Sega Rally Revo Updated Impressions

One of Sega's oldest racing franchises returns! We take an updated look at Sega Rally Revo.

Sega has been making the rounds lately, showing off Sega Rally Revo, the latest game in its long-running Sega Rally series. Although the series first hit arcades in 1995, fans have had a long wait for the next title; the last game, Sega Rally Championship, hit the Sega Dreamcast way back in 1999.

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The future is now, however, and Sega Rally Revo is shaping up to be something that any fans of rally racing will want to check out. While many of the rally racing games out nowadays favor a more simulation-oriented experience, Revo is unabashedly an arcade-style racer, which features a group of cars going through the paces on a single closed track in a competition to see who can cross the finish line first after three laps.

Our colleagues at GameSpot UK recently took a look at a build of the game and offered up some detailed impressions, but we were treated to a slightly expanded selection of information. The game definitely looks impressive at this point in time, with highly detailed car models and an incredible terrain deformation system that will cause the track to change after each car passes through the muddy sections of turns.

In addition to the tropical environment that was previously on display, we were shown a bit of the Nordic environment. The track here was placed on a mountainside, and the competition saw you and your fellow racers climbing the mountain. As you proceeded up the track, you shifted from dry tarmac to a wet road, and from there passed through a road half-covered by slush until you finally reached the snowy goodness near the peak. This entire sequence of changes took no more than 60 seconds, at which point the process was reversed as the racers went back down the mountain to start the next lap.

We're told the game is going to include six environments (down from the eight environments that Sega mentioned just a couple of months ago), with six track types for each environement. The environments that were specifically mentioned were the tropical/jungle environment, the Nordic environment, as well as safari and arctic environments. Given the series' history, we're betting on the appearance of a desert or sandy environment in there somewhere.

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Lastly, Sega promised that there would be at least 30 cars in the game when it shipped, with 34 being the specific number that they're playing around with. In addition to modern cars, we can hopefully expect some series classics (what would Sega Rally be without a Celica?), and we're also told that we can expect to see some "wacky" bonus cars. The possibility that classic tracks from previous games might appear is also something that Sega is apparently in the process of deciding, along with their plans for downloadable content, which sounds as though it's fairly likely to happen.

As old fans of the Sega Rally franchise, we came away from the demo of Sega Rally Revo quite impressed. The game is currently set to come out this winter, so stay tuned to GameSpot for more details on Sega Rally Revo as they come along.

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rose_please
rose_please

cus the wii cannot handle graphic capabilities as said by lead designer

Willy105
Willy105

Why isn't it on Wii? It's on the PSP, but not on Wii? Anyway, this is great.

dario79
dario79

Hi all, I'm wondering if will be some differences between PC, Xbox360 and PS3 versions. A couple of months ago some previews told about all 3 versions at 60 fps. But with the recent releases of both Xbox360 and PS3's demos seems that they go at 30 fps. What's happened? Is at 30 fps only the xbox360 version or is the same for the others (PC and PS3)? Is there here someone that can give me the answers I'm looking for? Ah, lastly, beyond the 30 or 60 fps, are there some other differences between Xbox360, Ps3 and PC versiones? Many thanks in advace, Best

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

The mud looks really good on that screenshot.

eddispider71
eddispider71

I`ll take Sega Rally Evo anyday over Dirt if its anything like the 2 first Sega Rally arcade games.Sega was know for producing some of the best arcade driving games ever like Daytona,virtua racing and Sega rally. Go Sega go!!

Ash2X
Ash2X

After the "not THAT good"-PS2-Part GameSpot seems to have forgotten,I have my doubts.But the Ex-Producer of CMR is with them,so we will see what´s going to happen.I hope they show Videos soon.

miasomia
miasomia

OMG I want it! I want it! I want it! It's been so long since sega rally 2. Sega Rally makes for some Muddy messy FUN FUN FUN!!! I'll take the PC version and the psp version please!

theKSMM
theKSMM

PC, XBOX 360, and PS....P? That's an interesting combination of platforms. I wonder if anybody will get short-changed.

rogerarmoo
rogerarmoo

I hope dirt actually handles well v-rally 3 was ace!

jackle2071
jackle2071

i want a rally game so bad for my xbox/PS3!!!!!!! but DIRT is coming out first so i am more hyped for that at this point. still i miss Rallisport Challenge that game was awesome!

wenbin09
wenbin09

i will be keeping a lookout on the game!

Chainblast
Chainblast

I was a huge fan of the original in the arcade and on the Saturn. This entry is looking good so far, I just hope Sega can put out a great game instead of the miss-fires that have been franchise entries as of late. For example, any Sonic game in the last 10 years?

Mikeh_515
Mikeh_515

The blur and mud effects look awesome :P

NumBerOne
NumBerOne

Yeah GarfieldX , I was also immediastely wondering about the missing titles u just mentioned (i even own the import version of SR06). I'm looking forward to this new sega rally game!!!

GarfieldX
GarfieldX

"the last game, Sega Rally Championship, hit the Sega Dreamcast way back in 1999." Is GameSpot trying anymore? First, it's Sega Rally Championship 2 for the arcade and Dreamcast. Second, Sega Rally 2006 was released in 2006 for the PS2, even though it's Japan only.

AceCometh
AceCometh

This one looks most like a 'next gen' title. Very nice.

menmau
menmau

I barely cant wait for Sega Rally!!!

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Nice one Sega. It looks good, and I love a fun arcade rally racer that doesn't take itself seriously.

Collideoscope
Collideoscope

Yeah, this is the Sega game I'm looking forward to most.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

It is looking like this has to be my rally racing game of choice since Dirt is going to stick us with lame leaderboard comparison multiplayer. Dirt should have sacrificed a little realism to make the game more fun.

g8summit
g8summit

Yeah I doubt this game will compare very well to Dirt. I bet however that this game will be a more arcade rally experience, while Dirt will be a more hardcore and realistic experience. I'll probably end up going for Dirt.

betamon
betamon

When will Sega show the game in action is my question. I want to see how it compares to Dirt.

andypipkin85
andypipkin85

i cant wait for this one! Wheres the new screen shots GS?!!? Slackers...

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

Two new rally racers ( the other one being DiRT)...nice!

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

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