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PS1 Style Racing Game “Old School Rally” Heading to Early Access

I’m a big fan of old-school racing games, but since I am turning 40 this year, I played these games when they were modern, new, and in many cases the cutting edge of technology. Largely, my racing game favourites still reside in the PlayStation 1 era, it’s a generation of consoles that I think had more truly iconic racing games than any other system before or since.

Gran Turismo, Crash Team Racing, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Motorhead, Ridge Racer 4, Colin McRae Rally 2, RollCage, TOCA, F1 97, ReVolt, Carmageddon, Porsche Challenge, Test Drive 5, Vanishing Point, V-Rally 2, Demolition Derby, and the list goes on and on.

And much to my excitement, Old School Rally has just appeared on Steam, and while there is no release date beyond 2024, it’s marked as Early Access, so I suspect we’ll see it appear pretty soon. The description reads that it “features fast-paced, arcade-style gameplay, with emphasis on driving skill and high-speed manoeuvres.” As you can see in the trailers, it has that classic 90’s arcade and PlayStation-era visual style that hits that nostalgia nerve perfectly for me.

Features

  • RETRO STYLE VISUALS – Carefully crafted retro style visuals, reminiscent of the late ’90s rally games evoking a sense of nostalgia and charm, making it a must-play for everyone.
  • RACE THE WORLD – With a variety of rally tracks from around the globe, race across different surfaces inducing dirt, tarmac and snow and challenge your driving skills.
  • RALLY CARS – Choose from a diverse lineup of rally cars inspired by the legends of the past, each with unique characteristics and features.
  • USER FEEDBACK – The game will evolve over time so your feedback is very important. Feel free to submit your comments in the game’s community page.

Developed by a solo developer with passion about the classic 3D rally games, trying to fill a gap that is missing from modern rally games.

“The current Early Access version of our rally game offers players a robust experience with numerous cars and tracks to enjoy and various modes including Rally mode and Time Trial mode. More cars can be unlocked in Rally mode. For more details please refer to the “About This” section below.”

Old School Rally

Check out the Steam page for Old School Rally here and be sure to throw it on your wishlist if this looks like your idea of fun because I know I will be!

Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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