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Echten Rallye-Fans wird es vielleicht etwas übel aufstoßen, dass ihr weder im Arcade-Modus noch im Meisterschafts-Modus ohne gegnerische Fahrer auskommt. So ist jede Positionsverbesserung zwangsläufig mit einem Überholmanöver gekoppelt. Wer mit diesem kleinen Manko leben kann, wird zumindest mit einer beeindruckenden KI belohnt, denn die Konkurrenzfahrzeuge machen selbst den einfachsten Überholvorgang alles andere als einfach. In grafischer Hinsicht kann Rally Challenge 2000 selbst ohne Einsatz des Expansion-Paks problemlos mithalten.
So thats the scoop on this new racer from South Peak. To sum it all up, Rally Challenge 2000, with a few exceptions, is a fast-paced, smooth, well-polished racer with a dynamite gameplay engine and is sure to be a lot of fun for any dedicated follower of the WRC races. I give this game a solid 4 out of 5 possible GIN gems.
It's a shame that the developers didn't polish Rally Challenge 2000 a bit before they sent it out the door, because it has a really cool racing engine at its core. I do think that this is the best rally game on the N64, and in general, it's a solid title. The lack of features definitely precludes me from saying that it's a must-buy, but if you've got a hankering for a solid racing game, you could do worse than taking Rally Challenge 2000 out for a test drive as a rental.
Top Gear Rally 2 certainly looks and feels more polished, but RC2000 has more environments, which keeps things interesting. It will probably appeal most to casual racing fans. This game isn't ambitious enough. At least South Peak got the real licenses.
Allgemein haben es die Entwickler von Imagineer/Genki mit den Details nicht so genau genommen. So fehlt im Championship-Modus die Positionsanzeige. Von diesen Kritikpunkten einmal abgesehen, weiß Rally 99 durch die interessanten Streckenführungen und die realistischen Farben zu begeistern. Die Wagen sind ansprechend texturiert und mit passenden Soundeffekten versehen, auch die Fahrzeugphysik „stimmt“. Im Zusammenhang mit der Musik ist passend allerdings das falsche Wort. Die Mischung aus Pop, Rock und Western wird kaum jemanden vom Hocker hauen.
Gameplay of Rally Challenge 2000 is pretty good. Not the best, but pretty good. There are many modes of play, including Arcade and Championship Modes. You will have your choice of cars, all with different attributes. Find the one that you like and stick with it, as you will have to learn its precise steering. A cool feature in the game is that if your car takes on too much damage, you will notice the effects. If you feel your car swaying to the side, you’ll have to compensate throughout the rest of the race.
In closing, RC 2000 is a decent arcade-style racing game, but the lack of additional cars and tracks to unlock, coupled with unrealistic controls, makes it hard for any gamer looking for an accurate simulation of rally racing to take this game seriously. Many will enjoy the four-player versus mode and take little notice of the cut in performance. Rally Challenge succeeds on some levels and fails on others, but on the whole, it does a good job of being a party game.
Multi Racing Championship was an enjoyable first-generation N64 racer known for its amazing customization and above-average graphics for the time. Apparently, someone felt it necessary to add to the success of MRC and release it as a brand-new package in the form of Rally Challenge 2000. And although Rally Challenge 2000 proves to be a good update to an enjoyable first-generation racer, it unfortunately maintains many of the first-generation elements from MRC that are no longer acceptable by today's standards. The oversaturated racing genre of the N64 is not one where mediocrity is taken lightly. Gamers who expect something on par with NST's Ridge Racer efforts will not simply purchase a racing game due to some flashy menus and multiplayer options. And that's exactly the problem with Rally Challenge 2000. It expands on MRC but still manages to stay years behind the competition.
Rally racing is known for its muddy off-road action, which usually involves the use of long power slides. The Saturn has Sega Rally and the Playstation has Rally Cross, but this Nintendo 64 entry isn't even in the same league. The poor graphics look more like a first-generation Saturn game, with scenery that looks chunky as hell.