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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sonic R, introducing...

Sonic R Updater

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Sonic R Updater is a patch for the PC ports of Sonic R. This patch will update any version of the game to the much more friendly 2004 port, with the Sonic R Mod Loader included, along with a few helpful mods for it.

The old 1998 port of Sonic R is notable for being difficult to run on modern hardware and up to date Windows installations due to well, mostly just how software has changed over time since '98.

A bit later, the game got a new port made in around 2004 sometime, and released nearly silently, to the point where it wasn't really known to exist up until a just a couple years ago. Being made in 2004, it was made with Windows XP in mind- which is one of the best supported Windows OS's to date. This means that even modern Windows OS's with modern hardware can run this game rather well with little in the way of actual work needing done. The port is so good that MainMemory put together Sonic R Mod Loader for it that makes the game even better.

As mentioned above, the 2004 port is rather difficult to come across, especially in the US, since it was never released there; So that's where Sonic R Updater sees it's main use; Making the best port of Sonic R accessible, and including the Sonic R Mod Loader and a couple mods as a pack-in.

Sonic R Updater has been tested with the following prints of Sonic R and is confirmed fully working for them, with automatic install detection.
Tested & Known Working:
  • Sonic R (1998) - Expert Software - USA
  • Sonic R (1998) - Expert Software (Bad Print w/o Music) - USA
  • Sonic R (1998) - Activision (Sonic Action 4 Pack, Twin 2 Pack) - USA
  • Sonic R (1998) - Empire Interactive / Grabit / Xplosiv (All Variants) - UK
  • Sonic R (2004) - GSP White Label (Double Pack w/ Sonic 3D Blast) - UK
  • Sonic R (2004) - Valusoft - AU
If you have a copy not listed here, let me know!
Features:
  • Can Install on top of the extremely common (and cheap) 1998 port of Sonic R, providing wider accessibility to the 2004 PC version of the game.
  • Runs perfectly on modern Windows installations, with little to no configuration required.
  • Installs the Sonic R Mod Loader into the game, allowing for robust modding support, as well as several additional features:
    • Removes the need for a disc to be inserted.
    • bass_vgmstream audio support with looping and pausing.
    • custom resolution with proper widescreen support.
    • properly bordered windowed mode with custom window size options.
    • better borderless windowed mode support.
    • improved game framerate stability for modern hardware.
    • an array of interesting cheat codes.
    • maybe even more as the mod loader is in active development.
  • Downloads the latest version of the Sonic R Mod Loader if possible during installation to make sure you're up to date at the time of install.
  • Includes RemoveStrays, a mod to fix various stray pixels in the Menu and HUD throughout the game.
  • Includes ADX Music, a mod that changes out the 2004 port's default '.son` files for much more space efficient '.ADX` format audio that even loops in some cases when appropriate.
  • Includes Saturn Style Colors, a mod that improves the lighting of the game to further match the Sega Saturn original and makes Radiant Emerald semi-transparent again.
  • Includes EggRobo Texture Fix, a mod that fixes a minor bug involving the texture of EggRobo.
Instructions:
  1. Install Sonic R from your retail disc or an ISO image on your PC wherever you'd like. (I recommend 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Sega\SonicR', personally.)
  2. Do not install DirectX 6 when prompted, and ignore any errors that appear after the installation completes from it trying to open the 1998 game. Ignore this step if you by some chance actually have the 2004 port, which also works.
  3. Download the latest Sonic R Updater and run it.
  4. It should auto-detect the installed location of Sonic R, simply click next or browse to the correct location in the event that it was unable to find the correct path.
  5. Proceed with the installation. Leave the box checked if you'd like to get familiar with the Sonic R Mod Manager right away.
  6. Shortcuts to 'Sonic R', 'Sonic R Mod Manager', and 'Sonic R Help` are all added to your Windows Start Menu, use the shortcuts there to play the game.
Download:
GitHub (Source)
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[Note: This is a mirror of the thread I posted on Sonic Retro but I figured some people here might like this, so I've decided to post it here too. Additional Download Mirrors are available there.]
 
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I recently updated this to include a mod by InvisibleUp that restores the in-game lighting to match the Sega Saturn version and the 1998 port when running in DirectDraw. It also restores translucency to Radiant Emerald.

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WHEN I get my hands on a proper Sega Saturn, I would like to give this game an honest try. I know it won't be able to use these updates, but maybe once I finish the original I will take a look at the new stuff added (somehow) in 2017.
 
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WHEN I get my hands on a proper Sega Saturn, I would like to give this game an honest try. I know it won't be able to use these updates, but maybe once I finish the original I will take a look at the new stuff added (somehow) in 2017.
The bulk of the improvements from Saturn to Sonic R PC are:
- Weather effects (All versions of Sonic R apart from the Saturn version had these)
- Improved Textures (All versions of Sonic R apart from the Saturn version had these)
- Better Draw Distance (All versions of Sonic R apart from the Saturn version had this)
- Custom Resolution Support including Widescreen (Added by to Sonic R Mod Loader by InvisibleUp & MainMemory last year)
- QoL PC Game Improvements (Windowed Mode, Borderless Fullscreen, Minor Bug Fixes, etc)
- This most recent update added the option to make the game appear more like the Saturn version, which up until now, only the 1998 version in DirectDraw mode looked similar to the Saturn version. (Lighting on Direct3D and all future ports was washed out due to various poor design choices made with that display mode)
 
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is there any better controls mod? XD
i like but i still have certain difficulty to play
The PC version of the game does and always will control better than the Saturn and Gems Collections versions.
Just make sure you edit the controls in the settings and map the cornering buttons too, the cornering buttons are important!
 

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Updated to 1.0.10 to correct two minor bugs.
  • Corrected a permissions issue, preventing the mod manager from working in rare cases.
  • Included the images for the help file, which for some reason were omitted.
 
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I have nostalgia for this game as I played it a lot on SEGA Saturn, but would I say it holds up? Nah, but it's kinda fun. :)
 

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