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 and Sumo Digital have answered the demand for an official release of the soundtrack for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. While it has featured a physical release in Japan on two CDs, you can buy each CD digitally through your choice of Apple’s iTunes store or on AmazonMP3. Each CD is available for $9.99 USD, (Or $9.49 on Amazon at the time of this writing,) and£7.99 GBP, or you can purchase tracks individually.
For someone like me that’s been listening to this soundtrack in the most cumbersome way possible, (Try hooking up your phone to your car stereo and hoping all four G’s of your data connection can play songs off of YouTube and not stop to buffer every so often,) this could not have come at a better time for me.
Thanks to Sumo Digital’s Steve Lycett and Retro Staff Member GerbilSoft for providing links to the soundtrack. If you’d like a complete listing of the songs, head over to VGMDB.
If you have a PlayStation 3 system and still haven’t got your were-hog action going, the PlayStation Store now carries Sonic Unleashedin the US for $19.99 USD, and EU/AU territories for £15.99 GBP / €19.99 EUR / $29.95 AUD, with of course the usual complimentary PAL price gouging for no extra product!
Unleashed joins this week’s store update along with Persona 4 in the US for $19.99 USD as well as Football Manager Classic on PlayStation Vita for EU/AU territories £29.99 GBP/€39.99 EUR/$54.95 AUD. Xbox 360 owners have been able to purchase a digital copy of Unleashed for quite some time, and is now providing benefit to those who want to do away with their physical library.
If you’ve missed our live stream shows, you’ll be happy to know that we archive (most) of our videos including our first look at Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed running on iOS as led by Guess Who. We’ve also got first looks of Sonic Dashand Crazy Taxi running on Android that showcase game features and commentary from the staff at Retro.
Be sure to follow our Vidya Retro on Twitch and YouTube for more first looks and other gameplay videos.
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 Reignswith 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)