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As a huge fan of Sega's classic racing games I expected big things from the update to Sega Rally but I was sadly disappointed by this update to the arcade classic.
I think that Sega maybe felt under pressure to make their game different from any competition. Burnout had its crashes, Gran Turismo its comprehensive range of cars and perhaps its closest competition, Codemasters own revival of their own rally franchise Colin McRae: DiRT which introduced multiple offroad racing disciplines to the standard rally fare. Sega have... Track deformation...
Now, Sega Rally has never been a true rally racer with wheel to wheel battles instead of battling against the clock but that's more to do with it being an arcade racer than a rally game.
The biggest problem with Sega Rally is how it combines the super fast silliness of arcade racers with simulation features like the track deformation feature which means that your racing line changes the surface of the track. One of the problems with this is how it ruins any time trial event as the track is different every lap which is really important in an arcade racer as it affects lap times..
The racing experience in Sega Rally is really quite good but is also very hard, a point not helped by the fact that if you switch to manual transmission you can get around the courses quicker by sticking the car in sixth gear and bouncing off the invisible walls. Shame.
Well i was quite skeptical when i first bought this game, i thought it was going to be a flop, just the name put me off of it. But i was pleasantly surprised with this game.
It features some really good graphics, especially the mud effects on the cars, the developers highlight this game showing a screenshot on the back of the game case.
Theres quite a nice variety of tracks, some based in the desert, some in the snow others on tarmac. There are 16 tracks in total, based across 6 environments. The tracks also deform over-time, meaning the further through the race you get, the more lines there will be through the road, this creates difficulties on snow tracks as it creates deep grooves in the road.
The game contains 34 cars in total, spread across 3 groups, Premier 4WD, Modified 2WD and Master group, which are mainly historic rally cars, such as the Lancia Stratos and Audi A2. There are also several bonus cars which dont fit into the regular rally car category, they are spread across the 3 groups, these include vehicles such as buggies and Hummer's.
The game does support online play for up to 6 players, and also supports AI in online races.
The control scheme is also quite nice, as the game is an arcade game, it means you can get some wicked drifts in practically going 90 degrees without losing too much speed or crashing, it makes it look really good in replays.
The games offline split screen mode is awful, there can only be 2 cars on the track, the game does not support AI offline which is stupid as it supports AI online, which i imagine is more taxing.
It does wear thin after a while, there are 16 tracks, but only 6 different environments, it feels more like theres 6 tracks in the game.
Really the game wouldn't be as bad as i thought, its quite a good game if you want to play a nice arcade rally game with some AI, its not so hot if you want to play offline with friends, as it only supports 2 player offline and no AI, i haven't tried online play yet, but i imagine its much better than the head to head mode.
This has to be one of the most underrated games ever, if the most underrated game ever because I think it is absolutley brilliant and at a bargain price. I managed to grab this for around £12.99 last year and didn't expect too much because of the price but I was definitely proved wrong.
The single player is so long I have still not completed it fully becasue I have not managed to complete the final cup or get 1st on every race. There are a number of cars to choose from on the game and it contains old school cars and also the modern cars. The single players involves you taking part in a number of tournaments with the difficulty increasing for each tournament. The driving is superb as you can drift around corners and then experience the mud leap up onto your car. The graphics are outstanding and look brilliant in high definition.
Best driving game in years and can't wait for the next one.
Relive that classic oldschool arcade gaming experience with this fast and furious rally game.
Sega rally stormed into my life around 5 years ago when I was in an Arcade in Cornwall. The sounds and fast action of the rally simulator 'Sega Rally' really did capture my line of vision of which my 50p's soon diminished! The mutliplayer action was utterly awsome and I continue to play this when I see it with my mates!
Now I have the joys of recreating those childhood memories in the delights on my front room, so bring it on!
The handling is brilliantly simple, your car had might as well have cheese as brake pads because they are never used! A simple stomp on the accelerator pedal puts your car sideways round those 'DANGER HAIRPIN' bends!
The graphics are poor and the handling is pants, I can't help ut love this game. It's a recreated classic so it would be ruined if they tried to make it the same level as colin McRae dirt.
This is a great Multiplayer game but that's about it, well worth getting as you can get it from about £8 at Amazon!
The classic rally racing series series hits next-gen consoles, with powerful new technology fueling its bumper-to-bumper racing. Vehicle selection affects driving strategy in Sega Rally Revo, as race course surfaces dynamically deform upon repeated contact with vehicle tires and changing weather effects. Sega Rally Revo features a variety of fully deformable surfaces, from gravel-littered tracks and smooth tarmac roads, to snow-covered mountain passes. Driving skills will also be tested by Sega Rally Revo's advanced AI which allows NPC drivers to dynamically adapt their driving style to the varied racing surfaces. Players can enjoy a comprehensive single-player campaign as they travel the globe racing the best drivers in the world. Sega Rally Revo also features online capabilities, with multiplayer splitscreen modes offering an extremely competitive rally experience against drivers around the world.