The upcoming Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released later this year
Sega’s follow up to its Mario Kart rival promises bigger and better races, and it looks to have delivered
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing was perhaps the first kart racer to be seen as a credible alternative to Mario Kart, and its follow up – dubbed Transformed – brings tracks which are effectively three-in-one. So are we now looking at a racer that will usurp Mario Kart?
Despite being in pre-Alpha, the game is coming out around the fall (which seems a tad optimistic to me). Three stages were being shown off at E3 last week: Dragon Canyon of Panzer Dragoon, Temple Trouble representing Super Monkey Ball and Adder’s Lair from Golden Axe. On the menu, levels show what surface is available from land, water and air. The Transformed subtitle refers to cars transforming when moving to different surfaces.
The cool element I didn’t know about prior to the demo was tracks can be destroyed, revealing new routes and environments. The developers said the aim is to tell a story, which also means it should be harder to memorize the track.
Handling is similar to the first game, so boosting and drifting are back and contribute to the All-Stars bar. There are also different weapons compared to the original, such as an Ice Cannon which can freeze opponents and an RC car to blow them up (that sounds very Call of Duty-esque). Tricks have been replaced by barrels and rolls, and barrel rolls, which reward players with boost if they successfully land.
Transforming to a boat was described as a completely different experience with different physics. Players can do tricks off waves, which are big and small, and are created by the environment. I don’t think they’re dynamic, but it should be more interesting that racing on road.
Adder’s Lair, the Golden Axe stage, was also shown and revealed lava doubles up as water. Along with flying, which again has a different set of physics, what I noticed was how the developers were taking inspiration from the IPs and building in elements fans will recognise.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed releases in the fourth quarter of 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released in late 2012, right in time for the holiday season