Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Distributor: Ster Kinekor
Release Date: 29 January 2016
Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo marks the first time that Milestone has moved from the popular WRC series and onto something that lacks the WRC license.
Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo posses the passion that has been lacking in previous titles, probably because it could be the first title that Milestone actually wanted to make, rather than being under contract to do so. Although the game does not revolutionise the genre, it is a step in the right direction.
It is a rally game and it is clear from the start that Milestone wants to take you on a trip from the dense forests of Finland, to the streets of San Romolo. Your main objective is to compete in races and increase your reputation, which does not set it far apart from other racers in the industry. The game also has quite a load of content packed into it with a fully-fledged campaign mode, Single Stages, Rally Cross, and Time Trail.
When it comes to the cars, there are ample to choose from. You have your classic rally cars and your modern day ones too. If you are a rally fan you will notice some familiar models to choose from like the Impreza ’95 and the Lancia Stratos ’77. As you level up in the game and earn credits, which you can use to purchase new cars or rent them for a while if you are broke.
Playing through the game’s biggest feature, the campaign, sees you take on Loeb’s career at his prime and race in some of his most iconic races to date. You can also re-play other activities from the rally industry and take your car for a spin in a practice arena with various surfaces, to perfect your handling.
There is an online mode which runs pretty well and has quite a large community for a racing game that is not Forza or Gran Turismo.
Driving is great, most of the time. The cars all suffer from a understeering issue, especially around tight corners, mud or tar roads all around. Everything else is perfect as you take on the sand dunes, or the muddy puddles in the forest, but I could not, for the love of it, perfect tight corners.
Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo needs some work, but we have faith that it will grow into a solid franchise. It has great potential, it needs a bit of polish on the visual front, and a tweak or two on the mechanics, and we could be in for a great rally racer, and boy do we need one. Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo is a great tribute to a great racer, and let us just hope it keeps coming.