Sonic Free Riders is a fun filled, cartoon style racing game which takes full advantage of the Kinect technology and provides you with a video game racing experience unlike any other. Instead of controlling your rider with a pad or steering wheel, you control them with your body and jump, turn and twist your way through the wide range of environments the game has to offer. The game features all your favorite characters from the Sonic universe as well as a range of different weapons and gives you a gaming experience that is fun, unique and challenging.
- Full Kinect compatibility which allows you to use your whole body to jump, turn and twist as you race to the finish line.
- Play as a wide range of Sonic universe characters including Sonic, Tails and Dr Eggman or choose your own personal avatar.
- Single player and multiplayer modes, each with their own set of unique rules.
- Online multiplayer mode which allows you to race against up to seven different people.
- Race through a variety of expansive race environments including deep winding canyons, glimmering waterfalls, majestic ancient ruins and sun drenched resorts.
- Unlockable gear and upgrades which allow you to customize your in-game ride and boost your skills, special abilities and speed.
- Wide range of weapons including bowling balls, rockets, traps and more to throw your opponents off course.
1) Fun:- While Sonic Free Riders isn’t a serious racing game, it is one of the most enjoyable racing titles on the Kinect and is up there with Mario Kart for fun. Each character has their own special abilities which you can use to help you win the race. For example, Tails can fly and get a speed boost in the air while Knuckles can smash through walls and create shortcuts. In addition to this, there are a range of cartoon weapons at your disposal that you can use to foil your opponents including bowling balls, golf balls, homing missiles and ink. All these elements ensure that you’ll have an absolute blast when playing Sonic Free Riders and get plenty of laughs from the game.
2) Multiplayer Modes:- With cartoon style racing games, it’s all about the multiplayer experience. Playing the game on your own is fine but adding a few other players to the mix cranks up the enjoyment as you laugh at the in-game action and share competitive banter. The good news is that Sonic Free Riders has a great range of multiplayer options. You can race competitively in a split screen fashion, race co-operatively and sync your movements with another player in tag mode or compete in a relay race where you take turns jumping in and out of the game. The multiplayer mode also has some really nice touches that demonstrate the power of the Kinect. For example, in a competitive race, you can throw ink at the other player and their half of the screen gets covered in ink. This ink stays on their half of the screen until they wipe it away using their hands. Overall, the multiplayer aspects add a lot to Sonic Free Riders and you’ll find that you’re constantly calling up your friends to arrange the next race.
3) Detailed Tutorial:- Another great thing about Sonic Free Riders is that the tutorial mode teaches you exactly how to play the game. There are lots of things you can make your character do in the game such as jumping, dodging and firing weapons. Figuring out all these controls on your own would have been a nightmare but after running through the tutorial you’ll be able to perform every move with ease.
4) Intense Workout:- Sonic Free Riders is one of the only racing games available that gives you an intense workout. Instead of sitting down with a pad or steering wheel, this game has you up on your feet, mimicking the action of your rider. You have to constantly use your body to jump, kick, twist and throw weapons which means physically, it’s pretty non-stop. After a few races, you’ll really be feeling it and if you play regularly, Sonic Free Riders can give your fitness a big boost.
1) Poor Menu Navigation:- The only major downside of Sonic Free Riders is the menu navigation. To navigate the menus correctly you have to be really careful and precise with your hand movements, otherwise you find that you are constantly clicking options that you didn’t want to click. This isn’t a deal breaker and you do get used to the navigation eventually but when you want to get a race started up quickly, it can be a pain.
If you own an Xbox 360 but have always been slightly envious of Wii owners who have access to Mario Kart, Sonic Free Riders is the title you’ve been waiting for. It’s got all the main characters from the Sonic universe, a fantastic selection of multiplayer options and it’s plenty of fun to play. It’s also the most physically intense racing game currently available on the Kinect, so if you’re a fan of working out as you play, this game ticks all the right boxes. The menu navigation could be better but you do get used to it. Overall, Sonic Free Riders is a brilliant game and an excellent addition to your Kinect library.
If you are like me, who takes time to check out reviews of new XBOX 360 games before I decide to drop my hard-earned cash on a title, then you will definitely appreciate the new and upcoming new titles that will keep you glued to your console.
Frankly, the Apache series of games has always had a loyal following and the new apache: Air Assault will allow players to indulge in the fantasies of aerial warfare. For the average player, this game will take them to 14 different levels of conflicts. Get to experience how it is like to deal with pirates off the African coast, the drug lords of South America and other varied locales that are well designed to be tackled from the air. You may need to go through the tutorial stage to get acquainted with operations of an Apache. As you move up to the Realistic difficulty level, you begin to appreciate the physics of an Apache and what it takes to stay alive. In order to beat even a single mission, you will need to have proper handling of both the altitude and rotation.
Other new XBOX 360 games that have gotten good reviews are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, NBA 2K11, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Halo Reach among others. Halo, one of the most successful franchises in video game history has done it again with Reach taking the XBOX 360 scene by storm. Taking place a few weeks before the events of the first game, Reach adds new graphics to the sequel making it look more mature and giving the title a class that fits its name. In this final chapter of the series, a multi-player feature makes Halo join the ranks of other multi-player games like Madden and Call Duty and claim the spot of one of the must-play new XBOX games. This is serious stuff right here guys!
NHL is another game worth mentioning and the tagline “any moment can be a wow moment” is a totally accurate catchphrase that appears on the back cover of the NHL 11 for both the XBOX and the Playstation 3. The game adds those “wow moments” by being very natural and realistic. The only thing that is lacking is being able to head out for a few beers after the game with your team buddies.
Other new XBOX 360 games worth checking out include Vanquish, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, Quantum Theory and Fallout: New Vegas.