Sonic's Sega All-Star Racing Impressions

Sonic trades in his sneakers for a hot rod in Sega's speedy arcade racer.

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Sonic is trading in his trademark speedy feet for a sweet convertible in the upcoming Sonic's Sega All-Star Racing. Coming in early 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS, the game is an arcade racer that stars more than 15 of Sega's popular characters from the publisher's long history. We had a chance to check out the game on the show floor of Comic-Con 2009.

The demo at the show featured two courses and four playable characters--the titular Sonic, Aiai from Super Monkey Ball, Amy Rose from the Sonic series, and Amigo from the Samba de Amigo games. The characters will have their own special vehicles, such as Sonic's blue hot rod or Tails' airplane. In addition, the characters will have their own special powers that will be activated at random during races. For instance, Sonic will temporarily transform into Super Sonic; Amy will have mallets she can use to bash her opponents with; Aiai will let loose with a torrent of monkey balls; and Amigo will form impromptu conga lines that any racer will be powerless to resist joining.

The special powers will give you a power advantage on the tracks, but they won't be the only way of getting an upper hand. There will also be on-track pick-ups, such as homing missiles, land mines, Sonic shoes (for an extra boost of speed), and shields that will protect you from harm. Of course, you'll have your own skill on the sticks to rely on, as well as the game's simple controls--R2 (on the PS3 controller) to accelerate; L2 to brake and drift around corners (when combined with the gas button). Pulling off drifts and midair tricks (the latter executed with the R1 and L1 buttons) will earn you turbo boost as well.

All-Star racing will have more than 15 tracks available and feature locales inspired by Sega's many games. The courses shown off in the demo were impressively large, featuring brilliant bright colors and a good amount of variety in layout--including massive spiraling corkscrew sections and huge jumps. Sega fans might get a kick out of the more nuanced nods to Sega classics, such as the bumpers that line certain parts of the track that are straight out of classic Sega games.

Clearly aimed at both the kart-racing crowd and nostalgic Sega fans, Sonic's Sega All-Star Racing seems like it will be a good match for kids and parents alike. Look for more on the game in the coming months ahead of its release in February 2010.

Discussion

16 comments
darkness0634
darkness0634

So they're going to copy Mario Kart Wii for Sonic?????? Sound good to me.

dragonfly110
dragonfly110

idk why but Im realy excited for this, Im dying for a good kart racer on the 360 and this seems like just the theing to quench my thirst, I do hope that it has a few Jet set radio characters in it and the space channel 5 people too.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Looks good - hope the PS3/360 versions have graphics worthy of them and not held down at the level of the Wii!!

davidoats2
davidoats2

I wonder if it is better than Sonic heroes and Diddy Kong Racing

errorcode69
errorcode69

looks great! just hope they dont ruin another sonic game.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

will fail epically, the sonic franchise is reaaalllly bad and each time they anounce that the new one will be better than the last, it sucks, and the last sucks too. Makes me wonder where they get the funding for these games

deeatoms
deeatoms

Might stick to mario cart

gamer_girl15
gamer_girl15

I think Sonic could probably run faster than any car but whatever :P

konradak
konradak

"Aiai will let loose with a torrent of monkey balls;" LMAO,,

P90E21
P90E21

Hey back in the day Sonic was the head of his own console Like Mario is to Nintendo and now that there is no more Sega console they had to think of some place to put him besides the past. But I know a lot of you have played or owned a Gensis or any other Sega console but still I think they are running out of ideas for the little blue ball :P .

Jaxxo
Jaxxo

You think SEGA would have learned SOMETHING from Sonic drift, I guess not...

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

Sonic is 19 years old and Sega decided to give him his drivers license. Also note that they put the Sonic name in the title and placed a whole bunch of other characters out of other game series. Well that got my attention. However if they make a great game out of this formula, then it will be called the best sonic racing game, even Sonic Riders and Sonic R were epic fails (sorry Rider fans), as least its a chance to make a decent sonic racing game.

simonsworld
simonsworld

maybe its just me, but these games feel like they should (and kinda was) ment to be made like 10 years ago and more, sonic tennis anyone? how long before we have to experience "call of sonic" or the much hyped sequal "sonic goes to disneyland on a date with dr robotnic" if kids get the game fare enough, but kart wars is so over done, you think with a mr hedgehog cv like his they be more incentive for "dynamic gaming" in this current gen, not decades old creative ideas.

kbaily
kbaily

Is Sonic driving a car stupid? Yes. Is this going to be a Mario Kart knockoff? Probably, but I think I'll still buy it.

SonicBullet
SonicBullet

Right on dude. These kart games are always a win on my collections :)

npo123
npo123

looks like a mario kartish game i'll but my $$$ down for this game can't wait