Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Developed by Sumo Digital, Sonic &
All-Stars Racing Transformed is a very unique and fun karting game
that although is reminiscent of Mario Kart, the developers have added
enough twists and changes for this game to truly stand on its own with
races taking place on land, water and air. Not only does it contain some
lush graphics but the physics used in the game create this really
entertaining racing title that gamers of all ages can easily engage in.
Another highlight of the game are the various gaming environments taken
from different SEGA games such as Afterburner, Golden Axe, Samba De
Amigo and even Panzer General. There's plenty of colourful Sonic levels
as well. When you race in these stages, it's almost like you are part of
the aforementioned game but it's all about karting here.
Environments are not just one surface either as you race on an
assortment of places from land, water and air. I love how your kart
transforms just as about you are to reach another area. The "Karts" or
vehicles that you race even handle quite differently, depending on where
you are racing. As a result, you need to tweak your racing skills.
water areas in the game remind of Waverace as the waves influence on
which direction you are headed. Whereas, racing on land is totally
different and you need to implement drifting to win the race. Then you
have air where you need to perform barrel roles and flips to avoid
obstacles and weapons from your opponents. All these three diverse
environments flawlessly join together.
However a kart game would not be the same without any power-ups/weapons
and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has all this and more.
Nothing is more fun than unleashing fireworks or whirlwinds on your
opponent to sneak pass them. You also have more offensive weapons such
as a raw fish to help your opponents slide and even a globe to catch
weapons fired at you.
are plenty of gameplay modes, including online but where this title does
stand apart from its competitors is the intensive career mode. These
include World Tour, Grand Prix, Time Attack and Single Race. The more
races or tasks you win in something like World Tour, this increases your
XP which can then be used to upgrade your character's vehicle.
However, before jumping into the race, you first need to select your
characters that includes lots of SEGA characters such as Sonic,
Knuckles, Ulala and even Disney's Wreck-it Ralph. There are around 20
characters to unlock. Racing is also not just the only object in the
game as you need to complete certain tasks such as drifting or an
admit that drifting is a little hard but once mastered, it gives you a
great edge. Apart from the various tricks for all the vehicles, there
are times when you get a racing transformed boost that displays this
really cool animation of your character such as Ulala from Space Channel
5 and her backup dancers as you race along. The game also contains 3
different modes of difficulty and by completing races to get XP, you are
also awarded stickers to decal your vehicles.
or local multiplayer is just as good as you take on real opponents which
gives gamers some great modes and awesome replay value. Another fun mode
is the Battle Arena that creates virtual mayhem as you race around
trying to destroy your opponents.
Graphics & Audio
Graphically, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a thoroughly
impressive game on the XBox 360 with some amazing environments. I love
how the developers have faithfully recreated the level designs from a
variety of SEGA games that are not only quite detailed but are silky
smooth when you race on them.
draw distance of the game is also quite impressive. The characters are
just as detailed and all look like they have been directly taken from
their perspective games. Add in vibrant colours, great special effects
and the graphics and gameplay go hand-in-hand. The music is oozing with
SEGA love as is the over the top commentator.
If you're looking for a karting game that seriously goes beyond Mario
Kart than Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed ticks all the
right boxes and enhances the genre considerably. It's just a fun game
that contains a strong single-player mode and some great online options.
The levelling system works but more importantly, the gameplay is almost