gamers (93%) found this review helpful
I recently got this little gem mostly for my wife, who is a huge Mario Kart fan. The character selection is fantastic (although a little confusing in terms of real difference). The selection of maps and tracks, as well as the Challenge Mode (64 levels) was a great surprise. The aspect of the Turbo boost made the game seem much faster than Mario. The challenge of some of the levels gave the game an incredible balance. I'm talking jungles and pirate ships here.
Another aspect that to me outshone the Mario Kart Cadre were the graphics. I am not usually a visual monger, but this game was beautiful.
One drawback was the lack of customization to the racers, especially with the wonderful addition of an Avatar car (360 Avatar, not the movie) that I found kind of unpleasant looking. The multi-player interface I found to be a little frustrating, but that could have been just the nature of people sharing their races. The true taste of any great game in our house has always been measured by the amount of expletives my wife and I let fly. An excellent game with good replay value that for me is rare. Granted racing game shave that kind of inherently, but hey, I got bored with Mario personally.
Great game to play, great game to own. I would like to see some additional downloads of other characters. Sega has a rich tapestry that they adequately represented. I loved Shenmue on the bike crossed with AiAi the Monkey. Nice juxtaposition of graphic styles.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
After playing this game for what would seem like no time at all was actually 13 hours (not all at once) but I just had a hard time putting the remote down.
The game presents you with 22 characters to chose from. It may seem like a little but each character is so unique that it will keep the races fresh. Every Character has a special power that gives them an edge over the others. Along 24 different and diverse tracks to race on, this game (like it did me) will have you coming back to it whether it is trying to beat the time trails and setting new personal records on leader boards against other players, completing the 64 missions, or just simply racing. This game offers you a fun way to do so with your favorite Sega character, SONIC.
Lets talk about how the game actually plays rather than what it has. The controls are simple, you boost, you hit people with items and you race. However it plays out so smoothly that you forget about everything and just enjoy it. That is not to say that the game has its downsides. There will be times when you are drifting and a simple nudge will sending you spinning, a little annoyance but its there. But there isn't much to dislike about it. Now I hope my review was somewhat helpful to make the chose to get the game or not. Game is plain fun. 8/10