V-Rally 4 is a rally-style racing video game developed by Kylotonn and published by Bigben Interactive. The game was released in September of 2018 and is available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
The game takes you through a multitude of locations like Africa, Sequoia Park, and Japan, all of which can be experienced in different weather conditions. These conditions like snow, rain, and mud add to the driving experience by making things ultra slippery or easier to get stuck on the track. There are also cross tracks which are a mix of dirt and asphalt.
You can collect any number of the 50 available vehicles and customise them as you please. Some of the newer models to debut in V-Rally 4 include the Porsche 911 Safari, Ford Mustang, and Ford Fiesta RS RX.
If you’re familiar with the V-Rally series at all, chances are you’ll enjoy it, but if you’re going in blind like I did, it probably won’t be a very fulfilling experience. There was nothing exciting about the campaign, i.e. nothing to really spur you forward on your rally career path and no real rewards for your accomplishments. In all, the campaigns were just really bland. Even the Online mode could have been more exciting.
The cars were nearly impossible to control. Even after tweaking the steering sensitivity settings, my car would still go sliding off a cliff face despite my best attempts at intervention. It was almost like every track had the slippery quality of an ice rink. Handling was just as frustrating when I slowed down to try and regain some control.
On the upside, the game featured spectacular scenery to race in. The graphics may not have been the best but they still made for a beautiful drive through the mountains and tropics nonetheless. A few details like dust collecting on your car or seeing the paint glisten in rain added to the realism of the environment and it also highlighted the realness of the cars.
I have had more fun playing previously released rally games, but V-Rally 4 makes up for its difficult handling with beautiful vistas and a challenging twist around the pitfalls. If you enjoy flinging yourself and your car off of cliffs or into the nearest body of water, this is the game for you.