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Sonic Free Riders
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Kinect on Xbox 360
Genre: Racing
Release Date RRP Code
Microsoft Xbox 360
US
2010-11-04  ? ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
EU
2010-11-10  ? ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
JP
2010-11-20 ¥6,090 w/ tax ?
Microsoft Xbox 360
JP (Plat)
2012-04-26 ¥2,940 w/ tax ?

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Sonic Free Riders (ソニック フリーライダーズ) is a Sonic game from the Sonic Riders franchise that was released exclusively for the Xbox 360 at the Kinect's launch in November, 2010. It uses the Xbox 360's Kinect camera to track your movement, obviously like an air-boarder.

Sega America and Sega Europe described it as "an extreme fast-paced boarding game" designed specifically for Kinect's full-body controls. Race courses feature pick-ups and usable items on the course; players can use them and launch them at one another by "throwing, shaking or swinging" with their arms.

Playable Characters

Character Type Availability VA (English) VA (Japanese)
Sonic the Hedgehog Speed Default Roger Craig Smith Jun'ichi Kanemaru
Jet the Hawk Speed Default Michael Yurchak Daisuke Kishio
Amy Rose Speed Unlockable Cindy Robinson Taeko Kawata
Shadow the Hedgehog Speed Unlockable Kirk Thornton Koji Yusa
Blaze the Cat Speed Unlockable Laura Bailey Nao Takamori
Metal Sonic Speed Unlockable
Miles "Tails" Prower Flight Default Kate Higgins Ryo Hirohashi
Wave the Swallow Flight Default Kate Higgins Chie Nakamura
Cream the Rabbit Flight Unlockable Michelle Ruff Sayaka Aoki
Rouge the Bat Flight Unlockable Karen Strassman Rumi Ochiai
Silver the Hedgehog Flight Unlockable Quinton Flynn Daisuke Ono
Knuckles the Echidna Power Default Travis Willingham Nobutoshi Kanna
Storm the Albatross Power Default Travis Willingham Kenji Nomura
E-10000G Power Unlockable Wally Wingert
Vector the Crocodile Power Unlockable Keith Silverstein Kenta Miyake
Dr. Eggman Power Unlockable Mike Pollock Chikao Otsuka
XBox Live Avatar None Default
Super Sonic None Unlockable Roger Craig Smith Jun'ichi Kanemaru

As with both of the previous Riders Titles, Super Sonic is unlocked by earning top rank on every mission and then using the Chaos Emeralds gear as Sonic. Super Sonic generally has no type (the Chaos Emeralds cannot equip Gear Parts), but he becomes a Power type upon Kick Dashing. Eggman retains his previous handicap of only using Bike gear, and now shares it with Vector. E-10000G also retains the handicap of only being able to use board gear. Additionally, E-10000G is not actually playable in the story mode. Instead an E-10000B is used in its place. The Avatar, Silver, and Blaze are entirely extra, and the latter two are unlocked by clearing the first four stories.

Although both voice language tracks are included in the game disc, there is not a proper option to switch them in any regional version, and the game sets both the text and voice language by default according to the console settings language, with the Japanese voices defaulted to Japanese console language and the English voices to the rest of languages. Therefore, the only way to have the Japanese voices is by changing the Xbox Dashboard language to Japanese in order to set the game entirely in Japanese.

Production Credits

Producer/Director: Kenjiro Morimoto
Art Director: Hideaki Moriya
Programming Director: Kenichi Koshida
Technical Director: Makoto Suzuki
Sound Director: Tomonori Sawada
Game System Designers: Kazuyoshi Horikawa, Nozomu Umezono
Character Artists: Takeshi Mitsumoto, Keiko Yamamoto, Mikio Okubo
Character Mostion Artists: Masayuki Ooiwa, Shiji Ishii, Yuki Kato
Gear Model Artists: Daisaku Kishiue, Keiko Yamamoto, Mikio Okubo, Tetsuya Mitomi, Ichirou Yamana, Takahito Kojima, Rina Yamauchi, Jangyoo Kim
Game System Programmers: Kenichi Koshida, Yoshiharu Kanai, Kyohei Mori, Takuya Okumura, Makoto Konishi, Kazuma Asakura, Atsushi Katada
Kinect Programmers: Yoshiharu Kanai, Makoto Konishi
Level Designers: Kentarou Kiyono, Taizo Okada, Nobuo Hatauchi, Sakon Kanayama, Takamasa Yoshimitsu, Youichi Arakawa, Isao Yamasaki, Miyuki Nakao
Field Artists: Masyaya Etou, Aki Kise, Mamoru Kondoh, Naoyuki Kitada, Daisuke Miyahara, Naoki Matsue, Hidehiko Motono, Shizuka Fukuda, Kentaro Yamamoto, Fumi Kawashima, Yuki Yamamoto, Motoki Uehara, Yoichi Masuyama, Keigo Matsunaka, Tsutomu Shimobayashi, Tsuneo Suenaga, Shintaro Washino, Atsushi Kamata, Ippei Yamamoto, Satoru Furutani, Hajime Ito, Yukiko Tomita, Ryo Kanbayashi
Course Programmers: Katsuhiko Iida, Takuya Okumura, Ryoya Hidaka, Tadashi Honjo, Kenta Nakajima, Naoki Isoi, Yuya Harada, Shohei Fujimori
Game Mode Designers: Nobuo Hatauchi, Nozomu Umezono, Junichi Nakata
Game Mode Programmers: Kazuma Asakura, Hiroki Hayami, Makoto Konishi
UI Artists: Kouichirou Miyanaga, Daisaku Kishiue
UI Programmers: Tadashi Honjo, Yasuhiko Hayashi
2D Effect Artists: Ken Ishihara, Issei Honda, Chang Liang Zhou
Network System Designer: Nozomu Umezono
Network System Programmer: Atsushi Katada
Scenario Writer: Otake Yasushi
Scenario Supervisors: Eitaro Toyoda, Takashi Iizuka
Event Scene Artists: Takeshi Mitsumoto, Akira Kawanari, Kazuhito Takahashi, Yoshioki Yasuzumi, Naori Nakagawa Keiko Yamamoto, Tetsuya Mitomi, Ichirou Yamana, Takashito Kojima, Jangyoo Kim
Story Event Programmer: Kazuma Asakura
Music Composers: Tomonori Sawada, Koji Sakaurai
Sound Effects: Tomonori Sawada
Sonic Character Supervisors: Takashi Iizuka, Yuji Uekawa, Eitaro Toyoda

