SEGA Rally Reader Review
I'm quite lucky to live within a very short distant to a popular sea side resort that still has a handful of arcades, and while they are full of two pence pushers and the never going to win claw machine, every now and then a few good arcade games take up their place, sadly, these games are few and far between but thanks to Sega we no longer need to venture forth into the cold winters air to the nearest arcade, we got the next best thing, that is Sega Rally.
The thing I think that makes Sega Rally such a success is its simplicity, there�s not thousands of cars at your disposal, no fine tuning of your engine required, no pimping it out. Simply pick your car, type of tyres and away you go, simple, easy, and bloody affective. Sure, you do have the ability to unlock new livery�s (read paint job,) but that�s about as much customization as you can get.
The premise is quite simple, you race, you unlock new things, end of story. That�s pretty much it in a nut shell, but despite its simplicity, it has the hidden quality of grabbing you as if by some imaginary force by the hands and placing them on your controller, willing you to try and earn those three more points that will unlock that next championship, pulling power is rife within the game and once you start playing you�ll soon find yourself like the young lad whose stumbled across his dads three day trial to a porn site.
In essence, you just keep wanting more and more. Where as in other racing games you are often given a plethora of tyre choices, soft, hard, medium, wets and so forth, in Sega Rally you get just two choices, off road or road.
As you may have guessed both tyres have an advantage over the other, the off road tyres giving you better grip on those dusty, bumpy tracks, while the road tyres grant you more acceleration and a higher top speed, of course they also offer less grip. What tyres you pick doesn�t make that big a deal to the race and I found myself experimenting with both sets on offer, and in the end just went with the one I found preferable.
You can�t really talk about a racing game without mentioning the cars, and although you won�t find as many on offer as the likes of the PGR of Forza series�, there�s definitely more than enough to keep you happy should you fancy a fresh set of tyres. As you would expect, all the usual cars make an appearance. With cars from Ford, Skoda, Citroen, Mitsubishi and every boy racers wet dream the Suburu Impreza all present.
Cars a broken down into a variety of bands, you have premier, modified and masters, where you get the chance to get behind the wheel of some classic rally cars of yester year. New cars can be unlocked and truth be told there�s more than enough to keep you happy. Odds are you�ll find a car you like and stick with it and only touching the other cars for unlocking or achievements sake.
Of course this is a racing game so you would think it would have some tracks to speed around, after all it would be a bit boring sat in the garage in your Mitsubishi Lancer just revving your engine in time with the automatic door opening and closing. You get to push your car to its limits across five various environments, Arctic, Alpine, Canyon, Safari and Tropical. While there�s only five types of track and only sixteen unique tracks throughout the whole game, the beauty and sometimes dam right genius that has gone into the creation of these tracks really makes up for the lack of variety.
Take the Arctic tracks for example, one moment you might be driving across compacted snow, when suddenly you go through an S bend only to have the tracks surface go from snow, to slush, to clean tarmac. It�s at places in the track like this that races are won and lost, and you will soon find yourself memorizing each track in such detail you could swear you would drive down it every day to get a loaf of bread.
Still on the subject of tracks it would be a crime not to mention the beauty of them. The graphics engine does such a good job that the first time you take a drive you may find yourself losing a position or two, not because of some difficult U turn, but maybe because you were too busy taking the scenery, perhaps the wildlife of the Safari, or the lush forests of the Alpine, each track is nothing but gorgeous.
It�s not just the tracks, but the graphics overall are very swish, everything from the cars, scenery, even the puddles of mud that litter some tracks look fantastic. Quite simply, you couldn�t have hoped for a better looking game, and Sega have really delivered on this front.
While single player should keep you going for quite a while, there is also the multiplayer aspect to consider, with both offline and online play available. Despite my limited experience of online play, I found the game quite clear of lag and in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience, well worth checking it out if you do decide to try the game.
Quite simply, should you enjoy playing games of racing genre; this game should be definitely be worth picking up. If like myself the genre wouldn�t have been your first choice, then I would still recommend you give the game a try, as in true arcade fashion, once you get stuck in it�s hard to pull away.
Thankfully we don�t have to pump in anything of up £1 every time we want a play as Sega Rally could quite literally leave quite an empty hole in your container of choice for your hard earned money.
So as we approach what is one of the best Q4 line ups for some time, do not let this gem slip under the carpet, give it a try, it deserves that much.
9 / 10