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Seriously good rallying,
This review is from: WRC Rally Evolved (PS2) (Video Game)
This is a seriously powerful rally game. I always liked the original WRC, preferring it to the Colin McRae series (though the CM 2005 I had on X-Box was very good) - but clearly the developers have gone further as time's moved on, creating a more absorbing and complex rallying experience. It's a little more like Richard Burns Rally with the difficulty settings and driving aids off.
Using a Logitech wheel, handling is excellent. With all the aforementioned driver aid turned off, it's pretty difficult and very easy to oversteer - or indeed understeer by braking too hard or too late.
In much the same way that GT4 refined its physics engine in relation to GT3, in WRC Evolved you can't just slam into corners and drift round with loads of opposite lock too easily. If you brake too hard or too late, you'll lock up and go straight on, completely missing the apex of the corner. You have to use incremental braking and accelerating (the latter to avoid wheelspin). It's tough to get the hang of, but very satisfying when you do. It's hard to judge whether the physics are more or less realistic than other top driving games, as the developers seem to have really gone into detail in this area, and without driving a real rally car it's difficult to judge. When you crash, the momentum of the car being spun round in relation to what its collided with, and at what angle, is really amazing.
The visuals in this game are at times extraordinary. On occasions, the graphics of the tracks and scenery verges on photo-realism - incredibly well designed. As with GT4, they've made the best use of what are essentially flat sprites for the trees - far more realistic than most games despite the limits of current hardware and processing power.
Engine sounds are dynamic and realistic, noticably better than other games.
Faults include the infuriating ghost car which I can't seem to turn off in historic car mode, and slightly irritating steering wheel vibration at the start of each race.
Perhaps there could be a little more attention to creating the feeling of a bumpy road, which GT4 did very well on its rally sections. At times, the cars feel like they're gliding a little too smoothly - maybe needs some screen juddering and / or low level constant / regular wheel vibration?
With the refined physics, it's not always as much pure fun as something like the original WRC - but if you're looking for a satisfying and realistic rally game this is the one to get.