What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Death Rally lives up to its name in that it provides a lot of frenetic action with weapons and explosions. However, the depiction is contained exclusively to vehicular destruction. There is no human violence, except for the fact that driver icons appear over the cars during the race. The action is presented from a top-down perspective, and there are no glorifying visual effects like zooming in or slow motion. Nevertheless, this is a racing game where the actual racing takes a backseat to the combative action. Players can customize their cars with gun turrets for maximum destruction.
Is it any good?
It would be difficult to call DEATH RALLY a true racing game, a shooting game, or a fighting game, but it has elements of all those genres. It's a unique game, and scores points for that reason. Even though it does glorify vehicular destruction, it's a far cry from games like Grand Theft Auto because the scope of violence is limited, and is presented as a functional element of the game -- taking out other cars makes it easier to win the race. The intensity of the constant explosions adds an element of excitement, without being gory or over-the-top, and helps to differentiate this title from other games. In the end, the violent theme should not be overlooked, but it's presented in a way that makes it edgy without being gratuitous. For appropriate audiences, it's an enjoyable experience.