Review of Team Sonic Racing — What’s gonna work? Teamwork!

I know I’ve already said this in at least one review that I did, but I’m gonna say it again — I am a racing-game fanatic. Few things in videogames get my adrenaline pumping as much as fighting my way through a motor-filled hullabaloo. And after covering popular series like Daytona USA and Burnout, I thought I’d jump back in the cockpit to talk about this new racer involving everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog. Team Sonic Racing has finally taken the green flag, and has a whole bunch of tricks up of its sleeve in an attempt to both imitate Mario Kart and stand out in the garage. Let’s pull up to the starting grid and chat about this thing for a few laps.

Gotta drive faster, faster, faster-faster-faster

It’s not very often you find a story in a kart racer, but Team Sonic Racing has one under the hood. To set the scene, a mustachioed Tanuki named Dodon Pa has recruited Sonic and co. to race through a handful of prominent environments that make up Sega’s flagship franchise. Needing a well-earned break from sending evil robots to the junkyard, the blue hedgehog and his cheris bust out their lovely sports cars and accept Dodon’s invitation regardless of how “shady” they think he comes across as.

Of course, the story would bust a flat if the racing itself didn’t deliver the goods, but the racing is as tasty as all those chili dogs Sonic’s been cooking up for years. The team at Sumo Digital has incorporated a unique style of team-based racing that even Mario Kart hasn’t attempted. During team races, you’ve got a couple of teammates that you can slipstream and swap items with. Working as a team, doing some drifting, and pulling off air tricks fill up a Team Ultimate meter. When you activate a Team Ultimate, you and your teammates get a short period of unlimited boost, and you can even spin out your rivals by simply making contact with their cars. Combine all of the above with tight controls and a well-designed roster of tracks, and you’ve got an addicting arcade racer in front of you.

Turn the car into the wind

Like a loaf of bread, it’s important that a video game of any kind has good sound, and Team Sonic Racing passes that test with ease. The voice-acting is above-average and full of lines that may make you laugh out loud. But more importantly, the music in this racer will give you an adrenaline rush you’ll want to have in multiple servings. Notable artists like Crush 40, Hyper Potions, and Tee Lopes have done a stellar job composing new melodies and remixing a truckload of past bangers.

If you’re gonna make a kart racer, you’d be mistaken big-time if you didn’t include good multiplayer, and you will find plenty of fun multiplayer in Team Sonic Racing. 12 players can be in one lobby, and those slots are allowed to be taken by someone playing via split-screen (Four players per TV). You’ll also find a variety of race types including solo races, team races, King of the Hill, Ring Challenge, and Traffic Attack. And if you want your ride to stand out, you can earn new paint jobs, horns, and attribute upgrades.

A way-past-cool racer

It can be difficult to make a game look unique in a heavily-flooded genre, but Sega and Sumo Digital have managed to put the pieces together for this exhilarating kart racer. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the most famous anthropomorphic hedgehog, you should take Team Sonic Racing for a test drive if you’re adept at arcade-style racing games. Put down the chili dog and keep both hands on the wheel!

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Sega Has Started Development On A New Sonic the Hedgehog Game!

Today, Sega held a presentation at this year’s SXSW event and shared new information regarding the anticipated Sonic racing title, Team Sonic Racing. Although they didn’t announce any new titles at the event, Nintendoeverything.com reports that ” Sonic Team’s Takashi Iizuka” stated that they’ve started working “on the next major Sonic title.”

To watch the presentation for yourself, click here (footage via the Tails’ Channel YouTube channel).

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According to Nintendoeverything.com, Takashi Iizuka “added that SEGA will be excited to share more news in the future.” He then thanked fans for their patience as they’re waiting to reveal their next huge Sonic the Hedgehog title when it’s ready to be shown off.

Other than that, fans only received some news on Team Sonic Racing and other  announcements that weren’t tied to gaming. On the other hand, it’s interesting to know that SEGA’s working on another Sonic the Hedgehog game. Whether this game will break the mixed track record the blue blur currently has–is debatable.

Let’s hope that SEGA will give it all they got in their next major Sonic the Hedgehog title. We’ll be sure to update you all when more information concerning this new Sonic the Hedgehog game is publicly shared.

