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Sonic Riders
North American PS2 version box art
North American PS2 version box art
Developer(s) Sonic Team
NOW Production[1]
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Kenjiro Morimoto (director, main game design)
Hiroshi Miyamoto (level & game mode design)
Artist(s) Hideaki Moriya (art & field art director)
Yuji Uekawa (character art director)
Production I.G. (opening animation)
Composer(s) Tomonori Sawada (sound director/sound FX)
Kenichi Tokoi
Fumie Kumatani
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: All ages
ESRB: E
OFLC: G
PEGI: 3+
System requirements GameCube: 1 Block of memory; Ghost Data: 14 Blocks of memory

Sonic Riders (ソニックライダーズ Sonikku Raidāzu?) is a racing video game spin-off produced by Sega and developed by Sonic Team in cooperation with NowPro, for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. It is the fourth racing game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, preceded by Sonic Drift, Sonic Drift 2 and Sonic R.

The game was released to start off the 15th anniversary of the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. For a short while, also to celebrate the anniversary, the Microsoft Xbox version of the game was released with a free Sonic X DVD, which contained five episodes from the first and second seasons. This stopped after the Xbox version failed to sell well. This game introduces five new playable characters, the Babylon Rogues and the E-10000 series. A sequel to Sonic Riders, entitled Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, was released in 2008 for the Wii and PlayStation 2. This was the last Sonic the Hedgehog game for the Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox worldwide, as well as the last Sonic the Hedgehog game released for PS2 in Japan. The game includes cameos from three other famous Sega characters, and in 2009 was re-released as a part of Sonic PC Collection.

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Plot

Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles are walking across a bridge in Future City, searching once again for the Chaos Emeralds, when Tails' radar goes off. At that point, three mysterious riders on hoverboards smash through a nearby window, and drop into the highway below. The trio realize that the Emerald's signal is coming from one of the three riders. Sonic begins pursuit on foot. He catches up them, but they outmaneuver him.Knuckeles later catches up and knocks a rider, Storm off his board.He is caught by wave and they get away.Sonic rides on Storms hoverboard, although Tails notices the mark on the board. Sonic quickly catches up with the lead rider, however is struck down by a meteor like strike. Sonic is thrown off his board after Jet attacks him from above, and the three mysterious riders disappears into the distance. The next day, Sonic's arch-nemesis, Doctor Eggman, appears on a giant screen in the city, and announces to the public that he is holding the "EX World Grand Prix", in which racers will compete on Extreme Gear (the hoverboards used by the three previously encountered riders) to claim the title of champion. He also states that all entrants must pay a fee of one Chaos Emerald, and that "the winner takes all." It is unclear whether or not he means that the winner will receive all seven Emeralds or not. Three racers are shown on the screen, and Sonic recognized them as the three mysterious riders they had encountered the night before. Unaware of Eggman's real motivation to steal the emeralds later on, they decide to enter the race. While strolling in Splash Canyon (one of the courses in the game), the mysterious riders are later discovered to be a group of outlaws, called "The Babylon Rogues", whom Tails described came from a floating island known as "Babylon Garden". Then Wave enters and examines the board Tails made, and secretly puts a small detonator on the bottom. She then laughs and calls Tails' board "a piece of junk", which angers Tails. Later, Knuckles encounters Storm, another one of the riders, at the Egg Factory. They start to fight, but then are interrupted by the intercom stating the next race will begin. They decide to settle their rumble on the track. After that, in Green Forest, Tails and Knuckles are sitting at the sidelines, watching Sonic show off the new tricks he learned. Jet then appears and tells Sonic he has no chance. Tails then remembers Wave's remark about the air board, and enters the race, hoping to defeat Wave. The remaining racers then line up to race in Sand Ruins, the final round. Jet shows up next to Sonic, saying his progress was only luck. In the end, Jet ends up falling behind Sonic, but Wave sets off the detonator she planted on Sonic's board at the last second, causing Sonic to fall to the ground, and Jet wins the race. Jet then uses the Emeralds to summon Babylon Garden from the desert sands. Eggman steals the key from Jet's hands. Amy grabs onto Eggman's cruiser, and ends up being pulled away to the Garden. Sonic and friends then pursue Eggman in the Tornado, while Jet flies in his own air flier. Tails then gives Sonic a newly created Blue Star II (unlockable after completing the story), and Sonic proceeds to pursue Eggman. Jet then appears next to Sonic on his own board, and Sonic must then out race him to win. After beating Jet, he flies off his own board and hits the ground with Sonic saying "Even without wings, I can still fly! Right?" Jet pounds the ground with his fist. Sonic finds Eggman, and proceeds to take him out, but Eggman pulls Amy out of the bushes, his hostage. Sonic activates his air board and disappears into the air. He then flies down and attacks Eggman, pulling Amy into the newly created air tornado with him. He throws the key at Jet, who starts complaining about how he doesn't want nor need Sonic's pity. Wave comes in, saying "Are you crazy?! If they don't want it, then let's take it. Treasure is treasure." Then Sonic says it's time to leave. They start to walk, then Amy yells for Sonic, angry that he dove into Eggman, knowing she was there. She goes after him with her Piko Piko hammer, saying she "won't forgive him this time." However, when they aren't looking, the Rouges sneak inside the temple, where the find a gigantic door. Sonic and the other follow them, just before the door closes behind them.

