Sonic Riders Zero Gravity
The best way to describe Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity is a mixture between the fast paced racing joy that is the Wipeout franchise combined with the loveable characters and fantastic world design of the Sonic franchise. The game really packs a punch in nearly all departments, from the core gameplay to the visual design of the experience, nothing is left un-finished or lacking polish to it.
Visuals of the Rider
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity features many of the mainstays of the Sonic franchise. Our beloved blue hedgehog is back in all of his glory alongside his partners Tails and Knuckles. Aside from the classic recurring characters however, the world of Zero Gravity has a great deal of attention inputted into its cyberpunk style setting. Nearly being reminiscent of films like Blade Runner or even games like Snatcher. The game throws the player into a bright neon colored dream filled with flying cars and robotic henchmen. The game also sports some gloomy scenery, with ominous clouds looming overhead at times. Giving a notable visual look to the darkened world that the player must fight to bring back to light!
The Sound of Sonic
The music in this game is just what you would expect of it. Pounding synths give many tracks an almost secret agent movie sense of style to them, all the while serving as a way to pump up the player with the constantly intense and crescendoing melody. The music captures a heart pounding intensity and a carefree sense of control. Resulting in a sound both exciting and somehow also nonchalant and relaxing. Composed by Kenichi Tokoi and Fumie Kumatani, the Sound of Zero Gravity is ungrounded and all the better for it!
Speed of Sound
The gameplay features a speedy and invigorating sense of movement to it. Giving the player the ability to perform snappy and stylish tricks that add even more charisma to the gameplay design featured in the original game. Controls feel more concise and smooth and new mechanics bring the game to heights that its predecessor simply could not reach. Anti Gravity Mode allows for insane feats of speed and the ability to reach certain locations previously out of reach. Gear parts add bonus abilities which help to shape the play style specifically to the player. The roster of the game is also very impressive, featuring eighteen playable characters to be unlocked and sixteen race tracks to speed along throughout the run of the game
Fall of the Hog
Though primarily a quality game, there are some aspects that leave a bit to be desired. New gameplay elements are welcomed and bring an added layer to the game lacking in the original, but they don’t save it from its repetitive nature. There are simply not enough gameplay mechanics to help Zero Gravity evolve over the course of its run. This results in a game that feels refined and well crafted, but simplistic and repetitive in design.
- Great Visual design with a sleek futuristic style
- Graphics that do justice to the world shown.
- Great music that fits the overall experience and provides excitement in droves.
- Refined gameplay with interesting new mechanics and large amounts of content
- Repetitive gameplay style that can get a bit boring after a while.
Sonic Riders Zero Gravity is a solid game that shows enough advances over the original to be an enjoyable experience. With the same fun characters we all know and love, an adrenaline filled soundtrack and gameplay that is refined and features new iterations upon an older formula. The only problem is that the game can be a bit repetitive and after you’ve seen the full gambit, there isn’t much left to unfold from there.