Sega Rally 2 Championship
Windows - 1999
Description of Sega Rally 2 Championship Windows
Sega's track record on the PC has been less than sparkling. Conversions of its top arcade games have generally failed to please PC gamers who tend to look for longer lasting challenges than the coin-clutching arcade goer. With the Dreamcast console currently flying high, it appears that Sega Rally 2 could be the last PC title to come from their development studios for some time. It's a shame, as the Japanese giant has finally done itself justice with this stunning racing game. Quite simply, Sega Rally 2 is one of the best racers seen on the PC and deserves to be stuck right at the top of your Christmas shopping list.
We extensively previewed a near-complete version of Rally 2 just last month (click here) and this final version is virtually identical - which is a good thing, as the BETA version of the game was superb! We'll obviously try not to repeat too much of the preview in this review, so we'd recommend referring back to it if you want to read even more about this thrilling racer.
Fans of the arcade machine will be pleased to see that the coin guzzler has been almost perfectly recreated on the PC. Sharp visuals (although no sharper than 800x600), fast frame rates, and that slick Sega Rally handling have all been put in place. If you can get your hands on a steering wheel and a suitably massive monitor, you've practically got the arcade machine in the comfort of your own home. Of course, there's a lot more to the PC version of Sega Rally 2 than a perfect conversion of the arcade game.
Sega have added a ten-year championship mode to the home versions of Rally 2. Sporting a good 40 courses, this is an awesome mode which should keep even the most adept racers busy for some time. Admittedly, some of the tracks are repeats with varied weather conditions but, nevertheless, it's an impressive line-up for any PC racer. Each track has been superbly designed along the same lines of the original arcade courses. There's no supplement for great course design and Sega have more than delivered with a superbly balanced set of corners, bends and hazards. Combined with precise handling and a vast range of cars which you can set-up yourself, this is one seriously comprehensive rally game.
Those looking for head-to-head action will not be disappointed by Rally 2. There's a network/Internet mode which allows up to four PCs to connect and race against each other. For those without net-access or LANs, there's a two-player split screen option. This is a great addition and works exceptionally well - provided you've got a suitably powerful 3D card to keep the frame-rates high. The split-screen mode has obviously been carried over from the Dreamcast version, but it's nice to see it here as it remains foolish for developers to assume that everyone has access to a LAN! Needless to say, playing head-to-head is an compulsive experience. The level of skill required to take corners at optimum speed ensures gruelling contests and incidents of road rage. If you're playing against poor competition, you can always turn on 'catch up' mode where the losing cars have higher top speeds.
Powered by a Voodoo 3, Rally 2 ripped along at a smooth 60 frames per second in 800x600. The PC version of the game looks even better than the Dreamcast title, but Sega have thoughtfully remembered to retain options to reduce detail levels for those with lesser PCs. Visually, this is a great game. The cars are realistically modelled (Sega have acquired licences for all 21 vehicles), the trackside scenery is great and, of course, that Sega Rally helicopter is back to swoop over the course.
There are plenty of nice incidental details - such as the cars acquiring a layer of mud as they tear around the tracks and the cool weather effects. There are only two very minor gripes with the game. Firstly, those cardboard cut-out spectators are back! They may be smoothed by 3D cards and in high resolutions, but if you drive into them it looks a bit iffy. The second problem is that the maximum graphical resolution supported by the game is 800x600. Although it looks slightly better than the Dreamcast version when its flying along at 60 frames per second in 16-bit colour, you've can't help but feel that Sega could have taken full advantage of the more powerful 3D cards currently available. There are plenty of 3D cards that can comfortably handle 1024x768 modes now, so it's a shame that Sega have not taken advantage of these.
In-game audio is exactly the same as the Dreamcast game. The music thumps through your speakers, your co-driver yells instructions, and the engine roars as you accelerate out of that last corner. As the clichés go, pump up the volume and put the pedal to the metal.
Sega Rally 2 is an arcade game which has been given one major-overhaul for the home gaming systems. It's set to be a massive smash on the new Dreamcast console this Christmas and deserves to reap equal success on the PC. Slicing another second off that first stage is all that you can think about when you play Rally2. It's compulsive gaming with fantastic presentation. Quite simply, Sega Rally 2 is the best PC game Sega have ever made and, more importantly, is one of the best arcade rally games you can lay your hands on.
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Comments and reviews
Jake Davis 2020-03-31 1 point
Hey Alcino, thanks for your work on this.
Unfortunately, it is not working for me on win 10. The first time it loaded to the menu screen but when I clicked on the options in the game it crashed. It then wouldn't boot at all after that. It created a file called 'sega rally 2.data' with 2 x 'sega rallly.exe' files inside. Whenever I clicked on the exe files it says 'Do you want to remove the application and all of its setting and files'
Then, when I click in the original 'sega rally 2.exe' it says 'error could not find the data file'
I have also tried this from a memory stick and have tried unzipping a new version several times but I still get the same issues.
Do you have any ideas what might be the issue?
arf 2020-03-30 0 point
@ALCINO don't let harsh accusations get to you man...not many posses your skills, even if some do,...they most prob'ly don't have the will, the effort to share their works to common abandonware fellowships like us, bro...
So, please don't mind those who cannot appreciate your hard work... I am most sure that many others, including myself, thanks you and see you as a saviour and preserver for old nostalgic memories... Stuffs that The Millennials of today can awe to.
I know that my son thinks so...he enjoys retro games because of the originality and outright creativity of the day.
ALCINO MAJOR 2020-02-15 1 point
Hey ADSYEDGE, I just saw your comment...
do you know what false positives are? Do you even took the time to see what file was supposed infected?
My launcher is 100% safe, the false positive comes from dgvoodoo 2 tool that is included into the launcher, the false positives from Dege (the official dgvoodoo 2 creator) is well documented)
You know, it's sad, this gave me a lot of work to make it playable on windows 10, and here it comes some smart ass making assumptions about my work and my integrity!
Comments like this are making me rethink my free support for this community, maybe I should make it private or pay to play...
AdsyEdge 2020-02-15 -2 points
This is just a heads up for any of you avid AW gamers out there. Alcino's version that he commented and patched appears to have a Trojan inside of it (according to MalwareBytes). I recommend using extreme caution when downloading and only recommend at your own risk to go ahead with it
Alcino Major 2019-11-14 2 points
SEGA RALLY 2 - 1999 [Portable]
Originaly made for PC (Windows95/98) this is an unofficial portable version made by me for modern PCs (compatible with: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10)
- This game version is 100% portable, the game is virtualized on a sandbox, so there is no risks for viruses and no OS dependencies.
ADVANTAGES OF PORTABLE APPS: No Installations, no dependencies, no Issues, just Click N' Play
Portable / Virtualization / Emulation apps are a key for future preservation of Abandonware games (working games), I see games like I see a book or a movie, they all are intellectual properties of humankind. No book, movie or game should be abandond and lock for public access.
We are better than that.
MY CONTRIBUTION TO FUTURE PRESERVATION:
I try to preserve and most important I try to recover content and make it playable on modern hardware.
NOTE: This is not piracy, this game is legally registered with the "DMCA" as Public Domain Property.
This Game is available on archive.org here: https://archive.org/details/segarally2_portable
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