Developer Sumo Digital landed successful with its 2012 kart-racing sport Sonic & All-Stars Racing Reworked. Now, the developer is partnering with Sonic Crew, stripping away the non-Sonic characters, and including a brand new layer of team-based technique for Crew Sonic Racing.
On this new kart-racing title from Sega, the builders are focusing completely on the Sonic universe, which suggests no Aiai or Ryo Hazuki this time round (sorry, fellow Shenmue followers). As a substitute, gamers get a roster of 15 Sonic characters. Within the construct I performed, I may select between Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, Rouge, and E-123 Omega. Every character matches into considered one of three lessons: velocity, method, or energy. When you select a personality, you are positioned in a workforce of three primarily based on the character’s alliances; Sonic was at all times positioned with Tails and Knuckles, whereas Rouge raced alongside Shadow and Omega.
When the race begins, it performs out very like a normal kart racer. Characters drift round corners, purchase consumable objects, and keep away from zany obstacles within the push to be first. Along with the tried-and-true formulation, gamers can assist their teammates; you’ll be able to reward objects, request objects, and slingshot round teammates by following their path. The sport can even embody a solo mode that removes the team-based mechanics, however outdoors of an occasional pure kart-racing foray, I do not foresee myself taking part in that mode a lot.
On the finish of the race, it assigns factors to your workforce primarily based on the place every member completed. This implies you have to assist your workforce to be able to truly win. In considered one of my races, my workforce completed third, fourth, and fifth, however as a result of we have been essentially the most constant workforce, we got here in first within the race. In one other race, I completed first, however my teammates have been in the midst of the pack, so we got here in second total. I like that twist of getting to keep watch over your standing within the race, in addition to your teammates.
When the sport ships, it should function levels which are each model new to the Sonic universe, in addition to acquainted ranges. Whereas the builders would not spill any extra particulars, Sonic Crew head Takashi Iizuka tells me that some levels will function recognizable songs from Sonic’s previous, and that Jun Senoue is composing the sport. As well as, Senoue’s fan-favorite band, Crush 40, performs the primary theme.
Crew Sonic Racing might not have the flamboyant transformations or characters outdoors of the Sonic universe, nevertheless it makes up for it with considerate team-based mechanics that add new twists to the formulation. Sonic Crew Racing is ready to launch this winter on PlayStation four, Xbox One, Change, and PC.
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