V-Rally 3

Moby ID: 7034
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The rally racing series is back, with more drivers, cars and tracks than in the preceding games.

Players can choose from a variety of game modes including rally racing in V-Rally Mode, time runs in Time Attack mode or time limited challenge runs in Challenge Mode, the last two also being available for up two four players taking turns in multiplayer mode. But the main goal is to defeat every racer on the rally circuit and become champion. The better players are and the further they get the more cars and tracks can be unlocked. In all, there are 80 drivers (six being actual rally drivers), 48 tracks (across six countries), and 20 cars for players to beat and unlock. There are two titles to earn - the 1.6 liter 2WD championship, and the 2 liter 4WD championship.

Players can view the race from inside the car or behind it as they scream through snow, rain, fog, dirt, gravel and over jumps at different times of day and night as they try to become the best rally racer on the planet.

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Average score: 75% (based on 33 ratings)

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Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 15 ratings with 1 reviews)

Good, but has some serious competition!

The Good
Excellent graphics - the best track graphics of any rally game on PS2. Lots of detail and good frame rates (it occasionally drops but it's not too noticeable).

Fairly Engaging - it plays pretty good and the way the game is structured on and off track promotes you to go further.

Challenging - in some ways it's refreshing to have to work at doing well in a rally game. Despite initially seeming overly unforgiving and difficult, you will get used to it.

The Bad
Off Track Antics - Although the off track parts of this game have better atmosphere than other games, it is less logical and intuitive than the Colin McRae series.

Sound - Both the sound and the music while not being terrible are pretty lack luste. Certainly not on par with the graphics.

The Ugly Physics Model - Arrrggghh! Anyone would think the cars are made of balsa wood the way they fly into space after hitting the smallest bump. Something funny is going on with the physics in this game. Certainly challenging but not realistic. Can be very frustrating at times!!

Number of Tracks - With only 5 or 6 of the rally tour countries it isn't up to scratch with other rally games. This is just a lazy cost cutting measure on the part of the developers.

The Bottom Line
The game is more challenging and frustrating than Colin McRae 3, is a little hard to get into and has some very strange physics at times. It is worth putting a little effort into however and brings some original ideas to the table.

PlayStation 2 · by Tibes80 (1543) · 2003

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Game added by Sycada.

Xbox added by Corn Popper. PlayStation 2 added by Tibes80. Windows added by Kabushi. GameCube added by Xoleras.

Additional contributors: tarmo888, Victor Vance.

Game added August 3, 2002. Last modified January 23, 2024.