WRC Rally Evolved PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.5
Value 8.7
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
November 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.8


WRC: Rally Evolved

Taste the physical extremes of rally driving and battle your way past your opponents in gruelling multi-car wheel-to-wheel racing. Prepare for the unexpected as driver and co-driver negotiate on-track dangers - evade the wreckage of rival cars, navigate through flooded stages, and dodge crumbling walls and tumbling rocks. More cars than ever before from rally's past, present and future are brought to life in realistically interactive surroundings - drive over 40 awesome vehicles through rivers, raging fires, dense smoke and debris strewn terrain.

The WRC series on the PlayStation 2 is probably the most realistic rally game in the console world but the past few versions of the series has relied a little too much on their laurels... until now. Evolution Studios have finally revamped the series and have once again created one of the most addictive, high speed and awesome rally games to date by adding new gameplay modes, an improved gaming engine and also updated graphics. Evolution Studios have also managed to snag the license of the WRC series with a staggering total of six different car classes from all over the world.

WRC: Rally Evolved features a plethora of different gameplay modes that includes championship, rally cross, single rally, single stage, test track and also multiplayer modes for up to 4-players with a multitap or 16 players via online. To increase the longevity of this game, the gamer must also win a variety of different events in order to unlock cars, tracks and different gameplay modes. Another new feature of WRC: Rally Evolved is the introduction of environmental hazards that really take rally racing to the next (pun intended) evolutionary stage with gamers now trying to avoid a wide gamut of changing obstacles such as animals and rocks.

As with all rally games, the player must navigate their way around an obstacle course by not only listening to their co-pilot but also being vigilant for any environmental hazards that may affect the race. Whoever gets the best time for the race, basically wins the competition. The gameplay is quite similar to the previous series with the analog stick used to control your car and the d-pad used for car functions that should take the average gamer around 30 minutes to fully master the control system. The 2-player split screen option is brilliant and I must admit that the staff at impulsegamer had literally hours of fun challenging each other.

Graphically, WRC: Rally Evolved has changed quite a bit since the last incarnation and the car models are more detailed and contain realistic textures of surfaces to almost make you think that you are watching the game on television as a spectator and not a competitor. It should also be noted that the damage system of the game has also been improved that is not only looks realistic but also effects the way your car handles in the game. The backgrounds have all been professionally rendered and match that with some special effects such as particle and lighting effects and you have one sturdy title. Once again Evolution Studios should be applauded for keeping the game at a respectable frame rate, without any slow down whatsoever.

The musical score of WRC: Rally Evolved is truly pumping and features a variety of modern bands to help immerse you into the rally world. The voice acting of the title has also been professionally implemented and nothing sounds too contrived or forced. Other sound effects that put the final touches into the game are the realistic engine sounds and also the sounds of cars crashing at speeds in excessive of 100 kilometres an hour, not that you want to do that too often.

In conclusion, WRC: Rally Evolved is an entertaining rally game that I would recommend to any fans of the series or car fans. With improved graphics, new gameplay modes and of course online play, there's little to complain about this current incarnation of WRC: Rally Evolved. Check it out!
 






 
 



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