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. 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.