Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 60
  2. Negative: 1 out of 60
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  1. It may not be original but this Sega racer is still loads of fun to play.
  2. The racing experience is zippy and robust, while its gleeful celebration of all things SEGA is wonderfully endearing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing is a good Mario Kart alternative for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Multiplayer doesn't offer much, either.
  11. 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.
  12. Sega's legacy deserves a better celebration than this competent but unremarkable Mario Kart clone.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  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. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. AceGamez
    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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 83
    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.
  24. Though familiar, it's still really addictive, and with all the character, track and mode options, it stays fresh for a very long time.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Smooth controls and a bunch of awesome tracks make this an exciting kart racer.
  28. 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.
  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. 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.
  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. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Good controls, design and awesome tracks make this game a fun and exhilarating experience.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 75
    It’s Mario Kart with Sega characters, trading off originality for simple, enjoyable gameplay with a nostalgic twist.
  40. 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.
  41. Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, may not offer the most compelling single player racing experience but does feature a good level of variety.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. There's a lot of throwback cool to it, but with some decent kart racing gameplay to back it up.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. games(TM)
    Mediocrity wins out. [Issue#93, p.124]
  52. X-ONE Magazine UK
    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]
  53. Games Master UK
    The best kart racer on 360 an PS3, but not quite the Mario Kart-beater we'd hoped for. [Mar 2010, p.56]
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. Ok, lets face it, kart games are made for multi-player and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing really caters handsomely in this department.
  57. Official Xbox Magazine
    It's all mildly entertaining but utterly disposable. [Apr 2010, p.86]
  58. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    A very decent kart racer with plenty of Sega goodness and a solid multiplayer offering. [Apr 2010, p.98]
  59. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 75
  2. Negative: 10 out of 75
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    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
    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
    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 »