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      09.07.2002 01:39
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      V-Rally 2 is the sequel to V-Rally, a game that received mixed reviews when it came out on PlayStation a few years ago. The problem with the original V-Rally was the erratic handling - simply clipping a piece of scenery would cause your car to spin out of control. While practise made avoiding these collisions easier, few people bothered, and V-Rally was soon bettered by the likes of Colin McRae. So what about it's sequel? Well, for starters, it is graphically awesome. The cars themselves are modelled in high resolution, and come complete with see-through windscreens and personalised number plates. In replay mode, you can even see the drivers moving about within the car. Depending on the mode you are in, your car can be affected by damage. This looks extremely realistic, far better than Colin McRae's damage system. The course graphics are well detailed, and the serious pop-up of the original game has now virtually disappeared. However, the graphics for the courses are quite low-resolution, giving them a "gritty" sort of look. While the graphics here are nowhere near as good as those for McRae or Gran Turismo, they are by no means bad, and still look very realistic. Looks-wise, then, V-Rally is a winner. This winning look is carried on through the presentation. Loading bars are replaced by a heart beat graph (a cardiograph?), and menu screens are in high-resolution. It does take some time for them to load, though, especially if you have the auto-save feature turned on, as V-Rally 2 insists on saving each option you select into memory. The FMV sequence at the start of the game is definitely one of the best I've ever seen - there is no pixellation or JPEG style blurriness, and quite a few camera techniques are involved. Music is of good quality technically, although is far from what I would listen to by choice. It seems to be wannabe-Prodigy in my opinion. That said, the style of music used is quite fitting for a racin
      g game - it just lacks Gran Turismo 2's class. Engine sounds are very good, clear and not too high-pitched. You can hear gear changes, skids and collisions, and this adds to the atmosphere. Finally, there's the co-pilot. While nowhere near as comprehensive as McRae's, it is still a great help. Be sure to listen out for the announcer at the end of the race - that British accent is so put on it's almost embarrassing! All these comparisons to McRae and Turismo seem to be missing the point, though. While McRae and Gran Turismo offer realistic experiences, V-rally 2 goes for a far more arcadey experience. Indeed, a better comparison would be Sega Rally 2, and V-Rally 2 compares quite favourably with that dreamcast title. Handling is still a little erratic, yet it has been virtually sorted out - you can touch the sides without fear now. There are loads of modes, including Time Trial, Competition, and Arcade and Trophy races. The game can also cope with up to four players, so a multi-tap would be an advised purchase. And, in true tradition, I've saved the best bit till last. V-Rally 2 has one of the best track creators I have ever seen, meaning you can make your own tracks and race them to your hearts content. You will never get bored of V-rally 2! In conclusion, then, V-Rally 2 is an almost essential purchase. It has style, it has gameplay, and it has one hell of a lifespan. I recommend anyone with an interest in racing games to buy this now - £20 platinum buys one hell of a game.

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        28.12.2001 01:11
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        This is by far the best racing/driving game I have ever played on. For four-players it is tremendous fun and can provide a very competitive contest. The game is extremely complex with a range of tracks varying from easy to difficult. The thing I really like about V-Rally is the fact that you can play with the computer if there are only 2 or 3 of you. So there will always be 4 drivers battling it out on the windy tracks. There is a large range of tracks and as you complete certain parts of the game you are awarded the next stages and you also receive bonus cars. There is the facility to compose your own tracks but I am not a great fan of this as it takes a long time to compose a suitable track and the tracks usually end out quite straightforward! There are many different driving modes. These include Arcade, Time Trial, V-Rally Trophy and Championship. As you complete stages you pass on to the next. There are lots of rally cars to pick from, ranging in speeds and handling qualities. The reason I really enjoy the game is because there are lots of features to try out and you never get bored. Playing with friends is great fun as you watch in delight, with your car racing away and your friend turning over and over! It is the best multi-player game I have played on and I would advise you all to try it.

