Nfs V Rally
|a game by||Eden Studios|
|Editor Rating:||5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||6.0/10 - 1 vote|
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V-Ralty is the latest "Sega Rally Killer" for the PlayStation, and while the game looks great, the gameplay is not quite as advanced as the visuals proved to be. In all fairness, the graphics in V-Rally are very impressive. In fact, I would go as far to say V-Rally is the best-looking Rally game on the PlayStation so far. Each locale has been rendered meticulously, with complex polygonal scenes, rich textures, realistic weather effects and some of the best lighting effects of any PS racer to date. As far as gameplay goes, performing powerslides is not as convincing or precise as it should be and the car physics are downright wacky at times. You'll be driving along, minding your own business and if you either hit a trackside object or get hit by a car (which, after the bump, speeds merrily away), your vehicle slow bounds around the track as if somebody flipped a slow-motion switch. The game doesn't slow down but you bounce around like a rubber ball on the moon...weird. Also, the car settings aren't very in-depth. You can adjust the tire compound, gear ratio and the degree your car under steers/over steers, that's it. On the upside, V-Rally has a large number of cars to select and a whole slew of tracks to race on, more than any PS rally game so far. In the end, V-Rally is a solid, good-looking racer with a i good amount of variety.
Beyond the graphics and the large number of tracks, there really isn't much good about V-Rally. The physics in the game are really weird--hit the side of the road and you're treated to a car flipping demonstration. The gameplay is boring, mostly because the action is way too slow, even when you're at your car's top speed. The game also lacks a polished feel to it with shabby Menus and Options Screens. Rally is a racer to stay away from.
I'm always looking for a game that can unseat Sega Rally as my favorite rally racer. This ain't it. Sure, V-Rally looks great (the weather effects are especially cool) and packs a good selection of tracks. But, simply put, the control bites. Your car rides totally out of whack during sharp curves; it turns, then straightens, then turns, often sending you careening into a ridiculously exaggerated flipping crash. The generic music is annoying, too.
So far, I haven't been terribly impressed by many of the racing games on the PlayStation. V-Rally is no exception, as it lacks many of the features and standards I've come to expect. The options are somewhat weak, with little adjustments possible, and horrible collision detection when in the game. The whole experience feels unnatural when I play--sluggish and jumpy. The good number of cars and tracks don't hide the shortcomings.