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018’s V-Rally 4 feels like it’s missing an identity; a marquee feature to make it stand out from Kylotonn’s other rally titles, and Codemasters excellent DiRT games. Though considering its absolutely abysmal car handling, even the strongest identity couldn’t save you from the disappointment that is V-Rally 4.
V-Rally 4 features a lot of exhilarating moments that make it one of the most engaging racers I've ever played. A decent selection of disciplines and beautiful graphics make this a good pick-up for any casual off-road racing fan.
The game has been able to offer us a good game experience, but it lacks some simple additions that will make it a much better experience than it used to be.
Review in Arabic | Read full review
Kylotonn still didn't deliver a DiRt Rally Killer, however, it is a consistent development from the experience of the recent WRC parts. Although there are some things that take some getting used to, such as the oversensitivity of the controls and the gruesome soundtrack, the substance is very motivating and well-implemented. The various event types bring the necessary variety in the gameplay and thus provide the necessary long-term motivation. Also, the online modes make fun to compete in the races asynchronously against other players. In any case, V-Rally 4 is a successful continuation of the V-Rally series.
Review in German | Read full review
A classic PlayStation series returns for another worldwide run. Disappointing graphics and a lackluster (and often annoying) soundtrack detract from an otherwise fun and varied racing game. Fans of the series and fans of professional rallying will feel right at home, and even newcomers can get the hang of drifting with some work.
I feel that fans of rally games and fans of the earlier games in the series are going to love this instalment. 2018 has seen quite a few excellent racing games come out and V-Rally 4 is without a doubt one of them. Kylotonn have some solid experience under their belt with racing games and it definitely shows in V-Rally 4. I'd highly recommend racing game fans and of course, rally game fans to pick this game up as it is not one to be missed.
Overall, V-Rally 4 is quite a decent experience that is no blemish on the legacy of the old series. It's pleasing on the eye, features a good amount of discipline contrast, and the split-screen multiplayer is great fun. Fans of the series will feel at home with the handling model, which recaptures the feel and behaviour of the original in a new modern context with surprising success. It's not a sim-heavy experience, but it is an appropriate challenge that asks more of the player than the average arcade rally affair does. The car list is lacking in terms of modern options, but existing fans will have a soft spot for the classics on offer. It's just a shame that the career mode fails to distinguish itself, and the online multiplayer is sparsely populated. Any future iterations will need to be more inventive, but V-Rally 4 is a surprisingly fun throwback.
Track design, off-road arcade driving and nice scenarios make V-Rally 4 a game worth trying; unfortunately, ansphalt races, career and Buggy/Rally Cross are much less enjoyable.
Review in Italian | Read full review
V-Rally 4 is an arcade game of rallies, which has a wide variety of cars and circuits, in addition to the five modes of race, but which fails miserably in two of its most important facets for a game of these characteristics, the physical of cars in driving, and the graphic section.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
If V-Rally 4 had a more structured career, I really feel like it would have been a great game. As it is, however, it's fun until you feel like you're completing the same events over and over again.
V-Rally 4 is suffering from a mid-life crisis and appears to be confused with what it wants to be. As an Arcade racer, there is too many adjustments and options you must go through in order to tweak your vehicle, as a simulator there isn’t enough depth and customisations to satisfy you. In terms of content, 22 regions with up to five tracks per region and a variety of weather and time options is a lot of content to keep you occupied for hours, not to mention it’s online and local split-screen multiplayer. However, until you obtain the best cars with all their upgrades, you’ll be spending more time getting accustomed to the slippy nature of each vehicle than actually enjoying yourself.
V-Rally 4 is an ambitious and diverse game, but it is ruined with a control that there is nowhere to catch it and a gameplay that deflates every hour we play it.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
There are plenty of great moments to be had and the racing, at times, is first class. After such a long break it’s great to have V-Rally back. Hopefully we don’t have to wait as long for the next one.
