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Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed review (All versions)

February 17, 2013


Date Released: Winter 2012 for most versions
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2013
Genre: 3D Party Racer
Players: 1-4 players locally (up to 5 on Wii U), 10 online
Length: 3-30 minutes per event, 12-25 hours to unlock all content
Replayability: High



Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the sequel to 2010’s crossover party racer Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. Not simply a basic sequel, the game focuses around the concept of vehicles that change during the race to traverse over land, water and the sky with a few courses that even head through lava or outer space. Presented as kid-friendly but designed to be enjoyable for all ages, Transformed is a quality racer for fans of SEGA and the genre. Difficult but not unfair, the game succeeds in making a unique and fun game for groups online or off, but somewhat sloppy direction and awkward marketing attempts keep it from becoming a true classic.



Crazi Taxi released for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

October 9, 2012

A portable version of the hit arcade and home racing game, Crazy Taxi, is now availible for the iOS platform across several devices, including Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Originally developed by the now defunct AM3 division of SEGA, Crazy Taxi is a time-based racing game in which the player must pick up and transport fares to various locations across the city as quickly as possible, whilst performing many dangerous (and crazy) tricks and stunts in order to improve their score and gain time bonuses before their allotted time runs out. The series is well known for its absurd humor, fast pace, addicting and highly replayable gameplay, and most notably, its soundtrack, which consists entirely of songs provided by punk rock bands The Offspring and Bad Religion. The soundtrack is so heavily ingrained in the attitude and general style of the game that many fans consider the two synonymous, which is why some were left highly disappointed when the game was released for the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade in 2010 with a different, generally worse soundtrack. With this new version, however, fans can once again rejoice, as the original soundtrack will be making a full return, as evidenced by the use of the song “All I Want” by the Offspring in the game’s brief trailer, which you can view after the break.

You can read our review of the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game here.

[Source: Apple Store]


Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed Announced

April 30, 2012

SEGA has announced a sequel to 2010’s Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing titled Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed. While dropping the ‘SEGA’ portion of the title, the game will still feature a wide variety of SEGA franchises in addition to the Sonic the Hedgehog series, spanning from SEGA’s early years up until now. Franchises shown off include Skies of Acadia and Panzer Dragoon, with mention of others such as Golden Axe. The game’s main feature over its predecessor is the ability for player vehicles to transform from cars into both boats and planes mid-race, combining three separate physics engines into one game.

The game has been announced for XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Personal Computer, PlayStation Vita, and Nintendo 3DS, and will be developed by Sumo Digital. It is set for a release in Autumn of 2012. Assets below include a launch trailer, a set of screenshots, and a preview by IGN including a developer video interview.


SEGA Dreamcast Collection now available for free with OnLive PlayPack Bundle

February 16, 2012

SEGA has recently partnered with Cloud-based gaming platform OnLive, which is now offering the SEGA Dreamcast Collection for free as part of its PlayPack Bundle for new subscribers. The collection includes Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi, Space Channel 5: Part 2, and SEGA Bass Fishing. No other SEGA titles have been confirmed for the service as of yet, but more are expected to be released in the near future. In addition, these and all other OnLive titles are fully supported and playable on most smartphone devices running iOS and Android, which are identical to the PC versions of these games.

Source: OnLiveFans

SEGA Tribute – Don’t Stop Me Now

March 5, 2011


I made this video back in 2007 or so, when I was first learning how to use video editing tools, and that is a little more than obvious. However, I feel my passion for the company and their games is very apparent and overrides most major complaints I have with it. I put a lot of love into this for no real reason other than a thank you to the thousands – Perhaps millions of great games SEGA has made that so much of us all over the world have loved through the years.

The song is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by the band Queen. After the jump is the list of games included in the video, along with the format they were recorded on in their correct order.


Dreamcast Collection available in North America

February 23, 2011

As the above launch trailer shows, Dreamcast Collection, available for Xbox 360 and PC, contains versions of Dreamcast classics Crazy Taxi, Sonic Adventure, Sega Bass Fishing and Space Channel 5 Part 2. The first two are available as separate downloads on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. The Dreamcast Collection is now on sale across North America and will be released in Europe next Friday.

Dreamcast Collection Formally Announced

January 15, 2011

SEGA has released details on the rumoured Dreamcast Collection, confirming its existence after it had previously been listed for release at GameStop. The release date is set to 22 February for both the PC and XBox 360. It will contain four of SEGA’s announced Dreamcast titles: Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi, SEGA Bass Fishing, and Space Channel 5 – Part 2. Each of these titles are currently (or will be) available on both XBLA and PSN. At the moment no PlayStation 3 version has been mentioned.

Both Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi for the XBLA have previously been reviewed here.

The current MSRP is 30.00 USD.

Crazy Taxi (Xbox Live Arcade) Review

December 13, 2010

Date Released: November 24, 2010
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2010
Players: 1 Player
Length: 3 to 10 (Crazy) Minutes
Replayability: Incredible



Crazy Taxi is the 1999 arcade game on the NAOMI board that was later ported to numerous platforms based on it’s popularity. The Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network versions are ports of the PC version that was co-developed by now defunct Acclaim. It is the second of SEGA’s Dreamcast Revival downloadable re-release line of games.


Crazy Taxi Out Now on PlayStation Network

November 16, 2010

Crazy Taxi, the classic arcade game is out now for download on Sony’s PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3. It will be released on the Xbox Live Arcade on the 24th.

This version of the title is based on the Dreamcast release, but features a new soundtrack. The Crazy Box and Original modes featured in that are still here, along with online leaderboards for every mode and widescreen television support.

Crazy Taxi achievements revealed

October 28, 2010

The list of Crazy Taxi’s achievements was revealed by website The game features 12 achievements, worth 200 points, as is typical in Xbox Live Arcade titles. There is a nice surprise among the icons for some of the achievements. Hit the jump to see the complete list. The game is due on 24th November.