Summary Released in 2010, Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing is available on the PC, iPhone, iPad, Xbox LIVE, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo Wii. It is a racing game staring numerous SEGA characters from series such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg%% and many more. The version I am reviewing is for the Nintendo Wii.
Description Type: Racing
Platform: Nintendo Wii
Developer or Designer: Sumo Digital
Lots of unlockable characters and race tracks
Lots of mini-games
Different difficulty settings
Some awkward controls
A lot of the characters are difficult to control
Review Although the game came out almost four years ago, I have only just recently bought it. The main reason for this is because at the time I was still playing Mario Karts, which I think is part of a much better series than Sonic. I have been very disappointed with previous Sonic games for the Wii, so was reluctant to buy the game at full price.
Now I have got the game, however, I am very pleased that I did. Although the graphics are not as spectacular as Mario Kart's, they are decent, and there is just as much variety. In fact, you could argue there is more. SEGA have not only used settings from the Sonic series, but from all their other series as well, meaning there are is great diversity when it comes to environments - whether it be an ice track, pinball machine, or the streets of Japan.
Whenever you race, you clock up miles, which you can use to unlock characters and tracks. Each character has a different vehicle which has different skill sets (some have extreme speed but very poor handling, while others take the more slow and steady approach). On the Wii version, you also have the option to play as your own Mii character.
The controls are easy for the most part, except when it comes to drift. When using the Wii remote in horizontal mode, drift is performed by keeping hold of the 1 button. This is not easy to do because the gas is the 2 button, right next door, and it is difficult to get your fingers arranged in such as way as to press both at the same time. It is possible, but it means pressing down hard, which can lead to RSI if you are playing for a long time.
Up to four racers can play on a split screen at home, but if you have a wifi connection, you can also play with other people from around the world. In addition, there are multiplayer games such as the equivalent of catch the flag and paintball.
Racing is not the only thing to do, however. The game has an almost endless amount of one-player missions, which includes collecting coins, time trials, doing tricks, etc. All of these are graded, and you need at least an A to unlock the next mission.
Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing has a lot more content than I was expecting, and although I would not rate it as highly as Mario Karts when it comes to the grand prix races, the sheer amount of side games means that you will get hours worth of fun.