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      07.01.2011 20:47
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      A good game for fans of the show

      When I decided to review South Park Rally the first thing that struck me was the low ratings others had given the game. While it is true that Rally is not the most innovative computer game around, and nor does it present mind-blowing graphics, it is nevertheless a very entertaining game that has a lot of appeal, and I do not feel it deserves the overall low score it has attained here.

      At the beginning of the game the player selects a character of their choice - all the main characters are available, but the more obscure ones only become available as you progress through the game and pass more levels. At each stage there is a different surrounding and a different objective. The first round is the simplest: players must navigate around a course, racing against other players, and be the first to race across four checkpoints and reach the finishing line. In a later round - one of my favourites - players must race through the farmyard collecting chickens and be the first to collect a certain number of them. This level is especially fun because you can only carry a maximum of four chickens at any one time, and you must deposit them at the checkpoint before going to collect more. You can either follow the map in the corner of the screen to locate the fowl or else drive into another player who is in possession of chickens already, thereby 'stealing' them and taking advantage of the other player's work.

      South Park Rally is, of course, based on the cartoon South Park. Because of this, the game is not really suitable for younger players. More extreme expletives are beeped out, but the game does still include some bad language and other aspects parents may not wish their children exposed to (the presence of a prostitute, for example - a 'weapon' during the game).

      The graphics are not, as I mentioned, pioneering, but then this is perhaps a reflection of the programme. The characters are represented very well, and the colours are vivid and easy on the eye. The controls are easy to use on the whole, but manoeuvring so that the camera is angled as you wish it to be can sometimes be frustrating.

      The levels become progressively more difficult as the game continues, and more skill is required to complete each one. Different modes are available in the game, and you can choose to play or practise one level, and introduce different skills into different settings (you can choose to collect chickens in the mountain or town environment rather than the farm setting, for example).

      South Park Rally is by no means a ground breaking game, but it is a lot of fun and can be challenging. A nice distraction for fans of the show.

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        05.05.2003 01:14
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        This cartoon series that has been around for years was turned into a rally game around a few years back on the Playstation and for other consoles. The cartoon itself was a hit but was the game? Lets find out. The characters in this game are the usual four but with only another four to choose from. Makeing this only eight in total. However new characters are awarded every time you win a race in championship mode. The characters are Stan, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny which are the obvious ones and also Wendy, Chef, Officer Barbrady and uncle Jimbo. I myself think that their should have been a few more characters to choose from and also dont agree with uncle Jimbo. He is hardly seen in the cartoon and some one like Mr Garrison would have been a better choice. Never the less with just haveing the four main guys makes this game great. Now its time to pick your race. There are three game types to choose in this game. However if you choose championship mode you obviously dont get to pick your track. The idea of the game is to race around the track, depending on which race you are in you either have to race around 4 checkpoints, or you may be asked to pick up or drop off items at certain checkpoints within the game. You have to listen to Cartman`s mother as she will tell you what you have to do before the race starts. Then once you have completed your objective the first one across the finish line wins. Remember how i said there were three game types to choose. Well here they are. The first is arcade mode which when you win the race with your chosen player, you are rewarded a new track. The more times you win the more tracks you gain. The second game is battle mode where you and your opponents race around the track fireing weapons at each other. You have 4 lives and when you lose every one you are basickly killed. The last being championship mode which again is just a bunch of tracks which you race around and try to win. Every time you win like i sai
        d you are rewarded new tracks and new players including Mr Garrison :) Overall a very exciting and great game. The graphics are good with them looking 3D like but i suppose could have done with a bit of improving there. The sounds are excellent with all the usual qoutes from the guys including a lot of swearing words. Which i must point out this game may not be suitable for the younger people out there. As for gameplay this again is excellent. Just like Mario Kart this is a game you will never want to stop playing. A lot of people i know dont like this game. However i do. Like i said the graphics arent on the great side but its fun raceing against and beating up your opponents. You will be able to pick this game up for cheap nowadys and i would say its worth the money.

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          15.04.2002 22:58

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          This is a slow paced driving games which works on the same basis as Mario Kart (& all the other clones). But unlike Mario Kart this game is poor - very poor! This is the sort of driving game where if you crash once, or hit another driver you stand no chance of placing first and winning the race. The game features a variety of weapons (some of which are quite funny) which you pick up along the circuit, to use against opponents. I've found in games like this, there is always one rarely obtainable weapon which does a substanital amount of damage to the car that recieves the hit. But in this game the mega weapons are obtainable quite regularly - By the enemy!even on the early levels. Levels include reaching checkpoints (some in various orders) and the cup game where the player must retrieve a golden trophy which they must keep in their possesion until the finish. To be honest I haven't explored the whole game, because I find this game boring and very frustrating. This game brings back childhood memories of smashed Nintendo Joypads. Even ardent fans of South Park should avoid this game.

