SEGA & Sonic All-Stars Racing Review

In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in medieval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA. Fan favorites such as Dr. Eggman, Tails, AiAi, Amigo and many more will join Sonic in their custom built vehicles, revving their engines and jostling to stay ahead of the pack. Each character will speed around the track in cars, planes, motorbikes, and in Aiai’s case – a banana mobile! Secret short cuts, swift handling and avoiding strategically placed obstacles are certainly the best way to get to the top of the podium. But winning is only part of the fun in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing! Each character has a specific All Star move – such as Super Sonic, Banana Blitz and Tails Tornado – that allows a quick way for competitors to get back into the race! Power ups and weapons can also be collected around the tracks and used against the opposition to ensure they don’t become a threat to that number one position. Battle it out in single or multiplayer mode, allowing up to four friends to race in frantic split-screen action, or up to eight players to compete online in the ultimate racing showdown.

Available on :

  • Wii
  • Nintendo DS
  • PlayStation3
  • Xbox 360
  • PC Download

All iconic Sega characters are given appointments on the circuit races unlikely to be hoped that the anthology. The first trailer for Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing leads one to predict fine reversals. Sega has announced the arrival in early 2010 SEGA & Sonic All-Stars Racing. Scheduled on different media (Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360), this racing game lets you take command of all kinds of vehicles in the company of characters from the world of Sonic and Sega. Along with Sonic, Dr. Robotnik, or Amigo you should try everything to reach the finish first. Take shortcuts, using special powers called "All Star" (Super Sonic Banana Blitz, Tails Tornado, etc..), Or recover weapons and bonus, will sometimes be the only way to get there. Playable only, Sonic & SEGA Racing All-Stars will also allow you to face up to three of your friends in split screen or up to seven friends online.

Game Plot :
After watching a tennis package made in Sega characters, nothing really surprises us now in the strategy of Japanese society, which seems to do everything they can to wring the last drops of awareness of its stars or more less illustrious, or has been, it depends. I must say that after the resounding success of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Sega’s family, though on this one assisted by the most powerful clan Nintendo is on track to make up the numbers in all directions in the years to come. One way to put on the front of the stage of old legends somewhat forgotten as Alex Kidd, rekindle the flame of nostalgia for the heyday of Sega, but mostly trying to popularize a universe that we must say, does not federates more than that out of Sonic.

The blue mascot is logical that the star of yet another clone of Mario Kart. Umpteenth in absolute yes, but not specifically at Sonic, because after a little research in our memories, there are really only had Sonic Drift Racing GameGear of which may be listed in this category (if we put Sonic R side of Saturn where the people were running and Sonic Riders, where he was to skate futuristic). We are thus left for a real Super Sonic Kart has not hesitated to invite between 30 and 40 characters from Sega franchises.

That made the world, of course with the guys from Sonic, as Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big the Cat and Dr. Eggman (Robotnik) and probably many others. We could also verify that Billy Hatcher, Amigo (Samba), Ryo Hazuki (Shenmue for), Alex Kidd, Beat (Jet Set Radio) and AiAi (Monkey Ball) were all playable in the demo version. It is therefore a good package to discover, even apparently, Sega still has some surprises up its sleeve, since the characters 4 at 5 licenses different brand will be unveiled in the coming weeks. So you bet on? Space Channel 5 is very likely. Virtual Cop? Golden Ax? Out Run? Crazy Taxi? Nights? House of the Dead? Streets of Rage?. What is certain is that it will be good no matter how large, this mix of characters on the circuit. At the same time is a little too goal, just to laugh a maximum.

The Controls :

All this nice little team rolls in assorted cars, approximating their universe and evolve on their tours as necessarily derived from the Sega universe. We were promised that there would be many in the final version, but again, only we have not shown too, with two homers Sonic (the beach and the casino), a Billy Hatcher and Monkey Ball, we do not we finally allowed to try. The three charged tracks are bumpy, with traps in all directions, the critters that roam, ramps, bumpers, loops and everything he can imagine or that we could see other titles in the genre. We must therefore pay attention to his opponents but also to all the dangers inherent in the term or lose several seconds. This circuit in the casino is the opportunity to use and abuse the skids to get some more speed.

