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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

released on February 12, 2013

Platforms: 3DSiOSPCPS3VitaWii U360
Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher: Sega
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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed reviews

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  • 91

    Gaming Age

    (platform: 360)
    It's a great call back to classic SEGA characters and franchises, and provides a heavy emphasis on fan service while maintaining a level of quality not often seen in kart racers outside of the Nintendo developed ones. It seriously feels like a love letter to long-time SEGA fans, and is certainly worth picking up.
  • 90

    AtomicGamer

    (platform: PC)
    Nostalgia aside, Sonic Transformed as a kart racing game is a blast to play and it comes highly recommended, especially at the reasonable Steam price of $30 (or $80 for a four-pack).
  • 90

    PSM3 Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    Skilled, stylish, well-balanced kart racing. [Jan 2013, p.101]
  • 90

    Eurogamer Spain

    (platform: PS3)
    This is the best game with the Mario Kart formula that we've seen in many years.
  • 90

    JeuxActu

    (platform: PS3)
    In the beautiful world of Mario Kart's clones, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a surprising copy. In spite of an awful first episode, SEGA's new title manages to be efficient in many ways,gameplay related especially. Lovely, with a good sense of speed, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed get in the exclusive club of good and fun racing games. So, it's a shame that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed lacks originality.
  • 90

    Eurogamer

    (platform: PS3)
    All-Stars Racing Transformed is, by its nature, a cheery beast, but that's not to say it doesn't have teeth: some of the challenges kick back on even the middle tier of the three initially available difficulty levels, and an unlockable fourth level provides the kind of nasty yet rewarding challenges that some of the best arcade racers are loved for.
  • 90

    ZTGD

    (platform: 360)
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed may have the most unfortunate name in gaming's recent history, but that doesn't stop it from being truly fantastic. This is easily my favorite kart racer of the generation, slightly outdoing its predecessor in both form, and sheer content. Sega fans will love it. Kart racing fans will have a blast, and gamers in general should really appreciate the love poured into this game. The price is right, the game is fun and anyone who enjoys a good time should definitely check out this amazing racer.
  • 90

    Joystiq

    (platform: 360)
    Transformed should not be missed by anyone who truly values a fun, exceptionally well crafted racing game.
  • 90

    Eurogamer Sweden

    (platform: 360)
    Sumo Digital has managed to create a cart racer that steps out of the shadow of Mario Kart and proudly stands beside it as an equal. The character gallery might not be as strong and sometimes the difficulty is almost too high, but Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is without a doubt the best cart racer of the year and one of the best additions to the genre of all times.
  • 90

    Eurogamer Germany

    (platform: 360)
    I can look at it from any angle I want. I can detract that SEGA fan bonus, I can play this with people who have no idea what a Dreamcast is and this still is the pinnacle of what this sub-genre has to offer. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed reaches new heights, challengingly smiling down on Mario Kart.
  • 88

    Play UK

    (platform: PS3)
    An ace little racer. [Issue#227, p.76]
  • 87

    GameTrailers

    (platform: 360)
    Despite its goofy title and questionable marketing tie-ins, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed deserves to be taken seriously... just not too seriously. It's a fun, challenging, and easily enjoyable racing game that uses a lot of familiar mechanics and ideas but knows well enough to try and do its own thing. And it does that thing pretty well.
  • 87

    Pelit (Finland)

    (platform: 360)
    Devilishly hard, but also very rewarding. Sharp controls, sugary colours, plentiful fan service and for the most part highly successful track designs combine to make one excellent arcade racer. [Jan 2013]
  • 86

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: 360)
    Yes, this game retails for $40ish instead of the typical $60 of other big-budget titles, and that's a fantastic deal for a game that, despite a few personal quibbles, would have been well worth the full price of admission.
  • 86

    Riot Pixels

    (platform: PC)
    Amazingly beautiful tracks where you race, swim and fly, sometimes changing the level as you progress through it, are what makes this game great.
  • 86

    IGN

    (platform: PS3)
    Beyond its obvious appeal to Sega fans, this is a rich, bold and substantial arcade racer that demands your attention.
  • 85

    Polygon

    (platform: 360)
    Here are all of the great songs and stars, flush with bright colors and silly in-jokes. It's all of my fond memories without any of the overwhelming disappointment of actually revisiting them.
  • 85

