Reviews and Problems with World Rally Championship
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World Rally Championship (PS2)
22 May 2009
Conclusion: This is definitely a great replication of the World Rally Championship. It is heavy in eye candy and sounds, and the replays are worth the price of admission alone. There's just not been anything as good from a presentation standpoint when it comes to nailing the look and feel of the venues of the WRC. The driving and challenge is fun, but not particularly difficult, and little finesse is needed, just attention and good instincts.
Excerpt: Trees. From a very early age we know what they look like, and the majority of us see one every day of our lives. You would think then, that an object of such familiarity would carry over into a video game well. But in the case of rally games, they just don’t. They never have. I have yet to play a single rally game with realistic looking trees. Sure, they look realistic enough when you’re driving down a gravel covered country lane in Wales. At 70Mph. In the pouring rain.
Excerpt: I had a really hard time sorting out my feelings of this game. The good was always matched with the bad. On the one hand, the controls were easy to get into and made the driving exciting, giving you the feeling that you were pushing the cars to their extremes.
Pros: Controls easy to get into, Real life driving teams, Nice graphics package
Cons: Controls and car damage are handled inconsistently, "Tweaking" the car seems useless, Lots of time wasted in menus
Excerpt: If you haven't noticed by now (and most people haven't) PS2 has been lacking in the Rally racing genre. Except for Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, which included a little, there haven't been any games dedicated to professional rally racing. Sure, it isn't a popular sport here in North America, but it hasn't really been marketed here either.
Excerpt: In early February, Bam! Entertainment announced that they had received the rights to bring the highly acclaimed World Rally Championship racing game to the United States. Little did I know at the time that it would be coming as early as March. While rally racing isn’t overly popular here in the States, there are many fans of the sport in the world of videogames. Unfortunately, the PS2 hasn’t been populated with many quality titles from the genre………yet!
Excerpt: Not until recently was I able to make a clear realization that racing is indeed my favorite genre. I've always wondered whether it was RPG or racing. As much as I love RPG games, there's nothing more that I enjoy most than speed (no, not the drug, mind you)! Cars, ATVs, motorbikes - their engines revving, their pistons pulsating, their tires burning and in some cases spitting mud, gravel, snow and sand all over the place - which brings me to rally racing.
Excerpt: The fact that the rally mode in Gran Turismo 3 has been the most compelling rally racing experience on the PlayStation 2 so far says something about the genre's popularity. The simple fact is that this king of extreme sports doesn't have the following in the US that it does elsewhere in the world. To be fair, though, the few rally games that are currently available for Sony's console haven't really done the sport any justice.
Excerpt: First of all I want to thank (again) the people at SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment Austria) and my press contact, the team at "Agentur Impuls", for sending me a copy of this game for review purpose.
Conclusion: Along with all seven World Rally cars updated for the 2003 season, WRC 3 is an approachable and entertaining rally racer with a brilliant graphics and sound (not to mention an extended shelf life), and probably one of best rally games on the PS2.