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Games of 2019 – Team Sonic Racing

With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!

2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about a title that was due to come out last year but will now launch in May, Team Sonic Racing.

Game Details

Title: Team Sonic Racing
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Sumo Digital
Release Date: 21st May

What is it?

The next game in the Sonic kart racing series. Team Sonic Racing drops the multiple vehicle types of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and focuses on karts. Of course, there is something new being added to the mix as well, team racing. Because it’s all about how your team does, you don’t need to finish in first place yourself to win the event, if the rest of your team does well.

What could go right?

With the absence of a kart racer based on a certain moustachioed plumber, a Sonic kart racer is likely to be the best we’re going to get on Xbox One. Sumo Digital has done a good job with the last two Sonic racers so we have little reason to doubt them this time around. The visuals fit the Sonic template perfectly. The handling, assuming it’s like the last ones, will be manageable for new players while offering depth for pros. A lot depends on the Team mechanics but they seem well thought through. The fact that you can help your team wherever you are on the track, and in any position, should help to emphasise teamwork. As long as they do make a definitive difference to your team’s result then this should be good.

What could go wrong?

‘This game has had a significant delay. You don’t delay a game for no reason. There were obviously issues with the game. The question is, whether these can be fixed in a few months or if it’s something more fundamental. With Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled coming out exactly one month later, Team Sonic Racing does have competition. We also don’t know whether team mechanics are the way to go in a racing game. Yes, it’s something we’ve not really seen before but there may be a reason for that.

That’s what we think about Team Sonic Racing. Are you a fan of the series? Are you looking forward to more kart racing action? Be sure to leave a comment below and look out for more coverage throughout the month regarding the games that will launch on Xbox One during 2019.

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at Xbox Enthusiast as well as a contributor for Nintendo Enthusiast and PlayStation Enthusiast. Steve is a musician and gamer who loves sharing his passion for each. You will normally find him at the front of the grid in racing games or on the other end of the kill cam when you've just been killed in a first-person shooter.

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