Power Rangers theme song. Hopefully, now you'll be the same and my plan for earworm world domination via the medium of indie Dreamcast games will be complete. I'm trying to think of other defunct kids' TV shows that rhyme perfectly with Dreamcast game titles; but I've hit a wall and fear I may have peaked way too soon...but I digress.
Before I continue, I want to make it clear that this isn't really a review as such - it's more of a blog post where I'm just going to meander through my initial thoughts on R4. The game has been out for a while now and most people will already know the general consensus is that it's a stellar example of indie dev on the Dreamcast. Indeed, we've covered R4 here at the Junkyard many times in the past and our own Aaron 'The Gagaman' Foster created some pretty awesome fan art back in the day (see below and/or go here for larger wallpaper versions). Furthermore, in our recent DreamPod racing special, Lewis Clark from Sega Driven chose R4 as his favourite Dreamcast racing game; so I already had some inclination as to the quality contained herein. That, and the umpteen reviews listed on the official R4 website that proclaim it to be the best thing since sliced bread.
Once the initial 'wow factor' of the nicely detailed environments and variety of the racing circuits has faded, you'll discover that knowing how to approach turns and slides on different courses takes over, and this is key to your success...as R4 is hard. Very hard. Not stupidly so, but you need to know the layouts of the courses and train yourself to almost 'muscle memory' levels of concentration in order to win races. For the first couple of hours with R4 I was constantly rage quitting and turning the game off in a huff...but that car handling and the charm seeping from every nook and cranny of the experience just made me want to keep going back and retrying.
scores to the online leader board via the interesting 'code generation' method, but in this age of online multiplayer R4 represents something of an anomaly: a game that champions local multi-player that could probably have just shipped without a single-player mode...but that does have a single-player mode that's also pretty damn good. I know I'm repeating myself but this is my article goddammit, and you'll read every last word, so help me Zeus. See - I can write what I want and you're still reading it. And now you're thinking about the Power Rangers theme tune too. See? Magic.
Wii port is available with extra single-player modes and tracks so you should check that out too if you have the ability...but regardless of the format you experience Rush Rush Rally Racing on, the love and attention that was extended by Senile Team is plain to see. For these reasons, I can't recommend it highly enough - even if you are spending your last £20 on it.
If you'd like to know even more about Rush Rush Rally Racing, head to the brilliant official website; and once you're finished there be sure to visit Senile Team's website too.