Sega Rally Championship
Sega Rally Championship was and is a popular coin-op arcade and console game. This is a real quarter eater. But transferring coin-op games to PCs has traditionally been a way of leveraging properties not always to the benefit of the game player.
Sega Entertainment is bringing the thrill of off-road arcade racing to PCs today with the shipment of "Sega Rally Championship PC." With an arcade-perfect translation delivering all the authentic racing fun of the original game and new features like network play, novice and expert PC gamers will have a blast with the game's challenging courses, customizable cars and realistic graphics as they race to the finish.
Optimized for Pentium-powered PCs with Windows 95, "Sega Rally Championship" offers head-to-head action with network gameplay possible with TCP/IP, IPX and Modem Link. "Sega Rally Championship PC" also features 3D polygon-based graphics and backgrounds that actually render-on-the-fly. The game provides two racing perspectives, six distinctive cars that can be customized through the CAR EDIT feature, and four challenging courses - desert, forest, mountain and a bonus lakeside course - for off-road racing at its best.
"'Sega Rally Championship PC' is the second title under the Sega Racing brand following, 'Daytona USA,' and it truly showcases the awesome racing experience the PC can offer," says Jill Braff, product manager, Sega Entertainment. "No other PC racing game delivers this type of arcade racing to the home PC and, with network play, gamers can enjoy unending replay value."
Unfortunately the interface was not debugged and some commands only work on controllers while other commands only work with the keyboard.
This one does not take a rocket science you need to be the first to get to the checkered flag.
The 640x480 pixel high resolution SVGA graphics with 16-bit colors are really pretty in three dimensions with textuing and beautiful trees and other effects.
AnimationThe animation is smooth and interesting. Birds take off as you round turns.
Voice ActorsAn announcer attempts to follow the action. The computer navigator shouts infomation about the track coming up to help you steer through the problem areas.
Music ScoreThe music is the same as in the arcade game with striking jazz and instrumental music.
Multi-player FeaturesMultiplayer mode is supported in head-to-head racing.
Cheats, Hints, Walkthrough
JournalistsSteve says, "despite all the flaws, the game is just so drop-dead fun to play."
ReferencesSega Rally Championship Web Page
Daniel Morris, PC Games, volume 4, number 4, April, 1997, pg. 80, 72%.
Colin Williamson, PC Gamer, volume 4, number 5, May, 1997, pg. 140, 88%.
Steve Bauman, Computer Games, issue 78, May, 1997, pg. 84, 85%.
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