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Tommi Mäkinen Rally

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Tommi Mäkinen Rally
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An insult to one of the greatest rally drivers of all the times.
Genre(s): Racing
Platform(s): PlayStation
Release: July 3, 1998
Developer(s): Europress Software
Publisher(s): Europress Software
Series: Rally Championship


Tommi Mäkinen Rally (International Rally Championship in France) is a rally-themed racing game that was published and developed by Europress Software, and is a spin-off of the company's Rally Championship franchise. As the title implies, the game is endorsed by Finnish Rally driver and 1997 WRC Champion Tommi Mäkinen, who also provided voiceovers in the game's "Challenge Tommi" mode in both English and Finnish.

Why It Sucks

  1. Poorly-modeled car models, which all look blocky and have lackluster interiors, as the sides in the interiors are just mirrored textures of their outer bodies.
  2. Poor range of view.
  3. Annoying rubberband AI.
  4. While the game cover boasts 130 tracks (16 regions spanning across four to eight tracks each), most of the tracks all look very generic and way too similar in design, while some have radical course layouts which can make those tracks a chore to drive through.
  5. Inconsistent pacing, sometimes the gameplay can feel very slow and then it gets faster.
  6. Broken driving physics: As you hit a wall traveling at high speeds, you either spin around and get stalled, or you crash and flip your vehicle sideways.
  7. You can only save your game after beating a race, if you lose all of your tries or get back to the main menu while you're in the arcade mode, you will lose all of your progress.
  8. The track creator is confusing and hard to use.
  9. All the cars you drive handle like boats than actual cars.
  10. The engine sounds from the cars sound more like washing machines than engines of actual cars.
  11. Due to rubberband AI, bad physics, poor handling and questionably insane layouts on some tracks, the game can be either way too easy or way too hard, making the difficulty very unbalanced.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. A good and enjoyable soundtrack.
  2. While the track creator is not that good, is one of the few PS1 games that allows you to create your own levels.

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