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When you see Sonic and SEGA All-stars Racing on the shelves of the store, you might be thinking: "Sega has enough stars to make it's own racing game?" Well, the answer is YES. Most of the roster consists of characters from Sonic games but there is a good number of characters from other games such as Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead, Super Monkey Ball and many others. You can even race as the bonus character Banjo & Kazooie. The game even lets you race as your xbox live avatar.
The graphics in this game are very good. Each character looks like how they're supposed to, and old characters are brought to life like never before. The race tracks are very detailed and fun to race on. Each course represents whatever game they come from very nicely. Every character has their own unique vehicle that they drive.
This game is reminiscent of Mario Kart. If you enjoyed playing the Mario Kart series you will love this game. It has basic driving controls with RT to accelerate and LT for reverse. This game also supports the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel for the optimum driving experience. There are multiple Power Ups and Items that you can collect by driving into item boxes. Here is a list of all the items and what they do:
All the descriptions are taken from the intruction booklet. Anything in brackets is a comparison of the item to Mario Kart if the item is similar.
High Speed Shoe: Increase your speed temporarily and smash your way through rivals.(This is like the mushroom from Mario Kart)
K.O. Glove: Launch a projectile that bounces off the sides of tracks and sends your rivals spinning out of control.(This is basically the green shell from Mario Kart, except with a faster speed)
Rocket: Launch a homing rocket at the nearest rival ahead of you, flipping them over temporarily.(Like the Red Shell)
Mine: Place a mine in the path of vehicle to your rear that explodes on contact or after a short time, spinning nearby vehicles. (Like the Banana Peel, except with a larger radius)
Shield: Makes and energy shield around you for a limited time or to withstand a single attack
Giant Rocket: Launch a giant rocket down the center of the track. Press the item button once to launch the rocket and then press it again to detonate while the button icon is displayed.
Mega Horn: Create a destructive sound wave that spins surrounding rivals.
Confusing Star: Targets the nearest rival and confuses them by flipping their game screen upside down.
Pocket Rainbow: Temporarily obstruct your rivals' view with a rainbow of dazzling colours.
All Star Items: If you are struggling in the race, you might get lucky and get an All Star item. Each character's all star move is different, and they all can get the character back into the race in a matter of seconds. Some allow characters to fire projectiles or bombs at other racers, or get a HUGE speed boost to launch them right into first.
Projectile weapons can be fires backwards by holding down on the left stick or D-pad them pressing the item button. Some items can also appear in sets of 3. This lets you use 3 of the same item at different times or launch them all at once by holding the item button.
This game features most of your favourite SEGA characters. Although there is a huge overhaul of Sonic characters. Here is a list of all the characters in the game:
Sonic the Hedgehog
Shadow the Hedgehog
Banjo & Kazooie
Knuckles the Echidna
Big The Cat
Zobio & Zobiko
Jacky Bryant and Akira Yuki
Mobo and Robo(Bonanza Bros)
Chuih, Chupea, Chubei & Chubach(ChuChu Pilots)
Multiplayer consists of Splitscreen, Public match and Private Match. In Splitscreen up to 4 players can race on one screen. The screen will be divided up depending on how many players there are. Public match is where you can match up with up to 8 players around the globe to race online. There are actually quite a few people online on this game, and they are quite friendly. However, just like Halo, the majority of them are kids under 10 years old. Private match is just like public match except for someone to join, they have to get an invite or go Join Session in Progress to play. You can make the option so people cannot join in progress if you wish.
This game will give you a pretty easy 400-500 gamerscore with just casual playing. The others are a bit difficult such as completing all missions with AAA rank. There is also an achievement for obtaining all the other achievements in the game, which brings the originality rating down quite a bit. Some achievements are fun and simple such as winning a race in reverse and using certian character's all star moves on certain characters.
This game is very fun and should atleast be a rent for any fans of the racing genre or fans of Sonic and SEGA. Although if you dont like sonic that much but like other sega characters, there isnt as many from other games.