The WRC championship is the most challenging motor racing competition in the world. With the new dynamic weather system, climatic conditions have true-to-life effects: rain and snowfall is now an important game feature as variable traction, different set-ups for each stage, tyre choice and shrewd use of the weather forecasting team all need to be considered. The single-player Career mode has been rebuilt from the ground up: calendar management, R&D to improve performance, staff recruitment and management (mechanics, engineers, medical and weather teams, finance manager, etc.). For multiplayer, weekly challenges and WRC eSports return, but the challenge and competition is now even stiffer. With 50 teams, 14 rallies and over 100 special stages in the 2019 season, WRC 8 has the deepest content ever included in an off-road racing game If you’re a sim racer and what matters to you the most is the physics model, don’t get WRC8, stay on DiRT Rally or DiRT Rally 2.0 for now, at least until WRC9 comes to steam, if ever. The physics model is off on almost everything except maybe asphalt, it’s not horrible, but it’s not right, now that this is clear : I like it, it’s a good game, not incredible it has its flaws, but hella fun if you’re into rally. Career mode is quite good, there is a bit of “management” nothing extra ordinary WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship 🕹️
but it’s nice, there are perks, which give you various bonuses, “historic races” quite explanatory, races with historic cars, or similar, “trainings” which make you gain XP, “Maintenance” which repairs the condition of your car, ultimately these are a good change of pace between intense rallies, and i like it. Tracks are incredible, and very varied, it’s probably the best aspect of the game, don’t have much to say on that since you really need to experience them to get an idea. Graphically speaking, contrary to what’s i’ve seen in some reviews here, are actually quite good, they’re not ground breaking at all, but the game has its touch, subjectively, i like its aesthetic, and no, it doesn’t look “like a 360 era game” as i’ve seen posted here, which is honestly an awful exaggeration. Sounds are ... well they could be better,
there is always room for improvements, but they’re good, cockpit sounds and engine sounds are rather spot on, environmental sounds are quite satisfying, overall, they’re solid, i love the backfire pops and especially how they made it sound in the distance. The weather system is a really nice touch too, it makes the rallies much more interesting due to its impredictability, although as far as i’ve seen, it’s deterministic, if it starts raining in the middle of your rally, it will always do so if you restart.
TLDR : WRC 8 is a showoff simulator, if you don’t mind getting used to the physics, it’s fun and i recommend it for people that are not hardcore rally sim racers, but even then, you could have fun ! Now i have to bring WRC9 in this review, for a simple reason, it’s literally the same game, with a much much more acurate physics model, UI improvements, and new tracks, i like WRC8, but after trying out WRC9, i can’t go back, i would highly suggest waiting for WRC9 to come to Steam if you’re interested into the WRC series and if you’re searching for a change of pace from DiRT/2.0, it’s worth the wait. Just don’t support Epig and their disgusting exclusivity practices. you Epic, and this trash that’s called the Epic Games Store. I usually don’t post reviews at all, so i probably forgot some things, hopefully this will help you decide if this game is worth your money and your time or not.
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