Retro Gaming 10’s- Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed: (2012)

The early part of 2010’s was a great time to be alive especially considering the fact there was so many awesome games to have emerged from the PS3/Xbox 360 era of gaming. While first-person shooters, action-adventure and RPG genres title were mainly popular back in the 10’s decade there were still many people who are also into the racing genre of gaming as well. For those who were huge Sega fans back in the 90’s during the Dreamcast era Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed was like a dream come true; mainly because it felt like Sega’s equivalent or a Mario Kart title. Sonic & All-Stars Racing was developed by Sumo Digital and released by Sega and was released for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii-U, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS along with mobile devices. There are many people who will go on record and argue that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game were better in terms of graphics and overall gameplay in comparison to the 3DS and Vita versions of the game.

This racing game included a star-studded roster of some of the biggest names within the Sega franchise within the past 30 years including: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Metal Sonic, Shadow along with characters who were from popular video game series such as: Nights Into Dreams, Super Monkey Ball, Space Channel 5, Golden Axe and more. The offline game content including Grand Prix, Time Attack, Single Race along with World Tour modes were all great while the online multiplayer was criticized for being broken. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed had at least sixteen different racing tracks inspired by classic Sega titles and the game was obviously designed to appeal to hardcore fans. Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed was also considered to be a commercial success considering the fact that it reached over 1.3 million copies in sales following its ’12 release. One of the reasons why Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed stood out as much as it did following its release was because 2012 was not really a strong year for the racing genre of gaming. The only other high profile racing games to have emerged from ’12 were Forza Horizon and Need For Speed: Most Wanted and Dirt: Showdown. Despite, not being anywhere near as popular as Mario Kart 8 from 2014 Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed was definitely one of greatest racing titles that Sega has ever produced.

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