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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is free on iOS and Android 'cause you gotta go fast


If Sonic is the fastest thing alive, why does he need a car?
Apr 25
// Brittany Vincent
If you've been jonesing for a new racing game you can carry in your pocket, consider Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, which is now free on the App Store as well as Google Play. See, Android users? They didn't forget ...
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Holy flying Shenmue reference: Sonic Racing Ryo DLC on PC


Oh, Sega
Jan 14
// Dale North
I've never been more happy about being trolled than when I saw Shenmue protagonist Ryo Hazuki as DLC for the mobile version of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed last year. The trolling continues with the PC release of th...
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Sonic & All-Stars Racing

Sega teases Ryo Hazuki's return to racing


Check out the license plate
Dec 31
// Alessandro Fillari
With the end of the year approaching, Sega let loose a nice surprise for fans on their Twitter page. Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed is chock full of references and fan service, and now we can expect the return of S...
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Race as Yogscast in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed


Simon Lane joins the crew as special DLC
Dec 08
// Wesley Ruscher
Popular YouTube celebrity Simon "Honeydew" Lane is now available as a brand new participant in Sega's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on PC. Developed to help raise money for SpecialEffect -- a charity that help...

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Play Sonic Racing Transformed for free this weekend


PC version freely playable on Steam
Dec 05
// Jordan Devore
One of the best kart racers in years can be played for free this weekend on Steam. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is yours for the trying now through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific. If you like what you see, the full game...
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Sonic Racing Transformed gets new character on PC


Free Weekend on Steam
Jul 04
// Jordan Devore
It's pretty rare that I get into kart racers these days, but Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was a pleasant surprise. In fact, I'd recommend it to just about everyone, particularly if you have fond memories of Sega b...

Games to play with your boyfriend on Valentine's Day

Feb 14 // Caitlin Cooke
Portal 2 Who doesn't love to play adorable robots that can hug and high-five each other all day long? Atlas and P-body are like mini versions of your relationship, only they’re more prone to falling off ledges! For those of you new to the co-op portion of the game, GLaDOS, your evil (or maybe just misunderstood) A.I. guide leads you and your partner through various rooms in order to retrieve data disks for a certain unknown but most likely evil purpose. Portal 2 is a great way to bond with your boyfriend, especially if you’re both into puzzle-solving hijinks! Saints Row: The Third Nothing says “I love you” like taunting your boyfriend with a big fat purple dildo. Saints Row: The Third is the sandbox game you wished for and finally received -- it’s fantastically silly, loads of fun, and extremely self-aware. To be honest, I haven’t played through much of the game because I’m too busy doing stupid stuff like skydiving out of airplanes and crashing parties, but from what I've seen it’s the perfect game to play with that someone special. So, what are you waiting for? THQ isn't getting any younger…oh wait. Torchlight II Surprisingly, killing lots of things can be delightfully romantic. Created by members of the original Diablo II team, Torchlight II pays homage to those long lost yet reawakened hack-n-slash dungeon-running games. The music will give you all kinds of nostalgic lady boners, and you even get to choose your own pet, ranging from a panther to a random made-up animal like the Chakawary, featured above. As an added bonus, you and your boyfriend no longer need to fight over loot -- you both get your own! Gone are the days of “No, honey, YOU take One-eyed Willy’s Other Eye!” Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game This Valentine’s Day, you and your boyfriend should wreck the s*@$ out of Ramona’s 7 evil exes. Why? Because nothing says romance like kicking some side-scrolling ass to amazing chiptune music, that’s why! Even if you haven’t read the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels (which if you haven’t, you totally should) the game is a blast. The sprites are adorable and the game puts a totally unique spin on traditional side scrolling beat-em-ups by just being…completely silly. My personal favorite characters to play are Scott and Kim - they were meant to be together anyway, right? Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed Go back to your roots and share something special with your significant other, like your favorite Sega characters! AiAi, Beat, B.D. Joe, Tails are just some of the few playable characters which you can level up. Even better, the levels in this game are insanely immersive -- in addition to your standard driving you can also fly and float your way through the track (which, by the way, often falls to pieces during the last lap). Racing Transformed will soon win your heart and become your go to "kick your boyfriend's ass" game.  You Don’t Know Jack Boyfriend doesn't game much? You Don’t Know Jack is the ticket - everyone loves a super difficult, zany trivia game. The only catch is that you’ll probably end up as an ex-couple by the end of it. Every round contains 10 questions plus a few bonus rounds, and a “Wrong Answer of the Game” in which you have to keep your eyes peeled for an answer related to the “sponsor” (which can be anything from Banana Toasters to Granny’s Roach Butter). Overall YDKJ is a quick and fun way to enjoy each other's company this V-day. Plus, who doesn't love a game where you get to screw your significant other? Honorable Mention: Having your boyfriend cuddle up and watch you play Condemned…in the dark. 
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Romance is just a game away!
Valentine's Day isn't always about getting taken out to dinner and receiving fancy treats and trinkets. Okay, well maybe it is, but who's to say that you can't get a little gaming on the side? Consider spending some quality time with your boyfriend by reeling him into the following co-op games. If he resists, consider your future with him wisely...

