Sumo Digital has shown more support for the PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed today by releasing a 370 MB update on Steam. This update addresses some big issues certain players had with the game. It includes an alternative INTZ Render for old cards that don’t support INTZ, bug and exploit fixes and VAC support. There’s a downside to this update as well though: because of the exploit fixes the leaderboards have now been wiped to get rid of suspicious times. You can read the full details about this update here.
An update for the console versions was also released last week, which fixed a bunch of stuff like a tuned down difficulty of Traffic Attack, Ring Race and certain Race events, exploit and bug fixes etc. A change log for that can be read here.
We’re kicking off our live stream of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. We’ll be playing on the Wii U, 360 and PS3 (In that order) as well as do our usual pre-game show antics before the race starts.
It’s the new year, all the gifts have been unwrapped and skills have improved. We’re re-inviting all of you to the Retro Community Day for Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed this Friday, 5PM Cental. We’ve got a number of invites from across all systems, but it’s not too late to join in. Send your friend request to VidyaRetro on Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Further details to follow that day, which as usual we will stream on TwitchTV live for all to watch.
While Japanese have been able to play Platinum’s latest game, Max Anarchy, since July 2012, everyone in the US and Europe hasn’t been able to play the game without spending extra money on importing it. Now it’s finally coming here as Anarchy Reigns with a budget price of $30. SEGA doesn’t seem to be doing a good job letting people know about this, so if you’ve never heard of the game before, watch the Japanese Launch Trailer:
Basicly, it’s a competitive multiplayer brawler with an awesome soundtrack and all the ridiculousness you can expect from Platinum Games. Those who are unfamiliar with the studio, their previous works include MadWorld, Bayonetta and Vanquish. They are also currently making Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, The Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2. Characters from MadWorld are playable in this new game and you can also play as Bayonetta if you pre-order it. It’s coming out on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on January 8th in the US and January 11th in Europe and it has the low price of $29.99/€29.99/£19.99. Now please pre-order it so that there are people I can play this game online against. (Yes that is pretty much the entire point of this PSA)
Its that time again. We’re doing a three hour special of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed for the next Retro Community Day. This time we’ll be covering Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions of the game. Send your friend requests to either of those systems for the user name VidyaRetro (Yes, the name is the same across all systems), then check back here at 5PM Central Time on Saturday December 22nd.
Also a fair warning, if you sent a friend request to any of those accounts previously, send them again as the PS3 and 360 friends lists have been cleared to ensure room for those that have the game. Nothing personal, but if you want to join in on the fun again SEND ANOTHER FRIEND REQUEST TO VidyaRetro.
Also meet Retro’s Wii U representative!
The developers at Sumo Digital have tuned up their old car, shoved a jalapeno up the tailpipe, changed the belts, look, whatever generic trope you want to indicate for the existence of Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed. You know, that Sonic and Sega racing game? They made another one of those.
Without a doubt, it’s a better game than the predecessor. It’s more of everything: more vehicles, more characters, better physics, more track variety, and so on. It also does what it can to give character/item based racers the competitive edge that the genre has difficulty in reaching. On the other hand, the game has mishaps and hiccups that occur more often than it should which can cause the game to be a frustrating experience, especially in some of the game’s more heated situations.
It’s always cool when a game does something neat or unlocks something on a holiday, like with Christmas NiGHTS or Animal Crossing. Now it turns out Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed has a secret unlockable that unlocks on Christmas day. This secret can be unlocked early by changing the date of your console to December 25th, 2012. This can be done on Xbox 360 and PS3, it’s not certain if this can be done on the Wii U version as well. You do need to sign out of Xbox Live before you do this though and when you sign back in, it’ll be as if you weren’t able to time travel one month into the future after all. We don’t know if the same goes for the PS3 version.
If you want to spoil the surprise, go ahead and change the date on your console or alternatively, just click the jump of this post.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now out in stores in Europe and in the US as well in stores that broke the street date. At the same time SEGA released a demo for the game on Xbox Live and a launch trailer with models playing the game and making wacky faces. Because there wasn’t one of those yet for the game apparently.
The demo is 1.05 GB big and contains two events from the game’s World Tour mode. One is a race on the Panzer Dragoon track and the other is a challenge on the Golden Axe track in which you need to boost to stop a timer that is counting down. Those who want to try out one of the new playable characters will be disappointed as Sonic is the sole playable characters in the demo. You can’t download the trial on PSN yet, as it only updates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.