Reviews for Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing
Not Super Mario KartMadDemon64 | Jan. 6, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Sonic & All-Stars Racing tries to be Super Mario Kart. It isn’t, but that doesn’t stop it from trying.
Like Super Mario Kart, Sonic & All-Stars Racing lets you play as one of various Sega characters and race other Sega characters in numerous levels inspired by different Sega games. Like Super Mario Kart, you can pick up various items that will help you win the race. While the controls are solid and the levels varied, the game feels more like a cheap knock-off than anything else.
The items that you pick up in the game are generic and do not make you feel like you are playing Super Mario Kart with Sega characters. Racers do not have any weight to them and you cannot use the tactic of “a heavy character bumping into a lighter character to knock them out of the way”. The most excitement you will probably get out of the game is using your character’s unique power as they are indeed fun and impressive, but you will not get them unless you are losing the race.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing is not Super Mario Kart. Everything the game does sadly screams "We want to be like Super Mario Kart!" Sonic & All-Stars Racing is a good replacement if you do not have a Nintendo console, but if you do, then you are better off buying Super Mario Kart.
Fantastic Racing Game13th | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all 13th's reviews »
Sega brings their take of Mario Kart to the PC and if I am honest... I love it. They have taken some of the good things about Mario Kart and have given it some extras goodies to keep any racing fan happy.
There is a healthly selection of characters right at the start, with more to be unlocked as you progress through the World Tour mode. Which can be seen as a challenge mode but it is a perfect time waster as you look to get an 'S' rank on all of the challenges. Which are also varied so you won't be bored anytime soon.
The races themselves are nice and varied. With plenty of areas from Sega's past to keep any fan of them happy. The graphics are spot on for the game and the music is just superb. And the difficulty of the CPU is perfect so it will give you a challenge.
It is one of those games you can pick up and time will just fly by and you won't notice, nor will you actually care
Quite entertainingOblaque | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »
This is just an all around fun game. While geared more towards family entertainment an individual can enjoy this as well. The tracks are a blast as well as the overall gameplay. Racing controls and mechanics are spot on also. Reminds me of the old days of N64 when games were just a blast to play. The whole family will love it. Especially happy to see split screen on the pc. So many games lack split screen support on the PC while this retains it. People just don't realize that lots of gamers have there PCs hooked up to actual HD TVs with this new invention called an HDMI cable. PCs also have the ability to use 360 controllers, and PS3 controllers, and tons of other gamepads, both wireless and wired. I appreciate developers retaining all aspects of gameplay in the PC versions of their games.
Gotta' Go Fast!Darlus | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all Darlus's reviews »
I originally anticipated this title to be a Mario Kart clone, cash-cow attempt from Sega, but the game is different enough to merit its own unique praises and is a lot of fun to play by yourself or with friends; however, the multiplayer game modes are a little lacking. The character choices and vehicles are pretty diverse, most of the courses are visually interesting, and the item pick-ups are pretty outside of the box ideas. It is a challenging game, but it doesn't feel as cheap as Mario Kart in certain ways, such as the same computer racer doesn't seem to come in 1st every single racing with overcompensation in speed and item pick-ups... If you like racing games, and you're looking for something different, I'd definitely check it out.
Great Mario Kart on PC.zhack075 | July 7, 2013 | See all zhack075's reviews »
Sonic all star racing is definitely the only mario kart like which worth be playing.
Graphics are really nice and colorful, sound track is great as there are many themes from old game such as afterburner, panzer dragoon and many old games. Powerups are quite different from Mario Kart which is a great thing after all. The transformation thing is fun but not that important in fact.
If you are looking for an arcade kart game on pc, go for it, the game is cheap and really nice to play.
Great racing gamelok0812 | July 6, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
This is a solid entry for the PC in terms of the kart racing genre. It features many Sega characters and tracks based on their popular settings. The game allow the player to do stunts and drift for speed boost and the ability to transform your kart to planes or bikes when the track changes. A cool unique thing for this is that each racer have a unique all star move that is similar to getting the star in Mario Kart. This is definitely a solid kart game for anyone who enjoy the genre.
Crazy and FunDemilisz | July 5, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
A fast pacing, colorful kart racing with characters from Sega games. That's what this game is. Along characters from Sonic series like Sonic himself, Amy, Tail or Knuckles there are a lot of guests. Each platform (except PS3) get it's own exclusive characters with PC getting four: manager guy from Football Manager, Shogun from Shogun: Total War, Pyro, Heavy and Spy from Team Fortress (though they count as one character) and General Winter from Company of Heroes 2. There is 27 different characters so anyone should find his favorite.
This is an arcade game so there is no much to say about driving model. Drift is the most advanced and normal thing you can do this. Other than that you can flip a vehicle whyile in the mid air and this is something that gives a sshort boost to speed. Of course a game like this could not come out without pickups that helps you or stops opponents. While it is nice to take someone out with accurate snowball shot it is not so good to get hit. Especially when you are at the lead, there are only few meters until finish and there is an opponent on your tail.
There is a several game modes, with career being a main dish, and while most of them are racing, there is some variations like drift challenge (you fight against time and get a bonus seconds when drifting in special zones). So game shouldn't get boring too fast.
A title worth recommending for anyone who looks for a fast, fun and crazy racing game.
Just OKyankidank | July 3, 2013 | See all yankidank's reviews »
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.
Great Kart RacingXint | July 2, 2013 | See all Xint's reviews »
Bought this for my kids and they enjoy it a lot. So do I to be honest. It has some great SEGA characters, fun tracks, and good unlockables. I also own Transformed, but this one is almost as good. Worth the money!
