PS3 WRC 3 - Review

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WRC 3 is the latest Instalment of the officially licensed game from the World Rally Championship.

It went largely unnoticed when released Q4 of 2012, this was in part because of the release of other racers, most notably NFS:MW around the same time, and in part because it's predecessors were quite poor efforts.

However the developers Milestone have taken a large step forward, with a whole new game engine, and car physics.

Game play takes three forms.

There is WRC experience, which takes you to rallying in it's purest form. You can choose from a single stage, a full rally, or all the full world championship calendar, and have the option of group N, s2000, or WRC cars.

This is as good a rally experience as presented by the original Colin McRae rally on PS1.. It is THAT good.

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There is also a career mode, called Road to Glory.

In this you take on the role of a young driver, and you are trying to progress to take on the best in the world. This takes the form of challenges, being the fastest through a stage, and completing other objectives as you go.
As you progress through each challenge you earn stars to use on car upgrades and you unlock more vehicles, vinyls, logos, and events. All this works towards the final showdown against 7 of the top drivers in the world, called the ultimate battle.

Finally there is multiplayer. There is a up to four player hot seat mode, in which you and three friends can take it in turns to race over a single stage, a rally, or a championship. Also there is online multiplayer, I have only played this briefly, but it seemed to be standard fare, with a levelling system for online play, private and public rooms, and choice of rallies and stages and vehicles.

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As you can see from the screenshots, the game looks pretty sweet, although there is a lack of dynamic images in the scenery, which other more polished racing titles have. There is visible damage which seems to quite realistically model the damage as indicated on the display. Damage incurred impacts on you for the rest of the stage. On a full rally there is opportunity to repair damage, in system almost identical to Colin McRae rally.

The cars handle well too, there is enough difference between each car, and altering the settings and making mods can help you shave seconds off your stage times. Cars slip and slide, but respond well to careful throttle and steering input, and a skilled touch is required to win stages.

There are a range of driver aids, auto brakes, abs, stability control, auto gears, and a rewind function nicked from inspried by Codemasters titles.

I picked up at intermediate level, which has auto box, abs, 5 rewinds, and I must say the game is hard. It took me a few stages to get a fastest section (each stage is split into 5 sections) and much longer to get a stage win.

Now the downside....

My biggest gripe is the menu system, it is clumsy, unresponsive and slow. No game data is installed to the HDD, which does nothing to decrease load times either.
Also the first time I tried online multiplayer it crashed my ps3, but worked ok there after.
These menus spoil what is otherwise an excellent game.

Also for the non rally fan / racing game fan, there is little to tell you what is going on, you are thrust into the deep end, and you figure it out as you go. This didn't bother me, but a novice gamer might find this a steep learning curve.

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In conclusion for a hardcore rally fan this is a must buy title, it looks good, game play in WRC experience mode is a near to being in the WRC you can get unless you change your name to Loeb. Glitchy menus can be irritating, but otherwise it's the best rally game since Colin McRae on PS1... Honest

The official website can be found here
 

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A great review there, @jonnywombat! Good information and some nice pics, it's a great looking game!

I see your name on the number plate in the second pic, I take it that's an in-game screenshot you took? If so that's a neat feature that the game has.

I notice that all of the pics are linked from what I presume is your dropbox account? These can actually be attached to the post itself and included in the same way in the post, it just saves you from having to host them yourself. If you'd like to do this, then let me know and we'll sort out getting them into your post as attachments.

Anyway, great work there, thanks for the review and keep us posted on anything else you learn from the game as you progress further. :)
 
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Thanks for the feedback, glad the review is ok. :2thumbsup:

In the Road for Glory mode then you are able to customise your car as you see fit. You unlock more logos, and vinyls as you progress, and you can select your number plate and race number too. There is a replay mode after every stage and there is a photo mode and editor within the replay controls. You can then export the photos to XBM.... simples :D







As for the photos, then if you want to move them that's fine by me, but I have no problem using dropbox, as it is simple.
 

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Great review! I've no idea about rallying and was lost at wrc, s2000 etc. I enjoy GT5 but that title is another example of a great racer with a woeful interface.

My favorite bit is this
I picked up at intermediate level, which has auto box, abs, 5 rewinds
Am I correct in that this title is available relatively cheap now? How does mulriplayer work do you stage race against others ghosted cars or take turns like the 4 player offline?

Abs :waving:
 

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Am I correct in that this title is available relatively cheap now? How does mulriplayer work do you stage race against others ghosted cars or take turns like the 4 player offline?