Once you get to grips with how it handles, V-Rally 4 is a competent and lightweight arcade-style off-road racer with a fair bit of charm that harkens back to the series' foundations. Aiming for spectacle and variety in design, it looks and feels like a 2018 V-Rally game. However, a shallow and disappointing career mode, irritating music, and a handful of visual and gameplay bugs means you're likely to grow weary in a short space of time.
A game where there is fun to be had, but it quickly diminishes and you’re left with an experience that feels as if it should have been preserved in a previous generation.
V-Rally 4 has some good ideas and a solid base, but it seems that we are always close to something excellent, before being disappointed by a disruptive element, as it will probably remain limited to racing enthusiasts...
Review in French | Read full review
The 4th installment in V-Rally series is not the sequel that can take the series forward. In total, there is not a specific mechanic that can be considered as a weakness, but the problem is that there is neither notable improvements nor exciting new features to help the series gain a position among top quality racing titles.
Review in Persian | Read full review
V-Rally 4 is worst than the previous game developed by Kylotonn Studios. It mixes every competition inside the career mode, creating a lot of confusion in the player's mind. The graphics are outdated and driving system is inaccurate.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Rally games have come a long way, but it seems V-Rally is still stuck in an era where most of their audience wasn't even born yet. The level design is something to behold, pity that it bites the dust when it comes to car handling.
Ultimately, V-Rally 4 is a solid if comprehensively unremarkable rally racing game. It offers neither the simulation depth of Dirt Rally nor the arcade racing hijinks of Dirt, straddling the line somewhere between the two. It can be moderately entertaining despite its dry personality, but up against stiff competition, it's an all too forgettable entry. Perhaps V-Rally was best left in its nostalgia-fuelled haze.
It's never that V-Rally 4 is actively bad, but the 16-year wait since V-Rally 3 is no way near worth it. No part of the overall experience surpasses the benchmarks set by more polished, mechanically complex, spectacular or enjoyable racing games from both the arcade and sim camps. Even compared to the universally disappointing Dirt 4, V-Rally 4 feels like it's missing more than a few tricks.
V-Rally 4 is an old-school rally game at heart, for better and worse (but mainly the latter). If you stick with it you'll eventually start to master and enjoy it, but the slippery handling and unforgiving ‘no mistakes allowed' rally races make getting to that point a real slog. On top of this, its numerous performance issues are so severe that they aren't just ugly, they're downright distracting: the result being that although this is now the best rally game on Switch by default, pretty much every aspect of it leaves acres of room for improvement.
Lacking the precision required to tantalize the more serious racing fan, but perhaps too much of a challenge for many, V-Rally 4 is packed to the brim with nice ideas and potential, but just as many annoyances. Sadly, in this competitive marketplace, it is stuck in a ditch. The strange layout of the career mode and iffy handling model do their very best to put a downer on things, but I really hope Kylotonn has the resources to build upon this effort and provide something that can take the fight to the very best racing games in the future.
In a genre that has its fair share of challengers, V Rally 4 comes in dead last thanks to its bipolar handling, meagre selection of tracks and a modest grab bag of disciplines that fails to excite any fan of dirty racing.
I was looking forward to what the V-Rally franchise would bring with its comeback but was disappointed to see dated graphics and harsh controls holding back a once revered series.
This is a bizarre game. There’s very little redeeming qualities with V-Rally 4, but there’s still something about it that kept me coming back as quickly as I kept putting it down. V-Rally 4 does well to emulate what came before it, but does nothing to make the resurrection worth it, or the wait. The only thing consistent is the inconsistency. There’s far better rally games out there, but if you’ve played them all, I can see some enjoyment with V-Rally 4 after you take the time to learn its quirks and nuances that are honestly not worth the trouble.
V-Rally 4 requires immense suffering just to eke a modicum of enjoyment from its frustrating, archaic game design. The few things it does right is not remotely worth the price of admission.
With so many great rally games already available, V-Rally 4's poor handling and inconsistent AI just can't compete with its competition. It should have stayed as a fondly-remembered retro series.