Review: V-Rally 4 (PlayStation 4)

The return of a legendary off-road racing game! Enjoy an extreme experience while becoming an expert in a demanding simulation. Take on the challenges of rallies, rallycross, drifts, buggies, and hill climbs and set off on a spectacular journey across every continent.

Pros:

  • Really detailed graphics.
  • 29.24GB Download size.
  • An opening race where it will change settings based on your performance.
  • Intro videos for each discipline.
  • Three modes- V-Rally mode (Story mode), Quick game and Multiplayer.
  • Can set AI level with a slider that also affects how much money you make.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Racing gameplay.
  • Choice of 3 starter cars- Which one you pick will determine which race type you will start on.
  • Online leaderboards for all events complete with filters.
  • Full replay option after each race.
  • Crew management- Hire/fire your crew which will improve your team and performance like enabling faster repair times or reducing the cost of repairs and upgrades.
  • Each crew member has their own unique stats and abilities. You recruit them as they show up on the map.
  • World map is used for recruiting, Races and other events.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Car settings- Before a race, you can tweak all aspects of your ride from brake strength to brake bias to ride height.
  • You can set up your car by tweaking the individual presets for each surface type, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow, and custom.
  • Autosaves regularly.
  • Repair costs in a race come straight out of your winnings.
  • Unlock upgrades and cosmetics like liveries as you play V-Rally mode.
  • Half a dozen driving views including in-car dash cam and bumper.
  • Quick game is arcade mode in essence. Pick a car, track and weather and off you go.
  • Multiplayer- Splitscreen support and online with a quick join or create/join a server. Supports private lobbies.
  • Tracker on the side that shows progress and sections change color to let you know if you are ahead or behind the lap times.
  • Five disciplines- Rally, V-Rally cross, Hillclimb, Buggy, and Extreme Khana.
  • Colorblind mode.
  • Controller- Can rebind buttons, adjust deadlines and sensitivity.
  • Driving aids- ABS, TCS, Gearbox and clutch control.
  • Co-driver timings can be tweaked from far ahead to very late.
  • HUD- on/off, Turn certain parts off and on.
  • Full statistics screen.
  • Hip-hop sounding soundtrack.
  • Realistic sound effects.
  • Proper arcade racer.
  • Very fluid setup, Little time doing man management and more time for racing.
  • All disciplines are varied and a lot of fun to learn.
  • Some fantastic locations to race in.
  • Weather effects and day/night cycle.

Cons:

  • No visible damage model.
  • Cannot have proper failures like wheels falling off or engine cutouts.
  • Very loose handling.
  • Slow to build up money.
  • The underside of the car has no detail.
  • Few ugly textures.
  • Doesn’t have many official race locations.
  • Slow starter because the early cars are complete dogs.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

V-Rally is back and it manages to stick to its roots yet still innovate and add on top. What I really appreciate is the fact that the game cuts out so much man management and menu driving and instead focuses on getting you into as many races as possible. Ok it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles and for the most part, misses out many damage models etc but that’s not what V-Rally has been about, Its always about racing and having fun and they do it here. Add in a few new disciplines and you are set. I hated the slow start to the V-Rally mode as you get a dog of a car and have to battle and scrape your way through until you can get to the fast modern cars. That aside I can honestly say it is a triumphant return for the series and it just epitomizes an arcade rally racer. Anyone expecting massive detailed race breakdown, Damage models and really fleshed out events won’t get that here. V-Rally 4 is a tough slow starter that turns into a solid arcade racer.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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