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          26.09.2001 01:30

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          V-Rally 2 was one of my favourite games for the Playstation. It had all the essential ingredients, it looked good, it was fun to play, there was substance in the single player mode and endless enjoyment in the multi-player. V-Rally 2 was and still is a much under-rated rally game. Around the time of its release a certain Colin McCray rally was stealing this games thunder. Back then realism was highly prized in a rally game and consequently because Colin McCray was more of a sim it received the plaudits. The main derision aimed at V-rally 2 was at its physics model. Games magazines and Playstation owners didn’t seem to like the way over the top crashes in the game. Me myself, I loved ‘em. These were what made the game for me, in which other game was it possible to crash, flip upside down and roll over 4 times without damaging your car or losing too much speed. It was glorious to watch as well. V-Rally 2 was the sequel to the first V-Rally which was quite rubbish unlike its younger sibling. V-Rally 2 may have been tarred with the same brush I do not know but I am sure that it deserved more acclaim than it received. The cars in V-Rally 2 were accurately modelled and good looking. There were plenty to choose from including bonus cars from times gone by such as the Ford Escort. The cars all perform differently and there were different classes to make for even and fair racing. If you were in a slow car then the CPU players would be as well. The graphics were good in my eyes although would be driven in to the dirt by the likes of GT3. For a Playstation game they were of good standard. The 1 Player mode had plenty of depth which kept me playing for a long time whilst the level of difficulty was nearly perfect, starting of easy and increasing gradually throughout the game. The multi-player mode is where V-Rally 2 really shows its true colours. It is the best multi-player racing game I have ever p
          layed. The crashes are mad and unpredictable resulting in you feeling an overwhelming urge to just slam into the back of your friends car just to see what happens. Glorious. If you still own and play on a Playstation and do not own this game I recommend you to buy it. What have you got to lose? £5, I laugh at £5 ;P

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          03.09.2001 00:47
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          V-Rally 2 was one of my favourite games for the Playstation. It had all the essential ingredients, it looked good, it was fun to play, there was substance in the single player mode and endless enjoyment in the multi-player. V-Rally 2 was and still is a much under-rated rally game. Around the time of its release a certain Colin McCray rally was stealing this games thunder. Back then realism was highly prized in a rally game and consequently because Colin McCray was more of a sim it received the plaudits. The main derision aimed at V-rally 2 was at its physics model. Games magazines and Playstation owners didn’t seem to like the way over the top crashes in the game. Me myself, I loved ‘em. These were what made the game for me, in which other game was it possible to crash, flip upside down and roll over 4 times without damaging your car or losing too much speed. It was glorious to watch as well. V-Rally 2 was the sequel to the first V-Rally which was quite rubbish unlike its younger sibling. V-Rally 2 may have been tarred with the same brush I do not know but I am sure that it deserved more acclaim than it received. The cars in V-Rally 2 were accurately modelled and good looking. There were plenty to choose from including bonus cars from times gone by such as the Ford Escort. The cars all perform differently and there were different classes to make for even and fair racing. I fyou were in a slow car then the CPU players would be as well. The graphics were good in my eyes although would be driven in to the dirt by the likes of GT3. For a Playstation game they were of good standard. The 1 Player mode had plenty of depth which kept me playing for a long time whilst the level of difficulty was nearly perfect, starting of easy and increasing gradually throughout the game. The multi-player mode is where V-Rally 2 really shows its true colours. It is the best multi-player racing game I h
          ave ever played. The crashes are mad and unpredictable resulting in you feeling an overwhelming urge to just slam into the back of your friends car just to see what happens. Glorious. If you still own and play on a Playstation and do not own this game I recommend you to buy it. What have you got to lose? £5, I laugh at £5 ;P

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            15.06.2001 21:19
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            The rally format has a lot of games to answer for, and addmittedly, this is a good game for the arcade player, but for realists it's a no no. The graphics are ok but not the most stunning i've seen in a rally game. The handling is easy but not exactly realistic and with a steering wheel is virtually impossible. Car set up is a very copmplex affair which i have to say is better than Colin Macrea rally but is still not the best i've seen. All this said, this game does have a good array of stages and game modes to twiddle with. But overall i really would wait for other rally games as this one is for the arcade player only.

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            22.05.2001 21:20
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            When I play this game I do seem to spend more time with the car on it’s roof than on it’s wheels. I wish I had known about Dooyoo before buying this game and the other opinions would have warned me to save my money. The one redeeming feature of this game is that you can build your own track. Some of mine seem more like rollercoasters than rally courses but unfortunately this leads to the car flipping over at every opportunity. Even when you can keep the car the right way up the graphics are very disappointing. In order to do well in any of the events you need to master the art of skidding the cars around the corners. Judging this right does take some patience as it is very easy to leave the road and very quickly you can get bored and frustrated with the game. If you do get it right there is a good sense of satisfaction, but this does not really make up for the overall poor quality of the game. In the game you can choose a variety of Time Trials and Championships. An exciting part in the Championship is that spectators run across the track in front of you and this is probably the most exciting part of the game. There is a two-player option for this game, but again this is disappointing and it is difficult trying to find somebody else who wants to play this game. There are a number of very good rally games for the Playstation so you can avoid this one without any fear of not seeing a good game.

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            05.11.2000 03:44
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            V rally 2 is a big improvement over the first game and in many ways is better than Colin McRae's offering. True the graphics aren't quite as good but it makes up for this in the gameplay. If you're after a fun, easy to play rally game then this wins hands down. I find it far easier to control the car on this one, it's far more forgiving of bad drivers than Colin McRae's - just as well for me.. You are helped along by a series of arrows and distances showing the road ahead. You really do get an impression of speed with this game which adds to the realism. Racing 16 cars over 70 special stages in 12 countries there's a lot to this game that will provide entertainment for a long time to come.

