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Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

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Description

The easiest way to describe Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing would be to call it a Super Mario Kart clone. But instead of featuring famous Nintendo-characters like Mario and Bowser, the players use Sonic, Billy Hatcher, Dr. Eggman and 17 other more or less famous characters from the SEGA games library.

The core gameplay remains the same though: in a normal race the player has to compete against seven other racers using both his racing skills and one of the several different power ups that are scattered around the track like a boxing glove to shoot racers in front out of the way or mines to destroy his pursuers. Since all cars drive at the same speed, no matter which character they belong to, charging up the boost by doing drifts is the most important thing in order to get to first place. Tricks are also available to gain access to a turbo-boost. But the decision what racer and car to use does influence which All-Star-Action is available to the player. While Sonic the Hedgehog turns into Super Sonic for a short while, giving him a great amount of additional speed, Billy Hatcher lays egg-shells on the track to obstruct his followers. Like all other power-ups, the All-Star-Action has to be collected on the track first before it can be used.

The game features several different game-modes. In single player the player can either do time trials, single races, a Grand Prix or one of the several dozen missions that are available and require the player to fulfil many different goals other than simply being the first in a race. These goals include using one long drift to get to the finish line, roll over as many crows as possible or get to the finish line without destroying any pots and many more.

Multiplayer consists of a split screen mode for up to four players and an online mode (not available in the PC-version). Besides normal races several battle modes are waiting like King of the Hill or simple Deathmatch. Completing a mission or winning a race either in single player or in multiplayer earns the player SEGA miles which are used in the internal shop to unlock additional characters and tracks.

The Xbox 360-release features in addition to the SEGA characters and tracks also Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie - hence the additional subtitle.

Screenshots

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Windows Loading Screen
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Windows The intro-movie shows you the general feel of the game.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Windows Player three got hit by a glove - the camera on screen four on the other hand hits a pole.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Windows A fly-over introduces the levels.

Alternate Titles

  • "Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie" -- Xbox 360 title
  • "Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing mit Banjo-Kazooie" -- German Xbox 360 title
  • "Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Arcade" -- Arcade title

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The Press Says

Gamers Daily News Xbox 360 Mar 08, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
GameFocus PlayStation 3 Mar 22, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamer Limit Xbox 360 Mar 01, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendo Power Magazine Wii Mar, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies Wii Mar 04, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Blend Games Xbox 360 Mar 05, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamer.nl Xbox 360 Mar 05, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GameTrailers Xbox 360 Mar 09, 2010 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Wii Feb 24, 2010 76 out of 100 76
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Feb 26, 2010 6 out of 10 60

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