Last updated on January 13th, 2021 at 02:46 pm
Steam’s latest can’t-pass-it-up offer has the titular platform-running erinaceinae hero’s second – and much-improved – modern kart racer take a spectacular spin-jump down of 75 percent.
That’s a best-ever £3.74 until 6PM on Wednesday, UK time. But gather three friends and you’ll pay just £11.74 for four copies of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – an additional discount of about 80 pence per copy.
Sumo Digital – most popular here for reviving the fortunes of a long-silent series in converting Sega’s OutRun 2 and its variants – really hit the mark with this one and when you consider the creative experience of staff that included Black Rock (Pure, Split/Second) and Bizarre Creations (Blur, Project Gotham Racing), you can see how. Composing star, Richard Jacques (Metropolis Street Racer, OutRun 2 Euro mixes, Forza Motorsport 4 and… Jet Set Radio!), further lifted the base joy of the game through his music in Racing Transformed. The positives continued with the floods of colour that should come with the SEGA name in Arcade guise and the characters and roller-coaster tracks inspired by one of the most incredible game catalogues in history still raise a reminiscing smile in everyone that returns to play – and play it does well!
Battle modes, 25 venues, vehicle transformations over land, water and air and a much-missed rarity these days, 4-player split-screen competition, are all here. The SNES Super Mario Kart is still my kart racer of choice, but Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is how you do it right today and it remains the entertaining, gloriously bright antidote to the straight faces of the PC sim world or the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza.
Another 49 pence (75 percent off) will add the single extra produced for the game, the Metal Sonic & OutRun DLC. Metal Sonic arrives with his own transforming machine, an OutRun Bay course for racing and time trials opens up and there’s some emoticon stickers for your in-game licence.
There’s Steam trading cards too…!
Okay, who shouted Sonic R?