We grew up playing racing simulation games and our childhood was blessed with some titles like Need for Speed, Collin Mc Rae Rally, Sega Rally and WRC3. These were some titles that were nightmares for PS1 controllers. And, the WRC3, known for its authentic representation of rally sports has rolled out its latest version – WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship. Developed by Milestone, the game is available for PS3, Xbox 360, windows and PS VITA. So, let’s check out how well this game fares.
Released as the official game of 2012 World Rally Championship event, the game includes over fifty official World Rally Championship teams. One of the revamps in the game play features is the inclusion of a distinct career mode named – Road to glory. The mode is all about proving your class as a driver and lay your own road to success. Players take up the role of an aspiring rally champion and help him accomplish his dream of becoming the next superstar driver from scratch. Though the mode offers easier levels initially, it soon begins to pick up heat and throws in a lot o
f challenges and hurdles to the players’ progress. The game has a reward system and awards the gamers with stars for every successful finishes and showcasing of skills. Also, the game allows the players to progress to further levels, only when they have a certain collection of stars. If they don’t they have to replay a certain level, collect sufficient stars and unlock further events. This class of game play indeed helps the game in keeping repetitiveness afar as the events are not too challenging to make you quit nor too easy to make you ridicule.
One of the other commendable features of WRC3 is the inclusion of a retro style racing event. Here, the players are given a golden opportunity to virtually drive some of the best cars of the seventies and eighties. Truly, this is the mode that will make you keep coming back to the game. The other game mode includes a full-on rally mode that allows the players to select a car of their preference and race it to the finish line. The players can perform several changes to the look of the car in areas of front panel, rear part and the suspensions before the race begins. Moreover, the online mode offers the regular game play modes such as the one on one, complete rally mode and a single stage mode for its players. There is a present leader board as usual for the players to check their points and compare rankings.
Controls and feel:
‘Milestone studios’ has done a great job in recreating the actual feel of a rally race to the game. Right from the moment your car leaves the starting line and till the checkered flags are waved, the racing experience is just super fun. Also, the presence of different terrain tracks on the game requires you to change the style of your driving accordingly. With over forty stages to play, the game’s rally mechanics are just solid. The game has a controlling and handling feature that is just above average, as vehicles sometimes tend to become too tedious to handle.
The developers have infused to the game a new graphics engine which they call it – The spikengine. This engine is responsible for the incredible representation of race tracks, environments and the cars that you see in the game. Also, WRC3 FIA has revamped its graphics on crowd reactions and has included dramatic car intros during each stage with excellent detailing given to the dirt tracks and terrains. Overall, no flaws in graphics front!
The Bottom Line:
WRC 3 FIA World Rally Championship is a great game to enjoy from start to finish. The inclusion of new game modes, specifically the retro racing mode is an added plus to the title. The game’s positive aspects indeed eclipse the negative flaws and ensure that gamers receive hours of enthralling racing experience. A Thumbs Up!
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