WRC2 Review – Dirty Wheels. | Gamerillaz

WRC2 Review – Dirty Wheels.

WRC2 Review – Dirty Wheels.
 

Rallying, the graceful and highly skillful art of going from one point to another in a really fast car sideways, with tree stumps whizzing past and the sound of loose rocks and gravel hitting the underneath of the horseless carriage. Mixed with the soothing tones of a Welsh or Finnish accent warning of the ninety right that lays ahead and the left one hundred that soon follows, while the tyres screech on the loose gravel… Wait a second! Did you just say tyres screeching on the loose gravel? Do you mean like tyres screeching on the beach in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” kind of screeching? Yes I do, well this is WRC:2 The Game after all, and the last thing you would expect is some form of realism. That’s right race fans, WRC2: The Game is here, unfortunately. And seeing as I’m on a bit of a movie buzz at the moment, I’ll borrow (and edit) another tag line, "Just when you thought it was safe to back into a WRC Car…" Sitting here in my cage, I’m trying to think of words that describe this game, and while there are loads of four letter words I can think of, none of them are printable here, so I’ll have to make do with: dreadful, awful, horrendous, diabolical. The single player mode offers play options like Single Stage Mode, Single Rally Mode, Championship Mode, Time Attack Mode, Career Mode and WRC Rally School. WRC Rally School is a good place for people who have never driven a virtual rally car to go and learn some of the techniques that you will need as you navigate the ninety stages that are in the game, and of course the big one is the Road to WRC, where you get to build your own team and work your way up the ladder into a full WRC seat. As you progress you get to unlock new items for your team, like colours, or new decals for your car, yet the graphical detail on the cars is shocking, there are better examples of these cars on Forza 4's storefront, and this is an Officially Licensed game! The developers had access to either the cars themselves or very high res pictures, and not just a load of squares and squiggly lines and this was the best they could create. Having said that, all of this year’s official championships are in the game including teams and drivers, so you can take control of your favourite in the WRC, SWRC, PWRC and WRC FIA Academy classes.   If you are feeling a bit underwhelmed by the single player and want to take your rallying online, you can compete in single rally, single stage, or a super special stage. When checking out the online features on the title (on launch day), I found two races: One was a single stage rally, which being a non contact sport, has you competing vs the ghosts cars of your opposition – which was quite fun but still has all the handling and graphic blandness from the single player; and a Super Special Stage, which is a one on one around an interwoven track, where the handbrake turn is king – which again was quite fun and massively frustrating at the same time. People who bought last year’s effort will have been left feeling robbed and perhaps a little upset by what was unleashed on us, and with a whole twelve mouths taking place, nothing has really changed. The game still looks like crap and plays just as bad. Having said all that, I did find myself going back to it, probably because there is no other pure rally title out there, and the inclusion of the different categories from WRC Academy up is quite interesting, but after about five minutes I would want to punch myself in the face for putting the disk in. I was going to try to avoid comparisons with DiRT3, and being honest, I won’t because that’s not fair. DiRT 3 is so far out of this games league its shocking. Only the original Dirt game would be remotely close to this, but even that is still far superior in terms of handling, graphics and sound effects. Take for example the new Formula One Series, look at the changes that were made between the 2010 and 2011 versions of the game, new tracks, improved handling, improved AI, introduction of the safety car etc., etc. And when you see what had been achieved in WRC2, its truly shocking that this title was even allowed to be released. The developers have to be commended though on what is truly a remarkable achievement of making a game that sucks more than the original. Would a proper developer please buy the rights to the WRC franchise away from these muppets and make a proper game, after all, it must only be worth about 50c.   Honestly, the things I go through for you people.

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