I really think that the game lacked many of the aspects that they had in the original. The changing cars just weren't as nice (boat was hard to steer) as they could have been, and just amounted to a bad gimmick idea. Unless you are REALLY set on renting this game, you'd be better off getting another game, in my opinion. (Not to mention some of the ever-annoying current voices. We're looking at you, Amy Rose.)
The original All-Stars was a very enjoyable (albeit deriative of Mario Kart) cart racing experience, and was the title that got my son into gaming. The sequel while having the right intentions, is a bit of a miss in some areas. First off, the career mode is more focused on mini game style challenges then actual races, and the new boat and flying segments are abit forced. Don't get me wrong they defiitely switch things up, but they don't control as smoothly and too many invisible barriers (especially while flying) tend to destroy the illusion of freedom the extra modes would entail. Plus, it's a scripted thing when the tracks dictate, not an at will thing. I also dislike the layout for the world tour which branches out in all directions family tree style. It works, but far too cluttered for my taste. Visually in alot of ways I feel the original trumps this. The original was very colorful, fast, and detailed.This one looks decideably low-res at times, almost like it was designed for standard definition Wii standards. (Even though there is no Wii version go figure.)
All that said, this is still one of the better Kart games and definitely worth a rent to see how you feel about, especially for the 360 since there is so few options available. Now if only we could get Banjo and Kazooie in here again like the original....
posted by HarleysBatman (LA PUENTE, CA) Dec 13, 2013
Member since May 2013
Rented this for my girlfriend, who is a major Sonic fan and racing game fan; I am neither of these but I gotta say, this game is actually very fun and decent! I didn't think I would be playing at all, but I think I ended up playing more than my girlfriend did. I gave it an 8 out of 10, because there are a few annoyances and glitches but again, there's not so many that it makes the game either impossible to play or enjoy...
- The tracks are very unique and colorful. Most tracks I really enjoyed playing on!
- There is many characters to choose from; and even Wreck It Ralph is in the game!
- The replay value is very high in this game; you need to win stars to unlock characters or pathways to new events and lands and depending on what difficulty you set, you can receive up to 4 stars per event!
- The game is very addicting and is best played with friends!
- The game is enough of a challenge to let you know that it is possible to win and not enough to make you throw the controller down!
- The A.I. can sometimes cheat on the higher difficulty settings! I had been in first place for most of the race, having no problem defending, and out of nowhere, an A.I. opponent would drive right past me, at amazing speed! Also, the A.I. can crash into you on some events, take no damage and ruin your groove, but you can't hit them at all in the same event, without taking some damage!
- The music is mostly generic or not very interesting. I turned it off.
- The sounds are a mixed bag. The effects of the cars and weapons are done nicely but some of the lines some characters use are either super generic or just out of place. For instance, Tails will sometimes say, "It's a race to the end!", when he wins. REALLY? YOU DON'T SAY?! Shadow, a cocky little guy, will say things like, "No challenge at all!"---WHEN HE LOSES! Oddly, a girl named Pudding will say, "I feel so used!", and makes a drug reference when losing a race. Invisible audience is a