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Review of Sonic Heroes – Setting the stage for a hero’s parade

If you’re a longtime fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, you will no doubt have heard the common opinion that Sega’s flagship franchise has zero business having 3D adventure games in its lineup.  We usually hear that the blue blur’s 3D endeavors have been plagued with issues regarding the controls and cameras, but there are still some huge Sonic fans (Like myself) that are able to look past the shortcomings as long as they are not total dealbreakers.  And if I had to pick my favorite 3D Sonic game, Sonic Heroes would probably be #1; I’ve got plenty of reasons as to why I love this 2004 action game so much, so feel free to eat some chili dogs while I rave about this rad Sonic game.

Team, team, team…I love saying the word “team”

As I mentioned earlier, Sonic Heroes came to North America in 2004, which was two years after the heavily-lauded Sonic Adventure 2 Battle was released for the GameCube.  While the story is connected to SA2, this game does away with the open-world aspect of the Adventure trilogy and focuses on the action and linear levels.  But the biggest hook of Heroes is the concept of controlling a team of characters.  12 characters make up the game’s playable roster, comprised of four trios known as Team Sonic (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles), Team Dark (Shadow, Rouge, and Gamma), Team Rose (Amy, Cream, and Big), and Team Chaotix (Espio, Charmy, and Vector).  Each team has a speed-type character, fly-type character, and power-type character.  While you’re racing for the goal ring (Or trying to do whatever your mission requires), you must change the leader of your team with a touch of a button and use his/her skills to your advantage.  It may seem a little complex to an outsider, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

For a 2004 game, Heroes looks very pretty thanks to the use of Criterion’s RenderWare engine.  Everything moves at a constant 60 FPS (30 on the PS2) with little to no pop-in.  The colors are so crisp and vibrant that you’ll feel like you’re actually on the beach, in the sky, or any other environment this game has to offer.  Even the cutscenes not rendered in the game engine look really nice for their time.

No Sonic the Hedgehog game would be complete without a bangin’ soundtrack, and Heroes delivers in spades.  Crush 40 and company provide an incredible mix of rock and electronic jams, with each song being completely appropriate for the team you’re adventuring with and the environment you’re exploring.  Chances are the title screen theme will be stuck in your head for a very long time (I’m guilty as charged in that department).  You’ll probably enjoy the music more than the voice-acting, not that the latter is terrible; Some of the lines may seem a bit phoned in, but it’s above-average most of the time.

More content than you can shake a chili dog at

Like the Adventure games, Heroes contains multiple stories and lots of emblems to collect.  Each level has a key you must hang onto, as doing so will give you the opportunity to complete a special stage.  Every odd-numbered mission has a special stage that is simply a high-score challenge, and the even-numbered missions have special stages in which you race for Chaos Emeralds.  If you miss out on getting Emeralds in the story mode, you can go into the challenge mode to gain access to the special stages, gain said Emeralds, improve your mission rankings, and even complete harder versions of the story’s missions.  Once you complete all four team stories, you can access the final story once you have all seven Emeralds.  Adding to the replay value are seven modes of two-player, which involve competitions like foot-racing, battling atop a platform, chasing a Chaos Emerald, collecting rings, and bobsled racing.  The only catch is that you only start off with Action Race and the only way to unlock the other modes is by earning emblems; All 120 are needed for the complete multiplayer experience.

Blue streak speeds by

Heroes won’t replace the Genesis masterpieces, but it combines and sharpens the best elements of Sega’s most iconic franchise.  With beautiful graphics, an incredible soundtrack, and more replay value than you can shake a pair of Power Sneakers at, Sonic Heroes is a fantastic piece of the blue hedgehog’s 3D library, and that’s all it needs to be.  Chili dogs at the ready — It’s Emerald-collecting time!

Team Sonic Racing Is Coming To The Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC Later This Year!

Sonic the Hedgehog is back on the track later this year with Team Sonic Racing. This racing game from Sumo Digital is coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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Sega claims it will focus on team-based racing. Teams will compete in races up to 12 players. Sega claims the game will have online multiplayer, local co-op modes, and four-player split-screen capabilities–according to Polygon.com.

Players can use moves to assist their allies and knock out opponents. Racers can also build up and unleash Team Ultimate attacks on other racers. Sega promises 15 playable characters and car customization options. Team Sonic Racing will also feature Wisp-like power-ups. The Wisps are alien characters from the beloved game, Sonic Colors–according to Polygon.com.

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Although Walmart leaked the box-art and images of the title; it didn’t stop Sega from unleashing a teaser trailer on us all. If you want to watch the teaser trailer, click here.

It seems we’ll get more information on the racing title at E3 2018. We’ll make sure to keep you updated when the information drops.

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