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Sonic Free Riders - Kinect Compatible (Xbox 360)

by Sega
Xbox 360
 Ages 3 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B003TFDPE6
  • Item Weight: 136 g
  • Release Date: 10 Nov. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,921 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Sonic is speeding onto Kinect for Xbox 360 in an action-packed experience unlike any other!

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 fast-paced boarding action in a main event you won't want to miss!


  • Kinect controls - Turn, twist and jump, as you speed your way to the finish line! Use your whole body to take full control of a variety of hoverboards and bikes
  • Easy to pick up and play - Fun for all ages! Compete with family and friends in single and multiplayer modes, each with their own unique race rules
  • Customization - Customize your board and bike with unlockable gear and unlock upgrades to increase your speed, skills, and special abilities
  • Unforgettable Characters - Race as Sonic, Tails, Dr. Eggman and more, including your personal Avatar!
  • Pick-ups & Weapons - Add even more excitement to each race with item pick-ups! Reach out and grab a variety of rockets, bowling balls, traps and more to knock your rivals off-course. Throw, shake, or swing to launch and give yourself the competitive edge
  • Over-the-top Environments - Race through epic settings including sun-drenched resorts, deep winding canyons, glimmering waterfalls and majestic ancient ruins, each with their own unique traps and surprises around every corner

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed 21 Feb. 2011
By Smee
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I tried to play this game at the weekend but ended up giving up after about 20 minutes. Compared to the Adventures game, this one doesn't seem to be as interactive and is definitely less responsive (and considering that's the essence of a Kinect, seems like a complete let down!)
The tutorials are not very helpful - I couldn't complete the jumping tutorial, it gave no indication of where I was going wrong just kept saying that it wasn't easy. I was jumping when instructed and even though I seemed to be getting good ratings (not sure how these were worked out!) I couldn't get past it.
the menu is also annoying, with a sweeping motion that was hard to control. i had to resort to using the controller in the end.

So, I skipped that tutorial and eventually managed to choose the option just to the game. What was very frustrating is that despite swaying from left to right, Sonic just didn't seem to respond. I'd put my arm out to catch rings and it would just pause the game.

very frustrated with it and I will be trading this in as soon as I can.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh. Dear. GOD 28 Nov. 2011
By AmK
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This game sucks. IT. SUCKS. It will make you want to throw up with the way it whips around at a speed close to making its own sonic boom. Oh my dear sweet baby Jesus. There isn't anything RIGHT with this game. You will cry trying to use the menu, you will feel sick trying to keep up with the game, you will smash into the walls every time you try to turn as much as one tiny centimeter. The whole thing is shockingly useless. If you bought it, don't take it out of the package. Get your money back immediately. If you took it out of the package,......well........God help you son. God help you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An exercise in frustration! 9 Jan. 2011
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
We got an Xbox/Kinect bundle for Christmas and have enjoyed Kinect Sports & Kinect Adventures. This turned out to be a total Christmas turkey.

For a start, just working through the user interface proved messy. It is much more sensitive to hand movements than either Sport or Adventures. It employs a "drag" method of selecting a button rather than the simpler hover over a button until it changes colour. Also, instead of laying out distinct areas for each button it displays a menu wheel which you have to rotate until the action you want is at the bottom. You then drag the action over another area to actually perform the related action. As a result my 5 year old son found it extremely frustrating just to get this game started. I had to step in eventually and was just as annoyed by the experience.

The tutorial is a mess and appears must be completed before you have a hope of getting in sync with the game. Despite many attempts my son could not even complete a simple jump sequence successfully. The tutorial asks you jump in the air when instructed to do so verbally. On each occasion my son tried he landed in front of the object he was trying to clear. This, in spite of the fact he timed his jump correctly and jumped as high as he could.

After wading through what seemed like 1000 hand gestures, we finally got a simple race started between the two of us. The game repeatedly went into pause mode as we tried to complete the course. Obviously some gesture was doing this but we could not work out what. I finally gave up and just stood upright with my hands by my side. I made no attempt to move the board with body movements, while my son did his level best to bend forward/backward and grab items. You can imagine our surprise when I beat him by doing nothing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-sonic 18 Feb. 2011
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The game was played by my grandchildren, who judged that it was less fun, less active, and less challenging than either the sports disc or the adventure disc. They should know.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 17 Jan. 2011
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought my son an xbox kinect for Christmas. It came with a free game, Kinect Adventures. I also bought Sonic Free Riders as he is mad into Sonic and would have tired of just one game. Unfortunately he seems to have got more enjoyment out of the Kinect Adventures than he has out of this one. Sonic Free Riders seems to play itself. You need to do little more than stand in front of the kinect sensor. Now and again you can do a 180 degree turn and your character will flip. Other than that it goes, whether you move or not. All in all, we've been disappointed with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not Great 21 Feb. 2011
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This isn't as responsive as the other Kinnect games. Interface doesn't work as well as others. Kids played it a couple of times then back to Kinnect Adventures. Overall a bit disappointing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sega's Kinect Title Is A Fun Ride 28 Dec. 2010
By BE20
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
With the Kinect now here for the Xbox 360, Microsoft's turn at motion gaming is upon us. Many launch titles have come out for the peripheral and Sega's Kinect title, Sonic Free Riders makes for a very fun racing game.

Story wise, there's not much of it. The World Grand Prix is on, and Sonic along with many other characters enter to win the championship while something else is going on behind the scenes. The story a lot more basic than the first two Sonic Riders games. Cutscenes look very basic with still images and voice acting. But this is a racing game so no big plot is needed.

The gameplay is very fun and keeps you very active. You have many modes to keep you busy for a while. You have the World Grand Prix which is the story mission mode, free race, time attack, relay race, tag race and multiplayer both offline and online. Each mode plays differently and gives you plenty to do. Being a racing game, you race to win first place while grabbing items to stop your opponents and jumping from ramps to perform tricks to gain air for your hoverboard. As you race, you also can collect rings on the tracks. The rings you get in races can be used in the shop to buy new boards, bikes or gear parts to give your board's different abilities when you switch stances from regular to goofy. You have many characters to choose from each with their own abilities. The speed characters can grind on rails, fly characters can fly through air rings to gain boosts of speed in the air and power characters can punch through obstacles. The racing has a lot going on and it only adds to the fun.

The Kinect controls are the biggest feature and can make or break the game. I can say that the controls for Sonic Free Riders work well. But this is a Kinect game you really have to take your time with.
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