V-Rally 4 PS4 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on V-Rally 4 by KT Racing, Bigben Interactive and Maximum Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Maximum Games for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
V-Rally 4 is the latest game in the off-road racing series V-Rally. The series has laid dormant for many years but it’s finally back for more arcade/sim racing.
I will admit that this is my first foray into the V-Rally series. I didn’t get the chance to play the past games many years ago so this review focuses on this new game rather than a comparison between them.
When you first boot up the game, you’ll need to do a practice race which sets the difficulty and handling settings based on how well you do. You can still alter these settings once the race is over, in case you want to make it easier or more difficult.
After the practice race you’ll be taken to the V-Rally career where the game will teach you the basics of career mode. There’s quite a bit to learn in the career mode so the tutorial is pretty lengthy.
V-Rally 4 has 6 different racing disciplines for you to play through. Disciplines include Rally, V-Rally Cross, Hillclimb, Extreme-khana and Buggy. Each discipline has it’s own unique gameplay style and vehicles for you to purchase.
The game features 50 authentic vehicles from real world manufacturers like Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, Ford, and many others. You can also customize your vehicles after you purchase them using the garage. You can change it’s paint and add liveries to make it your own. The developers keep track of all of the liveries that people make and anything offensive will be removed so keep that in mind when customizing your vehicle.
Another vehicle related feature is the ability to use your crew members to research upgrades for your vehicles. There are 9 upgrades for you to purchase including Chasis, Bodywork, Suspension, Engine and Brakes to name a couple. Depending on your crew member’s skill, research could go slowly or quickly.
You can recruit new crew members on the recruitment section of the world map. Here you can hire mechanics, agents or research crew to your team. Keep in mind that each has a salary that will need to be paid each week and the higher their skill, the more you’ll need to pay them.
Once you’re finished setting everything up and have chosen a race to play, you’ll be ready to get into the game itself. In the race menu before the race starts you’ll be able to change car settings and the AI difficulty. Lowering the difficulty will cause your winnings to drop by a percentage but if you increase the difficulty your winnings will increase with it. The game is pretty challenging though so I recommend practicing on lower difficulties until you’re ready to tackle the higher difficulties.
The AI is quite unforgiving in this game and in certain game modes, like Rally, you’ll have a tough time staying in first place. This came as a surprise because I’m used to the DiRT games and those are usually pretty simple even on a higher difficulty level. It’s nice to get a challenge in a rally game for a change though, for sure.
There’s also an online section of the world map where you can compete against other players in daily events. These events change every 24 hours and they have pretty large prize pools for you to win. It’s a good idea to use your fastest vehicle in online races because the competition is pretty fierce.
Overall, V-Rally 4 has been a really fun racing game and I’m happy to say that it’s great to have the series back again. Keep in mind that the game isn’t DiRT or the WRC series. It takes some getting used to but once you’ve mastered the controls, you’ll be screaming through the courses with ease. If you’re a fan of the series, or are in the mood for something that isn’t the previously mentioned games, then V-Rally 4 may be right up your alley.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review for V-Rally 4 folks! I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!
Features of Interest
- Great Career Mode
- Very Entertaining Off-Road Racing
- Challenging AI
- Looks Great
- Fun Gameplay
- Only Has 1 Song in its Soundtrack and It Gets Really Annoying After A While
- The Controls/Handling Takes Some Getting Used To
- Might Have A Fairly Steep Learning Curve