Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Updated Impressions - New Tracks

We get an updated spin in Sega’s upcoming kart racer starring Sonic and a whole bunch of familiar faces.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is the blue hedgehog's return to karting since Game Gear's Sonic Drift. While Sega's mascot has starred in some slightly odd racing games, such as the Sega Saturn's Sonic R or, most recently, Sonic Riders, All-Stars Racing puts the speedy hedgehog in a car and pits him against a cavalcade of familiar faces from Sega history (both good and bad). We had the chance to try out an updated version of the game on the PlayStation 3 to see how it's coming together.

Race against some of Sega's most adorable characters.

What's New: We were able to try out two tracks based on Sega franchises, the Sonic the Hedgehog-inspired Pinball Highway and the Super Monkey Ball-inspired Treetops course. Pinball Highway is a classic Sonic casino-zone-inspired level that has you zipping through the innards of pinball machine complete with bumpers and launchers. The Treetops course was set in a Super Monkey Ball-inspired run through the trees that featured sharp angles and dramatic leaps over gaps in the course. Both courses featured an array of power-ups strewn throughout the track that would yield useful items to use during a race, such as homing missiles, turbo boosts, and punching gloves.

What's Different: The new courses showed off the game's whimsical design and Sega history influences. We noticed assorted little touches, such as cameos from Sonic and Monkey Ball characters in the background of the respective tracks.

What's the Same: The game still has a bright, shiny look to it, although we'd like to see better performance when the onscreen action goes nuts. The version we played stuttered when things got hectic and the camera got a bit odd. The action is still going for a Mario Kart feel, which suits the bright visuals, although you'll still have to accept the notion of the world's fastest hedgehog in a car. Power sliding is also still key to successful racing.

What Impression the Game Made This Time: The game has a nice look to it and will likely appeal to younger gamers. There's fun here, but we're hoping that the rough spots get smoothed out.

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sonic0491
sonic0491

ceije2 -facepalm- i liked the demo but you have to fight tooth and nail for every position. its crazy.

koolkat14
koolkat14

Sega's working with Sumo Digital, right? Problably Sumo had a lot of experience in making racing games so maybe it'll turn out good after all

ceije2
ceije2

I agree with shadow. This idea is doomed to failure. From the looks of things there are only going to be about 5 likable characters, each with only one kart to choose from. I can't see this doing 1/10 as good as mario kart. Sonic just doesn't have a fan base anymore.

Dinoblade
Dinoblade

Sonic Will Probs Run In This Game lol

shadow_cse
shadow_cse

At this point I don't see how anyone can be optimistic about this. I suppose there is a small chance that this game won't be terrible, but I'm not going to hold out any hope for that.

koolkat14
koolkat14

I only hope this game will turn out good.

jonny500
jonny500

Considering Mario and Sonic characters are now competing in the olympics together I don't know why sega need a separate kart game, why not just merge the characters and some tracks into Mario Kart? (Yes, I know, more money this way) Anyway, previously Sega have used these character compilation games to target a specifically younger audience than the broad appeal of Mario Kart, Tennis etc. Hopefully it will still be fun though.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Not what I had in mind when I saw the return of Ryo Hazuki, but I'll give it a go. Sega - we need Shenmue 3 and we need it now. Get to it.

Dualmask
Dualmask

The only racing game featuring Sonic that ever made sense was Sonic R. Sonic actually ran in that game. There's nothing wrong with making a kart racer...just like every 2D fighting game gets compared to Street Fighter and every first person shooter gets compared to Half-Life or Doom, this will invariably draw inspiration from the Mario Kart series. I can't see the characters catching on as well, at least not in the US, so maybe they can throw in some gameplay that makes the game feel differently from the Mario Kart series while keeping it accessible and fun. We'll see...

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

I hope they have a lot of characters to choose from 30 would be nice. Meybe on the wii version they can put mario luigi, browser and others. And PS3 have crash B. And 360 halo guy or yoda.

Arach666
Arach666

Now now,respect this game,Ryo Hazuki is in there!

toothofymir
toothofymir

Why don't they make one gigantic game with all the characters from Sega, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. I can see Master Chief vs. Sonic. Except Sonic wouldn't need a cart, he's already fast enough.

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

Hopefully this is good. Would be like Mario Kart in hi-def.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Sonic Kart? Sonic Team Racing? WTF?

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

Honestly, they should release a special mario kart game with the entire cast from mario universe as well as sonic's universe, rather than sega all star racing. that way itll be as good as a mario kart game, rather than a clone like this. although im sure this will be good, especially for 360/ps3 owners who cant get their hands on a wii. you know what id like? a racing game with the SSB cast. that, plus the sega all-stars cast or something, that way its not just mario and sonic, its nintendo and sega. thatd be cool...

Aurey
Aurey

@mariostar0001 As of late Mario and Sonic have been appearing together in some games, but given the "SEGA all stars" title the possibilities are slim, even for the Wii and DS versions. I would prefer to see Peach or Bowser, though :)

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

@Aurey, is Mario a playable character in this game? Not teasing you, just would love to see him on the DS and Wii version. I want Ulala in this as well, but mainly because I like more characters.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Stop the "It's ripping off of Mario Kart" idea, lots of games before and after Mario Kart were similar to it, it wasn't the first or the last. Try the NES Kart Fighter, or Crash Nitro Kart. I just hope they fix the frame rate, I'm starting to get nervous.

Bumstafunk
Bumstafunk

How to rip off Nintendo. By Sega

Aurey
Aurey

Is Ulala a playable character in this game?

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Certainly seems to have the potential to be good but.......