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: 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: Considering the success Nintendo have had farming their characters out across various games and genres over the past two decades and more, it’s surprising that it has taken Sega so long to follow suit. Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing is Sega’s own equivalent to Mario Kart ; there is a fairly impressive amount of content, with 20 Sega characters and 24 tracks themed around classic Sega games, as well as a host of challenges and online multiplayer, and with very little direct...
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: Tracks are more than eye candy. You'll find compelling venues that accommodate an absolutely essential drift system. Your opponents will generally spend more time drifting and boosting than they do driving in a straight line. When you try to mimic their vehicular wizardry, you'll realize just how ingeniously the environments were developed.