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Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing

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Game Reviewed: Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sumo Digital
Reviewer: Dean Williams
Platform: Wii (Also on Xbox 360, PS3 and DS)
Category: Racing
ESRB Rating: E
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Game Description:

Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing is a kart racing game that delves into a wealth of Sega content going all the way back to the Sega Master System. As the game loads, a cut scene begins to play that shows character mascots from various Sega franchises in a frantic kart race to the finish. The colors are bright and vibrant, the races are fast paced and entertaining, and the wide breadth of Sega characters will provide a nostalgic fix for anyone still wishing that Sega developed more than just games for other systems.

From the outset, Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing is directly comparable to any Mario Kart game that has been released in the recent past. The game is very simple. One button is the gas, another button is the brake, a third button uses items, and the joystick is used to steer. As you drive on a course, item boxes provide players with power-ups and weapons. These allow the player to either speed ahead of the competition, or hinder their opponents from getting ahead. In addition, as players complete races both online and off, they earn "Sega Miles" the currency used in the game. Using Sega Miles, players can purchase new characters, race tracks, and music tracks. In short, if you are fan of Mario Kart or other kart racing games, and if you are a fan of Sega games, then you will want to check out Sonic and Sega All Stars Racing.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

There is no serious violence in this game. The only violence of note occurs when giant punching gloves or missiles are acquired as weapons and players let them fly. There is no blood to speak of, and any violence in the game simply causes players to be stunned.

Language

No coarse language is present in the game itself. As with any game that allows voice chat online, however, the player may come in contact with online players who do not control their language.

Sexual Content

There is not any overt sexual content in Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing.

Spiritual Content

There is no particular spiritual content in Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing

Reviewer's Thoughts

I found this game particularly enjoyable. It is nice to see a well-made kart racing game that is not dominated by Nintendo characters. But even with that said, I still believe Mario Kart is the superior kart racing game. In conclusion, if you like kart racing games, then Sonic and Sega All Stars is definitely worth a rental, but I would only recommend purchasing this game to people who are die hard Sega fans and/or those who do not have a Wii on which they can play the superior game Mario Kart Wii.



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