7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! Even tops Mario Kart.,
This review is from: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (PS3) (Video Game)
I don't wish for any angry comments, but for me, this game actually tops Mario Kart. The tracks are better, the characters are funnier, and there are no blue shells. I have been playing this with my girlfriend, who can't play Mario Kart Wii at all, but we were evenly matched when racing in this, with her winning in a best-of-5 match.
I've played through all of the GP cups and aside from a bit of jittery framerate on 2 or 3 of the courses (there's around 20-25 or so in the game) it plays so fast and so smooth (I can't comment on the Xbox 360, Wii or DS versions, but my girlfriend will be getting the DS version soon), and the characters are all really balanced. I've found Knuckles is the best to race with due to his handling, but each player will pick a different character who suits their racing style.
This does everything that a good Mario Kart does, minus the annoying blue shells (and those moments where you're approaching the finish line in first place and will be hit with 4-5 items at once, including a blue shell, sending you all the way back, they don't occur in this game either), with a hilarious (and completely optional) commentator voiceover.
The best part of this game though is the courses. Aside from the very frustrating Super Monkey Ball courses, the tracks are exciting, unpredictable (but not to the point where anything shows up before you can react to it, aside from those damn Monkey Ball levels) and very nostalgic to any SEGA fan. Unlike Mario Kart the courses in Sonic Racing go upside-down and loop-de-loop, like an F-Zero or WipEout game. There are also huge jumps, and some really cool cinematic moments like smashing through giant windows etc.
All in all I'd say this is the best Kart racer I've played, including all of the Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing games, so I would most definitely recommend it to anybody looking for a good time, and if you only have a PS3 or Xbox, then this is a more than worthy alternative to Mario Kart, and it'll give you some good SEGA nostalgia too!