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Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed: Limited Edition (PS3)
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- Platform: PlayStation 3
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Platform: PlayStation 3 | Edition: Limited Edition
Sonic and the All-Stars cast line up on the starting grid once again to battle for supremacy in the ultimate race. Compete across land, water and air in incredible transforming vehicles that change from cars to boats to planes mid-race. Master your driving skills as you drift, barrel roll and boost to overtake your rivals, or use your weapons tactically and unleash your All-Star move to gain the winning advantage.
It’s not just your fellow racers you need to watch out for, as the road falls away beneath you, new routes emerge and your vehicle transforms to take advantage of the terrain. Discover alternative routes and short cuts as you perfect the course in this adrenaline fuelled dash to the finish line - racing will never be the same again.
- Dynamic Tracks: Take to land, sea & air as you race through 16 dynamically changing courses inspired by SEGA’s illustrious gaming history. Discover alternate routes, find new power-ups and avoid emerging hazards as you race to victory – every track feels different.
- Choose Your Racer: Race as over 20 legendary All Stars. The starting line-up has been transformed as new iconic characters from the world of SEGA join the race. What other game sees a hedgehog battle it out against a monkey, a sky pirate and an axe wielding dwarf!
- Fully Transformable Vehicles: This is no ordinary race. Each character is equipped with their own unique vehicle that can transform into a car, boat and plane to take advantage of the changing terrains. Each vehicle handles differently and players must master all three to triumph.
- Tools of Devastation: Utilise an arsenal of devastating weapons which require skill to aim, shoot, evade and block. The All-Star Moves also return, this time the more daring and stylishly you race, the more your All-Star meter increases allowing you to unleash carnage on your opponents!
- Ultimate Gaming Experience: Old rivalries can be settled and new ones created in up to 10 player online. Journey through the All-Stars’ world to take on a huge range of modes and challenges, including Grand Prix, Battle arenas and an incredible world tour.
- Transform into a Car: Boost and drift your way around the track.
- Transform into a Boat: Tackle dynamic rapids and huge waves to beat rivals.
- Transform into a Plane: Take to the skies to barrel roll and dogfight to victory.
Limted Edition Includes:
- Exclusive Outrun Bay Track + Challenges & Time Trials
- Exclusive Metal Sonic & Transforming vehicle + Metal Sonic Mod Pack
- Exclusive Stickers for your in-game license
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Sega has greatly improved the elements of the first episode, a good Mario Kart clone, into something new with a distinct personality. The transforming mechanic adds great depth to the gameplay, in a completely different way from Mario Kart 7. Here even the tracks themselves transform after each lap in clever and interesting ways. The career mode looks lenghty, and the game can be quite challenging (thankfully without the presence of unfair powerups like the infamous blue shell).
If you are into kart racing games, you should buy this game. On PS3 it's the best you can get.
Just like in the original racer each of the characters has their own car to race in. There are some differences in the characters available this time around though. Sonic, Knuckles, Amy, Eggman, Shadow, Tails, Beat, Ulala, B.D.Joe, Amigo and Alex Kidd are still here, the other racers from the original have been replaced with others. Some of the characters are unlockable and others appear ready to play like MeeMee and Ralph from Wreck it ralph.
The big difference in this game to the original is the transformations. Cars can now change into planes or boats depending on where they are on the track. The transformations are really smooth and it really makes the game more fun. It also means there's more interesting tracks such as all the flying on the NIGHTS track.
There are different game modes, a career mode which is just for one player and is where you unlock bonus characters and other usual game modes such as cups where you play 4 tracks to try and come first, time trials and also other modes that involve other players. There are also options to connect online with your game to compete with others.
The game includes a licence which you can see to track your progress of the game and also unlock achievements. these achievement badges can then be used as stickers on your licence. The game has a lot of achievments though and if you are a single player like me you'll never unlock them all as plenty of them are based on playing multi-player races.
The game has some great features, the tracks are great and I think the transforming element really improves the game but now for the bad...
This game doesn't let you listen to music in an options mode as most sonic games do. In fact the original game had a section where you could listen to tracks and read about characters but all that is gone.
The game's funny commentator is gone replaced by a single voice that just calls out what power-up you've got such as 'Swarm!' if you've got the swarm of wasps. This bothered me a bit as I loved the original game's commentator, thought it made the game more funny especially if you started going the wrong way.
The game still doesn't let you replay your race which is sometimes really funny to do.
The slow down bug in Burning Depths that I've mentioned before. It's not a terrible bug but I don't like having to restart the program every time I want to play that level a few times.
Not all the characters come with each version. I find it annoying that you have to select which version (ps3/xbox 360/PC, etc) you want to get certain characters, no doubt a ploy by sega to get more sales but it's just a little annoying.
I won't say any more bad about this game. The gameplay is really great and feels tougher to win than the original which is great for replay value I also love Gilius and his 'vehicle'! The career mode called world tour is also very long and a lot of fun to slowly unlock characters. You can't select the music you want for each track anymore but this doesn't bother me. Another great new feature I forgot to add which adds a little excitement to the game and helps you win missions is also the slot machine. Wnen you earn coins around the track you can play the slot machine. It costs 5 coins a spin but if you score 3 in a row you're given a bonus start item, anything from starting with a full boost to being given a glove to use at the start.
This limited edition also comes with bonus items to download, there is an Outrun Track and also Metal Sonic. Although this is a great bonus, for offline gamers like me it's another thing I've been denied :(
For all the faults though this game is great, and runs a lot smoother than the original. I'd recommend this game to Sonic fans and anyone who wants a fun racing game that's not serious on realism. A great buy!
The game features familiar Sonic characters as well as characters, tracks, and tunes from other famous Sega games such as Jet Set Radio, House of the Dead, Golden Axe, Crazy Taxi, Super Monkey Ball, Shinobi, and Alex Kidd. Even Wreck-It-Ralph makes an appearance. I am annoyed that Sega, once again, missed a trick by not including anything from Lava Reef Zone from Sonic & Knuckles (Mega Drive), as it is the best Sonic tune of all. And if they were cool enough to include Golden Axe (with an awesome new remix of the Wilderness theme) then why not include Streets of Rage also (a franchise they have all but disowned)? The tracks themselves are wonderful and exciting, with lots of blue skies and sunshine as we have come to expect from Sonic games. This limited edition even features Outrun Bay, but the music is a remix of Splash Wave, instead of the much more memorable Magical Sound Shower.
After the first tournament of career mode the game becomes incredibly difficult, and is probably one of the hardest Platinum trophies out there, so I just quit before it started to drive me mad. It requires hundreds of hours of gameplay, which I am not willing to give it. There are 51 trophies in total, and I managed 21 of them, which I am happy with. It's a great game, but the sharp difficulty curve might put you off too. Another minor gripe would be the lack of clear information within the game. The instruction manual contains virtually nothing, so you've got to figure out what everything means during gameplay, which is kind of hard as it doesn't make it obvious or make much of an effort to orientate you.
Lasting Appeal C+
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