- 12 Mar 2013
- Reaction score
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.
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.
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
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.
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