A funny kart racing game which is missing something.sergebelanger22 | June 27, 2013 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »
This game is another version of a kart racing game that could have been greater if more time would have been spent on it.
The variety of characters is really good. You will have over 20 characters to choose with, including Sonic, Tail, Shadow, Dr.Eggman, Ryo and Amigo.
You will have about 5 themes of track which all contain about 3 tracks each. You will not be able to race them backward or mirrored though. They are nice and several of them contain shortcuts that are really shorter, so you will have to take them if you want to win.
The weapons are more or less the same than in Mario Kart. You have a shield, rockets that are auto-targeted, bomb that goes only straight ahead/behind and few other ones.
There is a mission mode which include 64 different missions that are more or less the same. There may be 10 different missions. They may be pass trough checkpoints, hit the opponents, races, etc.. Toward the end, they really get very hard.
There is also a time trial mode that does not need explanation.
You do not have have any championship mode that worth playing. It only shows a short cut-scene with the characters on the podium. There are not real rewards for doing them other than unlocking the next championship.
You will have some musics, characters and tracks to unlock and after that, you will have nothing to do with your cash.
The achievements are bugged and reset very often. If you plan having all the achievements, plan to lose a lot of time redoing the same achievements.
Online racing is nice. There are still few people on it so you can have a good challenge against other humans.
Globally, this game is not as good as it may look at first glance. Few hours can be spent on it, but after a certain time, you will get bored of it because of the several bugs that are in it. If you can find it in the bargain bin, ok, if not, do not spend any money on it.
Impressivesilverstone | June 15, 2013 | See all silverstone's reviews »
I bought this game during a discount and I wasn't expecting much but damn was I wrong. This piece of technical art can rival Mario Kart in every aspect. Frantic racing environments with both high-speed pursuits and timely drifting encounters, paired with (mostly) challenging AI make each race an event. The lush of content is also something to behold, with over 20 characters, each with his/her specialties and cliches, alongside their very adaptable vehicles that can handle any situation. Add smooth gameplay and popping graphics to the mix and you've got yourself a winner.
I'd recommend this game to anyone with a thing for cart racers, or any type of racing in general.
Better than 'transformed'El_Rickhead | June 6, 2013 | See all El_Rickhead's reviews »
Nevermind cart racers, this is one of the best racing games i have ever played! A lot of these characters are wasted on me as i have never been a Huge SEGA fan but the roster is actually quite satisfying even for myself. A lot of the tracks are recognizable from games such as Sonic, Super Monkey-Ball, Nights and other SEGA franchises. The handling on the cars is absolutely fantastic with a big focus on drifting as this will give upto and extra 3 tier boost which is necessary to win later races. The soundtrack is fantastic with the Samba De Amigo tracks standing out the most and the game has such a polished feel about it. Fantastic racing game!
The best Mario Kart cloneKynesLiet | June 3, 2013 | See all KynesLiet's reviews »
This is without any doubt the best Mario Kart clone, available to anyone who does not own a Nintendo Console. There is enough variability on the tracks, items and with tons of nostalgia for Sega fans. Tons of fun, better with a game pad and totally recommendable.
I was impressedSupraballs | May 27, 2013 | See all Supraballs's reviews »
I didn't think much of this game at the time and thought, "Oh, another Mario Kart wannabe." It's actually a pretty fun game and worth the money. Now, the new one is out now and if you had to buy just one, get the new one. This was good at the time, but now, it's far inferior to the other Sonic Racing game. This one is straight kart racing on pretty linear tracks. It uses a gamepad which is awesome and puts 8 racers on at once. I liked it, and think it holds up well enough to the new one.
Best Kart Racer on PCchumm23 | March 13, 2013 | See all chumm23's reviews »
One genre that has always been neglected on PC is the Kart Racing genre. There has been a few releases over the years, but sadly they have been below average and no match to Nintendo giant, Mario Kart.
That ends here. Sonic & All-Stars racing amps things up to the next level. Taking ideas from Mario Kart 7, it blends air, boat and kart racing perfectly. The only mode that you'll come into trouble with is flight if you're using a keyboard, but it's not impossible.
Graphics are simply amazing. There is no better looking kart racer to date, the levels are dynamic and colourful. You won't see yourself getting bored whilst racing around. Flight sections stands out especially. The game can take a toll on older system during these sections.
As for the items, they're balanced and not broken like most kart racing games. The AI is challenging, on highest difficulty you'll feel yourself being really challenged. To finish the game you'll need to beat every race on the hardest difficulty, so you'll never find yourself bored because of the beautiful level design.
Honestly, this is the best kart racer for PC and the best kart racer SEGA has put out. If you're looking for a Mario Kart-style game on PC, get this.
Very great gamePhyxionUS1 | Feb. 25, 2013 | See all PhyxionUS1's reviews »
Being better than Mario Kart is an achievement on its own, and that is where Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed managed to succeed in just perfectly (even though its predecessor did not managed it at all). This new game from SEGA, with its ode to great and minor names of SEGA, the epic race tracks and very solid gameplay is breathtaking. It's hard not to be impressed by this extensive and wonderful game. It's hard, it's gorgeous and best of all, fun. Even on easy you'll have trouble finishing first, but every second of it puts a large smile on your face. It's by far one of the best SEGA products of the last years.
A pleasant surprise!Crazee | Feb. 20, 2013 | See all Crazee's reviews »
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing looks like any other kart game. I am pleased to say that it stands ahead of the crowd full of desperate copies wanting the be the new Mario Kart.
The tracks have great diversity, the items are fun, and the vehicles handle really well. As with most racing games I strongly suggest a gamepad.
Playing this has encouraged me to seek out the sequel.
Bottom line: Best played with a gamepad. A good, fun kart racer!