Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

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a game by Sumo Digital
Platforms: XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review, 2 reviews are shown
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Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

There's nothing quite as breezy and fun to pick up and play as a kart racing game and there are very few that are as jovial as Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. In the massive sea of kart racing clones, Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing sticks to its guns and offers a satisfying mix of Sega fan service and quality racing gameplay. A solid variety of modes offers plenty of reasons to replay races, while the steady progression system keeps you glued to the screen. Without beating around the bush, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a hugely underrated kart-racer and a great time no matter your age or skill level.

Main Game Features

  • 20 playable Sega characters
  • 24 tracks based on iconic Sega games
  • Solo and multiplayer modes

Gameplay

The concept of kart racing is far from new, as Mario Kart has proven the formula to be a successful one, when done well. In the same way that games like Mario Kart 8 celebrate the rich history of Nintendo, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing offers Sega fans a gloriously enjoyable racing game bursting with fan-favorite characters and stages. The controls are simple and your objective is as straightforward as it gets; speed past opponents and finish first to earn the title of the best Sega racer. At the start of the game, there are 12 characters to choose from, but you can unlock more as you work your way through the game. Regardless of which mode you play, you'll be burning rubber and drifting past opponents on a variety of stages, based on popular Sega games like Super Monkey Ball, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more. Like in Diddy Kong Racing, players can collect weapons and power-ups littered around each track, combining them for ultra-powerful boosts and gadgets. Additionally, you can race 3 different vehicle types, including karts, hovercrafts, and motorcycles.

Modes and Unlockables

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing does not have a traditional story mode or campaign, but instead offers a selection of solo and multiplayer modes for racers to enjoy. When playing by yourself, you have 4 modes to choose from, including Single Race, Time Trials, Missions, and Grand Prix. While none of these modes are truly unique, they offer a nice variety in gameplay styles, encouraging both quick racing and specialized play. When playing multiplayer, you can enjoy 5 different modes, including Arena, Free Race, Collect the Emeralds, Capture the Chao, and King of the Hill. Multiplayer modes support 4 players in split-screen and 8 players online, so there's more than enough room to invite all of your friends.

One of the best parts of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is its in-game shop, which lets you unlock new songs, tracks, and characters. As you win races and complete challenges, you'll earn Sega Miles, which can be cashed in to unlock a long list of items and cosmetics. While the standard roster includes many Sega characters like Sonic, Knuckles, and Dr. Eggman, you can unlock more deep-cut characters like Opa-Opa, Alex Kidd, and Shadow the Hedgehog. The in-game shop is always flooded with new goodies to unlock, so you'll always have something fun to discover.

Conclusion

There are lots of kart racing games, but more often than not, they're a pale imitation of other classics. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing might be uninspired in its concept, but the execution is notably fun, especially for fans of old-school Sega games. That said, even the newest of gamers can enjoy this bubbly racing game, thanks to its colorful visuals and upbeat soundtrack.

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Whether you're a longtime Sega fan or enjoy some casual racing with friends, we highly suggest you check out Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing!

Pros

  • Awesome courses
  • Lots of fan-service
  • Large variety of modes

Cons

  • No online rankings
  • Basic weapons and power-ups
  • No story mode

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Two Questions Spring to mind when playing this Mario Kart clone. The first is, "What the hell?" which may be repeated many times with varying levels of amusement and utter bewilderment. The second is, "Did the commentator really just talk about monkey balls?" Of the two, the second question is the easiest to answer: Yes. Yes he did. And it was really rather unsettling.

Like a cosplayer showing up for a funeral wearing a Starfox costume and attempting to do a barrel roll with the coffin, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing feels a little out of place on the PC.

That's not to say that it's a horrible console port. If anything, it's not even a port: it feels like a console emulation, right down to its insistence on referring to your PC as the "storage device" and refusing to acknowledge the existence of peripherals, such as a mouse.

When viewed and accepted as a console game that's got a little bit lost and wandered on to thr wrong platform, things aren't so bad. There are a multitude of levels, ranging from the world of Sonic to, oddly enough, The House of The Dead, and a wide variety of weird SEGA characters to pick from.

Gameplay is smooth, visuals are colourful and unashamedly jolly, and the game is full of catchy and nostalgic music. A few performance issue mar an otherwise fun little racer, and with unlockable tracks, music and characters, a series of challenge-based 'missions', the usual array of tournaments and single races, and the return of splitscreen multiplayer to the PC, it's hard to be too harsh on this deranged but loveable little blue entity.

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