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My personal review on Sonic and sega all star racings for the DS.
Release: Feb 26, 2010 »
Around £15 in shops
The game has some great tight controls which makes it easy to steer your kart and bike. With a great sense of speed, it will make it a very fun game, unlike other kart games. It has some excellent designed courses with lots of imagination put into it, which will make it fun for the little ones playing. There is a variety of courses to, some hard, some easy, and some you will need to unlock. There are loads of characters which was great, there was sonic and shadow to some characters I have not even heard of before such as Ryo Hazuki. It will provide fun either racing by yourself on single player, game sharing, or even online mode with playing users all accross the world. There are many unlockables to unlock which can be bought with sega miles, which are earned when you complete races. the things purchased from the store can be like music to play on the tracks, you can buy locked tracks, and even characters and karts, which is super fun. Competetive play is limited to 4 players, which I find in other kart games there is 8, so its a shame really. The tracks are so well laid out it sometimes will be hard to notice the hazards, so you will need to be a super gamer to do a race without crashing. There are around 20 characters you can play as, all with different abilities, and either a bike or kart to race with. Everything in All-Stars Racing feels just right, so within seconds of starting your first race, you'll be able to focus on positioning rather than wrestling with your steering. You cna pick up item boxed which can let you lay land mines or get a boos t, or even a boxing glove to box someone out of the way in front of you. You can even to power slides by skidding, the longer you drift, the longer the boost will be. The graphics and sounds are pretty good, the usual racing car sound, and the graphics are awesome, bringing in mind it is a DS game. The two main single-player modes are Grand Prix and Mission. Grand Prix comprises six different cups with four tracks each, and you test your mettle against five computer-controlled opponents. Easy difficulty isn't too hard, but medium and hard pose a much stiffer challenge. The computer is without mercy, so expect to be peppered by items, shoved off cliffs, and given the sort of respect usually reserved for the likes of Shadow. Mission mode is objective based and has you striving to complete bite-sized tasks. Being asked to perform a certain number of boosts within a lap or collect coins as quickly as possible isn't too difficult, but to really prove your worth as an all-star racer, you'll have to earn a 10-star rating. This takes a bit of practice, and getting top marks in the 55 missions can take a fair amount of time.
Overall a great game, fun for all ages, online mode can be really challenging, try to play with friends, its way more fun that way. Definitely a recommended game.