I’ve always been a huge fan of the Sega Rally series. In fact, I’ve been hooked on all of Sega’s arcade racers since Outrun. Rally however, is my favorite of all the Sega racers. When I first saw the high resolution screen shots of Sega Rally Revo, I was in complete awe. I couldn’t believe that they could achieve such detail in the actual game. The Sega Rally team has delivered once again and they have taken arcade rally racing up a notch.
The first thing you’ll notice right away about Sega Rally Revo is that it plays like all the old Rally games. The controls have not changed at all. That is a very good thing for fans of the series. It was easy to pick up and start playing right away. There are 30 different vehicles available in SRR. Not all of them are available right away. They have the classic Sega Rally cars and a slew of new ones from various manufactures.
There are 5 different environment types. There’s the dirty Safari, the snowy Arctic, the rugged Canyon, the muddy Tropical and the mountainous Alpine. Each environment has 3 different tracks and some will have 1 or 2 different track variations. The landscapes in each environment are highly detailed and very beautiful. There’s trees and birds and water and other natural elements dispersed throughout the environments.
Cars have not changed much at all. They are more detailed and have real-time reflections. Like all Sega Rally games, there’s no car damage and thankfully so. If a Sega Rally game had the damage level of a game like Rallysport 2, you’d never finish a race! You can however, damage some of the things on the road like wooden fences and other very small structures.
The most innovative feature of SRR is Geodeformation. How many times have you burned rubber on a track in a racing game only to find out that the burn marks disappear after every lap? Sega has solved the problem in a big way. Geodeformation is the changes of the structure of the roads made by vehicle tires. When you drive in snow, you leave deep snow tracks and they stay there for the entire race. Now going from one snow track to another will cause a little friction and it’s felt through rumble in the game controller. It’s so detailed that on the muddy tracks if you dig deep enough with your tires, you’ll see water. I spent several minutes doing donuts in the snow so I could see all the gravel. The track changes with every race and increases the randomness of every race. What’s more interesting is watching the lines of the AI drivers.
As you go through mud, the mud sticks to your tires, mud flaps and car body. If you happen to go through a deep puddle, all of the mud will wash off. If you go through dirt after you come out of the mud, the dirt will stick to the mud. This is the type of graphic detail that was put into SRR.
SRR has Quick Race, Championship, Time Attack and Xbox Live multiplayer modes. Xbox Live gameplay is smooth as silk. In the matches I played there was no lag whatsoever. The only problem with Xbox Live is that there’s never enough ranked matches available. Championship mode requires you to get so many points to unlock other tracks. Each Championship mode has three race leagues, each league has 3 challenges and each challenge has 3 different tracks. Each track is worth a number of points.? These points open up other challenges, tracks, cars and paint liverys. So in the grand scheme of things, you’ll be going for achievements and race wins to go further in SRR.
The Time Attack mode allows you to challenge other race times on the leaderboards. It’s a really cool feature and will keep you busy after you’ve managed to clear the entire game.
I never beat Sega Rally 2 because it just got too hard once I got to the snow levels. SRR is even harder. Just to get all the points in a challenge requires you to come in first. If you only have 89 out of 90 points you’ll be busting your ass to get that last point.
It’s been years since Sega Rally 2 was released and if you are a fan of the series, it wouldn’t seem so. They have managed to keep all the wonderful arcade gameplay and take the graphics up the next gen notch without making any sacrifices. In a world of rally and street race simulations, Sega has once again staked their claim. The game doesn’t take itself to seriously and it’s just straight up racing fun.? If you are a Sega Rally fan, do yourself a favor and pick this one up!