Art of Rally Review
Art of the rally wants to take you back to what many refer to as the golden age of rallying.
In the world of Art of the rally, Group B was never canceled. And so those who are up to the task can still race in these monsters and put their skills to the test. Group B isn’t everything Art of the rally but has to offer. Actually step into the game’s career and you must earn the right to race in Group B, starting in Group 2 and moving up. And then there are groups A and S on top of that.
Art of the rally, is a real rally game, regardless of what its minimalist graphics and withdrawn camera suggest. It might look a bit cute and arcadey, but the cars here require almost as much driving skill as they do in other rally games such as the Dirt rally 2.0 and WRC 10th. The vehicles are unfortunately not licensed, so although they look familiar, they all have silly names.
Career mode is the main event of Art of the rally, challenge players to start in Group 2 and work their way up by completing rallies. There are several championships for each group which at first only ask you to complete just one rally with a few stages, but as you progress they become more challenging. Ultimately, they can choose from six rallies, each with six stages and reverse variants.
Perform well in Career mode, unlocking new classes, as well as new cars and liveries. If you don’t do that well, you will hit a dead end being forced to either decrease the difficulty of the AI, increase the assists, or just get better. Art of the rally is a challenge, but certainly not in a way that is frustrating or feels unfair. The handling model is solid and it only takes a little practice to improve your skills and the results are rewarding.
One of the most notable aspects of Art of the rally is that, thanks to the retracted camera, almost like a drone high up in the sky, you don’t need a co-driver yelling at you pace. It leads to a more relaxed experience. Since you can actually see the severity of the turns coming, it’s less stressful and you can focus more on driving than hearing your passenger yelling at you.
Outside of career mode, there is the mandatory custom rally option which allows you to set up your own events, as well as the time attack which allows you to try and post the best times possible. There are also online events in the form of daily and weekly challenges with leaderboards. But what is most interesting is its free roaming, which allows you to explore six environments at your leisure. And of course there are collectibles to be found in it.
Art of the rally is one of the most unique rally games ever, and it just makes it all the better. It goes against your expectations by being a pretty serious game at its core, although outwardly fun and light-hearted. And while challenging, it’s relaxing at times too, with its mix of minimalist graphics, disarming music, and less stressful rally action that will almost put you in a trance when everything fits. Whether you are a fan of rallying or just like racing games in general, Art of the rally deserves your attention.
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