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.
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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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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people 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 niggles, 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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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
Me and my dad love this game
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2014
Key features:

realistic driving, if chosen.

destructable cars.


The game itself, in my opinion, is worth the price they are asking.

The only flaw is that you have to go into regedit or some registry program and edit it to make it playable, but it took me only about 2 minutes to do.

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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
Old game, BUT...

Still better than most of todays screenshot generators. This game focuses on the core: tweaking, upgrading, driving skills. Although its outdated physics engine, the game delivers a true rally feeling.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
I have only had this game for a few hours, and I have to say, I LOVE IT
I have not played alot of racing games before, but I feel this was a good start. I like the Firstperson aspect of it, and I love the drifting. The Ecinomical Aspect is also very nice. The engine for the game is amazing! Realistic steering, drifting, and perspective!
Last but not least, GREAT GAME for the price!!!! If you like racing games or interested in starting, Buy this!!!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
this is a pretty good rally game mixed with arcade and sim elements. but for me, richard burns rally surpassed all late-comers even today.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
Brilliant game! Totally recommend this game to those who like racing and rally games!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
We can't buy Richard Burns Rally anymore, but we can buy this instead. It's not exactly a simulation (even on "simulation" mode), but it is a ton of fun. The physics are based in reality, and you can use all of the standard techniques to induce oversteer. It's a bit easy to go sideways, especially in a FWD car, but not glaringly unrealistic. I am not a rally driver, but I checked the FWD performance against Live For Speed (an acknowledged "realistic" sim) on its rallycross tracks, and I was able to get a similar FWD car (the Mini clone) to oversteer using throttle liftoff and brake, just like I was doing in Xpand. One funny thing is that you seem to be able to do powerslides in FWD cars in Xpand, which is obviously unrealistic. But that's fine, I just imagine that the FWD cars are AWD. The bottom line is that the physics are authentic enough that you can use the instincts you have developed in sims and have fun doing it.

Apart from physics and realism, the game is just a lot of fun to play. I have played the first stage about a dozen times, just because it's really fun. If you do nothing but play that first race, it will be more than worth the price. The stage design is one of the best things about this game: the stages are all completely crazy, with lots of tight turns and elevation changes keeping you on your toes without being unrealistic. And unlike many newer games, you don't have to sit through cutscenes, tutorials, and boring intro missions to get to the gameplay. Thankfully, you just turn it on and go right to the good part (the sideways racing).

It is an old game, so you will have to edit a configuration file if you want full 1080p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, but it's easy. The file you're looking for is called VideoSettings.scr, and it's located in the Xpand Rally\Data folder. The settings in the file are clearly labeled and self-explanatory. Have fun!

Edit: This game has a crazy difficulty curve. Don't try to drive insanely "at the limit," because some very strange things can happen with the physics at the limit. Instead, upgrade your car and drive carefully according to the pacenotes. Still a fun game and worth $5.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
My favourite game when I was 8 years old and finally bought it as I've lost 2nd installation CD! Recommended. Very good graphics and physics as for 10 year old game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 18, 2015
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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66.9 hrs
Posted: October 20
This was the first racinggame using Techland's Chrome engine and just as I like that game I like this one too.
For starters I still think this game has great graphics even though they've aged (see guide for setting it too your desktop resolution) and while it doesn't have an official WRC license or cars it does have an interesting carreer mode where you can buy upgrades for your cars.
In simulation mode a good setup, knowing the limitations of your cars and managing your speed accordingly are key to win in this game and I found this refreshing after comparing the driving in this game with the more arcade oriented rally games of the time, only Richard Burns Rally was more realistic.
My complaints are only that maybe the setupoptions are a bit sparse and that for newcomers there would be a better explaination on the setups as well as a drivingschool like in RBR, oh yes and that the cockpitsviews are unplayable.
Anyway, if you want to have a fun rallygame which is also rather realistic then by all means give this one a try.
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8.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
this game is fun, but a little old now (feels it anyway). if they could make something like this again but moderize it a little it could be good.it lacks in content a bit but its a cheap game, you expect it.but for what it is, its fun. but i cant recommend it, theres much better out there.
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20.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
I have all the driving games and I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE. I like the cameras and the cars. The setups work and you can make your car faster and hook up better. Its not the best looking, actually its pretty dull, other than the odd Gazel running across the track WHICH you cant hit anyway so not really sure why they are there other than to take away from the dull track HOWEVER, the surfaces react normal and you can adjust the car or buy parts to match. I would say this aint a $19 dollar game but it is DEFINITLY a $9 game all day long ENJOY !
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0.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
This game was surprisingly good! It's not at the same level than Dirt Rally, but if this game is on sale, you should give this game a shot.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 16
Poor quality for its period. Also, you cannot drive with the mouse, so unless you have a steering wheel, it will be crappy playcontrol at best.

