Monday 29 August 2022

Sonic Drift (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Sega CS
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1994

Sonic Drift is a racing game that was only released in Japan.

+ The sense of speed is fantastic and using a boost results in you teetering on the edge of control in an exhilarating fashion.

+ Each of the six worlds are taken from the original Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Genesis) which is a nice touch.

+ All four selectable drivers play very differently to each other and offer unique end credit cut-scenes to aide replayability.

+ Some excellent music on offer including a terrific version of You Can Do Anything from Sonic CD (1993, Sega CD).

- The tracks are incredibly narrow, and as a result overtaking can be unnecessarily difficult, particularly when cornering.

- The track layouts are deeply uninspired and the six themed worlds aren't brought to life in any meaningful way.

- Lack of any combat-based items leaves the gameplay feeling rather shallow, and the races themselves are very short.

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