I’m baffled right now. Absolutely baffled. Befuddled even. Nonplus. The karting genre is a gaming no-brainer. It’s one of the linchpins of the industry, corralling casual and hardcore gamers alike. It’s been that way since the early 1990s, and yet, with the PlayStation 4, kart racing fans are woefully underserved. Sony squandered its chance to carve its own franchise in the last generation when it decided to compete with itself, releasing both ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Kart. Without those, karting fans have had to make due with Beach Buggy Racing, a bad console port of a bad mobile racer.
Maybe that’s why I decided to give All-Star Fruit Racing a shot. So desperate for a quality karter on my Sony box, I’d give into the idea this colorful racer could be what this console’s been missing. And I can say now, without a doubt, this is the best kart racer on the system. But given its competition, that’s a mighty low bar to hurdle.