Story - 76%
Graphics - 80%
Audio - 80%
Gameplay - 86%
Replayability - 86%
Sonic and his friends are back, this time in a racing kart game to speed along tracks and uncover a mystery. Team Sonic Racing is a bit different to other kart racers in that it focuses on co-op play.
Team Sonic Racing was developed by Sumo Digital who also worked on Sonic & Sego All-Stars Racing and Transformed, they used the same engine of these games but obviously modified it to fit. The other difference is that Team Sonic Racing only includes characters from the Sonic universe.
There are a few different modes to play the game in, Team Adventure, Grand Prix, Time Trial and Exhibition. Team Adventure is a story driven mode where you play through a series of races through various environments and experience the story of the game. Here your characters are a bit restricted in who you can choose but it is a great experience. Progressing through this mode will unlock extras that you can then use in all the other modes.
There is a total of 15 characters that you can choose to race with and most of them fall into 1 of 3 categories, speed, technique and power. Speed has the best top speed, technique concentrates more on handling and power is the most durable. What makes Team Sonic Racing different is the focus on Co-op and team play. Each racer is part of a 3-character team and during races you work as a team to finish the race well. You can offer to send power ups, called Wisps, to your team mates and they can also send you some. Actions that your team perform builds up your team’s ultimate power which can then be activated to give your team an incredible advantage.
Wisps are the power-ups that you pick up during races and these are types of weapons or abilities that you use during the race to give yourself a little edge, these are in most kart racing games and is not very different from the norm.
You will earn in-game currency while playing the game that you can use to purchase parts for your karts, these can improve the carts for the character and change the aesthetic look. You can also customize the paint and horn sounds of your carts.
The game supports four-player local multiplayer, twelve online and up to three in the Team Adventure mode. It is great fun to play with friends and it does deliver well on the team-based racing idea.
Team Sonic Racing is fun and a great new way to enjoy kart racing games. It might not appeal to some hardcore gamers but is a great party fun game to be played with friends.
Reviewed on: PS4
Release Date: 21 May 2019
Likes: Great Co-op fun, interesting team based play
Dislikes: Some more customizing would be cool