WRC 8 is the latest rally title from Bigben Interactive, and unlike Codemasters' simulation series, it's officially licensed -- all the cars, teams, and tracks from the real world sport are present and correct. It's a neat advantage, but having an FIA sticker on the box doesn't guarantee a good time on the track.
Fortunately, the game delivers a decent racing experience, with plenty of ways to enjoy the official routes of this year's season. The Career mode, which you can begin in either Junior WRC or WRC 2, will take you through the calendar of events, but when you aren't racing, there's a couple of areas to sink your teeth into. You'll need to manage your schedule, your team, and the relationship with your car manufacturer to stand the best chance on the track. You'll also use XP towards a skill tree as you progress. If you aren't bothered about the management side of things, Seasons mode allows you to simply play rallies without any distractions. Single events, online matchmaking, and weekly events will keep you busy, too, and there's a training area where you can better get to grips with WRC 8's handling.
The game opts for a sim-like model, but in practice is much more forgiving than DiRT Rally 2.0. It's not perfect; cars can be unpredictable, and sometimes spin out when it feels like they shouldn't. Overall, the driving is competent, and most importantly, delivers that thrill ride as you scream over treacherous terrain. It's a shame the presentation is somewhat lacking, because this is otherwise a solid rally experience.
I have 5 & 7. They're both pretty decent racers and I like both over Dirt Rally. Never played Rally 2.0. Dirt 4 still the best for me. Next game will be on PS5 for me.
After Dirt Rally 2.0 all other rally games have become redundant too me, sadly.
This feels more like a pre-review to the full review. Not interested in the game however, Collin McRae Rally 2005 still the best rally ever made in my opinion.
@stuzster DiRT 4 is great, I really enjoyed it when I played it for review.
I like DiRT Rally 2, but it just doesn’t have enough locations. Even the ones they’ve been adding are paid-for dlc. I know WRC8 will lack the nuance of DR2’s handling, but it will make up for it with the amount of content. I enjoyed WRC7, and I have this pre-ordered.
@Wormold 30 frames on standard PS4. Not sure about the Pro, sorry.
@stuzster I think it holds up. It's not as serious as Dirt Rally but more fun.
@Quintumply I tried Dirt Rally in VR and I sucked really badly. I bought Dirt 4 in a sale but I must admit I've not tried it yet. It has two handling models doesn't it?
Edit: Very short review by the way. More of a summary. It's a shame the review doesn't mention how it differs/improves on WRC 7, as I own 5, 6 and 7.
@BorderlineJon Yeah, Dirt 4 has two handling modes. It’s a nice alternative to Dirt Rally if you’re not into the heavy simulation stuff.
And yes, this is a mini review. Short and concise
@Quintumply I'll have to have a go of dirt 4. I think I tend to prefer simcade, though something makes me want to stick at Dirt Rally when I try again!
@Frigate It is quite tricky, but after a while you sort of go with the flow of the road I think. Just don't expect to get any results, don't stress about it and things might come out for the better I just play with my bog-standard Dual shock controller.
@stuzster the game sends me to sleep. Honestly playing Dirt 4 - especially once the proper racing sections have been cleared and you are left with rallying - literally sends you to sleep.
It's good but there's something off with the rallying after 12 hours or so. It's Mundane.
dirt rally2.0 was an always online mess of a game. so wrc8 already crush that garbage with just letting you play offline, if you want to and not depend on your online connection to not cut out and you lose the race. and if you have played wrc since the ps2 days you know the cars have always behaved a bit unpredictably. what i have read so far about this game on other places, makes this new wrc8 a good game and a worthy opponent to dirt4.
I prefer the simcade handling like Dirt 2 & 3 so I think this is perfect for me!
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