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SEGA took pretty much every character they could think of from the Sonic titles, added in Banjo and Kazooie (so popular they got their name on the front cover), Billy Hatcher, Ryo, and a dozen others and gave them all racing carts, to great effect I must say.
This is a very tight little package. The single player mode is incredibly meaty (missions and the three levels of grand prix will keep you busy for days, easily), with plenty of unlockables and goodies, and the multiplayer racing is smooth and fun as can be. It’s a win-win for gamers with kids and Sega fans alike – finally, a Sonic game that you don’t need to be 10 years old to enjoy.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing could well have been a disaster for Sega, it could of seen them laughed at from all sides, with what looked every bit like a cash in on Nintendo's success with Mario Kart. What we got though was not only a fine casual racing game, we have what is possibly the one of finest kart racing games since 1992. There are niggles in the multi-player aspect with a lack of user options, however the single player offering and the actual on track action more than make up for it.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie isn't a perfect kart racing title, but it is very close and matches up well against Mario Kart Wii in that respect. Extremely die-hard Sega fans will complain about the lack of representation from other well-known Sega franchises, and the online multiplayer just isn't as strong as one expects. Everything else, however, works very well from both cosmetic and mechanical standpoints. Unless you absolutely hate kart racers, there's very little reason for you to not have this title in your gaming library.
Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing may not be perfect, however it shines in all the right places offering hours of endless next generation entertainment and adrenaline pumping racing that even the mighty Mario Kart would be envious of. It is time to dash to the shops and take a spin with our blue hedgehog friend yet again as SEGA fans like myself can finally hold our head high thrusting our fist into the air with a huge sense of relief and joy. Yes Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing is actually worthy and will hopefully help raise the bar for future releases.
All Stars isn’t an overly ambitious racing game and won’t turn the kart racing genre on its head. It has some minor framerate issues and the varied character selection is at odds with the less varied bevy of tracks. What the game does successfully and, brace yourselves, better than its Mario Kart predecessor, are refinements in gameplay that help bring some more depth to the genre.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is the kind of game that you expect to be yet another failed attempt to overthrow Mario Kart, but it ends up giving it a run for its money. It is certainly not as deep or as finely tuned, but it is definitely one of the better kart racing games to come along since the notorious CTR. If you have any love for the SEGA world, or simply do not own a Wii this game is a must own. It is the closest the two HD consoles will likely ever get to the classic franchise, and quite honestly it is better in some aspects.
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With all of the ways to play, vehicles, environments, and all-around fun, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is a top-notch arcade racer for any fan of the genre. It looks great, sounds great, and is a joy to play. But where it really shines is the fantastic cast of characters picked from Sega’s illustrious history. If you are a fan of the arcade racing or kart-racing genre, I heartily recommend this title. It will keep you busy for hours and hours of fun.
The single player mode does ramp up the difficulty early on in the piece so don’t expect to blitz it like many arcade racers, it does present a worthy challenge. But as with the mighty Mario Kart, Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing has its focus firmly on the multiplayer whether it be online or splitscreen with some mates.
With its multitude of references to Sega games past and present, Sega Racing will be most appreciated by those who are familiar with the company’s rich history, dating back to the Master System. But as a generic racer it is nonetheless heaps of fun even for those who just about recognise Sonic, let alone Billy Hatcher!
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In the end, SSASR is a great alternative for those who've already clocked a ton of time racing through the Mushroom Kingdom or those who simply don't have that option. With its tight controls, slick HD visuals, well designed courses, gamut of both obscure and popular characters, and enjoyable modes, SSASR is simply a wonderful racing experience. It's been a long dry spell for the Sonic fans craving a console game involving the character that didn't disappoint, but thankfully, that wait has finally come to an end.
Let’s be frank, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie (how’s that for a long descriptive title?) doesn’t do anything all that different from Mario Kart or the dozens of other arcade racers of this particular ilk. In fact, it’s fair to say that Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie is basically just Mario Kart with Sega characters, at one time the opposing army to Mario and crew in the great console wars. But what’s not fair is to reduce it to that and hold that fact against S&SASRwBK. It’s still a fantastically fun game, with oodles of nostalgia backed up by some seriously good track design and a plethora of game types that can be enjoyed by oneself or in a group. Who needs a Wii to enjoy some good old fashioned license-parading kart racing?