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          03.11.2001 23:11
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          'scuse the title but all will become clear...maybe. Everyone must surely have heard of this foul mouthed disgusting little cartoon by now. Its great innit? Well, there have naturally been a number of tie-in computer game licences to go along with it, most of which have been pretty hit and miss with this being the better of them. I say hit and miss, I should say miss and miss worse, because none of the games have actually gone on to be particularly successful despite the success of the show. oh well. Well, with games like South Park Rally you can see why they have suffered from a lack of success. Its not that the ideas are bad, or that it fails to keep in the tradition of South Park, but rather that the playability is rather limited and it all becomes a little boring after a while. To talk of its good points, South Park Rally will probably make you laugh out loud the first couple of times you play it. The game is completely off the wall as you would expect and the graphics totally follow those of the televsion show - it is like being part of a South Park show. The problem is that you feel like you are playing Mario Kart yet again and most of us are tired of that. It doesn't matter that you get to use weapons like vomit, cheesy poofs or water bombs which you may have expected or more outrageously - explosive diarrohea(!) and even herpes(!!!) - because the concept is exactly the same. It doesn't matter that the characters are totally like the show's characters or that you get to hear them screaming insults etc...because this IS Mario Kart...but an extremely annoying version. The novelty of the South Park thing wears off very quickly and you are left with a direct console port to the PC with all the problems that inevitably brings. Single mode games are ok, but where is the multiplayer version? Sure you can play through a LAN connection...ermm who has this? Not me, not anyone I know, very few people indeed I would have though
          t so who exactly wants to play a game which is basically fun only because you can throw explosive diarrohea at your friends...when you can't play them? Stupid. Stupid too is the complete lack of a save game feature. Playing a championship mode is pointless because it is so hard and there is no way to save the game. Arrgghh!! The computer players NEVER falter so you are left with the only option to become PERFECT at this game or give up. I gave up, it wasn't worth the hassle and anyway the small amount of soundbites were bugging me. Southpark Rally is fun for five minutes, and if you are going to buy it anyway I would suggest getting it on the Playstation, Nintendo etc. where it was actually made to be played. The PC version sucks, the console version isn't much better but at least you can play your mates...for a little while until you get bored and wander off down the pub.

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          15.07.2001 02:21

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          don't buy this!!!!! - Advantages: umm its to do with southpark - Disadvantages: rubbish graphics, rubbish game

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          06.12.2000 07:30
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          This second installment of South Park videogaming abandons the first person shooter style and instead sees the foul-mouthed quartet (and their friends) hitting the road for some karting action. Players choose from a variety of the show's characters (more become available as you progress through the game) and must then burn around the courses in a bid to complete a particular level's objective. Unlike similar games of this ilk (Crash Team Racing and Speed Freaks), South Park rally doesn't simply involve racing around circuits. For example, the Cow Day stage sees each of the competitors infected with mad cow disease, their objective being to locate the antidote and avoid the others until they are cured of their affliction (a kind of inverted tag). The inclusion of such stages is laudable in as much as they break up the monotony of of the more traditional racing stages. The actual layout of the stages themselves is fairly open - in some cases too open. This especially true of the aforementioned tag-style levels, where players can often find themselves seperated from the rest of the pack for frustatingly long periods of the stage. As is par for the course in this genre of racer, each stage is littered with collectable power-ups. These can be obtained by driving through crates on the track (suprise suprise) and, as you might expect, what with this being a South Park gane and all, the weapons range from the sublime (fart power) to the ridiculous (anal probe). Unfortunately, many of these weapons have been poorly realised and are either dull or just plain redundant. Graphically and sonically the game adheres closely to its sourde material which means it all looks a bit ropey, and the various samples begin to grate after a short time. South Park Rally should be praised for attempting to introduce new gameplay elements to the genre, but ultimately it falls at the playability hurdle. Fans of the show (are there any left?) may enjoy this,
          but everyone else would be better served elsewhere.

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            23.11.2000 04:43

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            The graphics are good only in the sense that they are fairly faithful to the cartoon but the gameplay is awful. You can only access one track when you begin and have to win that race to be able to play the other tracks. In order to win the first race you have to pass the 4 flags in order, and before everyone else, this is not so straightforward because the track veers off into loops that don't go anywhere and you often find yourself going the wrong way. The cars themselves are mostly slow and awkward to drive and don't respond as quickly as you would like. I hated this game so much that i gave up after playing it 5 times and not getting anywhere close to winning the first race. My brother played it a few times and managed to get onto a few of the other races where you have to collect and keep hold of an object while the other characters try to take it off you, however you are still going round the same or similar track with not much variation and it is still confusing as to where you have to go.

