Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Common Sense Media says

Fast, furious, fun family-friendly kart racing at its best.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message here is to have fun competing in over-the-top races.

Positive role models

The game includes a huge lineup of characters from a range of  games aimed at younger audiences and all are benign in their roles here.

Ease of play

The controls, consisting of accelerate, steer, and "drift" are simple and fluid. 

Violence

During races, players collect power-ups, some of which allow them to fire missles, run opponents off the track, hit them with giant hammers, etc. This creates funny chaos and no one is hurt.

Sex

One character, Oolala, from the game Space Channel 5, wiggles her hips suggestively and wears a mini skirt.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

All the characters appear in other game franchises, so this title is a form of cross-promotion.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing contains cartoony violence that falls into the comic mischief category. Players jostle each other while on the track, and flatten one another with over-sized hammers and giant eggs, although no one is ever hurt. Play is suitable for all ages, but the game has an option for unsupervised online chat during play on Xbox and PS3. a feature that Common Sense Media does not advise for kids under 12.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

There's little not to love in SONIC & SEGA ALL-STARS RACING game. It is a fast, frenzied racing game on colorful and extremely varied tracks. Players can play as Sonic or one of 19 other SEGA characters such as Super Monkey Ball's AiAi, Amigo chimp, or brawlers from the Virtua Fighter series. Or, drivers can race with their custom Mii or Xbox Live avatars. In any event, they'll have a unique car, truck, or motorcycle and compete in either split screen multiplayer, online racing, or single player games. The simple objective is to reach the finish line first, even if it means knocking opponents aside using power-ups and weapons found along the way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is an extremely fun game, especially played in a group. The controls are tight and really responsive. The tracks are well designed, with lots of imaginative short-cuts and colorful themes. Lastly, the characters are so varied - from the realistic to the cartoony - that there's something for everyone. This  whimsical, well-designed game makes for a terrific family activity.

Online interaction: Players can go online on Xbox Live and PS3 and engage in unmoderated voice chat during games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their favorite characters. One of the most fun aspects to the game is trying out the different characters and seeing their vehicles and unique moves and skills. What games do the other characters appear in?

  • Also worth discussing is how different this game is from other kart racing titles. How does it compare to Mario Kart games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99-$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:February 23, 2010
Genre:Racing
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bydjlyon1 January 1, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 

FUn for family and play alone, though some courses require real skill

Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 July 8, 2011
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9
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Good game, but got kinda frustrating

The game was like a typical racing game, but could get kinda frustrating, and young kids might get upset and give up. Good for kids 9+
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent of a 6 year old Written byTDunne August 23, 2010
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Common Sense Media gives the Empire Strikes Back 8+ but this game 9+. That does not make sense. Darth Vader cuts off Lukes hand while telling him he is his father and Han Solo spends the night in the belly of a dead animal. Sonic has no violence even close to this level. Great game to play with your 1st grader. Plenty of unlocks and split screen co-op. In 60 days he went from struggling to not be in last to 1 ever time and I am not sure I can beat him anymore. Up to four can play at once locally so his friends come over and play. The only thing you have to worry about is keeping a time limit on playing .... you will hear ...just one more race ... please. Oh yeah ... Empire Strikes Back is an awesome movie for a 8 year old.

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