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Mixed or average reviews - based on 76 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 41 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
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  1. May 18, 2019
    95
    Team Sonic Racing refines and advances the genre in creative ways that make it a must play for both kart racing and Sonic fans alike, which is easy to do thanks to its budget price.
  2. May 17, 2019
    90
    Team Sonic Racing is a strong return to form for Sumo Digital’s kart racing spin-off series. Built on a solid foundation of gameplay, the risks taken with the implementation of the team dynamic pay off big time and sets Team Sonic Racing apart from other available titles in its class. Although it could use some beefing up in terms of side content, Team Sonic Racing is a versatile experience that fans of the franchise will adore.
  3. May 20, 2019
    88
    Overall, Team Sonic Racing is hurt ever-so-slightly by not keeping the transformative aspects of the last Sonic racing game – but that is largely offset by the team-based nature of things. Unlike OnRush, the team-based side of things is pretty seamless and feels like a natural extension of the single character-centric style from before. The tracks are outstanding and feature a slew of new environments for a Sega-based racer, while the controls are great for the relative car class. The game plays like a dream, looks great, and sounds fantastic. No matter what platform you get it on, you’re in for a fun time.
  4. Jul 9, 2019
    85
    I really enjoyed Team Sonic Racing. The team mechanics make the kart racing feel fresh and help the game stand out from the other kart racers out there. The track design captures the fun and spirit of the Sonic universe, and the races are every bit as fast as they should be. If you're looking for fast and fun kart racing, take Team Sonic Racing out for a spin.
  5. Jun 28, 2019
    85
    Team Sonic Racing is not just a kart game with tight mechanics. By introducing teamwork as the core element of its gameplay, it becomes a racing game with its own unique appeal. Its lengthy and diverse adventure mode could teach Mario Kart a few lessons too.
  6. May 17, 2019
    85
    Team Sonic Racing nails what matters most: speed and finesse on the racetrack. The new team system is a fantastic evolution of the arcade racing formula that gives you a real reason to work together, and there’s a litany of customization options to keep you coming back to these excellent tracks to earn more. Even though the small roster and annoying Adventure mode story could be better, Team Sonic Racing is an addictive and inventive evolution that proves Sumo Digital is at the top of its game.
  7. 85
    Team Sonic Racing is a blast to play. The unique team based racing puts a spin on an already successful formula that encourages players to work together while also feeling competitive enough to not keep those away who always want to prove they're the best.
  8. May 17, 2019
    84
    Team Sonic Racing is a delightful game, the perfect match between Mario Kart and that OutRun theorized by the same Sumo Digital in 2006.
  9. May 17, 2019
    83
    Team Sonic Racing is fun, well designed, and stuffed with replay value. It excels everywhere except the one place it matters: couch co-op, and that’s the one major flaw that holds it back.
  10. Jun 24, 2019
    80
    Overall, Team Sonic Racing is a fun and inventive racing game that puts a nice spin on it with focus on team cooperation. Cooperate with your teammates, blaze through the tracks, and work together to gear up and speed up.
  11. Jun 4, 2019
    80
    Sonic may be the fastest hedgehog alive, but the game is called Team Sonic Racing for a reason, and if you want to experience what it is like to put aside your ego and see how it is to win a race as a team, then this is your go-to game. This title blasts all naysayers out of the way with the impeccable gameplay, the fantastic graphics and the all familiar Sonic the Hedgehog feel you get throughout each race.
  12. May 28, 2019
    80
    All in all, Team Sonic Racing is a good, but not exceptional, kart racer. It fails to meet the heights set by its predecessor, but it's still quick, peppy and a delight to play. If you're a fan of the characters or kart racers in general, Team Sonic Racing is absolutely worth a shot. Most of its flaws are nitpicks or easily overlooked, and it's hard to dislike such a charming game. Now if only we could only get some non-Sonic characters next time….
  13. May 28, 2019
    80
    Team Sonic Racing is, above all else, a fun kart racing game that stumbles a little with difficulty spikes in single player and slow down in split screen multiplayer, Those looking for a challenging but welcoming racing game to play with friends and family are likely to get exactly what they're looking for.
  14. May 28, 2019
    80
    There’s a ton to like about Team Sonic Racing. The racing itself is as tight and high octane as ever while remaining accessible. Some of the challenge might be a bit much for the wee ones in single player, but otherwise, the solo content is extremely engaging and well balanced. Online works like a dream and local play with friends will still serve up some classic rivalries turning into fist fights. By design, there’s some stuff that was in the previous game whose absence feels missed here, but Team Sonic Racing is still a no brainer for Sonic fans and kart racing fans alike. The concept might still not make sense, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fantastic.
