Sonic R

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Sonic R
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Not everyone will go Super Sonic Racing while playing this game.
Genre: Racing
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Sega Saturn
Nintendo GameCube
PlayStation 2
Release Date: Sega Saturn
NA: November 18, 1997
JP: December 4, 1997
EU: November 21, 1997

Microsoft Windows
NA: November 11, 1998
EU: November 15, 1998
JP: December 11, 1998

Nintendo GameCube
JP: August 11, 2005
NA: August 16, 2005
EU: September 30, 2005

PlayStation 2
JP: August 11, 2005
EU: September 30, 2005
Developer: Traveller's Tales
Sonic Team
Publisher: Sega
Made in: United Kingdom
Franchise: Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic R is a racing game co-developed by Traveller's Tales and Sonic Team for the Sega Saturn and Microsoft Windows, later being ported to the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 in Sonic Gems Collection. It was initially released for the Sega Saturn but was later ported for Microsoft Windows.

Bad Qualities

  1. With only five courses, the game is short and can be beaten in less than an hour.
  2. The ports of the game barely improve the graphics, outside of a longer rendering distance. Everything looks like glass!
  3. It is riddled with glitches, like characters sticking to the walls and passing through the ground.
  4. It looks unfinished with a poor rendering distance, and textures and backgrounds just missing. It also tries to simulate water reflections by just flipping the skybox, which ends up making it look as if the courses are floating in mid-air.
  5. The level design makes the courses feel more like mazes.
  6. Finding collectibles often require taking detours, slower routes and outright stopping for a few seconds (in a racing game, by the way), and you still have to win the race to keep them.
  7. Steering the character you play as is difficult as if you're running on thick, slippery ice. Controlling Tails is the worst, as he slips and slides all over!
  8. Speaking of steering, the same button also controls the camera, which is very slow and can cause you to lose a race.
  9. When running on a loop, you can sometimes get completely stuck and it can be extremely difficult to escape.
  10. The unlockables (aside from Dr. Robotnik) are all robot clones of the main characters (except Super Sonic).
  11. Unbalanced gameplay. Most characters are too overpowered (mostly Metal Knuckles, Super Sonic and Metal Sonic) or completely useless. Super Sonic is nearly an automatic-win, and Amy, Eggman, Tails Doll, and Eggrobo are too slow to be useful.
  12. You must to be in first place if you want to get a Chaos Emerald, and if you don't, the game insults you by saying you didn't get it.
  13. Network multiplayer was almost completely removed in the 2004 PC re-release!
  14. The 2004 PC re-release also removed the graphics option.
    • You can still use F1 and F2 keys to adjust draw distance. The game doesn't tell you about this.
    • You can work around most other missing options by using the Sonic R Mod Manager.
  15. No character balance, Super Sonic moves much faster than everybody else, and then there's characters like Tails Doll and Amy who are pathetically underpowered.

Good Qualities

  1. Despite being cheesy, the music is pretty good. You can even consider it to be a toned-down version of Eurobeat.
  2. Despite the negative reception to the maze-like layouts of the tracks, this does add an element of experimentation where you must find the best path to win, making up slightly for the only five tracks available in the game.
  3. Another thing to slightly make up for only five tracks is the day-to-night transitions and the weather effects in the PC version. The weather effects even effect gameplay.
  4. The PC version has mod support.
  5. The Sega Saturn version featured a transparent layout for Radiant Emerald, something that the later ports could never replicate.
  6. A Sonic R Improvement Mod which fixes all the problems with the Game can be found and downloaded here.

Reception

Sonic R received mixed reviews from critics. Ryan MacDonald of GameSpot commented positively on the graphics and audio, but said that the game is "so short that you'll probably finish it the day you rent it." Game Revolution noted that the game was "a little different" from normal racing games, but was highly critical of the music (remarking that "With lyrics like "Can you feel the sunshine brighten up your day," you feel like Disney has suddenly taken over the world and Gestapo mice are forcing you to smile all the time") and the "wily and inexact" controls.

Trivia

  • This game is notable for the Tails Doll creepypasta, which has become quite popular on the internet.

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Comments


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Ragdoll Productions Fan 2005

17 months ago
Score 0
Just Play The GameCube Port its The Best Port Until Sega Makes A Fixed Port Like Fighters
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Mr Game

11 months ago
Score 3
Why Are You Speaking With Every Word Starting With A Capital Letter?
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TheLukesterJoy

4 months ago
Score 0
Mr game don't ask me!
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Cade Connelly 13

16 months ago
Score 1

I literally played this game for the music. "Diamond in the sky" still sends chills up my spine on the first riff, and "can you feel the sunshine" always puts a smile on my face.

