XBox has so much potential in the world yet developers are not fully
supporting this awesome console. The problem is ports, ports and more ports.
What is a port? It's a game that has been designed on another system then
"ported" across to another console. Sometimes it is good and
sometimes it is bad. V-Rally 3 is the latest port to hit the XBox that
features the fast paced and dangerous world of rally driving.
I have to admit that I was one of those few people that didn't think
RalliSport Challenge for the XBox was anything special. Besides having bad
physics and unrealistic driving in the game, RalliSport Challenge was nothing
but eye candy. Fortunately XBoxers can now enjoy a real rally game without the
need to worry about poor performance.
3 starts with an impressive introduction move that helps get you into the
spirit of what rally driving is... pure racing adrenaline. Once in the game,
gamers are given a choice of different gaming modes that include career mode,
time attack and challenge mode. In career mode, gamers must select their
racing avatar that really doesn't do anything to progress the game. Although
V-Rally 3 supports a multiplayer mode, I was a little disappointed that there
was no option for split screen racing. Rather, players must try to beat each
control system of V-Rally features the stock standard "car" controls
that are found in all good XBox car games. It does take a little getting use
to but eventually you will be driving like Colin McCrae in no time. The
control system is a little bit more forgiving on bitumen tracks but when you
start racing on gravel and dirt, you will soon find that your brake and
handbrake are the best gifts available to you. One wrong turn or travelling
too fast around a corner can soon find yourself in a whole world of
V-Rally 3 isn't as superior as RalliSport Challenge but is easily far superior
than its PlayStation 2 counterpart. Although not as visually stunning as
RalliSport, the game is still a polygon treat that features some extremely
realistic car models and some great texture detail. The special effects in the
game, whether it's the dirt that has been spun up by dirt, the amazing weather
effects or the detailed backgrounds, it all comes together perfectly.
3 contains some of the best weather effects to hit a rally game in ages. On
some of the snow stages, it is almost impossible to see 5 metres in front of
you. This is not a bad thing per se but an extremely realistic addition that
the developers have decided to implement into the game.