Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging, difficult racer will appeal to almost all drivers.

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Positive Messages

It's important to follow directions, instructions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Only players who listen to their copilots' instructions will do well.

Ease of Play

Though game is challenging, players can change settings to make it almost as easy to control as arcade-racing game or almost as tough as a realistic simulator.

Violence

Even crashes are cartoony.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Like real race cars, tracks, everything covered in corporate logos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo is a racing game and doesn't have sexual or violent content. Even when you crash the car badly, it still looks more cartoony than anything realistic; you never see the driver or your copilot being injured. In fact, the closest it comes to being iffy is when you name your driver or your race team, since there are no filters to stop you from using curse words or something sexually implicit, though you might also hear curse words or other offensive language when racing against other people. Players also have a large amount of flexibility in determining how easy or difficult they want to make the driving experience.

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What's it about?

As a racing game, SEBASTIEN LOEB RALLY EVO doesn't have a story. You do create a driver and set up a race team and then help them move up through the ranks, but there's no story involved in their progression. Players will be able to use cars from 16 car manufacturers and 58 designs across more than 180 miles of track. Drivers will also race over eight rally tracks, through 64 stages, and five rallycross circuits in pursuit of a championship.

Is it any good?

By marrying some of the tenets of the Forza series with those in rally racing, this driving game may be fun to both hard-core fans of the sport as well as those unfamiliar with its style. As with the recent Forza games, Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo allows you to adjust or just not utilize such support systems as automatic braking and steering assistance. It even lets you rewind and redo a part of a race if you make a mistake, and it can show you the best path to take. But what sets it apart from other games is that this is all about rally racing. As such, you don't always race against other cars at the same time. Instead, you often race against their best times and do so on narrow, twisty tracks. You also have a copilot, who informs you as to the path of the track, whether an upcoming turn is to the left or right, and how sharp the turn is. As a result, this is a racing game that won't appeal to every race fan. And not only because it can be rather challenging. Not having to weave in and out of traffic makes this feel very different -- more like it's you against the road, not other drivers, while the copilot giving you directions takes away from the surprise of a hairpin turn you didn't see coming. Also, while turning on all the assists makes this play like a Need for Speed game, turning them all off doesn't make it as realistic as, say, a Gran Turismo. But for those into being challenged and being told what to do, this racing game will not only appeal to rally fans but may make some new fans as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about road safety. What does this game teach us about driving? What about following directions?

  • Talk about rally racing. Does playing this game make you interested in watching a real rally?

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