  15. 80
    Interesting co-operative strategies and deep customisation sets this mascot racer apart, but it's not without its share of potholes.
  16. May 22, 2019
    80
    Not another kart racing game, but an imaginative arcade driving experience that builds up a gameplay based on cooperation. It is a different approach compared with Mario Kart series, marking the right path for the Sonic franchise.
  17. 80
    With a team based approach to racing Team Sonic Racing is a very unique addition to the Sonic franchise, solidly executed across the board. It especially excels in larger multiplayer groups.
  18. May 20, 2019
    80
    Team Sonic Racing is a game you must play co-op or online. The best way to play this game is with your friends. Team Sonic Racing delivers some chaotic co-op gameplay and fresh team racing gameplay.
  19. May 17, 2019
    80
    If the fans might object that Team Sonic Racing has only karts to race, the co-op mechanics are very good and getting our team in front feels even better than to win the race. On the other hand, the game offers little-to-no challenge and the the content is pretty light.
  20. May 17, 2019
    80
    The team mechanics provide a bit of a unique twist on the genre, even if they make rubber-banding even more of an issue. Despite a few shortcomings, Team Sonic Racing is an enjoyable kart racer that makes great use of its franchise. If you’ve got a serious itch for some good old racing, Sonic and friends can help scratch it.
  21. May 17, 2019
    80
    Sumo Digital is back to hit you with that fantastic Sonic Racing action. Team Sonic Racing has a new focus on team-based mechanics, but it ultimately feels like a step back from the excellent Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The tracks are great, there's a whole of new customization options, and Team Adventure's challenge courses do well to differentiate the game from its peers, but it's a rebuilding year.
  22. May 17, 2019
    80
    Team Sonic Racing is one of Sonic's best spin-off games to date. Even with the handful of problems I had with the game, I found I was easily able to overlook them because of the pure fun I was having. Team Sonic Racing is definitely worth checking out if you're looking for your next kart racing craze.
  23. May 17, 2019
    80
    Team Sonic Racing is an absolute blast as a local multiplayer game. The team based mechanics offer an injection of fresh and exciting ideas into an otherwise stagnating genre, making it a must-play for fans of the series. The online races can be a little chaotic at times, but with a bit of patience and a lot of luck, there's plenty of fun to be had here.
  24. May 17, 2019
    80
    Sonic Team Racing does a pretty good job with the new team mechanics, but the difficulty can still be a tad rough at times; While not as bad as prior entries, it can be easy to fall behind after you've spun out, only to catch up again using a Team Ultimate, only to drop back a few spots when the opposing team does the same thing and cost you the race. Still, Sonic Team Racing is enjoyable alone and even more with friends or while playing online.
  25. May 17, 2019
    80
    Low price tag, high fun factor - that's Team Sonic Racing in a nutshell. Its smooth controls make the high-speed gameplay worthwhile, though the same cannot be said about its nonsensical story content. Unfortunately, an unstable online component drags the experience down a bit as well.
  26. May 17, 2019
    80
    It is a great title for anyone looking to scratch that kart racing itch, with lots of throwbacks to previous Sonic titles in both course design and music (including a new Crush 40 track because of course it does). I enjoyed my time with Team Sonic Racing and I think others will too.
  27. May 17, 2019
    79
    Team Sonic Racing is a good racing game, with the brilliant idea of the "team gameplay" and few little flaws.
  28. May 17, 2019
    79
    Team Sonic Racing is a game full of content, enjoyable to play and with a very well-structured co-op mode. Nevertheless, the title suffers on the medium/long duration, with a design of the tracks not always delighted and the readability of the action sometimes compromised by some aesthetic choices. Team Sonic Racing, therefore, while giving peaks of unquestionable fun, is devoid of that leap, that spark of play that can make the difference.
  29. May 29, 2019
    78
    Team Sonic Racing is an exceptionally fun kart racer but it doesn't quite do enough to make itself great. Considering the team mechanic doesn't bring much new to the table, I wish we got Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed 2 instead.
  30. May 24, 2019
    78
    With some patches and some polishing, Team Sonic Racing could be satisfactory. It has some interesting ideas. Getting to race with other people and help one another, in the name of everyone in your group doing better, has some merit. The campaign also is goofy in a good sort of way. There just needs to be some balancing, so people have a reason to pick people who aren’t Speed types, and the online races need to be fixed so people aren’t being booted or find themselves victimized by unbearable glitches.
  31. May 22, 2019
    78
    A nice racing game that pivots around the team idea bringing something new to the genre, but leaving some of the things that made previous Sonic race games special.