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is exactly what you would expect from looking at its cover: a kart racing game with Sonic and buddies. But beneath that simple picture lies a well crafted racing game that will entertain Sega fans and Sega newbies alike. On the Wii, Mario Kart Wii is still the premiere kart racer, but there’s no doubt that this is the best racing of its kind to be found on the PS3 and 360 at present. Anyone looking for a fun romp through the Sega universe will be pleased with this title.
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Overall, Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing is a fun little game. It's no Forza, but it is entertaining. If you're looking for a fun little racer, and especially if you're a fan of SEGA's games, then you'll enjoy your time with it.
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Older gamers will certainly long for the Crash Team Racing and Mario Kart days, while Sonic's outing here may not have outdone these predecessors, it's certainly the most feature packed family party game on the Xbox 360 with its fantastic split-screen gameplay, and even more unexpected, online multiplayer. Certainly then, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is an absolute must-buy for the family home.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing offers a great (if not better) alternative to the all-too-familiar Mario Kart formula. Perhaps this sudden challenge to Nintendo's throne will cause them to innovate with their next game, but until then, racing fans will have plenty of fun with Sega's entry. If you're a Sega fan, this is history in a game disc, and you'll find yourself oohing and ahhing at all of the reminders from your childhood. Finally, if you're looking for something different to play, this offers a great variation on the kart-racing genre, and it's a game that shouldn't be missed.
Far from a cheap attempt at a slice of the kart-racing pie, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is an exhilarating ride. The intricate and well-thought-out track designs and highly addictive gameplay bring it closer than most to dethroning the almighty Mario Kart.
Chances are if you’ve been gaming for a number of years then a lot of Sega All-Stars Racing’s appeal will be in the various memories tied to many of the games referenced here. If you’re a Sega super-fan then you’ll be in heaven (even the $32,500 chance to purchase Alex Kidd from the in-game store as a playable character is Primark-like value). Sega Superstars Tennis made clever use of Sega’s history, but not to the extent evidenced here. Mario Kart may still hold the crown overall but All-Stars Racing is certainly the closest Sega has come to its own Smash Bros, and in its own little way suggests that, putting aside the welcome updates of classic franchises like After Burner, the still-mighty company has finally learnt to accept – and even revel – in its status outside of the hardware race.
All Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing had to do was not be completely terrible, but Sumo Digital ignored Sonic's awful racing pedigree and produced a pretty darn good kart racer. Unapologetically cloning Mario Kart was a step in the right direction, and layering Sega's rich history through every twist and turn wasn't a bad move either. There's plenty of room for improvement (especially online), but younger audiences won't care, Sega fans might be too infatuated with nostalgia to notice, and everyone else - well I suppose they'll be waiting for Mod Nation Racers.
Whichever version of Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing you choose you're going to get a well produced, fun arcade racer, with enough tracks and unlockables to keep you playing for a long time. Yes, it has taken more than a bit from Nintendo's karting series, but it has enough of its own style to make it worth a look even if you're a die-hard Nintendo gamer. Dare I say it, SEGA has finally given us another good Sonic game.
Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing may not have a whole lot in the gameplay department that it can call its own, but Sumo Digital took what worked and built a SEGA-themed experience that captures what makes the company's games so memorable. This racer is surprisingly deep and robust, and even with its unoriginal design it's a great time no matter which version you get.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is een heerlijk ongecompliceerde kartgame die zowel alleen als met vrienden de moeite waard is. De game mag dan niet de originaliteitprijs winnen, maar afwisselende tracks, personages en een hoge mate van herspeelbaarheid maken deze titel tot een waardige concurrent voor Mario Kart.
Although the core of Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is obviously pulled straight out of Mario Kart, this wacky racer can stand on its own four wheels. The tight controls and excellent track design ensure that head-to-head competition is always exciting, but it's so fun just to play around with these karts that it’s easy to lose hours climbing the online leaderboards in Time Trial mode. All-Star Racing may not push the genre forward in any meaningful way, but it builds so well on established themes that it doesn't even matter.
I might give this game a lot of crap for being a personality-free version of past Mario Kart games, but I'll admit that I had fun with it. The powerslide-heavy focus of this kart racer gives the game a nice feel, and I had trouble putting it down, resulting in a couple of sessions that lasted for quite a few hours. It's no Mario Kart Wii, but it is the best kart racer on the HD consoles, and for that I gladly recommend it.
