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Sonic R


by Shawn Sackenheim

Sonic R is only the third appearance of Sonic on the Saturn, and is, in my opinion, the best of the three. Traveller's Tales, who also did Sonic 3D Blast, have created an enjoyable, though short-lived racing game.

Graphics are fabulous, featuring vibrant texture maps across all five of the courses as well as no pop-up or glitching. The way the courses are set up makes the game feel as if you are really racing through a Sonic styled world. There are tons of shortcuts and the tracks all have secrets to find (by collecting a certain number of rings).

While only four characters are immediately selectable, several more are hidden in the game. They include: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Dr. Robotnik, Super Sonic, and mecha versions of some of the characters. All of them have their advantages and disadvantages from Sonic's top speed to Robotnik's ability to fire missiles. The game also features power-ups like speed bursts and various shields.

Modes of play include: grand prix, time attack, tag, reverse, balloon chase, and two-player. Finding all of the secrets in Grand Prix mode is probably the most enjoyable. The music deserves a special mention as the songs feature complete lyrics that are sure to inspire positivity. Rest assured that you can turn the lyrics off if you don't like them. Sound effects are high quality and Sonic-styled.

The control is the only real hurdle that Sonic R eventually manages to pass. At the outset, controlling the characters is an ordeal and will take some practice to get used to. Start sliding around corners and letting off the gas at the right times and you'll be finding all of the secrets that Sonic R conceals in no time.

Graphics graphics rating

High quality textures and no glitches to distract you.

Sound sound rating

One of the most inspired soundtracks I've ever heard. Great effects, though overshadowed by the tunes.

Enjoyment enjoyment rating

Finding all the secrets and shortcuts is a ton of fun, as is just having a friendly bout with a friend.

Replay Value replay rating

The secrets can be found relatively fast and the game doesn't offer enough courses to come back to for an extended amount of time.

Documentation documentation rating

You'll find everything you need to know about Sonic R in this manual. Well designed and informative