Reviews by yankidank

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Just OK

yankidank | July 3, 2013 | Review of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing

If you are a PC gamer who likes karting games, you don't have many choices these days. It's either this or F1 Race Stars if you want a Mario Kart style racing game.

As opposed to the two already mentioned games, Sonic Racing takes some skill to win due to fewer rubber-banding limitations that make the other games more amateur friendly. You will need to learn how to drift boost and how to handle all three vehicle types in order to advance through the campaign mode. The game appropriately scaled the difficulty up as I progressed through the campaign mode. Be warned though, the game can be tough even when playing at a medium level. The hardest mode is darn near impossible.

The style of the game is just average for what else came out on the market at the same time. Objects are at times blocky looking and without much texture, partly to fit the cartoon style of the genre.

The maps, which are probably the most important aspect of a racing game, are a real mix. Some were well conceived, offering a few alternate paths and clearly marking the race track. Others you would think that M.C. Escher was the course designer. The hard ones take a few play through to figure out where you need to go if there aren't any CPUs in front to guide you.

My 1GB graphics card and under-powered CPU seems to struggle with water particle effects at times, causing the frame rate to drop when I'm in a boat. Even after dropping the graphics way down I was still getting some lag.

The menu system is one of the biggest downsides to this game. I want a karting game that is easy to pick up and start playing with a friend in seconds. The menu navigation is slow and inefficient, causing me to get frustrated when starting up a game or when trying to change maps in multiplayer.

Overall, when you find this game on sale itis worth adding to your library if you are into karting games.