Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 60
  2. Negative: 1 out of 60
  1. 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.
  2. Smooth controls and a bunch of awesome tracks make this an exciting kart racer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Multiplayer doesn't offer much, either.
  6. 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.
  7. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie isn't a perfect kart racing title, but it is very close and matches up well against Mario Kart Wii in that respect
  8. There's a lot of throwback cool to it, but with some decent kart racing gameplay to back it up.
  9. 75
    For being a bonus racer, there's nothing advantageous about playing as Banjo -- his stats are arguably below average, including some undesirable handling. You're better off continuing to save Sega Miles for the character you really want to play as.
  10. The best kart racer on 360 an PS3, but not quite the Mario Kart-beater we'd hoped for. [Mar 2010, p.56]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 100
    It’s a win-win for gamers with kids and Sega fans alike – finally, a Sonic game that you don’t need to be 10 years old to enjoy.
  14. All in all there’s plenty to like here. It’s a very cool, very grounded game that’s been built to give all who play her a great sense of satisfaction.
  15. It's all mildly entertaining but utterly disposable. [Apr 2010, p.86]
  16. 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.
  17. Mediocrity wins out. [Issue#93, p.124]
  18. 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.
  19. Good controls, design and awesome tracks make this game a fun and exhilarating experience.
  20. 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.
  21. Overall, Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing is a fun little game. It's no Forza, but it is entertaining. If you're looking for a fun little racer, and especially if you're a fan of SEGA's games, then you'll enjoy your time with it.
  22. 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.
  23. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a well-done mixture of racing action and multiplayer fun. For players with preference to colorful, easy-going casual games, this game is a must-have. This game keeps every party from getting boring.
  24. 75
    It’s Mario Kart with Sega characters, trading off originality for simple, enjoyable gameplay with a nostalgic twist.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Sega's legacy deserves a better celebration than this competent but unremarkable Mario Kart clone.
  29. Far from a cheap attempt at a slice of the kart-racing pie, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is an exhilarating ride. The intricate and well-thought-out track designs and highly addictive gameplay bring it closer than most to dethroning the almighty Mario Kart.
  30. Though familiar, it's still really addictive, and with all the character, track and mode options, it stays fresh for a very long time.
  31. Fun, entertaining and deep, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a great crazy racer. Charming characters, great tracks, and a great sense of speed, it's one of a kind game, engaging and with lots of several game modes, both online and offline.
  32. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing could well have been a disaster for Sega, it could of seen them laughed at from all sides, with what looked every bit like a cash in on Nintendo's success with Mario Kart. What we got though was not only a fine casual racing game, we have what is possibly the one of finest kart racing games since 1992.
  33. 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]
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. All Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing had to do was not be completely terrible, but Sumo Digital ignored Sonic's awful racing pedigree and produced a pretty darn good kart racer.
  40. 85
    All-Stars Racing is the go-to kart racing game on the Xbox 360. There isn't an experience like it on the system.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing may not be perfect, however it shines in all the right places offering hours of endless next generation entertainment and adrenaline pumping racing that even the mighty Mario Kart would be envious of.
  44. The single player mode does ramp up the difficulty early on in the piece so don’t expect to blitz it like many arcade racers, it does present a worthy challenge. But as with the mighty Mario Kart, Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing has its focus firmly on the multiplayer whether it be online or splitscreen with some mates.
  45. Older gamers will certainly long for the Crash Team Racing and Mario Kart days, while Sonic's outing here may not have outdone these predecessors, it's certainly the most feature packed family party game on the Xbox 360 with its fantastic split-screen gameplay, and even more unexpected, online multiplayer. Certainly then, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is an absolute must-buy for the family home.
  46. 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.
  47. A very decent kart racer with plenty of Sega goodness and a solid multiplayer offering. [Apr 2010, p.98]
  48. Ok, lets face it, kart games are made for multi-player and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing really caters handsomely in this department.
  49. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing may have been Sega’s answer to Mario Kart’s dominance of the kart racing genre, but it’s not a contender quite yet.
  50. 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.
  51. Bursting with modes, missions and mascots, it is easily the most polished kart racer of recent years, enhanced by Sega’s rich history and simple, fun gameplay.
  52. It may not be original but this Sega racer is still loads of fun to play.
  53. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a good Mario Kart alternative for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
  54. Immediate, entertaining and fulfilling even for the most exacting players, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a very good alternative to Mario Kart on non-Nintendo consoles.
  55. Mario Kart may still hold the crown overall but All-Stars Racing is certainly the closest Sega has come to its own Smash Bros, and in its own little way suggests that, putting aside the welcome updates of classic franchises like After Burner, the still-mighty company has finally learnt to accept – and even revel – in its status outside of the hardware race.
  56. A lot better than some people would give it credit for and a pleasant change from all the driving simulations out there at the moment. The fun may well be too short lived for most though, with only the most dedicated achievement hunters putting in the required time to unlock everything. While it lasts though, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing can be a barrel of laughs – it's just not quite Mario Kart... damn.
  57. The racing experience is zippy and robust, while its gleeful celebration of all things SEGA is wonderfully endearing.
  58. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, may not offer the most compelling single player racing experience but does feature a good level of variety.
  59. It looks like Mario Kart (ie: pretty bloody average), it plays (sort of) like Mario Kart, the colours are as bright and the soundtrack just as irritating as Mario Kart. “Well that’s great,” one may well say, “Finally we’ve got a decent kart racer on the Xbox360 and the PS3.” Sadly, no. The one thing Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing failed to rip off from Mario Kart is fun.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 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 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 »
  2. 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 with rocket or something. id give $100 just to not play this dumb game Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    A great racer you can drift on a dime controls are very tight,I would not call this a cart racer,alot of differant vehicles in the game. The game play is very fast paced and really enjoyed the online multi player. I great nod to sega fans old and new. Full Review »