“ Sequel to the GBA's bestselling racing simulation 15 top rally cars with different handling, grip, acceleration and maximum speed. 42 tracks spanning different climates and weather, 14 different stages, 7 modes of play, Co-driver voice-over, Replay mode, „
"GT Advance 2: Rally Racing" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2002 by THQ. It is a racing game and sequel to "Championship Racing" released one year prior. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The main hindrance of Championship Racing was its password save feature. After each race, the player would be presented with a strand of text which required writing down in aims of unlocking a specific car, parts upgrade or racing course. Rally Racing removes this restriction by including a battery save feature which saves progress directly to the cartridge. In this game, players select from 15 licensed vehicles and race through off-road courses with aims of placing in the highest rank. The game features true to life scenarios with 14 racing events in the championship mode of play. Each course is based on a physical location including Swedish rally tracks. I am not sure as to whether or not they are accurate in their design but the general sense of realism presented in this game leads me to believe so. Before each race the player will be required to read a short weather report and adjust his or her tyre selection to allow for maximum speed on areas of asphalt, grass, mud or snow. Controls are responsive and handle well to sudden turns which are sometimes featured frequently.
The graphics are presented from a trailing view of the player's vehicle. The course designs are good but do feature some graphical bugs in some spots where the skyline image appears to overlap with the track itself. One personal complaint I found with Championship Racing was its lack of environmental objects. Rally Racing features them in an abundance with numerous trees and plants littering each course liberally. The soundtrack is standard to racing titles featuring engine sounds and other environmental accents.
Overall, Rally Racing is a game which would likely appeal to fans of the racing genre. It is in depth in that car modifications are constantly required and this can serve as an enjoyable feature to retain replay value. I enjoyed this personally and would recommend it to prospective buyers.