Hey guys it’s Sam, back and in business at Sammwak!

But guess what? I have a fresh new review! No, it still isn’t an app (YET) review, but it’s even better. It’s finally another video game review. And since I got an Xbox 360, I am racking up those reviews! Today’s is a little like SEGA Superstars Tennis. If you haven’t seen THAT review, click here!

The only major difference is that this game involves RACING, not tennis. That’s right…it’s Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie, or Sonic & Sega Racing for short.

Now, we bought this game at Video Hits Plus, and from my experience with the demo, I absolutely fruit-tootedly LOVE this game, no matter how you slice it. It’s practically the only game I’m interested in playing nowadays. I have a couple reasons how this game is fun:

The adrenaline just makes my heart race as fast as the cars in this pedal-to-the-metal crossover. SEGA Superstars Tennis lacked those special ingredients that are somewhat taken for granted: enjoying it. All you do is hit a ball back and forth. What good does that bring? Luckily, in Sonic & Sega Racing, they picked up those ingredients, tossed them into the pot, stirred it up, and served it fresh and warm.

The enjoyment is a new high for Sega crossovers. The power-ups really set that level for games like these. Any crossover could look epic, but really have the most dull enjoyment, if any enjoyment at all. In this game, the enjoyment was set for no mercy. The expectations are so complete and well-organized.

The power-ups! A racing game isn’t complete without power-ups! Sure, Mario Kart had cool power-ups, but this is Sega. This is not Nintendo. And speaking of power-ups…:

Mega-Horn: Perfect in those situations where opponents are too close for comfort. Its blare is strong enough to knock at least one opponent away. Its icon is a blaring horn.

Hi-Speed Shoe(s): Perfect in those situations where there’s just that “need for speed.” This shoe is strong enough for one boost of speed. If you’re lucky, you can get three shoes in one power-up! Its icon is a Hi-Speed Shoe, or three Shoes if you get three Hi-Speed Shoes.

Shield: Always mauled by bowling bombs here, rockets there, and boxing gloves everywhere? The Shield is the power-up for you! This artificial orb surrounds you and your car, and takes a hit for you! It only lasts for a hit before it shrinks out, so think before you use it! Its icon is an orb.

Bowling Bombs: You’ve heard of bombs and sticks of dynamite, obviously. But have you ever heard of BOWLING BOMBS? These take the most precious aiming to pull off on your moving target. These do not lock on and track to opponents, but if you’re lucky, its detonation may be enough to knock your opponent away! Also, like Hi-Speed Shoes, three of these are possible in one item if you’re lucky. Its icon is a bomb, or three bombs if you’re lucky.

Rockets: Even when Bowling Bombs don’t lock on, there are items that DO lock on…Rockets! These also come in threesomes, and you can aim on a target to fire a rocket. These also knock people away. Its icon is a rocket, or three rockets if you’re lucky.

Confusing Star: Have bullies been turning your world upside-down? The Star turns your world upside-down, too….LITERALLY! A racer’s view is turned upside-down for a few seconds before returning to normal view with this Star. Like rockets, you can aim as well. Its icon is a star. No, these do not come in threesomes.

Boxing Gloves: You’ve seen WWE, right? Well these gloves are enough to knock a racer away! Boxing Gloves come in threesomes, but like Bowling Bombs, you cannot aim for a particular person. Get a mouthful of glove with one of these bad boys! Its icon is a green boxing glove, or three gloves if you’re lucky enough to receive the item.

All-Stars: If you’re having a rough time in the race, an All-Star could be enough to get you back in the race. For example, Sonic’s is when he transforms into Super Sonic, abandons his car and speeds to the front. Its icon may vary, due to the person using the All-Star (Sonic’s icon being Chaos Gems, Knuckles’s icon being one emerald, etc.). See what I mean?

Another one of my favorites are THE ANNOUNCER! He will make you lol until your lungs need air. Here are a few of his quotes:

“Food? Water? CLOTHING? Who needs it when you got racing like that?”

“And that’s the end of another beautiful friendship, I mean, race.”

“Boy, am I glad that race is over! I got sweatin’ places that don’t even sweat!”

“Hungry for more electrifying race action? Of course you are! Then don’t touch that dial!”

“What a show of speed and skill! I can’t wait to do it all over again! Until then, take care!”

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Oh, and since my other computer has access to YouTube, I’ll show you the INTRO to the game!

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The characters in this game are:

Sonic the Hedgehog from Sonic the Hedgehog

Miles “Tails” Prower from Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Knuckles the Echidna from Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Shadow the Hedgehog from Sonic Adventure 2

Big the Cat from Sonic Adventure

Amy Rose from Sonic the Hedgehog CD

Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog

Amigo from Samba de Amigo

Aiai from Super Monkey Ball

Beat from Jet Set Radio

Ulala from Space Channel 5

B.D. Joe from Crazy Taxi

Chuih, ChuBei, ChuPea and ChuBach from ChuChu Rocket!

Mobo and Robo from Bonanza Bros.

Mii from Wii (Wiis only)

Avatar from Xbox 360 (Xbox 360s only)

Banjo and Kazooie from Diddy Kong Racing (Xbox 360s only)

Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue

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A final consensus: Racing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing really includes the ingredients to a successful racing game that are often taken for granted. (9.4, nine and a quarter out of ten)

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Here’s what critics had to say about it!

Wikipedia: The game has received mostly positive scores. GamesMaster gave the game 83% for the console versions and 70% for the DS version, calling it ‘the best kart racer on 360/PS3, but not quite the Mario Kart-beater we hoped for’. Nintendo Power gave the Wii version 8/10 and the DS version 6/10. Official Nintendo Magazine gave both the DS and Wii version 75%. Wiiloveit.com gave the game a 27/30 calling it an “excellent kart racer”, praising it’s “natural” drifting mechanics, the varied multiplayer modes, as well as the large amount of “fan service” that exists in the game. The online incorporation was praised, however it was also commented that it could’ve been stronger had there been additional modes, a stronger setup, and some sort of a ranking system. Computer Bild Spiele, a German video game magazine, rated the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions a score of 2.32 out of 3. The Wii version was given a 2.46 out of 3 score. GamesRadar gave the console versions of the game 8/10, praising its pick-up-and-play fun while criticising its uninspired weapons, whereas the DS version got 7/10. IGN gave both the console and DS versions 8.0 each, calling it ‘a clone that gets it right.’ GameSpot also gave it 8.0, praising its responsive controls and excellent track design. Kotaku calls it a competent racer which evokes fond memories, although laments that the tracks and music selection don’t delve as deep into Sega lore as the character roster. GameTrailers gave the game 8.0 as well, praising its track design and addictive gameplay.

By March 2010, Sonic & Sega had sold 1.07 million copies worldwide.

And here are the emblems it received from GameSpot:

Good For Kids (d^_^b)

Good Start (d^_^b)

Sharp Control (d^_^b)

Strong Competitive Multiplayer (d^_^b)

Derivative (q^_^p)

Check out the whole review here: http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/driving/sonicandsegaallstarsracing/review.html

This has been another Sammwak video game review. Comment or email me what game you want me to review and you could be responsible for the next review!

– Sam





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