I’m pretty sure Sonic fans are used to horrendously low review scores to their most anticipated games. It looks like SEGA Allstars Racing is breaking that cycle. The following are the conclusions and review scores from IGN and 1up, two of the biggest game sites out there.
Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing may not have a whole lot in the gameplay department that it can call its own, but Sumo Digital took what worked and built a SEGA-themed experience that captures what makes the company’s games so memorable. This racer is surprisingly deep and robust, and even with its unoriginal design it’s a great time no matter which version you get.IGN Ratings for Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing with Banjo Kazooie (X360)
Rating Description out of 10 click here for ratings guide 8.0 Presentation
There’s a huge variety of characters and tracks that reference SEGA games, but it’s hard not to wonder where missing franchises are. At least there’s Banjo Kazooie for 360 owners!
The HD versions look excellent with some fantastic texture and lighting detail. Shame the framerate can’t keep up.
Lots of variety in the background tunes and the character remarks during a race. The obnoxious play-by-play is hilariously Americanized British: “The crowd go crazy!” and “Tails takes a pounding.”
Fun and tight action racing with a decent sense of speed that lifts most of its ideas from Mario Kart Wii.
8.0 Lasting Appeal
Tons of single player modes, and a great focus on multiplayer, both offline and on.
You can find the full review here. It should be noted that, while not all versions of the game share the same categorical scores, they all share the same overall score.
Though it has some hiccups, unexciting party modes, and a questionable difficulty curve, All-Stars Racing is a respectable effort that makes a good kart racer at its core (and is at least much more cohesive than Sega Superstars Tennis). But, again, it’s storied Sega fans that will get the most out of the game — because, really, who else is going to recognize or care about racing as the cartoon lovers from the Japan-only House of the Dead EX?
Well, I do.
You can find the complete 1Up review here.
UPDATE: And rounding out the big three, GameSpot has also put up their review:
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Review
Smooth controls and a bunch of awesome tracks make this an exciting kart racer.
- Tight controls with a great sense of speed
- Well-designed courses with lots of variety
- Good mix of characters, from the popular to the obscure
- Racing against friends, online or offline, is a blast
- Great visual style with a steady frame rate.
- Online play is limited to just racing
- No way to play through Grand Prix with a friend
Score: 8.0 “Great”
You can read the review in full here.