||Sega Rally 2|
AM2 / Smilebit
Jan 14, 1999 (Japan)
Nov 24, 1999 (USA)
Backup 61 +20 +17
> In case you're the one that doesn't know or reads the DFPs almost exclusively, Sega Rally 2 is the Model 3 follow-up to the smash-hit Model 2/Saturn game. Realistic graphics and excellent gameplay are the hallmarks of both games in the series. Basically, you have to pass the checkpoints before the timer runs out. After a faithful translation of the first game to the Saturn, Sega follows suite with the same results for Dreamcast on the second of the series.
> The menus and game screens are presented in English. In addition, this is a racing game... Which means even if it were in Japanese, it would still be instantly playable. Also, note that the Japanese version is network playable while the US version is not...
> The home version has extras that aren't in the arcade version as well. For instance, you get 8 immediately selectable cars and 12 that you can earn. Also, there are 16 tracks in the home version which include Desert, Mountain, Snowy, Riviera, Muddy and Isle. The weather plays a big part as well and includes things like snow, ice, rain and fog.
> The special effects in the game are really impressive. Imagine your car burning down the track and you see reflections coming off the windows... yup, Dreamcast has it! When you go through water, dirt and snow you'll see transparent debris get kicked up which I think looks better than the arcade version (although some people disagree). Then there's the tailpipe flames/sparks... they look much better than the arcade version! To top it off, this game takes full advantage of the VGA Box for super high resolution on a monitor!
> From the slippage to power slides (drifting) to calibration, everything is better than you've experienced anywhere else. As a matter of fact, I believe this home version's control is not only better, but more realistic than the arcade version. This is because I believe the arcade version doesn't feel as connected to the ground. At any rate, the controls you'll deal with are steering, accel, brake, up/down shift, hand brake, and view change -- they're customizable too.
> The sound effects are solid and include all your favorites from the first Sega Rally -- only now they sound even better thanks to the awesome sound capabilities of the Uberconsole... By the way, the engine sound effect is great...