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      06.02.2011 17:46
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      Premier Racing Fun

      Any videogamer that's worth their controller will know about the Sega Rally series - first developed for arcades in the early 90s, the first title became a smash hit and soon became a much wanted game for Sega's flagship console of the time - The Sega Saturn. A few years passed and the company decided it was time to develop the much anticipated sequel. With the Dreamcast now being their moneymaker after being introduced in 1999, the game was quickly ported to the console after the arcade version once again became a smash hit with gamers.

      The series was one of the first to actually have several different types of terrain to drive on and to have each of them affect car handling. Nowadays that's seen as a given but back in the 90s this was a revolutionary feature! Sega Rally 2 kept the basic premise and controls the same but added more into the mix and tightened up faults in the original.

      The graphics are pretty good, with several locales being presented stunningly on the Dreamcast. Having played the arcade version, I can safely say that graphics-wise nothing has been lost in the conversion. Although dated by today's standards, by no means is the game ugly. The cars are well rendered and resemble their real life counterparts and handle reasonably realistically too.

      As far as sound goes, there's nothing to complain about at all. There's a bit of music but that's just there for background noise. What everyone likes here are the sound of the cars as they splash into big puddles and drive over tarmac. There's a sense of satisfaction in hearing these noises, especially if you've kept your car under control throughout. The co-driver gives off directions to you so you can avoid ploughing into a wall at 90mph! His voice isn't anything spectacular but then again, you're not looking for Michael Caine here but realism. The voice does the job and I can't really criticise it.

      Gameplay is as solid as ever and is definitely the highlight of the series. The car controls are tight while still offering you lots of freedom in movement. When you turn into a corner, you feel like you did it and it was all your own work and not the controller. I love this aspect of driving games and it's always good to see this feeling being transfered to a console port. The number of cars has been increased from the original so there's plenty of variety from Toyotas to Subarus to Fords and many other car makes. Several levels have been added to the game including Riviera Muddy and Isle, offering you a great selection of race locations to win at!

      I absolutely love this game and without a doubt this is the best title in the Sega Rally Series. It's just everything you could want from a car game without losing the arcade feel or becoming too serious for it's own good. For any Dreamcast owner out there, this is a must have title! You can get it for a few pounds online so there's no reason to not snap up a copy and enjoy!

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      20.09.2002 05:53
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      I've seen Sega Rally 2 on the shelves for years. I'd never considered purchasing it, even when I'd had a demo with which I was impressed, I didn't think to get it. However one night a friend and myself were playing it and I recognised the track from my demo. I had a look on the Web when I got home and was very pleased to find Explosiv were publishing it as a budget title for the bargain price of £4.99. I had to get it. Initially I was bit apprehensive. I'd played Sega PC titles before and they were shocking, without exception. That having been said, it installed relatively easily on Windows XP, despite the fact I have to run the compatibility wizard for Windows 2000. This was contrary to what it claimed on the box, however it works so I don't care. It was also a bit tempremental when setting up my steering wheel (my revie of which I'm sure you've read), but these teething problems of not recognising it seem to have faded. The one thing that disappoints me immensely is the fact that you can't run the game in any higher than 800 x 600 resolution, and the graphical options are fairly sparse. But once you play the game, the graphics are impressive, not only for that low resolution, but also considering the age of the game. I also like the way you can use your controller in the menu system. The main race options are Arcade, 10-year Championship, Time Attack and multiplayer. Arcade mode does what Ronseal quick-drying woodstain does. It's OK, and has 3 difficulty settings, but for the real hardcore the 10-year Championship is the real thing. It has 10 different combinations of the 17 tracks run in sections 4 per year. You can only advance to the next year by completing the previous year. If you win a year, you are given a secret car. Whilst I say 17 tracks, it's really 17 differing configurations of the base tracks. But I like them, despite the fact they're not as in-depth as, say,
      Mobil 1 Rally Championship or Colin McRae Rally 2. Bottom line is it's an Arcade Game, modified to give it a bit more longevity. The sound is reasonable, however the 3D audio the game boasts sounds like driving in your bathroom, so I stuck to stereo. The mud also has a weird tendency to sound like driving over a rickety wooden pier. Force Feedback support also adds to the game, although it's not in-your-face, shake-your-desk madness. I did find that the steering wheel really did need to be turned to its extremes to be used properly. The calibration thing included with the options didn't work. The game also allows to set up each of the 21 cars to your own specifications, as previous owners of Sega Rally will already be familiar with. It also includes a commentary on each car whilst you see it put through its paces, which lends a lot of insight into the world of rally. However, mine did suffer a bit of an audio problem in this area. Whether this is common or just me I don't know. It's a good game. It's not mega in-depth mad on the detail of cars, and is a bit unrealistic in terms of collisions (like hitting a barrier drops speed, hitting a car doesn't) and there's no damage to your car. Basically it's from the old school of driving games - no damage, set tracks, great gameplay. For £4.99, you can afford to take the risk.

