Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the brilliant racing video game developed by Sumo Digital, and is now brought to you on the Wii U, Nintendo’s innovative gaming platform. This game is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, which was released in 2010. Ideal for retro SEGA enthusiasts or fun with family and friends, this graphically overhauled game offers exhilarating co-operative and competitive racing gameplay that can appeal to all ages.
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Racing Transformed has, literally, transformed the way Sonic and the Sega All-Stars characters race, as now their karts transform into boats and planes when the terrain gives way to water or air. The tracks themselves are based upon retro Sega games, and they also change; the Panzer Dragoon inspired track Dragon Canyon has a dragon that roams the map and destroys a bridge early on in the race. This therefore forces the players to continue racing around the track either via their planes or boats, and means that every track has endless possibilities and versatility when it comes to gameplay. Each track also has many possible routes to take, including a number of shortcuts to be found throughout, offering a great deal of replayability for each course.
Alongside Sonic, a great deal of new and familiar characters emerge to join in this kart racing frenzy, adding up to 27 characters in total. These range from and include older fan favourites such as Gillius from Golden Axe, Joe Musashi from Shinobi, Vyse from Skies of Arcadia, along with the likes of Tails, Knuckles, and more. Each character’s vehicle handles differently, meaning that who you play best as is entirely up to your own personal playing style. You can perform tricks in every vehicle, which means that the All-Star meter, will fill up the more stylishly and daringly you drive; this leads to gaining experience points, and also your character’s All-Star Move should you fill up the bar, which can also be filled by collecting stars that are littered around the track.
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Each course you race through has power-ups that can be found throughout, which can be used to throw off your opponents. These range from snowballs, bees, and also offers a defensive power-up, the baseball mitt, which acts as a shield and absorbs the power-up attacks your opponents throw at you and allows you to use them yourself instead. Super power-ups can be found in various hidden and hard to reach areas within the track, definitely giving you the advantage over the rest of the competition, and meaning that each race can be unique no matter how many times you play.
There is an extensive story mode that features sixteen brand spanking new Sega game-inspired tracks, which allows you to unlock characters as you progress throughout. You also earn points for your chosen character for completing races, which add up into a five rank levelling system, unlocking achievements, perk style vehicle modifications, and more, the more races you complete. These modifications can be equipped to alter the handling characteristics of your favourite character’s vehicle, amongst other things. Racing Transformed also offers overhauled multiplayer modes; whilst there is still the incredibly fun split-screen multiplayer, now there is an enhanced online multiplayer mode. Whilst playing and competing online, online races can support up to eight characters at once per race, ranging from the Grand Prix mode and the competitive Battle Arenas, and allows for new track records to be set.
The wide range of gameplay available within this game means that there is something for every Sega and racing game fan out there to enjoy. Whether playing solo, online, co-operatively or competitively, get stuck in and enjoy drifting round every corner, soaring through Sega’s signature blue skies, or speeding through the waves in a wide range of tracks that offer almost endless replayability. (Cat Emerson)
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A genuinely fun karting experience with well designed and inventive tracks based on Sega games. Unlike some karting games the AI is actually pretty good and generally avoids the rubber banding issues that marred the later Mario Kart games. There's some great fan service here and the transform game mechanic adds variety to the races. It has a surprisingly meaty single player campaign with different racing challenges to test your skills. Recommended.
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (Limited Edition) is super fun for the entire family. I like the variety in races it offers, the different characters, and the fact that you can play almost everything in multiplayer, but single player is fun too. The easy mode is easy enough to be fun for children, whereas the hard mode offers a real challenge (for me at least). Personally, I don't care much for the water sections, but that doesn't stop me from loving the game, so I still rate it 5 stars.
Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is one of the best (if not the best) karting games for this generation of consoles. First of all there is so much content: Career, Matchmaking and Local Multiplayer. In the Career mode you have the main part which is World Tour, there you will find a large selection of modes that will impress any karting fan. There are a total of 6 worlds which scale in difficulty, in each of those you have a number of challenges such as: race, versus, ring race, battle race, pursuit, sprint, drift challenge, boost challenge, etc. And the best thing is you can play all of that in Co-op mode! A total of 4 players can locally complete the entire world tour. Which is just amazing even if you want to compete with your friends or work as a team and take out the other drivers, either way you will have fun. There are a total of 25 characters from all the great Sega games and each one can be levelled 6 times and give you special driving mods which change the characters stats. The online multiplayer is fluid with quick match ups. All-in-all it is an amazing game and a must have for any karting or racing fan.
After playing the previous title Sonic Sega All Stars Racing with my nephews, I expected Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed to be more of the same but it has a few differences. Firstly is the expected transforms while racing. This is a nice feature and the fact the vehicles handle differently as car, plane and boat keeps it interesting. The flight can be tricky but they have put in a flight assist mode so even kids struggling can manage the flight sections easily. Secondly, the World Tour tracks are not all races. Each new race you unlock can be time trials, drifts where you need to beat the clock drifting to gain more time, plus a couple of other types. The characters are different from the first game too, though many of them are still the same. I would recommend this for anyone after a race game with a difference, especially if you have kids who like racing too, as it supports up to four players.