Art of Rally: If Chaos was a game.

Art of Rally is a harbinger of chaos when you begin to play the game as a newbie. It takes a while to get a handle of when to start braking and how much steering to apply.

The cars in the game are naturally made to drift and so any large movement of the analogue stick will send you drifting into a field hitting three sheep and wrapping yourself around a tree and then patiently waiting for the game to respawn you onto the road.

Though once you get the hang of it it can be like a simple dance routine tap left a little on the analogue stick and smugly drift around the corner in perfection, Harsh on the brakes and elegantly avoid the boulders in the centre of the road.

Career Mode

The Career mode is the main part of the game and it’s set in groups. You start in Group 2 level up to Group 3, then Group 4 and then after that groups b, s and a in subsequent order.

You start your rally career in 1967 and go onto compete in two stages of which are set in Kenya and we then move through both those stages and head into 1968 where the rally is based in Japan.

Both 1967 & 1968 have 2 Stages within their Rally. Though 1969 has 3 Stages and 1970 & 1971 both have 4 stages within them. Group 2 is made up of 5 Rallies from 1967 to 1971.

Within the career mode the aim of the game is to complete the rallies without having to restart you get a maximum of 5 restarts and you get rewarded with new liveries for every rally you complete with 1 or more restarts left. You also receive prize cars as rewards

The career mode is procedurally generated so the best part is every playthrough is different.

Chill-step Soundtrack

The game is accompanied by a chill-step soundtrack which sets the tone and gets you into the zone for a bit of chill gaming. As much as the game is challenging and can sometimes be frustrating the soundtrack seems to take the pain away and bring you back down to earth as a player.

It’s almost like a therapy – Make the game extremely difficult but accompany it with a relaxing sound bed and What do you get? Well peace of mind and a positive mindset that’s what it feels like you get.

The game is all about trying again and not giving up it even says t before you enter career mode. The music reflects this attitude greatly and allows the player to remain calm and most importantly try again.

Simple but effective Art styling

The art style is extremely simple but it reflect how the game works with the player being calm and having a minimalistic approach to things. The art is there but it is never the main focus and this brings more to the game than making it look like a glossy 4k Xbox series X|S type.

The game is about drifting and rallying but it’s not stealing Dirt 5’s just and it’s not wanting to become Forza Horizon 5. This is a game at it’s simplest form but it’s simplest form for enjoyment and aesthetic purposes.

Handling the car

The handling of the car is a difficult one but that is the point of the game it’s a challenge that you have to overcome and adapt yourself to work well with. your first few races will not be perfect and nobody’s is. Once you play it for a few hours you’ll realise your probably not as bad as you thought you were. and your actively improving.

You’ll probably find that breaking earlier than you think you need to will help you but only pull in the trigger half way you don’t want to underbreak and you definitely don’t want to over break. When turning in pull the analogue stick all the way but when heading out slacken it a little.

PS: I’m no guide writer so this is probably written in the most horrible way for you to understand fully.

Online

You can take part in online events and verse other players on getting the fastest time on the leader board these are updated daily and another more difficult challenge is updated weekly. Though You can’t in the sense of being in the same world race you friends multiplayer just yet.

Game Score: 8.5/10

Golf With your friends! Never! Ending! Fun!

Golf with your Friends is a fantastically fun game to even to play with your family. Me and my little sister have been playing it a little bit and it’s a fun and chill way to spend your time. Out of all the games that I’ve played during lockdown I would have to say this is one of the ones that just takes your mind off of everything that’s happening around us and brings great enjoyment whether it’s playing with friends, family, random people online or even just yourself.

Steam Remote Play

The game comes with Steam remote play so that you and a mate can jump into a multiplayer game on the same machine remotely and still verse each other. Steam remote play doesn’t even require your friend to own the game that’s one of the best things about it. If I were to say anything about multiplayer games that can be played on one machine it would be “get on remote play” it’s such an immersive way to play games with people. Though the reason most games don’t have this is because they think other people just won’t buy a copy of their game but what about when their mate wants to play the game with them – they’ll need to buy it. Such a good service and a great way to promote games.

Offline Mode

The game too comes with an offline mode in case your on the plane, train or even cruise ship – though I don’t condone playing games when your on holiday during the hours when it’s just traveling it can be really boring so why not jump onto Golf with your friends, without you friends. You’d think it’d make the game less enjoyable but it doesn’t in fact it’s more relaxing cause you don’t have to try and beat your friends you can just play golf and chill.

The Audio

Everything from the relaxing and upbeat music to the put of a ball the game is so audibly mapped out. It’s much like a soundscape, in fact, the audio is one of the key parts that makes the game so enjoyable and relaxing. Everything from the water to the sound the ball makes when flying through the air at max power and landing harshly on the ground beneath it with a thud.

The Modes

Classic Mode – Just a classic game of golf.

Hockey Mode – A Classic game of fold but with a Hockey Puck and a hockey goal and keeper.

Dunk Mode – A game of golf but with a basketball and hoops.

The Maps & Achievements

The game comes with 12 maps pre-installed within it. there’s the option of the original Forest which gives you a whopping 18 holes to pound through – not in a sexual way though – Achievements that can be found within this level are TIMBER (by playing an entire round of the map in Classic mode), Timber Hoops (by playing a full game of the map on Dunk mode), Treemendous (by completing the map on classic mode and scoring par or better) and Face off in the forest (by playing the map in Hockey mode).

The Ancient Map which comes with a further 18 holes. Achievements that can be collected within this level are much the same as the ones on Forest except they have different names. The map sees you go through Ancient sandy lands and enjoy the surroundings as you play.

CandyLand is another with yet another 18 holes. The achievements are the same though your surroundings are now filled with assorted candy and sweets as you play through the map you explore more of the level and can see ginger bread houses and candy canes for trees.

The game is filled with another nine maps all based around different themes and all have different things for you to enjoy, but it doesn’t end there you can get more community made maps on the steam workshop and play through other people’s maps.

Quick Play

Quick play is an online mode that is different from the regular online server setup. This time you do not pick any rules or maps and are thrown in with random people who have also selected to quick play. This makes the game a bit more fun and random for the more experienced players. This can also be used to meet new people and put your golfing skills to the test with some other player of golf with your friends.

With your friends

You can create a private lobby and invite your friends on Steam this makes the game more competitive and exciting. Everything is always more fun when your friends are involved and making jokes about the fact they putted it 300 miles away from the hole and seeing them get aggravated is always the best way to spend life.

Make new Friends

The Golf with your friends community is extremely welcoming and everyone loves a laugh and playing some chill golf with each other. It’s a great place to meet new people and enjoy socialising with normal people on the internet. It’s very rare that someone claims they’ve had relations with your mother or are going to have relations with your mother or are mid-way through having relations with your mother and playing golf with your friends.

Game Score 9/10