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        20.04.2002 17:03
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        Sega Rally is a brilliant Dreamcast rallying game, one of the best in the genre on the format. It's far from perfect, but if you're looking for fast paced gear crunching action round a variety of levels including Snowy, desert, forest, muddy and a riviera track then Sega Rally 2 is for you. The Dreamcast may not be the most popular console at the moment, but that can only be good for the poeple who want one or own one, with prices so low these days, and games available for less than £10, including Sega Rally, you really have no excuse not to own this title! The Graphics are crisp, fresh and very good for a first generation of Sega Dreamcast games, as a launch title Sega Rally 2 did disappoint but only in the sense of not having the online play that we were told it would have. But that would have meant lag, so your best bet is to take to the time attack mode, hone your skills and then test them against a mate or family member. There're some excellent levels, all testing your abilities to stay on the track and find that rallying racing line. Snowy levels look fantastic, although you'll slide about a lot and could lose a lot of speed, especially in the championship mode where time is all important. Desert tracks are fairly easy, very atmospheric, and then there's the forest, mountain and muddy stages too. My personal favourite is the Riviera stage though - very slick. The sound isn't anything special, but you can hear the engine sounds at the right times, co drivers' voices aren't impossible to understand and the music is quite appropriate but doesn't do anything special. Improvements have bene made since the first; loads more levels, loads more cars and now a 10 year championship option. You can place your scores online and see who's the best, but it's not really worth the hassle. Cars all handle differently, which is good in a racing game, you'll be able to get used
        to a few and soon have your fave, everything looks very speedy and in general the presentation is all top. Sadly we're lacking a 60hz mode. Sega Rally 2 is an excellent game, it doesn't take things as seriously as Colin McRae games or V-Rally, it could have been better by having a four player mode and the promise of online play could have been kept. Still, I would say 8/10. Thanks for reading KUMA

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        18.09.2001 01:33

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        This is easily sega's best racing game. The graphics are absolutely amzing, the way the dust, dirt and grime flicks up onto the bottom of the car is just breathtaking!!! The handling is easy that you can get into the game so quickly. This can be a problem though when you complete the game. The game has incredible 3d audio reproduces real external noises, using genuine engine sounds from each car. It has brilliant online facilities because you can play and post your best times on Sega's website. There are many different game options. A single race, 10 year championship, Time trial and multiplayer modes. The graphics system is packed with detail including weather effects and working brake lights. This game is for anyone who loves brilliant driving games which is not impossibly difficulty. Thanks for reading my opinion Paul

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        16.09.2001 07:25
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        Sega Rally is another of the Dreamcast catalogue of racing titles. Looking back at the first game Sega Rally 1 – an arcade classic, and one of the best games on the unpopular Sega Saturn console, it’s really strange why I don’t like this game. It’s not fresh, so it’s been out for over 2 years now, but Sega Rally 2 is an arcade game at heart, and that is where it belongs, in my opinion. The graphics aren’t bad, but they’re nothing on GT3 and MSR – the pop up is still evident and the frame rate isn’t fantastic, although sliding round on the icy snowy circuits does have it’s moments. There’re many cars in the game, including the Peugeot 206, 306 and 205, Subaru Impreza’s and the classic Evo’s from Mitsubishi – stunning car. Plus points? There’re a lot more tracks and cars than the first game. The cars are all official. It’s Sega Rally 2! Downsides: The graphics are not as they should be. Horrible border around the edge of the screen – no 60hz options! The frame rate and ‘fogging’ effects (as the scenery suddenly appears) is not a patch on GT3 and MSR. It’s an arcade game at heart - wasn’t designed for a control pad and tiny screen. Overall, I would recommend Sega Rally 2 to you to play in the arcade, or if you have a large television and a couple of steering wheels, but with a control pad it just loses the realism and fun. 2 stars, but for £10 I’d say get it.

