Reviews for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Chuggy Blue Skiescavalcade | Dec. 13, 2012 | See all cavalcade's reviews »
I've played this on both the PC and console. It's fair to say that if you have a choice the PC version is the one to go for. While the console versions have an improved frame rate over the disastrous demos that were released both the 360 and PS3 versions both suffer from framerate issues. Your mileage may vary on how much they bother you, generally speaking it's pretty tolerable, but disappointing nonetheless, especially when you consider how much the sequel improved in this area.
The game is as fun as ever. Each course is themed around a classic SEGA IP with appropriately themed music and visuals. Strangely it's probably the more recognisable Ip that has the worst courses - Sonic seems to dole up some fussy, ugly tracks, while Samba Di Amigo provides the highlights.
The glorious visuals and sound don't detract from some excellent course design. The game has a power-up system and boost mechanic that's similar to Mario Kart Wii, and the course design probably shades the Nintendo title in terms of pushing the player. It's fun to play (on a pad - bring your 360 controller), not overly punitive, but rewarding of skill.
It's a more distilled, purer kart racer than the new sequel - Transformed. The latter is a touch gimmicky, with the boating being a little slow and the flying a little under utilised, while the original is more of a by the numbers kart racer. Both are great though it's worth saying that the framerate problems here were largely ironed out in Transformed.
If there are any concerns it's the slightly scattershot problems you get with any kart racer. If you're at the back you get better power-ups. This makes races exciting, but it can be infuriating to be pipped at the line by someone screaming through from the back of the pack because of a lucky drop. It's also, perhaps, a little content light, with some "challenges", a few cups and time trials to do. There's a few bits and bobs to unlock, but you're going to probably be playing this for the sheer joy of playing it or unlocking trophies/achievements.
But if joy is your thing and you remember with fondness the era of Blue Skies in Games then this may well be made for you.