Off-Road Drive, the off-road racing simulation for PC, is the first game ever to deliver a true-to-life, off-road, extreme racing experience. Players will take part in The Russian trophy, Off-Road Trial, Thai Trophy and many other events through the worst driving conditions with a variety of natural obstacles like swamps, rocks, snow and sand. No other game features this variety of off-road sport vehicles including tuned stock SUVs and trucks, as well as several classes of prototypes specifically built for off-road driving. The vehicles can be equipped with an assortment of special cross-country equipment and accessories including winches, low gear, differential gear locking, clinometer, altimeter, tire air pressure control, sand tracks, etc.
There has never been such an innovative simulation of interactive terrain response as well. Terrain under the vehicle will act just like it does in real life, the car will sink in dirt, the dirt will create a rut and will stick to the car and tires affecting its handling. Stones will fly from underneath the wheels and damage other trucks. The game will feature various surfaces that will not only affect tire friction but have complex reactions based on car weight, speed, wheel torque, tire condition, time on this surface, depth of car immersion into the surface and much more.
Leading international off-road championships.
Racing and mud bogging.
Tough challenges and obstacles to beat.
Special off-road equipment and accessories (Lowered gearing, front/rear locking differentials, winch, etc.).
When I was looking at Off Road Drive, I thought that I would have as much fun as back in the days with 4x4 Evo. However, I was disappointed a lot. You have the ability to switch between 2x4 or 4x4, lock the differential or not, Hi/Low, you can increase or decrease the tire pressure. You also have a winch that can help you getting out of the worst track conditions. There are about 10 trucks in each race. They are visible, but they cannot be hit. You do not really feel the damage on the truck, it is only aesthetic. Some tracks are very easy and some others just seem impossible to complete. The tracks are not balanced, and because of this, you just feel discouraged by one half of the game, so you abandon it after about 1-2 hours. Not a great game...
Although Off-Road Drive is advertised as a simulation, I wouldn't call it a hardcore one. If it's a simulation, it must be a pretty casual one, which is not a bad thing. It will put you in a race in very difficult conditions and over very rough track (if it can be called a track at all). Response of vehicles to difficult terrain is well modeled and represented, and the visual side of the game is not bad at all. In fact it was the main factor which attracted me to the game. Off-Road Drive plays very well and is enjoyable, and I don't think there are many simulator-like games about off-road racing, which would compare to this game.
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