In an attempt to grill some places so much cunning, of course there are many bonuses to collect on the circuit and swinging as well be the one who has the misfortune of being fair to you. The usual missiles, bombs leave behind and buffs are there to do their part, but there are also more original, as giant boxing gloves to knock rivals a little too bulky and the screen is completely reversed , reversing the order and directions. And sometimes, through a random stroke of luck (or not really in the great tradition of Mario Kart), a bonus hide makes the possibility of using the special movement of the character. This allows, for example Sonic SuperSonic become yellow and quickly draw well. Given the large number of characters, it will always be interesting to see the different powers of each.

The grip on the different versions was very easy to access, with features more than usual, since fully aligned with the model of Mario Kart Wii. By accelerating and braking simultaneously, it is possible to make a slip, which, if it lasts long enough, can generate a turbo and go with flames. Some circuits with downhill spiral and allow to slip over a long distance and multiply the turbos in series. In addition to traditional areas and boost bonuses, there is also a fourth way to accelerate suddenly, again as in Mario Kart Wii, with figures to make by pressing the brake when it is in the air. If the ground receiver is carried out smoothly, a great acceleration will reward acrobat. No surprises or innovations in the gameplay, then, the Wii gamers can even find their feelings by playing with the Mario Kart wheel.

Multiplayer :

We cannot rent a strong sense of innovation for most types of games because this is rubbing the conventional modes Free Run, Grand Prix, Time Trial (with online rankings) that Whether solo or multiplayer up to 4 split screen or up to 8 network. Oh yes, still a Mission mode will be there to intrigue us until we can try it, even if we imagine it will fill special conditions on the circuit for a smart AAA rank, sign control and supremacy. Miles of Sega will be there to reward every action performed in all game modes and it will be thanks to them that we will release circuits, characters, music and bonus of any kind.

Other Versions :

Most current formats (except PSP) therefore welcome Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and not a stranger who takes care of development, as these are Sumo Digital, who we must the last but OutRun Sega Superstar Tennis. Here, we meet again. A regular house Sega therefore, we unveiled the achievements of this fairly convincing racing game, especially on the HD consoles, though the Wii version it so honorably to his level. A quick glance at the milling DS also suggests a technique of quality, with a speed animation quite impressive. Of the versions that we are most interested, namely Xbox 360 and PS3, the flow is quite satisfactory for a beta (except in split screen or paddle it quite yet), with nice colorful graphics. Nothing shocking, but it fits perfectly Office for the audience.

And this should indeed be the case for the entire game, which, if not particularly conspicuous by its originality, has shown overall strong game for purely opportunistic and very calculated. We do not expect a masterpiece, certainly, but the large number of characters available should certainly weigh in the balance by robbing the fans, both young and older. And if the Wii already has a Mario Kart reference, the PS3 and Xbox 360 can accommodate Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing more enthusiastic, since such securities are not legions of these machines rather reserved for adults. At least for now …

The time for the other controller to a colleague to start the challenge of two players to quickly check the game modes (Race, Grand Prix, Time Trial and Missions), here we are at the selection screen characters. Much to the dismay of my rival in a race, not Ryo Hazuki on the horizon, it will obviously scratch points after racing for the right to release the hero of Shenmue and his chopper. The casting of this demo was fairly given, however: Sonic and his crew represent the animals with pikes or hair, Billy Hatcher and Alex Kidd clan mascots retired, and Beat the savages of inline skates. As a fan of this good Master we opt for this brave Alex Kidd. No surprise: the super star is managed like a Mario Kart, the second fire, time to grill some places.

