Team Sonic Racing is a spin-off racing video game and the latest game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Sumo Digital and published by Sega. It was first teased at SXSW 2018, and released in May 2019. The game is the successor to 2012's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
Team Sonic Racing is a racing game in which players race against each other in multiplayer racing using fifteen characters from across the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Akin to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, characters race through various race circuits themed on different locations in the Sonic series and collect power-ups to boost their speed or hamper their opponents.
Some of the power-ups include fourteen different kinds of Wisps, which can be used both defensively and offensively against rivals. Players are also given the opportunity to customize their racing style, having the freedom to choose between three distinct character types (Speed, Technique, and Power). The game will also feature unlockable game-changing vehicle customization options that adjust the performance and appearance of a playable character's vehicle.
Supporting both multiplayer and local co-op, Team Sonic Racing allows up to twelve players to race at the same time and offers four-player split-screen support. The game also has various offline/online race modes, including Grand Prix Mode, Exhibition Mode, Time-Trial and Team Adventure Mode. There is also "Adventure Mode", which is a story-centric mode available for players to familiarize themselves with the game and its wide array of characters.
Players can either race by themselves or as a team. In the latter case, it allows players to work together as a team to win races by sharing power-ups and speed boosts. Teamplayers can also use various team moves to assist their teammates, knock out opponents, and unleash special moves called "Team Ultimates".
In Team Adventure Mode, Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends receive letters that invites them to participate in a Grand Prix like none other. The invitations come from the mysterious sponsor of said race: Dodonpa, a funny-looking and chubby tanuki riding around in an Egg Mobile-like vehicle. While the gentle and chatty Dodonpa seems only interested in having Sonic and co. as racers in his Grand Prix, his intentions are a complete mystery and might be more sinister in nature.
Team Sonic Racing features twenty-one tracks in total, each split across seven Zones and based on locations from past Sonic games.
- Wisp Circuit
- Doctor's Mine
- Mother's Canyon
- Whale Lagoon
- Ocean View
- Lost Palace
- Ice Mountain
- Frozen Junkyard
- Hidden Volcano
- Bingo Party
- Pinball Highway
- Roulette Road
- Boo's House
- Clockwork Pyramid
- Sand Road
- Market Street
- Haunted Castle
- Sky Road
- Thunder Deck
- Dark Arsenal
- Turbine Loop
Team Sonic Racing was initially teased on March 16, 2018. at the SXSW Sonic the Hedgehog panel. The only thing it revealed was a video featuring a darkened image of the game's logo, accompanied by car images and motor noises. On May 22, 2018, Sega revealed that more info on the game would be revealed that month. On 29-30 May, 2018, the first substantial info and/or teasers on the game were revealed to the public. It was also revealed that a demo would be playable at E3 2018.
Team Sonic Racing received "mixed or average" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 71/100 based on 17 critic reviews. On whatoplay.com it receives an aggregate score (playscore) of 8.03.
- In the logo, there is a R symbol at the beginning of the "Racing" name which resembles the one in the game title for Sonic R.
- In this game Travis Willingham was replaced by Dave B. Mitchell as Knuckles and Patrick Seitz as Zavok, Laura Bailey was replaced by Erica Lindbeck as Blaze and Omochao, Quinton Flynn was replace by Bryce Papenbrook as Silver and Vic Mignogna was replaced by Aaron LaPlante as Omega respectively.
- ↑ Metascore for Team Sonic RacingMetacritic, Retrieved March 23, 2020
- ↑ playscore for Team Sonic Racingwhatoplay.com, Retrieved March 23, 2020