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Team Sonic Racing: Sonic is Back in the Racing Game!

Sonic is Back in the Racing Game!

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Sonic is Back in the Racing Game!

Sonic has rejoined the racetrack with the release of Team Sonic Racing. Sonic first entered the Kart Racing industry with 2 earlier games, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, as an answer to series like Mario Kart. They got off to a hot start with a simple formula: Cool, nostalgic characters in colorful karts racing through intricate courses, boosting speed via drifting and collecting item boxes filled with weapons and power-ups. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed added racing as boats or aircraft, upping the difficulty by changing control mechanics and dynamics.

Team Sonic Racing marks another evolution. In addition to the same formula and foundation as its predecessors, it introduces a new mechanic: teamwork. While players can race alone and win independently in Team Sonic Racing, the game’s primary focus and scoring lies in the performance of teams of three racers working together.

Multiple new mechanics are focused around teamwork. Teammates can draft behind teammate’s, but only behind teammates, to gain speed bursts, and racers affected by traps or weapon hits can be rescued by nearby teammates who can give additional speed boosts to get them back in the game. Teammates can even transfer item boxes to each other and coordinate how to best use those items to win, creating options if you’re bumped away from an item or if your current place reduces your item’s usefulness. Using these mechanics will also charge up an ultimate move. Once full, teams can activate an ultimate to gain super-speed and temporary invulnerability.

Most surprising was the effectiveness of single player mode’s AI. Normally you would assume that an AI would not have the best timing, but the AI of Sonic Team Racing makes a huge effort to support the player as best they can. While winning, the AI tries to catch up to help you maintain first place, but while losing, it will hold back and offer support instead. Overall, the AI is intelligent enough to effectively cooperate with you.

Team Sonic Racing

Developed by Sumo Digital and published by Sega, Team Sonic Racing was released on May 21, 2019 and is currently available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.