  32. May 17, 2019
    78
    In addition I find the track design too uninspired, the character selection too lean and the driving feeling in direct comparison to inaccurate.
  33. May 17, 2019
    78
    Lively and colorful on the graphic level, pressing and dubbed on the sound level, the title of Sumo Digital is a hymn to the SEGA series: speeding on the track with the characters of Sonic The Hedgehog is a pleasure that will satisfy all the most ardent fans of the franchise.
  34. Jun 4, 2019
    77
    You will find motivating team abilities and well constructed tracks, but also some slight problems with visuals and balance. A decent, but futile try to dethrone Mario Kart 8 as this generation’s top fun racer.
  35. Its team-based mechanics are very good and useful. Also, its soundtrack is amazing.
  36. May 17, 2019
    77
    A pretty solid and good-looking game that manages to satisfy any kind of gamer, although it lacks the variety and part of the charm of some other racing titles. It gives what it promises, anyway.
  37. Jun 3, 2019
    76
    The soundtrack and the excellent design of teamwork contribute tons of fun to this game. But the sudden framerate drop on PS4 is annoying, and the existence of golden parts is nonsense.
  38. Jun 3, 2019
    75
    We like that this game is focused on racing in a team, though overall this game is not as addictive as its predecessor. The game design is top notch, but the design of the tracks unfortunately is not.
  39. 75
    A small roster, somewhat bland presentation, and performance issues during local play do hold the game back from its full potential. I absolutely recommend giving Team Sonic Racing a whirl for its new kind of kart racing play, but if you want to play locally with your friends, you’ll have to put up with some potholes.
  40. May 17, 2019
    75
    Team Sonic Racing isn't the best karting game out there. But its well-executed team mechanic changes the way you play, making it a worthy addition to the genre.
  41. May 17, 2019
    75
    Team Sonic Racing is a very enjoyable game, even on your own, but we don’t understand why many of the features that made Transformed such a good and unique game have been removed. Its predecessor is a superior title, but Team Sonic Racing still is a good option of you like the series.
  42. May 17, 2019
    73
    Team Sonic Racing delivers a fun, easy-to-play experience that bolsters its adequate gameplay with distinct flavors to help it stand out from the rest of the genre. Unfortunately, the core gameplay provides mediocre action, limiting the fun of the otherwise promising racer.
  43. May 22, 2019
    71
    Team Sonic Racing is a shadow of the All-Stars Racing Franchise, losing more than just a fun cast of racers in the transition. There's still some fun to be had in this derivative kart racer, but you're better off seeking two other racers to join you on the track.
  44. Jun 3, 2019
    70
    The team mechanics put an interesting and unique spin on kart-racing, making Team Sonic Racing undoubtedly fun, but it’s missing the magic that made Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed a firm favourite.
  45. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 28, 2019
    70
    Surprisingly for a kart racer, Team Sonic Racing succeeds in bringing something new to the conversation, though it loses some of the spark Transformed had in the process. Mileage may vary. [Issue#163, p.84]
  46. 70
    Team Sonic Racing is a decent kart racing game. It’s very unfortunate that Sumo Digital decided to fixate solely on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The lack of SEGA’s wide variety of franchises makes the game feel very samey throughout, and only fans of Sonic will get a kick out of the use of the IP. On the plus side, the team elements of the game works really well and that offers a unique way to play a kart game. It’s not the best or most interesting racing experience out there, but there’s some entertainment to be found in Team Sonic Racing, particularly for younger fans of the blue hedgehog.
  47. May 24, 2019
    70
    With its third Sonic racing game Sumo Digital stayed true to the overall formula and quality of the franchise, by delivering a solid and fun experience. On the other hand the lack of various vehicles from the previous game feels like a step back.
  48. May 22, 2019
    70
    When you and your two pals are sharing item pick-ups, driving in each other’s racing lines, and skimming past one another for a boost, Team Sonic Racing shines. It offers something different in the kart racing genre.
  49. 70
    Team Sonic Racing is a solid kart racer that suffers from some unfortunate drawbacks. The team-based racing works well and mixes up the usual kart formula. However, the game is marred by game modes that lack fun, missing polish and an inescapable feeling that this is a downgrade of what has come before.
  50. May 17, 2019
    70
    We will still advise giving Team Sonic Racing as it proposes some nice gameplay ideas.
  51. May 17, 2019
    70
    Team Sonic Racing is a decent kart racing game, however plagued by too much similarities with Mario Kart.
  52. May 17, 2019
    70
    Team Sonic Racing is fun, but it isn't special. The game never really gets to be as exciting or spectacular as its predecessor.
