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96
Next Level Gaming (May 04, 2004)
RalliSport Challenge 2 is almost here. Some stores may have it by the time you read this while other stores will be getting real soon. I will admit that I am not a huge racing fan, but ever since I played the first RalliSport, I couldn’t wait for the sequel. Now it has arrived, and I am very impressed. From the minute I turned the game on, I was blown away. RalliSport Challenge 2 is the perfect example of what a sequel should be. Read on for more details.
95
contactmusic.com (Jun 03, 2004)
To wrap up, I would like to say, although this genre is one of the most washed out genres on the Xbox RalliSport Challenge 2 is like a breath of fresh air. If you have a stack of other driving titles piled up at home then you will not find much in the way of originality here. Although RalliSport Challenge 2 is likely to be head and shoulders above any of your old games. RalliSport Challenge 2 is a truly spirited attempt at constructing the perfect racing title and for now, I think it holds the crown.
93
Kombo.com (Sep 05, 2004)
With RalliSport Challenge 2, Microsoft and DICE took everything that was great about the first RalliSport Challenge, improved those aspects, and added a ton of new features including Xbox Live support. The end result is an engrossing racing experience - one which draws upon both the simulation and arcade ends of the racing spectrum and balances them perfectly in order to provide the most enjoyable rally racing experience on the Xbox. While there are some flaws to both the single-player and multiplayer design, none of them are big enough to warrant second guessing a purchase of this title – especially for racing fans. The game is certainly one of the best rally racing games that I’ve ever played, not to mention one of the most fun.
93
GameSpot (May 06, 2004)
On a console as rife with quality racing games as the Xbox, it's tough to really pick a standout, top dog among the bunch. However, many would argue that if you were to pick one, Digital Illusions' 2002 arcade rally racer Rallisport Challenge would be the one to take the title. For all the good that comes with such a distinction, it's also a pretty tough title to live down when trying to create a sequel to such a distinguished game. However, Digital Illusions has proven that it was up to the task of creating a game that is just as meaningful in this era of the Xbox's lifespan as the original Rallisport Challenge was in its time. Rallisport Challenge 2 has everything you loved about its predecessor and then some, such as better handling and superb visuals and sound. Rallisport Challenge 2 isn't just a sequel--it is easily one of the most purely pleasurable driving experiences you're likely to encounter on any platform.
91
Game Revolution (Jun, 2004)
No matter which side of the console fence you plant your soapbox, it's hard to question the slew of kick-ass racing games for the Xbox. Games like Project Gotham Racing 2, Colin McRae 04 and the original Rallisport Challenge have done a nice job of alleviating Xbox owners pain of playing in a Gran Turismo 4-less world.
90
4Players.de (May 29, 2004)
RalliSport Challenge 2 ist für Überlandrennen das, was Project Gotham Racing 2 für Straßenschlachten ist: ein Ausnahmeprodukt. Der Karrieremodus ist zwar mit wenigen Ausnahmen etwas zu leicht geraten, bietet aber mit seinen über 90 Streckenabschnitten und Hunderten Wettbewerben genügend Anreiz, das Pad immer wieder in die Hand zu nehmen. Fahrgefühl und Steuerung tendieren wie in Teil 1 deutlich Richtung Arcade, lassen aber noch mehr Simulation einfließen als der Vorgänger – ohne allerdings in Colin McRae-Regionen vorzudringen. Grafisch ebenfalls mit einem Schritt nach vorne, erwartet euch saubere und pfeilschnelle Grafik mit Fahrzeugmodellen, die derzeit mit zum Besten gehören, was weit und breit auf Konsolen zu finden ist.
90
Factornews (Jun 10, 2004)
Rallisport Challenge 2 est tout simplement un monstre, une bête de fun à la beauté fulgurante, un prédateur qui dévore tout sur son passage. Et en l’occurrence, je ne sais pas pourquoi mais quelque chose me dit qu’il est plutôt branché gros poisson, le Rallisport. J’en connais de l’autre côté de la manche qui doivent commencer à se sentir mal…
90
X-Power (Jun 07, 2004)
Samengevat kunnen we zeggen dat RSC2 een zeer geslaagd rallyspel is. Grafisch ongetwijfeld Ă©Ă©n van de mooiste Xbox games en arcade controls die heel intuĂŻtief maar vooral plezierig aanvoelen. Het spel zal je door zijn vele opties wel een tijdje zoet kunnen houden om maar te zwijgen van de geslaagde online races. Het spel is iets te gemakkelijk en de copiloot durft wel eens in de fout gaan, maar dit is zeker geen reden om niet naar de winkel te rennen en dit spel te gaan halen. Alleen mensen die van pure simulatie houden, slapen hier best nog een nachtje over. Alhoewel, Ă©Ă©n nachtje is meer dan genoeg ! RSC2 is nu al een concurrent voor "spel van het jaar".
