“ A rally racing game developed and published by Infogrames. „
I bought this game as soon as it came out, i was amazed at how much fun this game was, especially playing the 2 player mode. The AI is very challenging, not like so many racing games. The fast paced racing will keep you on edge.
V-Rally 99 features many cars such as the Subaru Impreza, Citroen Xsara, Ford Escort and Renault Megane. Split into 3 classes, WRC, Kit Cars and Bonus. Bonus cars being unlocked as you progress through the game, or being unlocked instantly through use of cheats.
There are ten locations in which the rally's take place, on a variety of stages. Some in night time, some in daylight, some in snowy conditions some on clear road.
The game does however have highly sensitive steering, this can cause problems while cornering at high speed, scraping a wall can spin your car out completely. However this does seem to fit into the game well, and does make it more challenging. Its just a matter of knowing the tracks before hand and knowing the way the game works, each racing game has different playing styles you need to get used too.
There are 3 game modes in total, Time trial, Arcade and Championship. Arcade being similar to championship, except in addition to driving against other drivers, you also have a time limit to compete with. Both arcade and championship modes allow you to select 2 sub modes, Rally and V-rally. In rally mode the other drivers are invisible, in V-rally mode the other drivers are visible and collisions are possible. If it's your first time driving then i dont recommend the V-rally mode, the tracks are narrow and tight meaning collisions with other cars will be likely.
V-Rally 99 is effectively a N64 port of the V-Rally 97 PS1 game, just featuring enhanced graphics and menu's.
It can be difficult to find a decent racer on the N64 that doesn't feature 'power-ups', strange monkeys in planes, italian plumbers with huge moustaches, or cars that go up to 600mph and fly other jumps, defying the laws of gravity, and then lkand perfectly. For anyone looking for a realistic, challenging, and addictive racing game on the N64, then this is it. With superb car physics, opponent AI, selection of tracks and difficulty curve, its a winner. The cars respond well both to your directions and to the environment they rattler around in, as well as looking good. The opponents challenge your lead to the maximum and even crash on turns that you find difficult as well. An added bonus is that they don't cheat drastically a la Mario Kart 64. With a wide varitey of tracks that don't just differ from one turn or two, and plenty of them too, it has plnety of longetivity that keeps you coming back for more before you master every stage. The only downsides are that the cars get spun way too easily if they even flick the sides, and the sometimes overeasy collision detection doesn't help. It also would have been nice if the version differed from the Playstation version a little more as this is what Nintendop gamers rewally yearn for - something that shows of the superiority oif the 64. Althogether, an addicitive an enjoyable realistic racing game that matches any other contenders, including Ridge Racer.
Why Why Why didn't this game get the N64 treatment instead of being like the Playstation version. It could have been siqnificantly better with regards to graphics, sound and smoothness. The graphics are poor as well as collision detection but the game has sheer bucketloads of playability. For some reason annoyingness of spinning for no reason, trickyness of the tracks and the high skill level of the opponents seems to drag you back over and over. Lots of practice is needed to become competent at this tough rally game, but many hours of lost sleep are worth it when you finish on the podium.
Cheats to help you with VR on playstation. Cheat mode: Quickly press Up, Down, Circle + Triangle when the Infogrames logo appears. The phrase "Lock Off" will appear to confirm correct code entry. (Note: Press Up, Down, Triangle, Circle, Up, Down, Triangle + Circle for the Pal version of the game). The arcade medium and hard tracks may now be immediately selected. Additionally, one of the following codes may be entered to activate the corresponding cheat function. Unlimited time Hold Left + L1 until the Infogrames logo disappears. A message will confirm correct code entry. The race continues in arcade mode even if the checkpoints are not crossed before time expires. Narrow tracks Hold Left + L2 until the Infogrames logo disappears. A message will confirm correct code entry. Eighteen narrow tracks may now be selected. These tracks are usually earned by completing the arcade hard course under the Ace difficulty level. Unlimited time and narrow tracks Hold L1 until the Infogrames logo disappears. A message will confirm correct code entry. Jeep and rollercoaster track Hold Left + R1 until the Infogrames logo disappears. A message will confirm correct code entry. A small Jeep will replace the Peugeot 106 Maxi and a rollercoaster track will replace Sweden track 1. Note: This code may not be enabled in the NTSC version of the game. Restart race Hold Left + R2 until the Infogrames logo disappears. A message will confirm correct code entry. Allows an arcade mode race to be restarted.
This game does what it says in the sense that the physics are fairly similar to real world driving, and that's what makes it so tough! You can execute pendulum and hand brake turns, but you've really got to practice for along time before you get them completely polished. If you're looking to blast around a track at full throttle within 10 minutes of plugging it in, don't bother with this, buy Mario Kart. However if you want a good racing sim which takes lots of practice, then this is the one for you.
I paid £15.99 about 6 months ago and thought it was a bargain. Guess what! It was. It has very sensitive controls admittedly but the realism and handling of the car is a class above the rest. Don't get me wrong there r better games out there but for &15.99 you get more than what you would expect. The stages are realistic and the cars hand-brake very well. The fun you can have on the snow stages makes this well worth the measly £15.99.