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New releases: Start xenomorph hunting in Aliens


Plus Impire, The Plan, and Brain Age
Feb 11
// Fraser Brown
It looks like it's going to be a slightly quiet week for new releases, with only two titles really on my radar. Personally, I'm a bit relieved, as I have a ton of catching up to do. First up, we've long Aliens: Colonial Mari...
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PC Port Report: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed


We put the PC port to the test
Feb 03
// Chris Carter
[Want to know how a developer handled the PC version of a multiplatform game? Check out the PC Port Report for the full scoop.] With all of the delays, all signs pointed to an issue with the PC version of Sonic & All-Star...
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New releases: Skulls of the Shogun will slay you


Plus Dungeonland, Antichamber, and new 3DS games
Jan 28
// Fraser Brown
Monday has once again arrived, so you know the drill: it's another week of new releases. We're leaving January behind in a somewhat subdued fashion, but there's certain to be something that will catch your eye. Skulls of the...
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PC-only characters confirmed for Sonic & All-Stars Racing


Team Fortress 2 and more in Transformed
Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
While word had already gotten out long ago, Sega was able to confirm today that the PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will contain a few familiar faces not playable on other platforms. From Team Fortress ...
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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is 10% off on Steam


Pre-purchase discount
Jan 11
// Chris Carter
[Update: if you're down with Green Man Gaming, you can go here and enter the coupon code GMG25-XTYYZ-POSL1 to get it for $20.25, redeemable on Steam.] Should you feel the need for speed (I'm so sorry for that joke), you can p...
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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's other things, too!
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Fudgyfish, SarahDot, Sleeperstar, and StairMaster!] We've got four copies of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed to hand out to the Destructoid community! We thought it was a ...

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Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed Wii U patch planned


Fixes boost mode and ninja tag glitches
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
I recently picked up Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed on the Wii U, and I'm really enjoying it. The levels look beautiful, the racers make me nostalgic, and remote play is totally awesome because my wife gets her ow...