  53. May 17, 2019
    70
    Team Sonic Racing is a fun and intelligently designed, albeit content-light, kart racer. The game’s central focus on teamwork gives the experience a unique and engaging flavor and its sense of speed kept me dialed in. But, that isn’t enough to assuage the title’s evident flaws. From an unimpressive roster of stages to lacking modes outside of Team Sonic Racing’s great single-player campaign, I’d be hard pressed to see this game lasting more than a dozen hours for many fans. While the fundamentals are fun, this racer could’ve used a tune-up before coming to market.
  54. 70
    While Team Sonic Racing maintains the core kart racing gameplay you know and love intertwined with fun new team-based mechanics, a laundry list of the best race types are left entirely out of local play with friends, instead being only available in Team Adventure and online modes, which partially ruins what is still a good game off the track before the finish line.
  55. May 17, 2019
    70
    The essence of Team Sonic Racing is good; its handling feels tight and smooth, drifting has a good flow to it, and the items are fun to use, as are the tracks to race on. It doesn’t bring much new to the genre, but it delivers where it counts. The racing is fast and fun, and the team aspects offer enough of a change to the formula to make Team Sonic Racing the endearing arcade racer it is.
  56. May 17, 2019
    70
    Plenty of folks will enjoy the Sonic focus and many of the tracks would have been fantastic as Transformed DLC. I just wish it wasn't as limited in scope out of the gate.
  57. May 17, 2019
    70
    Team Sonic Racing gives players a whole new take on the "Kart Racer" genre thanks to its team gameplay mechanic. It works and it allows less skilled players to enjoy competing against other human players. It's just too bad that SUMO got rid of the transformations and the SEGA All-Stars.
  58. May 17, 2019
    70
    We don't want to drag Team Sonic Racing down for ultimately quite trivial points. At the end of the day, Sumo Digital has served up a solid kart racer that succeeds in bringing something new to the table. It won't be to everyone's tastes, but the cooperative racing adds a nice layer of rapid fire strategy. It's implemented well, to the point where standard races feel distinctly secondary. It might be lacking the wow factor SEGA's other IPs brought to Sumo's other racers, and it's a shame performance is a little rocky, but this is a good option for PS4 players who want some arcadey thrills.
  59. May 26, 2019
    65
    Team Sonic Racing is a solid enough karting experience, but it feels like a major step back from the brilliant Transformed, and doesn't offer enough to present itself as a valid competitor to Mario Kart 8.
  60. May 22, 2019
    65
    Team Sonic Racing ends up in the middle of the table when compared to its competition, and while it suffers from some serious technical issues, it still manages to entertain due to its diverse gameplay and different multiplayer modes.
  61. May 17, 2019
    65
    Overall, Team Sonic Racing is... fun. I wouldn’t say it’s a top-of-the-line title by any means, but little tweaks to the formula give it an edge over others in the same field.
  62. Edge Magazine
    Jun 20, 2019
    60
    A slightly muddled gimmick and dilute sense of identity mean Sonic is unlikely to outpace the competition. [Issue#334, p.114]
  63. May 31, 2019
    60
    Team Sonic Racing isn’t the fastest thing alive, but it moves at a decent pace. It won’t convert those who hate the kart racing genre, but it offers a decent twist on the formula for existing fans. That in itself is enough to justify its existence at a budget price, and it thankfully isn’t an embarrassing mess like Sonic Forces.
  64. May 30, 2019
    60
    Team Sonic Racing offers a hopeful glimpse at how compelling a team-based kart racer can be. However, inadequate AI, limited loot box progression, and a poorly-polished multiplayer suite make this seem more like a stepping stone that'll hopefully lead to something more well-realized.
  65. May 23, 2019
    60
    Sega has really tried to do something new with Team Sonic Racing. Despite the great entertainment value, we are quickly bored due to the limited selection of tracks and frustrated by our teammates. Combined with unclear difficulty, we suspect that few players will have the patience and desire to play Team Sonic Racing as many hours as we have done.
  66. May 22, 2019
    60
    There are still moments when you unfairly plummet from first to sixth in three seconds, but that frustration is as much a part of this genre as cartoonish platforming heroes looking for a lucrative side gig. Just go with the flow.
  67. May 19, 2019
    60
    A spirited attempt at innovation and some competent driving mechanics are not enough to escape the shadow of either Mario Kart or the previous Sonic & Sega racers.
  68. May 17, 2019
    60
    Team Sonic Racing is fun yet ultimately underwhelming kart racer. It’s innovative team-based mechanics can make the solo campaign a joy, but aren’t fleshed out enough to prevent things becoming repetitive. Combine that with finicky handling alongside performance issues and you’ve a package that fails to live up to what came before it. Although, given its budget launch price, hardcore Sonic fans could find something to love here.