Abs :waving:
I got it from Game, but it maybe cheaper elsewhere, but it was £20 in store.

As for multiplayer, I had a quick poke around in the lobbies, but did not try a race. It is usual in these games for all to race at the same time with staggered starts, and I assume that is the case here too, but I will report back later.

Glad you liked Antilock Braking System Abs..lol
 

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As for the photos, then if you want to move them that's fine by me, but I have no problem using dropbox, as it is simple.
Thanks, I've now added them as attachments. This means they will always show in your review no matter what you do with your dropbox pics. :1thumbup:
 

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A little more online action was had last night. The lobbies were not exactly full, but I found someone to race with. You all start the stage at the same time, with opposing players appearing as ghosts, once they are far enough away not to get in your way. All in all it was quite enjoyable, and I got my ass kicked by some guy 66 levels higher than me.

For your info, esp for Abs, here is a car list

Full List of cars in WRC 3:

WRC
  • Citroën DS3 WRC
  • Ford Fiesta RS WRC
  • MINI John Cooper Works WRC
  • Volkswagen Polo R WRC
CLASS 2 (Super 2000)
  • Ford Fiesta S2000
  • Skoda Fabia S2000
  • Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000
  • Proton Satria S2000
CLASS 3 (Group N)
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
  • Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
  • Ford Fiesta ST
CAREER MODE
  • MINI Countryman S2000
  • Peugeot 207 S2000
  • Subaru Impreza WRC - "07
  • Citroen C4 WRC
  • Ford Focus WRC
  • Lancia Delta Integrale HF - "91
  • Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD - "92
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III - "96
  • Subaru Impreza WRC - "97
  • Peugeot 205 T16
  • Lancia Delta S4
  • Ford RS200
  • Citroen BX4 TC
  • Renault 5 GT Turbo
  • Ford Escort RS 1600
  • Peugeot 504
  • Honda Civic R3
  • Renault Clio R3
  • Citroen C2 S1600
  • Suzuki Swift S1600
  • Citroen DS3 R3
  • Ford Fiesta R2
  • Citroen C2 R2
  • Renault Twingo R2
  • Suzuki Swift Sport (R2)
  • 60's Mini Cooper S (DLC ONLY)
List of tracks in WRC 3:
  • Monte-Carlo (New For 2012)
  • Sweden
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Argentina
  • Greece
  • New Zealand
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Wales (UK)
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • African Safari Rally (DLC ONLY)
In Total that is in excess of 80 stages
Also there is a total of 43 PS3 trophies to be earned as you go along.
 

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There seems to be a hell of a lot of locations to rally in. Looks quite tempting but I was never a huge fan of the DIRT rally games . I personally prefer to race against others on a track (or offroad) . I think I'll be waiting for Grid 2 as my next racing game although I think I might be a bit dissapointed with it as they seem to have trimmed it back a bit from the variety of events in GRID 1.
 

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I got this at the weekend, other then the menus it is a vast improvement on the previous 2 WRC games by Milestone. (Though WRC Powerslide is absolute rubbish).

Will report back if I remember once I have done a few more events etc.
 

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I'm now about 60% complete on the road to glory career mode, on intermediate level settings. It is a hard game, but very satisfying when you nail a stage.

Apart from a bit of online gaming at SNR events nothing else had passed my disc drive since I got the game.

Then menus are kinda slow, but the long load times can get annoying when having a long gaming session.

However over all I stand by my statement that it's the best pure rally game since the first Colin McRae on Ps one.
 

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Best Rally Game I've played is Richard Burns Rally on PS2.. Its always on hard. A real test.
 

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@DarthRaiden666 How you getting on with this mate? I am currently sweeping up the last few stars on road to glory, so I can get the "shark" trophy. There are two online trophies, one you get for winning a stage with a your own set up. If you want to meet up online sometime then we can help each other get this one. The second trophy you get for playing 10mins online, which we should do if we help each other out.

Hopefully by tomorrow I should only need the online trophies to get platinum on this game... and I have loved every second.
 
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WOOO!!!

Just finished collecting all trophies, and earned my first platinum trophy. I have never set out to collect trophies before, I just play a game as I play it, but this was quite easy, and did not have to do a lot to sweep up the last few I needed.
 

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One thing that bugs me is the stages for each rally are pretty much the same.
 

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Yeah I know what you mean.. As far as I can tell there are 3 pieces of road for each country, of which any 2 can combine in forward or reverse to make up a stage, plus the four super specials. It's not too much of an issue doing championships with 3 stages per rally, but it can get a bit much if your doing 6 stages of the same rally.
 
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