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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 Once inside your garage you can repair most areas you've wrecked.
Xpand Rally Windows Crashes are crashes and these are real here! You can easily total your vehicle in a fraction of a second!
Xpand Rally Windows The car model has realistic deformations.
Xpand Rally Windows I hope I don't end it up like that though!!! Here you can actually mess around with the barriers, just don't bump on them.

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 Action Oct 04, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Oct 17, 2004 82 out of 100 82
ComputerGames.ro Mar 24, 2006 80 out of 100 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Sep 14, 2004 16 out of 20 80
IGN Jul 24, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GamePlasma Jan 29, 2005 7.8 out of 10 78
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Joystick (French) Oct, 2004 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

For a rather low-budget title, the game uses extensive copy protection: an installation serial, an activation code and additional protection with StarForce 3.04.049.001.

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Sciere (268936) added Xpand Rally (Windows) on Oct 30, 2004