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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Art Of Rally 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 3 months ago.
It's a combination of instinct and memory that Lonely Mountains Downhill delivered so well. The environment and rendering of trees and sunsets impact what you can see of upcoming hazards. It looks exquisite, but it is the motion of the car and sense of skill needed from the driver that really works well.
You progress through 60 stages (from Finland to Sardinia, Norway, Japan and Germany) of the golden years of rallying in Career Mode with over 50 iconic cars from the 60s, 70s, 80s, Group B, Group S & Group A. You repair your vehicle in-between stages to enhance performance. Or you can simply head into the leaderboards for daily and weekly challenges.
The handling model has been overhauled from that in Absolute Drift and is much more predictable and less punishing.
From beginner-friendly options to driving modes that’ll challenge the most expert drivers, all players can tackle the races using their favourite rally driving tricks: Scandinavian flick, counter steering, left foot braking, and handbrake turns.
In the US, ESRB state: Sponsor banners occasionally mention "sake"; players can also select "sake" as a blood-type choice when creating their profile.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although this looks like a game for really younger players, it actually requires a high level of driving skill. Thinking ahead to make the turns in a timely fashion while also using acceleration and breaking to maximise your times is no mean feat. Younger players can enjoy a less competitive approach, although this does mean they won't unlock things in the game very quickly.
Release Date: 23/09/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Accessibility: 35 features
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
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