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            22.10.2000 23:27

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            South Park rally is one of those games that when you here of it you think it sounds great but if you come to buying it you will find it is absolutely no good with rubbish tracks and lack of gameplay. For a game this recent it has terrible graphics and is certainly a very disappointing game for all those SouthPark fans like me. I would most certainly not recommend this game unless you really want to waste your money. I regret buying and am ordering you not to buy this junk at any price unless it is fifty pence no more.

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            15.10.2000 21:11

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            Whether or not you like South Park, you won't like this game. Sure, it may have all the characters including ones who have only appeared on one show, like Skuzzlebutt, but still this game is terrible and gives South Park a bad name. So what is so bad about it? What isn't? The graphics are poor, the lastability is poor, the handling is difficult, the courses are terrible, and everything else about this game sucks. Don't waste your money buying it, don't waste your time borrowing it, just stay well away from this mess of a game that is South Park Rally.

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            07.08.2000 19:32

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            It's a shame when games developers get hold of a meaty license like South Park because they assume that all they then have to do is tack on a sorry excuse for a game and we poor ignorant punters will buy it anyway. The even bigger shame is that they're often right. Like the dismally poor (and frequently updated) Army Men franchise, South Park has already produced atrocities like Chef's Luv Shack; South Park Rally, whilst not as pernicious as Luv Shack is still a travesty of a game. Initial joy at hearing your favourite characters being rude to each other at your behest soon gives way to wondering why it's so hard to steer your car around the cramped, cartoony courses, and why when you lose it's quite often not your fault so much as that of the game appearing to cheat. Frustration inevitably results, and it's at about this time that the repetitive TV samples really start to grate. What started out as fun becomes oppressively bad - if this didn't have South Park written all over it there's no way anybody would have the temerity to release it. It's pig swill with a label on it and you should not on any account spend your hard-earned finding this out for yourself.

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            24.07.2000 17:00

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            I am addicted to the show so I had to buy this and I was please I did. This is a fun game, fun racing game and you get to choose different characters run over cows and have fun obstacles to throw at other players. At first I was so lost and confused mostly since I was playing in arcade mode where there were no roadblocks to tell me I was going the wrong way. Finally after getting route on race one down, I finally won a race in championship mode and got to level two and saved my game finally. But it seems to win the real game and get to higher levels you have to start at the beginning and win all the races thats not easy at least for me. The good part is though is once you have a level unlocked and saved you can practice all you want in arcade mode, but winning wont get you anywhere, you still have to play championship mode and win all the races.

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            14.07.2000 23:13

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            The tried and tested Mariokart formula is this time applied to South Park with less than successful results. Although the game features all the great characters you'd expect and some great sound effects to back it up, you cant hide the fact that as a kart racer this game is difficult and annoying to play. The drivers seem to take up the entire screen with terrible handling making traversing the course an absolute nightmare. A good idea, badly executed. I'd recommend saving your money and getting crash team racing instead, or just buy a 2nd hand SNES and Mariokart, original and best.

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            09.07.2000 14:41

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            Well, at least it's a lot better than the first South Park game, which was... atrocious! South Park Rally tries to be Mario Kart but with Sound Park characters, but fails badly in several areas. Firstly, the difficulty is very high, one mistake and you might as well restart the race. (But you've only got a limited amount of lives!) The graphics are smooth but undetailed, but given that it's authentic to the TV show i'll let this pass. The gameplay is frustrating, with not a lot to make it addictive. (No fancy Mario Kart power slides here...) The sound is ok, and i laughed out loud at several of the voices in the game. As i mentioned, the game is difficult, in fact... well i haven't beaten the first race. But it's partly down to me not playing it for long too. I think that South Park fans will love this game if only for a short time. Everyone else really should avoid!

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            08.07.2000 04:10
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            I have played this game (only briefly) and trust me, please don't buy it. Crap graphics, poor gameplay, shoddy variety, and more things like that. The sound is okay, but the samples are all from the first series of the cartoon (which is rubbish compared to series 4). Well, there could be more levels, charachters and rewards for completing the game. I havn't got much more to say, other than, this game is utter balls, trash, pathetic, you get the point. e-mail: davzrulez@hotmail.com or davrulez@hotmail.com

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            06.07.2000 18:09
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            this game is a discrace to the funny tv series and follows in suit a whole set of pathetic games made by acclaim. the graphics are pathetic the gameplay even worse. i realy dont reccomend this to anyone it is so poor you will want to burn it unless you are a south park lover and you just want it to add to your collection for good looks. this game is so poor not even the south park creators think is is f*****g cr*p as they said in a recent magasine. there are so many alternatives to this game i will not bother listing them but some of the better ones include colin mcrae rally and driver which are more pleasant alternatives to this game...

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