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From the creator of Absolute Drift comes art of rally, a top-down racing game that heavy on style and it has great gameplay to back it up too.

Here's the thing: I don't drive. Not in real life and any attempt at doing so seriously in games always comes with massive amount of hilarious failure. I'm terrible at DiRT Rally, I'm equally as crap at the F1 series, back when GRID Autosport came to Linux a lot of my time was spent on my roof and…you get the idea. They're all actually a little brutal for people like me - which is why I've come to appreciate the calmer side of it all thanks to the magnificent art of rally.

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With thanks to the developer providing a key ahead of the release, I've been playing it and thoroughly enjoying the whole thing. From repeatedly trying to improve my times in the career mode and time trial, to just taking in a bit of scenery in the sandbox / open map exploration mode there's a lot to love about it. Something I'll be clear on though is that this is not an easy game, it's still quite challenging and the handling does take a while to get used to. It's definitely not a simple arcade game and you will need to learn when to carefully drift and when to pull hard on the handbrake.

In art of rally you get to power through a little bit of history in various year categories, although not exactly official because as a small indie developer Funselektor doesn't get to use all proper licenses but you still get to drive tons of cool looking cars that resemble plenty of the classics.

art of rally is a game that shows how games can be quite beautiful, without pushing ever closer towards realism. It's easy on the eyes, it's clearly not trying to go for the level of Codemasters titles graphically and yet it looks absolutely gorgeous and I'm constantly blown away by it. A fine example of how to do a lot with so little.

I can't tell you how much joy art of rally truly is. Not many games let you send a little MINI absolutely flying around a corner, right into a barrel roll and came out of it looking pretty damn spectacular. art of rally does though, and it lets you do some pretty wild things - totally on purpose of course.

The game is single-player, however, you still get to challenge the world and you friends thanks to everything having a leaderboard. You can see how you stack up against everyone else, or you can ignore it and just play it entirely for your own fun and pleasure. It even has daily and weekly challenges to really test you.

As fantastic as it is, and as wonderful as it feels, nothing will stop me from ending up like this directly in front of the finishing line. I've turned failing into a perfect art.

That was a perfect opportunity to use the great built-in photo mode. More games need this! There's so many moments across games I've wanted to capture from fun angles and having it frozen, so you can pan/tilt and whatever to get the best view is super fun. You don't just freeze-frame though, after finishing you can go back through a whole replay if you want to pick some fun moments from new angles.

With art of rally you get a racing experience that pulls away all the fluff, puts it back to the basics of you and the car wrapped up in a visually striking look that I can easily and quite happily recommend.

You can buy it for Linux from GOG and Steam.

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kaiman 23 Sep
I tried the demo a while ago, and although I wasn't sure about the game's long term appeal, it certainly was fun for a couple quick races. Given that there are precious few racing games on GOG I went ahead and bought it. Though I also did get Pendragon yesterday and that ranks much higher on my want-to-play list. Right now though I am absolute hooked to CK3. First game in ages where I looked at the clock and it was already 4:30am.
eldaking 23 Sep
Wow, this game looks really pretty. No chance I'll play it ever, but the looks of this game might be the first thing I don't hate about a racing game.
whizse 23 Sep
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Just a quick warning; broken graphics on Mesa 20.1.8/radeonsi. No foliage, rocks or trees, spectators are just black unmoving blocks.

I think this is caused by the heavy use of compute shaders, which might be fixed by this:
https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/mesa/mesa/-/merge_requests/5632

Maybe someone using a current 20.2-rc can confirm? The demo should be enough to reproduce the bug:
https://funselektor.itch.io/art-of-rally#download
x_wing 24 Sep
Quoting: whizseJust a quick warning; broken graphics on Mesa 20.1.8/radeonsi. No foliage, rocks or trees, spectators are just black unmoving blocks.

I think this is caused by the heavy use of compute shaders, which might be fixed by this:
https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/mesa/mesa/-/merge_requests/5632

Maybe someone using a current 20.2-rc can confirm? The demo should be enough to reproduce the bug:
https://funselektor.itch.io/art-of-rally#download

20.2-rc4





Not sure if the empty trunks are by design or a bug


Last edited by x_wing on 24 September 2020 at 3:28 am UTC
dpanter 24 Sep
Note that the demos and full game are usually different version numbers. Full version is always updated.
However, the AMD+Mesa graphics bugs have been around a long time and seems to be caused by Unitys wonky Indirect Instancing buffers. I had hoped for a fix before release but I guess it's complicated. :/

The team is well aware of the issue. Join the funselektor Discord or file a bug report with the right side button on artofrally.com to help them out.

edit: I reported back in late July that mesa-git 20.2 built with clang was working, although bloom was still causing excessive lens flares at night if using any other antialiasing setting than TAA.


Last edited by dpanter on 24 September 2020 at 11:44 am UTC
kaiman 24 Sep
Quoting: x_wingNot sure if the empty trunks are by design or a bug
They are present with the nVidia binary blob as well. Thought it was a statement on climate change, as odd as that might be in a racing game ...
whizse 24 Sep
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Thanks guys!

I finally had time to compile Mesa from git and the game is rendering correctly now. The shader link errors disappeared too so I guess the problem really was insufficient shader buffers.
dpanter 24 Sep
Quoting: whizsecompile Mesa from git and the game is rendering correctly now
Can you test if the lens flares are gone as well? Use different AA settings at night with bloom enabled.
Quoting: whizseThanks guys!

I finally had time to compile Mesa from git and the game is rendering correctly now. The shader link errors disappeared too so I guess the problem really was insufficient shader buffers.

A bit late to the party, but I had time to test it out and can also confirm the black crowd and missing trees.

Tested on Mesa 20.1.8 / RX 5500XT
whizse 25 Sep
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Quoting: dpanterCan you test if the lens flares are gone as well? Use different AA settings at night with bloom enabled.
That's still a problem with 20.3.0-devel.

I'll try to file a bug with Mesa when I have some time to spare.
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