History VideoGame / SonicRiders

29th Jun '16 9:40:00 AM N8han11
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* AbsenteeActor:
** Team Dark lacks their usual "power" character, Omega. Why? Never explained.
** Team Rose is also missing their usual number three Big The Cat, with Vector The Crocodile filling in.
15th Jun '16 10:36:05 AM SonicGamer07
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** Dr. Eggman uses the [[VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline Egg Blasters]] for the first and only time in ''Riders''.

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** Dr. Eggman uses the [[VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline Egg Blasters]] for the first and only time in ''Riders''. Amusingly, he [[DualWielding dual wields]] them, despite being an Assault Rifle-type weapon in its origin game.
15th Jun '16 10:30:49 AM SonicGamer07
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* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:The Genie in the first game, Master Core: ABIS in ''Zero Gravity'', and Metal Sonic in ''Free Riders''.]] The former two switch into UnexpectedGameplayChange by forcing you to actually deal damage to the boss to end the race.



** The original game marked the first and only time within the franchise that Dr. Eggman has ever used the [[VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline Egg Blasters.]][[note]]Which would, amusingly, later influence their reappearance in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2''.[[/note]]

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** The original game marked the first and only time within the franchise that Dr. Eggman has ever used uses the [[VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline Egg Blasters.]][[note]]Which would, amusingly, later influence their reappearance Blasters]] for the first and only time in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2''.[[/note]]''Riders''.
3rd Apr '16 12:44:01 PM N8han11
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** Team Rose is also missing their usual number three Big The Cat, with Vector The Crocodile filling in. Though there's still no reason stated in-game, [[TheScrappy it was probably down to popularity.]]

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** Team Rose is also missing their usual number three Big The Cat, with Vector The Crocodile filling in. Though there's still no reason stated in-game, [[TheScrappy it was probably down to popularity.]]
3rd Apr '16 12:43:46 PM N8han11
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* AbsenteeActor: Team Dark lacks their usual "power" character, Omega. Why? Never explained.

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Team Dark lacks their usual "power" character, Omega. Why? Never explained.



* AnachronismStew: Metropolis Speedway in ''Sonic Free Riders'' resembles an old western European city, but has flying cars and hovering trains. See FridgeBrilliance below.

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Metropolis Speedway in ''Sonic Free Riders'' resembles an old western European city, but has flying cars and hovering trains. See FridgeBrilliance below.trains.



* BrutalBonusLevel: Every course in ''Sonic Free Riders'' has a very tough counterpart. While previous games had course counterparts for the Babylon Rogues which were tougher than the Heroes courses, ''Sonic Free Riders'' took this concept and stretched it incredibly far.

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Every course in ''Sonic Free Riders'' has a very tough counterpart. While previous games had course counterparts for the Babylon Rogues which were tougher than the Heroes courses, ''Sonic Free Riders'' took this concept and stretched it incredibly far.



* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: In all three games, they have ridiculous rubberbanding and play as if they have a full stock of Rings. In ''Zero Gravity'' and ''Sonic Free Riders'', they will try to grab Rings when in front of you to prevent you from stockpiling them.

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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: TheComputerIsACheatingBastard:
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In all three games, they have ridiculous rubberbanding and play as if they have a full stock of Rings. In ''Zero Gravity'' and ''Sonic Free Riders'', they will try to grab Rings when in front of you to prevent you from stockpiling them.



* CripplingOverspecialization: The aptly-named "Fastest" gear is built for speed above else, and it shows: it has the highest possible top speed, but all its other stats are bottomed out.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: CripplingOverspecialization:
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The aptly-named "Fastest" gear is built for speed above else, and it shows: it has the highest possible top speed, but all its other stats are bottomed out.



* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Throughout ''Zero Gravity'', part of the plot is that berserking robots are chasing down Arcs of the Cosmos, and the people holding them; despite story-wise being chase sequences, the game plays out these chases like a standard three lap race with the robots simply trying to place first against you. Zig-zagged with Sonic's first race, with a unique intro following from the cutscene beforehand, but then it goes straight into just another race anyway.

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* GameplayAndStorySegregation: GameplayAndStorySegregation:
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Throughout ''Zero Gravity'', part of the plot is that berserking robots are chasing down Arcs of the Cosmos, and the people holding them; despite story-wise being chase sequences, the game plays out these chases like a standard three lap race with the robots simply trying to place first against you. Zig-zagged with Sonic's first race, with a unique intro following from the cutscene beforehand, but then it goes straight into just another race anyway.



* GravityScrew: The entirety of the second game, obviously.

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The entirety of the second game, obviously.



* HailfirePeaks: Egg Factory is both EternalEngine and LethalLavaLand.
** Egg Factory gets frozen over into SlippySlideyIceWorld as Ice Factory.