After they are trapped inside, they are confronted by a geinie, who accuses them of trying to steal the treasure. Sonic and the others beat the geine, and reveal a small chest. Right after opening it, Eggman "who apparently snuck in when no one was looking" pulls out two guns and aims them at Sonic and his friends, threating to blast them if they don't give him the treasure. Sonic hands it to him, revealing it to be a carpet. Eggman then has a fit when he finds out he wasted all this time for a carpet. The carpet suddenly pulls away from Eggman, and he falls to the ground. Tails then discovers that the rug is made of the same material their gears are made of, thus making it a flying carpet. The scene then cuts to the Rouges and Sonic's friends standing outside the Gardens. Jet then tells Sonic of his people's history, staring that they made it so they could collect treasure from all over the world. 'Some things never change," says Jet. Jet then tells Sonic to prepare for when the next me before riding of with the other Rouges into the sunset. The story then ends and goes to the credits.

The members of the Babylon Rogues from left to right: Jet, Storm and Wave
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Villains

The "Babylon Guardian" (called Angelus the Gatekeeper in Japan) is a fictional character from Sonic Riders. He is a genie in a bottle, and resembles a large purple hawk who guards the treasure of Babylon. He is also referred to as "the guardian god of Babylon" when choosing his stage, called simply "Babylon Guardian". The treasure he was protecting was revealed to be a "magic carpet" which was actually a prototype Extreme Gear created by the ancient Babylonians. He regards those who seek treasure as greedy, and he is hidden behind a large door in Babylon Garden (the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Japan). He is the final and only "boss" of Sonic Riders. He is defeated by Sonic at the end of the Babylon Story. He is also one of the very few final bosses not to be defeated by Super Sonic. He was voiced by Madeleine Blaustein in English.

Gameplay

The game is played in its entirety using hover boards, which function largely like skateboards.[2] Players must race seven other competitors on a total of 16 tracks, 9 of which must be unlocked through progress in the story mode, and two of which must be unlocked by winning Gold in each World Grand Prix (5 tracks per Grand Prix). Each individual character has different statistics, altering their performance slightly in races. A key component of the game is the air tank, displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Air serves as the fuel for Extreme Gear, and is depleted gradually as the race goes on. It is also depleted faster by certain maneuvers. These include cornering, which involves using the air as a sideways force against the board, allowing the player to round sharp turns with ease, and building tension before a jump, which involves using the air to propel the player higher off of ramps. If a player runs out of air, their character will start running, putting them at several disadvantages; they can't boost, attack, corner easily or use charged jumps. After going off ramps, players can perform various tricks, which refill the air gauge according to their rating. Building the tension before a jump will allow the player to perform more tricks before landing. Throughout the courses, there are many rings lying about. Picking them will allow the player to reach higher performance levels. Players start races at Level 1 with no rings and max out at level 3, with 60-100 rings. Possibly the most costly maneuver in terms of air is boosting, by which a player greatly increases speed for a short duration. If a boost is performed when in close range of an enemy racer, the player will launch an attack against the racer, causing them to lose rings, and remain stunned for a short duration.

Rider Attributes Each racer in the game has one of three beneficial attributes: Speed, Flight, and Power. These allows players to grind along rails, propel themselves in mid-air through a series of suspended hoops, and bash certain obstacles out of their way, respectively. Each of these maneuvers will refill the air gauge partially when used. Most characters stats are minimally different from others, the only point of interest is their race attribute, and in the case of Eggman, E-10000 Robots and Ulala, what gears they can ride. Eggman can only use bikes, Robots can only use boards, and Ulala cannot use bikes.

