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Richard Burns Rally (PS2)

by Eidos
 Ages 3 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Endorsed & developed in conjunction with one of the biggest names in the world of rallying
  • Unprecedented photo-realistic graphical quality
  • The most realistic, accurately modelled car-handling model ever devised
  • A variety of gameplay modes
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00007KIN7
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 118 g
  • Release Date: 2 July 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,122 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted! 20 Aug. 2004
This is serious stuff, which is to say it's quite difficult. Challenging, anyway.
I started out in the 'Rally School', drove around a gravel car park, demolished a picnic table and rolled the car. "You're a natural at this," Richard Burns said, positively. Hmmm.
He wasn't too pleased with my performance on the next lesson though, but if you do well enough, he shares a can of Red Bull with you.
I suspect many will be tempted to jump straight into a 'Quick Rally' to see how much damage they can do to their car by ramming it into a tree. You'll soon tire of this though, because the graphics, when looking at the car (rather than looking out FROM the car) aren't all that good. Not a patch on, say, Gran Turismo, for replays: the car seems to hover above the road and replays can be jerky. I liked the way one of the doors swung open after a collision though, and ultimately fell off when I hit the next tree.
However, the view from the car while you're driving is spot on - very realistic - and the weather effects excellent. The recreation of the Welsh country lanes is unlike anything I've seen before: it's very 'natural', with branches to push through, and superb trees. If you hit fences, you smash them. If you hit trees, your co-driver groans. Once, I saw a hare jump out of the undergrowth in front of me.
The courses in other countries are equally stunning.
I really haven't got the hang of it properly yet. Most of the roads are so narrow that one false move sends you into the trees, or sends the spectators running for their lives (the animated spectators are very effective). If the weather is bad, your visibility could be so poor that finding the road again takes a minute or two though.
The game interface is very good, very straightforward.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars maybe too real! 28 Sept. 2004
By A Customer
Great game and very realistic simulation.
The standard car set ups are unforgiving to drive, which makes slight bumps, water and hard braking tricky. Thankfully, the vehicle setting options are excellent and very comprehensive, so with a few tweaks you can make the car much more controlable. It is great to be able to control all the diff settings! :) ... Perhaps though, it would have been better to put an easier default setting on for the casual user. If any are interested, start by lowering the front spring rate and lowering the bump damping front and rear for a much more forgiving car.
Although there are not so many stages, they are very long and look great. They are all quite narrow and this makes getting into a good rythum a challenge, with most mistakes heavily punished. My solution to this was to reduce the damage level on the car so I could at least learn the stages and the car handling without having to worry too much.
It only gets 4*'s because the of the long load times, no career mode and I think the pacenotes are pretty poor - a medium left can be anything from fast kink to a 90 degree corner!
- What the hard-core driving gamer has always wanted; very realistic, very hard and very rewarding :)
p.s. I just missed a gazel jumping across the road on one stage - class! :)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simtastic 13 July 2004
Not for casual gamers admittedly, but if you are a true Rally fan searching for that elusive Rally sim & are constantly frustrated by the likes of the overly arcadey WRC3 with its ridiculously late & poorly detailed pacenotes, then this is the game for you...and then some! Finally a Rally game that truly delivers accurate car handling, damage, pace notes and decent long complex demanding stages. The sensation of speed, engine sound (which is awesome) and other details - like the effect bumps in the road have on the car at high speed - are easily the best and most accurate available in PS2 driving games. On the down side, there is a lot of loading time and moving from one screen to another invariably means another 30 seconds wait for the next screen to load. This is especially annoying when, say, you are in the rally school trying to just have another quick go at that tricky handbrake turn test! All in all though, Best Rally game ever!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realism a plenty 3 Jan. 2006
If you REALLY want to know what its like driving a rally car then THIS is the game for you. No easy handling let offs that you get with the official WRC franchise games this game towers over all else for simulation style realism. After plenty of practice with a steering wheel you will start to reap the benefits as the adrenaline really kicks in! Bumps in the road, sliding on gravel, speeding along narrow tarmac roads all faithfully reproduced. Enough to make you seriously consider mortgaging the house and jacking it all in to take up rally driving full time. The best rally game there has ever been...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational 29 Oct. 2008
By K. Bull
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The most realistic, exciting, and fabulous driving game there is. Ended my first rally in a ditch upside down, second coasted to a halt with a wrecked engine. Ok so the graphics don't match WRC or Mcrae but they don't make you wince when you run wide and are heading for a group of tree's. Go to school learn how to drive and away you go... I cannot recommend this game enough.
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