The first game in the Sonic Riders series, and ironically the last to be reviewed on this blog. Regardless, here is the review of “Sonic Riders” for the Nintendo Gamecube!
Story: Sonic, Tails and Knuckles meet a group of thieving birds known as the Babylon Rouges. The leader of the Rouges, Jet, claims to be faster than Sonic, and so both enter Dr. Eggman’s Grand Prix to settle it once and for all. Winner gets the title of fastest in the world!
Sound: The music is mediocre. Nothing especially interesting or catchy. Also, the voice acting, ooh the dreadful voice acting! Jet the hawk has what is no doubt the most annoying voice to ever join the Sonic franchise, and he sounds like a parakeet with a sore throat. Sound: 3.5/10
Presentation: The graphics are good, for a Gamecube game. Lots of color and environmental diversity. Presentation: 7.5/10
Gameplay: Fantastic gameplay. With all the different game mechanics such as boosting, drifting, grinding, flying and more, this game offers a lot of different strategies for winning a race. The gameplay is fast, fun and solid. The only downside is that the courses seem a little short, and that there really aren’t that many of them. But there’s a good cast of playable characters present. Gameplay: 8.5/10
Multiplayer: Just as fun as singleplayer, only on a splitscreen. Multiplayer: 8.5/10
Length: The game provides two somewhat short story modes, loads of missions and freeplay mode, all of which are fun. The game has high replay value as well. Length: 8.5/10
Overall: This game gets a 7.3/10! Not the best game out there, but a fun racer none the less that’ll have you coming back to it over and over again for the fast and intense gameplay.