Play this game. DO IT.

#1 Posted by Vitor (2829 posts) -

Seriously, if you're a fan of arcade racers in general, the PC version that just got released is unmissable. Not only the best kart racer I've ever played, but the most fun I've had with a racing game since Split/Second.

Plus, it looks GORGEOUS. Like, this would have been impressive as a CGI intro-video to any racer from the last generation. Runs like a dream too. Cannot recommend the game enough - and it's only £13.50 from GreenManGaming if you use a voucher.

#2 Posted by csl316 (9259 posts) -

I did, it's awesome. And I haven't really been into a kart racer since Crash Team Racing.

#3 Posted by Vitor (2829 posts) -

@csl316 said:

I did, it's awesome. And I haven't really been into a kart racer since Crash Team Racing.

Same. Have friends who are obsessed with mario kart Wii but it just frustrates me. Punishing better players does not make things more balanced.

Sonic seems to get this totally right though. The weapons hit easily but not that hard so it's always something that you recover from fairly quickly. Even falls off the edge don't put you as far back as they do in mario Kart where they might as well end the race.

#4 Edited by Snail (8648 posts) -

When the heck is it coming out on PC?

Oh, just checked Steam. Apparently it's already out on PC. Sweet!

#5 Posted by Mesoian (1574 posts) -

@Snail said:

When the heck is it coming out on PC?

It's out.

#6 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@Snail:

@Vitor said:

the PC version that just got released is unmissable.

#7 Posted by Snail (8648 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@Snail:

@Vitor said:

the PC version that just got released is unmissable.

I might've skimmed the first post, but I'm still surprised I missed that.

#8 Posted by hwy_61 (943 posts) -

YO I FEEL YOU BROTHER, BUT I'M A CHEAP BASTARD SO IMA WAIT A LIL BIT.

#9 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8699 posts) -

I agree, great game.

#10 Posted by csl316 (9259 posts) -
@Vitor said:

@csl316 said:

I did, it's awesome. And I haven't really been into a kart racer since Crash Team Racing.

Same. Have friends who are obsessed with mario kart Wii but it just frustrates me. Punishing better players does not make things more balanced.

Sonic seems to get this totally right though. The weapons hit easily but not that hard so it's always something that you recover from fairly quickly. Even falls off the edge don't put you as far back as they do in mario Kart where they might as well end the race.

And it's fairly easy to pick up.  Within a couple races my friend was getting first on normal.  It also makes a good first impression with the cool course design and smooth controls.
 
Of course, the skill ceiling on this game is crazy high for a kart racer.  Those 4 star races are insane, but I never feel like you lose or win because of rubber-banding.  That's probably what makes me like it so much.
#11 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4700 posts) -

I really like the first one which surprised me. I will have to get this one at some point. Just sucks that Ryo is not in it. He is who I always used.

#12 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4743 posts) -

Anyone want to split a 4-pack on Steam?

#13 Posted by Vitor (2829 posts) -

@csl316 said:

@Vitor said:

@csl316 said:

I did, it's awesome. And I haven't really been into a kart racer since Crash Team Racing.

Same. Have friends who are obsessed with mario kart Wii but it just frustrates me. Punishing better players does not make things more balanced.

Sonic seems to get this totally right though. The weapons hit easily but not that hard so it's always something that you recover from fairly quickly. Even falls off the edge don't put you as far back as they do in mario Kart where they might as well end the race.

And it's fairly easy to pick up. Within a couple races my friend was getting first on normal. It also makes a good first impression with the cool course design and smooth controls. Of course, the skill ceiling on this game is crazy high for a kart racer. Those 4 star races are insane, but I never feel like you lose or win because of rubber-banding. That's probably what makes me like it so much.

It's got a surprising amount of depth too.

Once I learned how to build up boost by drifting (and that changing direction while drifting doesn't reset the charge) things really started to come into their own. That and every big jump is a challenge to nail a triple flip or more.

Really pleasantly surprised by the game. So much fun but also stands its ground as a decent racer. All of the powerups feel balanced and never cheap which is the most important thing of all.

And those mini-game/mini-challenges are so inventive. The traffic check and tank battles are great fun. Clearly a lot of creative and talented people work over there at Sumo.

#14 Posted by squiDc00kiE (365 posts) -

Did I hear somewhere there's a Vita version of this? Is that any good?

#15 Posted by csl316 (9259 posts) -
@squiDc00kiE Word is that the performace on Vita isn't great. IGN gave a pretty fair review of that version. I'm on mobile and can't link!
#16 Posted by Andorski (5352 posts) -

Good to see some people are playing this game. This is probably destined to be a very underrated racer. While the artwork, presentation, and overall cohesiveness of this game doesn't match Mario Kart (which is probably my view due to mainly being a Nintendo console owner growing up), the gameplay is downright better than any Mario Kart game to come out to date. Driving feels tight, tracks become completely bananas at times, and the hard difficulty doesn't feel completely cheap.

#17 Posted by Bistromath (639 posts) -
#18 Posted by tunaburn (1891 posts) -

my 5 year old likes it

#19 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1705 posts) -

I picked up the 360 version when it came out and enjoyed it a lot. The previous Sonic All-Stars title was a bit of a pleasant surprise upon release, so I wasn't surprised that this one was a high quality kart racer as well.

#20 Posted by DarthOrange (3878 posts) -
#21 Posted by Solh0und (1831 posts) -

@csl316 said:

@squiDc00kiE Word is that the performace on Vita isn't great. IGN gave a pretty fair review of that version. I'm on mobile and can't link!

Still better than the Wii-U one.

#22 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4743 posts) -

So...like...that Burning Rangers stage is probably the best thing ever.

Goddamn. Just...holy shit. I picked this up yesterday. Why the fuck is this game so fucking good?

#23 Posted by TheRealMoot (415 posts) -

Can't stop playing this game either!

Busy leveling up characters and getting three stars on everything before moving onto the third cup.

I've never played Golden Axe, but that stage is amazing! All of them are! It's shaming my love of Mario Kart!

When it comes to racing games I only like two things: Mario Kart and Burnout! This game scratches both of those itches.

If I start thinking about this I going to stay up all night playing it... going to have to get my Mario Kart buddies together and go nuts on this game.

#24 Edited by Vitor (2829 posts) -

And now the game is 50% off on Steam! It's only £9.99 here in the UK which is a complete steal.

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