V Rally 3 & Stuntman Double Pack - GBA

Also known as: V Rally 3 & Stuntman - 2 Games Inside

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V Rally 3 & Stuntman Double Pack (GBA)
Viewed: 2D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Racing: Rally
Racing: Car
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Eden Games Soft. Co.: Atari
Publishers: Atari (GB)
Released: 8 Jul 2005 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Connectivity: Link Cable


Two golden oldies from the Eden and Reflections studios, old skool portable-sporting motorheads get value for money with this little beaut of a bundle. Just when we'd forgotten about the sublimely annoying Stuntman, Atari toss it back in the mix. But first it's time to get spattered with mud...

V-Rally was always one of Infogrames/Atari's better 'motor-vating' efforts and the GBA version won many admirers. V-Rally Mode takes up the main bulk of the game. In it, the player signs up to a racing team and enters into a championship, playing through the multiple stages of each competition, in an attempt to achieve the highest ranking. Successful completion of the stages unlocks features such as tracks and cars throughout the other modes. Time Trial gives the player the chance to race against the clock in an attempt to achieve the quickest possible time, offering a ghost car to race against. In a similar vein to Gran Turismo, V-Rally Cross mode offers the chance to earn various licenses by racing head-on with computer opponents.

And now onto the main feature...apologies to VR3 - it's a fair old gaming experience, but Stuntman was a big favourite of ours when it first appeared, and now Atari has reminded us just how good a game it is. As a budding stuntman for hire, you can embark upon your own path to screen fame, earning cash, kudos and better vehicles to aid you in moving up the stunt performing-ranks in a bid to become the best in the business. You'll start out working on small budget films and work your way up to big blockbuster movies, but only if you're very talented and have no fear. During the course of each stunt, you'll have to perform many individual tasks as specified by the film's director. If you fail to reach the threshold he sets, you will have to repeat the stunt over again until he's satisfied. The good news is that whichever movie you're working on, whichever director is calling the shots, you can try as many times as you like to get it right. As you progress through your career, the stunts become more difficult, but the payments for successful execution increase too. Continued success will eventually reward players with vehicles, ramps, crates and other paraphernalia to use in the Stunt Arena and Training mode.

Looking at it from either side of the box, this twofer is a winner, a bargain - an essential purchase until a truly great driving game comes to DS.