A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game fosters a spirit of friendly competition and cooperation for up to four players in the same room. It also encourages kids to get off the couch and become active.
Positive Role Models
Opposing teams chat with each other in between races, engaging in playful banter and occasionally taunting one another. It’s not all good-spirited, but it’s pretty mild.
Ease of Play
We experienced a fair bit of difficulty trying to make our avatars copy our movements. Consequently, we had trouble steering and tricking, which in turn made it difficult to progress through the Grand Prix mode. This game may prove frustrating, regardless of age or skill.
Violence & Scariness
Racers bump into each other. There are also a couple of weapons they can use to slow each other down, including a bowling ball and an explosive football. No one ever appears seriously hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the female characters wears a busty top showing some cleavage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sonic Free Riders is a hover board racing game with a small amount of violence akin to that found in Mario Kart and most kart racers. It encourages players to get up off the couch and engage in physical activity in order to steer their boards. However, the motion control in this game are unreliable, making it difficult to win races and achieve objectives. It could prove frustrating. Note that Microsoft’s new Kinect sensor bar (not included) is required to play.
Is It Any Good?
It shouldn’t be hard to get a feel for something as simple as leaning forward and back to steer a video game hover board, but it is here. Turns were nightmarish. We’d lean and our avatar would do nothing. We’d lean a little more and suddenly he’d make a sharp swerve into a wall. Subtle, gentle changes in direction were, for the most part, beyond us.
There were a few times when everything seemed to click, like when we were flying down an icy course littered with giant bones that had sharp corners that doubled as half pipes. Hitting all of these ramps perfectly while blasting away barriers located between them provided a glimpse into how satisfying this game could have been, but didn’t outweigh our frustrations. It’s a good idea, but sloppy execution makes Sonic Free Riders impossible recommend.
Online interaction: Online multiplayer for up to eight players supports voice chat, but it is optional. Note that open voice communication means possible exposure to offensive language and inappropriate topics of conversation as well as the sharing of personal information. Parents might want to disable this feature on their XBox 360 using its Parental Controls feature.
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