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  • Summary: Sonic and the All-Stars cast battle for supremacy across land, water and air in transforming vehicles that change from cars to boats to planes mid-race.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Nov 20, 2012
    91
    It's a great call back to classic SEGA characters and franchises, and provides a heavy emphasis on fan service while maintaining a level of quality not often seen in kart racers outside of the Nintendo developed ones. It seriously feels like a love letter to long-time SEGA fans, and is certainly worth picking up.
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    90
    I can look at it from any angle I want. I can detract that SEGA fan bonus, I can play this with people who have no idea what a Dreamcast is and this still is the pinnacle of what this sub-genre has to offer. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed reaches new heights, challengingly smiling down on Mario Kart.
  3. Nov 15, 2012
    86
    It's a balanced and entertaining racer, then, but above all else, Transformed is incredible fan service.
  4. Nov 22, 2012
    83
    Transformed is one of the best fun-racers in recent months and a classy alternative to Mario Kart, whose dominance is crumbling away. Without the frame-rate problems during split-screen races the speeding hedgehog might even have outpaced the racing plumber.
  5. Nov 18, 2012
    82
    Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed respects and reproduces its source material with such precision that it'll leave Sega fans desperately clinging to the foolish belief that we'll get proper Nights or Burning Rangers sequels one day. On its own merits Transformed is a competent racer with a great drift mechanic, and the dynamically shifting carts and tracks are a solid contribution to an otherwise homogenous genre.
  6. Dec 3, 2012
    80
    Sumo Digital has done a superb job creating a kart game that works. It may suffer from a lack of originality, but the game is definitely worth your attention. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed could have been another mediocre attempt at a kart racer, but its solid controls, plethora of modes and unlockables, and iconic characters allow it to shine on its own podium.
  7. Nov 16, 2012
    70
    A superior Mario Kart clone and certainly the best Sega has ever produced, especially in terms of the teary-eyed nostalgia inspired by its endless retro cameos.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    10
    Okay, when I wrote my first review for this game, I had only played it a little bit, but now I've gotten to play through a huge portion of theOkay, when I wrote my first review for this game, I had only played it a little bit, but now I've gotten to play through a huge portion of the game. This game is by far one of, if not, THE most beautifully done game made by SEGA & is an amazing pickup no matter if you are a SEGA or Sonic fan or not. This game is a mix of the first Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing game, as well as Mario Kart 7 & Need For Speed. It features all the great fun of a kart racing game, but features beautiful graphics & a more realistic racing game engine that resembles Need For Speed or Forza Motorsport. The controls are very realistic to how how think each vehicle transformation should play. The car sections play just as anyone would expect, the boat sections are great with waves & currents to make the sections funner & more challenging, and the flight sections play like a flight simulator (inverted up & down, etc). For SEGA fans, this game is sure to please you with an incredible roster of beloved Sonic & SEGA characters, as well as tracks that are based off of great levels that they've made into fun tracks to race on. The soundtrack for the game is made of mainly of remixes, but is still perfectly fitting & very catchy. This game is also like how video games used to be, packed with a bunch of amazing unlockable content you don't have to pay for but you really have to work hard to get, it's a very lengthy, but nonetheless, amazing game. No matter if you've been a SEGA fan for ages, or if you just picked up the game to have some fun, you'll love this game for sure, it is for sure one of the best racing games out there. Expand
  2. Jun 22, 2014
    10
    This racing game is quite enjoyable until you play too much or just get everything. I like everything about the game like: track design,This racing game is quite enjoyable until you play too much or just get everything. I like everything about the game like: track design, graphics, the characters, world tour mode and all the modes. I might talk about the bad first, well there are the odd glitches here and there one includes the transform ring failing to spawn on the track rouge's landing or that when you do a trick at the top of the tunnel at the end of the flight section, you can Clip through the transform ring and get stuck but they are the two I found that are bad. The good things are that the gameplay is good, some of the best controls in all Xbox 360 racing games, good characters and less cheesy than Mario kart. Overall get this game if you find it but try and get the bonus edition because you can get metal sonic, outrun bay and an exclusive pack of stickers for your license with a few mods Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2020
    10
    Five words. Amazingly better than Mario Kart! This game is one of my favorites, and it’s fun to play! It is also very addictive and perfectFive words. Amazingly better than Mario Kart! This game is one of my favorites, and it’s fun to play! It is also very addictive and perfect for any SEGA fan! This is undeniably the BEST racing game of all time, and it includes some of my favorite characters from various SEGA media, including Pudding, Gum, Reala, Beat, Ulala, Amigo, AiAi, and Alex Kidd! Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2013
