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4.0 out of 5 stars A QUICK AND HONEST REVIEW., 5 Mar. 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (PS3) (Video Game)
Here be my quick down and dirty review of Sonic and Sega All Star Racing. There's no story to concentrate on really so this'll just be a point by point good and bad of the gameplay, graphics and sound. Hope it proves usefully to you!

THE GOOD:
* - Sharp and colourful graphics that represent each characters world and style very well.
* - Nice modes which include your usual grand prix and single race efforts and the less than ordinary mission mode. All Great stuff. All of these modes will reap you some fat virtual monies and money = prizes in the way of new tracks and some of your favourite old and new Sega mascots such as Ryo and Alex Kidd!
* - Controls are well thought out and minimalist and afford you great control when tearing up the track. Cornering utilises a "Double Dash" style drift system that just rolls of the thumbs and into the game with little to no hassle.
* - characters each have their own powers as well as a bunch of powers that are universal to all the characters such as rolling bombs and turbos. Character specific powers come in the form of Super Sonic and Super Shadow tearing up the track to Ai Ai, of monkey ball fame, blazing around, friends in tow, in a big old monkey ball crushing his opponents.
* - Great respect has been paid to long time fans of Sega franchises with authentic animations and voices and music ripped from original games and jazzed up. Not to mention a fine old line up of characters past and present, common and uncommon. The whole thing is a great little package for retro fans when coupled with the likes of Megadrive Collection (and Sega Superstar Tennis to a lesser extent.)
* - Online is good - not great - but a welcome addition.
* - Tracks are mad and highly inventive sucking every bit of inspiration from their source material and most importantly the frame rate is solid as a rock for 99.9 percent of the time making the entire thing a joy to whiz around on.
* - Cool looking vehicles and lots of varied modes of transport from planes and motorbikes to F1 inspired beauties and even monster trucks. Most people will find a character/vehicle to suit their personal racing style and have a blast taking it online for a furious competition.

THE NOT SO GOOD:
* - It's more than a touch on the easy side - if you've beaten anything like Mario Kart DS or the modern Outrun incarnations you'll kick this in the pants quick smart.
* - One or two of the tracks are less well thought out than the other but they are in the vast minority.
* - Without Mario Kart this would never have been the same game and feels like a bit of a rip off - however it's shed the blue shells and trimmed some of the fat that the later Marion Karts have garnered. A lot of people will find fault with all the similarities, personally I say there's enough room in the world for more than one contender to the casual racer crown. Also the most important thing is that it may be a bit of a rip off but it's not a cheap one by any means.
* - More serious racer fans will find much to like but it may not have the depth of it's contemporaries but this is a "Kart" game and that goes without saying.
* - The commentator is not only outdated but also super cheesy. Off you go, sir

CONCLUSION:
A smart and well thought out Kart racer with so many nods to gems from Sega's illustrious past and not so illustrious (in my personal opinion) present that fans will find it hard not to love it to pieces. Worth a rental for anyone who's a little unsure and well worth a buy to fans of Sega and the genre alike.
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