Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed - Xbox 360
Also known as: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: Limited Edition
|Also for:||Wii U, PSVita, 3DS, PS3, PC, Mac|
|Developer:||Sumo Digital||Soft. Co.:||SEGA|
||Released:||16 Nov 2012
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Although it is similar in appearance and concept to Nintendos own moustache-heavy karter, this - and its 2010 predecessor, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing - is quite a different beast in terms of control and gameplay mechanics. Indeed, Sumo has said that it's more like OutRun with Weapons than Mario Kart. And its hard to disagree.
In Transformed, Sumo has taken the core driving concept and cranked it up to eleven - car drifting is a lot tighter, and handling feels very responsive no matter who you play as. Tricks on the L1 and R1 buttons have been replaced with a barrel roll manouevre, which still results in a burst of extra speed upon landing but can double as a quick mid-air cornering function. Double-tapping the trick button whilst on ground can also result in a quick dash to the left or right.
Where the game comes into its own however is in the transformation of just about everything around you. Tracks consist of three different kinds of vehicular racing - car, hoverboat and plane. As you drive from tarmac to a water ravine, your vehicle automatically alters shape to better compete in the changing elements. Launch from a ramp on water to a mid-air section, and your hoverboat transforms dynamically into a plane.
You can, of course, enjoy all of this in multiplayer action against friends.
If All-Stars Racing was a great display of SEGA fanservice, youll go absolutely gaga for the level of detail placed in Transformed. Gilius Thunderhead from Golden Axe and Vyse from Skies of Arcadia are included as brand new characters to the racing track, and courses such as Panzer Dragoons Ruined Palace and Super Monkey Balls Temple Tumble are enough to make any SEGA fans jaw drop.
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