Review: Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Nov 19 // Allistair Pinsof
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (3DS, Wii U, PC, iOS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Sumo DigitalPublisher: SegaRelease: November 18, 2012 / December 7, 2012 (3DS, Vita) / TBA 2013 (iOS, PC)MSRP:  $39.99  The nuances of driving rarely factor into casual Mario Kart matches, in my experience. The focus is always on picking up items and griefing friends. When someone who knows how to drift and perform tricks picks up the controller, the dynamic suddenly shifts and people get frustrated at this newly introduced Mario Kart scholar. In All-Stars Racing, the scales are shifted. Item pickups aren’t as devastating, but the ability to drift through long roadways and boost past opponents is paramount to winning. In this respect, All-Stars has more in common with Ridge Racer, Blur, and Split/Second than Mario Kart.That’s the fun of All-Stars as it was in 2010, but things have changed in this iteration. Racers and the race track now transform throughout a race, thus the title. Cars become boats and planes as the terrain morphs more and more after each lap (a la Split/Second). Planes go faster and gain boosts from dodging incoming objects at the last second and by air drifting (is that even possible?) Boats are much slower than cars with difficult handling. Many maps feature routes for two types of transport, but you’ll need to become proficient at each by the time you reach Transformed’s last track set. [embed]238899:45832[/embed]The original’s bare bones campaign that mirrored Mario Kart has been overhauled. Transformed offers one of the most robust, imaginative single-player racing experiences. There are so many variations of maps and modes that you won’t likely grow bored during your 12+ hour playthrough. I lost count of all the different modes in Transformed, but they can be divided into three categories: races, solo events, and missions. Races are self-explanatory, with some modes putting an emphasis on item-picks (elimination) and others foregoing items (boost race). The races are exhilarating, demanding players to master sharp turns, item pick-ups, and stunts on the fly. I ignored tricks and drifting for my first couple hours with the game, but I soon learned how vital they are in battling Transformed’s vicious computer opponents. No rubber banding or cheap tricks here; the A.I. is just really good and believable. Each track offers numerous secrets, hidden routes, and coins that you can collect and spend on a slot machine that spits out power-ups between matches, both online and offline. Solo events are hit and miss. Trying to beat a ghost’s time is boring, and the air events can become maddening with the wrong pilot, but the drift and boost challenges are great fun and help you learn the mechanics. My favorites are the missions types that put a creative spin on the game’s mechanics. Pursuit has you track down a tank and take it down with items, as it evolves and applies defensive techniques. Traffic Attack has you cross lines between cars for time extends, as you dodge incoming traffic. The single-player does a great job of throwing new modes on old tracks, keeping the game fresh until you reach the unforgiving final world that offers mirrored versions of the game’s 20+ tracks.Transformed offers three difficulty settings for each track, with a fourth Expert option that unlocks after finishing the majority of the single-player. I struggled on normal but always wanted to do expert since a win earns four stars, as opposed to normal’s two stars. These stars are what you use to unlock new characters and mods. Each mod re-attributes a character’s stats, so you can fit him or her for the current challenge instead of swapping your favorite character out. Some mods are unlocked with stars on the world map, but others you have to earn for each character by leveling them up via xp earned after a race (regardless of winning or losing). Sega has left almost no franchise out of Transformed. The game even has a Ristar cameo. You can even drive as a Dreamcast VMU card! In comparison to Transformed, PlayStation All-Stars looks like brash self-promotion that seems to care little about loyal fans’ nostalgia. Seeing bright, gorgeously designed Skies of Arcadia, Burning Rangers, and Panzer Dragoon tracks make me pine for HD sequels to these franchises. Playing Transformed can be bittersweet, but not because we are seeing Sega characters we love in a bad game. For once, that's not the case.Transformed’s online multiplayer is lean but functional. You can show off achievements with a sticker book and earn points for racing, but there isn’t much to do online than race. Nothing wrong with that when the racing is this fun. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the perfect arcade racer for those that feel left out by Forza and Need for Speed’s latest open-world, multiplayer focused outings. Sega has cherry-picked the best elements of kart racers and applied it to the best arcade racing games to create a sleeper hit that’s great fan service and great fun.
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More than fan service
The first time I turned a sharp corner next to a goomba and tossed a red shell at King Koopa, I barely knew the world of Nintendo. Mario Kart was a great racing game for its time, providing one of the best arcade racing exp...

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Watch Wreck-it Ralph race Sonic in this trailer


Guess who wins
Nov 02
// Dale North
"Hey, Sonic! What are you doing in a car?" Hilarious. I love that Wreck-it Ralph, the star of the upcoming movie, is a playable character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. He looks right at home powersli...

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