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Old 05-10-2004, 09:53 AM   #661
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Why on Earth would I flame you for reviewing a game? I'm not that kind of person. Anyway, I'll have up the RC2 review tommorrow. I'm very far into the game and it just will not cease being fun and challenging. Expect a glowing review.
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Old 05-11-2004, 12:35 AM   #662
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Why on Earth would I flame you for reviewing a game? I'm not that kind of person. Anyway, I'll have up the RC2 review tommorrow. I'm very far into the game and it just will not cease being fun and challenging. Expect a glowing review.
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Old 05-11-2004, 06:42 AM   #663
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You are the man Icarus! I bought DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball based on your review and it was spot on. It's a great game. The only thing that I liked better than you did was the casino. I found it fairly entertaining watching the girls bet tons of money on roulette. plus the poker and blackjack are fun.
I also like reading your reviews of older games. It brings back sweet memories for me. Keep it up if you can.


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Old 05-11-2004, 06:56 AM   #664
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Old 05-11-2004, 11:57 AM   #665
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Excelencia alcanzada!!

RalliSport Challenge 2 - X-Box - Rating 8
For those of you wanting to replicate that magic feeling you first had when playing games like Sega Rally for the first time, Microsoft/XSN Sports answers the call with this spot-on arcade-inspired rally thriller which throws you for a roller coaster ride into gaming bliss. I have never played a racing game with a better learning curve than this. In fact, as of this date (5/11/04) I have yet to play a racer on any of these systems that's half as good as this game is.

Yes, Microsoft has arrived.... Feel the heat.

It's no big secret that Gran Turismo 4 is going to kick some major ass whenever Sony decides to release it. That's all good -- the more quality racers, the better. However, comparing GT4 to RC2 is a bit like comparing apples to oranges: one is trying to simulate real driving while the other is focused much moreso on arcade-style rallying, though that's not to say it isn't trying to mimic real rallying in even the slightest way - I have no idea; I've never participated in a rally before. ;) Which brings me to an interesting question: how can all of those other game reviewers accurately judge whether or not RC2 is a close or distant experience to a real-life rally? I must be missing something--I mean, all of these game reviewers must rally in their spare time and I just never had a clue.
That ugliness aside, let me go on record as saying that this racing title is the best rally racer that I've ever played along with my first experience with Sega Rally Championship. That's saying something. If you got a kick out of SRC (Arcade/Saturn), Off Road ~ The Baja (SNES), or similar titles.... No, wait a second -- even if you don't care one whit about racing games in general and you own an X-Box, buy this game.
You begin by creating a profile for yourself and then you can select from time attack, single race, career, multiplayer, options, etc. You should head into career mode because this is where most of the game is spent anyway. There are four seperate sections, each increasing in difficulty, and each featuring tons of unique courses for you to challenge (over 90 courses total). Picture tons of awesome, challenging courses, many of which harbor various different paths, thus making them usable again along with various weather changes (terrain being altered by the weather) and time settings (morning, evening, etc.). These are among the finest courses ever conceived. You will be numb after witnessing how impressive your X-Box can render these locales ~ for instance, you'll be flying downhill while gazing across a vast landscape featuring a massive town and it never loses a touch of detail, or you'll go flying past an apex while studying the scenic architecture of the inner recesses of Cordoba. However, no matter how great the game looks, you'll have little time to soak it all in as you'll be focused solely on tackling tight hairpins, powersliding along wet gravel/mud, and slipping and sliding along tarmac covered in a sheet of thick ice. You'll feel the pressure and the adrenaline as you learn slowly but steadily how to master the controls. Every car can be fine-tuned to your liking but it never reaches the level of detail as is found in Gran Turismo titles, thankfully. I just want to race.
The gameplay is fine-tuned to perfection. No other rally title offers as much as RC2 does; nothing else comes close. This game is fast, exhilarating and, most of all, nonstop fun. :cool guy: I'm not even going to attempt to describe the sheer majesty of racing in a hazy forest in the afterhours, pulling out into an open space as I'm heading into a straightaway leading uphill while catching a glimpse of the moon as the trees and thickets glide by like thick shadows. The weather effects are also without flaw. It's almost too awesome. The only fault I can locate visually is that in some circumstances there's slight pop-up. However, you really have to pay attention to notice.
The soundtrack is forgettable rock and techno tracks that I never listen to, and neither will you. Instead, you can simply listen to anything you want to put into your X-Box hard drive. Songs/soundtracks can be switched manually via the music section of the options screen which can be accessed both before and during the race. All of the sound effects of racing in every circumstance are replicated faithfully, and every turn, bump and surface change will be announced in advance by your co-driver (optional on/off). There are a few spots where you'll be going too fast for him to have caught something and, as a result, might screw up, but these spots are rare and, besides, it's nobody's fault but your own if you screw up.
So there you have it - RalliSport Championship 2 is fantastic and you have absolutely no excuse not to own this game right now. There's a tremenous amount of unlockables and replay value due to its stunning learning curve and the intrinsic gameplay experience that it offers. I have heard that some people have a few problems with some copies of the game where it freezes or such but I've never encountered any of these problems.... yet. If I do, I'll be sure to add the details here.

