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Xpand Rally (Windows)

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Description

Xpand Rally puts you behind the wheel of a tuned-up WRC machine in over seventy races in five sceneries, using a modified version of the Chrome engine with fully movable obstacles, dynamic day time and weather changes, full collisions simulation and a complex car damage system. The driver can even sustain leg injuries and concussions. There is much more freedom than in other rally games. In the freestyle mode, for example, there are no invisible borders, you can compete off-road with no restrictions to tracks.

Aside from the traditional race, you can build-up a rally career, similar to NFSU, where you work your way up as a rookie. You need to spend your money wisely to take care off repairs and tune your car with over 800 parts. Xpand Rally does not have an official rally license, but includes 35 sports cars over 8 divisions, with some funky models such as tiny coopers or terrain vehicles. There are two driving modes: arcade and simulation with different damage systems and steering models.

ChromEd, a full game editor loaded with tutorial and templates, has been attached to the game. You can edit existing tracks or create new ones and even import your own car designs straight from 3D Studio MAX.

Screenshots

Xpand Rally Windows Not all tracks are just dust. Here you can see the excitement of tarmac racing inside my Mini.
Xpand Rally Windows Xpand rally is one of the very few rally simulators that actually raises the fact that you can get killed in a race! Note the details around the burning car.
Xpand Rally Windows Car selection screen: there are different classes to choose from
Xpand Rally Windows A funky Mini is among the selection of the cars available for racing. I really love minis with the UK flag on their roof!

Alternate Titles

  • "XR" -- Common abbreviation

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The Press Says

GamersHell.com Feb 22, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
Next Level Gaming Jan 16, 2006 90 out of 100 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 2004 87 out of 100 87
PC Action Oct 04, 2004 85 out of 100 85
IGN Jul 24, 2006 8 out of 10 80
ComputerGames.ro Mar 24, 2006 80 out of 100 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Sep 14, 2004 16 out of 20 80
Gamesmania Oct 22, 2004 76 out of 100 76
Joystick (French) Oct, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 17, 2004 13 out of 20 65

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Trivia

On December 2, 2004, Techland published an additional set of editing tools:



  • Custom Cars Wizard - a tool for importing custom cars and allowing customization of cars parameters.


  • Game 3D mesh exporting plugin - allows the use of custom objects (including cars) created in 3D Studio Max in the game


  • 3D Studio Max script - processes the car’s mesh and prepares it for the use in the game


  • Sample car mesh - 3D Studio Max source file and XR custom car ready files


On December 22, 2004, a complete ChromEd user guide was published here. It contains complete information on level creation philosophy and specific editor tools. The tutorial is supplemented with a video material that shows the subsequent steps of track creation with comments from one of the Xpand Rally tracks developer.

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Sciere (245760) added Xpand Rally (Windows) on Oct 30, 2004