Sonic Riders

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Sonic Riders
Sonic Riders cover
Developers
Sonic Team
Publishers
Sega
Engines
Sega NN Graphics Library[1]
Release dates
Windows November 17, 2006
Reception
IGDB 70
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Hovercraft, Motorcycle
Art styles Anime, Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Riders on IGDB
Sonic Riders guide on StrategyWiki
Sonic Riders on MobyGames
Sonic Riders on Wikipedia
Sonic CD (1996) 1996
Sonic's Schoolhouse 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R (1998) 1998
Sonic R (2004) 2004
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic 3D Blast (2010) 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

No in-game quit option. Must use Alt+F4 to quit.
3-4 player modes from the console versions are absent on the PC version and can only be played with up to 2 players.
Unfavorable to the console versions in many ways, including missing graphical elements (such as the heat wave effect in Egg Factory), characters' pupils being stationary in Story Mode cutscenes, FMV playback occasionally being choppy, and several in-game lines being excluded.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
Available in the "Sonic PC Collection" bundle.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\Config.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\Game Data##\save.dat[Note 2]

Video[edit]

External graphics and sound settings
External graphics and sound settings

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Change FOV with Cheat Engine[citation needed]
  1. Download and install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download the WSGF attachment.
  3. Use the included Cheat Table file to adjust the FOV values.
Change FOV with hex edit[citation needed]
  1. Open d3dx9_25.dll with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offset 0x3F9A9.
  3. Replace bytes 00 00 80 BF with bytes representing your float value multiplier at a negative value (default multiplier is -1.0). Remember to invert the byte order to Little Endian.

Notes

Use this online float to hex converter.
If the code is replaced with the command to jump to allow the extending of vertical fov at 0x3F9A9, replace bytes 00 00 80 3F at 0x1F8F3A with bytes representing your float value multiplier in a positive value (default multiplier here is 1.0).
FOV multiplier values lower than -0.75 or 0.75 will also cause blue clipping on geometry.

Input[edit]

External gamepad settings
External gamepad settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher only works with Keyboard & Mouse.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Lacks native support. Use DS4Windows as a workaround.
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Despite a vibration option being available in the Options menu, it does not seem to work when enabled.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for BGM and SE/VOICE available in the external launcher.
Surround sound
Supports up to 7.1.[4]
Subtitles
Limited to cutscenes in Story Mode only; cannot be disabled. Voiced dialogue during races, such as pre and post-race lines and play-by-play commentary, are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

In-game text language settings
In-game text language settings
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Japanese
Spanish
Castilian.
French
German
Italian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Versus
The PC version supports 4 player gameplay like the console versions without issues. However, the developers decided to disallow 4 players in the game's menu code and did not implement reading of inputs for players 3 and 4 (their input data is still stored). Through hacking, playing 4 players is possible.[5]
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed[edit]

Occasional freezes during the loading screen[edit]

Update the d3dx9_25.dll file[citation needed]
  1. Go to %Windir%\system32.
  2. Copy the latest d3dx9_.dll file, which happens to be d3dx9_43.dll, to the game directory.
  3. Delete the original d3dx9_25.dll from the game directory.
  4. Rename d3dx9_43.dll to d3dx9_25.dll.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III or AMD equivalent running at 1.0 GHz or higher
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D compatible video card
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other DirectSound-compatible sound card, Windows compatible keyboard and mouse
Windows 98SE and ME also launch the game fine, but are not officially supported.

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. Verified by User:Sewer56lol on 2019-11-03
    Confirmed via checking file formats and embedded strings in executable: nn Ver 1.18.43 Build:Sep 14 2006 15:08:29, SEGA NN Library for Direct G1.1
  2. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  3. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  4. Verified by User:MasterBlaster on 2020-05-09
    Tested in 7.1 using Orban Loudness Meter in conjunction with Razer Surround.
  5. Verified by User:Sewer56lol on 2019-11-03
    I will make a patch for this someday. [https://forums.sonicretro.org/index.php?threads/sonic-riders-pc-hacking-info.28359/#post-919475 Relevant forum post.)