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Sonic Free Riders: IGN Preview

August 3, 2010

The IGaNuh reporters are back! Get some diet coke!

IGN’s Eric Brudvig is here to give us what essentially is a pretty positive recap of his hands-on experience with upcoming Kinect game. First impressions?

Will Sonic Free Riders amaze the hardcore gamer? Not likely. It’s interesting and a nice experience for those that like to be on the cutting edge of technology, but the target audience here is clearly the younger crowd.

It’s no secret that the two previous installments to this spin-off series, Sonic Riders and Sonic Riders Zero G, left us all wondering why Sonic didn’t just hop off and jog his way to the finish line rather than battle the wonky and unreliable controls. But, Eric sounded a tad impressed:

Though watching a video of Sonic Free Riders may make it appear to be fairly simple, there’s actually a game with a good amount of depth here. Timing jumps properly will allow you to pull off little tricks, quickly filling up your boost meter. A bit of finesse is required to properly perform an aerial trick.

The article ends with a quick teaser to check back at the site Wednesday for a video demo hosted by Jessica Chobot. I’m on the edge of my board…

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