Sonic Forces: Speed Battle is a lane-based multiplayer racing game from Hard Light, and based on Sega’s newest Sonic the Hedgehog (because of course). It’s a fairly straightforward matter of lane switching and obstacle avoidance, for the most part, but when you add other players to the mix things can get rather dicey. Gamezebo’s Sonic Forces: Speed Battle tips, cheats and strategies will help you figure out how to stay at the head of the pack.
Gotta Go Fast
- Try to collect as many rings as you can. The more rings you collect, the faster you go. And of course, the faster you go the better chance you have to come in first – or at least not dead last.
- Grab those power-ups. These are usually spread out across all of the available racing lanes, but sometimes you’ll find one or two tucked away in tricky spots. Regardless, power-ups are very handy when it comes to slowing other racers down or speeding yourself up.
- Know your power-up basics. There are lots of different power-ups, but they generally fall into 5 categories: Rings, Shields, Projectiles, Obstacles, and Speed Boosts. Rings will earn you additional rings after a race, Shields temporarily protect you from damage, Projectiles fire ahead of you and will stick to a single lane (potentially damaging and slowing any other racers that are hit), Obstacles create obstacles that damage/slow racers slightly ahead of your character in three of the four racing lanes (leaving your lane free), and speed boosts make your character run faster for a brief time.
- Always look ahead. Tracks are littered with all sorts of obstacles (not just player-made ones) that will require you to change lanes, jump, or slide along the ground to avoid them. If you aren’t wary, there’s a good chance you’ll crash into them and slow down.
- Beware of choke points. Some tracks have areas where the number of lanes will be temporarily reduced. If you aren’t paying attention you just might run right off the track.
- Tracks are not random. Not knowing when other players might use a power-up does add some randomness to each race, but the tracks themselves don’t change. This means that you can start to memorize the placement of obstacles, power-ups, track splits, and so on if you spend enough time playing.
- You can change lanes while jumping/sliding. It’s a small detail, but it can be very important when you’re in the middle of a bunch of player-driven chaos.
- Change lanes constantly when you’re not in last place. You still want to keep an eye out for track obstacles, of course, but whenever anyone is behind you there’s always the chance that they’ll launch a projectile at you. By changing lanes regularly, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding a fireball to the butt.
- You can destroy enemies for additional coins. Sometimes you’ll see enemy robots on the track, and they basically act as obstacles. However, if you can jump into them you’ll be able to destroy them, and they’ll give you a few coins in the process.
- Collect character “pieces” to unlock and upgrade. As you race or open chests (earned from racing or as a daily allowance) you’ll start to collect bits of various characters. Once you earn enough – denoted by the number that appears under their portrait – you can spend rings to unlock them or increase their level.
- Higher levels result in better passive bonuses. Each character will earn some sort of bonus when they attain a new level, but it varies depending on who you upgrade. For example, at the right level Tails will be able to start a race with a few extra coins. These bonuses are worth keeping in mind when choosing a racer.
- Pay attention to your Star Runner. Every 24 hours a character will be designated your Star Runner given a 2X rewards bonus (this is done automatically, you have no control over when or who). If you race with a character that has this bonus, all of your winnings will be doubled. This applies to whatever you get out of the chest you earn at the end of a race, whether its rings or character bits. So, you know, maybe consider using them for a bit to try and earn goodies a little faster.
- Keep racing to reach new tiers. By not coming in last all the time (occasionally easier said than done) you’ll earn trophies. Once you’ve earned enough trophies you’ll unlock a higher racing tier that provides greater challenges and rewards. Though you can lose trophies if you perform poorly, so don’t take your races lightly.