  69. May 17, 2019
    60
    While Team Sonic Racing makes a statement with its collaborative squads of racers, its identity is lost in the amorphous complexion of a conventional kart racer. Worse, its gorgeous locales and myriad customization options aren't quite enough to support a despairing imbalance between luck and skill. Silver the Hedgehog's presence is one of many indications Team Sonic Racing is burdened with deadweight and light on inspiration.
  70. May 17, 2019
    60
    Produced by SEGA and developed by Sumo Digital, Team Sonic Racing is the third installment in the kart racing series with Sonic and his friends as stars of the show. This time it is all about Sonic: characters and location are restricted to the series and there is a new vehicle customization system. Even if the graphics are improved, game contents and experience see a step forward and even if the game can be enjoyable at times, it will not match the greatness of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
  71. May 17, 2019
    60
    Team Sonic Racing is a technically sound karting game, but really only sells its central mechanic well enough in multiplayer to convince you that it needs to be there. It’s not helped by only featuring the mostly bland Sonic family of characters and locations, leaving it feeling like an overall downgrade from the fantastic Sonic & All-Star Racing games.
  72. May 17, 2019
    60
    Fast, colourful, robustly made... but Team Sonic Racing’s seven-year-old predecessor was more transformative in every sense.
  73. May 17, 2019
    60
    Team Sonic Racing brings an interesting dynamic to the kart racing genre. While its team-based gameplay offers a new dimension of tactics to players, it lacks refinement and ultimately doesn’t do enough to escape the shadows cast by other prolific kart racers.
  74. Jun 4, 2019
    55
    The best thing I can say about Team Sonic Racing is that kids will probably love it, although that’s damning praise considering its predecessor. Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed was a wonderful title offering both nostalgia and gameplay, easily giving Nintendo’s efforts a run for their money. Sadly, while Team Sonic Racing can boast improved driving physics and a solid team element, nearly every other aspect of the experience is a step backwards.
  75. Jun 3, 2019
    50
    Team Sonic Racing is still one of the weaker kart racers we’ve played.
  76. May 17, 2019
    50
    Team Sonic Racing, despite carrying a tidbit of fun, doesn't stand up to other kart racers today.
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  1. May 17, 2019
    Sumo Digital ditches the wider world of Sega for its latest kart racer, but for all that's lost a new focus and inventiveness is found. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. May 17, 2019
    A very good kart racer. A good kart racer is one where you can engage in more than 100 races in a short period of time and not get bored. It’s a game where, no matter how good you are, a random blue shell or its eagle Wisp equivalent can ruin everything at the last minute. It’s a game that feels good to play and looks good in action. Team Sonic Racing is all of those things, with an intriguing team-based addition.
  3. May 22, 2019
    Team Sonic Racing is fine. It's a decent enough racer and that's it, really. The team mechanics are okay, the tracks are okay, everything is okay...Except the matchmaking. And the pointlessly long results screens.
  4. May 17, 2019
    An extraordinarily competent racer, which makes sense.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 244 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 244
  1. May 21, 2019
    10
    Very entertaining and at a great price. It will never be Mario Kart but who cares.
  2. May 21, 2019
    9
    Team Sonic Racing is a team racing where you team up with two other people to play, and I think it'll be a great game, because it has someTeam Sonic Racing is a team racing where you team up with two other people to play, and I think it'll be a great game, because it has some parts I like where you can explore new maps with awesome music, and how you can also earn stuff that can customize your car, and the gameplay of the game, and the items are useful but their wisps since they support you in sonic colors, but I don't like the fact that if you get in first place and your teammate place was around 7th place, it'll bring you down, but I'll say this is a great game for racing and fun for people, so I'll give it a 9/10 Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2019
    9
    Team Sonic Racing is as amazing as the previous entries made by Sumo. It's fast, fun and exciting. The Team mechanics work really well and ifTeam Sonic Racing is as amazing as the previous entries made by Sumo. It's fast, fun and exciting. The Team mechanics work really well and if you are a fan of Sonic and fun racing games, then this is definitely a must buy.
    The reason why this game solely focuses on Sonic characters is because it can add certain fan-favorites like Blaze and Silver that would normally not be in another Sega All-Star game.

    One downside, though minimum, is the lack of party modes. While not a huge letdown, there are certain other things that could have been improved or added. But all in all, this is an amazing game and it's a relief to see a good Modern Sonic game, even if a spin-off, again!
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