Michelin Rally Masters: Race of Champions

aka: MRM, Test Drive: Rally Masters
Moby ID: 3047
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This is the OFFICIAL game of the real Race of Champions! Take the various authentic ROC cars (22 in all) through different tracks on head-to-head SuperSpecial challenge modes or traditional rally stages as you speed and slide through mud, gravel, snow, and more. Five levels of difficulty will let you learn at your own pace. Multiple game modes (RoC, Challenge Cup, Challenge Trophy, time attack, single race, single stage) keep you challenged. Run races online with other players through dedicated servers or setup your own.

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  • 拉力赛高手:Michelin冠军赛 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Average score: 74% (based on 20 ratings)

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Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 12 ratings with 3 reviews)

Race and (Michelin) Rally Championship game

The Good
This being my first review I decided to give a generous score to MRM:Race of Champions as I still can play it even though Windows 95/98 have been and gone but plays on XPpro without a glitch (some detail may not appear on later versions of Windows if it runs). I enjoy playing the game as the impression of speed, the passing scenery and movement of the cars are all first class (despite the game originating from more than 10 years ago). Also, many options are available in the PC version to optimise the game appearance and car setups. It's a shame there are not more like it as far as enjoyment, fun and satisfaction are concerned.

The Bad
Some strange car graphics (Toyota Rav4) and spectators are a bit flat. No hands on the steering wheels during replay of stages.

The Bottom Line
Well worth a try and you may have a long term enjoyment playing this fun motorsport game. Many of the competitors are heroes from the past who were involved in the rallying scene.

Windows · by Bonnyman One (1) · 2011

Fun rally game though not enough rallying

The Good
The different cars sounds and feels different. The Canary Island course looks very authentic. The physics are quite well done, and the variety of different cars and courses are quite interesting. The multiple game modes (head-to-head rally, traditional, four-car circuits) with random selection of cars definitely means driving is more important than cars. Online play available or setup your own server.

The Bad
The AI is very non-competitive except on the Canary Island course and the USA course, then all of a sudden they turn into super-human drivers that does everything perfectly. The five different difficulty levels are non-competitive except that very last one. The times recorded are NOT in accordance with reality. I and AI record times that are 40% faster than the REAL Race of Champions (we did about 1:15, while the REAL RoC record was about 2:00).

The Bottom Line
Rally Master is a rally-type game that features the "race of champions", where the best Formula 2 and WRC drivers go head-to-head on the "superspecial stage" at the Canary Island. As the drivers race identical cars, with the model randomly chosen from a list, the race is a true test of who's the better driver. There are also alternate modes where you race on different tracks, circuits, and even do some traditional rally racing. There are five different difficulty and over 20 different cars (some must be unlocked with wins).

The driving model feels quite authentic as you slide through the mud, counter-steer through the corners with hand-brake turns, and more. Some of the courses are quite tight, and rolling the car over is quite possible.

There's several annoyances in the game though. First of all, the game suffers from console-itis. Even though it's a PC game, it does NOT use the mouse at all. Instead, you must use arrow keys or the joystick to select menu choices.

Second problem was the AI. As mentioned in the "didn't like", they are absolutely non-competitive until the hardest level, except at two of the tracks.

Third, if the car departs "normal" attitude (rollover, tail flip, etc.) due to any factor, the game switches to a THIRD-PERSON view, even though the car is still under your control! So if you landed back on four wheels, it'll be a second or two before you get back into the first-person view to keep driving.

Fourth, the ridiculous lap times. The cars are just TOO FAST. I was doing times that are MUCH faster than actual world records, in inferior cars no less!

All in all, if you're looking for rally action, this would be a secondary title. It's exciting, but the problems I mentioned made it a little difficult to enjoy the title.

Windows · by Kasey Chang (4599) · 2001

Fun game that has me (and my son) hooked!

The Good
The graphical details were excellent and the cars were very well rendered. I also thought the sounds were very good.

The Bad
The game didn't want to recognise my Logitech SWingman II joystick.

The Bottom Line
Great stuff....have a try for yourselves.

Windows · by Steve Visscher (1) · 2003

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Game added by Kasey Chang.

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Game added January 19, 2001. Last modified December 29, 2023.