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- 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.
- Take to land, sea & air as you race through 16 dynamically changing courses inspired by SEGA's illustrious gaming history.
- Race as one of the 20+ legendary All-Stars. The starting line-up has been transformed as new iconic characters from the world of SEGA join the race.
- Utilize an arsenal of devastating weapons which require skill to aim, shoot, evade and block.
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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, or the river runs dry, 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.
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This is definitely the best looking console version packed with loads of color and the backgrounds are excellent. Even the character animations are smooth and fluid.
Beforehand, while I played the Xbox 360 version, something about the WiiU's color scheme seems more fleshed out, and considering that this looks great in 1080p, I'd give this the edge.
With that said, there were certain issues about the graphics in which I wasn't too fond of. For example, the Burning rangers stage looked a bit on the "pop-in and dull textures" side. When I raced through the water in this particular stage, it was hard to tell if I was on water or simply a big dark olive green-esque texture that acted like water. There are other examples such as the Shinobi stage in which the ground looks less textured than other stages. Other than that, this game looks gorgeous. The stages range from Sega Classics like AfterBurner, Burning Rangers, Jet Grind Radio to places featured in Crazy Taxi, Golden Axe, Panzer Dragoon, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Billy Hatcher. Also, the one thing I love about this game would be how the stages have dynamic changes. Transforming the stage from ground, aerial and water. There are even surprises in the third lap that changes the stages altogether; and they look really cool.
The frame rate stays solid and I experienced no slowdown or hitches throughout playing.
Sound and Music-
Other than the cheesy "All star" themes, I really enjoyed the music. If you're a sega fan, chances are you're going to recognize a lot of the music be it that you owned a Genesis, Saturn or Dreamcast. Classic tunes like "Japonesque" from Shinobi 3, the Burning Rangers "Go" theme, to some remixes of Skies of Arcadia and Sonic are all included.
The sound effects are good as well. Characters have some dialogue, and the announcer sounds extra enthusiastic in true Sega Fashion.
Finally, the meat of the every game; the gameplay. This game is awesome. Imagine a faster version of Mario Kart that involves a "Drift boost" mechanic, power-ups, and "All Star" hat trick (which is equivalent to a character's super move, changing the tide of the race altogether), smooth controls, good music, graphics and the whole nine.
The game features around 30 characters, and you can even use your Mii to race, and this version even contains some bonus tracks and characters. This version contains extra Mods for your vehicle, and "achievements" in the form of in-game stickers. This is something I actually really liked considering the Wii U doesn't include achievements/trophies in every game. The amount of stickers to unlock are ridiculous.
There are also many control schemes ranging from the standard Gamepad, Wii-mote/Nunchuck and classic controller. Sadly, there's no option for the pro-controller. But the classic should do fine if you want an alternative. Personally, I felt fine using just the Gamepad.
Another interesting control option is "Motion controls" with the Gamepad. Unfortunately, the controls are terrible; and is nothing like the smooth gamepad motion controls in NintendoLand's F-zero game.
The game modes for single player are Grand Prix, World Course, Time attack, Single Race, which can all be varied from a battle race, race, drift, sprint, ring race, boost race etc. There's multiplayer and local play as well.
Overall, this game offers loads of replay value; and is easily one of my favorite games on the WiiU to date. Let's hope for another entry in the series. A must buy.
This game has passed my expectations. I will say it's on par with mario kart but it needs a few tweaks here and there. Mario kart 200 cc I know but honestly it's overrated. XD I play racing games like need for speed and gran turismo so 200 cc isn't much to me. Just gave me a winning boost against my friends since I'm way too used to have proper driving lines and having to slow down. Don't get me wrong 200 cc mario kart is fun but it's not worth all that praise.
So to close this out, this and mario kart even though they may been trying to snatch from each other actually makes a great pair. Get tired of one racer just put in the other. Sonic is worth the price but it won't be for everyone but to those who like most racing games this may work out for you.
The first thing you will notice about this game is that it is BUSY. Graphically there is a lot more going on than what you would expect from Mario Kart Wii. This can make for an exciting (if overwhelming at first). Graphics on the TV (at 1080p) are gorgeous. If you decide to play it on the Wii U gamepad, the graphics are not very good, but it is still nice to have the capability to play off TV.
It is worth noting that the gas and breaks are operated via the LR triggers, as with the Need for Speed series (differing from Mario Kart controls).
If you are used to Mario Kart, the response and feel of the vehicles is quite different, although this only takes a few minutes to get used to.
Going around and unlocking things is pretty fun. There are tons of things to unlock. Characters, mods, stages, etc. One of my favorite things about this game as opposed to Mario Kart is the ability to level up drivers. When you level up drivers you get different vehicle mods that change the performance and response of the vehicle in very noticeable ways.
The stage design is awesome, with most stages being modeled off of some Sega franchise. I am not super familiar with SEGA games, but the concept is really cool. Each stage has parts where you drive, fly, and boat around. These vehicle transitions are quite smooth for the most part.
The items in this game for the most part are pretty crappy (in my opinion). One nice thing about items in this game as opposed to Mario Kart is that they do not dominate the race. If you get hit with an item, it usually only sets you back a few places in the race (as opposed to 1st to last transitions in Mario Kart games), so the outcome is more based on racing skill, than item defense.
This game truly shines in its multiplayer. Playing grand prix races with a group of friends is truly a blast.
All in all, this is a very good game. When I got it on Amazon, it was $40. That was a GREAT deal, and now it is under $30!! I don't think it is QUITE as good as MKWii, however anyone that is a fan of the Mario Kart series should definitely pick up this game. I am certain that when I have friends over to play games, this one will not collect dust.
Gameplay (8/10): Very well done, an impressive game, inspired by, but differing in a refreshing way from the Mario Kart series.
Graphics (9/10): Beautiful, impressive for a launch title. In my opinion, the best graphics of a Wii U launch game.
Music (6/10): Pretty lackluster. Obviously not much thought was put in to the music. As an active classical musician, music is one of my favorite aspects of games, and the music is mostly unremarkable (with a few exceptions) and occasionally annoying (play the Samba de Amigo stage....)
Replay value (8/10): Fun game. Completionists will be challenged. Once you have unlocked most of the stuff, you won't really want to play it by yourself anymore. However, this makes a great party game, and is a blast to play with friends.