Rally Masters - PlayStation

Also known as: Michelin Rally Masters', 'Rally Masters: Michelin Race of Champions

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Rally Masters (PlayStation)
Also for: PC
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Sport: Rally
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Digital Illusions Soft. Co.: Infogrames
Publishers: Infogrames (GB/US)
Released: 12 May 2000 (GB)
Oct 2000 (US)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Analogue JoyPad, Memory Card


Another day, another rally title. Are you excited yet? You should be. Digital Illusions, the folks who brought us Motorhead on the PSX, have been busy getting inspiration from their no doubt snowy Swedish hideout. After all, no self-respecting rally game could make it to the retail shelves sans snow. But can Michelin Rally Masters compete in what is already an overcrowded market? On looks and presentation alone, the answer veers toward the negative, but look deeper into this game and you will find a deep well of competition and playability.

Michelin Rally Masters may look like something from the days of the Sega Saturn, but the game-play will bring a smile to your face as the gravel flies and mud spatters around your TV screen. These cars travel fast, and whatever you do to modify them, controlling them properly, especially on snow, can take a bit of getting used to. But once you’re sitting comfortably in the driving seat, this title has so much to offer. There are Championship, Trophy and Challenge Cup modes that take ages to play through, so there’s absolutely no problem with longevity. Once you think you’ve mastered the game, try the Race Of Champions mode. This is a head-to-head race on parallel tracks between the best of the best. This mode can be drawn out over many heats, depending on your success, so a quick spin before bedtime is out of the question. Heck, if you don’t have a spare couple of hours to spend in each mode, get a quick fix in the single race option. In all modes, you will find yourself racing against authentic drivers, both McRaes are included with a host of other rally talent, and the motors range from Skoda kit cars to the Audi S1, right through to the legendary Lancia Stratos. Classy stuff, I think you’ll agree. Progression to the WRC and Legends cars within Michelin Rally Masters is not easy, but you will have a great time getting there.

There’s a serious chance of Michelin Rally Masters disappearing into the mire of similarly appointed titles. Don’t let it happen, because if you’re a fan of the genre, there’s plenty here to keep you entertained.