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              18.10.2000 22:21
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              Well, I rented this game from Blockbuster and im glad I rented it and didn’t buy it. The game is very un-realistic, all I seemed to be doing was steering and holding down the accelerator button throughout the course. Basically, this is one of those games where you bounce off the side of the road and even though there’s only grass to the side of you, you suddenly hit the ‘invisible wall’. You don’t really need to use the brakes, just speed into the corner and you’ll bounce round if you do a bit of steering at the right time. The car might suffer a damaged headlight but you don’t see much actual bodywork damage and the car’s performance does deteriorate through the game, but it doesn’t have that element of danger when you crash, which I need, if I crash at 200mph I want to see my car get very damaged to make it more difficult to play the game, I don’t want to just start off again as if nothings happened and all I have to do is replace the glass o the headlights. The graphics are ok, as is the sound quality. All the cars that you can choose from seem to have the same specs and don’t handle any differently at all. The only upside to this game is the track editor that you can create your own tracks with, but that takes an age to complete anyway, in which time you’ll just want to race one of the courses. I wouldn’t recommend this game to anyone unless they like games that you just race against a clock and don’t want to worry about damage etc

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                18.10.2000 04:14
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                I didn't like the first V-Rally much because of how easily your car flips over or spin out, but V-Rally 2 is a big improvement over the first game. The gameplay is still challenging and if you're not careful, you'll still find your car flipping over, but it's not as bad as in the first game. Graphics are way better, and with an Arcade mode, Trophy Mode, and Championship mode to play through, as well as a good bunch of cars to choose from and unlock, this game will keep you coming back again and again. Gameplay is improved as success races depend on how well you swerve your car in the turns rather than how well you use the parking brake from the first game. Car and driving options are great so you can adjust how the car performs to your liking and you'll find that V-Rally 2 offers plenty more camera views than most other driving games out there including V-Rally 1.

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                08.09.2000 06:52

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                I was initially unreceptive to this rally game, not being the biggest fan of racing games in general. However, a few bored moments, and a few races later, and I was hooked. I haven't played Colin Mcrae, so I can't compare them, but in its own right, this is a very accomplished and very playable title. The graphics are nice, often impressive, and the control system is as you'd expect. The cars handle well, I think, and the varied racing surfaces require different handling skills. The range of cars is good, too, and the two player mode as enjoyable as the one player mode, if not more so. Overall, a highly playable game.

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                30.07.2000 22:44

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                V-rally 2 is one of the best Rally games around on any format. The basic idea of thios game is that you race around all sorts of different tracks arond the world, such as snowy ones, icy ones, english countryside ones, muddy ones etc. There are loads of diffferent cars available to use, such as the Peugoet 206, the Toyota Corolla and my personal favourite, the Ford Focus. This game is less "serious" than Colin McRae 2, it is more of an arcade style of game than a deadly serious rally simulation. The graphics are superb, some of the best I've seen on the PS, and the sound is great too. This game also uses the dual shock vibration excellently.

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                15.07.2000 01:39

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                Everything is twice as better as the original; better sound far better visuals and heaps of tracks! The game is fast, very smooth and easy to pick up if you've played any of the more recent PSX driving games. The controls can however be sensitive if you use analogue, so its a good idea to tone down the sensitivity a bit Single player mode is great, as is multi player, where although the detail of the cars is less, the frame rate doesn?t seem to dip too much at all. Very impressive when you consider the age of the hardware that is being used!

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                08.07.2000 19:25

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                Race 16 World Rally Championship cars over 70 gruelling rally stages set in 12 countries through a number of modes - Time Trial, Arcade, Trophy and Championship - each with a variety of skill levels to complete before becoming the Champion. animated inside drivers and co-pilot,in race animations on the roadsides... 16 officially licensed 1999 World Rally cars and 10 Classic rallying bonus cars Up to 4 players on one PlayStation Unique track editor and generator However there is alot of crap in this game the game lay is poor the soundis average and it is a very poor game overall buy colin mcrae and it is cheaper

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                08.07.2000 05:56

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                the game v rally two is wicked the cars are awsome and go like a rocket and the track editor is sound. you can make your own tracks on the track editor you can add humps and even change the weather or the country what it is set in. if you are very good then you get special cars for winning a race. there is four different modes to go on. the skids what you are able to pull with the cars are realy wicked. buy this game!!!!!!!!

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                08.07.2000 04:33
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                Smart-looking sequel to V-Rally which is showing all the signs of being a Colin McRae-beater. How you ask? Well, take the first game, mix in animated drivers and co-drivers and cars which can be damaged. Then, chuck in a healthy dollop of new cars over 92 tracks, six different modes of play, a two-player game and a fully customisable track editor. The end result? Well let’s just say it looks like we’ve got a winner on our hands.Now i'm just praying for another one to come.

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