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Video GameSonic Racing (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks, drifting, and collecting power-ups.

Team Sonic Racing stands out with a focus on cooperative gameplay (a little like Mario Kart: Double Dash or the competitive character-based online games like Overwatch). You form part of a team of racers to win races through efficiency rather than speed. Game modes include competing to earn points, time trials, customizing the racing rules, and a story-driven tutorial campaign.

Your team can draw on three types of racers: speed, technique, and power. You need to balance these abilities and pay attention to how teammates are performing. Sharing power-ups and ensuring all team mates finish well gets more points.

It’s from the same developer as previous Sonic kart racing games, that offered more tradition one-vs-everyone racing:
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (2010) on Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iOS, Android.
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (2012) on Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Vita, 3DS, PC, iOS, Android.
  • Team Sonic Racing (2019) on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/02/2010

Price: 43% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1-5 (12 online)

Genres: Action, Race and Collecting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Sumo Digital Ltd (@SumoDigitalLtd)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room or as a 12-player online game. Team Sonic Racing supports four teams of three competing online, for a total of twelve racers at a time. You can race four players split screen off-line, although you can only have teams of 3 working together.

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed supports 4 players local multiplayer on consoles. The Wii U offers 5 player local play with one person using the Gamepad controller.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 because it features occasional, very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. While kart racing, players can use various items to hinder their opponents. When a player is hit, they spin out, get stars above their head and lose some rings. This is all cartoony and over-the-top.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. One family told us, "My son loved Sonic Racing even though he was only 3-years-old. My dad hooked up his old PS3 and played Sonic Sega All-Stars. My son saw his grandad play them and wanted to play himself. Obviously, he wasn't winning races, but it was all about just controlling the character."

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Sonic Racing usually costs £29.99. 

Sonic Racing

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Sonic Racing Accessibility Report documents 1 accessibility feature:
The game can be played using a single button for accelerate and a joystick to steer, with additional options such as brake, power ups, and items available to those who can access additional buttons.

If played on the Xbox or PC, the copilot feature can be enabled to allow a second player to control some of the additional functions that the first player may find difficult to access.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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