Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo Review

Are you ready to power slide, skid, and have an occasional tree hugging moment in a rally car? Then Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo is for you.

Brought to you by developers and publishers Milestone, Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo is the next generation of Rally game. Milestone has included a lot great features – some unique – so read on and check out our gameplay video, too!

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Custom Cars

Before you even get behind the wheel you can customise your driver’s name, co-driver, car number, nationality and even the number plate that’s affixed to your cars throughout the game – check out the video and see if you can guess what I choose as my number plate! You can even change your brand of racing suit – Sablet or Sparco – and the colour and helmet design too.

Having got comfortable in your racing suit you can name your Rally Team – yes you get own you very own rally team! Here you can customise the team suffix, motif, font and colours.

All this before you have even turned a wheel in anger – the depth of customisation is great, and far beyond that offered in previous rally titles. You can even customise your racing livery (except on the pro rally cars, like the Subaru or Volkswagen, as they remain faithful to their real-life counterparts).

Your starter car is a little Peugeot 106 – an entry level car to start you out in career mode. Check out the game play video to see how we customised the design of our little 106!

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Testing and Racing

You can jump into a test drive where you take your chosen car for a spin around your rally team headquarters. The test area has several sections, and road surfaces, from open tarmac to a skid pan and even a quarry area to test your mettle on gravel. This is a great tool to try out before venturing off into a rally stage; you can prepare yourself and practice pushing whatever rally car you are testing to its limits of grip, cornering and speed. There are even timed events dotted around the practice area – hit LB on your Xbox One controller to access these.

Milestone has included over 50 rally cars (yes, 50!) dating from the 1960’s to the present day – and they also plan to bring more cars through downloadable content in the future. Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo offers more content than any other rally game on next gen consoles.

To unlock new cars you have two options. You can either play through some of the game modes to unlock specific cars, or use the in game credits to buy the cars. The credit system is similar to Forza Motorsport 6; every time you compete in a quick mode, career or event you gain reputation & credits, enabling you purchase higher spec cars to compete in the more advanced categories.

Milestone has also included the ability to rent a cars in career or quick mode but this has pros and cons – in quick mode you can rent cars at no extra cost, but you aren’t progressing your career. If you choose to rent a car in career mode it will cost you credits. This increases the longevity of the game, encouraging you to play to earn credits so you can complete the career mode.

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Build a career – or follow a legend

Career mode offers different levels of rallying, and we would recommend you start in the debut category as your starting car will be eligible for, and reasonably competitive in, this category. As you progress you will get to drive some of the iconic cars that made their name throughout rallying history, with examples from the marques of Alpine and Lancia, and of course the famous 1964 Mini.

Milestone has included a unique feature which brings you closer to the legend himself – by selecting Loeb Experience in the main menu you will follow Sébastien’s career path exactly, from his early days to the record-setting Pikes Peak run in 2013. As you follow in his tire tracks you’ll see video interviews with Sébastien talking about each stage of career.

Pretty as a picture

In Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo Milestone has harnessed the Xbox One’s power very well, delivering a stunning looking rally game; the cars, rally stages, and general surroundings are detailed and accurate. The cars all have distinctive engine sounds, even down to the exhaust pop when changing gear.

Rally cars take a beating, and the in-game damage model reflects this; as in the real world of rallying, you can lose a few body parts, like wing mirrors and bonnet, and even have doors fly open when you get it very wrong. Altercations with the scenery can result in burst tires, causing you to run on the rims with sparks flying from under the car. Everything you expect from a rally game – and a rally crash!

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Around the World

Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo has 3,000 km of rally and rally cross stages and circuits – the biggest rally game on next generation console to date. Included are all the tracks that Sébastien competed on in his career, so you’ll be racing in locations from all around the world. Both rally stages and rally cross circuits have been recreated very well within the game; you get the feel of the grit and dirt under your wheels of your car as it slides around corners.

The game that Milestone has delivered on the Xbox One is the best rally game on the market to date. It’s well priced and competes favourably with other Motorsport games. Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo is priced at £39.99 in GAME. Other retailers and the digital version my vary in price.

Check out our gameplay video.

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  • 8/10
    Gameplay - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sounds - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Longevity - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Value - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo is for any die hard rally fan. You have numerous modes of gameplay at your finger tips, and over 50 rally cars from past and present to race, crash and test.

With stunning graphics on both cars and rally stages, extensive customisation of (most of) the cars, and a huge array of stages and circuits, Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo is very good value for money. We think it’s the best rally game on the market.

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