    Console Monster

    (platform: 360)
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a remarkable title that takes three types of racing genres and somehow successfully combines them in such a way that your heart will vigorously pound with excitement, while your adrenaline enriched soul will never tire of the lush environments and epic races.
  • 85

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: 360)
    Dethroning Mario Kart is an amazing achievement in and of itself, and in that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed succeeds. It does this as a gorgeous homage with big and small characters from SEGA's franchises, with great courses and gameplay. It's not hard to be impressed by this lovingly crafted, expansive arcade racer.
  • 85

    Impulsegamer

    (platform: 360)
    If you're looking for a karting game that seriously goes beyond Mario Kart than Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed ticks all the right boxes and enhances the genre considerably. It's just a fun game that contains a strong single-player mode and some great online options. The levelling system works but more importantly, the gameplay is almost flawless.
  • 85

    EGM

    (platform: 360)
    Is Racing Transformed perfect? Not by a long shot. But it's every bit as engrossing and addictive as many of the Sega classics it mines for inspiration, and that's a phenomenal accomplishment in itself.
  • 85

    PC Gamer UK

    (platform: PC)
    This imaginative, thrillingly fast racer is better than it has any right to be. [Apr 2013, p.107]
  • 85

    XGN

    (platform: PS3)
    An easily playable though challenging kart game, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed offers a ton of fun.
  • 85

    Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux

    (platform: PS3)
    Should things get a bit stale, there are activities during the World Tours which luckily aren't just about racing. There's Pursuit, where you have to chase a tank while dodging the bombs it's dropping or Traffic Attack, where you have to dodge traffic on an increasingly busier road [December 2012, p.82]
  • 85

    GameSpot

    (platform: PS3)
    Sonic's new racing adventure speeds past its predecessor and delivers a kart racer that can keep up with the best in the genre.
  • 84

    Canadian Online Gamers

    (platform: 360)
    With good looking visuals, solid sound, and gameplay that manages to buck the trend of "boring" or "childish" as it offers up challenge and reward, All-Stars Transformed is a game that many should not overlook as you'd be crazy to ignore all the good that it brings.
  • 84

    Vandal Online

    (platform: 360)
    It's manages to show its own personality, and offers loads of content supported by a great gameplay. Highly recommended if we want to play with friends or family, and on the top of that, its reduced price is something many players will appreciate.
  • 83

    Games Master UK

    (platform: 360)
    A great sequel packed with action. [Jan 2013, p.70]
  • 83

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: 360)
    The Sega style is clearly visible in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, both graphically and gameplay-wise, which stands as a solid example of arcade kart racing. Even with some imperfections in the power-up organization and the track design this remains maybe the best choice among the Mario Kart adversaries.
  • 83

    4Players.de

    (platform: 360)
    Transformed is one of the best fun-racers in recent months and a classy alternative to Mario Kart, whose dominance is crumbling away. Without the frame-rate problems during split-screen races the speeding hedgehog might even have outpaced the racing plumber.
  • 83

    GamesBeat

    (platform: 360)
    Delivers huge value at a generous price: $40. If all you want is racing, you might be disappointed when you learn everything that awaits you, but it's easy to appreciate the wealth of multiplayer options, the smart gameplay and design, and how well it all comes together.
  • 83

    3DJuegos

    (platform: 360)
    A gorgeous arcade racer with loads of characters, circuits and options to choose from.
  • 82

    Xbox360Achievements

    (platform: 360)
    A brilliant sequel that compares favourably to Mario Kart in the mascot racer stakes, Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed might be hard as nails, but it's a kart racer that's all kinds of fun in multiplayer and proves a rewarding romp played alone. Sharper than a cyber razor cut, to be this good takes AGES.
  • 82

    Digital Chumps

    (platform: 360)
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed respects and reproduces its source material with such precision that it'll leave Sega fans desperately clinging to the foolish belief that we'll get proper Nights or Burning Rangers sequels one day. On its own merits Transformed is a competent racer with a great drift mechanic, and the dynamically shifting carts and tracks are a solid contribution to an otherwise homogenous genre.
  • 82

    PSX Extreme

    (platform: PS3)
    You won't be overwhelmed by its quality but you're almost guaranteed a good time.
  • 80

    CD-Action

    (platform: 360)
    Out of three recently released karting games – other two being F1 Racing Stars and LittleBigPlanet Karting – this is the best one, especially if you look at them through the eyes of a real gamer. [1/2013, p.70]
  • 80

