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Description

Licensed by the late 2001 World Rally Champion, Richard Burns, this rally game tries to find a niche by adding more depth and realism to the racing experience. This is reflected in the car handling, the influence of the weather and the endless tweaking of the car set-up. There are eight officially licensed cars to choose from, with familiar names such as the Subaru Impreza, Citroen Xsara, Peugeot 206, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Toyota Corolla, but you need to unlock them by finishing school lessons, winning a rally or making it to the end of a season.

Next to the usual training, quick races, rally seasons and multiplayer mode (only 4-player 'hot-seat'), you can test your skills in the Richard Burns Challenge, a time trial mode in which get the chance to go head to head with Burns himself. There are 36 stages in total, divided over six countries. The in-game music has been produced by Paul Oakenfold, Andy Hunter, Pepe Deluxe and the Plump DJs.

Screenshots

Richard Burns Rally Windows But the spectators are always there to help you.
Richard Burns Rally Windows Replay
Richard Burns Rally Windows The onboard camera doesn't give you the best sight.
Richard Burns Rally Windows Changing the car setting.

Promo Images

Richard Burns Rally Magazine Advertisement

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "理查德·伯恩斯拉力赛" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "RBR" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Rally7" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Love letter to the developers of this rally game PlayStation 2 CoffeeCrack (26)
Unmatched Rally Simulation Windows cosmo ruski (45)

Critic Reviews

ComputerGames.ro Windows Sep 23, 2004 92 out of 100 92
Gamezone (Germany) Xbox Jul 07, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Aug 31, 2004 84 out of 100 84
Génération 4 Windows Sep, 2004 81 out of 100 81
Joypad Xbox Jul, 2004 8 out of 10 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Sep 28, 2004 16 out of 20 80
4Players.de Xbox Sep 12, 2004 80 out of 100 80
PC Action (Germany) Windows Sep 09, 2004 74 out of 100 74
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Jul 16, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameCell UK Xbox 2004 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Cancelled GameCube version

A GameCube version of this game was developed too, but it was cancelled halfway though the project due to the bad sales figure GameCube games where showing.

Lineage

This game is a descendant to the Rally Championship series of games. Before it was licensed as "Richard Burns", the internal development name for this game was simply Rally7, as in Rally Championship 7.

Mods

You may presume that the game was developed for the consoles and then ported to the PC, as there are no TCP/IP or LAN multiplayer options, but strangely, it is the other way around. Luckily, a programmer called Racer_S developed the multiplayer mod RBRnet which allows you to race against an opponent (ghost car) over a network. You can download the tool here.

PC version media differences

The PC version was released on DVD in the UK, France, Germany and Australia and on CD-Rom in Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland. As for now, there are no plans for a North American release.

Awards

Richard Burns Rally won four awards at the 2004 Sim-Racing Awards, voted by users at sim racing website Blackhole Motorsports: Best Gameplay, Best Physics Model, Surprise of the Year & Game of the Year!

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Atari Black Friday