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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.

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Xpand Rally Windows The Fiat Punto mkII is a superb choice as a begginer's car, just make sure you buy a stage 1 turbo-kit as well!
Xpand Rally Windows Inside-view: not only the car gets damaged, but the drivers as well, as shown by the white human shape at the bottom.
Xpand Rally Windows When was the last time you felt comfortable to race by viewing the action from the driver's seat? That's one of the aspects that I like most about this game: the good usage of the viewing area.
Xpand Rally Windows My boss' wife drives one of these, the BMW X3. I didn't know it was so much fun! Next time she calls me to get the car to the service garage I'll have a big smile on my face! :D

Alternate Titles

  • "XR" -- Common abbreviation

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The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 2004 87 out of 100 87
PC Action Oct 04, 2004 85 out of 100 85
ComputerGames.ro Mar 24, 2006 80 out of 100 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Sep 14, 2004 16 out of 20 80
eToychest Jan 29, 2006 80 out of 100 80
GamePlasma Jan 29, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78
Gamesmania Oct 22, 2004 76 out of 100 76
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2004 75 out of 100 75
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 November 26, 2004, a set of custom tracks was released. They were designed by game modders and approved by the Techland compatibility test. The set includes a dirty track and two destruction derby style tracks.

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Sciere (249660) added Xpand Rally (Windows) on Oct 30, 2004