Summary: So is Sonic Racing worth picking up? Well you need to ask yourself two questions. First, do you want to play a Mario Kart style kart racer on the PS3? Second, how big of a Sega fan are you? Because if you don’t like kart racers, Sonic Racing will do nothing to win you over. And if you don’t like Sega, you’re not going to see the charm in things like Samba De Amigo forming conga lines and Amy Rose hitting people with her Piko Piko hammer.
Conclusion: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is exactly what it should be: a fun, easy-to-play arcade-based puzzle platformer with lots of shooting for good measure. Mechanically the game works perfect, it is fast-paced but smooth and kept as simple as possible. Furthermore the game is good value for money as long as you are expecting a top-notch arcade game and not a strip tease. Unfortunately for those looking for the latter, the only skirt in the game is worn by Totec.
Conclusion: As Sonic enters a critical stage in his gaming career, this karting spin-off should be deemed a success. It's a lot of fun, visually pleasing and nods towards players who've been with SEGA since the dreaded Dreamcast days. Hopefully, the DLC will flesh this out even more, and will provide a host of equally exciting new characters and circuits to blast through.
Excerpt: It's true that Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing is incredibly similar in terms of game design to a certain other kart racing series. While Mario Kart rules the racing roost, with sales to back it up, SEGA's been making arcade-style racing games since the dawn of time (well, the 1980s).
Excerpt: remains one of my favorite games of all time and to this day, the cartridge still sits right next to the SNES in my bedroom. On the one hand, when it comes to racers featuring real cars and real locations, I really only have the time and motivation for the super simulators like
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Even before reading this review, if you’re already thinking that this is just Mario Kart with Sega characters, then, well… you’re right. But in it’s defense, it’s actually quite good. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing’s cast include characters from titles such as Sonic, Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead, Super Monkey Ball and Samba De Amigo. They’re all rather cutesy, even the serious characters like the ones from Virtua Fighter.
Excerpt: Nintendo’s plucky plumber has had a vice-grip on the console go-kart racer market. Crash Bandicoot, the animals from Madagascar , and even the Nicktoons have tried to usurp Mario from this throne, only to be completely outclassed. Finally, he may have met his match, and fittingly, it’s from an all-too-familiar archnemesis. Sonic the Hedgehog brings his friends from the house of Sega into the racer genre in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing .
Excerpt: Super Mario Kart remains one of my favorite games of all time. I can play it at a moment's notice, have a total blast and keep doing so long after everyone else in the vicinity is ready to head to bed or work or whatever it is that normal people do. While I've enjoyed the many kart racing titles that followed, none of them have lived up to the original in my eyes.