Sonic Drift

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed • Did a 10 second Drift as Sonic • 10G • 15.91% of gamers unlocked this

I am probably a bit too bitter, twisted, and just all-around jaded today, so it has taken me a bit longer to get around to writing this entry than I would have liked. The day started with the unfortunate loss of some family jewellery, peaked when it was recovered, crashed a little during the craziness of my 9-5 job, and now, finally, in the twilight of the working day, and in writing this blog, I can finally take a breath.

Insert Breath Here.

Right. Sonic. Have I mentioned that I bloody love Sonic? I was a SEGA kid growing up, so when it comes to Sonic vs. Mario wars, I’m always going to come down on the side of the little blue hedgehog, regardless of how many friends were kicking ass in Goldeneye 007 (still the greatest game of all time) or Mario 64 (which I spent a wonderful week playing laid-up in hospital as a child). The broader catalogue of SEGA characters in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed means that there is – perhaps not ‘nostalgia’, but certainly a warm-and-fuzzy feeling towards this game, kind of like a hybrid between the fun of playing Mario Kart combined with the joy of playing – for example – Yoda in Soul Calibur IV.

Full disclosure: I have played a considerable amount of Sonic Racing on the PlayStation Vita long before it was released as part of this month’s Games with Gold. As one of the few decent racing games on the Vita, it got a workout more from a gameplay, rather than a novelty, perspective while I was playing it, and so it is perhaps with the fondness of a handheld gamer that I launched it today on the big screen anticipating a quick but jolly good time.

I wasn’t disappointed, and in fact, I was even a little impressed.

I don’t know if this game has been “Xbox One X Enhanced” or whether it was always this solid on the 360, but this game looks great, it plays well, and was simply just an excellent experience from start-to-finish. I had a quick skim of the achievements to see what I could earn in one or two races, and had settled on ‘finish without getting hit’, but obviously it’s hard to determine if/when you’ve been hit, and so I ended up practising my drifting for a few corners, enough to be able to unlock this achievement.

Will I play again? Absolutely. I hope that there’ll be a few more Sonic achievements over the course of this week!

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that please you, and the revitalisation of a 90s legend is absolutely one of mine.

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