the pedal to the metal and enjoy thrilling head-to-head racing.
Skilled driving goes hand-in-hand with pure luck as you hurtle
around looping tracks in a wide selection of 4WD, 2WD and classic
vehicles that react quite differently depending upon the racing
a vast variety of environments and surfaces, from littered gravel
tracks and all-weather tarmac roads to snow driven trails -
no two laps will ever be the same...
as SEGA Rally Revo in America and SEGA Rally
in Europe, fans of rally driving games will no doubt remember
the classic SEGA Rally arcade machine.
an overhaul and brought to the PS3, is the finished result
any good? Well yes, it delivers the goods in most aspects,
but falls short on a few simple little details.
start off with a fairly limited amount of races and cars to
choose from, as you'd expect, and as you progress through
the races you open up more cars, liveries for your cars and
championships in which to compete.
are plenty of nice touches as you drive around the tracks
- birds flying from the ground as you thunder towards them;
jets flying overhead; hot air balloons; gliders flying a little
too close to the track; and helicopters sending up dust clouds
just in front of you. The locations are also incredibly varied
- from Safari to Canyon tracks and Arctic to Alpine courses
there's plenty of eye candy to gaze at as you race.
graphics are pretty impressive, but not as impressive as the
online trailers would have you believe. The SEGA Rally
ad that can be seen on most retail stores is a little misleading.
While the graphics do represent the finished game graphics,
the camera angles in the playback are nowhere near as impressive
- in fact I'd go as far as to say that the playback of the
races is one of the worst I've ever seen in a game like this.
With so many cool aspects in each race, the playback switches
cameras so fast it almost gave me a headache. There are so
many missed opportunities. For example, one of the courses
has jets thundering over your head trailing different coloured
smoke. But that's nowhere to be seen on the playback as the
camera is claustrophobically close to the car throughout the
handling isn't very realistic either. If you play the game
with the camera positioned behind the car, you slip and slide
across the road like a hovercraft rather than a car. In fact,
I found it almost impossible to control the car while in these
two camera angles - either of the two interior camera angles
were the only ones where I could effectively judge the course
without sliding backwards and forwards across the road.
finally, the lack of any damage to your car is ludicrous,
especially when the developers took the time to add mud effects
which change as you race through dirt roads and then water.
if you ignore those minor complaints (which sound worse than
they actually are) then you'll enjoy this game. While single
player option is pretty impressive, there's more fun to be
had against a friend in two player mode, or against online
friends in the online modes.
the end of the day this is more hit than miss, it's just a
shame that a few of the minor problems weren't ironed out
before this was released on the market.
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