90
Jeuxvideo.com (May 18, 2004)
Un titre qui se nourrit de la passion de développeurs qui aiment assurément ce qu'ils font ! Mélange de beauté et de maniabilité, Rallisport Challenge 2 peut prétendre à mon sens au titre de meilleur jeu de rallye (orienté arcade) de la Xbox et trônera à ce titre sans aucune difficulté au sommet de la chaîne vidéoludique aux côtés de Colin McRae Rally 04. Une oeuvre d’exception que vous ne lâcherez pas avant d’en avoir complètement fait le tour.
90
Extreme Gamer (May 07, 2004)
RalliSport Challenge 2 is everything you look for in a sequel and more. This is hands down one of the best driving experiences you can have on the Xbox. Pick this sucka up!
90
Yahoo! Games (May 05, 2004)
Cementing the Xbox firmly as the best console for racing fans, Rallisport Challenge 2 does a fine job of polishing the many good points of its predecessor, and giving fans a healthy dose of more of the same. Online play is welcome, if not as feature-rich as it could have been, and the understated damage modeling looks great. Developer DICE has produced another winner.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 05, 2004)
Microsoft killed Rallisport Challenge. Panicked into releasing the game in the deluge of European Xbox launch titles, not only did it get lost in a ridiculously large swathe of games, but a total lack of marketing or pre-awareness effectively scuppered the game's chances. Some good reviews and word of mouth helped the title along, but the damage had already been done. Commercially it was a disaster for one of the best Xbox titles, eventually selling around 40,000 copies in the UK - about a one tenth of Halo and one eighth of Gotham.
90
GameZone (May 28, 2004)
It has been a long time since I first hopped into my favorite rally car, put the pedal to the metal, and covered my competitor's windshield with dirt. RalliSport Challenge may not have been the most true-to-life racing experience, but it was by far the most fun. The graphics were more than enough to get you to rent the game, and I'm sure a lot of gamers bought it for that reason. Graphics lose their awe-inspiring appeal after many consecutive hours of play, but the gameplay never waned. It never lost its appeal, not even today.
90
GameSpy (May 01, 2004)
Gamers aside, there probably aren't a lot of people in North America who could recognize Colin McRae. As cool as it may be to race zippy little imports across cracked, narrow roads, Rally just isn't a household word. But Rally really knows how to represent, unlike most Euro-centric sports. Just try getting a decent cricket game in the States. Still, the first RalliSport Challenge was a pleasant surprise. It was the first distinctive racer for the Xbox, milking more out of the console than any other title at the time … except for Halo. With that precedent, it's not surprising that the sequel is one of the most accomplished racing titles around. Rallisport Challenge 2 is hugely varied, devilishly addictive, and as purely accessible as a would-be Rally champion could hope for.
85
Gamezine (May 23, 2004)
Malgré sa « non révolution » graphique, son prédécesseur étant déjà très beau, Rallisport Challenge 2 est graphiquement bourré de détails et d’animations en tout genre. Il vient donc logiquement s’ajouter à la liste des très bons jeux Xbox, mais risque de décevoir ceux qui en attendaient trop. Avec ses challenges très complets, il mérite quand même d’être acheté.
83
Bei echten Autos mindern Beulen den Wert, in Videospielen ist ein ordentliches Schadensmodell ein Grund zur Freude. Besonders bei 42 Wagen. Doch nicht nur deshalb finden wir Rallisport Challenge 2 genial. An den 121 Renn-Veranstaltungen und 93 Rallye-Strecken haben Sie ordentlich lange zu knabbern. Da dieses Mal die flache Lernkurve wunderbar passt, packen Sie bedenkenlos zu. Unseren Segen haben Sie.
80
Games TM (May 20, 2004)
Everything here has been thoughtfully crafted and implemented, from the superb damage engine through to the realistic lighting effects, right down to the way the on-site commentator will describe what's happening on rallisport tracks in real time. Even though it's arrived mere months after games like PGR2 and Colin McRae 4, RalliSport 2 is making these 'revolutionary racers' look a little dated and, quite frankly, very slow.
80
This is a series that will likely be with us for some time. Those who prefer deeper sims will likely be more happy with the latest edition of the Colin McRae series (bargain priced at $19.99 which is a steal), but those of us who just want to hit the track and win a few races will be better off staying right here. Your hardware will certainly receive a workout and it will likely take quite some time until the career mode is completely finished and everything has been unlocked. This is a must own for racing fans.
78
Netjak (May 19, 2004)
All in all, Rallisport Challege 2 can be considered both a success and a failure. The perception you’ll have of this game will depend on what type of gamer you are. Those who are die-hard rally fans will eat this game up and will be playing this for months. But those that are like me and are not really racing fans will have fun with this title for about a month and have it get lost in the shuffle of new games. I had fun playing this and will be playing it for a while, but this game has nowhere near the amount of mass appeal that Project Gotham Racing 2 has. This game is a definite rental, but a purchase may not be wise for some gamers.
72
I'm going to sound like a snob when I say that casual drivers are going to love this to the detriment of seasoned racers. Although I prefer Rallisport 2's career structure to that of Colin, I suggest that if this whets your appetite, that you check out the Scottish master.
70
As a whole, the tracks are very wide. Really, with a field this thick, there are other ways to swing the rear end of a Lancer around - and I think I'll opt for those.


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