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[Review] Team Sonic Racing – Nintendo Switch

  • Developer: SEGA
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Release Date: 21/05/2019
  • Price: £34.99/$39.99
  • Review code provided by: SEGA

Sonic Adventure

You’ve gotta be pretty brave to release a kart racer on the Nintendo Switch; with one of the consoles top-selling games being Mario Kart 8, Team Sonic Racing needs to offer players something they haven’t seen before… Yes, of course, it needs to be compared to Mario Kart 8.

Team Sonic Racing is the latest title from SEGA and is an arcade-style, team-based kart racer. Featuring various characters from the beloved series, this kart racer does offer players something different from the much-loved game of the same genre, Mario Kart.

Team Effort

In Team Sonic Racing you are exactly that, a team. Three racers partnered together to compete against the best of the best… or so they think. So, because you’re racing as a team, coming in 1st place doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win the race. It all depends on where your teammates place in the race also. For example, if you place 1st, but your teammates place 8th and 9th, it’s pretty unlikely you will win. This can get pretty annoying as you’re relying on the AI to hold up their end.

As with Mario Kart, in Team Sonic Racing you also have various power-ups and items gained from collecting item boxes throughout each race. Rockets, boosts, boxes; the power-ups are very similar to Mario Kart. But what isn’t similar is the fact that you’re able to exchange these power-ups between your teammates which is really handy.

It’s also worth mentioning that you cannot ‘mix and match’ your teams. If you want to race as Sonic, you will have to have Tails and Knuckles with you too. The teams are set and there are 5 of them to choose from, eventually.

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder…

As you progress through Team Sonic Racings Adventure Mode you will earn in-game currency. What can you do with this in-game currency? I hear you ask… well, you can go and purchase what’s called ‘Mod Pods’ which are pretty much this games version of loot boxes. You can unlock various items in these Mod Pods such as cosmetic upgrades for your kart and performance upgrades as well as other items. Which are extremely useful!

Sonic or Sanic?

Team Sonic Racing does look great on the Nintendo Switch, whether that be docked or in handheld mode. It’s bursting of colours that just jump out of the screen and the level design is rather clever too. The character design is spot on and each racers kart has its own unique features. My eyes were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of Sonic… or Sanic.

Team Sonic Racing or Mario Kart 8?

Okay, I’m not going to lie to you. Mario Kart 8 wins hands down as the best kart racer on the Nintendo Switch but what do you expect from Nintendo’s very own? But does that mean Team Sonic Racing is a bad game? No, not at all. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It offers some nice changes from Mario Kart and is more of relaxed gameplay, but it can be very limited in terms of gameplay. It does, however, come in a lot cheaper than Mario Kart’s full 49.99 price tag…

Pros

  • Fun, relaxed gameplay
  • Team racing offers a nice twist
  • Looks great
  • Mod Pods!
  • Low price

Cons

  • Gameplay can get repetitive
  • Uninteresting story

Verdict
Team Sonic Racing is a fun kart racer with a lot of potential that sadly doesn’t live up to Mario Kart’s standards.
3.5/5

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