[PlayStation 4] art of rally Review
art of rally from Funselektor is a minimalist, stylized take on the beloved outdoors experience, now out on PlayStation 4. Learn more in our art of rally review!
art of rally from Funselektor is a minimalist, stylized take on the beloved outdoors experience, now out on PlayStation 4. It presents a charming, blocky look with a summer feel that definitely wants you to go on a journey through the 72 stages the game has to offer, which will take you from Finland to Sardinia, Norway, Japan, Germany, and beyond. You’ll be driving around vintage cars in a top-down perspective as you explore lush locations that will help you forget about everything else as you enjoy the ride.
You’ll first pick the size for the interface, if you’ll use the regular theme or the dark theme, pick your driver’s nationality and blood type, and select the percentages for the stability assist, which controls car rotation and can help tune oversteer and understeer, the anti-lock braking which will prevent your wheels from locking while braking and if your car will have an automatic or manual transmission. After this, you’ll get to a car from the four available options, and you’ll be ready to go. And yes, the game includes more than two cars, but you’re going to have to earn them!
You’ll start by unlocking the la montaine by completing 1967 in Career Mode, followed by the das 220 by completing 1968 in Career Mode. This is just the tip of the iceberg since you can continue to unlock new vehicles, each with a different engine, maximum velocity, and other characteristics. You will unlock more and more cars as you play through the game’s Career Mode, and if you don’t use your restarts and complete a season, you’ll also be rewarded with additional patterns to paint and customize your cars.
As for the driving part of the game, the controls are easy to get the hang of. You’ll be steering your car with the left analog stick, accelerating with the R2 button, and braking and going in reverse by pressing the L2 button. You can use the handbrake with the Circle button in case of an emergency. If you get a puncture, you can repair it by pressing right on the D-Pad. Pressing left on the D-Pad will change the camera angle, and you can look around with the right analog stick if you want to.
With this being a rally game, you’ll be playing on different sections of each area, which are known as stages. Your task will be to get the best time possible for each stage since the driver with the best total time on all stages will win. When you take on the Career Mode, you’ll be rally racing through the ages as you star all the way back in 1967 and move your way up to the 1996 season. Every season will have randomly generated rallies, so each time you play will offer a different experience.
You can select between five difficulty options. Easy will have very slow drivers that end up making a ton of mistakes. Novice bumps things up a bit, but not by much. Normal is the standard difficulty setting that will give you the default experience with average drivers. Skilled will give opponents some extra speed as they quickly learn from their mistakes and drive better. As for the Master difficulty setting, your opponents will drive as fast as possible and will rarely make any mistakes. There’s also the possibility of selecting how much damage your vehicle can suffer from the wear and tear for rally racing, from none at all to severe damage from the smallest mistake.
If you play with damage activated, you will need to use your time between each stage of the rally season to repair your vehicle. Depending on your driving and the condition of the road, your engine, radiator, gearbox, and suspension could be damaged. A damaged engine is bad since it will affect the acceleration and top speed while increasing the odds of the engine stalling. Damage to the radiator could cause the engine to overheat, lowering your acceleration and top speed. A gearbox that is not in the best shape will increase the time it takes to shift gears. And a damaged suspension will affect stability and will put steering out of alignment.
At every location, you’ll be driving around as you’d do for a rally, but you will also be going on a small scavenger hunt during the free roam mode. Each area features five cassettes for you to find, five specific spots where you can press the Triangle button to take it all in and marvel at the scenery, and five letters that form the word R-A-L-L-Y. As expected, these bonus goals will be part of the list of requirements you’ll have to meet to unlock every single trophy that art of rally has to offer. There’s also the option of taking on a Time Attack Mode to try and get the best time possible, go online and take on online events, or create a Custom Rally by selecting the location, the stages for the rally, AI difficulty, and damage level.
The trophy list is varied, with a nice list of objectives to complete before you can add a new Platinum trophy to your collection. There’s a trophy for going through the car wash, another for going through the paint booth, a bunch of trophies for completing races during different weather conditions – during fog, during rain, during snow, during night -, one for driving 500 km on a single vehicle, another one for reaching a speed of 100 km/h, 150 km/h, and 200 km/h, for finding all collectibles in each region, for completing a stage without any damage to your car, for completing all seasons for group 2, group 3, group 4, group b, group s, and group a, or for driving an Italian car in Italy, to name some examples.
I enjoy what art of rally has to offer, with its minimalist but colorful art style, synthwave soundtrack, easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, and a ton of content with many stages to play and a ton of cars to unlock. Driving at night, with fog, in the rain, or with snow feels very different, so you’ll have to change how you approach each stage based on these conditions. Add a Platinum trophy, and this is an easy one to recommend for racing fans. Other than some pop-in as you race on each location, there’s not much to keep you from giving this one a go. art of rally is out on PlayStation 4 with a $24.99 price.
This art of rally review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Funselektor.