At the start of 2000-2005, almost all home PCs had a game from this series, or from the Colin Mcrae Rally series. These racing games were not demanding on the computer, and it was also possible to play together on the section that was placed. The games from this company have come a long way and a lot of issues and improvements.
And now, WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship is the final licensed game in the sequel to the World Rally Championship, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the WRC. The game features 52 official 2021 season teams, more than 30 legendary cars, 2021 season circuits and 6 other historic circuits in different cities and countries. In addition, players have access to a special “historical” WRC 10 mode, offering to test their driving skills in 19 historical events with their own conditions and characteristics.
The main feature that sets it apart from the DIRT series is a redesigned and improved career mode, the level of which can only be compared to a career in F1 games. There is also an editor for the livery of the car and the possibility of building your team by painting it in your “team” colors. WRC 10 features improved graphics and physics engines, updated sound design, and many other tweaks and modifications to the balance and mechanics of the game. Well, let’s take a look at what has changed.
At the end of the summer of 2021, the French company Kylotonn released another game in the series on the world rally – WRC 10. And all the videos promised a new level of realism, graphics and simply amazing customization of your car.
The menu is divided into single player and multiplayer. In single player mode, career mode plays the main role. In career mode, you just have to run around the world, and of course, to be successful, you have to get used to the role of a manager of your team: recruiting employees who are looking for work and taking care of them, managing finances, planning events and of course improving them.
In the fast race mode, there is a difference with the previous games: the “50 years of rally” mode. The name alone makes it clear what it is dedicated to. Here are some of the most famous milestones from different years. And we are allowed, so to speak, to touch the legend. For example, in one of the races the player will have to win the San Remo rally as the best rally driver in the world, Michelle Mouton in his Audi Quattro, and in another race he will try to take the legendary Lancia 037.
This is probably why the Kylotonn company finally got generous with the legendary cars of the past. They were in the previous parts but in a considerably reduced assortment. Now at least there is a small selection, and in addition to the bonus cars there is also a section where you can create your own car coloring. What looked good in the NFS series looks just plain silly here. What is available in this menu does not suit me personally. Creating a beautiful rally car here is no easier than creating a beautiful female character in any game.
Okay, let’s move on to the main career mode:
- We choose the preferred class of cars. At the start, we have the choice between the Junior WRC (mono class) and the WRC 3. In the latter case, you must validate your qualifications by driving the SS within the minimum time allotted (three tries are allowed).
- Then we select the type of team (private or official).
- And finally, we select a specific order according to our preference
Gamers are already so fed up that they don’t even want to talk about this mode. Players have known about this mode for a very long time in previous WRC 8 and WRC 9 games. “Well, the racer doesn’t do that! Not engaged! Stop dragging the mismanagement of other games! “
Therefore, those who do not want to face this boredom, suggest starting their own world championship. There is no career mode here. We simply set up the championship mode, its complexity, its duration, select the tracks and proceed directly to the rally.
Minor changes have been made to the fast race mode. Previously you were just running virtual runners, i.e. bots, with time. Now they are gone. No matter how slowly you go, without an internet connection you will always arrive first. There are simply no other cars. You can only compete with your best time and that’s it.
Game settings have not changed. Many players who follow this series have not noticed any particular changes in the physics of movement, a few years ago a decent pattern of automotive behavior first appeared in WRC 8, and since then it has been refined. . Now the differences between the types of track surfaces are acutely felt even when playing on a gamepad, let alone a full-fledged steering wheel. The difference can be seen if you immediately play in other games. The weather, the type of cover, the tires were chosen – all affect the behavior of the car. No flirtation with realism.
For example, on mixed surfaces (snow + wet asphalt), you will have to sweat a lot. After all, before choosing a single type of tire, for a specific type of coverage. It’s just that at the very beginning it is worth considering your priorities when choosing rubber. But, don’t bother, you can assign the choice of tires and car settings to the in-game AI.
What else has changed: the browser has become more emotional, they weren’t wrong. Browser (both genders available) and praise and scold you, depending on the situation. But still, it is better to focus on the signs because sometimes they are late or do not speak correctly, and the navigator talks about the current turn, or the next one. But it is better to read the description, history and characteristics of the track.
As players say they haven’t seen any noticeable graphics change, it’s hard to say where the graphics have improved compared to previous games. The graphics are not bad, the lighting of the game is particularly good.
The bottom line: the game, in my opinion, didn’t add anything new to the series, just the usual evolutionary development. Only more significant: there are more legendary cars. Rally fans might like it.
WRC 10 shines when it’s not trying to lure you in with a bunch of shiny new mechanics and seemingly full of blazing new mechanics and all. Instead, it’s best when you’re on the right track, going through baffles, or clinging to the dear life by climbing through a bobby pin.
The days of the KT Racing franchise are drawing to a close and the lack of a mega-budget manifests itself in visual glitches that sometimes flicker on the side of the road or in textures in the distance. But the company really created that feeling when they threw a fast 380 horsepower monster down a dirt road and if you make a simple mistake it could get very sad for the car.
Unique content for the WRC:
- 4 new features in 2021 (Estonia, Croatia, Belgium and Spain)
- 6 historic races, including the Acropolis, San Remo, Germany and Argentina
- 120 special stages
- 52 official teams for the 2021 season (WRC, WRC2, WRC3, Junior WRC)
- 20 legendary cars from Alpine, Audi, Lancia, Subaru, Ford, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and much more …
Our review was completed with a digital edition code from PR.