I have a PSP and have played numerous racing games on this and other consoles. Sega Rally is not the greatest of racing games I've played on the PSP. It is worth checking out if you can buy it cheap.
The game itself is divided into different modes. You can choose from Championship, arcade, time trial and multiplayer modes. The Championship mode features a different series of race events in which you can unlock more cars the further along you progress. The only problem is that this mode can get a bit monotounous if you play it for too long. There is a bit of a lack of variety in the race events but they are not bad despite all this. Each race is a circuit race and you always face five other opponents. If you do get tired of playing against the computer, there is also online play that you can try.
The cars handle slightly looser than some other racing games but it's easy enough to get into and master. However on the courses you can't deviate from the track which can be a bit restrictive. Every course is surrounded by walls and you just bounce off these with no real consequences to your car in the process. Therefore you do not get car damage which is not that realistic.
The graphics are done pretty well for the PSP version of this game and the scenery is detailed as are the car models. The sense of speed is also pretty good too.
Overall, in my opinion Sega Rally is not bad but nothing spectacular. The game does get too repetitive too quickly with the courses you can race. It is an arcade game through and through but if you want more realism then probably better to look elsewhere. Give the game a shot if it is cheap enough.
Sega Rally was my third experience of rally games on the PSP (following on from my purchases of Colin McRae Rally 2005 and World Rally Championship) and was a game that I was very impressed with.
The game is in essance another rally game but is one which includes great graphics and good sound quality to the handheld market to allow gamers to play when not playing on a standard console. The game has been fantastically developed by Sega to ensure that the gameplay is suited to the PSP and this is not something that is able to missed as unlike some games on the PSP the controls on this game feel responsive and well thought out making it easy to get used to this game will take practice and concentration to become a great at as it takes skill to get your game around the track whilst maintaining the highest speed you can but not overdoing it. All in all I have to advise that if you are looking for a rally game on the PSP that is quick to pick up and be able to play and looks fantastic then this is a game that will tick all of those boxes for you.
Sega Rally for the PSP is a racing game which has been released before for other consoles, most games that get an after release on the console are usually just a cheap copy of the original game, whilst the game is very similar it is just as good as any other versions, the graphics are very good and the game runs smoothly and plays well.
The cars that you can choose from are pretty much the same as the console version but they have changed the tracks so if you have played it on a console before the game will be slightly different for you, and the actual driving is a basic which helps the game play quicker and still manages to keep it fairly addictive.
You can unlock content as you go along winning races and championship, there is plenty to unlock as well, like cars, tracks and sound tracks which are pretty decent and worth unlocking.
The graphics are really good especially for the PSP and they do not slow the game down at all, the controls have been well selected and are easy to use and learn without any problems.
With it being a racing game it takes practice for you to get good at the game, for decent players it is not that hard to complete but will take awhile and a few attempts.
The game has multiplayer options for up to 4 players, but I have not played it multiplayer.
Value for Money
As with all racing games you can play through the main game and complete it and replay the whole game again with getting a completely different outcome or just play a single race, a game you can easily go back to again and again so you should be able to get hours of game play out of this game.
My rating 7 out of 10
I played the original Sega Rally back in 1996 on an arcade machine, and loved it. I subsequently bought it for the Sega Saturn in 1997, followed by the superb Sega Rally 2 for the Dreamcast in 2000. In short, it is a series I have always been a fan of, hence it was inevitable that, when I saw Sega Rally (PSP) for £8 in HMV, I was going to be taking it straight to the counter.
Importantly, Sega Rally is not a remake of the arcade classic. This is a new game altogether and very similar to the V-Rally series on the PS1.
When you turn on Sega Rally - the initial options that are presented to you are:
Quick race - this is an option to choose if you really just want to get stuck into a race, and try out one of the many tracks available. You will race five cars within the class of car you have chosen.
Championship - You can race in a series of championships against five other competitors.
Time attack - this mode sees you take to the track solely with the purpose of achieving and breaking lap records for each of the circuits available.
Multiplayer - using wireless connectivity, you can race friends or online competitors.
When you enter into Championship mode, there are four main championships you can take part in - Premier, Modified, Masters and Final. These four championships revolve around the different classes of car available, for instance Premier cars are the Subaru and Mitsubishi, and the modified ones are the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia. Once you select a championship, that championship will be split into a further four mini-championships, which are Amateur, Professional, Expert and Final.
There are five main types of terrain you can race on - Safari (sandy/mud), Alpine (snow/ice), Tropical (sandy/mud), Arctic (tarmac) and Canyon (sandy/mud). Within these five types are three circuits - therefore 15 race tracks exist all in all. When you are about to select a particular track, you will be informed of the 'surface breakdown', showing how much of the track is tarmac or mud etc. This is to allow you to select the appropriate set of tyres for your car.
