Sonic Racing (Series) Review
Posted: 4 months ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
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.
Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE
Release Date: 23/02/2010
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
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.
You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3. You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360. 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 (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.
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.
Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like Sonic Racing. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Sonic Racing for younger age ratings.
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