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    dkirschner's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PC)

    [October 2, 2015 11:10:17 PM]
    Iíve been ill with a little stomach bug/food poisoning from dinner last night. I did almost nothing today except write/answer work emails and lay on the floorÖand after my second nap, I managed to get an hour of Sonic in and see the credits roll. It required just a little bit of grinding. You need 95 stars to unlock expert difficulty and the final world, but credits roll here. You donít actually have to do the final world, and Iím not gonna! I had like 90 stars at the end, so I had to go back and win 5 more things on hard. I returned to the first world, assuming those events would be easier, and knocked out 5 events in no time. I leveled up Tails completely and almost got Sonic leveled completely. Thereís not a lot of point to doing this except to use your favorite character all the time. Each character gets 6 specializations, and they all overlap with specializations of other characters, so eventually you would wind up with a bunch of the same stats on various characters.

    So yeah, fun little cart racer. I guess Iíll keep it on my computer since I figured out how to play split screen. Maybe someone will be down for Sonic racing!
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    [October 2, 2015 11:09:38 PM]
    This is a really fun cart racer! Being able to play as Sega characters from years past is a huge draw. Thereís the obvious Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Shadow that you would expect from a Sonic game, but thereís also Shogun and another from Total War games, Ulala from Space Channel 5, BD Joe from Crazy Taxi, Ralph from Wreck-it Ralph (how is this related to Sega?), and tons more. Another huge draw is racing through levels designed for Sega franchises like Golden Axe, Panzer Dragoon, Sonic, a bunch of others I recognize and a bunch that I donít. The levels are all super neat, and they change with each lap. Some event will happen, like a gunship battle, which will destroy or otherwise change some part of the course so that itís a different drive on the next lap around. I like.

    The main thing that sets this apart from MarioKart (the only other cart racer Iíve spent any significant time with) is that your cart transforms into a boat and plane depending on the terrain. So youíre racing along, drive off a cliff, transform into a boat, plunge into the water, and continue the race. Itís seamless and you can do little stunts to get a boost after you transform. Airplanes are the fastest, so if you can find a shortcut thatíll turn you into a plane early, then thatís a good shortcut!

    There are a lot of different play modes, including race, boost race (race but with tons of boosts and no weapons; itís fast!), time trial, battle (be the last one alive), ring race (fly through rings for time bonuses), traffic attack (weave through traffic full of terrible drivers and aggressive police and hit checkpoints), boost (keep the timer from counting down by hitting boosts), tank (chase and kill a scary tank) and more. They are all fun. Usually there is a crappy mode or two, but I am never disappointed when I see whatís next. I used to dislike the time trials (race against a ghost), but once I learned to powerslide, these are more of a good challenge.

    Weapons are pretty standard for these types of games. The most unique one I can think of is the swarm of bees. Any attack in any game with a swarm of bees (hello Bioshock) is a unique attack. As far as I can figure, the bees fly forward and scatter on the track in front of whoever is in first, so they usually crash the characters in the first few places. If you come along later, you must try and avoid them, which can be difficult.

    A friend came over today and we played some split screen, with her on the controller and me figuring out keyboard controls. That was successful, but our racing was not. We never placed better than 6th! It was on medium, and in the regular races, I get in the top 3 on medium almost every time. Hard is much harder. I havenít gotten first yet. You have to get first on hard to move on, but only need third place on medium. And I think the other racers are much smarter on hard.

    Anyway, itís a fun little game. Iím on world 4 out of 5. There are still some more characters to unlock, which I will do if I donít have to go around beating things on hard. I just want to see the credits roll on this and move on.
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    dkirschner's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Wednesday 1 July, 2015

    GameLog closed on: Wednesday 8 July, 2015

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    Really fun cart racer.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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