A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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