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        29.08.2001 19:41
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        Sega Rally is another of the Dreamcast catalogue of racing titles. Looking back at the first game Sega Rally 1 – an arcade classic, and one of the best games on the unpopular Sega Saturn console, it’s really strange why I don’t like this game. It’s not fresh, so it’s been out for over 2 years now, but Sega Rally 2 is an arcade game at heart, and that is where it belongs, in my opinion. The graphics aren’t bad, but they’re nothing on GT3 and MSR – the pop up is still evident and the frame rate isn’t fantastic, although sliding round on the icy snowy circuits does have it’s moments. There’re many cars in the game, including the Peugeot 206, 306 and 205, Subaru Impreza’s and the classic Evo’s from Mitsubishi – stunning car. Plus points? There’re a lot more tracks and cars than the first game. The cars are all official. It’s Sega Rally 2! Downsides: The graphics are not as they should be. Horrible border around the edge of the screen – no 60hz options! The frame rate and ‘fogging’ effects (as the scenery suddenly appears) is not a patch on GT3 and MSR. It’s an arcade game at heart - wasn’t designed for a control pad and tiny screen. Overall, I would recommend Sega Rally 2 to you to play in the arcade, or if you have a large television and a couple of steering wheels, but with a control pad it just loses the realism and fun. 2 stars, but for £10 I’d say get it.

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          22.08.2001 05:57

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          Get a real rally ka and its fun because you can die and here you CANNOT as its a game. Not I want to die, I dont cos its bad, but its just not real drive a rally game in a game, It should be real. ye ye ye Pol suih It aint really real. Shut it cars. Sometimes car go vroom vroooom vrrroooooooooom. But other time NO IT DONT COS NO PETROL. See? you didnt fink of that. 5 stars okk .

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          05.05.2001 00:50
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          Sega Rally 2 is best left as an arcade game because Sega messed up big time with the conversion to the ‘deceased’ Dreamcast, and really shouldn’t think that they did well because they didn’t! The arcade is a derelict place now, but it’s a great laugh with 3 of your mates and you playing on the Rally machines, everyone choosing the Subaru or the Mitsubishi, and one of you outclassing the rest by a mile – Sega Rally 2 is a wicked game for the arcades at least, and looks awful on the 128bit machine that has given us MSR which kicks SR2’s backside. The sound is ok, but nowhere near as good as the arcade version, and the handling isn’t that bad, but again I prefer using pedals and a proper wheel! The graphics are a big let down, and the game plays so very slowly with lots of pop up, frame rate trouble and glitches. The amount of cars is ok I think, with 20 to choose, but this is best left in the arcades, where people can enjoy it to it’s full potential. It’s a 1 star game, its barely addictive, with nothing going for it – no promised online play and a drab selection of courses, which seem a lot more fun in the arcade.

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            01.01.2001 00:30
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            Sega rally 2 is not a classic, but is a very good arcade game. Just like the original was on the Sega Saturn, this version brings the arcade to life in the comfort of you living room! The graphics are not the greatest on Dreamcast but are by no means shabby, although a 60hz may have been nice had they included it. The game features so many more cars and tracks than before, but strangely the game doesn’t seem such a revelation as the original. You can now compete in a 10year championship though, and upload your best times onto the Dreamcast Internet. The frame rate is a very nice 60per second, but the 50hz border is annoying to say the least. There is a lot of 2 player glitches in the scenery. But it doesn’t take any of the fun away! I think there are over 15 cars now – a Subaru Impreza is among the new line up (before, all we had was a Lancia delta, a Toyota Celica and a Stratos!). I would recommend Sega Rally 2 to you, as the new courses are worth the money, and if you haven’t played the first game then you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this one! A decent enough first generation Dreamcast game, that could have been a little easier, had 60hz option and could have made more use of the Internet functions, but it’s worth buying now in the new Sega Dreamcast Millennium Range at £19.99, which is just about to hit the shops!

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            06.11.2000 03:17
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            Sega Rally 2 is the sequel to one of the sega Saturn’s best games: sega rally. Although a great improvement over the original sega classic it isn’t an amazingly good game, just a quite good game. If you really like racing games though (As I do) then you cant really go very wrong with this game. It has a huge variety of tracks and many modes including a 10 year championship mode. This game is really worth looking into if you enjoy playing racing games and / or you liked the original sega rally.

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              24.09.2000 19:05

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              The Truth is, Sega Rally 2 had a lot to live up to with the brilliant Sega Rally on the Saturn as it's predecessor and promised so much and delivered relatively little. To be fair the game has good graphics, a whole load more cars and tracks than before, and an all new 10 year championship career mode - but it's not good enough. In fact it falls short of expectations by a long way. With no promised online head 2 head net play - thanks to the awful Dreamcast modem not being able to handle it, and no crash damage - still - making the game pale in comparison to the far more realistic, although less polished - graphic wise, Colin McRae 2. And I think this is a view shared by many DC owners. I still think it's fun but way too hard and way too unrealistic.