    MondoXbox

    (platform: 360)
    Finally a real strong competitor to Mario Kart outside of Nintendo platforms: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed joins a simple and very intuitive control system to a varied and always entertaining gameplay, with great characters cast and inspired track design.
  • 80

    Telegraph

    (platform: 360)
    A great little racer with some excellent track design and a pretty unique feel to its racing. It's just a shame it's a tiny bit too punishing in places, with a multiplayer that doesn't quite match up to its single player.
  • 80

    GamesRadar

    (platform: 360)
    Sumo Digital has done a superb job creating a kart game that works. It may suffer from a lack of originality, but the game is definitely worth your attention. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed could have been another mediocre attempt at a kart racer, but its solid controls, plethora of modes and unlockables, and iconic characters allow it to shine on its own podium.
  • 80

    Destructoid

    (platform: 360)
    Transformed is the perfect arcade racer for those that feel left out by Forza and Need for Speed's latest open-world, multiplayer focused outings. Sega has cherry-picked the best elements of kart racers and applied it to the best arcade racing games to create a sleeper hit that's great fan service and great fun.
  • 80

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    Does Sonic's latest racing romp transform the genre? Not really. But it is an enjoyable mishmash of many elements, and a delightful treat that does much more with the Mario Kart template than even Mario Kart itself has managed to do in a long time.
  • 80

    Official Xbox Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    A game that celebrates the HD-era Sega rather than the old, forgotten one. Good job it's such a blast to play, then.
  • 80

    Pocket Gamer UK

    (platform: 3DS)
    A bit of a mess from a tech viewpoint, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed's highly evolved racing action pushes through sheer force of fun.
  • 80

    Thunderbolt

    (platform: PC)
    Whether navigating the labyrinthine hallways of Curien's Mansion or dodging the reptilian occupants of Death Adder's Lair, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the right kind of trip down memory lane.
  • 80

    Hyper Magazine

    (platform: PS3)
    A must play for Sega stalwarts, and damn good fun to boot. Mario best watch his arse. [Feb 2013, p.76]
  • 80

    Push Square

    (platform: PS3)
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a feel-good game that's difficult to dislike. It may not be quite as revolutionary as its title indicates, but it's still a forward-thinking racer with some outstanding tracks. Difficulty spikes and some minor technical issues detract from its overall appeal, but this is still one of the best kart racers available on the PS3.
  • 80

    Eurogamer Portugal

    (platform: PS3)
    Sumo Digital created a game with a production value that is capable of honoring great series Sega series and a very competent racing game.
  • 80

    PSX-Sense.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    It's good to know that we can still be surprised these days. Sony's platform career is pretty much FUBAR these days, but the hedgehog with a need for speed still delivers on the racing front. It's not all that challenging, but apart from that there really isn't anything wrong with Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed.
  • 80

    GameOver.gr

    (platform: PS3)
    Despite its flaws Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed is an all-around better game than it's predecessor and a great homage to Sega's glorious past. It won't convert those faithful to Mario Kart, but it surely offers some good kart racing action and a fun alternative for fans of the genre.
  • 80

    InsideGamer.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    A fun and special race game filled with Sega nostalgia. It may be a little bit sad to think that all these special characters can nowadays only be found in a race game, but Transformed is such a good one, that it doesn't even really matter.
  • 80

    Digital Spy

    (platform: PS3)
    Sumo Digital has done a great job paying homage to Sega's legacy, but Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is more than a mere nostalgia fest, creating a polished racer in its own right with enough energy and playability to rival the Mario Kart series.
  • 80

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: PS3)
    Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is one of the best love letters written to Sega. It's a new reference in the genre, so one can been keen on forgetting about some of the characters of the original that disappeared in this sequel, the occasional frame-rate issue, or the loading times.
  • 80

    Game Informer

    (platform: PS3)
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a great variation of the kart-racing theme, and it holds its own against the Mario Kart series. I'd recommend it to not only the few remaining die-hard Sega fans out there, but also anyone who's itching for a more fantastical approach to arcade racing.
  • 80

    VideoGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    Mixes some wonderfully loving nostalgia and ambitious design to create the first credible Mario Kart alternative since Crash Team Racing in 1999. Fact.
  • 80

    Meristation

    (platform: PS3)
    Sonic runs at full speed, now in airplanes and boats. Many different circuits and many memories can be found in this second Mario Kart from Sega. Jet Set Radio, Panzer Dragoon, Golden Axe, Samba de Amigo... a great game with a deep sense nostalgia and a nice multiplayer.
  • 80

