Codemasters’ brings the third iteration of its gritty and initially rally-centred driving game to the market with two notable additions: YouTube and mad-skilled American car-stunt star, Ken Block.
Ken adds some spice to the on- and off-road circuit, open track and head-to-head racing with his ‘Gymkhana’ mode. This has less to do with racing than it does with tricking in order to please the crowd and gain points. Tricks that the gamer and their car of choice have to complete include getting heaps of air via hair-raising jumps, performing tyre shredding ‘donuts’ and ‘spins’ as well as drifting around corners and beneath huge trucks.
Of course, building on the heritage of the Colin McRae Rally series that set the rallying standard for videogames, that form of co-partnered fast but intensely skilled driving also features heavily in the career mode. A wide variety of venues from Aspen’s snow to Kenya’s dusty heat are included.
Also included is Rally-Cross, in which the gaming driver must face several surfaces in a circuit-based set of races.
All of this is achieved in a variety of in-car and out-of-car viewpoints in both single-player and multiplayer modes. The latter includes local split-screen, LAN and online competitive play.
A vast roster of vehicles, including Ken Block’s DC Shoes Ford Fiesta and the official cars featured in the World Rally Championship are available.
In short, the gamer can play nine Pure Rally classes with six non-rally classes: Rally: WRC, Open rally (Rally America), Super rally 2000, Group B(4WD), Raid, 60s rally, 70s rally, 80s rear wheel drive and 90s. Non Rally: Rallycross, Modern Trailblazer, Classic Trailblazer, Landrush trucks, Landrush Buggies and Gymkhana.
Sounds in this game are great, the car's interaction with the road on every surface is wonderfully portrayed and mixed, the engine notes are top notch and both co-drivers are great on either setting The soundtrack has been scaled back top be less "In-your-face" than Dirt 2 as well, sporting a large number of songs and musical genres, but only playing them basically when replays are being shown. This in my opinion settles things down in the menu and keeps things feeling more serious than an arcade romp through the woods. The mood here is one of focus and coming into a race, and the music and tone is good at conveying that. However, the game feels less fast paced and fun this way, but its a trade off. The main problem here is the voice talent. You talk to a guy, your team manager, and your mechanic. I like the mechanic, he's pretty down to earth, gets ticked if you ding your car up a lot, but conversely is very happy when you don't. The manager is okay, she has that "I'm acting feel" to her voice but its fine. Its the last guy I have issues with. The guy is hyper happy, always positive and says amigo and a few other chosen names in the Spanish language. None of it sounds realistic, none of it really makes sense, it seems very 90's or earlier, and its feels out of place in a game like this. I want to punch myself when he talks. But its a small gripe at best, aside from that single blemish, this game's sound is truly spectacular.
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