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Egg Factory is both EternalEngine and LethalLavaLand.
** Egg Factory
LethalLavaLand. It gets frozen over into SlippySlideyIceWorld as Ice Factory.



* IdiotBall: Why anyone would enter Eggman's Grand Prix in the original game to begin with. When Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is asking everyone for Chaos Emeralds, it should be blatantly obvious he's up to no good.

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Why anyone would enter Eggman's Grand Prix in the original game to begin with. When Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is asking everyone for Chaos Emeralds, it should be blatantly obvious he's up to no good.



* PaperThinDisguise: The World Grand Prix organizer in ''Sonic Free Riders'' looks like a hairier Dr. Eggman in an Eggman-red carnival ringleader outfit voiced by Mike Pollock. One guess as to who he really is.
** "I'm King Doc! Of, uh, Toreggmania!"
** Played with since ''no one'' falls for it.

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* PaperThinDisguise: PaperThinDisguise:
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The World Grand Prix organizer in ''Sonic Free Riders'' looks like a hairier Dr. Eggman in an Eggman-red carnival ringleader outfit voiced by Mike Pollock. One guess as to who he really is.
** "I'm King Doc! Of, uh, Toreggmania!"
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Toreggmania!" Played with since ''no one'' falls for it.



* SelfImposedChallenge: In ''Zero Gravity'', it is entirely possible to win a race as Super Sonic without ever actually becoming Super Sonic, due to the fact that without any Rings, Super Sonic is treated as Sonic on foot, who, despite having a far lower top speed than most Extreme Gear, is capable of accessing any Spring shortcut that would normally require a Boost item. This also works on the handful of other boards that eat Rings to use.

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In ''Zero Gravity'', it is entirely possible to win a race as Super Sonic without ever actually becoming Super Sonic, due to the fact that without any Rings, Super Sonic is treated as Sonic on foot, who, despite having a far lower top speed than most Extreme Gear, is capable of accessing any Spring shortcut that would normally require a Boost item. This also works on the handful of other boards that eat Rings to use.



* ShoutOut[=/=]TheCameo: The first two games had playable characters from other [=SEGA=] franchises. Both had [[VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams NiGHTS]]. ''Sonic Riders'' had [[VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Ulala]] and [[VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall Aiai]]. ''Zero Gravity'' had [[VideoGame/SambaDeAmigo Amigo]] and [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg Billy Hatcher]].

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The first two games had playable characters from other [=SEGA=] franchises. Both had [[VideoGame/NiGHTSIntoDreams NiGHTS]]. ''Sonic Riders'' had [[VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Ulala]] and [[VideoGame/SuperMonkeyBall Aiai]]. ''Zero Gravity'' had [[VideoGame/SambaDeAmigo Amigo]] and [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg Billy Hatcher]].



** In addition, ''Zero Gravity'''s 80s Boulevard and 90s Boulevard tracks are packed full of references to [=SEGA=] games from their decades and has [[VideoGame/FantasyZone Opa-Opa]] and [[VideoGame/CrazyTaxi The Crazy]] as boards.
*** Both of these stages sure feel like something from ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'', music and all.

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** In addition, ''Zero Gravity'''s 80s Boulevard and 90s Boulevard tracks are packed full of references to [=SEGA=] games from their decades and has [[VideoGame/FantasyZone Opa-Opa]] and [[VideoGame/CrazyTaxi The Crazy]] as boards.
*** Both of these stages sure feel like something from ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'', music and all.
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* SmugSuper: [[spoiler: Super Sonic]] is portrayed as being especially cocky in these games, taunting the other racers maliciously as he passes by and responding to his victories with only a disgustingly smug "As it should be..." or "Nobody can keep up with me." Managing to lose a race with him has him respond with a dumbfounded [[WhatTheHellPlayer "WHAT HAPPENED!?"]] Made somewhat ironic in Zero Gravity, wherein The [[spoiler: Chaos Emerald gear]] received a nerf to it's top speed, acceleration and general maneuverability along with a [[PowerUpLetDown Charge attack that's non-damaging, painfully slow(It tops out at 180 when a normal Charge attack tops out at 250 and lesser gears cruise at 180.) and hemorrhages rings.]] that [[StopHelpingMe IS ALWAYS IN EFFECT]] if your ring count is above 60 or so that drove him from DifficultButAwesome in the first Riders right into JokeCharacter status in this game. You'd be lucky if you can finish in the top five, let a lone first and it's only real use seems to be in doing on-foot runs, since it eats rings like Sonic eats chili-dogs.

