WRC 5 FIA World Rally Championship
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A convincing reboot for the series, marred only by its own modesty and technical issues.
WRC 5 does little to distinguish itself either in the driving department or with its features
WRC 7 It is not the game deserved by rally lovers. It repeat the same mistakes of last year, spoiling the potential of the official WRC license.
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WRC 5 is a new beginning for the series, and when viewed in that light, Kylotonn's efforts come out quite well. There's several issues, both big and small that detract from the game as a whole, but underneath it all there's a rallying game that's just a good bit of fun. When it's just you and your co-pilot racing through a forest, barely making it through a series of tight twists and turns, that's really what matter.
WRC 5 really is the most fun I've had with a racer this year, giving you a phenomenal handling model, sticking you on a course and largely leaving you to attack it. What more could you want?
A surprisingly solid racing game, WRC 5's biggest undoing is its evident lack of budget. Kylotonn Games has put its priorities in the right place, delivering a slick handling model that captures the spontaneous nature of the sport well, but the presentation is fairly poor across the board – and the frame rate issues really detract from the responsiveness of the driving. Still, this is a strong base to work from, and we can only hope that the positive reception results in the studio receiving a bigger budget for the release's inevitable sequel.
Even with the WRC and FIA license, coupled with lots of content and a split screen mode cannot make up for the performance issues I experienced; resulting in a game that I am unlikely to go back to. If you are hankering for some rally action, I would recommend waiting until June to see if Dirt 4 scratches your itch.
If you're looking for a rally game to play on the Xbox One, or if you follow the sport closely, WRC 5 offers a solid racer that has a nice balance between being accessible for all and offering a challenge to those looking for a more simulated experience. As with real rally driving, it's far from a smooth ride, with visual and gameplay bugs that will annoy you along the way, but if you're willing to look beyond them, WRC 5 offers good handling, a nice variety of stages and environments to race on, and does a solid job of capturing the spontaneous and concentration-filled essence of the sport.
WRC 5 sets out with the best of intentions, but poor implementation in many critical areas cripples the fun and leaves it stranded mid-stage.
A decent rally title, WRC 5 has its issues, but none of them are game-breaking. The online mode might be severely lacking, but the single-player experience is fully-formed, with Career Mode, Quick Rally and Quick Stage modes offering plenty of solo enjoyment. If you're after a good rally racer, look no further.