One other thing I noticed is that Amy got stiffed by the programmers/writers, yet again. She's stuck in a VERY shitty-handling car instead of on foot like everyone else. WTF?
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Mr. Dready

16 months ago
Score 1
Can You Feel The sunshine, Because i Don't!
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Worldofjake2012

13 months ago
Score 4
Sonic R is honestly one of the few Sonic racing games I enjoyed. It's a shame Sonic doesn't have a lot of on foot racing games. And also, I unironically really love the soundtrack! Sure it ain't perfect but it's better than Sonic Drift!
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ItsNikiNow

11 days ago
Score 0
Same. I unironically enjoyed Sonic R. It's not perfect by any means necessary, but I can always count on Sonic R to quench my boredom, which is why I love it so much.
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TheShinyLucarioMaster

13 months ago
Score 2
The music in it is pretty good, my favourite one is Can you feel the Sunshine?.
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TtA

12 months ago
Score 2
Just don't play as Amy, mmkay?
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ZanyWays220

10 months ago
Score 2
I don't play as amy, because she's too slow
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BlakeIsHere458

7 months ago
Score 2
I like this game.
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Kaiolauro06

6 months ago
Score 4
This game is a gulty pleasure to me.
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ChessPiece21

6 months ago
Score 2
Same! It's a load of fun.
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Bradyreino

2 months ago
Score 0
It's negative from gamers.
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ChrisTheMan36

one month ago
Score 0
Honestly, apart from the terrible controls and draw distance, this game is kinda fun
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TheLoudHouseRobloxboy78668

4 months ago
Score 2
Eh play Mario Kart 64 instead of this trash!
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

3 months ago
Score 2
Or play Diddy Kong Racing as well, that game is for sure better than this trash and is better than Mario Kart 64 IMO.
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Typhlosion Trainer

2 months ago
Score 0
I have a dirty pleasure for it's soundtrack. When you listen to it away from the game, it's a catchy soundtrack. But when racing, non-vocals are the way to go.
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Lightdrift1999

one month ago
Score 0
Sonic kart 32
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
Score 1
Go play Mario Kart 64, Diddy Kong Racing, or better yet, Crash Team Racing, instead.
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Allistayrian

one month ago
Score 0
The real chad: BEACH BUGGY RACING
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

one month ago
Score 0
Or even Ho-pin Tung Racer.
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PituckosTheCockatiel

one month ago
Score 1

Can you see? The sun is shinin' on me. It makes me feel so free, so alive! It makes me want to survive! And the sky, it makes me feel so high, The bad times pass me by 'cause today is gonna be a brighter day!

Can you feel the sunshine? Does it brighten up your day? Don't you feel that sometimes You just need to run away? Reach out for the sunshine Forget about the rain Just think about the good times And they will come back again

Feel the sunshine...

Without you, there's nothing for me to do Can you feel the sunshine, too? It's comin' through, it makes me feel brand new When you're here, I wish you were always near 'cause everything's so clear And today is gonna be a brighter day

Can you feel the sunshine? Does it brighten up your day? (Brighten up your day...) Don't you feel that sometimes You just need to run away? Reach out for the sunshine Forget about the rain Just think about the good times And they will come back again

When the sun goes down I feel like I am waiting For another day When the clouds go away Can you feel it? Ooh-hoo... Can you feel it? Oh...

Can you feel it? Oh... Can you feel it?

Can you feel the sunshine? Does it brighten up your day? (Brighten up your day...) Don't you feel that sometimes We just need to run away? Reach out for the sunshine Forget about the rain Just think about the good times And they will come back again

[piano, percussion bridge]

Can you feel the sunshine? Does it brighten up your day? (Brighten up your day...) Don't you feel that sometimes You just need to run away? (You just need to run away...) Reach out for the sunshine Forget about the rain Just think about the good times And they will come back again

Can you feel the sunshine? (Can you feel it?) Does it brighten up your day? (Brighten up your day...) Don't you feel that sometimes We just need to run away? (Need to run away...) Reach out for the sunshine (Reach out...) Forget about the rain Just think about the good times And they will come back again

Whoa-oh-oh-oh... Brighten up your day... You just need to run away... Reach out, you gotta reach out... Come back again...

You gotta reach out...
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DeadPixel

one month ago
Score 0
Wait. This game was ported to the GameCube and PS2?
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CaddyFan

one month ago
Score 0

Well yes, but actually no

It was released on the Sonic Gems Collection on the PS2/GameCube
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ItsNikiNow

22 days ago
Score 0
I like this game.
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LuigiMan050-5

4 days ago
Score 0
OK, trust me, out of all the unfitting music in video games, Can You Feel The Sunshine is the best one I've ever heard.
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Remely1000

4 days ago
Score 0
You my hero from the Sega Saturn version of Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic R Back in time are my favorites unfitting songs.

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