There is an excellent selection of cars too, which include the Subaru Imprezza, Mitsubishi Lancer, VW Golf GTI, Citroen Xsara, Ford Focus, Peogeot 206 and RS Cosworth, along with the classic Toyota Celica and Lancia Delta. You are given an initial selection, but you can unlock cars as you win ongoing races and championships. When racing, you can select four main views - following your car (afar), following (near), bumper view, and windscreen view.
The graphics are of a high standard so as to capture the realism of rally driving. There is a good amount of detail in the track terrain, the mud that is thrown up by the wheels, the logos and colours on the cars, even small things on the track which get flung into the air when the cars make contact with them. The replays are superb, providing a wide range of different camera angles, and really giving an impressive account of your race.
The sound effects are good - the acceleration sounds realistic as do the skid sounds. There is music simmering in the background of the options screen and race, which are techno sounding, but you hardly notice it playing. As ever you have the co-drivers assistance, saying "easy left... medium right.... hairpin bend" as you come to each corner, which is very helpful navigation when you don't know where you're going next.
Sega Rally is a very enjoyable rally game. The graphics are excellent which, concommitant with the sound, conveys a high standard of realism. The response of the car to steering and to the surface feels accurate, which makes you feel like you are getting a true experience of driving a rally car. It is very fast and furious with lots of bumps, hairpins, hazards and jumps, which gives a very exciting and fun element.
My main criticism is that I do not find myself challenged by the game. Even on expert or using manual transmission, I find it very easy to win races. In championship mode, I was able to score maximum points on 95% of the races. Yet you cannot increase the difficulty to make it more challenging for yourself. It does not take much away from the game, because if you're good, you're good.
Moreover, similar to a lot of driving games, no damage is caused to the car when you crash into something. Personally I like the challenge of controlling a functionally impaired car. It's not too detrimental, however it taints the realism of the rally driving experience.
Overall, Sega Rally is an exceptional game that lives up to the standard set by it's predecessors. The fast and furious element is thoroughly enjoyable which means I come back to it time after time. I fully recommend it for driving and Sega Rally fans.
Another game purchased off ebay for very little money, £9.99 brand new plus a couple of quid postage.
This is a fabulous game for the PSP and graphically it is superb for Sony's little machine.
Sega really are the past masters when it comes to this kind of thing and now they have brought us this version which is a fabulous driving game.
You can just pick it up and have a race or you can follow a career mode which takes you through a Rally championship. you have various cars to choose from and you can pick various tyres to suit the surface of the rally you are entering. It is not however overly deep and taxing so it remains fun throughout.
The game is beautiful to look at with rich vibrant colours and the sound is excellent too. Controls are intuitive and the races fast and furious and most importantly FUN!!!!
All in all a highly recommended game and for those of a certain age a reminder of those times you fed the arcade machines with as much money as you had on you.
Sega Rally is, as the name suggests, a rally game made by Sega for the PSP.
This game really showcases the graphical abilities of the PSP. The cars look detailed and the particle effects are very good. The mud looks muddy and flies around as it should when driven through.
This game has a wide variety of tracks and cars, many of which you unlock as you play through the game. You can choose your tires depending on the track as they will affect how well you drive on mud, tarmac and snow.
This is very much a pick up and play game, which I come to expect for handheld games. Races do not take too long as they are usually only 3 laps long. The game will prompt you to save regularly so you running out of battery is not a worry.
This is a game which will last as long as you want to play it, and the short lengths of the races means that it is perfectly suited for the PSP.
When it comes to racing games, Sega Rally is a bit of an old veteren, I remember a time when it was one of the only big Racing games int he arcades, we used to go down and play it for hours and spend a fortune in it, it was one of the ones with the driving seat with wheels and pedals as well as gears for the full driving experience. So when moving to the PSP handheld you have to wonder wether the fun part of the game is still there.
Well luckily it is, if you are looking for an in depth Gran Turismo like experience then this isn't the game for you, but if you want to stick on an ultra slick , great looking lightning fast rally game that will capture your attention and distract your from the real world for a while then this definitely is the one for you.
With plenty of cars and tracks to choose from SEGA Rally completely delivers on all major fronts that you want any racing game to. The gameplay is fast but not so fast that it;s out of control. The graphics look very nice and are extremely bright and colourful and the sounds are enough to make you believe you're really in a Rally race.
All in this is a great racing game that shows that SEGA hasn't forgot how to do it after all these years. Thumbs way up for me.
Sega Rally what a really good edge of the seat game it will keep you glued too the action for many hours , the graphics are superb the sound excellent , you really feel the experience of the ride , use your head phones for maximum enjoyment. With the choice of different cars as well different tracks its just the ride of your life so hang on and don't worry about the speed limit . And after playing this game for about a week you will become a master and ready too take on the internet wizz kids , So get yourself a comfy chair connect up too the wide screen TV and go for it. ( and don't forget the supplies for a long drive into the countryside without leaving the comfort of your arm chair : ) . The price is very good too when bought from Amazon.