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Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Free Download Character racers have been a staple of the videogame industry ever since Nintendo pretty much created the genre with Super Mario Kart. Many publishers and developers have attempted to imagine the kart racing design with their own style and intellectual properties, but to this day Nintendo continues to hold the crown. But Sonic & SEGA All-Stars racing gives Mario Kart a run for its money with a design that has a lot of depth and tons of single and multiplayer features. Repacklab.com sexy games
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There’s absolutely no question that Sumo Digital looked at Mario Kart Wii, as nearly every part of All-Stars Racing is nicked from Nintendo’s design. I say that with all respect: if you’re put to the task of building a racing game that revolves around a company’s franchises, you’re going to benefit from looking at the one game that’s considered the best in its class. While SEGA’s game may not have too much it can claim as “original” to the franchise, what the developer does in All-Stars Racing it does very well, turning a “me-too” project into a tightly developed racer with a lot of charm and character of its own.
Mario Kart meets Smash Bros. in a clone that gets it right.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing has no back-story nor does it put into context why characters from all walks of SEGA life – from Sonic the Hedgehog to Shenmue to Chu Chu Rocket – decided to have a race through environments based around the games they star in. It doesn’t need it. Just like Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., All-Stars Racing is a celebration of all things the company represents. There are very, very few publishers in the videogame industry that can get away with designing a game around a legacy of recognizable franchises and characters across multiple decades. And it never feels like egotistical back-patting here, either. Age of Empires II HD
I wouldn’t say that that SEGA’s racer is as in-depth to the company as Nintendo’s fighter: as plentiful as the roster of characters and courses are in All-Stars Racing, the developer had to draw the line somewhere. Games like Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and Streets of Rage don’t get any representation outside of a mere mention in the game’s Achievement system (Golden Acts is one of the game’s reward goals, for example), and fans of SEGA games like Zaxxon and Virtua Cop won’t see any references at all. But even with certain unfortunate omissions, it’s great to drive around tracks based on Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg with Alex Kidd or the Fantasy Zone ship. There are at least some obscure references integral to the Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing design.
The driving control is tight, the action’s fast, and the tracks are really well designed with some fun turns, jumps and hidden shortcuts. Breaking down the specifics of All-Stars Racing’s gameplay would be like pulling out the Mario Kart design document: the powersliding technique, where you’ll get a jolt of speed the longer you hold your drift, is nearly identical to Mario Kart Wii, and nearly a hundred percent of the offensive and defensive weapons you pick up in this game have a Mario Kart equivalent. Instead of turtle shells it’s boxing gloves and rockets; instead of boosting mushrooms it’s Sonic’s sneakers. Banana peels? Nah, in All-Stars Racing they’re traffic cones. Even the local multiplayer options borrow gameplay modes from Mario Kart. Halo 2
But the development team really looked at what made Mario Kart work and made every attempt to mimic the feel and the strategies. Incoming projectiles can be thwarted with well-timed shots of other weapons, for example. There are some odd balance issues with some characters, though, and the rising difficulty of the single player grand prix mode steepens early on. Clone as the game is, there is an original aspect to Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing: each of the 20-plus racers have a unique power-up move of their own, capturing the individuality of the character in a specific attack. Sonic turns in to Super Sonic and rushes through the track with blazing speed. Amigo starts rattling his maracas and gets everyone he touches into a conga line.
Xbox 360 and PS3 Version
The 360/PS3 version definitely benefits from the HD visuals. The environments are beautiful, matching the games they’re referencing with extremely high detail, and the character/car models are well-animated with lots of personality. But all this comes at a cost: the framerate has a tough time keeping steady, oftentimes dropping significantly below it when the track geometry gets complex. But when the framerate dips (and it does frequently) the game doesn’t really lose its sense of speed or its fun factor. That said, the technical limitations of the engine definitely make themselves known right from the start. ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV
The Wii version is nearly feature identical, even going so far as retaining the Achievements/Trophies of the PS3 and 360 editions. It supports online races — there are still restrictions on the Nintendo console – time trial ghosts aren’t downloadable like they are on PS3 and Xbox 360 (you can view the top 20 times on each track on those consoles) and you’ll need Friends Codes to set up a lobby. But it’s very impressive to see that the Nintendo version is almost as robust in features as the bigger systems’ edition. You can even bring in a Classic Controller if you’d rather not deal with the Wii remote tilting, but GameCube controllers aren’t supported like they are in Mario Kart Wii. ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIII
Add-ons (DLC): Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
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OS: Windows XP/Vista. (if running Windows Vista SP1 is recommended)
Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4/Athlon 64 3000+ or equivalent processor
Memory: 1GB RAM (2GB on Vista)
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card with 256 MB RAM (NVIDIA 7600 or better, ATI X1300 or better)
DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
Hard Drive: 6 GB Hard Drive Space
Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz or Athlon 64 X2 4200+ or better
Memory: 1.5GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon HD 3800 series with 512 MB of VRAM or better
Hard Drive: 7 GB Hard Drive Space
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card
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