Digital Foundry, a group of tech fanatics that specialize in analyzing technical fundamentals of technology and innovate digital possibilities, have taken apart Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and decided that the Wii U version of the game is the best one. Digital Foundry honored the Wii U build for its reliable frame-rate and five person multiplayer.
Here’s what they said.
Overall, the Wii U version doesn’t disappoint with its generally solid frame-rate in solo play and its permanently engaged v-sync. Evidence of superior textures isn’t in abundance, but there are occasions where it surpasses 360 – such as on the Panzer Dragoon stage – and the sub-HD resolution it operates at gives largely comparable image quality to the other consoles. Of course, a high watermark is planted by the PC version’s support for superior textures, improved reflection mapping and grander geometry, but the Wii U offering is a unique beast in its own right.
Putting the strong PC port aside, we’d pin the Wii U version down as the console version to opt for based on flexibility alone. Despite being a launch title, the range of options it boasts above the competition is commendable, with support for all original Wii control configurations, plus the GamePad and Classic Pro. Once set, all five players can also be taken online as a group, and, best of all, the visuals and performance aren’t noticeably cut down in the process of adding these new modes and features. However, if these extras aren’t a factor for you, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is also an easy recommendation to make on 360 and PS3.
I loved the demo for Transformed, and I plan to pick up the game in the coming weeks. After the delay of Rayman Legends, my schedule is looking pretty barren until the middle of March. I hope Sonic and his Sega friends will keep me entertained for a while, and Digital Foundry’s love for the Wii U version may have finally convinced me to purchase the game.
Do you own Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed? Should I pick it up? Do you believe the Wii U version is best? Sound off in the comments.