Sonic R (2004)

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Sonic R
Sonic R cover
Developers
Traveller's Tales
Publishers
Sega
Release dates
Windows 2004
Sonic R (2004) guide at StrategyWiki
Sonic R (2004) at Wikipedia
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This page is for the rare 2004 port. For the original 1998 release, see Sonic R (1998).

Key points

Compatible with recent operating systems.
Bigger modding scene.
The network mode is nearly completely removed.
The graphics settings menu is made inaccessible and when manually accessed, many functions are disabled.

General information

Sonic News Network - A massive wiki for the Sonic the Hedgehog universe
Sonic Retro - A huge fan site for everything Sonic the Hedgehog.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Use launch command "ignorecd" or use Sonic R Mod Loader to bypass disc check.
Windows
This game is not available digitally.
This port is exceedingly rare and release information is poorly documented. It is currently thought that it has been released only in Portugal, UK and Australia. Copies of it are also not clearly labeled, instead appearing as a reprint of the original 1998 game.[1]
It is possible to update 1998 port to this 2004 port with the below essential improvements included by using Sonic R Updater.

Essential improvements[edit]

Sonic R Mod Loader[edit]

  • Sonic R Mod Loader fixes a runtime bug causing poor framerate on modern hardware, removes the disc check, adds support for mods, custom resolution, windowed mode, widescreen support, borderless fullscreen, and supports loading music from the installation folder instead of the disc.
Install and use Sonic R Mod Loader
  1. Download Sonic R Mod Loader.
  2. Extract archive contents into installation folder.
  3. Copy "music" folder from your disc to the installation folder.
  4. Run SonicRModManager.exe.
  5. Click "Install Loader".
  6. Tweak settings to your heart's content, when you want to play, click "Save & Play".

Change Draw Distance[edit]

Use hidden hotkeys[2]
  • Use F1 to decrease draw distance setting.
  • Use F2 to increase draw distance setting.
Settings above 6 can cause minor transparency graphical bugs with shield power-ups.
This setting goes up to 16.

Mods[edit]

  • RemoveStrays - A fix for various graphical bugs tied to how the game maps textures for the UI.
  • ADX Music - A mod to use more efficient looping ADX format audio for music instead, opting for improved version of tracks from the Sega Saturn version in some cases.
  • Music R - A mod that changes most if not all of the music in the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\sonicr.inf

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\
<path-to-game>\ghost
<path-to-game>\bin\demos
Saves are stored in <path-to-game>\save
Time Attack Ghosts are stored in <path-to-game>\ghost
Recorded Replay Demos are stored in <path-to-game>\bin\demos

Video settings[edit]

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Controller support[edit]

To use XInput-based controllers, using XInput Plus is required.
Use XInput Plus[3]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set the Target Program to Sonic R.exe.
  3. Go to the Key Assign tab, then go to Left Stick and assign it to Multiple Key, then check Left Stick and DPAD.
  4. Go to the DirectInput tab, and check Enable DirectInput Output, then go to its Advanced sub-section tab then click Detect under DeviceID to identify each controller for multiplayer by following the on-screen instructions.
  5. Click Customize, then assign Left/Right Trigger as Button 7/8, Back/Start as Button 9/10, Left/Right Stick Button as Button 11/12, and Guide button as Button 13.
  6. Click Apply to save settings and install DLLs into the installation folder. The game should be able to register XInput D-pad and analog triggers as DirectInput buttons.

Audio settings[edit]

Sound settings
Sound settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music volume is new to the 2004 port.
Surround sound
Game audio is always stereo.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Sonic R Mod Loader changes this so the music is audible when focus is lost due to bass_vgmstream support being added.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Versus
LAN play
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues fixed[edit]

Game runs at unstable framerate on modern hardware[edit]

Sonic R Mod Loader fixes a runtime bug causing poor framerate on modern hardware, removes the disc check, adds support for mods, custom resolution, windowed mode, widescreen support, borderless fullscreen, and supports loading music from the installation folder instead of the disc.
Install and use Sonic R Mod Loader
  1. Download Sonic R Mod Loader.
  2. Extract archive contents into installation folder.
  3. Copy "music" folder from your disc to the installation folder.
  4. Run SonicRModManager.exe.
  5. Click "Install Loader".
  6. Tweak settings to your heart's content, when you want to play, click "Save & Play".

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 9
Shader Model support 2
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB 40 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX-compatible sound card

References