The slippage also to do so, the angle changes depending on vehicle weight and thus its ability to slide, but just squealing tires some time to win a good boost and valuable seconds. Following the logic of St. Matthew, which applies to all games kart fun, the latter will have a percentage of non-negligible chance to grill everyone on the line, with items donated destructive sometimes duplicated or in triplicate. Easier to trace the pack when it loads itself with mines and supersonic shoes, even if the rocket manual, trigger himself, seduce without evil vicious players. But the ultimate object is specific to each character, in this case Peticopter Alex Kidd, pedaling at an intensive enabled him to finish 3rd after a very bad first race started. The frequency distribution and power of these final items we thought pretty legit at first sight, presumably to prevent them completely unbalance the game

It does therefore not to worry about the potential of the game fun question, a priori all the ingredients together seem to heat the atmosphere, online (eight) or in small groups (up to four). Although not particularly original (jungle, canyon or ice extent), the three circuits presented included all their dose of obstacles, their shortcuts and accelerators placed at strategic points. In short, the contract seems to be respected, whether in terms of fun game that content – we even thought to distinguish in the hubbub of major musical themes that have made the history of Sonic like Can you feel the sunshine of Sonic R or that of the Aquatic Ruin Zone. It will, however, that SEGA & Sonic All-Stars Racing muscle his game in the coming months, because the title was technically unrecognizable from Gamescom 09. Downturns, more or less sensitive depending on the number of participants on the screen, significantly complicating the reading of the race, on the other hand, we know that the finalization of the game is expected to solve all these problems by fluidity exit.
Can be trusted to Sumo Digital, the studio that we must still adaptations of OutRun Arcade model of its kind in the record race nerves. We remain a little cautious about the Wii and DS versions, slightly indented at the first grip. Far from being finalized, the Wii version added the falling frame rate rendering that does not really suitable for TVs HD required for the demo. The DS version, which plots differ necessarily console versions, it surprised about his lack of punch and sensations of speed back, the gap between the cruising speed and the sudden acceleration (boost, trampolines) has even seemed a bit disproportionate on this pre-release. But it is time for issues of adjustment, and no doubt that once found the right tempo, SEGA Sonic & the All-Stars will be Unstoppable.

The Wii Gameplay :

From that Nintendo would dare to give his character logo jump to other genres (in the case, the speed) and very successful with the Mario Kart series, there have been few companies in a way or another have tried to join the bandwagon. Thus, there have been many companies which, building on the success of his most beloved ones, have the wheel of a wheel. Now it’s Sega who dares to bring us their most popular heroes mounted on different vehicles to star in the wildest races. Certainly not the first time Sega characters blend of speed, but the novelty this time is involved all sorts of characters from the Japanese company, focusing not only on the Sonic series.

Sonic has jurisdiction :

One of the strengths of this Sonic & SEGA Racing All-Stars, especially for fans of Sega, is the great squad of runners to choose from. In the version we tested, we could only choose between Sonic, AiAi (Monkey Ball), Billy Hatcher, Amigo, Dr. Eggman, Shadow, Amy, Beat (Jet Set Radio) and Alex Kidd, although others have been, as Ryo of Shemmue therefore expected that the cast of characters is rather extensive. Each of these riders will have their own vehicles, whether cars, motorcycles and more difficult to define. This will not only affect their graphical appearance (which will stick long with its owner, the truth), but each will have its own characteristics that will be handled slightly differently.

But the difference between characters is not limited to aesthetic and functional differences in their cars, but each will have a special skill. These skills will catch with power ups that are scattered randomly on stage and give us a gun or these special attacks. These special abilities will be consistent with each of the characters. Sonic, for example, leave your car and become Super Sonic, gaining speed and away from rivals while friends will dance, making the corridors that go ahead and dance also lose control. No doubt these special attacks are pretty game (besides being very funny) and give us the opportunity to go up positions in the last minute.

Although these attacks are well, the truth is that we will use it too, because we get pretty random with low probability. Fortunately we have a good selection of standard weapons that will help us stay in the race. Many of these items are known, they have a very similar performance (if not equal) to those seen in Mario Kart as the glove KO, we launched straight forward and is bouncing off the walls, the guided missile or mine. We will also have other more original, like the rainbow pocket to fill the screen of our opponents with their colors or the star of the world upside down, which will make the screen of the others around.


Rises, falls and jumps
Although the version we tested were able to test only three circuits (and see a room), if we could appreciate the common elements of those that will affect gameplay. The circuits are quite complex, with many ups and downs and over a broken road that will force us to pick up speed and jump a good distance. In circuits that had not played too many obstacles and roads were wide, but that was because they were the first scenes, since we could not play but if you see "The race in the Jungle" (Monkey Ball) the thing is very complicated, with twists that were impossible unless the skidding was used on monkeys and banana peels. As we saw in most of the circuits that we will find some other shortcut that will make us gain precious seconds.

