Today we recorded Monster Cast #17, produced for the Console Monster website – covering news from all of the major players including Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
Featuring special guest Steve Lycett, Executive Producer from SUMO Digital to discuss his experiences developing for the Nintendo Wii U and their upcoming title Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed.
No don’t fall into the obvious trap of thinking this is your typical mediocre Sonic the Hedgehog game. Yes I know there have been many and although there have been fairly recent exceptions to this terrible truth, the bargain bin is still heaving with titles that us SEGA fans would much rather forget ever existed on our cherished gaming shelves.
Developed by Sumo Digital who have had success with SEGA character based games in the past, boldly undertake this latest SEGA project with both hands, presenting us with what actually turns out to be a big surprise for the many like myself who usually fear anything that features Sonic in the title.
So no doubt your first Nintendo inspired thought will lead you to the apparent similarity to Mario Kart. It is all our favourite characters in one game, racing around various wacky tracks, collecting and using weapons, ludicrous jumps and the list could go on. Of course this conclusion would be accurate, but let’s brush that aside and look to what Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing actually boasts.
One of the most beloved consoles for any SEGA fan has to be the Dreamcast. On this dare I say ‘cute’ little platform, Virtua Tennis showed once and for all that the sport of smashing a small yellow ball around was a worthy contender for our attention and that in this virtual world, anything was possible. Even a British tennis player could win a major tournament, how about that!
To read the review, click the link below:
> Virtua Tennis 2009 Review for Xbox 360
Tugging heavily on your nostalgic emotional strings to amplify the titles enjoyment, not only will you recognise many characters (16 in total) from past games including Sonic the Hedgehog, Gilius Thunderhead (Golden Axe) and AiAi (Super Monkey Ball), but you will also experience tennis elbow within beautifully lush courts based on the SEGA heritage. I don’t want to give away all of the game’s secrets though, so let us now move on.