Not every game needs to reinvent the genre. Sometimes, a game’s hook can be as simple as gently tweaking the preexisting formula. Instead of turning rally racing on its head, Art of Rally uses its great atmosphere to stand out from the crowd.
Upon booting up the game, the game grabs the player with its incredible visual style. Opting for a cel-shaded, minimalist look, the game looks like it could have been created in a kid’s toy box. The atmosphere is only furthered by a great soundtrack that accompanies the game perfectly. These stylistic choices do start to show cracks, however, when you begin to notice all the constant object pop-in in the world. Additionally, the lack of any major landmarks and the heavy reliance on reused assets and objects can sometimes make the world feel a bit copy-pasted.
For those unfamiliar with rally, instead of racing against other drivers at the same time, you instead race individually and compare cumulative times at the end. Art of Rally offers several modes to mix up the gameplay outside of its focus on rally racing. The standard career mode allows the player to familiarise themselves with each of the different tracks, while unlocking some new cars along the way. Although changing cars feels largely cosmetic, the universal driving controls are as solid as you’d hope. There are also time trials and online events to show off your racing skills to the world.
However, Art of Rally's standout mode comes from free roam, which sets itself apart as an exploration based option where you can freely drive in an open area and search for collectibles. While there are no rewards for finding everything, this mode is easily the most enjoyable, and it has potential for the series’ future.
If you’re a rally racing fan, Art of Rally will tick all the boxes. While there are some technical problems and free roam could have been expanded upon, it still delivers on a solid rally racer with a great atmosphere.
Constant pop-in is a deal breaker i will wait for some patches.
I was super excited for this game and once I got it I played 2 races, hated it, uninstalled xD
The visuals are my jam, but the gameplay was awful to me! Was hoping for something more fun and arcadey
I was really looking forward to this, so I was really happy when it came to Game Pass. I was then really happy I didn’t buy it. One of the biggest disappointments I’ve played this year. Gameplay was dreadful.
To be fair, I only played for a couple of hours. So maybe it got much better, but I really didn’t like what I played up to that point.
@AFCC Haha. Looks like we posted at the same time, saying pretty much the same thing.
Yeah pop in is a bit annoying but I can live with it. I stuck with it and was glad I did. Always short sessions because steering can be intense at times. Love the art too!
I'm loving this game at the moment, really lovely car physics.
I keep telling people that this is the game I would've played endlessly as a child, it feels like you're playing with your toys on the floor.
I would have thought 4/10 was a more accurate score
I’m glad I picked this up and have been happily zoning out while driving around in short bursts for the past few days. Either the pop-in issue is overstated, or it’s just not something that bothers me as I haven’t found it detrimental at all. It might be a case of right game at the right time for me, but overall I’ve been really happy with it.
I love this game it's amazing. I have it for xbox, switch and ps5 and the ps5 is the best version imo. When I first played the game I was disappointed tbh it wasn't what I thought it would be but having stuck with it for a few hours it's now one of my favourite racing games. The car list is amazing and they all look great. Just takes time to get to grips with the handling
Loving this on Game Pass... but the performance is just very janky sometimes - especially snowy environments can drop down way below 30 frames per second.
The descriptions and names of the cars are fantastic however.
The game play is incredibly hard so it may not be for everyone but it is amazing if you take the time to learn it.
"While there are no rewards for finding everything" I don't understand this statement. For finding the letters you unlock new areas. For finding the cassettes you unlock new songs, for finding all collectibles gives you a trophy for each area. Also not completely sure but I think you need to find the van in free roam to unlock it so how on earth is that "no rewards"?
Having said that, I was very skeptical about this game the first few hours probably because I expected it to be easier than it is but after a while I got used to the cars and now I absolutely love it. It's very solid and unique. The pop in shadows are noticeable especially in certain areas but it's not terrible. Definitely not a game breaker. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes racing games, just be patient with it
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