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              17.08.2000 03:29
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              Sega Rally 2 was one of the launch games I purchased with my swanky new Dreamcast back in October last year. Like many people, I loved the arcade version of this legendary franchise, and felt postive for the console conversion. The first twinges of concern started as soon as I powered on the game. 'Windows CE' flashed on-screen as the game booted-up. I later found out that Sega had rather lazily ported this version from the PC version! The cars mysterously float around the track (hello handling?), the frame-rate stutters at almost every corner (to the point where you have to actually alter your driving style to cope with the jitter) and the game options are pretty sparse. Sega thankfully made-up for this woeful conversation with the rather wonderful "Crazy Taxi", but for anyone looking for a solid rally experience, pick "V-Rally2" rather than this lame effort.

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              30.07.2000 05:59
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              Sega Rally 2, surprisingly enough, is the sequel to the amazing Sega Rally but can it live up to the high expectations? The answer is yes and no. Yes Sega Rally 2 on the Model 3 board in the arcade is superior to the original Model 2 board Sega Rally. In the arcade this game is easily the best racer with only Daytona 2 as a rival but on the Dreamcast it disappoints. The conversion of Sega Rally 2 to the Dreamcast was problematic right from the start. Developers of the game had completed the majority of it (i think 60%) before they decided to scrap it and start again. This meant that the game was absent from the Japanese launch titles and had to be rushed to get it onto shelves. To do this the developers, stupidly, decided to use Microsoft Windows CE to program it. This program is designed to save time but the graphical effects that can be achieved are reduced and is evident throughout the game. In the arcade the game runs at 60fps constantly and is silky smooth but on Dreamcast the game struggles to maintain this frame rate so it was reduced to 30fps and therefore loses a lot of it's impact. Not only this but the game for some reason just doesn't look as good as it's arcade counterpart. I don't know what it is but the home version just doesn't cut it. Although i am mad at the developer they have managed to get the most important feature right and that is the gameplay. The gameplay in Sega Rally 2 is simply marvellous. The cars are fun to drive and wrestle around the bends but the most important thing is the game is terrific fun. Swinging a Toyota Corolla from a tight left into a hairpin right is exhilarating. As well as the standard modes of play (arcade, Time trial, etc.) Sega have introduced new tracks and a 10 year championship mode where you can win new cars by winning the seasons. These additions show me that Sega have actually put some effort into the game but the tracks aren't as well designed as the ones in
              the arcade but the new cars are great to drive. The 2 player mode is also quite fun but only on a few stages since on some the fogging is simply too much. In conclusion Sega Rally 2 is still an excellent title but it has not been done justice by Sega. I believe that the Dreamcast can handle an arcade perfect conversion (just look at Shenmue, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil for proof) and wish that Sega would develop one but i know that this is unlikely to come true. Oh well.

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              22.07.2000 23:12
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              Sega Rally 2 has taken the back seat to V-Rally 2 on the Dreamcast. Apparently, V-Rally has more depth. But this is no just reason to rush out and buy V-Rally and to completely ignore Sega's classic. In fact, you'd be kicking yourself if you did. Or I'd be kicking you. I never realy got the chance to play SR2 in the arcades, so I can't really say how arcade perfect the graphics and handling is. But in my opinion that's not really important. What makes SR2 really stand out is the fact that it hasn't gone for the realism factor that made games like Gran Turismo so boring to play. Speeding round mountain tracks, powersliding through tight chicanes, this is what Sega Rally 2 is all about. Using the analog triggers at the back of the controller for acceleration and braking may seem clumsy at first, but once you've tried the cars out on a time trial course, you'll not only tune into the controls, but you will also have found a car you like. The game doesn't fall short when it comes to depth either. If you're an arcade novice like me, then you'll find the arcade mode hard as hell, and you'll get stuck about half way through the excellent 10 Year Championship. But you'll keep coming back for more, and this game is very rewarding when you finally beat the course that had you stumped for so long. So what am I telling you that the media don't? I'm rating this game on the gameplay, and the longetivity. Both of which are excellent. There are a few graphical flaws, like the framerate, which gets slightly jerky at times, and there is a bit of pop-up. But Sega Rally 2 can't be marked down for that, because it is a joy to play.

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                19.07.2000 03:09
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                The Saturn version of Sega Rally is classic. This version ain't. It's certainly not bad. There's a good selection of tracks, and there has certainly been alot of thought put into the solo modes. The handling is also pretty good - just the right balance of reality and arcade play. Nice. Of course, there has to be problems. The title seems to have been rushed badly. There's fogging which doesn't seem to be needed, and the framerate jumps all over the place, which proves to be the biggest problem. It makes judging some of the corners a little difficult. In all, its fun, but not perfect by any means. That said, how many other driving games are out on Dreamcast?

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