Summary: Have you ever wondered what it's like to drive a rally car through beautiful and differing sets of scenery? Have you always fancied sliding a Subaru through thick dirty mud or white frosty snow? Everyone has, and everyone does. Well maybe not everyone, but I'm sure a lot of people do. Unfortunately rallying is one of those fantasies that never becomes a reality for 99.9% of those who do; so they'll have to make do with playing this PSP rally game instead.
Strikes a perfect balance between arcade and realism.
10 September 2010
Summary: First up, let me say that this is my 7th racing game on PSP, and my 17th PSP game. Reading the scathing Gamespot review, you would be forgiven for thinking that this could be one of the worst games in my collection. I would say that it's one of the finest. The good: -Fantastic graphics, with a smooth, fast framerate. The car models are great, and very realistic, and the scenery around the tracks is detailed and colourful.
Summary: As any psp owner will tell you the catalogue of psp games is full of titles that are poor relations to the console versions that often share the same name. GTA titles, FPS, RPG and so on are often short and little more than a boredom buster on the go. Although the above rule applies to Sega Rally in part, the some what diluted version is still about as good as anything else the system can offer.
Excerpt: "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. ==Gameplay== Importantly, Sega Rally is not a remake of the arcade classic. ...
Pros: Fast, furious and realistic rally driving experience .
Summary: Overall it's pretty good fun but the tracks are very short, with only 3 laps of around 2.5 km. Just get the best car and blast it around as fast as you can. Not huge amounts of skill involved but hey, it's only an arcade game. The fun is in trying different cars and tires. You can unlock some great cars by winning different sections. I finished the game quite quickly and did get a little hooked on it.
Conclusion: I bought this as I love the Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and PS3 versions of the game (all of which I play today). I'm obviously a huge fan of the arcade versions too, so when I got this version for a bargain Â£9.99 I was more than pleased. Graphically it's really really nice, with vibrant colours and some great effects. Sound is good too, but of course the most important thing us the gameplay, and this game has tons of gameplay.
Conclusion: This game feels nice to play but gets ruined when you realise it's quicker to just plough into corners and smash off the opposite wall rather than slow and gently steer round. Even if you slow and stick to the corners you'll still manage to keep up with relative ease. The difficulty does make for a nice leisurely game but you'll find that after not so long you've completed all the races and there's only the online option to keep you amused (but so far i've only seen 1...