Format reviewed: Dreamcast
Submitted by: James Holian
Having played Sega Rally 2 in the arcades I was expecting a lot from the Dreamcast version, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
The game now has much more depth, with a championship mode, lots of options and all the additions you'd expect from a home edition of an arcade game There is a good selection of cars and tracks, and the two player mode still retains it's fun factor.
One of the launch games for the Dreamcast in the UK this was one of the first games i purchased back in 1999 and i was pretty much blown away by the graphics and speed of the game. The graphics are very good, even in two player mode there's very little compromise, the handling of the cars is good but not quite as tight as the Saturn prequel.
Sega Rally 2 is very challenging, arcade mode especially, but you also have the championship to go through and that will last a long time.
Fans of the original will have no problem getting the hang of this one, but novices might have a tough time learning the power slides. The nature of the game makes the it a bit easier for new players since you are just racing against the clock. You don't need to worry about computer controlled cars cutting you off two inches from the finish line. Learning the cars and the tracks are all that's needed to win. The game while being extremely realistic, never loses site that it's an arcade game at heart. The sounds of the engines, screeching tires, and power sliding are all reproduced in a realistic fashion. You are also given the option of a male or female co-driver. Another plus is the in-game music, it’s of good quality, and doesn't get too annoying.
In my opinion, this is one of the best racing games for the Dreamcast. You will be playing this game for a long time (I‘ve had the game for almost 9 years and still play often). If you like racing games, make sure you play this game, you won‘t regret it.