Sega today began shipping Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity for both the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 2. The game, as its name implies, is a racing game with the high speeds Sonic and Co. are known for.
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity gives players the ability to control gravity with two new moves: Gravity Control and Gravity Dive. Gravity Control changes the laws of physics, altering courses by turning walls into tracks and creating alternate paths to access new shortcuts and Item Boxes. Gravity Dive, meanwhile, is a gravity-defying power that causes objects to hurtle through the air at high speeds. Using Gravity Dive, players can also grind on objects floating through the air and refill their gravity meter giving them increased air time
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity features 18 playable characters, 12 characters from the first Sonic Riders game (Sonic, Knuckles, Tails etc.) and six new to the Riders universe. The game also includes a series of 60 advanced racing vehicles, some of which can be evolved either through power-ups or using collected rings in the store.
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity a single-player Story Mode and several additional challenges that are available for both single and multiplayer gamers. Multiplayer modes can be played by up to four players and include Survival Relay (run the relay using Gear as batons), Survival Ball (use Gravity Control to shoot the ball and score), Survival Battle (slam foes with objects using the Gravity powers) and the unlockable World Grand Prix, where players can unlock a circuit and race for the ultimate racing challenge.
Gamers can also take their Wii multiplayer selves online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, but not for direct competition. Instead, players can upload high scores to the international rankings or race against the ghost of players from around the world.