Summary: Before V-Rally 3, my experience in VG rallying came from two games: Gran Turismo 3, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. My first introduction was through Gran Turismo 3. While the driving physics of GT3 is undeniably realistic (even to this day), the format is not. The circuit rally tracks and head-to-head racing is really more rallycross than actual special-stage rallying. My next foray into VG rallying was through Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, oddly enough.
Summary: Well, I bought this game as a stop gap while I salivate for Colin McRae 3 (due out late November) and WRC II Extreme (no release date yet). The gameplay is not horrible, but certainly nothing to be impressed by. The graphics are very sub-par for the stage at which PS2 games are being developed these days, and there is noticeable frame rate slowdown!! That last one is totally unacceptable. WRC is a much better Rally game, albeit it has many flaws of its own.
Summary: I'm a big WRC fan, so naturally, I was excited about this game. I got it off of eBay for about 22 bucks, not a bad deal. Gameplay - Damn fun. the Career mode is great, because you get e-mails from various teams, wanting you to test drive for them. If you get good times with their test car, they'll offer you a position on their team right on the spot, or sometime in the future. As you get better, other teams with better cars will offer you a test drive as well.
Summary: I pretty much dominated this game with three separate rally vehicles. It does not take a long time to get used to the controls in this game. It's easy and a whole lot of fun. The only problem I had with this game is the limited tracks. I believe it has less than 10 different tracks, but you race forward and backwards on the tracks. The race can be difficult when the weather turns south.
Summary: Let me just say that rallying is a sport that is overlooked here in the US in comprision to the other more well known racing associations like nascar, indy and to a lesser extent f1. What I really enjoy about this game is the fact that you DO NOT just jump in and join a big team like subaru, ford, peugeot and so on. YOu actually have to prove that you are able to work your way up and basically make your own career.
Summary: Well, it looks great, its fun to play, and its worth the time and money. However its not quite perfect. A lot of the features that made V-Rally 2 so great are totally absent this time around. There is no track editor (best part of the previous game), no arcade mode, and apparently no way for 2 players to race against each other at the same time, and most importantly there are no where near as many stages.
Summary: I've played all kinds of driving games ever since they were invented, including Pole Position and the early Ridge Racer series by Namco. V-Rally 3 is a fun rally game, missing some features like the track editor in V-Rally 2, but with new kicks like lens flare--a LOT of lens flare. A good selection of cars, but not too many, and seven locations, not too many.
Summary: Game : V-Rally 3 Platform : Playstation 2 Author : Jonathan Beckett E-Mail : email@example.com I picked up a copy of V-Rally 3 for the PS2 yesterday evening and played it for an hour or so. I thought I'd share my views with you. In the past I've played GP2 (to death), GP3, GT1, GT2, GT3 (to death), FIA WRC (ps2), Driver, V-Rally 1 (ps1), RallyCross (ps1) and a whole raft of other driving games over the years, so they are my frame of reference.
Summary: V-Rally 3 is the first appearance of the V-Rally series on PlayStation2. Not surprisingly, its graphics are excellent, the cars have many more tuning options, the sounds are better and more convincing, and the fun factor has been raised :-) Unfortunately, however, Track Editor (which allowed the player to create original rally stages and circuits) is not included in V-Rally 3, which is a severe disappointment :-( The main focus of V-Rally 3 is its career mode...