Rally Fusion (Xbox)

Review

posted 2/1/2003 by Matt Mirkovich
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One Page Platforms: Xbox
Now let’s talk about the hardware. The cars here are the obvious star of the show. And the graphics do an excellent job in showing them off. Initially you start with C class cars which are bottom of the barrel yet still a lot of fun to drive. They include the following; the Ford Escort Mk 1, the Opel Kadett, the Toyota Rav 4, the Formule France (great for handling), and the ROC Buggy (all around fun to drive). Once you enter the B class you have a few cars to start and some to unlock through dueling. Those cars include; the Ford Escort RS Cosworth, Peugeot 206 & 306, Toyota Celica GT4 and Corolla, Mitsubishi's Lancer Evo, Lancia Delta Integrale, and the Seat Cordoba. And at the peak we have the A Class cars; the Audi Quattro S1, Opel Manta, Saab 93 Turbo 4x4, Lancia 037, Peugeot 205 T16, and the Lancia Stratos. Now after all those cars all I can say is where is the Subaru WRX Impreza?! Oh well I guess you have to take what you can get. Customizing your car is practically none existent. All you are allowed to do is slightly tweak your car towards acceleration or top speed, and then in the middle is the intermediate setting. And your tires are always automatically chosen for you for the best track performance. It’s too bad you don’t have more options to customizing your car, but when it comes to arcade style racing there isn’t much room for simulation aspects.

Of course one of the most important aspects of the game; the tracks have been given close attention and care. And it shows here. Courses are well designed and will put most racing fans through their paces. Each course has variants and mirrors but even then each course feels different and fun. Most courses are in the nice sunny weather you’d expect to see, but there are tracks where you race in rainstorms, fog, and blizzards. And you will notice a handling difference when racing through snow, mud, sand, or tarmac.

After spending some time with this game I must say it’s a much better game than I thought it would be. It’s very important to keep your cool when playing this game because I can assure you that there will be points where you’ll want to throw the controller at the screen. The game is nice and challenging like that. So anyone looking for a challenging racing game should definitely look this one up. And if you’ve played Rallisport Challenge and are looking for more drifting action then give Rally Fusion a try.



C+
Underappreciated is the word you can associate with rally racers. For here is a racing game that may look shallow from the outside but one you dive in you get a pleasent racing experience.


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