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Richard Burns Rally

Platform : Windows XP
4.6 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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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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  • ASIN: B000C97156
  • Item Weight: 1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,261 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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By Christopher Michelsen on 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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A recent Google search here in the Spring of 2011 for a realistic rally sim to use with my PC w/ Logitech wheel/shift/pedals led me to a 2004 title, Richard Burns Rally. I play or have played all the good sims, from iRacing (great sim) to GTR to Colin McRae Rally (not really that good) and RBR is my new favorite now. The WRC is my favorite form of racing to watch as those guys are pushing it to the absolute limit in all conditions on all surfaces and RBR provides one a fantastic opportunity to get to try to duplicate what these guys can do in the most realistic of simulations. To top it off, there is an active community of developers like Rallyesim that continue to provide new updates and material for the sim.

Keep in mind that this is a REAL sim that makes games like Gran Turismo 5 feel like Mariokart. Also, this is a 7 year old title so dont expect GT5 like graphics.

PROS:
- 7 years after release and its still the best rally racing sim
- Unapologetic, unrelenting, ultra-realistic driving physics
- Graphics are still perfectly acceptable
- Active community of developers, servers, and users
- Great online play via Rallysim, etc.
- Sims like can make you a better driver, rally or not
- Cheap..got my copy for under 10 bucks

CONS:
- For those living in the US, most online servers are outside the US
- Some may find that the graphics are a bit dated
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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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If you're buying this game you probably already know about it and know it's a really old game but one of the best rally games ever made.

What you might not know is this reseller has created their own poorly written self-branded wrapper installer, for no reason at all, that will not install the game. I figured I had a bad disk and just didn't bother complaining since it was only a few dollars. Turns out they slap their brand all over the disk and break the whole install process.

If you ignore their intrusive, unwanted, non-working install app and run the setup.exe file on the disk (NOT the setup.now.exe) it installs no problem. Pick another company that doesn't try to shove their company, that has NOTHING to do with the game, in your face and you'll love the game.

Ironically their super annoying, non-working branding only makes want to never buy from them ever again. If they had just left the normal install alone I would have been buying more games from them. As it is I will never buy from them again.
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