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V-Rally takes full advantage of the Dreamcast's speed, and it really does appear that your car is screaming along at 130 miles per hour--the road winding beneath your vehicle, and realistically rendered scenery blurring as you zoom past. Unfortunately, controlling your car also can make it feel like you're cruising at 130-plus miles per hour--rollovers are frequent whenever you inevitably leave the road.
Crashes like this do more than just delay you. Unlike the vehicles in some racing games, those in V-Rally are far from invulnerable, and show the various scratches, dents, and outright crunches that they suffer during races. Thus, in addition to saving money to purchase a new vehicle, the player also must pay to have damage repaired before the next race.
And the next race always seems to be coming, with V-Rally serving up more than 80 tracks that are spread through 12 different countries. If these aren't enough to keep your wheels spinning, try one of the game's strongest features, the track generator, which can be used to create radical tracks that can be saved to the VMU and traded with friends. --Benjamin Reese
- Track generator allows players to create custom courses
- Over 80 tracks in 12 different countries
- Incredibly fast-paced action
- Real-time damage shown on vehicles
- Annoying soundtrack
- Vehicles flip easily
Top Customer Reviews
After being disappointed by Sega Rally 2, I was hesitant on purchasing another rally game. I'm glad I bought Test Drive V-Rally. The graphics are unbelievably good, the large selection of cars and tracks guarantees you will be discovering new things for a while giving this game lots of replay value. Unlike Sega Rally 2, the difficulty level is set just right. ... the game is top value.
Some negative things are: there is some "pop-up" on the horizon when playing. But the framerate is fast. The track editor is a plus but you can only use tracks you created on time trial mode (no other cars but you). But with the included 80+ tracks where you can race against 3 other cars, it's more than enough. Remember though only 4 cars race at once including yours.
Best looking driving game in my opinion on Dreamcast perhaps until Metropolis Street Racer - and I own several racing games on DC. GO BUY THIS GAME IF YOU LIKE RACING GAMES.
Fine job Infogrames! I'm now waiting for their DC game Test Drive LeMans.
Be it graphics, sound, features, or analog-trigger-based gameplay, the game takes advantage of the DC hardware. In fact, of all the racers I have for the system, I'm currently most likely to pick this one and play.
It is a really tough call, but I place this one on generally equal footing with Ferrari F355 and Sega Rally 2. It balances so that it has more cars and reasonable chance of winning versus F355 (every time I crank up the superb F355 it admittedly takes time to restore your skills just to place 3rd or 4th); and it balances against Sega Rally 2 by offering more serious Rally modes as well as an Arcade option.
While not better than those superb titles, it IS better than the overhyped Sega GT, providing a better balance than that still-good game ultimately manages.
Needless to say I'm not a big fan post PlayStation GT style races (Sega GT) where you have to customize you car and spend long hours to acheieve goals, based on reviews my choices were this title and Test Drive: Le Mans. I'm glad I went with V-Rally!
This game is very arcade like, very fun (me and my wife love to play it togeather), the controls are simple, the tracks aren't so simple. Real weather conditions, over 80 rally tracks from around the world, and a track editor make this my favorite racing game yet.
V-Rally has the basics of your given rally racing game: varying driving surfaces, varying weather conditions, varying times of day. The changes in handling between driving surface/weather combinations are done well; snowy roads are slippery without being undrivable, rain provides a good medium between snowy and dry, dry gravel gives good grip while still allowing for the powerslidy goodness of rally racing, and asphalt provides a shocking bite and responsiveness to spice things up.
The actual engine really tends towards being like Speed Devils (a game which really should have been marketed as a rally game) rather than being a sim like Gran Turismo 2's rally mode (which can be a lot of fun, if limited).
The damage, while not an unheard-of feature (the aforementioned Speed Devils had it), is a nice addition and is done well. Damage isn't a factor except in the championship game mode, and there it's not overwhelming because of the design of the tournament. In addition, the effects of damage throughout the race, while not very visible on the body of the car, are done very nicely in the variance in handling. You can feel steering getting worse as you take more damage to it, and you can see the car bouncing along when your suspension's shot.
However, the feature that really makes this game a lot of fun is the track editor. The idea is very simple: Plot out N units of track, up to a hundred units, and then vary the bend and elevation of the track. It sounds overly simplistic, but it allows for a lot of fun to be had beyond the regular game.Read more ›
This is a great racer that racing and even non-racing fans will have a lot of fun with.
*Pretty to look at
*Fast, fluid graphics
*Good car control and physics
*Very fast loading of game menus and races
*Lots of cars to choose from
*Variable skill levels
*Good selection of courses
*Some "pop-up" of scenery graphics
*Cars flip over too easily
If the two negative aspects above had been addressed by the programmers, I would give this game five stars. These are relatively minor issues, however, and don't take away from my overall enjoyment of the game (and, in terms of the car flipping, it doesn't happen too much since I learned how to drive ;) ). All in all, Test Drive V-Rally is an excellent racing game, and one of the best available for the Dreamcast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a good, well made game. but it just isnt fun for someone who wants to buy a racing game that'll be good fun for himself and friends. Read morePublished on January 5, 2002 by Helene Pavlowich
Rally racing's lack of popularity in the USA continues to baffle me and this game only adds to that puzzlement. Read morePublished on April 15, 2001 by Orson Wang
Test Drive V-Rally es uno de esos juegos que una vez que comienzas a dominarlo no puedes dejar de pensar en el. Read morePublished on March 30, 2001 by Adrian MG
I have played dozens of racing games in my life, but I'm not sure if any have been just plain fun like this one. This is an absolute blast to play. Read morePublished on January 29, 2001 by Kingsnorkie
and I thought that sega rally 2 was good.....i was shocked when playing this game. the graphics are incredible and the gameplay is awsome. i recommend that you MUST buy it.Published on January 1, 2001 by Eduardo Martinez