Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Smooth controls and a bunch of awesome tracks make this an exciting kart racer.
  2. Whichever version of Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing you choose you're going to get a well produced, fun arcade racer, with enough tracks and unlockables to keep you playing for a long time.
  3. The controls click almost perfectly, the multiplayer options are through the roof, there's plenty to do on the single-player front and the characters and levels are like a treasure trove of Sega history.
  4. A lovely, fun kartracer that’s worth playing alone or with friends. It may not be original, but the variety in tracks, recognizable characters and tight controls make this a great alternative for Mario Kart.
  5. There is no doubt that Sonic & SEGA All-Stars borrows from Mario Kart heavily, however in this case that is no bad thing because this game has depth, it works well and most important of all, it’s great fun.
  6. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a good Mario Kart alternative for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
  7. One more product of great quality from Sumo Digital.
  8. It might be too similar to Mario Kart, but the races, which are the core of the game, are very fun and enjoyable.
  9. With a tight control and excellent level design there's finally a worthy competitor to Mario Kart on the market.
  10. This is the best Mario Kart experience one can get without owning a Wii, with party graphics and clever courses. Entertaining for console gamers of all ages.
  11. All Stars isn’t an overly ambitious racing game and won’t turn the kart racing genre on its head. It has some minor framerate issues and the varied character selection is at odds with the less varied bevy of tracks. You won’t see this game fly off the shelves as fast as anything with the ’Mario Kart’ name on it, but if you are a fan of kart racing to any degree, you’ll find something immediately appealing in what’s offered here.
  12. 86
    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is the kind of game that you expect to be yet another failed attempt to overthrow Mario Kart, but it ends up giving it a run for its money. It is certainly not as deep or as finely tuned, but it is definitely one of the better kart racing games to come along since the notorious CTR.
  13. With all of the ways to play, vehicles, environments, and all-around fun, Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is a top-notch arcade racer for any fan of the genre.
  14. The fact that this game could transform me from a stony-faced, veteran gamer into someone's over-enthusiastic, flailing uncle who doesn't understand how controllers work is itself proof of how Sumo Digital's synthesis of sight, sound and play has resulted in a uniquely intense and compulsively playable experience.
  15. 85
    Of course, it’s more fun in multiplayer.
  16. There's plenty to do when playing alone or in split-screen multiplayer. The only real downside is that the online multiplayer is restricted to just racing.
  17. Many players thought, when the game was announced, that it was going to be just another Mario Kart clone as there has always been. However, the developer has given the game a unique touch, creating a very enjoyable experience and not just for Sega fans.
  18. Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is colorful and fun, for one player or multiple players. That’s probably all that needs to be said.
  19. 80
    This racer is surprisingly deep and robust, and even with its unoriginal design it's a great time no matter which version you get.
  20. Solid controls,good track design, and a Sega history overload make this a must-have for both racing and Sega fans. Just be wary of the announcer, he's cornier than Kellogg's cereal.
  21. It may not be original but this Sega racer is still loads of fun to play.
  22. Taking on Mario Kart is a daunting challenge but Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a faster alternative that stands up well. A decent kart game on PS3 and Xbox 360 has been long overdue so it’s easy to recommend this.
  23. 79
    The most impressive thing here is the restraint shown in the amount of Sega branded bedlam and power-ups. What results is a kart racer that offers something unique on 360 and PS3 and a strong alternative to Mario fatigued Wii players.
  24. Good controls, design and awesome tracks make this game a fun and exhilarating experience.
  25. If you’re looking for the next big thing in wacky racing games beyond a capable online framework, don’t look here. If you’re looking for straightforward Mario Kart clone with a glossy Sega veneer, then this game is for you.
  26. Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing does not manage to reach all-star level because of some little problems. Mario Kart might be better, but for gamers who only own a PlayStation 3 or a Xbox 360 this is the best party racer you can get.
  27. It's Mario Kart made SEGA style. Funny and well designed, it delivers the fun you expect from it. Sadly the biggest flaw is frame rate, and that's a big mistake for a game based on speed. Also, a general lack of new ideas sets it in a medium range.