CG Movie

CG Movie Line Producer: Masahito Imamura
CG Movie Storyboard: Naozumi Yamaguchi

Free

Performed By: Chirs Madin
Produced By: Richard Jacques
Music: Jun Senoue
Lyrics: Jhonny Gioeli

Japanese Character Voices: Jun'ichi Kanemaru, Ryo Hirohashi, Nobutoshi Kanna, Daisuke Kishio, Chie Nakamura, Kenji Nomura, Taeko Kawata, Daisuke Ono, Nawo Takamori, Sayaka Aoki, Kouji Yusa, Rumi Ochiai, Kenta Miyake, Etsuko Kozakura, Chikao Otsuka
Voice Recording Producer: Takuya Ohno
Voice Recording Director: Keiichirou Miyoshi
Recording: OMNIBUS JAPAN
English Character Voices: Roger Craig Smith, Kate Higgins, Mike Pollock, Kirk Thornton, Wally Wingert, Cindy Robinson, Karen Strassman, Michelle Ruff, Mike Mycheck, Kent Hampton
Voice Production: Studiopolis Inc.
Voice Director: Jack Fletcher
Casting Director: Jack Fletcher, Joe Moeller, Jamie Simone
Recording Engineers: Suzanne Goldish, John Brengman, David Barr
Recording Assistant: Heather Pennington
Dialogue Editors: Suzanne Goldish, Eric Lewis, Elliot Anders
Production Assistants: Sean Kelly, James Lafferty, Heather Morse
Production Accountant: Laura Lopez
Line Producer: Joe Moeller

Sega Corporation(Sega of Japan, Inc.)

Sales/Marketing: Yusuke Asano, Iino Kouichi, Yasushi Yamashita
Public Relations: Yasushi Nagumo, Reiko Chiba
International Business/PD: Yuka Yoshida, Emi Yamane, Tatsuya Shikata
Test Department: Koji Nagata, Akira Nishikawa, Osamu Sato, Akinobu Koechi, Akinobu Koechi, Hitoshi Abe, Yusuke Asano, Ryouichi Shibuya
QC Department: Seiji Hasegawa, Yuji Nakamura
Package & Manual Production: Yoshihiro Sakuta, Toshiki Yamaguchi, Kazuaki Jikuhara, Tetsuya Honda
Executive Supervisors: Shigeru Yamashita, Naoya Tsurumi, Yukio Sugino, Takayuki Kawagoe, Tadashi Takezaki, Akira Nomoto, Takeshi Shimizu
Chief Producers: Toshihiro Nagoshi, Osamu Ohashi
Executive Producer: Okitane Usui

Sega of America, Inc.