It is quite ordinary compared to other rally and race game of the same time period.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: August 5
Product received for free
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0.6 hrs
Posted: August 2
Brought 2 copies of this game because it had multi-player. Then ended up doing refund on both copies because the multi-player masterserver is down.

Don't buy it if you are supposted to play it mulit-player.
They should change game info to "single-player" only.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: July 24
When I was younger, I saw this game on a website called Trygames, you people may know what I am talking about. It was a online game distribution and every game on it had one of those "Play for an hour" type things. (Which I would totally just redownload the game over and over.) But this game was on it, considering the game was new, my dad's old XP would not handle it correctly. I remember getting the game downloaded it, I waited at least 2 hours for it to finish, and I was very disappointed in what had occured. That's really all that happened then. About 2 years ago I saw it on steam, and I was like, "Oh, wow, I remember this game." Also being in a skype call I asked if my friend would like to try it out, we both agreed we would not and proceeded on. Finally, yesterday night, I had $5 in my steam wallet, and I had nothing to spend it on, and I saw this again, and said, "Maybe I can finally fufill my destiny to play this game from when I was a wee lad. And I downloaded it last night, and woke up this morning to play it for 30 minutes. I can say I am very pleased with the game so far. The physics (at least in arcade mode) are really easy and fun, and driving is challenging but also easy, and then rewarding one you get it down. I got it in the first 4 minutes of driving. In a way the game is also relaxing, although the guys voice can be very annoying and repetitive after literally hearing "Five right, five left, Five right, five left." but I am sure you can turn it off. I really would recommend buying if you like rally games, but don't like hardcore simulations. By the way, for 2006, the graphics are very nice, and this is literally the only game from it's time where Anti-Aliasing works, so I was pleased with that. But, yes, I give this game 9 childhoods / 10 childhoods. Give this game a try.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: June 24
Picked up game for $0.99. Expected a mediocre game with terrible physics a boring gameplay and no controller support. Though the graphics are a bit old (as was expected). I found it to be one of the best rally games i've played. Well done physics gameplay, and customization. With a variety of cars, parts and though i haven't tried it yet, i believe a track editor?! Also controller support which is always a ++. Very well done game at an awesome price. Enough to satisfy your rally racing itch. Oh and did i mention multiplayer XD. 10/10
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8.0 hrs
Posted: May 25
Best rally game on Steam after Dirt Rally?! Forget about the WRC series, Xpand Rally has much better FFB and feel.

It has adrenaline, the cars can be upgraded and you can tinker with the setup quite deep. The only drawback is the missing licenses but who cares if the driving is so smooth!? And nevertheless all the cars are basically copies the it's real equivalents, so you get Puntos, VW Golfs, Seat Cordobas, Mitsubishis, Fords etc. There are tons of categories which makes the learning curve much more enjoyable.

Interesting feature that this is the only rally game where you can even die in game. Just as the car you can also get serious damage.

For 5 euros you get a decent rally game. But please don't yell because of the outdated graphics and the engine, this game became 10 years old in 2016. Much better game than WRC series.
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