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    A solid and joyously colourful racer with plenty to explore, and the Transformed element is thankfully no mere add-on. Each track is well-balanced, with a variety of vehicle sections and shortcuts through the water or air. With friends and online, this shines – and there are plenty of positive comparisons to be made between this and Mario Kart.
  • 77

    3DJuegos

    (platform: 3DS)
    An interesting port for Nintendo 3DS of one of the greatest Sonic games released so far in the current generation of consoles.
  • 75

    NZGamer

    (platform: 360)
    A big bonus to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is that up to ten players race against each other online, either in arena game modes or your usual races.
  • 75

    Meristation

    (platform: 3DS)
    Quotation forthcoming.
  • 70

    X360 Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    Blue skies, great control and a real challenge - Transformed has all the hallmarks of one of the classic Sega games it brilliantly celebrates. Still, the less devoted may find it too playful for a hardcore racer, or too hardcore for a playful one. [Issue#93, p.81]
  • 70

    Eurogamer Italy

    (platform: 360)
    Sonic once again tries to race against Mario with this fun and interesting kart game. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed comes very close to his rival, thanks to a cartoonish graphical style, an astounding gameplay and some brilliant ideas. Unfortunately some minor issues slow the game down.
  • 70

    Game Revolution

    (platform: 360)
    Anyway, SASRT can be dug if you're charmed by the casual racer subgenre, and if you're a Sega fan especially. Ah, and I've forgotten to address the last word of this game's damn long title. Your rig can change into a boat or a plane once you go through the right rings. I'm only addressing this because I have to. It's done well and adds a nice layer of complexity (especially since you can seek out these rings early on for an advantage). Does it really transform the game? Sure. More importantly, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed could have stood alone without it and still be a fun $40 ride.
  • 70

    Gamereactor Sweden

    (platform: 360)
    Despite badly thought through bonus items and tedious parts of the stages with boats, this is an improvement over the previous game in every single way. This is highly recommended multiplayer madness for both offline and online gaming.
  • 70

    Machinima

    (platform: 3DS)
    The roster of Sega stars and tracks is commendable. When the game hits its strides it can even be as entertaining as genre king Mario. But more often than not the game's suite of issues holds it back from greatness.
  • 70

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: PC)
    A superior Mario Kart clone and certainly the best Sega has ever produced, especially in terms of the teary-eyed nostalgia inspired by its endless retro cameos.
  • 70

    Gamer.no

    (platform: PS3)
    In his second attempt at conquering the gokart genre, Sonic somewhat manages to capture the essence of greatness. The characters and stages picked from Sega's vast library are nice, and the driving (on solid ground) feels great as well. It's only a shame that neither the flying or boating are particularly smooth, and that playing solo wears out once you've seen each level once.
  • 70

    Edge Magazine

    (platform: PS3)
    As a package, it's generous and deep, but Sumo has fallen victim to its own success. While enjoyable in their own right, boats and planes simply can't match the moreish handling of the karts.
  • 68

    PC Master (Greece)

    (platform: PC)
    Truth be told, this was a game made for little people and nephews, not for Sega fans. [May 2013]
  • 68

    Official Nintendo Magazine UK

    (platform: 3DS)
    Sega fans will enjoy this solid port but it's far from a smooth ride. If you can stomach the rough edges this has enough individual character to stand alone.
  • 60

    Vandal Online

    (platform: 3DS)
    It's a shame some technical issues make this version fall behind the "big ones", since it could have been a serious rival for Mario Kart. We'll need to get used to issues though, and in the end we will be able to enjoy it.
  • 50

    Nintendo Life

    (platform: 3DS)
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on 3DS tries to emulate the terrific offering on Wii U, with what seems like a disregard of its platform.
  • 50

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: 3DS)
    With its 3DS version of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sumo Digital had good intentions: offering the same game in portable form. But technically, this version had too many obstacles to overcome, clearly.
  • 49

    4Players.de

    (platform: 3DS)
    If you thought that on Nintendo's handheld you'll get a decent funracer that shows the quality of its' 360 or PS3 siblings, go look somewhere else.
  • 45

    NintendoWorldReport

    (platform: 3DS)
    A workable frame rate might have salvaged this uninteresting, watered-down 3DS version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Instead, the game's single redeeming quality is marred by technical and gameplay problems, leaving it a shallow, unworkable execution of a good idea.

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