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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 Collecting and holding diamonds earns you points in this mode - and makes you a valid target for your friends.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Windows Drifting is the main way to get a boost.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Windows That's how you will see most of the game, since the boost is very important.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Windows I won the race (did you expect otherwise?)!

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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Gamer.nl Windows Mar 05, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Feb 23, 2010 16 out of 20 80
GameSpot Xbox 360 Feb 23, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Mar 26, 2010 7.8 out of 10 78
GameStar (Germany) Windows Mar 04, 2010 73 out of 100 73
4Players.de iPad Jun 24, 2011 72 out of 100 72
4Players.de iPhone Jun 24, 2011 72 out of 100 72
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Mar, 2010 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Feb 26, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult Xbox 360 Feb 22, 2010 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

References

The PS3 version of the game is referenced in the fourth episode of the first season of the 2013 American television drama series Rectify. A lead character Daniel Holden sees a display with the game at a supermarket, but does not know how to start or control the game. It contrasts with events earlier in the episode and in the episode before, where he played the Genesis version of the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, also with the Sonic character, is used deliberately to show how much games evolved during the time he was in prison and since the last time he had an opportunity to play them when he was young.
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