    9
    All-Stars Racing Transformed may borrow a few notes from Mario Kart, but its identity and love for Sega's history shines through in aAll-Stars Racing Transformed may borrow a few notes from Mario Kart, but its identity and love for Sega's history shines through in a colourful and lovable arcade racer. The circuits are rife with fun to use yet familiar pickups, and transformations from land to sea and air are wondrous. There are also plenty of career challenges and grand prix modes to keep you busy. A simply outstanding arcade racer, which soars in a year where few of them have risen above mainstream appeal. Expand
  5. Mar 9, 2017
    9
    In what was once an average Kart racer turned into possibly the best Kart racer in several years, and competing with the king of Kart racers,In what was once an average Kart racer turned into possibly the best Kart racer in several years, and competing with the king of Kart racers, Mario Kart 8. Sonic Transformed is the result of a series correcting everything that was wrong in the first game to right in the second game. With not only an improved game play engine, an innovative feature to change landscapes by racing in water and the air as well as the ground and tracks that change every lap, this is just the start of improved features from the previous game. Sonic Transformed once again features an ensemble of SEGA characters from different game universes with respective tracks for each character. The tracks are improved since last game, but also bring back tracks that were well received by the community from SEGA allstars racing. Sonic Transformed while having multiple glitches at launch, worked quickly to fix all track glitches so that the time attack leaderboard had more credibility. Sonic Transformed also reduced the effectiveness of the all star power up, making it more of a combative advantage rather than both speed and combat. The powerups are improved and more balanced, and now including a swarm powerup to target first place which was inspired by the shock from blur. This game has a much more competitive online multiplayer and karts feel balanced, even with various control patterns. You pick a speed class kart, you must take the turns different to that of handling and other classes. Overall buy Sonic Transformed, its one of the best Kart racers in recent memory and a vast improvement over its predecessor. Expand
  6. Aug 4, 2017
    8
    Other than how to unlock characters and tracks, this one is superior to the previous one. Sometimes I can't decide if I like this one moreOther than how to unlock characters and tracks, this one is superior to the previous one. Sometimes I can't decide if I like this one more than the first one, but I think this one beats it by a tiny bit. When it comes to gameplay, it's better, but when it comes to some other things, it's not as good as the first. Expand
  7. May 19, 2013
    0
    I used to like Sonic. I remember two years earlier (Grade 6) I wore a Sonic hat shaped like his quills to school and pretended me and myI used to like Sonic. I remember two years earlier (Grade 6) I wore a Sonic hat shaped like his quills to school and pretended me and my friends were Sonic characters, and eagerly awaited Sonic Generations, the one game I was looking forward to the most that year. But I've since changed. Sonic is a game for babies, and yet his fanbase is flooded with whiny and idiotic teens and adults. Only recently have I decided to stop playing Sonic. Now let's get into reviewing the actual game. It's a TRAINWRECK of a kart racer, a homage to retro Sega, a Sonic game and as a material object. I thought the worst was behind Sonic, and that the future for him looked brighter. Far from it. This is THE worst Sonic game ever made, and one of the worst games in history.
    Let's start off small. The game is a sad and blatant cash grab. It's clearly ripping off Mario Kart 7 with its 'land, air and water' gimmick. Sadly there's no avoiding a comparison between the two games, and it won't be pretty. On one hand, MK7 was a polished and well-made kart racer (possibly the best in the series, even), wheras ASRT is broken, ugly and disgraceful. Oh yeah, you thought Sonic 06 was broken? This one has millions more glitches. MILLIONS. I couldn't play a single race without at least ten glitches. The collision detection dissapears for both objects and item boxes, the vehicle wouldn't transform at the right time (when I come to a body of water, it would stay in car mode, and my character drowned) and sometimes the position ranking doesn't even go up, meaning that you can stay in lead all throughout a race and come in last, all because the position ranking wouldn't move. The all-star moves are a joke. They are seriously downgraded from the first game, because now THEY DO NOTHING. I'm not even joking, they're just eye candy! As far as I'm concerned it's another glitch. I wouldn't be suprised at all. Split-screen multiplayer lags everywhere, making one short race take up to an hour! Online multiplaer is arguably even WORSE. The game was supposed to pay homage to Sega's glory days, back when they didn't suck, but they just ended up ruining all their franchises. I'd give this game a 1 out of 10 if the music was any decent, but it's godawful (enough to make Ke$ha's music seem like a masterpiece), so a 0 it is. One of the worst things ever created.
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