Xpand Rally is a breathtaking game that gives you the true to life experience of driving powerful rally cars amidst photorealistic sceneries. Realistic weather effects, rolling hills, and animated scenery all add to game's visual perfection.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (82 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 24, 2006
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Xpand Rally is a breathtaking game that gives you the true to life experience of driving powerful rally cars amidst photorealistic sceneries. Realistic weather effects, rolling hills, and animated scenery all add to game's visual perfection. Xpand Rally also features highly detailed models of modern rally cars and handling physics developed with the help of rally sport professionals which further enhance the realism of driving experience.

Xpand Rally combines the best elements of Rally and Rally Cross racing in one unique gaming experience.

The game offers a career mode based on time trials during both individual races and World Championship Series which will satisfy traditional Rally fans. The Rally Cross fans won't be disappointed either - they can challenge several opponents in head to head racing during competitions based on real and fictitious race events.

Xpand Rally, as the only title on the market, brings the economy factor into a rally game. The player starts with a junk car and competes in races to earn money and acquire upgrades, repair damage, tweak performance and pay the race entry fees.

Along with the tuning-up, the car's condition affects its handling. Due to accurate damage system, it is highly dependent on the player's driving skills. The physical handling model is also influenced by car parts configuration and provides both authentic feel and joy of driving.

The interactive race track surroundings with enhanced game physics and the innovative approach to changing daytime and weather conditions, both influencing the car handling, are other hallmarks of Xpand Rally that distinguish it from other racing games.

For the first time among rally games Xpand Rally includes a complete set of easy-to-use editing tools enabling to create new tracks, cars or even game mods.

System Requirements

    Minimum System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, P III/AMD Athlon processor with 1.3 GHz, 256 MB RAM, Video card with, 64 MB, DX 8.0 compatible (GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 9200), Sound card DX 8.0 compatible, 1 GB of free space on hard drive, DirectX 9.0c, 56k Modem (for Internet multiplayer mode)
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Me and my dad love this game
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
The best way I can describe this game is "cheap-and-cheerful". Using the arcade physics the game is extremely playable with a keyboard, and extremely fun. The career mode is simple and great, you earn money to buy cars and upgrades, while going through a linear series of events. The graphics area little dated, but the game makes up for it with extremely fun gameplay.

Buy the hell out of it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Have not played a racing game for years. This was fun, and plays nice with keyboard, no need for a wheel or gamepad. Some of the tracks can be just a teensy bit frustrating, but race another event, get some cash, buy an upgrade and come back to it with a more powerful machine. The constant quest for cash 'drove' me on. 16 hours to beat all events.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Game is based on a Need for Speed-like career mode in which you can not progress unless you win on whatever individual stages are next on the list. Everything else is locked so there's nothing to do but play the same single stage over and over until you win. About an hour of listed gameplay was spent playing the same stage trying to win since there is literally nothing else you can do. And no, there's no difficulty settings either.
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
I'll admit that rally games are my guilty pleasure. Most feature mushy controls, daft physics or ridiculously undamageable cars. this has none of those. The controls are crisp, the physics moderately good, and cars which will fly apart satisfyingly when you ram into a building or errant rock. The career feature is quite well done, leaving you to decide which cars to buy to win certain races. It does have relatively few maps (4 maybe?), but a lot of variety of tracks round them keep things moderately interesting. Stability-wise, there were very few glitches (I can count them on one hand, after months of play). The car addons actually feel like they're making a difference, and strategic part and tyre-selection can make an impossible stage remarkably enjoyable.

The games's only main downside is the repetitiveness. Only four 'areas', means you get to race the same track over and over in different directions and different combinations of bits. The openness of the career path does also lead to you making bad choices when purchasing cars and add-ons from time to time. That means you must race the same race 10x in a row to get the money to afford the thing you should have bought instead. The only other small downside is the micro-stutter which occurs when a texture or sound is first loaded. That can cause you to spin out, or miss a corner (e.g. when the game first loads the copilot voice for that corner). A quick reload, and it doesn't happen there again. Other than these small ♥♥♥♥les, the game is notably bug and hassle-free.

I recommend anyone who likes Rally games to play this.. It's got satisfaction value in spades, and while it's not as polished as Colin Macrae, I think in some areas it beats it (blasphemy!!) :-)
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