Multiplayer Showcase is the review show where you get to see me and some friends of mine play multiplayer games that have been long forgotten and give it a proper analysis by sharing our opinions on the game in a roundtable discussion to see how things have held up for gaming’s past brightest stars and lowest points.
This episode compares the boxing gloves to the green shells with the Mario Kart-inspired Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. I never got to play this game much with friends locally. I’ve certainly played it online some time ago, but as you might recall, there are limitations added when playing online, so playing with a group of people with everything unlocked lets everyone dig in for some four player action coupled with SEGA nostalgia.
SEGA is slowly getting around to that ever lasting wishlist of ports for its mobile game line up for Android, with the mobile rendition of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing finally making use of your favorite play on words such as “Crossing the finish line,” “Taking the checkered flag,” “Successfully left the pitstop area with repairs and improvements,” and more.
A simpler way to put it is the game is finally out on the Google Play store today for $1.99 which is based off of the iPhone version, which in turn is based on the Nintendo DS version of the game which supports multiplayer for up to four players local and online. Never mind that its not based on the more recent Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Still, its a decent Mario Kart clone with Google+ support and a freemium pay model (Yay.) for Android which joins the several dozen other racers that just hapen to be on the Google Play market with no fanfare such as the sequel to Konami Krazy Racers, RE-Volt, and Snowboard Kids. Seriously, how does word even get out there?
Leave it to Sega to have their secrets disrupted by every external force in the universe. Kotaku is reporting that toys pitching the upcoming racing sequel were spotted at the New York Toy Fair with further confirmation from the representative on deck that the game will be out by year’s end and feature new playable characters. This information links up well with a teaser posted on Sonic Stadium that Sumo Digital was at work on another racing title.
This week’s trip to Los Angeles was the first time I’ve been to the area for at least a decade, so I had quite a bit on my dream itinerary. Go to Sonic Boom? Of course. See Chimpo wear an obscene amount of hats? Duh. Play Samba de Amigo, Initial D and Lupin III: The Shooting while wandering around in the early morning? Admittedly not something I planned on, but still fun. However, there were still things I never got around to: going to a Trader Joe’s, seeing Krunk Fu Battle Battle, visiting MOCA. However…
I did go to E3, so I guess that pretty much evens things out. While I was there, I stopped by Sega’s booth to check out their entire Sonic lineup: Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Sonic Generations and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing for the iPad. Details on each are under the cut.
If you haven’t played Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing yet, what’s wrong with you? It’s a cool game, man. Now, you have no excuses, because SEGA just discounted it to $29.99 and you can buy it from the comfort of your own home. They’re making it too easy for you. Check the press release, doofuses:
SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing™ is now for sale through the Xbox LIVE® Games On Demand platform for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The hit arcade racing game, starring SEGA’s eclectic ensemble of heroes and villains, is available for immediate download, allowing players to jump right in to frantic, explosive races with up to four local players, or eight online players.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing puts players on the track and in the shoes of a host of popular SEGA characters, from the blue blur himself to AiAi and Dr. Eggman, each with their own unique vehicle. Players must use their driving skills to drift and dodge their way to a checkered flag in a variety of single-player modes, as well as multiplayer races both off and online. The racer is the latest title to appear in SEGA’s growing library of download-ready games through Xbox LIVE Games On Demand, including hits such as Bayonetta™ and Aliens vs. Predator™.
For more information about Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, visit www.sega.com.
The game takes up 3.82 GB and you can download additional content, a dashboard ASR Avatar items as well.