Mobil 1 Rally is one of the best racing simulation games I've played on the Playstation and I picked it up recently fairly cheaply to play and test out. There are some aracade qualities to it but if you overlook that it's not a bad game at all.
The graphics in this game are extremely good and profssional. The passing landscapes as you drive or race are fantastic and you can be forgiven at times for looking at these when you should be concentrating on driving. The cars are very detailed and great too with about 21 to choose from.
The Rally format of the game is a great deal of fun and you never take the same turn twice. You can't memorize the tracks as they are very different so there is much more emphasis on learning how to handle your car in the given situations. In order to succeed in this game you need to learn about your car as well as tracks.
There are 400 miles of track in this game to race over which is pretty impressive and these are split up into 12-15 mile segments which are stages. These are then ehanced and made more realistic with the addition of rain, snow, thunder etc. These conditions can really affect the outcome in a big way.
The other cars that you race against are quite realistic too and make things even more challenging. Having said that the game is easy enough to learn and the controls so that's good. Once you master it you will be in the running for the championship itself.
The one problem with it is some of the arcade qualities in that you can't flip a car at all which would be good as that would simualate real life rally driving. The damage on the car is not all that great either. You do sustain damage but it rarely seems to affect the car's performance.
The game however overall is a great racing game and it plays well and have some fantastic graphics. Despite a couple of minor things the realism is there and you will feel like you're really there in the rally championship.
All dressed up in some amazing D3D finery, Mobil 1 Rally pushes the limits of graphic technology to new heights by delivering an outstanding collection of accurately modeled courses and vehicles coupled with some sophisticated new rally car physics. Mobil 1 Rally simulates a six-round championship at a number of far-flung locales throughout Britain. Each event of this respected series consists of half a dozen point-to-point stages that can vary in length from a short two-mile jaunt in Langton, Scotland, to a punishing 27-mile run through the forests of Pundershaw in northern England. Magnetic Fields used up-to-date geological survey data and extensive video footage to ensure that the more than 400 miles of serpentine British real estate was rendered with complete authenticity. The results are nothing short of amazing. I can't think of another racing game with the same photorealistic purity in the backdrops. The sim's snowy mountain vistas, impossibly narrow country lanes and lush forested corridors are so perfectly rendered that, when cranked up to 1280x1024, any one of these resplendent backdrops could be used as a picture postcard. Some blinding lens flare effects, convincing lighting techniques, and support for various audio enhancements raise the audio-visual bar higher still. The individual cars aren't too shabby, either, with 23 different models from manufacturers such as Renault, Mitsubishi, and Vauxhall. Each has been painstakingly detailed, from the correct placement of sponsorship decals right down to the working windshield wipers. Interior treatments are equally well done and feature a fully animated driver and co-driver as well as a host of different viewing perspectives. A superb video replay suite has also been tossed in to let you view the action from - count 'em - no less than 47 different camera angles! Whether you go for a modestly powered FWD machine or one of the sim's bonus 4WD road roc
kets, the incredible sense of speed and control gives Mobil 1 Rally a visceral punch. You buck and weave your way through the unforgiving English countryside while listening to your co-driver bark out warnings of upcoming corners and hazards. Apart from some inaccurate off-road behavior (where hitting the grass slows the car unrealistically) and some rather optimistic damage modeling, the sim's challenging physics engine is absolutely first-rate. Mobil 1 Rally offers four different modes of solo gameplay as well as a variety of split-screen and turn-based modes, on a single PC or over a network. Although I experienced a nearly seamless Internet session when using a high-speed ADSL-to-cable connection, dial-up modem users may encounter minor warping. North American racing fans have never really warmed to the sport of rallying in the past, but Mobil 1 Rally Championship could very possibly change all that. Although it's not for the casual racer, the purity and intensity of the driving experience should ensure the game a long lease on the hard drive of any serious simulation buff.