SEGA RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP SEGA SATURN.
Sega Rally Championship is a 1994 racing game developed by Sega AM3 and published by SEGA. Originally released for arcades using the SEGA MODEL 2 board, it was ported over to the Sega Saturn in 1995 and Windows in 1997. The unique selling point of Sega Rally Championship was the ability to drive on different surfaces, with different friction properties, with the car’s handling changing accordingly. As the first racing game to incorporate this feature, Sega Rally Championship is considered to be one of the milestones in the evolution of the racing game genre. It was also an early rally racing game and featured coop game play alongside the usual competitive multiplayer.
You enter a ‘World Championship’ made up of 3 stages. Desert is the opening stage (Beginner) followed by Forest (Intermediate) before Mountain (Expert) The ending position of the last race determines the starting of the next with the aim to be in first place by the end of the final race. Additional challenge comes from a time limit but should you be successful you will unlock an additional race called Lakeside.
As well as World Championship there is also a Time Attack mode, co-operative play & competitive multiplayer (split-screen). These modes managed to extend the gameplay somewhat but with only 3 cars to choose from it’s not long before you’ve played every race, in every mode with every car.
I spent a lot of time back in the day on time trial trying to perfect my times.
Sega Rally was a milestone in racing games in that the surface textures affecting how the vehicle handled.
It’s looking a bit choppy by today’s standards but it was always my go to game on the Sega Saturn as well as Daytona USA but that’s a separate article & video.
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