Conclusion: 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.
Conclusion: There’s probably no greater feeling in gaming than that of a welcome surprise. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing works hard to surprise, enthral and thrill players, with a polished title that pays homage to its nostalgia with well-executed gameplay, rather than relying upon it. Ultimately Sumo Digital and SEGA are to be commended with a racer that is a perfect marriage of universally beloved fandom and universally appreciated core videogame mechanics.
Excerpt: SEGA have been loose with their licenses lately, lending popular characters out to Nintendo while finding their own way to revitalize their history of gaming icons in mash-ups such as SEGA Superstars Tennis. In the same theme comes Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, a kart racer similar to Mario Kart, starring a collection of classic SEGA characters and iconic locations.
Summary: In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing sees Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in medieval castle ramparts, lush rain forests and bustling cities, all taken from the rich and varied universes of Sonic & SEGA.
Conclusion: Of course, you'll be doing a lot more than just slamming through hairpin turns and trying to land ridiculous leaps of faith. You pick up items as you make your way around the track, although these aggressive power-ups are not as exciting as the core racing action. You have a standard array of forward-striking missiles and tailgate-halting mines, and though they are often the key to victory, they are the weakest aspect of this game.
Pros: Tight controls with a great sense of speed, Well-designed courses with lots of variety, Good mix of characters, from the popular to the obscure, Racing against friends, online or offline, is a blast, Lots of unlockables to strive for.
Cons: Competitive play is limited to just four players, Tracks are so detailed it can be tough to see hazards.
Summary: As with the Wii version, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing may not do anything especially new in the character racing genre but it handles well, looks good and offers stacks of reasons to return. Whether multi- or single-player there’s plenty to recommend All-Stars Racing to handheld racing fans, and it even perhaps narrowly eclipses the already-excellent Wii version.