Graphically it's gorgeous--low sun blocks the view of the horizon in winter weather and the snow courses look so real it's tempting to get out of the car and construct a quick snowman. Sound too adds to the flavour with fully realistic engine sounds and a codriver who gets almost sarcastic when a mistimed bend results in an unfortunate meeting with the scenery. Race modes include an arcade driving section and an excellent career mode which allows the competitive player to tackle the 20 top class vehicles on offer. Overall, V-Rally 3 is a very worthwhile purchase; once the initial shock of the difficulty wears off there's real depth and excitement here. --Chris Russell
The usual time trial and race options are present, but the meat of the game is the V-Rally Career mode. You start off as a rookie driver, not signed on for a team. You are nowhere near competing at full 2.0L WRC level, but 1.6L rally teams will offer you the chance to drive a test for them. If you succeed at this, they will offer you a contract.
Once signed up you are thrown into the rally championship. the brilliant part of this is you are signed up to one of the lower teams, so can't realistically expect to win the championship in your first season. You are set a target to finish as high as possible and that is what you try to do. If you do your best you stand the chance of being offered a deal with a better team so you can attempt to work your way up into Peugeot/Subaru/Ford/etc. elite WRC teams.
This works really well as you find yourself really chuffed just to win a stage let alone a whole rally. There is much more enjoyment to be gained from this than simply jumping into a Ford Focus and flying around the courses on your way to cruising to the championship.
Nursing your battered VW Polo through to the final stage is much more of an accomplishment!
V-Rally 3 does contain some of the official team liveries, but only a few. It does not have any real drivers, but the nature of the career mode does not make this a problem. It's a simulation of the sport rather than a snapshot of the 2002 rally season.... Read more ›
As far as Rally games go, V-Rally 3 is by far the most involving racing game I've seen to date on any system. I'll get to why at the end of this review, but in the meantime I'll go through the various aspects of the game.
Fantastic. Not photo realistic, but very clean, clear and crisp. The car looks fantastic, the landscape is rendered beautifully, the weather is modelled very well - all in all, it really is rather good. When you're in the pits you see inside the car, and several thousand polygons have been given over to that too - along with 3d mechanics working on the car at checkpoints. Damage to the car is represented very well too - pretty much all of the car can be either bent, broken or ripped off... during one particularly determined dash through a stage I was somewhat shocked to leave the "in car" view and see what a mess I had made of my previously showroom-shiny monster :-) More importantly, the framerate is very fast, and gives a great impression of speed.
What can you really say about sound with a game like this? Unfortunately my PS2 isn't wired into the pro-logic amp at the moment so I can't tell you what the surround is like, but normal engine noises, skids and so on sound absolutely fine. The engine pops and crackles with the best of them.
The co-driver is the first one I've encountered that has some intelligence. Upon careering the wrong way up a farm track he shouted "where do you think you're going!... Read more ›
As soon as you start the game the thought put into this game and the quality are immediately evident. The first thing you have to do is create a driver (easy). You can then enter the v rally mode. You start out as a rookie and progress from there. You even get contacted as your career progresses by other interested rally teams via the e mail part of the game offering test drive and if successful on the test offered a contract. I could talk all day about the excellence of this game but trust me - buy it and you wont be disappointed. Graphics, physics and all the other stuff that make a game great are here in abundance.
Set up the controller to your preferred driving style and the rally world is your oyster.
There are several things that make this a bad game. Firstly the physics is absolutely terrible. The gravity is set to about half what it should be and this makes going over bumps and jumps very frustrating (something that happens a lot). Secondly the steering is awful - one minute it's too sensitive so you zig-zag across the road and the next minute you can't steer quick enough. Thirdly the pace notes are diabolical. This really wrecks the game as the notes are read about half a second before you reach a corner making it imposible to turn if you are pushing it.
Overall an okay game. I rented this before I decided to buy and I'm saving my money for CMR3. Bottom line - consult real rally drivers/co-drivers before making a rally game!!!
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