Xbox: Rallisport Challenge 2

Please, for the next few months, do not refer to me as Rob G but as Raceious Maximus Rally Racer Extraordinaire. In my Lancer EVO, I grip the off-roads, slide around corners, pass my opponents and drive off cliffs like a true professional. No sir, I have not taken up a new hobbie… I have just purchased myself a copy of Rallisport Challenge 2. Though I am quite bad at said game, I have to say that I am enjoying myself. Granted it is not all fried chicken and primroses, it is still a pretty decent game.

Released May 04, 2004
Published by Microsoft
Developed by Digital Illusions
Rated T for Teens
Reviewed by: Rob Glesne | Contributing Writer Gamer’s Perspective

Please, for the next few months, do not refer to me as Rob G but as Raceious Maximus Rally Racer Extraordinaire. In my Lancer EVO, I grip the off-roads, slide around corners, pass my opponents and drive off cliffs like a true professional. No sir, I have not taken up a new hobbie… I have just purchased myself a copy of Rallisport Challenge 2. Though I am quite bad at said game, I have to say that I am enjoying myself. Granted it is not all fried chicken and primroses, it is still a pretty decent game.

Visually, the game is quite appealing. The cars (all real cars from REAL brands), bust up real nice when you take a corner too fast or go reeling off a cliff. This of course is a rarity in games, as most car companies hate to have Joe Consumer possibly see footage of one of their cars all beat up. But alas, you can take a Corolla in this game and run it into a wall and see how the hood bends up. Very Nice. Racing along, the scenery is quite nice. Often I took in the sights with a slight amount of awe, which at times cost me the race. While still far from photo realistic, the game still is easy on the eyes.

As for the sound, it is a mixed bag. I often prefer to use my own custom soundtracks, mixing in a little Daft Punk or whatnot when I am racing. The real problem here on the sound is that technically you can’t pick more than one soundtrack to play from when you are racing. Maybe most people’s custom music isn’t shuffled into genre specific folders like my own, but it does create a problem when I want to mix the likes of “Bad Mamma Jamma” with songs from other categories. Links let you add as many custom lists as you wanted and shuffled between them all, and I would have liked to see that system implemented into the game. Another downfall comes in the way of some of the ambient sounds. Even on Dolby 5.1 the track announcers on some levels sounded faded and barely distinguishable…the in car navigator can sometimes rack up a lot of commands at once (Short Right, Long Left, Hairpin Right Don’t Cut…etc) and that can mix you up when you are trying to stay “Driven”.

Taking my skills online has been great. I do love a good hill climb match, and the competition is OUT there. This game is very popular on Live. There are some great players, and one little mistake in this game while on the road can lead to a last place position. So practice up, and I will see you on the roads!

Final Score for Kids:
N/A
Final Score for Adults:
7.8