V-Rally 2

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V-Rally 2
Vrally2Box.jpg
Developer(s)Eden Studios
Publisher(s)PlayStation
Windows & Dreamcast
Infogrames
SeriesV-Rally
Platform(s)PlayStation, Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows
ReleasePlayStation
  • EU: 30 June 1999
  • NA: 16 November 1999[1]
Dreamcast
  • EU: 24 July 2000
  • NA: 18 October 2000[2]
Windows
  • EU: 22 September 2000
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

V-Rally 2 (Need for Speed: V-Rally 2 in North America for the PlayStation version and Test Drive V-Rally in North America for the Dreamcast version) is a racing video game developed by Eden Studios and published by Infogrames for PlayStation, Dreamcast and Microsoft Windows.

Gameplay[edit]

The game features rally cars that competed in the 1999 World Rally Championship season. There are 26 cars in Championship Edition and 27 in Expert Edition. There are over 80 original tracks which represent all of the rallies of the 1999 season, excluding Greece and Safari. The game modes include a time trial mode, an arcade mode which follows the traditional style of arcade games, V-Rally Trophy where the player completes against 3 AI opponents to see who can get the least time in all of the rallies. The championship mode follows the actual example of rallying with different stages in the rallies featured in the game. V-Rally Trophy and Championship Mode feature 3 distinct championships: European, World and Expert.

Weather conditions like snow, rain, and rallying in daytime, sunset and night are included.

The racing tracks are essentially stored as curved lines in 3D space. Instead of designing and storing the entire track environment as a 3D model, the game engine generates each track segment based on the 3D line and several parameters, such as track theme, weather, incline/decline, degree of curvature etc.

There is also a track editor where the player can design their own rally tracks. There is Multiplayer mode which supports up to 4 Players. The PlayStation version of the game features support for DualShock analog controllers and Namco's neGcon and Jogcon racing controllers.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
DreamcastPCPS
AllGameN/AN/A3.5/5 stars[3]
EdgeN/AN/A8/10[4]
EGM8.33/10[5]N/A8.25/10[6]
FamitsuN/AN/A27/40[7]
Game Informer1/10[8]N/A7.25/10[9]
Game RevolutionN/AN/AB+[11]
GameProN/AN/A4/5 stars[10]
GameSpot8.9/10[12]N/A7.9/10[13]
GameSpy6.5/10[14]N/AN/A
IGN9/10[2]N/A8.5/10[1]
Next Generation4/5 stars[16]N/A3/5 stars[15]
OPM (US)N/AN/A3.5/5 stars[17]
PC ZoneN/A62%[18]N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings82%[19]75%[20]81%[21]
Metacritic86/100[22]N/AN/A

Max Everingham reviewed the PlayStation version of the game for Next Generation, rating it three stars out of five, and stated that "It looks good, it plays fine, and it has a lot of tracks. Only a few annoying quirks keep it from really flying."[15]

The Dreamcast version received "favourable" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[22] In Japan, where the PlayStation version was ported for release under the name V-Rally Champion Edition 2 (V-ラリー チャンピオンエディション2, V-Rarī Chanpion Edishon Tsu) and published by Spike on 27 January 2000, Famitsu gave it a score of 27 out of 40.[7]

Jim Preston reviewed the Dreamcast version of the game for Next Generation, rating it four stars out of five, and stated that "A colorful, fun, and realistic driving sim."[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nix, Marc (2 December 1999). "V-Rally 2 Presented by Need For Speed [sic]". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Schneider, Peer (23 October 2000). "Test Drive V-Rally". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  3. ^ Kanarick, Mark. "Need for Speed: V-Rally 2 - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 14 November 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  4. ^ Edge staff (August 1999). "V-Rally 2". Edge. No. 74. Future plc.
  5. ^ EGM staff (December 2000). "Test Drive V-Rally". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 137. Ziff Davis.
  6. ^ "Need for Speed: V-Rally 2". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis. 2000.
  7. ^ a b "V-ラリー チャンピオンエディション2 [PS]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  8. ^ Anderson, Paul (January 2001). "Test Drive V-Rally". Game Informer. No. 93. FuncoLand. p. 123. Archived from the original on 11 April 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  9. ^ McNamara, Andy; Anderson, Paul; Reiner, Andrew (January 2000). "V-Rally 2 [sic]". Game Informer. No. 81. FuncoLand. Archived from the original on 22 May 2000. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  10. ^ Uncle Dust (24 November 1999). "V-Rally 2 Review for GamePro.com". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on 15 February 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  11. ^ Clint (January 2000). "V-Rally 2 Need for Speed Review". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on 19 February 2004. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  12. ^ Provo, Frank (25 September 2000). "Test Drive V-Rally Review [date mislabeled as "May 17, 2006"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  13. ^ Stahl, Ben (23 November 1999). "V-Rally 2: Presented by Need For Speed Review [sic] [date mislabeled as "May 2, 2000"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  14. ^ Holy Hand Grenade (2 November 2000). "Test Drive V-Rally". PlanetDreamcast. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 23 March 2006. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  15. ^ a b Everingham, Max (January 2000). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 3 no. 1. Imagine Media. p. 100.
  16. ^ a b Preston, Jim (November 2000). "Finals". Next Generation. Vol. 3 no. 11. Imagine Media. p. 123.
  17. ^ "Need for Speed: V-Rally 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. 2000.
  18. ^ Woods, Dave (1999). "PC Review: V-rally 2 Expert Edition". PC Zone. Future plc. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Test Drive V-Rally for Dreamcast". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  20. ^ "V-Rally 2 for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Need for Speed: V-Rally 2 for PlayStation". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Test Drive V-Rally for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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