Das lange Warten hat sich gelohnt! Mit Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing hat Sega endlich eine gute Alternative im Funracer-Genre parat. Zwar hat Klempner Mario aus dem Hause Nintendo immer noch die Pole Position inne, aber viele kleine Verbesserungen und eine fast schon dreiste Kopie des Grundgerüsts machen aus Sonic ein richtig unterhaltsames Rennspiel. Die Stärken liegen dabei klar im Mehrspieler-Modus, der euch und eure Freunde begeistern wird. Profis auf diesem Gebiet werden auf Dauer aber zu wenige Herausforderungen haben. Dennoch rast Sonic auf einen beachtsamen zweiten Platz. Mario Kart hat einen ernsthaften Konkurrenten bekommen!
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Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, may not offer the most compelling single player racing experience but does feature a good level of variety. However, just like most casual games it is best played via its various multiplayer modes which by far give the best and quite an enjoyable experience. If you’re a huge fan of past Mario Kart games, then the game could be just what you’re looking for.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing ist ein guter Mario Kart-Klon - aber es hätte ein hervorragender Konkurrent sein können! Mit etwas mehr Feintuning bei der Technik, mehr Auswahl an Fahrzeugen sowie einem besseren Balancing der Extras samt Windschatten wäre die Sega-Truppe den Erzrivalen von Nintendo sehr dicht auf die Pelle gerückt. Doch mit der instabilen Bildrate, einer oft unsinnigen Item-Verteilung und dem etwas kurzen Karrieremodus bleiben Sonic & Co leider hinter den Erwartungen und ihren Möglichkeiten zurück.
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What we have here at the end of the day is a thoroughly solid kart racer, that while almost entirely unoriginal, delivers solidly when it comes to gameplay. The nostalgia factor is strongly delivered; less robustly than Smash Bros. but certainly more than Mario Kart. Whether it’s a better game than Mario Kart or not probably depends more on whether you’re in the Nintendo or Sega camp moreso than the gameplay, which is more or less identical in both titles. If you’re a big Sega fan or a fan of kart racers, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing will do the job nicely.
Though it has some hiccups, unexciting party modes, and a questionable difficulty curve, All-Stars Racing is a respectable effort that makes a good kart racer at its core (and is at least much more cohesive than Sega Superstars Tennis). But, again, it's storied Sega fans that will get the most out of the game -- because, really, who else is going to recognize or care about racing as the cartoon lovers from the Japan-only House of the Dead EX?
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a direct copy of Mario Kart and offers nothing new. People without a Wii may find it a perfect replacement and will certainly appreciate the pick-up & play level. Sonic & his friends don't do bad and deliver - despite the shortcomings - an amusing kart racer for young & old, SEGA fan or not.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, may not offer the most compelling single player racing experience but does feature a good level of variety. However, just like most casual games it is best played via its various multiplayer modes which by far give the best and quite an enjoyable experience. If you’re a fan of past Mario Kart games but don’t own a Wii, then the game could be just what you’re looking for.
Förutom att det händer att man fastnar i omgivningen, att det är lite avskalat online och att jag saknar ett samarbetsläge så är Sonic och Segas gokartspel faktiskt väldigt bra. Inte långt från en åtta. Kontrollen är skarp, det finns mängder av spellägen och utmaningar och att spela fyra på samma konsol är i klass med Mario Kart Wii. Att Sonic skulle behöva ratta en gokart för att komma i form var minst sagt oväntat.
It comes with deep regret that Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo and Kazooie decided to take a route that doesn’t appeal to all demographics. In the past, complaints arose when the Mario Kart franchise decided to opt for more drift-heavy gameplay with less concentration on shortcuts. It’s in this same regard that Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing fails; it’s primarily a racer that focuses too much on drifting and not enough time on having a joy ride.
What the game does excel at is nostalgic indulgence. For SEGA die-hards, there's inevitable appeal in a game that boasts such surreal sights as Shenmue's Ryo racing across a gigantic roulette wheel against Opa-Opa, the Bonanza Bros and Alex Kidd. You'll have unlocked all the characters and wallowed in enough SEGA branding all too soon however, and what's left is merely a pretty good karting game with a few nice flourishes, a couple of clunky design decisions and a whole garage full of Mario's leftovers.
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