South Park Rally

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South Park Rally
South Park Rally PS.jpg
North American PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Tantalus Interactive
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Distributor(s) Comedy Central
Platform(s) PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast
Release date(s) PlayStation[1]
  • NA November 30, 1999
  • EU 1999
Microsoft Windows[2]
  • NA December 31, 1999
  • EU January 22, 2000
Nintendo 64[3]
  • NA February 29, 2000
  • EU March 3, 2000
Dreamcast[4]
  • NA June 30, 2000
  • EU July 7, 2000
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM, cartridge, GD-ROM

South Park Rally is a kart-style racing video game, based on the American animated comedy series South Park.

The game is developed by Tantalus Interactive and the last to be published by Acclaim Entertainment near the end of the third season of the show for the PlayStation in 1999, which was later ported to Microsoft Windows in 1999 for North America and in 2000 for Europe and for Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast in 2000, the game includes many characters, vehicles, locations, items and other features inspired by or featured on the series.

Development work on the title – based on Tantalus' own concept – was done on three platforms simultaneously, and took seven months.[5]

South Park Rally was the third video game based on the series. Previously Acclaim has also published the games South Park (1998) and South Park: Chef's Luv Shack (1999).

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had little to do with the development of South Park Rally (as well as the two other Acclaim releases),[6] although they did contribute a number of original lines of voice acting for it,[7] as they do most of the voices on the show.[8] Parker and Stone have publicly criticized Acclaim and the quality of the games.[6]

Plot[edit]

The Mayor of South Park has decided to stage a rally series that will take place through the heart and outskirts of the town. Favorite characters from the popular television series are included and are able to make use of destructive automobiles, including police cars, mini Porsches, Big Gay Al buggies, wheat bags, jeeps and dozens of other vehicles.

Characters who appear in power-up form include Mr. Hankey, Saddam Hussein, the Underpants Gnomes, Frida, Sparky and Kitty.

Game modes[edit]

  • Championship: The main focus of the game, it has 14 different races (there are additional races in the Dreamcast version), all of which have to be done in order. This is the only mode where things can be unlocked.
  • Arcade: A practice mode allowing the player to choose any unlocked character on any unlocked track.
  • Multiplayer: A race for two to four players on any track that has been unlocked. Any character that has been unlocked may also be used.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 47.38%[9]
(PS) 44.68%[10]
(DC) 44.54%[11]
(N64) 43.21%[12]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 3.5/5 stars[13][14]
(PS) 2.5/5 stars[15]
(DC) 1.5/5 stars[16]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 3/10[17][18]
GameFan 40/100[19][20]
Game Informer 4.5/10[21][22]
GamePro 2/5 stars[23][24]
Game Revolution (PC) D+[25]
(DC) D[26]
GameSpot (PS) 3.9/10[27]
(PC) 3.3/10[28]
(N64) 2.6/10[29]
(DC) 2.5/10[30]
GameSpy 5/10[31]
GameZone 8/10[32]
IGN (N64) 5.7/10[33]
(PC) 4.9/10[34]
(DC) 4.2/10[35]
(PS) 3/10[36]
Nintendo Power 7.3/10[37]
PC Gamer US 20%[38]

South Park Rally was met with mostly negative reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PC version 47.38%,[9] the PlayStation version 44.68%,[10] the Dreamcast version 44.54%[11] and the Nintendo 64 version 43.21%.[12]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "South Park Rally for Dreamcast". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  5. ^ "product". Tantalus Interactive website. Tantalus Interactive. Archived from the original on 2001-04-22. Retrieved 2010-10-24. "Based on an original concept by Tantalus, 'South Park Rally' was developed across three platforms simultaneously in the short cycle of seven months for a Christmas release." 
  6. ^ a b Question answered by Matt Stone. In: "News, October 2001". South Park Studios. 2001-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  7. ^ "South Park Rally". South Park Rally website. Acclaim Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2001-08-03. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  8. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (2004-04-28). "Critic's Notebook; What? Morals in 'South Park'?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
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  20. ^ "REVIEW for South Park Rally (N64)". GameFan. March 4, 2000. 
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  22. ^ Reiner, Andrew (May 2000). "South Park Rally - Nintendo 64". Game Informer. Archived from the original on 2000-10-27. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  23. ^ Lou Gubrious (2000-01-01). "South Park Rally Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-12. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  24. ^ The Freshman (2000-03-16). "South Park Rally Review for N64 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-14. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  30. ^ MacDonald, Ryan (2000-07-07). "South Park Rally Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
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  32. ^ Giacobbi, Kevin "BIFF" (2000-02-06). "South Park Rally Review on PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2004-09-04. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
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  38. ^ Williams, Jeremy (August 2000). "South Park Rally". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on 2004-11-24. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 

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