V-Rally 3 - PC

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V-Rally 3 (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Racing: Rally
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Eden Games Soft. Co.: Eden Games
Publishers: Atari (GB/GB)
Released: 14 Nov 2003 (GB)
11 Jun 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Accessories: Control Pad, Steering Wheel


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Rallying was recently voted the most incredible thing ever, don't you know. Okay, that was according to three of our weird colleagues from the office, but the vote was carried nonetheless.

And it's not just us with this unshakeable belief. People sit by the roadside, halfway up a mountain, braving frostbite, sunburn, death by impact and, worst of all, shockingly bad burgers, just to catch a six second glimpse of a four-wheel drive 2.0 litre turbo-charged family hatchback, just before it showers them in mud.

Aware of this, videogame companies realised long ago that Rallying would make a perfect game. Codemasters' Colin McRae series has long stood on the winners' podium in the field, though Atari's stylish V-Rally has taken, quite comfortably, the place below.

This is the PC version of the third game in the long-enduring series, and is without question the best to date. Ported from Xbox code, the game takes a more serious turn than the V-Rallies of the past, delivering a more realistic racing experience more akin to a sim than an arcade machine - a smart move, if sales of Colin McRae are anything to go by.

48 tracks are included, a massive amount, all augmented by the omnipresent level editor that has made V-Rally a firm favourite with certain gamers.

24 cars are at your disposal, nicely grouped into 2.0 and 1.6 litre categories, with what used to be known as Group B represented well, albeit in it's new toned-down, less-likely-to-cause-certain-death guise.

As ever, the PC version is the strongest V-Rally 3 offering, in terms of technical prowess. Force-feedback steering combines with texture-mapped, environmentally-mapped, bump-mapped goodness. You could do a lot worse than bag a copy of this.


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