Rally Championship '99
PC owning rally fans have rarely had It so good. Having gorged on the feast that was Colin McRae (not literally), there's Sega Rally 2 to get stuck into, followed swiftly by the extremely promising Rally Masters. It's the here and now that we're interested in though, and Rally Championship s right here, right now. In fact, there are some pictures of it on this page. Providing it isn't beyond your mental capacity, have a quick glance at them and then come back here.
Quite smart, aren't they? Almost photo-realistic, you could say. That's because some poor sod traipsed around some of the most barren areas of Britain taking pictures of roads. The fruits of his labour were then fed into the game using a special computer pen. He didn't actually have to walk, they let him use a car, and in fact reeled off a host of video footage while they were about it. They being the developers Magnetic Fields, and Rally Championship being their fifth stab at the genre to date, and their second to carry the exact same name. This is by far their most realistic effort, and in fact it's possibly one of the most authentic driving games ever made, almost up there with Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix titles.
Bottleneck At Capel Curig
In total, Rally features some 420 miles of actual road, spanning 36 stages of the British Rally Championship and taking in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, as well as that bastion of fierce inbreeding, the Isle Of Man. In that sense, it's the rally version of Deliverance. On the surface, having genuine tracks is a very good thing, although it shouldn't be forgotten that most parts of North Wales, for instance, are inestimably dull (not to mention populated by mulleted thugs in snow-washed jeans). One stretch of Forestry Commission road looks much the same as any other, and if they'd made the whole thing up, few people would be any the wiser. Lord knows, perhaps they have. A further side effect of having genuine tracks is the time it takes to negotiate them, with some sections clocking in at over a quarter of an hour. This might be all well and good when you're strapped into a real rally car, but on your own in your bedroom concentration can begin to wander, particularly with no other cars on the road, the arcade option notwithstanding.
Hally Championship is undeniably a magnificent-looking game, but fancy weather effects and picturesque scenery are only really for the benefit of spectators. It's how it feels to drive the car that matters, and of the seven camera views, the interior ones obscure too much of the road, while the chase views appear to be something of an afterthought, conveying none of the sense of inertia that Colin McRae pulled off so well. The only really satisfying viewpoint is the first-person bumper cam, or 'Pour Homme' as those who take these things seriously call it. With just the road ahead to contend with, it really is seat-of-the-pants stuff, and enough to have you flinching in your chair like a moron as you attempt to make up crucial seconds. Rally Championship is definitely a commitment, but one that will have you coming back for more. At least until Colin McRae 2.
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Rally Championship '99 Screenshots
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- Colin McRae Rally
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