We mentioned the skid, and it will be essential if we win some races. If we use it in the corners, leaving them to obtain a price turbo (the more we stay the skid, will gain more speed) so it will be forced to master if we are the best. The truth is that in our first contact we took a little trick to catch him skidding (especially in the PS3 version, the Wii was more simple), so we used it almost every time we had just slammed into something. We hope that when we play in our hands and we can play with calm we possess it without problems, but in any case seem to master the technique is not so simple. Beyond that, the general control functioned smoothly, giving us the option of playing on the Wii with the remote and the nunchuck, the Wii-wheel or the Classic Controller.


An interesting detail that promises to extend the life of the game is that after competing in each race (whether in the way that is) the game will reward you with miles Sega that we can use to unlock new characters or circuits. We were not given more details about this, but we hope to include other elements so that we can entertain removing material of different Sega games. Anyway, thanks to the multiplayer, both on the same screen (four players) and via Internet (eight in the consoles and four NDS) the game promises hours of fun.

All Sega worlds living in harmony : 

Graphically the game looks very good, very complex scenarios and colorful. The circuits have a large number of items, buildings, mountains or animated character in the foreground, what do they have much life. The characters, on the other hand, look great and we say that the artistic level the game is very accomplished, having managed to integrate very well the characters of the different worlds, getting the game for us between the eyes (this also helps how well they are re-created scenarios, each belonging to a game). As for speed, the game moves very well and the sensation of speed is good, but suffers from enough to screen.


In the section we recognize melodies that sound as we heard in other games of the company, like the catchy tune of Billy Hatcher. The sound effects of vehicles and weapons, as well as the voices of the characters are pretty good and stuck. Something that has struck us is that during the races we will have a speaker (who will speak in our language) that can be relevant moments commenting without coming to be tiresome in no time.

What we have played this Sonic & SEGA Racing All-Stars we liked a lot. Still have some things to polish and balance (remember that he still has time to quit), but everything runs smoothly. It is true that the formula will not surprise anyone, but certainly more fun one, especially if they get a good balance of play. After playing our first games, we’re hoping to have the final version to see if their little problems have been fixed and can throw us some sprints against our friends.

Some Hints :

  • Royal Blue: Win your license SEGA BLUE. (10)
  • Amber Amigo: Earn your license SEGA AMBER. (10)
  • Bright red: Earn your license SEGA RED. (15)
  • Virtual Bronze: Earn your license … To read the full article, click the button.
  • Chronos: Established a personal best in all against the clock. (30)
  • Ghost tours: Bats a ghost in a cons-the-clock. (10)
  • Ghost Master: Bats in the ghost all against the clock. … To read the full article, click the button.
  • Each talisman: Buy one menu item purchases. (10)
  • Virtuoso: Buy all the menu items purchases. (15)
  • Classic Collection: Won a race with each driver. (15)
  • Triplet: Eliminates three opponents with a weapon triple. (15)
  • Manual Guide: Eliminates a pilot directing an object manually. (10)
  • Warm front: Eliminate an enemy in the course without leaving the
  • Use the all-star blow Sonic to remove Dr. Eggman. (15)
  • Use the blow All-star Amy for Sonic stun. (15)

Conclusion :

"Sonic & SEGA Racing All-Stars is not an ordinary racing game. Its wide variety of characters and vehicles, plus the ability to play online, the place quite apart compared to other games in the genre, "said Gary Knight, European Marketing Director at SEGA. "The development team has really pushed the limits of what you would normally have to wait to see you and created a title race unique and friendly environment in which nothing is ever won!"
SEGA & Sonic All-Stars Racing appears in a series of new images in all media except the PC. If the Xbox 360 and PS3 are identical (though with the possibility of playing with his Avatar 360), the Wii version allows us to see that Wii will of the party and the DS version will use the touch screen to display the route of the race. Of new artworks are also an opportunity to see some of the playable characters.


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