  28. 75
    This game is pretty fun. You can race with 12 well known SEGA characters at 16 circuits. It’s a pretty typical kart game, but nevertheless it’s a lot of fun even though it’s mostly focusing on younger gamers. Nice graphics, nice audio, a lot of options and the most important thing: it’s a lot of fun!
  29. In spite of its resemblance with Mario Kart, Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing still is an enjoyable racing game, with the charm of SEGA’s characters still intact. It’s a pity we didn’t find our favourite ones, though.
  30. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, may not offer the most compelling single player racing experience but does feature a good level of variety.
  31. 65
    This arcade racing game from SEGA is, to some extent, nice to play, but after a while it becomes monotonous. It's fun for the variation, but we don't recommend this title.
  32. It's a lot of fun, visually pleasing and nods towards players who've been with SEGA since the dreaded Dreamcast days.
  33. There's a lot of throwback cool to it, but with some decent kart racing gameplay to back it up.
  34. 75
    Though it has some hiccups, unexciting party modes, and a questionable difficulty curve, All-Stars Racing is a respectable effort that makes a good kart racer at its core (and is at least much more cohesive than Sega Superstars Tennis).
  35. Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing is a great copy of Mario Kart. It's atmosphere is really nice, and you'll love to play this game with your friends. The level design is good enough, and the 60 missions grant a good longevity even in single player.
  36. It feels a little lightweight given that most of its content can be played within two or three hours, but the online modes are perpetually enjoyable and unlocking everything will require a moderate time investment.
  37. My advice? Play it alone and relish the fan service, which is truly exceptional. [Apr 2010, p.108]
  38. Sonic & SEGA All-stars Racing is a fast and furious game that works great both when you're alone or have some racing-hungry friends over - providing you don't already have the ultimate Kart racer on the market.
  39. The gameplay is ageless and timeless – probably because it’s a shameless copy of a certain plumber’s racing adventures on another console. There are weapons and powerups for both offensive and defensive manoeuvres, powerslides mean turbo boosts, and while the racing’s a bit bland in single player there are missions that earn money in order to unlock more of the cast, music and courses to race on. [Apr 2010, p.76]
  40. No, Sonic doesn't reach the level of brilliance of Mario Kart Wii, but Sonic and Sega All-stars Racing is still a very charming and challenging racing game for a younger audience.
  41. Even though it lacks originality and the character roster could have been improved upon, the game is still a blast to play and deserves a spot in any Sega fan’s collection.
  42. 78
    It's got Sonic in its name and it's good. Been a long while. [Issue#190, p.72]
  43. Polished, and fun to play, but this is lagging behind more creative racers. [Apr 2010, p.94]
  44. Kids'll love it, but it's lifetime adult gamers who'll truly relish this nod to a legacy a quarter century in the making. [May 2010, p.83]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jan 15, 2011
    If you Loved Mario Kart Wii then you'll love Sonic Racing on the ps3. It has A lot of your favorite characters and a large selections of tracks. There are also a few modes that you can do with multiplayer similar to Battle mode in Mario Kart. Online is pretty nice feature but only a select few on it at a time. The single player is deep in the sense that their a lot to do but variety wise not really. The single player can definitely last you a good time. Great 4 player split screen multiplayer when you have family or friends around. The controls are pretty smooth From being able to change direction smoothly while drifting. All characters have a special move too which gives a bit of uniqueness. Most importantly No Unblockable/Unavoidable Blue Shells like in Mario Kart to cheaply take you out of 1st place Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2010
    Good game, with good racer levels that would do pretty good if they where a rollercoaster :D
    Good controls, alot to do singleplayer.
    BUT the
    online multiplayer sucks.
    There are almost no online (Only about 30) and the refresh loading time in the online part is just plain annoying. It takes 30 sec-1 min just to load the severs!
    This would have got an 8 if the online worked better
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  3. DomM
    Feb 26, 2010
    Together with some friends - one of the best multiplayer games I've ever played!