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* SmugSuper: [[spoiler: Super Sonic]] is portrayed as being especially cocky in these games, taunting the other racers maliciously as he passes by and responding to his victories with only a disgustingly smug "As it should be..." or "Nobody can keep up with me." Managing to lose a race with him has him respond with a dumbfounded [[WhatTheHellPlayer "WHAT HAPPENED!?"]] Made somewhat ironic in Zero Gravity, wherein The [[spoiler: Chaos Emerald gear]] received a nerf to it's top speed, acceleration and general maneuverability along with a [[PowerUpLetDown Charge attack that's non-damaging, painfully slow(It tops out at 180 when a normal Charge attack tops out at 250 and lesser gears cruise at 180.) and hemorrhages rings.]] that [[StopHelpingMe IS ALWAYS IN EFFECT]] if your ring count is above 60 or so that drove him from DifficultButAwesome in the first Riders right into JokeCharacter status in this game. You'd be lucky if you can finish in the top five, let a lone first and it's only real use seems to be in doing on-foot runs, since it eats rings like Sonic eats chili-dogs.HAPPENED!?"]].



* TookALevelInJerkass: A number of characters undergo this in ''Free Riders''. This may be justified due to competition being SeriousBusiness.

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A number of characters undergo this in ''Free Riders''. This may be justified Justified due to the competition being SeriousBusiness.
13th Mar '16 3:04:39 PM Superjustinbros
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* GoKartingWithBowser: In free-play modes, Eggman can go toe-to-toe with Sonic and co. on Extreme Gear.
20th Jan '16 4:38:26 PM Psi001
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* EveryoneHasStandards: E-10000B is a standard Eggman robot [[spoiler: or so it seems]] but every other team is rather disgusted by Team Dark's apathy towards it's malfunctioning.



** While Shadow and Rouge are usually [[AntiHero far from the nicest folks around]] it is a little jarring to see them be quite so callous and mean, especially regarding to their mistreatment of E-10000B.
** Amy also qualifies in ''Sonic Free Riders''. She behaves rudely and obnoxiously to her teammates.

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** While Shadow and Rouge are usually [[AntiHero far from the nicest folks around]] it is a little jarring to see them be quite so callous and mean, especially regarding to their mistreatment of E-10000B.
E-10000B compared to their usual teamwork with [[RobotBuddy E-123 Omega]].
** Amy also qualifies in ''Sonic Free Riders''. She behaves perpetually rudely and obnoxiously to her teammates.teammates, compared to the high spirited if temperamental leader she was in ''Heroes''.
3rd Jan '16 3:13:00 AM SonicGamer07
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* {{Nerf}}: Experienced players in ''Sonic Riders'' would do nothing but boost from beginning to end because it was so easy to gain Air. This was fixed in ''Zero Gravity'' by not only substantially increasing the cost to boost, but now gave it a charge-up time and made Gravity Points (equivalent to Air) harder to accumulate. The end result is that there are only one or two viable spots per course to boost in. ''Sonic Free Riders'' reverted back to the boosting as seen in the first game but kept the high cost to boost in ''Zero Gravity'', striking a good middle ground.

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* {{Nerf}}: {{Nerf}}:
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Experienced players in ''Sonic Riders'' would do nothing but boost from beginning to end because it was so easy to gain Air. This was fixed in ''Zero Gravity'' by not only substantially increasing the cost to boost, but now gave it a charge-up time and made Gravity Points (equivalent to Air) harder to accumulate. The end result is that there are only one or two viable spots per course to boost in. ''Sonic Free Riders'' reverted back to the boosting as seen in the first game but kept the high cost to boost in ''Zero Gravity'', striking a good middle ground.ground.
** In ''Zero Gravity'', Super Sonic was greatly nerfed. The first game made him a MasterOfAll that had maximized stats and could use every type of shortcut, at the cost of consuming Rings in place of Air. In the second game, his stats were reduced to that of a better Blue Star, and he can only use Power shortcuts, and only when he's using the Super Sonic Boost, which requires at least 60 Rings to initiate and begins eating them at an alarming rate. Thankfully, this was re-balanced by giving him Ring Cap [=UPs=] and a Ring Magnet, which not only allows him to hold more Rings, but also allows him to grab them easier.
3rd Jan '16 3:04:33 AM SonicGamer07
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* GrindBoots: Speed-types can hop onto rails and grind across them, which not only restores Air/GP, but also moves faster than regular boarding and generally takes you through shortcuts. In ''Zero Gravity'', some boards can access Gear Changes that let them Grind when they cannot do so otherwise.
* GuideDangIt: In ''Zero Gravity'', nowhere is it alluded to what the Angel/Devil gear actually ''does''. Angel Mode decreases your top speed but increases the odds of getting good Items from the Item Box, while Devil Mode does the opposite.
3rd Jan '16 2:58:49 AM SonicGamer07
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* BraggingRightsReward: [[spoiler:The Chaos Emerald]], which basically states that you've beaten all of the Mission Mode stages.
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