Reviews and Problems with WRC: FIA World Rally Championship
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WRC2 Fia World Rally Championship
1 November 2011
Excerpt: Black Bean are back again with another entry into the WRC series, after the previous outing was a little disappointing and didn’t provide the authentic rally experience that the official licence would suggest. With another opportunity Black Bean were able to improve some areas that were less than stellar in the previous title, unfortunately some of the negative aspects are still present this time around.
WRC: FIA World Rally Championship 2 Xbox 360 Review
24 October 2011
Excerpt: There are not many pure rallying games these days; in fact until Milestone developed last year’s WRC game, there hadn’t been such a game for five years, with the last being WRC: Rally Evolved on the PS2 back in 2005. Milestone’s first WRC effort was met by mixed opinion, although, whatever the case, it certainly would have filled a void for those who grew disheartened with Codemasters for taking the DiRT series away from its Colin McRae rallying roots.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, once you enter the Road to WRC career mode, it becomes apparent that little else has been improved since last year's game. The structure is the same: start your own team and hire mechanics to upgrade your car and managers to negotiate with sponsors. At each race event, you're given team and sponsor objectives that you complete to gain money and reputation. Objectives usually involve finishing above a certain position or under a set time.
Pros: Super Special Stages and Group B are welcome additions, Solid car handling, Rally Academy is a good way to introduce novices to the sport.
Cons: Many issues from previous game haven't been addressed, Poor environmental graphics, Road to WRC is almost completely unchanged, Majority of the stages are the same as last year's.
Excerpt: Milestone is a developer who specialises in motorsports, having already released two titles in the genre this year: SBKX and Superstars V8 Next Challenge. Both games were perfectly playable, but suffered from production values and structure well behind the times, and this is sadly the case with the studio's latest offering, WRC: FIA World Rally Championship.
Excerpt: Sony's World Rally Championship franchise has been a big hit in Europe for years now. In fact, many would tell you that it's better than even Codemasters' famed Colin McRae series. However, in North America, our exposure to World Rally Championship has been minimal, at best. We haven't seen one of the games since 2002's World Rally Championship for the PlayStation 2--at least until now.
Pros: Six rally car types, along with multiple unlockable upgraded versions of each, Plenty of rallies to race through, Excellent visual presentation
Cons: Analog control is near broken in its oversensitivity, Even on novice difficulty, the game is pretty hard, and it just gets more frustrating from there, Painfully limited soundtrack options
Excerpt: Rally games seem to be few and far between in modern day gaming, aside from DIRT which is becoming a regular contender. I was quite looking forward to the opportunity to play a rally game that was based around the WRC, instead of the Americana that was DIRT 2. There has been a gap in the market for some time for a rally game to be solely focused on the WRC and the point-to-point stages that this encompasses; racing nothing but the clock and cars that you cannot see...
Conclusion: If you're a casual racing fan that cares less about authenticity and just wants to get down to some drifting then DiRT 3 is for you. But if you watch WRC on the telly and want to try your hand at something that steers towards simulation - but not so much that you may as well just buy a used Subaru - then WRC 2 is an impressively constructed rally game with a long list of tinkering options and a new Rewind button.
Conclusion: It's not quite the spiritual sequel to Colin McRae Rally 2.0 that we were hoping for, but with some immensely satisfying handling, stunning course design and a style of play that captures the essence of the sport perfectly, WRC is far and away the best traditional rally game on the 360.
Excerpt: is a game that shows promise but ultimately fails to deliver enough substance to be deemed a true sequel. The title continues the excellent vehicle handling of its 2010 predecessor and still offers a really solid and enjoyable racing experience.