Out now on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC is the brand new, next generation version of SEGA Rally. So now seems the perfect time to look back at the original SEGA Rally Championship for October’s Game of the Month.
In the early nineties, SEGA were on a high when it came to racing games. There has been the technical marvel that was Virtua Racing and the awesome Daytona USA but in 1995, SEGA tried something a bit different. SEGA Rally Championship was SEGA’s first rally game, and was the first of its type that allowed racers to drive on different kinds of racing surfaces, each affecting the way you drive the car in different ways. The game had three main tracks – Desert, Forest & Mountain. In the World Championship mode, if you finish the rally in first place over the three tracks you can also race on a fourth track – Lakeside. The game featured two different cars, the Toyota Celica GT-Four and the Lancia Delta HF Integrale. On top of that there was a third secret car, the Lancia Stratos which is unlocked by completing the Lakeside track in first place.
SEGA Rally Championship was a great game in its own right, but it is most famed for its unique ‘Game Over’ theme, which consists of SEGA composer Takenobu Mitsuyoshi literally singing “Game Over...Yeahhh!” – a feature that lives on to the latest version!
The game was developed by SEGA’s AM5 studio for the arcade, but was later ported to the SEGA Saturn and PC by AM3, the PC version still being compatible with Windows XP & Vista. Therefore, even if you don’t own a Saturn, there is no excuse for not playing the game. Oh, and make sure you get the new next-gen SEGA Rally too – it’s awesome!
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