Types of Gear There are three types of gear in the game: Boards, the gear unlocked initially, and the only gear used in story mode. Skates, which tend have slightly lower performance than boards, but burn less air, and bikes, which resemble floating mopeds, and have higher performance, but burn more air. Most gear must be purchased from the shop or unlocked in story mode.

In the Story Mode, players take part in consecutive races, one after the other, based on the storyline, in order to defeat the Babylon Rogues and win the Grand Prix. Throughout the story, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles must each challenge and defeat the respective member of the Babylon Rogues that matches their attribute type. Mission Mode allows is unlocked after successfully completing the original story. Players take part in various missions assigned in order to gain secret gears. Survival Mode is a special mode of gameplay consisting of two separate modes: race and battle. Race consists of snagging a Chaos Emerald on the track, and passing through five hoops without having the Emerald stolen by another racer. The Emerald is stolen by attacking the player holding it. Battle involves launching attacks at the three other racers on the track. Each racer begins with three health points. The racer loses a health point every time they are attacked. The last racer standing wins the match. The Shop is where players can purchase new Extreme Gear with the rings collected in previous races.

Babylon Story After the initial story is completed, another story is unlocked, in which players assume the role of the Babylon Rogues in their quest to find hidden treasures. The levels in this story are, altered, more difficult versions of the original tracks, and are unlocked by completing this story. After both story modes are completed, a selection of new characters not featured in the story become playable. At the end of this alternate story, players battle the only boss in the game.

Reception

Sonic Riders had mixed reviews ranging from good to average:

As of January 2009, Game Rankings ranks Sonic Riders as 63.1% for the GameCube,[9] 59.7% for the PlayStation 2,[10] 59.0% for the Xbox,[11] and 43.3% for the PC.[12]

Sequel

A sequel to Sonic Riders, entitled Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity, was released in 2008 for the Wii and PlayStation 2.

Archie comics adaptation

The Archie Sonic Comic issues #163 and #164 include a loose adaptation of Sonic Riders, even using the same art style used in the game's title sequence. Two characters are also seen riding Extreme Gear in issue #173. Bark the Polar Bear and Bean the Dynamite also use Extreme Gear in the Archie Comics.

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Sonic Riders
Box artwork for Sonic Riders.
Developer(s) Sonic Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s)
Nintendo GameCube
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Windows
Genre(s) Racing
System(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows
Players 1+
Rating(s)
ESRB: Everyone
CERO: All ages
Followed by Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
Series Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic Riders is a racing game that was developed by the Sonic Team. The game includes many characters from Sonic's world, as well as popular characters from Sega. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Windows.

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Sonic Riders

Developer(s) Sonic Team's UGA Division
Sonic Team
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Kenjiro Morimoto
Release date February 21, 2006 (NA)
February 23, 2006 (JP)
March 13, 2006 (EU)
PC:
November 14, 2006 (NA)
November 24, 2006 (EU)
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
CERO: Free
OFLC: G
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC
System requirements GameCube: 1 Block; Ghost Data: 14 Blocks
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Sonic Riders is a racing game developed by Sonic Team's UGA Division (a second-party developer for SEGA) for the video game consoles Nintendo GameCube, Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and PC DVD-ROM. It is the fourth racing game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, preceded by Sonic Drift, Sonic Drift 2 and Sonic R. This time, the characters race on floating airboards, air shoes and motorbikes powered by air, the Extreme Gear.

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Main series:
Sonic the HedgehogSonic the Hedgehog 2Sonic CDSonic the Hedgehog 3Sonic & KnucklesSonic CrackersSonic 3DSonic AdventureSonic DX Directors CutSonic Adventure 2Sonic HeroesShadow the HedgehogSonic the Hedgehog (2006)Sonic Unleashed
Handheld series
Sonic the Hedgehog · Sonic the Hedgehog 2 · Sonic Chaos · Sonic Triple Trouble · Sonic Blast · Sonic Labyrinth · Sonic Pocket Adventure · Sonic Advance · Sonic Advance 2 · Sonic Battle · Sonic Advance 3 · Sonic Rush · Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis · Sonic Rivals · Sonic Rush Adventure · Sonic Rivals 2 · Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
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Spin-offs
Sonic Spinball · Sonic Drift series · Mean Bean Machine · Tails Adventure · Tails' Skypatrol · Knuckles' Chaotix · Sonic the Fighters · Sonic R · Sonic Shuffle · Sonic Pinball Party · Sonic Riders · Sonic and the Secret Rings · Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity · Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games · Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games · Sonic and the Black Knight

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