Sonic Racing (Series) Review

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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 4 weeks 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

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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

Genres: Racing

Developer: @SumoDigitalLtd

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online. 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.

CostsCosts

Sonic Racing usually costs £29.99. 

Sonic Racing

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

ESRB EVERYONE.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 5+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. 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."
 
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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Sonic Racing Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SumoDigitalLtd) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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