President/COO: Masanao Maeda
Senior VP Product Development: Bret Berry
Senior Producer, Localization: Patrick Riley
Assoicate Producer, Localization: Samuel Mullen
Assoicate Creative Producer: Ethan Einhorn
Development Operations Director: John Merlino
Executive VP of Marketing And Sales: Alan Pritchard
Senior VP of Publishing and Content: Rob Lightner
Senior Publishing Manager: Katrin Darolle
Senior Director Of Marketing: Darren Williams
Senior Brand Managers: Judy Gilbertson, Erica Mason
Brand Managers: David Allen, Dan Gallardo
Senior Public Relation Manager: Fabian Doehla
Public Relations Manager: Thu Nguyen
Manager of Media and Events: Teri Higgins
Creative Services Manager: Jen Groeling
Associate Production Manager: Heather Lucchetti
Advertising Production Specialist: May Disbrow
Graphic Designer: Marco Garcia
First Party Manager: Sarah Elliott
Senior Director of Sales: Keith Gerhardt
Senior Director of Sales Operations: Laurie Mendez
Director of Channel Marketing: Scott Lambrecht
Senior Director of Channel Programs: Anna Nguyen
Senior Finance Manager: Jasen Chin
Senior Operations Manager: Tom Dudley
Senior Purchasing Coordinator: Lu Luna
Inventory and Materials Coordinator: Andy Navarro
Licensing Manager: Jerry Chu
Licensing Specialist: Cindy Chau
Senior Web Producer: Marjorie Puruganan
Associate Web Producer/Editor: Jacqueline Lee
Senior Web Designer: Annie Shaw
Video Production Manager: Carl Smolka
Assistant Video Editor: Greg Ammen
Community Managers: Kellie Parker, Julian Mehlfield
Assistant Community Manager: Aaron Webber
Customer Support Manager: Robert Miles
QA Manager: Mark Cartwright
QA Supervisors: Shawn Dobbins, Demetrius Griffin
Senior QA Lead: Anthony Banks
Assistant Lead Tester: Aaron Keillor
Testers: Terry Campbell, Willie Shu
Standards Supervisor: Stephen Akana
Standards Leads: John Belcher
Standards Assistant Leads: Jake Alejo, Dan Buchman, Tim Erbil
Standards Testers: Maxfield Atturio, Lina Ariana, Christian Sutton, Bernard De La Torre
Text Proofreading: Teresa Guest, Junior Sison, Camden Tayler
Quality Assurance Coordinator: Vincent Theriault
Fuctionality Testers: Nicolas Roy, Jared Duggan, Leana Mastromonaco, Robert Neszt, Christopher Setien Estevez, Chris Wylie
Compaliance Testers: Steve Brassard, Dominic Lavigne, Terry Smeltzer
Mastering Lab Supervisor: Rey Buzon
Mastering Lab Technicians: Chris Rilles
Hardware Technician: Matt Ellison
Transtation: Inbond
Special Thanks: Keith Dwyer, Jason Kuo, Team Globetrotter

Sega Europe, Ltd.

President/COO: Mike Hayes
Development Director: Gary Dunn
Director of European Marketing: Gary Knight
Head Of Studio, Locallsation: Kuniyo Matsumoto
Producer, Locallsation: Jun Yoshino
Senior European PR Executive: Kerry Martyn
Sonic Brand Director: David Corless
Senior Brand Manager: Helen Lawson
Assistant Brand Manager: James Bray
Head of Creative Services: Alison Peat
Traffic Manager: Jeff Webber
Artwork Manager: Morgan Gibbons
Multimedia Producer: Elliot Kidner
CS Team: Ranjan Vekaria, Ami Bilkhu, Akane Hiraoka
Online Marketing Manager: Charlotte Mills
Head of Online Services: Adam Hance
Online Project Manager: Mellisa Terrelonge
Web Development Lead: David Felton
Lead Interactive Design Manager: Nick McKenzie
Senior Web Designer: Mac Adnac
Senior Community Manager: Kevin Eva
Web Designer: Nick McKenzie
Head of Development Services: Mark Le Breton
Production Manager: Ben Howell
Resource Manager: Ben Jackson
Locallsation Manager: Marta Lois Gonzalez
Locallsation Project Manager: Gluseppe Rlzzo
Locallsation Team: Antonella Marras, Antonio Catanese, Carole Kunzelmann, Jesus Alvarez, Nicole Thomer, Tatjana Nath, Daniela Kaynert, Luis J, Paredes, Ronan Salon, Sebastian Perez Salguero, Sophie Paleologos, Giuseppe Rosa
Mastering Dept, Manager: Dave Pither
Mastering Teahnician: Phil Adams
Assistant Mastering Teahnician: Cara Gifford-Pitcher
Project Lead: Samuel Morgan
Compliance Coordinator: Chris Barnett
Compliance Senior Tester: Matthew Pearson
Compliance Tester: John Collins
Language Supervisor: Alessandro Irranca
Language Team Leader: Ruggero Varisco
Language Assistant Team Leader: Rafael Bermudez Calvar
Language Senior Testers: Pedro Gonzalez, Paolo Stanner
Language Testers: Gabriel Baudon, Serenella Grimaldi, Durescwar Loun, Chiara Canu, Marcis Laqua, Gilen Mejiuto, Muriel Barthes
Functionality Supervisor: Juile Metior
Administration and Finance Coordinator: Chris Bien
QA Administrator: Chirs Geiles
Shift Monitors: Chirs Bailey, Tony Langan
Special Thanks: Shinobu Yokota, Takashiro Uno, Yoshiro Osaki, ZElect
Cooperated Companies: O-TWO inc., Xean inc., FUN Unit inc.
Sound Designed By: Dolby Digital
Created by: Sonic Team
Presented by: Sega

Physical Scans

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Xbox 360, JP (Platinum)
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Xbox 360, DE
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