Like its predecessors, Sega Rally Revo is an arcade racing game set across a handful of fictional courses. However, unlike previous entries where the objective is to navigate a course within a time limit, Revo has circular tracks, where the player competes against five AI-controlled cars over the laps. The objective is to compete in and win a series of championships for points, which are then used to unlock new features.
As was the case with earlier titles, little effort is made to preseve the real-life rules and limitations associated with the sport of rallying; there is no car damage, and cars will bounce off a invisible walls if the driver veers too var off road. Road surfaces greatly affect handling, so success is achieved by negotiating the environment and sliding around corners at the correct angle.
The main single player game is divided into three "classes"; "Premier", "Modified" and "Masters", each with their own lineup of cars, and containing a number of three-race championships in which to earn points.
Prior to starting a championship, the player can tune their car to either "off road" (more grip and speed in muddy areas) or "road" (faster acceleration and higher top speed on flat sections). Some tracks are flatter than others, so choosing the optimal configuration can give the player an extra advantage.
Sega Rally Revo features a variety of cars from both the past and (then) present, all with slightly different characteristics. 18 of the cars (divided into similar classes) can be driven in championships, while a further 16 unlockable vehicles are restricted to single races.
In addition, the championship cars have three liveries each, with the second and third livery unlocked after the player has driven a certain distance. Liveries are a mixture of real-world and fictional designs, though as with all Sega Rally games, some modifications are made to remove or replace sponsors.
Subaru Impreza WRX STi SpecC Type RA
The Subaru Impreza WRX STi was, at the time, the latest in the successful line of Subaru Impreza impreza rally cars, some featured in Sega Rally 2. This was the first car to be implemented in the game and formed a basis for all the others.
Likewise the 1999 Peugeot 206 WRC was in the Game Boy Advance game. This too has been updated for Revo.
Unlocked with 90 Premier Championship points.
Škoda Octavia Kit Car
VW Golf GTI
Citroën C2 Super 1600 (2005)
Toyota Celica VVTi
Grande Punto Rally
Unlocked with 30 Modified Championship points.
Peugeot 207 Super 2000 (2007)
Unlocked with 60 Modified Championship points.
Toyota Celica ST205
As is a tradition with Sega Rally games, the Toyota Celica CT-Four ST205 from the original Sega Rally Championship is selectable in Sega Rally Revo from the get go. The decals are slightly different due to licensing issues (and errors in the first game) but the car is largely the same.
Lancia Super Delta HF integrale (1992)
Likewise the Lancia Delta HF Integrale from Sega Rally Championship also makes an appearance, albeit with minor cosmetic differences.
Ford Escort RS Cosworth
The Ford Escort RS Cosworth makes a return from Sega Rally 2.
Audi quattro A2
Peugeot 205 T16 Evolution 2 (1986)
The Peugeot 205 T16 was first seen in Sega Rally 2, and returns in Revo.
Unlocked with 60 Masters Championship points.
Lancia Stratos (1976)
The Lancia Stratos, a secret car in the original Sega Rally and more predominant in Sega Rally 2 also makes an appearance. Its default appearance does not match that of the first two games, but this paint job is selectable.
Unlocked with 90 Masters Championship points.
Sega Rally Revo offers a number of cars which are unavailable in championship modes. Many of these vehicles are much faster or handle very differently to the cars above, so perhaps would not neatly fit into any of the three classes (though they are still grouped with the classes where they were unlocked).
The Lancia ECV (Experimental Composite Vehicle) is a prototype car developed for "Group S" rallying, a proposal to replace Group B. Group B (and by extension Group S) was axed on safety grounds, so the ECV never raced.
Peugeot 405 T16 Rally Road (1989)
Similar to the ECV1, the Ford RS200E is a prototype car designed for the scrapped Group B/S rally series.
Hot Wheels RD04
A fictional vehicle created by Hot Wheels in 2005.