Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 60
  2. Negative: 1 out of 60
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. Suffers from being compared to other comical racing games like Mario Kart, and it is unlikely that you'll prefer it over those games. However, it manages to bring enough of its own flavor through its design to make it feel like a strong competitor.
  3. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, may not offer the most compelling single player racing experience but does feature a good level of variety.
  4. Though it's easy to dismiss a new Sonic game at this point we were surprised to see that Sonic's first noteworthy title in a long time is a kart racing game. Even though there are some issues with vehicles getting stuck in the environments and the online experience being somewhat limited when it comes to content this is still a highly entertaining kart racer easily on par with main competing franchise Mario Kart.
  5. The racing experience is zippy and robust, while its gleeful celebration of all things SEGA is wonderfully endearing.
  6. 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.
  7. Right now, Mario won't be looking over his shoulder, but if this title (and indeed the franchise) continues to grow, we could see a much needed competitive side to the genre that has been severely lacking for a decade now.
  8. Multiplayer doesn't offer much, either.
  9. 60
    While the modes themselves work well, the limited options and arenas -- there are only three in total -- kill the potential for fun before you even leave the gate.
  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. games(TM)
    50
    Mediocrity wins out. [Issue#93, p.124]
  12. Sega's legacy deserves a better celebration than this competent but unremarkable Mario Kart clone.
  13. X-ONE Magazine UK
    50
    A poor start, cheating middle and so-so end lead only to disappointment, and confusion over what should have been the primary gimmick. [Issue#56, p.84]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    0
    this game is freakin horrible you get frustrated real easy you cant see the split screen and when your in 1st they always take you out withthis game is freakin horrible you get frustrated real easy you cant see the split screen and when your in 1st they always take you out with rocket or something. id give $100 just to not play this dumb game Full Review »
  2. May 12, 2011
    0
    To anyone thinking of buying this game: Don't! If you're looking for the next big thing in kart racers, go back to Sonic Drift. If you want toTo anyone thinking of buying this game: Don't! If you're looking for the next big thing in kart racers, go back to Sonic Drift. If you want to experience the full game, download the demo for Xbox 360, then for PS3, and play them both consecutively. You will get 3 different characters/ karts, 2 different tracks, and the same annoying, un-mutable announcer. You may have noticed I haven't compared this game to Mario Kart. That is because Mario Kart is a different type of kart racer and a good game. The racing mini-games in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 were better. Once again, Sonic Drift is superior in every way, and it's for an old hand-held system, and Sonic Riders looks good when compared to this. The only good thing that came out of this game was the Ryo Hazuki Jacket on the Avatar Marketplace. Don't waste your money on this game, especially when brand new. If you're going to buy this, wait until it's $5.00 at a used games store. Full Review »
  3. Sep 16, 2010
    8
    Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is no Mario Kart, though it's still a bundle of fun for all ages. There's plenty of characters and a tonne ofSonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is no Mario Kart, though it's still a bundle of fun for all ages. There's plenty of characters and a tonne of game options (including a fantastic Out Run style mission mode.) The only real downside to All-Stars Racing is the lack of variety with some of the tracks. With such a huge back catalogue of games to choose from, you'll be left wondering why we're seeing three Billy Hatcher themed courses and no Clockwork Knight or Ristar. Despite this, there's plenty to do and a good deal of unlockables. It is however like a bit like a bag of malteasers; sweet while it lasts though you're left feeling a bit empty inside when it's all gone, with everything unlocked and conquered after around 10 - 12 hours of play. Full Review »