The Sonic Stadium has discovered some concept art pieces from 2012 racer Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The highlight is the above collection of items and weapons featuring many that went unused. See more after the jump! Continue reading S&ASRT Item & Vehicle Concepts Found
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is an awesome racing game. Even with the release of Wii U’s Mario Kart 8 it remains my favorite mascot racer thanks to its balanced, more skill-focused game play, well-designed transformation mechanic and spectacular track design. Sonic Stadium already has a pretty awesome, in-depth review which you can read here, so I’m not really going to go too in depth about the game itself. Instead, this review will be focusing on how well (or poorly) the Vita port realizes a game meant for considerably more powerful hardware.
In terms of speed and game play, All Stars Racing Transformed is a nearly flawless translation of its console counterparts. The creative, huge courses are all here with their epic set pieces and scripted moments unblemished. If anything has been compromised during porting, it certainly isn’t noticeable. The NiGHTS stage is stilled filled with enemies and rings, the Skies of Arcadia stage still finishes with an epic fleet battle and they are still sights to behold. All of All Stars Racing Transformed’s racing mechanics have always been faithfully brought over, with all the speed and drifting mechanics from the console versions intact. Still, this game isn’t a one-hundred percent accurate conversion, as there are some minor issues and noticeable downgrades from the HD versions.
In terms of controls, things can get a little cramped thanks to the Vita’s small form factor. All Stars Racing Transformed is a game that relies heavily on drifting for building speed and getting around turns, so you may be reaching for those trigger buttons a little more than you’d like to. Still, after logging dozens of hours on this version of the game I found this to be only a minor issue. The game’s physics have always taken a serious hit, especially in the water stages. Waves are no longer as large and bouncy in this version and areas where huge waves once tossed racers are now nothing more than minor nuisances. The loss of wave physics make the races a little less chaotic and exciting than they used to be.
The most noticeable difference lies in the graphics. The textures have been downgraded significantly. They now look much flatter and contain less detail. Lighting and various other effects have either been severely reduced or removed entirely, making it a little more difficult to see in some of the darker stages and making the entire game look considerably less flashy overall. I am happy to say that as of this review the frame rate is no longer a problem: even in the busier stages the game runs smoothly and the hiccups that were prevalent in even the HD versions are nowhere to be seen here.
Though really, the downgraded visuals are not only expected, but they do very little to damper the fun. The game runs well on the Vita and nothing of value has been lost. What you trade in visuals you gain in portability, as this is pretty much the same exact game, shrunk down to a device you can take anywhere. If this is the price for a portable All Stars Racing Transformed, I am more than willing to pay it.
All Stars Racing Transformed for the Vita is far from the definitive version, but it is worth owning if portability is attractive to you. It has to cut some corners, but in the end it provides the best portableY mascot racer money can buy, cutting out some of the flash while leaving in all the meat. So whether you want to fight off the boredom during summer travel or if you just want to be able to play this awesome racer any time you want, this game comes with high recommendations. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t quite live up to its HD brothers.
Portable All-Stars Racing that plays just as well as on the consoles
Solid frame rate
Creative courses and a roster that will make many a SEGA fan squeal
Graphics have received a significant downgrade
Constantly pressing the Vita’s trigger buttons will make your hands hurt
Isn’t receiving any DLC from the PC version, including Ryo Hazuki
Though there is no confirmation as to which platforms outside of PC will be receiving this, if any, it has nonetheless been revealed through the recent Yogscast Humble Bundle charity stream that Ryō Hazuki of the Dreamcast cult classic Shenmue series will be hitting the streets of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in the near future!
In November of last year, Steve “S0L” Lycett of SUMO Digital had challenged fans to vote among a slew of SEGA characters to decide a top three for ASRT DLC coming down the line. Since then, a number of exclusive characters, mainly from SEGA’s own PC-centric titles, have found their way into the PC version of the game, but Ryō, who won by a landslide of 3379 votes, marks himself as the first DLC character to have come as a result of the community polls.
