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!!) :-)
Posted: February 5th, 2014