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Richard Burns Rally

by Sold-out Software
Windows XP
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000C97156
  • Item Weight: 1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,199 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Get into the mind of a World Champion and behind the wheel of a 300BHP rally car with a totally new rally experience. Learn genuine rally techniques at the Forest Rally School, fine tune your car to a level of detail never before seen and compete in a full rally season.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new benchmark in realism October 24, 2004
How can I explain... I have tried to define to friends how accurate and realistic the cars handle in this game and how this simulation has achieved a level of excitement and fulfillment that stands apart from all other games, but it is not until they finally come over to drive it that they say "..now I see why you could not explain this!" or as one girl said.. "I could just keep driving...!"

It takes some time to learn to handle the cars well. The included driving school and it's advanced techniques is a must for good stage times. It could actually take years of intense white knuckle fun to master this game.

I have about thirty driving games including all types of racing along with two computers equipped with Force Feedback steering wheels (FF is a must to fully experience this game) Before the arrival of Richard Burns the most realistic and fulfilling for myself and friends continued to be Grand Prix Legends, Nascar Racing 2003, SCC mod for F1 Challenge 99-02. These games along with others keep you coming back and drawing you in for more where others in comparison like the Colin McRae series seem "two dimensional", flat and have canned predicable responses that quickly become boring at best.

The dynamics of Richard Burns cars and tracks are on a whole new level of refinement such that you can really feel the mass of the car change in how it reacts to the suspension at different speeds and angles to the road and road conditions. Get unstable from hitting ruts and potholes at high speeds or bumping a berm on the edge of a fast narrow road. Use the crown of the road to your advantage while hooking your inside tires into the low side of a turn.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Half-Life" on wheels November 21, 2004
This game teaches you how to be a professional rally driver. The techniques you will learn within can easily be applied to real life driving. This can be very useful if you ever wanted to know what it is like to take your everyday car on remote back country roads and drive on the limit, minus car repair costs and medical bills of course.

You start out at the Forest Experience Rally School. Here Richard will teach you the basics of car handling as well as some of the more advanced lessons (lessons that the driver's license people conviniently forgot to mention to you during your driving test.) These lessons are short and to the point. Not to mention loads of fun if you have a force feedback gaming wheel, as this game offers truly some of the best feedback effects around. We are not just talking about your basic rumble effect here. Your steering will tense or lighten, it will jolt to the sides, you will feel the road as you can expect in a real car.

Graphically and sounds wise, Richard Burns Rally holds its ground. The purpose is to convey realism and this simulation does exceptionally well. Whether it is birds flying about or camera guys running off the road as you chase past them. You will hear a MULTItude of sound effects. It is such an incredible depth to this game I can't believe anyone can ever get bored of it. It will take you literally months to master this, and even then there is still the car setup area where you can tweak things like tire pressure, suspension, differentials, etc.

As I see it Richard Burns Rally is definately a landmark in driving games. It is worth every penny and then some, simply because of the Rally School alone. It would cost you hundreds of dollars for real driving lessons!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The GPL of Rally Sims ... January 3, 2005
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I have to add my praise for this game. I have been searching long and hard for a rally game that is not a 'bounce off the walls and carry on' arcade game. This one has hit the mark. It is a fabulous sim, the physics are amazing and the handling of the car feels as realistic as it can without the bumps and crashes of really being out there on the road. This one has the 'crash and you're out' realism of the early Geoff Crammond F1 sims and which is lacking from most other games. For those who do not like this, you can also choose a no damage option. The damage model is the best one I have seen and I am comparing this to Rally Trophy, Rally Championship, Colin McRae, WRC (PS2), F1 2000 through 2003 to name my favourites. The only one that is on a par with this is GPL and (for the physics) Live for Speed which is a work in progress.

The menus are a little clunky and could be more refined but they work. I had some trouble assigning functions to my ActLabs ForceRS wheel, pedals and shifter set up. I eventually had to unplug the shifter, do the assigning and plug it in again. For any who use a shifter the game only supports a sequential shift so a standard H pattern won't work. But this is realistic as 'in car' footage of real rally stages shows the drivers using sequential shift anyway. For those who do not want an arcade game and want a real sim I would highly recommend this one.

The driving school feature is excellent and gives a good introduction to rallying for any who are not familiar with it, although it is not as challenging as the licence acquisition of Gran Turismo.

Excellent job by the development team .. fantastic product.

May 2005 bring Richard Burns a return to good health.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not for the faint of heart. This is a high skill sim. Takes lots of pratice.
Published 2 months ago by Dwilly
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the game
I love the game, very realistic and great with my G27.
I was slightly disappointed because my copy of the game was through a second-hand seller and I didn't get the original... Read more
Published 4 months ago by aud
5.0 out of 5 stars The damage in the game is great too the physics seemed very realistic...
This is definetly the most realistic rally simulator ever if not the most realistic driving simulator ever. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rally Game Ever
Best Rally Game Ever, mods are available on the web, but the physics still cannot be beat. Richard Burns Rally may never be topped, and at this price, if you're a rally fan you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris Berman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Like to support the sim companies. I have had alot of fun with this game. There is a couple sites that make this game much more enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by Randy J Chamberlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be on every SimRacer's Bucket List
If it was really easy to setup this game, I would give it 5 stars. But, alas, nothing is easy. You must patch this game and do some tweaking depending on what setup you are... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jacob Hoss
2.0 out of 5 stars Sold Out (Who?)
RBR is undoubtadly the best rally sim ever made. I had long since lost my original copy of the game and had been using a bootleg version. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jamie M
5.0 out of 5 stars great program
great even for old guys i am 77 keep eyes sharp and reflexs quick works great on vista go and drive
Published 11 months ago by william bandiga
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and in a nutshell
Great game! So realistic that its frustrating and rewarding at the same time. Did I also say satisfying? Get the mods and its complete. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Koredesk81
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game..absolutely love it.
Fast delivery.

Great game. Best sim racer on the market IMHO.

The closet you'll ever get to driving a rally car on a rally stage.
Published 12 months ago by Stephen/Stacey
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