We’ll keep you posted once word has come as to what platforms Ryō is expected to arrive on, and when!
The Xbox 360 version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has quietly become a best seller in Europe and joined the Xbox 360 Classics range. According to Sainsbury’s Entertainment, the Classics edition was released October 10th of this year.
Alongside a 300MB update, PC owners can now download Simon from Yogscast as a racer in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The DLC pack costs £2.99 and all money raised goes to the chairty Special Effect, who you might remember from this years Summer of Sonic?
Yogscast, the UK’s most watched YouTube channel, run an annual charity drive for the month of December. This year, they are teaming up with SEGA and taking the drive to the next level in a race against the fastest Hedgehog in the world. The Yogscast’s very own Simon Lane, aka Honeydew, is now available as a brand new DLC character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed™ with 100% of all SEGA and Yogscast proceeds being donated to the SpecialEffect charity.
For more information about Special Effect and the fantastic work that they do, please visit their main website, www.specialeffect.org.uk.
No video of Simon is out yet, however a few images were posted to the Steam product page showing off his vehicle in full which you can see at the end of this update.
So if you’ve not donated anything to charity yet and have been considering it, why not buy this character? You’ll be donating to a good cause and get something to play with at the same time.
Steam’s Autumn sale is currently underway and among the savings is an incredible offer for the entire Sonic collection – just £9.99 for 14 games, old and new, along with their respective DLC in the case of Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Generations, and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
For under a tenner you can get all of the following:
Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
Sonic Adventure DX
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II
Individually, the price of these games would total over £100, so this is an absolutely fantastic deal if you don’t already own the entire collection. You’ll have to act fast though – the sale is only on until tomorrow, so head on over to Steam quickly and splash your cash!
A direct link to the Sonic Hits Collection can be found by clicking here
A few days ago, Sumo Digitals Steve Lycett hinted that the next piece of ASRT DLC would be controversial, PC exclusive and ‘a popcorn moment.’ Many have since speculated what this might mean, theories have ranged from ASRT being Free To Play, to certain very popular characters being included in the game (excluding the console versions) and even 1970’s Trousers Mode… what it could happen.
Well… we might have found the answer.
During the livestream of the very popular PC gaming channel “Yogscast,”Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed will be included in a new Humble Bundle for charity. However the reveal didn’t end there. Simon from the Yogscast then went on to state that he himself would become a racer in ASRT and be part of a piee of charity DLC that would all go live on December 6th.
They didn’t reveal much, only that both the bundle and the DLC would be up on December 6th 2013, and that Simon would be a piece of ‘Charity DLC.’ We’re not sure at this time if Simon is the only playable character being added or if there will be others.
Now before people ‘react’ just keep in mind that this is blatently a charity thing so nobody has had a spot taken away. Furthermore, S0L has hinted additional content is on the way and that this is likely the first of a few pieces of additional content for ASRT.
Also think about it. ASRT on the PC, pay what you want? This is a heck of a deal!
Source: HumbleBundle (Bundle not yet active at time of posting).
As detailed in the Playstation Blog, the Playstation Vita version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be free to download for European Playstation Plus members from November 27th. If you’ve yet to play it, the Vita version is an excellent place to start and for the price of completely free, you can’t go wrong!
That’s not the only game you get for free of course, S&ASRT joins a whole host of other games which can be found here!
When you think about it Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed has been out for well over a year… yet it still continues to get support and this includes free additional characters… Thats awesome! Hey videogame industry, this is how you get people to buy your future games!
It looks like more DLC is on the way if this steam listing appears to be correct. It would appear that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is to get some new DLC, but whats interesting is that previous character updates have been included in patches and updates, this is the first time that a DLC listing has been made seperately for the title.
Could this be the long rumored petition characters? And will they come to consoles? Erm… I don’t know, I’m not in charge of that stuff.
Stay tuned to TSS for more information as we get it.