SEGA Rally has never been one for confrontational engines. Come snow, dirt or water, you'll never be battling physics with excessive acceleration or desperate counter-steer: these cars will slide gracefully and obediently around every corner with only the simplest of nudges from the player. Hairpin turns still pose a more significant problem, but you can count the overall number of these across the five tracks with a single hand.
While the regular Single Racer and Time Trial modes are available (the latter complete with downloadable ghosts) the meat of the game takes place in the Championship. This has you careering around three tracks - Tropical, Canyon, and Alpine - in an attempt to slowly move up from 22nd to 1st place. Manage to finish as numero uno and you'll be thrown into a bonus one-on-one race on the complicated Lakeside track, against a CPU opponent that will completely thrash you until you get to grips with the course.
Seeing as you can only practice on the course after you've won this race, this might take some time.
The final course - kept alone in its own Classic mode - is Desert, the course from the original arcade SEGA Rally, nicely re-jazzed to what your mind's eye probably thinks SEGA Rally looked like back in the day. Trust me, it didn't; it was really pixellated and it seemed like the colour palette couldn't stretch to a number higher than four.
While the game also supports six-player online races, I'm not entirely convinced that's where SEGA Rally is at its best. While Tropical might be chock full of the relaxing, warm-up qualities that help smooth you into the more demanding turns of Alpine and Lakeside, it doesn't particularly translate well to multiplayer, as every corner here is so basic, the host of the game will more often than not claim the gold simply on account of having been at the top of the starting grid.
Three quarters of the hosts on Xbox LIVE do exactly that, sadly - especially since one Achievement is tied to winning online races, further encouraging the masses to cheese their way through 1-lap encounters on Tropical. Still, taking the game around the Desert track delivers a massive nostalgic kick that will go straight to the core of anybody who remembers feeding arcade machines an entire tube of fifty pence pieces back in the day.
For the rest of the world, though, there are better alternatives.