Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. In this world of professional racing simulations and the like, it’s refreshing to play a game like Sonic & SEGA’s All-Stars Racing that puts the “fun” back into racing, without all the seriousness.
  2. 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.
  3. Get your race on with the All Stars, a good beginning held back in the starting blocks by a few faulty ideas.
  4. 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.
  5. Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is, despite its flaws, a well-crafted racer that’s clearly had a lot of good design work put into it.
  6. 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.
  7. Smooth controls and a bunch of awesome tracks make this an exciting kart racer.
  8. It isn't quite the fan paradise it could have been, but it's a very good racer that makes great use of classic Sega franchises. We wouldn't mind a sequel with more franchises and tracks included. [Mar 2010, p.86]
  9. Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing is a fun game. It might not be as polished as Mario Kart, but it is definitely worth mentioning in the same breath as Nintendo's series.
  10. If you enjoy Mario Kart Wii, you'll enjoy Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
  11. If you don't care about plagiarism, you will have much fun with Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. It's a pleasant surprise.
  12. A fun and exhilarating experience heavily relying on what Nintendo did with the Mario Kart series over the last few years. It may be not the best in its genre, but it's surely worth a try and an overall well packed game.
  13. Good controls, design and awesome tracks make this game a fun and exhilarating experience.
  14. A game this derivative can never be great, but it's really, really good.
  15. Shameless lack of originality aside, this might be worth a look if you've exhausted the real thing. [Mar 2010, p.52]
  16. Don’t go into Sonic Racing expecting tons of surprises or genre-redefining innovation. Rather, prepare for a Sega-studded interpretation of the classic kart racing formula.
  17. Good fun but lacking the polish that makes Mario Kart Wii the definitive kart racer. [Mar 2010, p.76]
  18. All Star Racing does not offer anything more than Mario Kart. Still, is entertaining and perfect for multiplayer, and the great number of characters, circuits and game modes make it a decent "clone".
  19. 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).
  20. 70
    This is a great little racer with a whole host of great characters and vibrant, memorable courses that keep the player smiling throughout the races.
  21. For better or worse, you may want to try the game out because it has its enjoyable moments. Just be warned that kart racers already on the market like Mario Kart Wii are far superior.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 1, 2014
    This is a great Kart Racing game, that, though similar to Mario Kart, is superior than it as well. Now the graphics are nice and crisp, the game looks very good, the game controls great as well! Though if you're used to Mario Kart, it could take a bit of getting used to, as the controls are somewhat different.

    Also borrowing from Sonic riders is a simplified trick system. And by Trick, I mean rotating in the air, But the more you rotate, the better the speed boost. The game has online racing that is on par with Mario Kart, but I suggest you stay away from it unless you get really good at the game. Because unlike Mario Kart, there are a lot of different, well, I'll call them exploits for lack of a better term, that people use that I don't even know about.

    The game has a two different unlock systems based on what you are trying to unlock. "Mods" Are unlocked by doing well in races. But just beating a bunch of races will aid as well. These "Mods" Change how your character races slightly. Like it can increase their speed, but slow their accelerate for example. Another example is it can slow them down, but help with their turning.

    For unlocking characters, you must play though the challenge mode. Where you, of course, have to complete various challenges to unlock characters. You will unlock the characters faster if you play on harder difficulties, but will get to them faster if you play on easier difficulties.

    Speaking of speed, the races often can last up to 5 minutes, at least at my skill level. And I wouldn't say I'm bad at racing games at all.

    The music is mostly comprised of remixes of past games, but these remixes are very good! Not as good as remixes in brawl, but fairly decent on their own accord.

    Overall, I'd say this game is worth buying, especially on the PC where it's the cheapest.
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  2. Oct 22, 2013
    While not as fun as Mario kart it is fun to play all of your favorite characters from past Sega games and the courses are unique too. One thing I don't like though is that even this a game made by Sega there are too many sonic characters. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2013
    This is really good for 2 players. There are really good 2 player combos such as battles and racing. The races are fantastic. You win game coins and you buy the characters. My favourite characters are Opa Opa and Sonic. They are basically the best characters for racing. The tracks are fun and there are really cool stunts you can do. Full Review »