Sonic-Sega-All-Stars-Racing-box-artMario Kart Klone 2.

Like ModNation Racers and Cars 2, Sonic & Sega: All Stars Racing borrows many ideas from (and owes it’s very existence to) the Mario Kart franchise.

Unlike ModNation Racers and Cars 2 however, S&SASR brings virtually nothing new to the party.

Everything in the game is lifted from Mario Kart, but if you’ve played MK to death and you’re looking for something new- there is quite a bit of fun to be had here.

The game is available on DS, Wii, PS3 and 360. It looks prettier on PS3 and 360 of course, and in the 360 version you can race with Banjo & Kazooie.

There’s plenty of tracks to choose from, plenty of characters and nicely balanced weapons and karts to race with.

The tracks are also fun and have a good range of difficulty. It’s pretty much everything you want in a Mario Kart klone -including a 4 player split screen mode, and it’s one of the few games to come remotely close to capturing the essence of Nintendo’s franchise.

The omission of any multiplayer “cup” or tournament mode is baffling, however, and going back to the menu every time you want to race a new track is quite annoying.

The sequel, All Stars Racing Transformed fixed many of this game’s niggles, going on to be the best Mario Kart Klone of all, but this first entry is still worth picking up.

Thanks to retryquit.com for the box pic.

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