September 28, 2004 - Microsoft Game Studios today announced the arrival of new downloadable content for the popular Xbox racing title, RalliSport Challenge 2. Now gamers can race two new vintage cars, the Volvo Amazon and Saab 96, as well as two new Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV), the BMW X5 and VW Touareg.
In the download are two new career modes; Mountain Challenge (Hill Climbs) and Arena Challenge (Ice Racing and Rally Cross). Gamers that enjoy personalizing their cars will be thrilled to learn the download offers two new paint jobs or "skins" for each of the 43 original cars in the game, providing numerous new visual designs to enjoy while racing. In addition, each of the four new cars comes with six new skins.
Also new is a "Challenges" mode that features daily, weekly and monthly new contests that feature a specific car and track, with all the results recorded and presented for easy bragging rights via Xbox Live scoreboards.
RalliSport Challenge 2 features five unique rally sports including the a Crossover duel that test a driver's skill and stomach for danger with extreme speeds on tracks that could send even the best driver on a collision course with disaster. From broken windows to missing hoods, RalliSport Challenge 2 features an updated graphics engine with realistic vehicle physics complete with damage modeling and performance degradation to test a driver's mettle. It features 47 of the most challenging rally cars, including the infamous group B cars that were banned because of uncontrollable horsepower. Gamers will be able to make minor modifications to each car to meet the challenge of each track. With nearly double the tracks of the original, gamers can race on different tracks from Australia, the frozen Nordic, and the Pacific Northwest. Drive in variable weather conditions, including rain, snow, and fog. It also features new camera angles that focus on spectacular crashes and interactive environments, including breakaway signs, moving rocks and new splash and rain effects.
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