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In a recent video by our friends at Overtake, Emily Jones took a look at Richard Burns Rally, comparing it to the more modern rally simulators. With rally fans waiting on WRC 23, which is your best bet for sim rallying?

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In a recent video posted to the Overtake.GG YouTube channel, popular simracing content creator, Emily Jones took a look at Richard Burns Rally. This near-20-year-old rallying simulator is still going strong thanks to a dedicated fan base and a modding community that has transformed the game.


Whilst this older game, especially in its Rally Sim Fans iteration is popular, it certainly has competition from more recent simulators. WRC Generations released in 2022 and Dirt Rally 2.0 was made in 2019 by the same team that is developing the next official WRC title. But how do these three genre-topping titles compare? Well, Emree has everything you need to know.

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In her video, Emily compares the three top dogs in rally simracing by breaking them down into certain categories. From driving physics to content as well as the games' realism and multiplayer game play and even ease to setup, she details the pros and cons of each.

Whilst each game has its own take on physics with some being more forgiving than others on different surfaces, it's when it comes to content that they truly differentiate. WRC Generations is the latest official WRC game and, as a result, features many real-world stages which is great for immersion. Dirt Rally 2.0 however breaks away when it comes to its list of vintage cars. When it comes to RBR though, its content quality doesn't quite match its rivals. That being said, it offers a bit of everything, from modern monsters to old-school brutes.

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As for the online rally experience, it seems Emily prefers RBR, a game from back when online racing was almost unheard of. Rally Sim Fans does a great job at allowing players to race each other thanks to great functionality such as the legs. In longer rallies like SRM, drivers are forced to take things slow as a bump with the trees could result in having to skip an entire leg of a rally. This ties in perfectly with the game's ruthless damage model.

It's this challenging damage model that makes fans turn towards the more recent games which are certainly more forgiving when it comes to accidents. Ultimately, simracing is all about fun. And until the next WRC game releases, rally fans have a plethora of great titles to enjoy. Whether you race on RBR, WRC or Dirt all comes down to personal preference.

Which rally game do you play the most?
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Richard Burns Rally
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo
Dirt Rally 2.0

I have WRC 7 - Generations too but grew tired of all the issues so I uninstalled them in anticipation of '23 or whatever it will be called.
 
Richard Burns Rally
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo
Dirt Rally 2.0

I have WRC 7 - Generations too but grew tired of all the issues so I uninstalled them in anticipation of '23 or whatever it will be called.
Oh... I actually returned Seb Loeb Rally because I was unable to map my Fanatec wheel and pedals. Be careful with that one if you are on Fanatec gear...
 
They're all fun and all have their positives and negatives with regards to physics. None of them, as is the case with almost all sims - rally and non-rally a like - are too convincing/natural with regards to oversteer behaviour.
 
Great stages, great atmosphere, somewhat imperfect handling. But Tyrones Ditches was amazing stage!

I last played Rally Championship 2000 closer to the year 2000 but didn't it have mods, or rather an editor of some sort, that had a big effect on the handling? It was a huge improvement on the default handling, and I recall it being a very uncompromising and immersive game.
 
Totally loved Champ2000 at the time, it had those maps that showed you you were actually racing on real roads somewhere in Britain, awesome. Steering was ... interesting, though, but top notch for the era. Also played endless hours of McRae2 which handled far better.
 
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Oh... I actually returned Seb Loeb Rally because I was unable to map my Fanatec wheel and pedals. Be careful with that one if you are on Fanatec gear...
I'm using GimX to play with Heusinkveld Pro and Simucube 2 Pro.
 
For hardcore simulation rally, RallySimFans Richard Burns Rally is your only option. To sum up what I've seen about other titles - WRC Generations has truly outstanding stage design but is buggy and has truly bizarre throttle behaviour, while Dirt Rally 2.0 has gravel-but-grip-turned-up tarmac feel and a much-too-forgiving damage model. DR2.0, in fairness, does have beautiful visuals, a more advanced dynamic stage surface wear than RBR, and consistently solid engine sounds powered by FMOD.

RSF RBR has massive numbers and variety of cars and stages - admittedly of widely varying visual quality - often outstanding modded FMOD engine sounds, and NGP7 handling that has many lifelike aspects. I'm always struck by how you can feel the "weight" of the car, especially on loose surfaces. You have to really brake carefully (you can't just chuck the car in and know it'll stick in some improbable way) and you must manage weight transfer. Due to a unforgiving damage model (perhaps too much so!), on "Realistic" damage in a long rally, you also feel real fear of severely damaging or breaking your car - even one bonk of a tree or rock can be enough to end your rally... as it should be in a rally simulation.

EDIT: if you're already familiar with the ins and outs of RBR, you may personally prefer the Czech RBR plugin. It would contain most of the same content. But, as I understand it, it is not as user-friendly or "plug and play" as RallySimFans.

Perhaps WRC 23 will dethrone Richard Burns Rally. But for now, in my opinion, RBR is still king.
 
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The most: Richard Burns Rally (Rally Sim fans). My favorite rally game, in my opinion, with the best rally stages (thanks to modding) also is the only game were I can race in some of my local rallyes like Rallysprint Gabiria - Legazpi

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3 weeks ago I installed PSX2 emulator and I started playing all the PS2 WRC games for the first time.
 
The most: Richard Burns Rally (Rally Sim fans). My favorite rally game, in my opinion, with the best rally stages (thanks to modding) also is the only game were I can race in some of my local rallyes like Rallysprint Gabiria - Legazpi

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3 weeks ago I installed PSX2 emulator and I started playing all the PS2 WRC games for the first time.
ahhh loved all of these :D was talking about these the other day
 
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For me it depends on what I want when I get the urge to rally. Do I want some eye (and ear candy) with pretty realistic physics but resilient cars? Then it's DR 1 or 2.

If I want the brutal challenge and feeling that RBR brings them I'm playing RBR. Despite it's age the cars feel much more fragile and realistic as a result than compared to dirt rally 1/2.

I guess what I'm saying in a roundabout way is that personally RBR feels more realistic and brutal but Dirt Rally 1 and 2 are close and damn they are beautiful.

Something worth mentioning. I would and have had new to sim racing friends try dirt rally but I would never put them in RBR to try it out. I think the experience would be too frustrating and challenging for a new comer to sim racing. Hell it was too hard for me when I started out. It probably took a year or so of trying it off and on before I gained any confidence in driving in RBR.
 
RBR vanilla doesn't do a whole lot for me.
The new iterations are too much of a pain in the ass in the tweaking settings department.
I haven't tried the Rally Sim Fans version. Might have to take a look.
Rally is my THING
 
RSF is a great deal, especially since it's free, so long as you're fine with every single stage in it being some random backroad in Eastern Europe or Scandinavia.

Since it's free and runs on any computer from 2008 onwards, there's no reason not to grab it, but I still appreciate DR2.0 and the WRC series for their stages from all over the world.
 
RBR is simply massively overrated. It looks, sounds and even drives ffb wise like going back to the stone ages. The only thing that's pro about is; is more accurate damage than DR2. Except that DR2 is better(yes tarman is not perfect in DR2, agree..). And yes this was all subjective.
 

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