems.
Excerpt: Graphically, Sonic Riders looks like many of the other Sonic titles to come out. Characters and locations are detailed, but nothing really special. The only time the game's visuals really shine is during the pre-rendered cut scenes. During these times, all of the characters come off very well, but with almost a plastic quality to them. Either way, Sonic Riders is a fairly good looking game, it's just not the next great thing.
Excerpt: Speed is the name of the game in Sonic Riders:Zero Gravity for the Wii. Granted Sonic was a pretty fast critter in the first place, but strap that blue Erinaceidae onto a hover board and then see what you've got. And what is it that you've got? Read on to find out...