Way to go Microsoft/XSN Sports!
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Old 05-11-2004, 04:57 PM   #666
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Great review! The game would get a 10 by my standards but with the dirty disc errors I am getting will put it at a 8. I know it's most likely a bad copy but it still detracts from the experience.
Anyways, I agree with everything you say. I love the weather effects especially the rain. I wish they would have added some lightning effects and rumbling thunder every now and again but I won't complain.
I've been listening to the Ridge Racer 4 OST while playing this game and it fits like a glove. It's a great match.

Did you have a chance to play online Icarus? What did you think?
I thought the online experience was great and like I said before I don't mind wire framing your opponents if it means the lush scenery stays in tact and frame rate keep up
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Old 05-11-2004, 06:00 PM   #667
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No VicViper, I'm sorry to say that I don't use any online service as of yet, hence why I never brought it up in the review, though I have tried out online gaming a few times before. I'm certainly glad to see you liked the review. This year will see some great titles across the spectrum. I can't wait.
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Old 05-12-2004, 12:18 AM   #668
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I've been out of town for the last week or so, and I was just able to pick up this game today. This has the best graphics ever created for any videogame. It's fun to play and I enjoy it! The co-driver sounds really bad and robotic. Beyond that, certainly nothing new or innovative, but it's fun. I haven't tried online yet. I always get my ass kicked by everyone else in racing games when I play online. So there is little to no incentive for me to try the online mode right now.
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:05 AM   #669
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This has the best graphics ever created for any videogame.
uh... you mean for a racing game?
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Old 05-12-2004, 06:18 AM   #670
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Sure. That would be true as well. Perhaps I should say "most realistic graphics ever" as best is subjective depending on style or whatnot. But it almost seems as if each blade of grass has been rendered individually. The trees have depth. When you are driving through vegetation, it looks real, etc. I have not seen graphics this real in any videogame until now.
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Old 05-12-2004, 02:11 PM   #671
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When you are driving through vegetation, it looks real, etc. I have not seen graphics this real in any videogame until now.
This is true as I've sat in the passenger seat of Joe's car as he has driven through vegetation in real life. When I cut through vegetation as I was playing the game I immediately thought of Joe drifting off of the road through a field because he wasn't paying attention and I was sitting next to him with my jaw on the floor.

Online kicks ass and it's just hit or miss when racing against somebody else. You can't tell if they are good or not until you race against them.
I think they should have implemented a rating system like they did in Crimson Skies so you can tell the skill level of the game you are joining.
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Old 05-12-2004, 07:03 PM   #672
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It wasn't because I wasn't paying attention, it was because I fell asleep at the wheel due to the boring company I had with me!
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:28 PM   #673
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Well why didn't you tell me you were sick of hearing about my "mysterious" rash that no doctor can explain. I thought you would be interested since you had sex with the same chick. Alucards cousin. Remember?

Too bad Alu-baby isn't here to defend himself. I miss him so!
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Old 05-16-2004, 08:36 AM   #674
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Back to Rallisport 2, I finished Pro and then Amateur levels, and I think I am pretty much finished with this game. Sure, there are the other two levels (I forget what they are called) but it's just more of the same. Millions and millions of tracks that I have no ambition to play. I tried online once and it was OK. I'll probably play this game off and on... here and there... maybe even online a few times... but overall I think I am pretty much done seriously focusing on this game. Random play awaits me now, which is fine. Still a great game and I'm glad I have it. Took 3 days for me to get tired of it. Out Run on the Master System with much fewer tracks and only 1 game mode took at least 10 times longer for me to get tired of. What gives? Why do I get tired of stuff so fast these days?

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Old 05-16-2004, 08:40 AM   #675
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So you played Outrun for SMS for 30 days before getting tired of it?
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