European PlayStation cover art
|Developer(s)||Eden Studios (PlayStation, PC, Nintendo 64)
Velez & Dubail (Game Boy and Game Boy Color
V-Rally is a 1997 rally racing video game, developed by Eden Studios for the PlayStation and published by Infogrames. The budget Platinum re-release of the PlayStation version added support for DualShock controllers. The game was a bestseller in the UK for 3 months.
The game was released under different titles in each region. The original European PlayStation release was titled as V-Rally 97 Championship Edition, with its Platinum and Japanese versions being re-titled as V-Rally Championship Edition. In North America this version was released as Need for Speed: V-Rally because Electronic Arts acquired the rights to publish the game in order to help sales, due to the fact that rally racing held little support in the USA, yet V-Rally isn't a part of the Need for Speed series because EA didn't make it. The first Windows release was known as V-Rally Multiplayer Championship Edition and the later 1999 version as V-Rally Edition 99(The PC version only saw a release in Europe). The Nintendo 64 version was released under the V-Rally Edition 99 name in all countries it was released in. The European Game Boy and Game Boy Color versions were released under the V-Rally Championship Edition name and the American and Japanese GBC version as V-Rally Edition 99.
Symbian UIQ version
There was a Symbian UIQ version designed for mobile phone such as Sony Ericsson P910/P900/P800.
It includes 11 configurable cars, 13 tracks of the 1997 FIA World Rally Championship season.
V-Rally Edition '99
Game Boy Color version
It includes 20 stages in 10 worldwide locations.
Unlike other rally games available at the time, such as Colin McRae Rally, V-Rally allowed two players to race directly against one another, rather than against the clock, in a split screen mode.
In both games, players can race in 10 locations. The game includes 11 official World Rally Championship cars, with 4 from WRC and 7 from Formula 2 Kit Cars.
The Official PlayStation Magazine praised the graphics and the 2-player mode, and said the game was "a huge game, by far the most comprehensive racer on this or any other platform since Psygnosis' F1", 9/10.
References and notes
- Need for Speed: V-Rally at GameSpot. URL retrieved on June 22, 2006.
- V-Rally at GameSpot. URL retrieved on August 18, 2006.
- V-Rally Edition '99 (N64) at GameSpot. URL retrieved on June 22, 2006.
- V-Rally Edition '99 (WIN) at GameSpot. URL retrieved on June 22, 2006.
- Gallup UK Playstation sales chart, November 1997, published in Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 25
- GameSpot Staff (December 5, 1997). "Need for Speed: V-Rally Review". GameSpot. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
- IGN Staff (November 5, 1997). "Need For Speed: V-Rally". IGN. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
- V-Rally review, Official UK PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing, July 1997, issue 21, page 94
- "Need For Speed: V-Rally". GameRankings. Retrieved March 30, 2014.