Realism - 60%
Graphics - 60%
Audio - 75%
Gameplay - 80%
Replayability - 65%
“The return of a legendary off-road racing game! Enjoy an extreme experience while becoming an expert in a demanding simulation. Take on the challenges of rallies, rallycross, drifts, buggies and hill climbs, and set off on a spectacular journey across every continent.”
Now, if like me, you’ve been gaming a while, especially on console, you would probably remember the original VRally that was released in 1997 for the Playstation.
At the time it was a ground breaking game that set rules, rules that defined how rally games looked and felt from that point on. The main question is, can VRally 4 meet the expectations that was set by its forefathers so many years ago…
Right from the start menus the game feels solid, you are encouraged to start your career immediately, or alternatively, jump into the quick-race mode to experience the action right away. VRally 4 offers five distinct motorsport disciplines, Rally, Rally-cross, Gymkhana, Hillclimb and Buggy(Offroad). I got stuck into the gymkhana immediately, to my delight I found a course in Cape Town.
The game’s handling model seems very predictable and keeps the motion of a race flowing without too many dead stops. The issue with this however, is that more experienced racers might find it frustrating and “easy”. The other issue is that a lot of AAA racing games have been released lately, making the small market share even harder to compete in.
The graphics are acceptable with a few minor issues on some textures. These can be spotted on some of the car’s liveries and sponsor decals. The environment itself looks great, so it makes up a little for the dodgy textures on the cars.
This brings me onto my next section, the audio. Racecars need to sound good, VRally 4 delivers here, the car sounds are accurately reproduced, with flames, bangs and pretty much everything needed to make a car exciting!
Can VRally 4 compete with today’s modern competitors? Yes and no. Yes, it brings a classic game with modern touches and all new disciplines to compete in, no, because VRally 4, like most other rally games, are like Marmite, You either like it – or – you don’t.
Reviewed on: Xbox One
Available on: All (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch)
Age Rating: Everyone
Estimated RRP: R899
Release Date: Out now!
- Easy flowing gameplay
- Great audio reproduction
- Cars are possibly too predictable
- Some textures are quite rough and unfinished